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This local tech guru helps businesses thrive through her marketing agency, and inspires personal development through her conferences and a new e-book launching soon.

Kendra Ramirez, founder of Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency

Technology is such an integral part of our daily lives, and Kendra Ramirez saw an opportunity in sharing her love of technology with the world. 

Ramirez is the founder of Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency, a digital sales and marketing agency. 

“We solve lead generation and talent generation problems for our clients,” explains Ramirez. “We do this through building websites, inbound marketing, and recruitment marketing services.”

Ramirez says the inspiration for her business came from the love of technology and helping others navigate technology to grow their own businesses. 

“Technology and strategy is easy for us,” she says. “It is our natural gift and fun to problem solve on a daily basis. We have talked with many businesses over the years that consider themselves a best kept secret and we love helping them shout from the mountain tops how amazing they are so that they aren’t a secret anymore.”

In developing relationships with businesses and clients, Ramirez finds her own inspiration in doing so. She says that she enjoys working with clients who give back to the community while also fulfilling their own dreams. 

She says she finds inspiration in entrepreneurs as she cheers them on, mindset coaches who can help unlock limited beliefs for others, and her family, who offers love and support in the work that she does. 

The journey to where Ramirez is today hasn’t been a straight and narrow path. “My journey to getting here has been all about making shifts,” she explains. “Listening to our client needs and evolving to meet those needs. I started 14 years ago as a digital training and strategy business. By listening to our client needs, we had to evolve the business and add in additional services.”

Today Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency is a full-service business that offers not just strategy but also execution. “We have grown to a team of eight full-time employees and serve clients around the world,” she adds. “We are so grateful that we get to do this work.”

It’s not just the dedication to customers that makes the Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency unique. Ramirez Says, when working with clients, the agency takes a look at the business holistically, not just through a marketing lens. 

“We have grown up in business development and recruiting before getting into marketing,” she explains. “We work with our clients to pull all the pieces together and tie it back to their business strategy. Our clients love our consultative approach to addressing their needs. We aren’t just task masters. We ask lots of questions to understand the real issues and concerns of our clients before jumping in. We have worked with over 700 companies in the past 14 years. There is massive value in the combined learnings over the years.”

Ramirez says that she’s looking forward to the New Year as she releases an e-Book in January.

“It is a collection of tips by marketers and things they wish they knew when taking on a role in marketing and the nuances of being a marketing team of one,” she says. 

Ramirez is also busy planning her Reset Conference on January 30 from 9am-12pm. “We have three amazing mindset speakers that will be sharing tips on how to set yourself up for the best year yet,” she adds.

To learn more about Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency, visit kendraramirez.com. There you can find digital agency efforts. You can also find mindset support at thereset.co.

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She leads a local organization that removes barriers to learning for adults seeking to re-engage in education. Read on to learn her secrets to success.

“Education Matters exists to remove barriers to learning for adults seeking to re-engage in education,” says Mary Delaney, Executive Director of Education Matters.

Cincy Chic: What is Education Matters?
Mary Delaney, Executive Director of Education Matters: Education Matters exists to remove barriers to learning for adults seeking to re-engage in education. We provide personal instruction at any level, from basic literacy all the way through college.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Delaney: Education Matters has always been rooted in responding to the ideas and will of the community. We were founded in 1971 by mothers and grandmothers in Lower Price Hill seeking to address the dropout crisis in our community. They gathered around kitchen tables to tutor each other and their neighbors. This philosophy of community driven education is at the core of our work to this day.

Mary Delaney, Executive Director of Education Matters

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Delaney: We are a small team of 12 staff members (full-time and part-time), a crew of dedicated volunteers, and a fantastic board of directors. Many of our team members started at our organization as volunteers with AmeriCorps and have stayed with the organization. Several of our staff are also former students who re-engaged and advanced their education.

