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Read on for a peek inside this Columbia-Tusculum home with an open-concept kitchen, wine cellar and expansive outdoor space perfect for entertaining.

You don’t want to miss this beautiful, white colonial home in Columbia/Tusculum/Mt. Lookout! Listed at $1.1 million, this home sits on 1.7 acres off a private lane. There’s an updated kitchen with granite countertops, a 5-burner gas cooktop, and double sink to give you an updated feel in a classic home. The kitchen is also open to the family room with a wall of windows looking out onto a landscaped yard. There’s even a 350-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar. With 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, this home built in 1865 is one you won’t want to miss.

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


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Learn about a corporate wellness partner that increases wellness — for businesses and its employees — through a focus on health and happiness.

The Wellness Collective offers companies wellness programs that positively impact businesses and employees.

Health and happiness is the secret recipe to wellness for businesses, and their employees, according to this Ohio-based organization.

“We are a team of fitness and wellness professionals transforming lives through health and happiness. Our focus area is supporting employers-so we consult, design and deliver programs that positively impact businesses and employers,” says Katy Tombaugh, Founder and CEO of Wellness Collective. “This shifts the culture in a good way-improving not only health and happiness but also morale, productivity, connectedness, satisfaction and performance.” 

The business was established in 2007 and are wrapping up their 11th year. While they are headquartered in Columbus, they travel throughout Ohio. 

The inspiration behind the business was twofold. “I saw a need. I saw that employers were waiting to improve the health of their teams but that they didn’t have the training, expertise or time to execute the initiative,” Tombaugh says. “Additionally, employee health and well-being generally falls under Human Resources and there can be sensitive health-related information that employees may not feel comfortable discussing with their employer-nor should they.”

There was also a want for the Wellness Collective. “I wanted to be in a career that felt meaningful to me and impactful to others.  When I began supporting people in this way, I knew that I had discovered my mission. I then fell in love with business-so now it’s just a win-win. I’m creating businesses and shaping business and lives.”

There are a variety of different services offered through the Wellness Collective, including Platform,  Consulting and Program Management, Onsite Fitness, Educational Sessions, Campaigns, Coaching and Counseling, Events and Retreats and Well U. 

Wellness Collective has their own definition of wellness. “Wellness is more than healthcare. It’s more than knowing your numbers and the absence of illness. It’s more than disease management,” she says. “Wellness, to us, is a process of ongoing self-awareness, self-assessment and action that empowers you to show up as your best, most-satisfied self. From a high-level, our approach to wellness also focuses heavily on movement and nutrition, social connectedness, positive psychology and emotional intelligence, in addition to supportive healthcare habits.”

The success of the Wellness Collective is defined by “impacting health outcomes, shaping a culture of wellness and swinging people into action,” Tombaugh says. “So if we are able to measure this effectiveness and capture winning testimonials, we are celebrating success.”

The Wellness Collective is a great addition to the Columbus community. “Communities see ongoing challenges related to obesity, inactivity, and lack of mental health support. And within businesses, we see the same thing with the addition of Chronic Stress and excessive sitting, and sitting is the new smoking from a health risk perspective.,” she says. “People also struggle with motivation and self-regulation…and this is where Wellness Collective can step in. We are a positive presence able to support the physical, mental and emotional health of people everywhere. They take this information and skills back to their families and see a beautiful ripple effect.”

If you want to keep up with what Wellness Collective is doing, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and their website.

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From innovative updos to textured waves and dimensional color work, learn about a West-side salon that's leveraging social media to showcase her work.

Mary Baute of Primp offers hair services at JCPenney in Colerain.

Mary Baute is a Master Stylist at JCPenney Salon Stonecreek Towne Center location in Colerain.

Baute wanted to find a way to connect with clients while showcasing her range of art, so she launched the “Primp Cincinnati” social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.

From innovative updos to textured waves and dimensional color work, Primp Cincinnati is a page that’s solely focused on posting photos of Baute work — not selling products or running promotions.

“Primp is my Facebook page and Instagram account to showcase my professional work,” she says. “My inspiration behind these accounts is my passion for this business. I wanted a way to connect with my clients and highlight my work at the same time.”

At her JCPenney-based salon, Baute offers a variety of salon services ranging from haircuts to updos, to balayage and ombre. She also offers waxing and eyebrow shaping services. “And everything in between,” she adds.

With 12 years of salon experience, Baute says that she’s always learning new techniques and trends so that she can provide clients with the latest and greatest hair salon services available.

The salon is located at 3675 Stone Creek Blvd. in Cincinnati. To learn more, follow along on Facebook or Instagram.

