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From vintage and designer fashions, to emerging local designers and Project Runway finalists — learn about the local event that’s bringing all of this and more to a runway near you.


As the curtains close on New York Fashion Week, a sartorially savvy event heats up right here in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Fashion Event will take place on Saturday, March 7 at the Bertke Electric Warehouse located at 1645 Blue Rock St. in Cincinnati.

“We are looking at an attendance of around 500 people – which is very exciting,” says Andrew Salzbrun, managing partner at AGAR. “The biggest thing that we are hoping to achieve is a blending of people varying in both age and cultural backgrounds.”

Evolution Studio will present the event in partnership with Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa, AMY KIRCHEN Boutique, AGAR and Navarro Photography. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 8 p.m. and an after party to follow at the Evolution Fashion Studio.

Lines from major designers including two finalists from Tim Gunn’s “Under the Gunn”, Asha Daniels and Sam Donovan and designer collections from fashion historian, stylist and collector, Tony Tiemeyer’s Evolution Fashion Studio will be showcased. Rising designer, Amy Kirchen, will also be featured along with a Spring 2015 line of local men’s fashion styled by Ivy Costa.

“I hope this event sheds light on local talent and that Cincinnati can be a city known for fashion,” says Amy Kirchen, designer of her self-titled label. “I love that this city is rich with talent and we have created a platform to showcase it. This event will impact the city with style, talent and design.”

In addition, Shayna Jordan Arnold, a graduate from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program, will get the opportunity of a lifetime as her collection shares the runway with some of fashion’s biggest names.

Event pricing is $30 for general admission and $100 for front row VIP tickets. Proceeds from the Front Row VIP tickets will benefit Cincinnati Opera’s world premier production of the new American opera “Morning Star,” which will be presented June 30 through July 19, 2015.

The Cincinnati Fashion Event has come a long way since its debut two years ago. “The event was formally known as ‘Chaser’ and was held at the Masonic Temple,” says Salzbrun. “The name change from Chaser to the Cincinnati Fashion Event was ultimately inspired by New York Fashion Week. We wanted to be able to showcase the talent and local designers right here in Cincinnati – so this was a great way to do that.”

“For us, it’s all about continuing to develop program level support and focusing on local talent,” Salzbrun continues. “I’m sure that Cincinnati will see a series of events popping up after this one is over.”

For more information about The Cincinnati Fashion Event or to purchase tickets, visit

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A local woman launched a mobile art party business that brings the fun to you. Keep reading to see how you can reserve a private painting party, or join in the fun at a local wine shop.


A glass of red wine, laughter, girlfriend time, and creativity are good for the body, mind and spirit. So grab a glass, paint brush, and gal pal for a Gallery to Go outing.

Gallery to Go is a mobile art party business that brings the fun to you. “All the supplies are brought to your group anywhere in the Tri-State area,” explains Gallery to Go Founder Christine Smith. “We start with a studio and end with a gallery of artwork created by your friends, family and co-workers.”

Smith’s business held its first party in September 2011 with a mother-daughter fireworks party at a private residence. Since then, Smith says, parties have been held at restaurants, clubhouses, business conference rooms and anywhere else there’s room for a painting party.

If you don’t quite have the space to host a gathering like this, the Elk Creek Wine Store in Crestview Hills hosts a Gallery to Go event on the second Thursday of every month. There’s also an event on the third Thursday of each month at DEP’s Fine Wine in Fort Thomas.

To participate in a paint party at one of these locations, all you need to do is sign up for you and a friend or bring a group to enjoy a night of wine tasting in addition to the paint party.

The next event will be held March 12 at the Elk Creek Wine Store in Crestview Hills. Also, since the Elk Creek paint party is expected to sell out, they’ve decided to add a second date or March 14. It’s $30 to attend and guests are welcome to bring their favorite snacks and purchase a bottle of wine on-site. “No painting skills or wine wisdom is necessary,” Smith laughs. “It’s more about the party than the paint!”

Once the event gets started at 7:00 p.m., attendees receive step-by-step guidance through the painting process. However, Smith says, it’s important to keep in mind that the event is more about having fun with the people next to you than to focus on the look of your painting.

