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    Let out your inner artist at this Anderson-based pottery studio. Read on to learn more about the easy process that lets you explore your creativity while enjoying time with friends and family.

     

    For nearly two decades, Doodlin’ Pottery Studio has been offering guests the opportunity to create their own piece of art. The studio hosts classes, parties for both kids and adults, custom pottery, and even pottery to help you showcase your love for the Queen City.

    Opened in 2000, Doodlin’ Pottery Studio has been helping local families create artwork and memories through parties, group events, family gatherings, or just hanging out with friends, says Owner Jacqueline Johnson. “Walk in anytime we are open, or call to reserve a group event. We have experienced artists who are here to help you create a masterpiece to have for years to come,” she adds.

    According to Johnson, the best part about Doodlin’ Pottery Studio is that you don’t have to be a professional artist to create a masterpiece to keep for years to come. Whether you’re creating a customized gift or something for yourself, choose from a variety of fun and functional pottery pieces, all you have to do is pick the colors you want to use and design your piece.

    “Doodlin’ Pottery has all the tools you need, including experienced artists who are there to help you from start to finish,” explains Johnson. “And you can stay as long as you’d like until your work is complete.”

    Once you finish your piece, Doodlin’ Pottery Studio applies the glaze and fires it in the kiln to complete your work of art.

    You can also purchase ready-made pottery, Johnson says. In fact, she adds, about 70 percent of their pottery is made in the store. She says that it not only helps to keep prices down, but contributes to the local economy and is a better alternative to buying pottery from foreign manufacturers.

    “We learned how to hand-build and slip cast pottery many years ago in art school and are proud to offer our community handmade ceramics using techniques that have been around for thousands of years,” adds Johnson. “Our nearly 500 plaster, slip cast molds allow us to make unique pieces of pottery that are difficult or are unavailable to purchase from other manufacturers.”

    If you’re interested in hosting a private party at Doodlin’ Pottery Studio, there’s a space for that. The room can be booked for a night, stress-free night for guests of all ages. It can be for the kids, an organization, business, ladies night out, or even a bridal shower.

    Other types of parties that can be hosted at Doodlin’ Pottery Studio include Scout events, baby showers, family reunions, bachelorette parties, team building, assisted living activity trips, and preschool/daycare activities.

    Custom pottery pieces are also available from Doodlin’ Pottery Studio, says Johnson. “Painting your own pottery is not your think but still want an artistic ceramic piece for yourself or to give as a gift? We love painting pottery and can create a one-of-a-kind piece for your needs,” says Johnson. “Our talented artists have done just that for many happy customers. Be inspired, and let us create what you are looking for.”

    Doodlin Pottery Studio is located at Five Mile Center at 7707 Five Mile Road in Cincinnati.

    To learn more about Doodlin Pottery Studio, visit http://www.doodlinpottery.com/. You can also “like” them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram.

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    Formal gardens, spa-like master bath, and six fireplaces... oh my! Read on and be amazed by this custom-built home in West Chester!

    Pack your bags because we’re heading to West Chester! Check out this AMAZING $1.2 million dollar home that looks like a castle! This lavish custom home has 6,346 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and a whole lotta space! Relax in the formal aristocratic gardens, eat in the large custom kitchen with high-end appliances, and feel like you’re in a spa in the master bath. There’s also a second-floor patio and balcony, first-floor guest suite, six fireplaces, imported custom marble and granite finishes, an outdoor kitchen and patio, a four-car garage, and plenty of room for outdoor entertaining.

    This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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    Read on for more about a virtual wellness practice that helps people create and cultivate a healthier version of themselves.

    Kristen DeAngelis offers wellness and nutrition services through Kristen DeAngelis Wellness and helps manage Roots Reboot.

    What started as a wellness practice in Cincinnati has turned into a successful virtual HIPAA compliant tele-health platform that’s expanded into Chicago.

    “Kristen DeAngelis Wellness is a private practice LLC providing nutrition consulting, one-on-one nutrition services, group workshops and seminars and corporate wellness opportunities,” says Kristen DeAngelis, Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Personal Trainer. 