Cincy Chic: Can you share some of the projects and efforts of Education Matters around the city?
Delaney: One of our most recent efforts is the expansion of our English for Speakers of Other Languages, or English Connection, classes. We started a few years ago with 30 students in one small classroom and now we have over 300 students engaged at two locations. Just as our neighborhood mothers and grandmothers responded to community need in the 1970s with GED instruction, English classes and support for our immigrant neighbors is at a critical point in our city. We are working with Santa Maria Community Services to expand to reach many more immigrants in Price Hill and beyond.

Cincy Chic: What makes Education Matters such an important and unique organization?
Delaney: We do things a bit differently. We are an open door, flexible, work at your own pace type of place. We do not do large classes; we work with each student one-on-one to figure out what they need and where they are headed. We also know that life is complicated, so we offer students support with free onsite childcare, transportation help, a food pantry, and one-on-one support for employment. Why Education Matters? We know that education is not a magic wand that changes one’s life overnight, but it is the most essential link to more opportunity in the United States.

Cincy Chic: What inspires your personally in your everyday life?
Delaney: My daily inspiration is our students. There are not too many places in the city where you can walk in and hear 20+ languages spoken, chat with your neighbor about getting a new home, meet someone who just arrived in the U.S., and put your high school math skills to the test. Education is such an important part of my journey and I get to spend each day being a small part in that journey with so many others.

Cincy Chic: Can you share some of the journey that got you to where you are today?
Delaney: I grew up in a small town in what I jokingly call a tiny home, but most refer to as a trailer. Growing up I didn’t realize we were poor until I got to college and had exposure to a bigger world. I felt shame for my roots and I was afraid of being discovered as a “hick.” I let that shame follow me for many years. I practiced to get rid of my country accent, I studied anything I thought would make me seem more worldly, I hid myself. In 2010, I decided to volunteer for one year with AmeriCorps at Education Matters. It was there, through the wisdom of my students, that I truly found myself and learned that my history is my strength. I’ve been at EM ever since and eventually grew into the role of Executive Director. Today, my personal mission is to elevate and celebrate the strengths of each person and to challenge what society labels as faults to show that they are truly strengths.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along with Education Matters?
Delaney: You can learn more about our work and find ways to get engaged at emcincy.org or follow us on Facebook and Instagram

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Adam Sandler is back for a new film. Is it a diamond in the rough or a frustrating piece of fool's gold? Our movie critic tells all.

“OK, OK – I won’t ask you anymore questions about LeBron if you agree to not ask me anymore about Rob Schneider!” Kevin Garnett, left, listens as Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) tries to make a deal as their mutual acquaintance Demany (LaKeith Stanfield) looks on in a scene from the Safdie Brothers’ latest drama UNCUT GEMS. Credit: © and ™ A24 Films. All rights reserved.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

 


 



KEY CAST MEMBERS: Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel, LaKeith Stanfield, Kevin Garnett, Eric Bogosian, Julia Fox, Keith Williams Richards, Tommy Kominik and Judd HirschDIRECTOR(S): Josh and Benny Safdie

 
THE BACK STORY: Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) is a jeweler in New York City’s famed “Diamond District.” He’s got healthy children with his estranged wife Dinah (Idina Menzel), a wealthy father-in-law in Gooey (Judd Hirsch) and a streetwise business partner in Demany (LaKeith Stanfield) to help him get clientele like Boston Celtics power forward and future NBA champion Kevin Garnett (yes, played by Kevin Garnett). 


Unfortunately, Howard also has a lot of personal problems caused by his demons. That’s why he has an apartment in the city where his employee/girlfriend Julia (Julia Fox) and he can enjoy their rendezvous and he is a massive gambler, which is why his in-law Arno (Eric Bogosian) wants him to pay him the money he is owed ASAP. That’s also why Arno’s two “business associates” Phil (Keith William Richards) and Nico (Tommy Kominik) are ready to beat Howard any chance they get. 


So, what happens when Howard receives a rare gem that ends up tying his future with Garnett, Arno and Julia all together? Let’s just say you can bet on it changing all of their lives forever. 