Most parties typically last an hour and a half. Space for the events is limited so you’ll want to register early on the events page of You can also call 859-816-9053 if you have questions.

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Learn about the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club and their upcoming shows — perfect for a girl's night out — and the local charities they support.

022315CAREERIf you’re looking for a place to see a thought-provoking performance, check out the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club where the organization’s mission is to “create and maintain an organized center of thought and action among the woman members for the promotion of social, educational, literacy and artistic growth and to promote these interests in relation to the City of Fort Thomas.”

The history of the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club dates back to the early 1900s. The first president of the club was Mrs. Murray R. Hubbard. Today, the club’s president is Ginger Paul, who continues to fulfill its mission.

While the season has been alive and strong since September and will be wrapping up in May, you still have time to catch a show, according to Valeria Amburgey, Publicity Chair for the Village Players of Fort Thomas, a department of the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club. “Typically, our season includes three shows and a Children’s Show in December,” explains Amburgey. “The last show of the season typically includes a charity benefit and the profits from the spring show are donated to an identified charity.”

The current production is called “The Women” and it started on Feb. 20 and will finish up on Feb. 28. Amburgey says the season concludes with “Blood Relations” from April 17 through April 25 and will benefit the Hoxworth Blood Center.

“The Women” is a classic comedy follows a Manhattan socialite who recently discovered her husband is having an affair. After her friends turn out to be less than helpful, the show proves to be a hilarious, satirical look into the lives of “the ladies who lunch” and the world that determines their behavior.

Cast members are Teresa Myers, Anne-Marie Ireland, Julia Hedges, Patricia Mullins, Eylie Lorenz, Renee Maria, Andrianne Underhill, Allison Hinkel, Amy Sullivan, Kimberly Boyle, Monica Weber, Elaine Michael, Peggy Kenney, Sarah Spencer, Jeri Nakamura, Olivia Anderson, Betsy Evans, Rilla Foster, Gaylene May and Lori Bowling.

Upcoming performances will take place on Feb. 26, Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m. at The Fort Thomas Woman’s Club on 8 North Fort Thomas Avenue in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

Tickets to the shows are $17 and can be ordered by calling the box office or online.

To purchase tickets, learn more or get involved with the Woman’s Club or Village Players of Fort Thomas, visit their website or call 859-392-0500. Audition announcements are also posted on their Facebook page.

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Art gallery, frame shop, design consultant firm, and event space — learn more about ADC Fine Art and the team behind this art-lover’s paradise.

Elizabeth Davis, Art Gallery Director at ADC Fine Art:
Elizabeth Davis, Art Gallery Director at ADC Fine Art:

Cincy Chic: What is ADC Fine Art?
Elizabeth Davis, Art Gallery Director at ADC Fine Art: Art Design Consultants (ADC) is affectionately known as Cincinnati’s “Gallery in the Sky,” and rightly so! We’re located on the 5th floor of a renovated warehouse on the edge of downtown. We have floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing sweeping views of the Mt. Adams and Cincinnati cityscapes, but most of the time people don’t even make it that far because our 10,000-square-foot gallery space captivates them first. We have everything from luscious traditional landscapes to vibrant, non-representational contemporary artworks to satisfy our every client’s taste. We are first and foremost an art consultant agency and gallery and we love helping our clients choose the best art for their spaces, but we also have an in-house frame shop that does custom and contract pieces and we rent out our space for fantastic events! We can’t wait for Cincy Chic’s Eco Chic Fashion Show on March 26.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind ADC?
Davis: Litsa Spanos is the Founder and President of Art Design Consultants. For more than 20 years she has helped friends and clients – corporate and residential – select just the right, amazing artworks for their space.

Currently, her vision continues to grow with new clients and exciting projects like Art Comes Alive, an annual nationally juried art competition and exhibition that awards over $150,000 to the nation’s top artists, and Blink, a high-end print and online art catalog created to help designers source beautiful art for their projects faster. Her award-winning company currently ranks in the top two percent of all women-owned business in the nation.