    DeAngelis has been a dietitian for four years, nutrition counselor for seven years and she launched her private practice more than three years ago.

    Kristen DeAngelis Wellness is partnering with Roots Reboot, LLC to provide more for her clients. “Roots Reboot is a supportive, community practice group of entrepreneurial dietitians, each with their own specialty nutrition focus and in different geographical locations across the country,” she says. 

    DeAngelis is the Roots Reboot COO Director of Client Services. “The new partnership has allowed me to grow this business to reach a broader audience, serve more people and also with the option to take on virtual clients and opportunities as well,” she explains. “We have online webinars and giveaways on our social media platform, @RootsReboot, and of course we also use a HIPPA compliant tele-health platform. It ensures that a patient’s information is confidential and not shared.”

    While she started the business in Cincinnati, she’s now living and operating her business out of Chicago. “However, I lived and worked in Cincinnati the past three years and just moved to Chicago a few months ago,” she explains. 

    Because of a death in the DeAngelis family, she made a drastic move in a short time. “I miss Cincinnati very much and created a tight bond with many of my Registered Dietitian friends and clients! We stay in touch closely and also continue to work together though, which is great,” she says. “Any challenging time in our life always teaches us something, so despite the grief my husband and I have been dealt with, I see it as a positive to relate to the journey many of my clients find themselves in.”

    DeAngelis offers a variety of services. “I have a full case of one-on-one nutrition sessions, I currently have workshops and seminars at various locations (dance studios, Orange Theory Fitness locations, fitness/gym franchises, corporate wellness, and even farmers markets. I also provide free webinars on nutrition and holistic wellness,” she says. She also offers group nutrition classes, corporate wellness in-service fairs, in-service events for groups and companies.

    DeAngelis defines success with her business by seeing her clients succeed. “If I can support someone in making at least one success in their lives, I see that as a success,” she says. “My goals are to continue to help as many people as possible and continue to spread the word about healthy habits.”

    Her most memorable moment so far is seeing how she changed a client’s life. “The moment when a client looks me in the eye and says with conviction, ‘You changed my life.’ I cannot stress the power in that,” DeAngelis says. “That is the best moment, the best gift that no one else can give you.”

    To keep up with what’s going on with Kristen DeAngelis Wellness, follow her on Instagram at @kdwellness and @rootsrebootwww.RootsReboot.com or www.KristenDeAngelisWellness.com.

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    Learn about a faith-based branding firm headquartered in Cincinnati with clients across the nation singing its praises.

    VERB is a faith-based branding firm in Cincinnati.

    When you hire a branding firm, you expect action. That’s why Brain Siegel created VERB, full-service, faith-based branding firm headquartered in Cincinnati. 

    He says VERB takes a client to new levels by initiating engagement and provoking movement through their verbal and visual identity.

    VERB offers a variety of services including creative insights via marketing, branding, communications, and strategic solutions for growth. Siegel says their experience also ranges. From Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, to non-profits such as Give Back Cincinnati, he says VERB is best known for delivering services efficiently and adventurously. 

    “VERB was created out of a prior consultancy I had for years called Siegel Innovations,” says Siegel. “From those years of experience, I learned how to team up with other entrepreneurial spirits and I worked with many startups, nonprofits, and other individuals to dissect their respective businesses and where they wanted them to go.” 

    Siegel says an important aspect of this company stems from their innovative spirit, ability to seek uniqueness, and love of relationships. This helps to define a business clearly, he adds, so that they can properly serve the community with their gifts and talents. 

    “VERB to me is almost like my alter-ego, for lack of a better term, because although I have a full-time job, I am also a husband and father, and I love to help people. I love marketing and I love helping groups of people grow personally and professionally and it truly helps me to have a medium entrepreneurial wise,” adds Siegel. 

    VERB also houses an innovation, investing, and growth arm among their firm called Gapstow Ventures: a business unit for investing in, partnering with, and advising startups. They provide services from capital to consultancy for new products, speculative work, and technology. 