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A locally-based, high-profile jewelry designer is hosting an upcoming event at her Oxford studio. Read on for all the dazzling details.

Karen Lindner will showcase her design work at her upcoming Sip, Shop & Socialize event in Oxford.

Known for custom, curated collections of antique-based jewelry, sourcing rare antiques,and working with clients on custom heirloom redesign, Karen Lindner Designs is celebrating its new by-appointment showroom in Oxford with a Sip, Shop & Socialize event.

“The three-day event will feature jewelry, art, and flowers from four local businesses,” says Karen Lindner, Founder and Owner of Karen Lindner Designs. “Along with me, the host, there will be photography by Audra Shields Photography, paintings and sculptures by Carrie Pate, and flowers from Two Little Buds – all of whom will have things available to view and purchase.”

The event is being held at Lindner’s new space at 104 South Beech Street in Oxford, beginning with an evening open house for the community and the Oxford Chamber of Commerce members on Thursday, November 15, from 5-7pm before continuing on November 16 and November 17 from 12-5pm.

Lindner says that through the event, which was inspired by her clients, art friends, and the community, she hopes to help introduce her new space.

“It was my hope to host something that helped introduce my new little space to those who are interested in custom, curated jewelry and antiques, and to let my clients know that I have a location where they can come in and meet with me – especially for custom heirloom redesign and special pieces they are interested in having me design for them,” says Lindner.

Lindner has plenty of experience in designer jewelry. She’s designed for more than 10 years and, in addition to working with retail partners, her work has been showcased on the runway, worn on television show hosts and award shows, music videos, celebrity weddings, and many magazine. “I have worked directly with internationally known designers as well as with top stylists to create celebrity pieces,” she adds.

Some of the clients she’s worked with are high profile, whether it’s with them directly or their stylists. Some of her partnerships began in her second year of business with her association with Miranda Lambert. Lindner’s first job for her was to do her entire wedding party and their own wedding jewelry.

“Later, I worked on music videos, awards shows, and pieces for her private collection,” she says. Other work includes a private collection for Joanna Gaines, a private collection for Long Island Medium Teresa Caputo, and runway shows and retail locations for Anne Barge and Vera Wang.

“My work has also been in national magazines on celebrities that were in feature spreads, and who had my work on via their stylists and copy editors,” says Lindner. “Locally, I have been on the cover and in photo spreads multiple times in Cincinnati Magazine’s Weddings issue.”

To get a peek of Lindner’s talent and jewelry collection, check out her Sip, Shop & Socialize beginning November 15. The event is free to attend and there are no tickets necessary.

To learn more about Karen Lindner Designs, visit, and learn more about the upcoming Sip, Shop & Socialize here.

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Learn about the upcoming holiday market and community festival featuring non-stop entertainment, 60+ vendors, and several festive activities.

With more than 60 vendors, Halle-Bration is a free celebration of Christmas on Friday, Dec. 7, 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Vision United Methodist Church.

This sixth annual Halle-Bration is a city-wide holiday celebration and unique gift market selling jewelry, shoes, ethnic fashions, hats, books, baked goods, food, skincare products, entertainment and more. The event will also feature activities for kids including a visit from Santa Claus, holiday craft classes, celebrated visual artists poets, and workshops on the meaning of Christmas and Kwanzaa.


Kathye Lewis, co-founder and co-coordinator of Halle-Bration says the influence of the event came from the need for a free event for families during the holiday, “We started Halle-Bration in 2013, because we wanted to give the community a free event where families could come out, celebrate the holiday season and have some fun.” “We also wanted to provide a place where the community could buy unique holiday gifts and other goods and services from local African American artisans, merchants, and entrepreneurs,” Lewis added.

New Vision UMC, the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce and the Collective Empowerment Group of Cincinnati are all presenters of the event while First Financial Bank, Fifth Third Bank, and BonSecours Mercy Health are all Gold Level Sponsors. 

As a part of the two-day event, a Jazz Social Hour featuring Jazz Saxophonist Ed SAX Thomas and his trio, mocktails, and finger foods. 

The Halle-Bration will provide continuous food concessions, live entertainment, and is a community business marketplace featuring service-oriented community-based business with a business directory given out for free so attendees can patronize businesses year round. 

To learn more, call 513-961-4817 or log onto the Halle-Bration website here.

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A local expert, who works with some of the area’s biggest brands, is launching a rebrand and new services that help you communicate, collaborate, and be more productive.


Monica Scalf, Founder of the Work Well Group,

After years of experience as an entrepreneur working with a wide range of different businesses, Monica Scalf learned what works well. So much so, she rebranded her business as The Work Well Group.