To meet project deadlines and awe clients, Litsa relies on her incredibly talented and passionate team comprised of Senior Art Consultant Allison Banzhaf, Art Director Sandy Eichert, Gallery Director Elizabeth David, Master Framer and Artist Kevin Poole, master framers Chris Bungenstock and Matt Estenfelder, Blink Sales Director Chelsea Tucker and Blink Circulation Director Rachael Moore.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind ADC Fine Art?
Davis: At Art Design Consultants, we’re passionate about creating beautiful environments with art that inspires and excites. With art and design, the two truly go hand in hand. A piece will look different in the gallery than it will in your home or office space, and that’s where we come in. We nurture our clients through the art selection process from beginning to end. Art is more than a decorative piece displayed on a wall, it has the ability to transform a room adding both dimension and personality. As art consultants we have the vision to see how art or a custom frame really completes the space.

Cincy Chic: When did ADC Fine Art launch?
Davis: In 1992, Litsa founded ADC out of her basement with only two customers. She was determined to take her passion for art and bring beauty into as many homes and offices as possible. Since then she has taken this passion and established a thriving and vibrant business in Cincinnati’s art market creating beautiful and inspirational spaces for numerous clients.

Cincy Chic: What types of services do you offer customers?
Davis: ADC is a multi-faceted company. We sell fine art, offer free art consulting services for healthcare, corporate and residential clients, custom and contract framing and event venue and most recently we became a publisher.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for ADC Fine Art?
Davis: Yes, there is! In March we’ll be publishing Blink Art Resource! The inspiration behind Blink came out of necessity:

“I was awarded a large corporate project requiring a variety of original works. I needed to find great artists and put together a presentation in less than a week. Sure, there were thousands of artists on-line as well as many around me, but the thought of searching for professional artists and then narrowing them down was daunting. In reality, this meant a lot of time wasted sitting at my computer and becoming overwhelmed by too many options. I had to get exciting ideas and make a great impression on my client fast…If only I had an inspiring art catalogue with everything I needed from paintings to site-specific sculpture at my fingertips.” – Litsa Spanos

And because of this frustration, BLINK was born!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Davis: Readers can go to to learn more and be inspired by beautiful art!

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Our Editor in Chic shares a letter to her daughter that explains where the grass is truly greener.

022315LOLAI remember my first garden. Well, technically it was my sandbox. But I planted radish seeds in it once, and they surprisingly grew, so we called it my garden.

My parents were so shocked that anything grew in it because, for one, it was a sandbox. No soil, just sand. It was also in the shade, and a fairly long walk from our house so it wasn’t necessarily easy to get to.

This poor little “garden” had everything stacked against it. I had every excuse for it not to work. But I saw gardens in magazines and wanted one so badly.

I remember visiting my radishes each day, bringing them water — never looking at other plants to notice they were in soil not sand, or if they were bigger than my little radishes. I just watered watered watered, and loved seeing the little green sprouts get bigger every day. Then, eventually, that proud moment when my parents said my radishes were big enough to pick!

We pulled them out of the ground and I couldn’t believe I had grown them all by myself. I think I stared at them for hours – so proud – before I finally caved and ate one. I’ll never forget that day.

Somehow along the way, though, I forgot the lessons this little garden taught me. With the huge hurdles we’ve had to clear lately, it’s been tough to not look at everyone else’s “garden.” I started looking at other people’s soil. Their plants. Their harvests. Why did gardening seem so much easier for them than it did for us? Did I have a black thumb?

There was one woman in particular who seemed to have it all: healthy family, lots of kids, nice house, traveled often, great job, etc. From an outsider’s perspective, their life just looked effortless and happy. Like a beautiful, self-watering garden full of huge, fruitful plants. Who wouldn’t be jealous of that?

Last week, I had a business meeting with this woman. I even thought “It must be so nice to be her” when she welcomed me in to her perfectly organized office, shook my hand with her perfectly manicured nails, and smiled at me with her perfect Hollywood smile. Then, about 15 minutes into the conversation, she poured out her heart to me. She hadn’t been happy in years and she had just told her husband she wanted a divorce. Life had been secretly crumbling behind the facade she kept so well-manicured.