    “In turn, if I’m helping out these businesses and rebranding their look, there comes the opportunity to invest, and Gapstow is our investment bar as well as an advisory marketing wise to aid us in the growing popularity of ventures and startups today,” explains Siegel

    As part of the branding process, this company developed a strategy to not only problem solve an issue and make it better, but to really dissect the idea and to build on it in order to plan it, humanize it, and hopefully make it happen. This process is called Dig. 

    “Early on, with some of the bigger clients, I was just ‘doing’. I would jump right in and I wouldn’t take the steps necessary to truly engage with these companies. I noticed that people appreciate clarity in the process, so I came up with Dig to help these people through it,” adds Siegel. 

    Through this process, the firm will help to Dig (to listen and truly dissect the idea), Propose (strategize and plan what is next), Immerse (to humanize and empathize with the audience), and to Deliver (to make it happen and truly implement the new brand). 

    To be of action, hence the name VERB, the approach of the company is to be human driven and faith fueled, Siegel explains. To them, bringing brands alive has to include adventurous ideas and partnerships hand in hand with bravery and faith-filled action. There is a goal in mind to align with clients’ goals and to truly make what they stand for matter. According to Siegel, the company is driven by people and ideas, and fueled by their faith, business expertise, and thought leadership. 

    “Everyone says they care, but we really do,” Siegel says. “We are passionate and driven, and we take action for things like they are our own and we strive to empathize with not only our work but with the people we engage with on a day to day basis.”

    VERB wants you to succeed. To them, Siegel says, it is the chance to rebuild your reputation, create a legendary product, and to make a real mark in this world in a positive way. 

    To learn more about VERB, visit their website at www.teamverb.com.

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    One local lady is building a skincare brand focused on not only bettering your skin, but your overall well-being and state of mind. Read on to learn more!

    Selfcare Beauty is a luxury skincare brand that takes a more mindful approach.

    After Kara Lockwood found herself in a state of chaos in her professional and personal life, she knew something had to change. She decided to incorporate more self love into her skincare routine, and Selfcare Beauty was born.

    Selfcare Beauty is a luxury skincare brand with a more mindful approach. The focus of the brand is providing products that are kind to your skin, your mind and the earth. “Our serum is paraben, sulfate and phthalates free,” explains Lockwood. “Committed to being kind to the earth too, our serum is cruelty free, vegan and made in the U.S. with recyclable packaging.”

    Lockwood has worked on many luxury beauty brands as a creative director, as well as a popular YouTuber reviewing beauty products. After her many years of experience, she set out to create what she thought was missing in the luxury beauty industry, products with non-toxic ingredients that provide a more well-rounded experience for your skin and your mind.

    Kara Lockwood, Founder of Selfcare Beauty

    Lockwood wanted to provide this experience to others just as much as she wanted it for herself. “My self-care started to take a hit, I wasn’t present with my family or at work, something needed to change. We are in a time of constant demand for our time and attention. It’s time to step away and recharge,” she says. “I started to focus on being mindful while doing my skin care routine, it was my self-care. Not only was it great for my skin, it was a great reset for my mind, morning and night. I knew [that] was something special and I wasn’t alone, I had to share this with the world. I set out to create a luxurious skin care line that would elevate self-care in our existing skin care regimen.”

    Lockwood describes her favorite product from the brand, “Our Clear Crystal Multitasking Serum is a do-it-all product. It can be applied for a 10-minute mask or left on as a serum. It works great as a base layer under makeup while also protecting from UVB and free radicals,” she explains. “Clear Crystal’s radiance boosting, lightweight, anti-aging serum has a cooling gel texture. It absorbs quickly without feeling oily while balancing and toning complexion. Skin is left looking balanced and bright, minimizing the look of pores and improving firmness. Clear Crystal is suitable for sensitive skin and perfect for all skin types.”

    As Selfcare Beauty’s products are not yet available to purchase, they have gone through the prototype stage and are looking to produce their first serum product soon. To learn more, visit www.selfcarebeauty.co.

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    Planning a date night or need a fun girls night out idea? Check out this sweet event The BonBonerie has coming up!

    The BonBonerie is hosting a cupcakes and cocktails event.

