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Listen up, moms! Two local ladies launched a collaborative blog written by Cincy moms, for Cincy moms. See how this momtourage is finding fun for your family.

(left to right) Jesika Roy and Sarah Braukman, co-founders of Cincinnati Moms Blog
(left to right) Jesika Roy and Sarah Braukman, co-founders of Cincinnati Moms Blog

Between balancing meals, activities, studying and work, it’s easy to forget that there’s a world of activity going on just outside your door.

That’s why Sarah Braukman and Jesika Roy launched Cincinnati Moms Blog. According to Braukman, the duo started this collaboration in order to be a trusted resource for all things mom and to bring online mothers together offline in a meaningful and lasting community.

“Whether you live on the East Side or the West Side, Cincinnati Moms Blog strives to bring together a variety of experiences and perspectives, which when combined with the history, culture and tradition of the Queen city, make Cincinnati a great place to raise a family,” explains Braukman.

At Cincinnati Moms Blog, Braukman and her co-founder Roy aren’t shy about showing off their passion for parenting, community and Cincinnati. “We want to encourage our local moms to connect with and support one another, while also hopefully having some fun – both with and without the littles,” she adds.

When reading Cincinnati Moms Blog, you can find pediatrician recommendations, the best products and services to use with your families and maybe even form new friendships you might not have otherwise found without the blog. Braukman says it’s important to Cincinnati Moms Blog that they’re able to offer readers a venue for socialization and support both online and off.

Braukman, a Cincinnati native, and Roy, a Cincinnati transplant, started Cincinnati Moms Blog because they want to take advantage of all that the Queen City has to offer the families who live in it. They also enjoy having the ability to use a blogging platform in order to support and empower local mothers – which isn’t always easy to come by. In all, Cincinnati Moms Blog is comprised of 14 writers and parents.

The content at Cincinnati Moms Blog is relevant and interesting to local moms. Some of these topics include: infertility, pregnancy, humor, education, parenting perspectives, local resource lists, family-friendly activities, recognition, product reviews, giveaways and more. “We strive to produce fun, thought-provoking and varied content so that hopefully everyone who follows us will find something of interest or inspiration to them,” says Braukman. “Our goal is to inform and entertain.”
Since officially launching in September 2014, Cincinnati Moms Blog has hosted multiple play dates as well as a Moms Night Out event. Braukman adds that there are a number of opportunities coming up for the blog that don’t involve the Internet. “We’re in the process of planning some discounted mini-photo sessions with the goal of getting moms out
from behind the camera and into the pictures,” she says.

They’re also planning a summer-long schedule of park play dates and other events for moms.

To read the Cincinnati Moms Blog, click here. You can also like them on Facebook and follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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A new, locally-based app launched to connect you to the community’s latest happenings. See how it can keep you in the loop with just the tap of a finger.

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Hapzing’s Co-Founders Jon Clements and Trisha Reperowitz

 

Spring is just around the corner and that means new beginnings are all around, including for one digital service called Hapzing, which helps you find and share what’s going on in your community.

“You can track organizations you already know have events you’d like to attend, and discover other things to do based on your current location or search terms,” explains Hapzing’s Co-Founder and CEO Jon Clements.

Hapzing is the brainchild of Trisha Reperowitz and Clements, who have been working together for a number of years at a marketing agency in Cincinnati. According to Clements, the duo has a great working relationship and were both ready to start working on something of their own.

“So we started brainstorming to come up with a big idea, and this came to us when we were at a happy hour,” he says. “We saw several fliers around the bar advertising different events and realized how hard it was to just keep up with what’s gong on. So with that problem right in front of us, we came up with this solution.”

Now with Hapzing, Clements is in charge of business development and uses his more than 10 years of experience working with Fortune 100 companies and large brands on digital marketing and insight. Reperowitz has more than 15 years of project management experience and leads product development. She’s even worked with startups on both the East and West coasts including Metis, LLC, which was acquired by WebMD, where she served as the director of interactive development.

When you use Hapzing, you’ll find that it provides organization as well as discovery. The app allows you to watch for a number of different organizations as well as venues in order to discover what’s going on in your community and where. Clements says that if you see an event going on that you’d like to attend, it just takes one click to add it to your calendar. Additionally, users can search and find events in the area using Hapzing that they may have otherwise never known about.