I was shocked. It was like learning that the dream gardens in my magazines as a kid were really a bunch of silk plants stuck in dirt (which they very well might have been). And here it had me – a person who somehow made radishes grow in a shady pile of sand – wondering if I had a black thumb. In reality, I made something really special happen when I focused on my own little plants. I willed those little radishes to grow with lots of love and water. Your daddy and I did the same thing – despite all odds, we willed our special little family to grow with lots of love and strength. We just needed to keep doing that and not worry about anything else.

So, keep that in mind when you feel the urge to compare your life to others. While it might look like it from afar, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence. But the grass will always be greener where you water it, even if it’s just a few radishes in the sand.

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It was at one time considered a potential sleeper for award season, but then got shut out. But is A Most Violent Year still a film worth most certainly worth watching? Click here to find out!

“Do you know why I’m holding your face like this? Because I cannot believe how well that mascara is holding up under all these lights!” Immigrant-turned-aspiring-heating mogul Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) embraces his wife daughter-of-a-gangster Anna (Jessica Chastain) in a scene from writer/director J.C. Chandor’s drama A MOST VIOLENT YEAR. Credit: A24 Films. All Rights Reserved.



KEY CAST MEMBERS: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Elyes Gabel and Albert Brooks

WRITER(S): J.C. Chandor

DIRECTOR(S): J.C. Chandor



 Set against the backdrop of the most – statistically, anyway – the most violent year in the history of New York City (1981), A Most Violent Year tells the story of aspiring heating oil industry player Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac). An immigrant trying to make an honest living, he seems to be the only person around him that is.His wife Anna (Jessica Chastain) is the son of a gangster, his accountant (Albert Brooks) may have looked the other way one time to many when it came to her management of the company’s books. The same can’t be said for Lawrence (David Oyelowo), the district attorney hot on their heels, however …Things could be worse, though – at least he is not his cousin Julian (Elyes Gabel) just can’t seem to catch a break … unless it’s one in his face from the thugs that are trying to shut Abel’s company down. You see, things are HIGHLY competitive in the heating oil game, which is why jacking of rival trucks, beating of rival drivers/salesman and potential home intimidation/invasions have become commonplace.

A most violent year it is, indeed – but is it one Abel can survive as he chases the American dream he still so steadfastly believes in?

WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST?: People who don’t like films with potentially unsatisfying resolutions; people who want a character to respond differently than they do when their convictions threaten their very own well being.

WHO WON’T – OR SHOULDN’T – LIKE THIS FILM?: Oscar Isaac fans; Jessica Chastain fans; people who enjoy the unfolding of a story in carefully designed layers; audience members who enjoy watching a man stick to his morals; those who remember New York City’s storied (or should that be infamous) past.

FINAL VERDICT – IS IT GOOD, GREAT, BAD OR DOWNRIGHT AWFUL? A Most Violent Year is a very well ACTED movie … It’s just not a movie that is always exciting to watch, which is why it may be very well done, audiences may have trouble remembering it once they leave the theater.

Especially if the convictions of the lead character produce as much conflict in their own mind as it does everyone around him.

Essentially a morality play of sorts, A Most Violent Year uses its setting as an effective backdrop to explore a simple theme: Can, or rather will, one waver from their convictions (In this case, Abel’s belief in the American dream and the need to do things the right way) or fall victim to the evil surrounding him. The role seems tailor made for Isaac, who seems to specialize in playing characters with deep convictions in their talent that may ultimately serve to be his undoing/make him seem weak (see Inside Llewyn Davis for more).

There is never a moment where you don’t know exactly what Abel is thinking or why he is thinking it; he is a man who is determined and will not let anything sway him from his path. This in turn makes Chastain a great mirror to judge himself against, for her take-no-prisoners, family-over-everything-and-anybody mentality is fun to watch. This is also why one can view Julian as a sort of anti-Abel and view the resulting effects of his actions as the “see what happens?” when comparing the two characters. (Albert Brooks is fun as always as he has perfected the art of playing a put upon older guy trying to help a younger person be reasonable very well.)

All that being said, A Most Violent Year moves at such an unhurried pace that the story itself comes off as a little dry and – dare I say – secondary to its characters. You’ll likely figure out the film’s moves before the characters do … And unless you are extremely ensnared by Abel’s plight to continue to do right in the face of so much trauma, you may lose your empathy midstream.