    Mark your calendars for September 7 when The BonBonerie hosts Cupcakes and Cocktails from 7-9 pm.

    Decorators from The BonBonerie will be offering a night of fun for a ladies night out or a date night.

    Each ticket, which costs $65, includes decorating three different cupcakes – BonBonerie style. Plus, each guest will also get to select a cocktail or a glass of wine to go along with the cupcakes.

    Lattes, berry spritzers, sangrias, and any other non-alcoholic beverage will also be available as well.

    The event will be held in the new Tea Room, so whether you’re a regular at The BonBonerie or are trying it out for the first time, this is a night that will allow you to see the new room for yourself.

    To get your tickets or learn more about other events from The BonBonerie, visit https://www.bonbonerie.com/events. You can also “like” them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram.

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    A locally-led volunteer coalition is on a mission to eliminate the use of plastic straws. Click to drink up all the details!

    Straw Free Cincy’s volunteer coalition.

    Cincy Chic: What is Straw Free Cincy?
    Emily Parker, Co-Founder of Straw Free Cincy: Straw Free Cincy is a volunteer coalition that is on a mission to ensure there are one million less straws in Greater Cincinnati’s landfills and the ocean by the end of 2018.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Parker: We have a plastic problem. Estimates vary, but Americans use hundreds of millions of plastic drinking straws a day.  That is the equivalent of almost two straws for every man, woman and child living in this country every single day.

    That straw you use for 10 minutes today will live on for 200 + years, either in a landfill or as pollution in the ocean. The Ohio River leads to the Atlantic and our plastic becomes everyone’s plastic. Scientists say there may be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. We have to make a change and straws are a great place to start.

    In cities around the country movements are starting to reduce single use plastic and raise awareness about the problems it can cause.

    Inspired by what’s happening in other cities Lindsey McCoy and Ali Webster, the co-founders of Cincinnati-based Plaine Products, and their friend and local sustainability advocate Emily Parker reached out via social media and a group of like-minded folks came together to see what we could do to get things started.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the mission behind Straw Free Cincy?
    Parker: By the end of 2018 we plan to have enough locations that have switched away from plastic straws to reach our goal of one million less straws in landfills and in the water. We’ll continue to build from there.

    Cincy Chic: How are you hoping to help contribute to the eradication of plastic straws?
    Parker: This summer we’re starting a campaign to get restaurants and venues in Cincinnati to stop serving plastic straws unless they are specifically requested. As companies join, we’ll list them on our website and through social media so we can all do our best to support them and thank them for their efforts. We’ve already got several restaurants, venues, and bars on the list.  Disney just announced they are going to stop using plastic straws and coffee stirrers in their parks so the momentum is definitely moving in the right direction.

    We have some other ideas in the works for the fall to keep the awareness growing, including a venue window decal by local artist John Maggard.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Straw Free Cincy unique?
    Parker: The focus is on Greater Cincinnati! We want to help raise awareness and get people on board with reducing single use plastic. At Arnold’s downtown, who voluntarily stopped serving straws unless requested this spring, they said that as long as people were aware of why they weren’t automatically putting straws in drinks most people were happy to go straw free.  So education is a huge part of making this work.

    The Newport Aquarium and their Wave Foundation are on board as participating organizations and we’re chatting with the Cincinnati Zoo, who has been straw free for years, to get them on board as a supporting organization as well. We’re hoping to add other key Cincinnati institutions as supporters so we can all work together.  

    Cincy Chic: How can readers get involved?
    Parker: If you know of any locations we should add, or you want to volunteer to help spread the word, please get in touch with us! You can contact us through the website strawfreecincy.org or on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    Additionally, if any reader has a great contact at a venue in Cincinnati, we’d love to reach out to them with our tool kit.  

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      Inspired by the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a historic site, and the desire to create a lasting legacy, a Northern Kentucky-based woman is set to open a new craft spirits destination. Read on for all the details about this legend in the making.

      Three Keys Distillery will soon stand on the same ground as the former J.W. Kite store

      Jessica Banish is the mind behind Three Keys Distillery, a craft spirits destination that’s set to become part of the Kentucky Craft Bourbon Trail.