The app is unique because of what Clements calls a sweet spot between discovery and decision. He says that we often find ourselves asking how many times we’ve seen a flier or add for an event we’d like to attend only to forget about it later. “Those aren’t in the right medium,” he says. “We’re living from our calendars on our cellphones. Hapzing integrates with that calendar so you can both discover events and immediately get it on your calendar so you don’t miss out.”

Currently, Hapzing is only available in the App Store, as well as some curated calendars online that focus on specific interests. Clements says that Hapzing has recently partnered with HYPE to bring a young professional’s calendar and there is also a calendar of area start-up events that are sponsored by Cintrifuse.

Despite the recent launch, Hapzing already has several exciting things on the horizon. Clements says he and Reperowitz are members of UpTech’s third class of start-ups, and with the term coming to an end they’re currently busy finalizing their business pitch to take with them as the business continues to grow, add dates and earn users.

“We’re also forming a partnership with different organizations to build different calendars that are focused on a specific community, like the HYPE Calendar for Young Professionals and the Cintrifuse Startup Calendar” he says. “Keep an eye out on our social channels for news very soon on that front.”

To learn more about Hapzing, visit Hapzing.com, “like” Hapzing on Facebook or follow along on Twitter.

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A local entrepreneur launched a barbershop within his Covington-based menswear boutique. Keep reading to see why it’s a cut above the rest. 

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Jerod Theobald, owner of flow – a shop for men, is taking on a new adventure. In late March, he’ll be opening Cutman Barbershop, a classic, two-chair barbershop located within his Covington-based menswear boutique, flow – a shop for men.

Theobald says that to create the boxing-inspired space, he worked with local interior designer Corey Rineair as well as Durham Brand & Co. on the barbershops logo and branding.

Despite the new launch of the barbershop, Theobald says that it’s been in his business plan all along, it just unfortunately had to be set aside when he opened flow – a shop for men, because he didn’t have the funding to launch both ventures at the same time.

“After three years in my current location, an opportunity to move to a better space at the heart of downtown Covington opened up and I jumped at it,” he explains. “The new shop will be located inside the newly renovated Mutual Building and across the street from the future site of Hotel Covington on Madison Avenue.”

Cutman Barbershop will offer traditional barbering services once the shop opens. Theobald says these services include men’s haircuts, straight razor shaves and beard trims. Additionally, the barbershop will carry a selection of grooming products from brands such as Blind Barber and Uppercut.

The cost of a haircut and straight razor shave from Cutman Barbershop will cost $18 while beard trimming services will start at $6.

Located at 619 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011, Theobald says a soft opening is tentatively scheduled for March 27. In the mean time, the shop is seeking both part-time and full-time barbers. He adds that those interested in applying can reach the shop at cutmanbarbershop@gmail.com.

To learn more, “like” them on Facebook. You can also find Cutman Barbershop on Twitter and Instagram.

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Learn about Cincinnati self-proclaimed “miracle worker” shoe and leather repair expert who says he can help you save money, time, and your feet.

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In a world where things are so disposable, Tim Willig, owner of Awesome Time Shoe and Leather Repair focuses on the value of fixing and reusing. So, for all you shoe-fanatics out there with hanging heels or nicks on your kicks, this local cobbler says he can work miracles.

Willig’s passion behind his trade began with some simple shoe repairs seven years ago. “I had been working in the clothing store part of it for a while, then my boss decided to buy a shoe repair from someone,” he recalls. “We moved the shop into Casablanca, and the guy he bought it from taught me to fix shoes in the following months. I bought the store from the previous owner in 2013.”

As for the witty name change from “Northside Shoe Repair” to “Awesome Time Shoe and Leather Repair”? Willig says it all started as a joke. “It just kind of happened,” he laughs. “One day I was like, ‘I’ll just call it Awesome Time.’ People liked it, so that’s what I did.”

Awesome Time Shoe and Leather Repair offers a full range of shoe, boot and leather repair for your shoes. “I do heels, soles, conditioning, zippers, and even some bags and purses,” says Willig. “I’m willing to things that other people don’t want to.”

However, Willig admits that there are just some projects that are non-repairable. Ironically, such products often include newer objects, often made from synthetic materials. “Don’t get me wrong, you can still fix newer stuff,” he says. “But the number of times it’s made to be fixed is low.”