So, while A Most Violent Year isn’t a bad film at all, it certainly isn’t the most memorable one you’ll see this year. And that’s probably not the emotion writer/director J.C. Candor hoped to create.


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Our fashion columnist explores the art of mixing colors, playing with patterns and incorporating prints into your outfits. Learn more about the dos and dos of mixing it up and creating style recipes.

If you run into me bopping around Hyde Park and you don’t know me, you might think to yourself, Why is she wearing all of those prints? What is she thinking? Does she know those don’t match? Or hopefully, you’re inspired to see style as an expression of self. Maybe you’ll decide to try to mix up your outfits a bit as to avoid the same old recipes you continue to put together, limiting yourself to pants that are married to a certain sweater or a dress that only goes with one belt and certain shoes. Sound familiar?

I’ve been researching Pinterest (don’t judge, I know you’ve pinned 6 things in the last 24 hours on a secret board). Anyway, I’d like to summarize my findings to help you incorporate pattern play into your wardrobe.

Study Color Experts
As much as style should be individual, fashion is often driven by designers and retailers. Browse the J.Crew catalog for a little guidance on styling a monochromatic look or to find new color combinations. Interior design is another great source of color inspiration. It’s amazing what you already have in your closet to make up these looks.
Keep a list of ideas for moments when you’re lacking creative combinations.

Try a few, including:
• Mustard & Grey
• Navy & Fuchsia
• Marsala & Bright Blue
• Camel & Hot Pink
• Yellow, Turquoise, & Black
• Olive, White, & Tan

Common Thread
This is both a literal and figurative suggestion but make sure when mixing prints that there is a common thread to pull the look together. For example, when mixing two or three patterns, make sure there is a commonality. Wear black and white prints of varying scales or ensure there is a unifying color in the multiple patterns. Remember it doesn’t have to perfectly match but be purposeful in the color coordination of your look.

Leopard is Neutral
While I can’t take credit for this concept, I do believe and practice it as a fashionista. Leopard goes with everything. Buy a pair of leopard pumps or flats to wear as often as you do your nude shoes. If you are nervous to incorporate more than one pattern, use leopard as your safety net. With leopard, ignore the common thread rule mentioned above.

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How do you identify a strong woman? Tough and thick-skinned? Kind but assertive? Career woman or homemaker? Our new art columnist explains how correct answer is all of the above and more.

How do you identify a strong woman?

Is she tough? Is she kind but assertive? Is she nerdy? Is she a diva? Is she cool? Is she a business-focused woman with a successful career or a classic homemaker-type who can cook dinner every night and raise three kids?

The correct answer: all of the above…and more.

Throughout history, there are numerous stories of strong women supporting other women and the best way to continue to inspire these stories is to continue to pass these stories down to future generations – creating a supportive cycle of “girl power.”

Even the Cincinnati Art Museum has quite a few stories to tell. When it comes to the Cincinnati Art Museum’s (CAM) collection of 65,000 items spanning 6,000 years, even the smallest item can tell an intricate story. Historically, independent, artistic women have always been a large part of the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM), established 1881. The museum itself was, in part, founded by the Women’s Art Museum Association (WAMA). Women have been closely involved ever since.

So what does armor have to do with it? Well, our newest exhibition, Masterpieces of Japanese Art, actually tells a surprising story of female empowerment and a suit of Japanese armor.

When Asian Art curator, Dr. Hou-mei Sung, started at CAM 12 years ago, she had no idea that the museum even had an Asian Art collection but after years of research and digging up information, several of her favorite items are now featured in the brand new exhibition.

This detailed collection of Japanese Art is the oldest in the United States and Dr. Sung has worked tirelessly to catalogue this information to create the first published piece on this particular subject entitled “Masterpieces of Japanese Art.” A labor of love, she holds the process of finding the suit of armor especially close to her heart.

“The discovery of the Suit of Armor was dramatic. It came to the museum very early,” said Dr. Sung, “We had three suits and two of them told a very unique story.” This story, told in her catalogue, reveals that one suit of armor, generously donated by Mrs. Enoch T. Carson (1837-1921) through WAMA, was on view in 1883 in the world armor exhibition. The other two were sold to CAM by Dr. Adeline Kelsey for a very worthy cause.