Formerly the Playground Group, Scalf’s business offers three subsets of services for clients: customized workshops, live personal branding workshop and personality assessments and goal coaching. 

For its customized workshops, the Work Well Group supplies assistance in communication, presentation skills, personal branding, team building, stress management and more. 

To launch the rebrand and give the business community a glimpse into a Work Well Group Workshop, Scalf is hosting an “Authentic Personal Branding Workshop” on Nov. 16 from 8:30-10:30am. It will take place at the AC Hotel by Marriott Cincinnati at Liberty Center, located at 7505 Gibson Street, Liberty Township, OH 45069. The registration fee is typically $219, but you can use the code CINCYCHIC to save $20 here. 

“The class will be a small group so plenty of one on one interaction takes place,” Scalf says. “We do exercises and activities, look at examples, and each participant leaves with a list of action items they can complete to get started on improving their personal brands right away.”

According to Scalf, the Authentic Personal Branding workshop will equip participants with a roadmap for how to elevate and express their best personal brand. “A clear, focused and authentic personal brand can be key in attracting new clients and career opportunities,” Scalf says. “It’s tough to work on your personal brand in isolation – either there’s never enough time with all of the other tasks you have to do, or it’s overwhelming because you don’t know where to start or how to go about it.  This class will walk participants through a step-by-step process for uncovering their best personal brand and sharing it with the world.”

Prior to starting her business, Scalf was a professor at Xavier University. She also has experience in sales and is the author of “Live in the Little: 52 Ways to Find the Extra in the Ordinary.”

When referring to the personality assessment and goal coaching, Scalf says she utilizes the DISC Assessment, centering on four personality traits: dominance, influence, steadiness and conscientiousness. Once these results are rendered, the workshops help participants understand the results and work better with co-workers. 

“In general, The Work Well Group provides workshops, consulting, and coaching that helps teams and individuals create positive and productive workplaces,” Scalf explains. “We have worked with clients including eBay, P&G, Great American Insurance, Deloitte, Lexis Nexis and more.  We have a passion for helping people learn how to better communicate and collaborate so that work is less stressful, more productive, and more fun.”

Scalf says the end result of her work is to strengthen the individual, which helps them interact with others at their best, which in turn strengthens a company’s bottom line. “When people learn the skills that help them to work well – how to communicate, collaborate, and be more productive,” she adds, “work becomes more fulfilling and more fun; individuals and teams get better results.”

To learn more, visit

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Peppa Pig is coming to town! Read on to learn more about where you can purchase tickets and to read an interview with one of the show's actors!

Peppa Pig Live will be coming to Cincinnati on November 23 at the Taft Theatre with its show “Peppa Pig’s Surprise.” Here’s an interview with Peppa Pig actor Daniel Jared Hersh:

Cincy Chic: Where is your current hometown?
Daniel Jared Hersh: Currently I live in Thousand Oaks, California.

Cincy Chic: What city did you grow up in?
Hersh: I was born in Westlake Village, California.

Cincy Chic: What other cities have you lived in?
Hersh: I grew up in Agoura Hills, CA until I was 14, then moved to Henderson, Nevada (right next to Las Vegas, the strip was 20 minutes from my house).

Cincy Chic: Where did you attend school?
Hersh: I went to high school at Coronado High School in Henderson, Nevada. I moved to Hollywood, California, for college at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and got my BFA in musical theatre.

For more information and tour dates, please visit www.peppapigliveus.comFacebook and Twitter.

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Our art guru shares a peek inside new work coming to the Cincinnati Art Museum that truly draws a line in the sand.

A group of Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery will visit the Cincinnati Art Museum to create a sacred sand mandala in the museum’s Great Hall November 13–18.

A group of Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery, a Buddhist monastery in South India founded in 1416, will visit the Cincinnati Art Museum to create a sacred sand mandala in the museum’s Great Hall from November 13–18.

Admission to the museum and access to view the work is free and people of all ages are encouraged to attend this remarkable program.

Visitors will be able to view the sand mandala creation from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, and until 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 15. An opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 13 at 11 a.m., and a closing and dissolution ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m. A special REC Reads program will feature stories and art-making related to the mandala project on Wednesday, November 14 at 11:30 a.m. in the Rosenthal Education Center.

Sand painting is an ancient Tibetan art form constructed as vehicle to generate compassion. Eight monks will lay millions of grains of colored sand into place to create intricate designs over the course of six days, forming a diagram of the enlightened mind and the ideal world.

The sand, colored with vegetable dyes or opaque tempera, is poured onto the mandala platform with a narrow metal funnel called a chakpur“. The chakpur is scraped by another metal rod causing a vibration by which grains of sand trickle out. The two chakpurs are said to symbolize the union of wisdom and compassion.