In looking to the future, Willig hopes to be able to train someone to repair vintage items. Other than that, his aspirations are the same as when he started the business: to continue restoring beloved items for their owners. “With Casablanca being a vintage store, I place a lot of emphasis on taking special care of vintage items specifically,” says Willig.

Today, Willig works out of the Casablanca Vintage storefront in Northside located at 3944 Spring Grove Ave. The shop is open Monday thru Thursday 1:00-7:00 p.m. and Friday thru Saturday 12:00-8:00 p.m.

To learn more about Awesome Time Shoe and Leather Repair, call (513) 541-6999 or visit their Facebook page.

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She owns two of Cincinnati’s trendiest boutiques, recently launched an online store, and just opened a fashion boutique for girls. Keep reading for all the fashionable details.

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Cool-Girl Gingham

Cincy Chic: What trends are you carrying at Pink Tulip Club this spring?
Maria Versluis, Owner of Pink Tulip Club: There are a lot of trends this season that we’ll be carrying in store:

· Cool-Girl Gingham – Gingham print is nothing new to the fashion world. This spring it is spiced up more than your ordinary picnic pattern. You will see Gingham enhanced in size, orientation and printed on an assortment of different fabrics. Sassy and street-style worthy.
· Subtle ‘70s – Every season, a decade takes over the runway. This spring, the ‘70s has won that role. Unlike previous seasons where the decade takes over completely, this year it is subtle touches. This season is all about retro lapel shapes, juxtaposing color combinations and denim, denim, denim! Don’t think full-fledged bell-bottoms in the back of your closet are appropriate attire just yet, but you will see different types of pant bottoms this season. Some flared, full and wide or your typical skinny jean, which is just as popular as ever!

Out-of-the-Ordinary Animal Print
Out-of-the-Ordinary Animal Print

· Out-of-the-Ordinary Animal Print – Although it is a classic, the leopard print isn’t going to be seen as often this season as in the past. This year it is all about less ordinary wildlife. Night Crawlers, sea animals, chameleons and the less thought of will be represented in this season’s attire. Whether it is the skin pattern, print or full face of the animal, there is a different take on animal prints coming your way.
· Sporty Minimalism – Sportswear has been so popular for years. This year, although it is still prominent on the runway, it is going to be all about the details Whether it is lace up, buckles, zipper pulls, drawstring, racing stripes, etc., there is a new take on sportswear. This year we will see a pared-down approach to athletic influences. Keeping you looking fresh and on trend.
· Colored Suede – Not your normal spring material. This year, suede is hitting the runway hard for a pop of color. This gives the outfit a “cooled-down” effect. You will be seeing sued in purples, blues, grey and even reds and yellows!

Power Shoulders
Power Shoulders

· Power Shoulders – Say goodbye to shoulder pads! YAY! Instead of having big shoulders to exude strength this season is all about less being more. You will see a lot of exposed shoulders, whether its off-the-shoulder or the bold one-shoulder, this season is all about showing off in a classy chic way.
· Modern Safari – If only clothes could be transportive we would be going on a fantastic trip to the wild! The trench coat is forever a classic staple, but this year we will be seeing the idea of a trench transform into a dress. Poncho coats, fern print and interpretive camo-inspired pieces will keep you being anything but invisible. Although the thought of this can be scary to some women, this safari-inspired look has an upscale aesthetic.
· The “New” High Neckline – Conservative dressing is an unexpected curveball for our wardrobes this season. The idea of a winter high-neck is making a come back in a lighter and more flirty way for the warmer weather. High-neck button ups, tanks and even turtleneck dresses will be hitting the stores.
· Statement Stripes – Stripes are always in the spring wardrobe option. This year designers are playing not just with the sizing but the positioning and placement and even stripe treatment on textiles. Cool!

10712488_1564514743771810_7107335262773054072_oCincy Chic: Can you tell us more about Girls’ World?
Versluis: Girls’ World is a new boutique that is just for girls and toddlers to teens. The store is a blend of modern design and creative imagination. It brings many well-known clothing and accessory brands to the Cincinnati area, such as Miss Me, Splendid, Ella Moss, Catimini and Joe’s Jeans for kids. These fashionable clothing lines offer casual and dressy looks and make fashion easy for little girls, tweens and teens. The updated floor plan is a perfect setting to hang out and to shop. Girls’ World has a play area, crafts area and a movie/game room.