      Located in Burlington, Kentucky, about four miles from Rabbit Hash, the idea behind Three Keys Distillery was born out of a desire to preserve the J.W. Kite store, which is located on the property where the distillery will soon stand.

      “The store is on the National Register of Historic Places, and we knew we wanted to bring it ‘back to life’ and share it within a rich part of Kentucky history,” explains Banish, founder of Three Keys Distillery.

      Jessica Banish, Founder of Three Keys Distillery

      Also on Banish’s mind when launching Three Keys Distillery was her love of bourbon as well as the desire to contribute to Kentucky history in a way that would allow her three sons to carry on the family’s legacy, should they choose to.

      “In fact, that is how Three Keys was named,” says Banish. “I wrote ‘3 KY sons’ on a napkin, and shortened it to ‘3 KYS’ and it was then we knew that Three Keys was the name of our business.”

      Banish says the atmosphere at Three Keys Distillery is what makes the business unique. “We are truly a destination, as we live on the acreage where we are building our distillery,” she says. “The local history told by and within our J.W. Kite store is something which will transport you back in time to the early 1900s, and our walking trail reveals secrets of the past. Each time we walk the land we discover remnants of the past – recently an old well.”

      Banish says she loves being reminded of the world that the only family who has ever occupied the land lived in. It’s the family before hers coupled with the modern edge of her own family that she hopes to create in the legacy of Three Keys Distillery.

      The business launched in 2016, and since then Banish says they’ve completed Moonshine University, navigated startup necessities, attended zoning meetings, developed the brand’s vision, and, for the final stages of startup, Banish joined Aviatra Accelerators (formerly Bad Girl Ventures).

      “Aviatra has been an absolute kickstart,” says Banish. “The Aviatra network is incredibly diverse, knowledgeable, and giving of time and resources. We honestly would not be as far along without the amazing group, mentors, alumni, and extended network that Aviatra provides.”

      Three Keys Distillery is one of the only distilleries owned by a woman that also has a female master distiller.

      With the help from Aviatra in launching her business, this means that Three Keys Distillery will be one of the only distilleries owned by a woman that also has a female master distiller.

      “We are fortunate to be within the Greater Cincinnati area, and still have this much history and untouched beauty,” she says. “With close proximity to Rabbit Hash and the recently revived Rabbit Hash Ferry – we are in a great place.”

      Banish says that the biggest thing she’s looking forward to with Three Keys Distillery is breaking ground on the permanent distillery early next year. “We are finalizing details and cannot wait to follow through on our commitment to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association to become part of the Kentucky Craft Bourbon Trail, as well as the Northern Kentucky B-Line, and contribute to this area’s reputation of holding the title of an ‘Official Getaway’ to the Bourbon Trail,” says Banish.

      To learn more about Three Keys Distillery, visit www.threekeysdistillery.com. You can also “like” them on Facebook. Banish says you can check out the Aviatra Launch class to learn more about the upcoming Flight Night on August 30. “I’ll be presenting the Three Keys business plan to the public, and I’d love to talk to you about it,” she says. Details on that will be announced soon, so stay tuned.

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      This week we're packing our bags and heading for the Hill! Click here to check out this breathtaking Listing of the Week!

      Back your bags and head to Indian Hill’s 8195 S Clippinger Drive! This $2.15 million home is within walking distance to Indian Hill Schools and backs up to a 10acre greenbelt! It features a private front garden with a French antique fountain, plus, it’s had some AMAZING work done – including the installation of an elevator, a $250,000 addition of a finished sunroom with a fireplace, a covered deck, and a storage room! There are hardwood floors, a fully integrated home-wide audio visual system, custom landscaping, a sprinkler system, a security system, and a central vac. With 5 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, there is plenty of room for everyone to have their own space. The master bath features two showers, two water closets, a steam shower, and a large master suite with his and her closets. There’s custom cabinetry, detailed moldings, laundry areas, two mud rooms, a custom built bar, and a seriously decked out basement plus an exercise room, library/office, and walk-in closets in the bedrooms! 

      This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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