In 1885, Dr. Kelsey, a medical missionary with the Woman’s Union Missionary Society, traveled from Cincinnati to Japan and was inspired by two young Japanese women, Kaku Sudo (1869 – 1963) and Hana Abe (1873 – 1921), who were eager to obtain their medical degrees in the late 19th century. Dr. Kelsey took a special interest in them and was determined to help them obtain this goal and did so by selling many of her Japanese gifts, given to her as a result of her missionary work, to fund the girls’ education.

Dr. Kelsey’s sold two suits of Japanese armor to CAM, along with other items from Japan, to pay for Sudo and Abe’s tuition and board as they settled in Cincinnati to attend the Laura Memorial Woman’s Medical College , one of the few U.S. medical schools that accepted female students at the time.

“The doctor helped these two female students and sold the two suits so that they could go to school,” said Dr. Sung, “I found this story inspirational.”

The duo graduated from Laura Memorial Women’s Medical College in 1896 and promptly joined Dr. Kelsey in Japan to found the Negishi Hospital near Yokohama. In 1907, the three doctors returned to the U.S. after serving the poor for several years.

Although this story was atypical of the time, Dr. Sung sees it as tremendously significant to the era. “It tells a touching tale of humanity in an almost forgotten chapter of local Cincinnati history,” said Dr. Sung.

Without the generosity of the strong women in our past, Mrs. Carson of WAMA and Dr. Kelsey, where would these treasures have ended up? Without the funding that these suits of armor provided, how different would the futures of Sudo and Abe have been? As for the present, what kind of history would we have missed out on?

You can enjoy Masterpieces of Japanese Art, on view Now through August 30. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Read the entire history of this exhibition and the Japanese Art collection at CAM in the Dr. Hou-mei Sung‘s catalogue, “Masterpieces of Japanese Art” sold at the CAM Gift Shop.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To plan your trip, please visit

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    Two health coaches. Pay what you want. They want to change the world's health and happiness. Keep reading for a healthy dose of details about Healthy Human and see how it can create a blueprint for a better you.

    Zach Franke (left) and Patrick Hitches (right), founders of Healthy Human

    Zach Franke and Patrick Hitches like to make people feel better. That’s why they launched a new project called Healthy Human.

    Franke is the founder of Health Coach Zach. His business partner, Hitches, is a health coach, yoga studio and gym owner, personal trainer, and fitness entrepreneur.

    They met in August of 2014 and instantly connected. Their philosophies on life, health and wellness aligned so well that creating Healthy Human was the only possible outcome.

    Today, Healthy Human has one mission: have participants wake up every day excited to take on what’s next. Currently, Healthy Human has a 10,000-square-foot location in the Brighton Brewery District near Over-the-Rhine that’s been dubbed the “Healthy Human Compound” complete with a yoga studio, health coaching services, a gym, and more to come.

    “We are creating a one-stop-shop for anyone who wants to join a community of individuals striving to better their health,” says Franke.

    According to Franke, Healthy Human is a passion project for both he and Hitches, as both on a quest to become the best versions of themselves while also sharing all that they learn to help as many people along the way as they can.

    “Healthy Human is a place where we can share the truth about what health is and how we can achieve it in our highly stressed, overly busy, nutritionally compromised, sedentary society that the majority of our population unfortunately is stuck in,” he says. “We both utilize our health coaching skills, our personal experiences and our many failures as leverage to help other people on the journey of improving themselves.”

    The vision for Healthy Human is more than just helping others with diet and exercise, Franke says. “We’re creating an abundance of health and happiness across the world,” he explains. “The goal of Healthy Human is to create a comprehensive learning space for anyone and everyone ready and willing to take their health and happiness to a never-before-reached level.”

    When people begin to question the status quo and have access to the tools and resources they need to get healthy, Franke and Hitches believe they are in a position to share their knowledge and help create serious change.