The visit is part of a tour throughout the U.S. to share Tibetan Buddhism and demonstrate the artistic accomplishments of the people of Tibet. In addition, they hope to raise money to ensure the survival of the Tibetan culture. Proceeds from the sale of crafts and jewelry at tour stops are used to house, feed and educate the monks and surrounding community, including orphans and refugees.

This is the third time these monks have created a sand mandala at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Other Cincinnati visits have resulted in sand creations at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and at Mount St. Joseph University.

In general, all mandalas have outer, inner and secret meaning. On the outer level they represent the world in its divine form; on the inner level, they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into the enlightened mind; and on the secret level, they predict the primordially perfect balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear light dimension of the mind.

The creation of a sand painting is said to affect purification and healing on these three levels. When finished, to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists, the colored sands are swept up and poured into a nearby river or stream where the waters carry healing energies throughout the world.

The mandala is an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism. The term mandala means “world harmony” and the three-dimensional artworks are carefully constructed from dyed sand particles to represent the traditions of Buddhism.

Visitors can continue the celebration of Asian culture in special exhibition The Fabric of India, on view through January 6, 2019 in the Western & Southern Galleries on the museum’s second floor. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Visitor Services Desk. Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World is on view in the Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Gallery and Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Gallery (G124 and 125), across from the museum’s Terrace Café. Free admission.

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Our movie critic says Claire Foy shines bright in this dark thriller, but is this web worth a visit to the theater?


Why am I burning down this house? I love Talking Heads, OK?! Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) stands outside the Brandmauer Manor in a scene from THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB. Credit: Nadja Klier © 2018 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.





KEY CAST MEMBERS: Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks,

Stephen Merchant, Claes Bang, Christopher Convery, Synnøve Macody Lund and Vicky Krieps

DIRECTOR(S): Fede Alvarez


THE BACK STORY: The first (kind of) sequel to the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie (and the first that is actually based on a book in the Dragon series not written by original author Steig Larsson), The Girl in the Spider’s Web stars Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander, the computer-hacking genius who finds herself embroiled in a plot when a computer scientist named Frans Balder (Stephen Merchant) contacts her. What does he want? For her to retrieve Project FreeFall from the National Security Agency in the U.S. before it falls into the wrong hands. So, once Lisbeth hacks into the NSA, she draws the attention of agent Edwin Needlam (Lakeith Stanfield) who is on the first plane he can find to Sweden to get to the bottom of things. 

Of course, that wouldn’t be as big a problem if Lisbeth’s little move hadn’t also drawn the attention of a mysterious outfit known simply as the Spiders, a notorious crime syndicate that is about to make itself very well-known to our femme fatale. Calling in the assistance of her journalist friend/sometimes romantic liaison Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason), Lisbeth is determined to get to recover the file and keep Frans’ son August (Christopher Convery) safe. There’s just one little problem in her plan she hadn’t counted on: Camilla Salander (Sylvia Hoeks), her sister who has a major plan up her sleeve of her own.

THE REVIEW: Both the original Swedish (starring Noomi Rapace) an American (starring Rooney Mara in her breakout role) Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films were critically acclaimed, dark and moody thrillers that while successful, didn’t quite match the hype of the books in terms of audience excitment. (I mean, the U.S. version did pull in over $200 million, but that might have been the quietest $200 million maker ever. Seriously – didn’t it just seem like the movie kind of came and went?)

Old box office numbers notwithstanding, The Girl in the Spider’s Web continues Salander’s legacy in rousing fashion by finding an actress who seems tailor made for the role in Foy, who is clearer better than the somewhat predictable and heavy-handed foreshadow heavy direction of Fede Alvarez. Foy perfectly captures the sexuality, vulnerability, toughness, intelligence and extremely subtle underlying pain that drives Salander’s life, making the role her own just like the actresses before her. Foy’s presence drives every scene, almost to the point the other actors feel like they are along for her dark and twisted ride.

Foy aside, Spider’s Web plays out a little dry at times, save for the occasional quip by Stanfield. There’s really nothing too dynamic about Blomkvist as Gudnason plays him (Daniel Craig and Michael Nyqvist have nothing to worry about), Hoeks is so dark (ironically, as the palest actress on screen this year) it almost just feels unreal and the secondary characters just don’t have nowhere close the same level of intrigue as Foy character. Throw in a plot that is nowhere near as twisty and turny as it would like you to believe and you have an above average character being called upon to save a rather average story.

Luckily, much like the character she portrays, Foy more than proves she is up to the task.