The idea here is to give the girls options so that they can choose what makes them look and feel good about what they are wearing. Many styles offer casual comfort yet the durability much needed in a kid’s daily life. A girl will be able to express her own individuality and find the perfect style for herself. Age appropriate party dresses for school formals and holidays are also available in a wide range of sizes. The store is packed with merchandise for this Spring/Summer season. Girls’ World also carries accessories for computers and phones, fun jewelry and craft sets.

Girls’ World boutique features Birthday Bash, a free monthly event, dedicated to celebrating birthdays of our young customers who were born in each particular month. Every birthday girl receives a gift and can invite her friends to have pizza, cupcakes and a dance off party! Birthday Bash is scheduled for last Saturday of every month.

To show customer appreciation, Girls’ World will offer the exclusive customer loyalty discount as its sister boutique, Pink Tulip Club. The customer loyalty program is free and it provides special discounts on everyday purchases.
Cincy Chic: What types of fashions are being carried at Girls’ World this spring?
Versluis: Girls’ World has a beautiful website<http://www.girlsworld.com>, where readers can view the Spring 2015 collection.
Cincy Chic: We heard you’re hosting a Girls’ World event, can you tell us more?
Versluis: We are still in the planning stages of this event, so readers will have to stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information as we move forward!
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about the upcoming Girls World event?
Versluis: For more information on Girls World, and our upcoming event, visit www.girlsworld.com.

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Our Editor in Chic shares a letter to her daughter about being stuck in a rut and the only way to get out (other than calling AAA).

030215LOLAI’m going to regret telling you this when you start driving, but I was towed out of our driveway TWICE today. Yes, within a five hour period, I (who actually thought I was a good driver until today) got stuck two separate times and had to call two separate tow trucks to help get me out.

The first time was annoying. I was taking you to an appointment, and all the sudden my tires started spinning. I thought “no big deal” and was determined to get it going again. We had things to do, places to be, and I wasn’t going to let this stop me.

In the five years of owning my car, I’ve grown to know it and read it very well. Ahem… at least, that’s what I thought.

Reverse, forward. Reverse, forward. The further I slid, slid, slid. Before I knew it, I had completely slid off the driveway and down into a big ditch next to it.

“Well,” I thought, “this stinks, but we need to get to that appointment! It’s time to put some elbow grease into this situation!”

I ran to our garage and pulled out the biggest shovel and bag of salt we had. I dug the snow out around each tire, poured the salt, and got back in my car fully confident I’d drive right out of that mess.

Nope. I just dug big muddy ruts with my tires in the process. I eventually got out to assess the situation and it looked like complete mayhem. Sliding tire tracks, skid marks, hastily shoveled out holes, random salt patches, and mud everywhere. Kind of embarrassing.

I finally gave up, unsnapped your car seat from the car, and headed back to the house. My determination and ingenuity felt more and more deflated with each step.

It was a rare time in my life where my hard work and quick thinking didn’t get me out of a situation. That’s always worked in the past.

So I called AAA and got a tow truck out to tow me out onto the road. I headed to our appointment and had no problems getting there or back. But then, I turned into our driveway and immediately started to slide again… almost in the same exact spot!

Again, I thought I could figure it out. The other time surely must have just been a fluke. I couldn’t possibly get stuck again. In the same spot. In my own driveway.

Reverse, forward. Reverse, forward. Further I slid, slid, slid. Before I knew it, I was back where I had been just a few short hours ago.

This time, though, I wasn’t just annoyed. I was furious. Furious at the snow. Furious at my car. Furious at myself for getting stuck again. Furious that I couldn’t figure it out. Again.

I called another tow truck to come get me. But this time was different. The tow truck driver was talkative. At first I was too furious to listen. I was too focused on getting my car out of these stupid ruts. Ruts that I had created.

But the more he talked, the more I could tell he was a car buff. He started asking if I had ever used the paddle shift option on my car. He said it could work wonders in this kind of weather.

Really, dude? You’re talking to a gal who calls this car her second home. But, no, I hadn’t used the paddle shift. I actually didn’t know it even had that option.

After he pulled my car out of the ditch, he asked if I wanted to drive it down our driveway to the garage or if I wanted him to. The hard-headed, determined, slightly feminist me wanted to say “no thanks” and hop in my car and do it myself.