    “It’s our mission to impact every single human on the planet,” he adds. “We realize this is a lofty mission but one we are confident can and will become a reality. We’re armed with the truth and an extensive ability to distribute this information across the web and into the hands of readers and students around the globe.”

    Healthy Human also has an online presence at to reach those who aren’t in the Cincinnati area and to help meet Franke and Hitches’ goal of a global outreach. Also on the website is an online coaching solution called the Healthy Human Academy that Franke says the duo is really excited about.

    “It’s a video module-based health coaching solution that teaches each student everything they need to know about proper nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management and mindset,” says Franke. “We even explore spirituality in the program.”

    What’s even greater about Healthy Human is that Franke and his partner are using a pay-what-you-want model. Although friends think they’re loopy for using this model, Franke laughs, they believe it aligns with their mission of helping every person on the planet. There are already approximately 40 test clients in the first enrollment class, with some paying $1 and others pay as much as $250 to participate. “It’s been a pretty cool experience so far for us and our students,” Franke says. “There is no barrier to enter the world of Healthy Human, so everyone can have a choice when it comes to living healthier, happier lives.”

    To learn more about Healthy Human, check out their website, like them on Facebook, and follow along on Instagram.

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    Learn about the locally-based line of jewelry featuring pieces that are heirloom quality wardrobe staples, made from materials with healing properties.

    Jimi Merk, owner and designer of Jimi Designs the Shine Your Light line


    You’re a multi-tasker. Your jewelry should be, too.

    That’s why Jimi Merk, owner and designer of Jimi Designs, began designing his Shine Your Light line at the young age of 23 as the only line of high-fashion jewelry used as a tool for healing. “I had been having visions and dreams about specific shapes that I would draw and doodle for over two years,” says Merk. “After being blessed by a shaman, I suddenly understood what the shapes were.”

    021615FASHION4These “shapes” that Merk was seeing were later discovered to be the language of creation, which would become more clear as information came to him over time in the form of ancient writings and scriptures.

    “I was open to following and trusting my guidance to create tools for healing and helping us to remember the language of creation,” says Merk. “I was guided to create tools for natural healing by carving these sacred forms in meditation, casting them in high-frequency healing metal and setting them with the most used healing stones of the world – and so the Shine Your Light jewelry line was born.”

    021615FASHION3The line itself has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings. What started as a couple of pendant designs has evolved into 46 pieces – ranging from rings, pendants and earrings. “No other line of holistic jewelry in the world is as nice in integrity and functionality as Shine Your Light,” says Merk, adding that they are the only line of healing jewelry to be completely in the USA that has a lifetime guarantee.

    “I now create many different healing forms that have been used for body, mind and spiritual healing as well as different healing stones from around the world,” says Merk. “I used to sell a few pieces a year and now we’re producing a few hundred a year. I expect that as we become more conscious and grow more in our truth that people will be guided more and more to these timeless pieces.”

    021615FASHION2Shine Your Light jewelry consists mostly of powerful high-frequency healing pendants that can be used for healing directly or as pendulums to help you see where energy blockages are. “We carry many pieces of healing jewelry that involve sacred geometry hand-carved in meditation and top quality stones,” says Merk. “The rings that we sell are also powerful healing tools that harness Fibonnaci proportions, sacred geometry and healing stones that have been used in cultures all around the world.”

    Merk’s personal goal to accomplish with the Shine Your Light line is to help people heal through physical, emotional and spiritual issues as well as to help people find their true core being. “One of the reasons I was guided to create this line is to help people remember what we come from and how fortunate we are to exist,” he says.

    Merk says it’s rewarding work because of the positive feedback he receives from clients. “The line is helping people every day and that is more than I could have hoped for,” says Merk. “I hope to see more people finding their truth with the help of this amazing, multidimensional jewelry and to expand more internationally. We are currently pushing the line through international wholesale marketing catalogs and promoting it to stores as well as wellness centers.”

    To learn more about Shine Your Light Wellness jewelry or natural healing, contact Merk at For jewelry design, natural healing, lifestyle development, intuitive readings and hypnosis, visit their home office at 127 West 9th St. in Cincinnati or This line of jewelry is also sold at the 5th Street gallery at the corner of 5th and Race Streets downtown.