But me doing it “my way” is what got me into trouble in the first place. Maybe it was time to learn a new way. So, much as it hurt my pride to say it, I told him he could drive me to our garage.

Once in the car, he taught me how to use the new option on my car. I couldn’t believe it, but it actually worked. When the wheels started spinning in the slick spot that sent me off the drive twice before, he shifted down and eased right past it.

No more sliding, no more reverse and forward, no more frustration, and no more ruts. I learned a new way, and therefore got new results.

So, keep this in mind: You can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking you used when you created them. That goes for any kind of rut, physical, mental or just a ditch in your driveway.

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Want to create, grow or mend a personal or professional relationship? Our life coach columnist explains why it’s important to listen up.

It happened about a month ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was attending an event and had worked my way over to this gentleman that I really wanted to meet. Bob (not his real name) and I had been having a wonderful conversation for about four minutes when a third person joined us.

Neither Bob nor myself had ever met this third individual. She interrupted our conversation and immediately started sharing her story. This story went on and on and on. I patiently waited for her to finish, but that didn’t happen. The story continued as she gave minute details, oblivious to the cues around her. She left no space for the gentleman or myself to say even a word. I hung in there waiting for a turn for at least 10 minutes before it became clear that she was not going to give up control of the situation. I desperately wanted to finish my train of thought with Bob since the interruption had come at a crucial part of our conversation.

Seeing no other choice, I finally mouthed to him that I would be contacting him and he smiled back, trying to make the best of the situation. When I was walking away, I heard her sharing all the big accounts that she had landed- not that this gentleman was in the least bit interested. As I walked out to the car, I pondered why she would have been so blind as to not notice that she had rudely interrupted us. I’m certain that in her mind she was having a conversation. From our perspective, it wasn’t a conversation– it was more like a monologue.

After giving it some thought, I realized that she was so intent on sharing her information that it never occurred to her that it might serve her to do some listening. She might benefit by noticing the subtle cues of the others and attempting to engage them in her conversation. If she allowed others to talk, she might learn a thing or two. In this case, the end result was one where the gentleman felt as if he was being held hostage, waiting for the chance to be released from his imprisonment. If this was an effort to score a client, I can assure you that her attempt was an epic fail.

I know this is an extreme example, but I see many individuals daily in my work that fail to make the grade on their listening skills. They are so intent on relaying their own important message that they forget to actually listen. They fail to remember that focused listening is the key to effective communication. From this, relationships are built.

Listening skills matter in your personal AND professional life. Many successful leaders today attribute their ability to listen as the secret to their success. People want to engage in a conversation, not be on the other end of a monologue. So, when in doubt, be quiet and LISTEN.

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From Louis Vuitton and Prada to Michael Kors and Coach, these designer bags join fashionable forces to not only improve your wardrobe but also improve literacy across the community thanks to one special upcoming event. Keep reading to bag up all the details.

022315FEATURELiteracy isn’t a luxury everyone enjoys. That’s why the Literacy Network hosts their annual Handbags for Hope event: so you can invest in a new bag, while also investing in the community.

This year’s event will be the 4th annual Handbags for Hope, and it’s slated for February 26 at the Cincinnati Club downtown.

According to the Literacy Network’s Director of Communications and Grant Writer Kim Raterman McDermott, the idea for the event is to welcome those from across the Tri-State to celebrate literacy in the city in a one-of-a-kind way.

The night features a number of activities including live and silent auctions of handbags, raffles, cocktails, dinner and entertainment. “The Literacy Network hosts the event to raise awareness and funding for our children and adult literacy programs,” explains Raterman McDermott.

The Literacy Network’s President, Kathy A. Ciarla, started Handbags for Hope because she wanted to raise awareness and funds for the programs in order to honor the students who are working hard to improve literacy and serve as an inspiration for those around them.

“We wanted to bring the community together in a unique way and create a one-of-a-kind evening designed to inspire guests and treat them to a great night out to help improve literacy,” Ciarla says.

Raterman McDermott also says that the event is also about reminding people that without the ability to read, many things in life are challenging. It’s also about empowering Handbags for Hope attendees to make a difference and help grow the programs that serve those in need.

“The Cincinnati Club and their staff are extremely helpful and supportive of the Literacy Network staff in helping make this event a success,” says Raterman McDermott.

In addition to the Cincinnati Club, there is a huge team that is behind the event. Ally Kraemer, multimedia journalist at WCPO Channel 9 News, will be this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies, Big Dave, Chelsea and Jason statt from the B105 Mornign Show promote and attend the event and Maggie Beckmeyer from Auctions by Maggie will host the live auction.

Then there’s event co-chairs Josh and Melissa Gerth who have worked for the last year to support the Literacy Network as well as Sharon Johnson and Jarmall Sweeten who will be honored for their work in the Adult Literacy Program.

Event sponsors for Handbags for Hope include Tri-County Mall, Raymond James, Charitable Words Scholars, Holy Grail-Banks, Zaring Family Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Busam Nissan, Ulmer & Berne LLP, Keating Muething & Klekamp, Scripps Foundation, Empower Media Marketing, Fifth Third Bank, Diamonds Rock, Read Aloud, David Powell-Bill Gerth (Partner), Ken and Cathy Feldmann, Graydon Head, Mercy Health: Dr. Robert Cranley, Mansion Hill Custom Floors, Kroger, Macy’s, Spark People, Prestige, Jeff and Lee Rose, Auctions by Maggie, M. Hopple & Co., The Cobb Group, Mary Meinhardt, Katy Meinhardt, Fox 19 News, B105, Saks Fifth Avenue and Josh and Melissa Gerth.

“All of our amazing event sponsors, prize sponsors, board members, volunteers and supporters continue to make the event a success and help it grow so we can serve more adults and children throughout the city who struggle with literacy,” says Raterman McDermott.

A limited number of tickets for Handbags for Hope are still available. You can purchase them by calling the Literacy Network at 513-621-7323.

To learn more about the event and the Literacy Network, visit www.lngc.org or “like” them on Facebook.

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The Junior League of Cincinnati is hosting its annual CinSation gala, themed “Jewels of the Queen City.” See why this year’s event is one both your inner fashionista and foodie will love.

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CinSation 2014 attendees and Junior League members

Good food, fab fashion, and mingling with Cincinnati’s movers and shakers? If this has you saying “yes, yes, yes!” you’ll want to mark your calendar for the Junior League of Cincinnati’s CinSation gala.

The Junior League of Cincinnati has been serving the Greater Cincinnati community for nearly a century. There are nearly 1,000 members who are committed to its mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The service-based, non-profit organization takes the time to educate its members as well as the surrounding community about what’s going on in the area in order to make an even greater impact on the lives of those whom the Junior League of Cincinnati benefits.

One of the ways that the Junior League of Cincinnati continues to help the community is through its annual CinSation gala. This year’s event theme is “Jewels of the Queen City,” and it will be held at the Cincinnati Masonic Center on Saturday, February 28.

Emily Ryan of the Junior League of Cincinnati says that the 2015 CinSation gala celebrates the Junior League of Cincinnati’s 95th anniversary as well as the impact the organization has had on the people and neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati.

“The Junior League of Cincinnati’s footprint on the community has been evident throughout the past 95 years incubating or accelerating organizations such as The Children’s Theatre, The Cincinnati Art Museum Docent Program, ProKids, MindPeace, Fernside and The Cincinnati Children’s Museum,” explains Susan Shelton, president of the Junior League of Cincinnati. “The Junior League of Cincinnati’s current signature projects include GrinUp! (formerly Pediatric Oral Health) and RefugeeConnect.”

The gala is black tie optional and features an open bar, live auction, silent auction and plenty of entertainment. Guests attending the event also enjoy light bites from Cincinnati’s best restaurants who are competing in the 5th Annual “Best Bite of the Night.”

Ryan says that, to date, there are several eateries already confirmed for the competition including Alfio’s, Eli’s BBQ, Keystone Bar & Grill and many more. She adds that new to this year’s event is that desserts will be included in the Best Bite competition, and thus far include Macaron Bar and GiGi’s Cupcakes.

Conductor John Morris Russell of the Cincinnati Pops and morning news anchor Kara Sewell of FOX19 will serve as the masters of ceremonies for the event.

Tickets for the dinner and gala are $125 or $85 for the gala only. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

For more information on the Junior League of Cincinnati, visit www.jlcincinnati.org. You can also click here www.jlcincinnati.org/cinsation to purchase your CinSation 2015 ticket.

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CinSation 2014
CinSation 2014

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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.

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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 www.cincinnatifashionevent.com.

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