THE REVIEW: Sometimes you see a movie that features actors turning in fine performances with characters that are realistic in a story that makes perfect sense given the world in which they exist. Likewise, the direction is tight, the camera work draws you into those characters’ respective worlds and the pacing (for the most part) makes sense. But, for whatever reason, you just aren’t captivated by it, it lacks something that makes many (outside of those into artistic endeavors and/or laud “cinema” or “movies”).Unfortunately in the case of Uncut Gems, this factor works against the film and turns what one would hope could be a diamond into a rather frustrating piece of fool’s gold.

Other than the surreal joy of watching Kevin Garnett playing Kevin Garnett without acting like he is Kevin Garnett, Uncut Gems features a protagonist who is the textbook definition of a sad sack due to his own inability to get out of his own way. Sandler’s Howard Ratner is manic, fast-talking, obsessive and unappreciative of his own fortunes, always driven by his next big hit. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley once famously coined the phrase “the disease of more,” saying “Success is often the first step towards disaster” – meaning that once one has a little bit of it, the compulsion for more of it often leads to one’s own undoing. Perhaps the Safdie brothers, like Sandler himself, are really big basketball fans, hence their need to create a character Riley himself might deem uncoachable. Thus, Uncut Gems is much like being a fan of a popular sports team that the rest of the league hates – only built for die-hard Sandler fans only (for the most part) who will support “their guy” no matter what.

Unlike Robert Pattinson in the Safdie brothers’ previous effort, the stellar Good Time, Ratner has zero redeeming qualities to the point you almost – almost – enjoy watching him fail. This is a self-destructive man doing self-destructive things: That may be the point, but while it’s a point well-taken, it is also one that isn’t exactly (for lack of a better word) fun point to watch.

Whereas Pattinson’s character was trying to do something wrong to provide a better life for he and his mentally challenged brother, Sandler’s character is a pure narcissist who treats everything and everyone – Julia especially – like just another trophy. (Given that he is a jeweler and what gems represent in both the film and in American society, of course, the metaphors abound aplenty.) Sandler’s character is King Midas … And anyone who’s paid attention to any basic Greek mythology in a social studies class knows how well that worked out for him.

Which is a shame, because Uncut Gems had a lot more potential to be a good Christmas present for someone outside of just hardcore Sandler and Garnett fans.

OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

 
 
 
 

 

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    Inspired by a journey with sobriety and an inspiring story of community support, two local families teamed up to launch a new kind of social exchange. Learn more about their new historic-building-turned-social-hotspot that specializes in good food, drinks, and a welcoming smile for everyone.

    History is everywhere. It’s in the little old house on Main Street and it’s in the old bank that was once thriving with customers going in and out. Back in 2011, the Freys and the Jobes families wanted to have a little piece of their own history when they purchased the old First National Bank building in downtown Harrison.

    “At the time, we didn’t know what it would become,” says Gerilyn Jobe. “We knew the building had a rich history and that one day it would need to be restored. Speed things up to early 2016 when we, alongside the Freys, had a dream that inspired us to launch something amazing.”

    They wanted to create something that was lacking in downtown Harrison: an upscale establishment that could be used to help foster community in the small town. 

    “Without any previous experience in the bar/restaurant industry, we began to research the ins and outs of the process,” she says. “In December 2016, we were blessed by the community with a gift of money that paid for the first set of blueprints.”

    That set of blueprints was what would become Heist + Co, a social exchange that was not birthed to become “just another bar” but, rather, something much more than that. 

    “Just like any other good thing, it took time for Heist + Co to become a reality,” says Jobe. “Many days, months, and years went by to plan, develop, learn, grow, and stretch in areas with which we were not familiar.”

    Since the financial gift helped to bolster the project into reality in 2016, the business has since blossomed into something the business partners say they never could have imagined. 

    “We have worked tirelessly to keep a spirit of excellence in everything that encompasses Heist + Co,” says Jobe. “From the building’s design elements to the food that has been thoughtfully curated on each plate we serve, Heist + Co was created to give our guests an experience they could not get anywhere else.”

    Jobe says that the inspiration for Heist + Co came along when the team was looking to develop something that welcome community members and offered small plates and unique cocktails. It was also at the time when Jobe herself decided to quit drinking. 

    “This became the catalyst which altered the vision of Heist + Co,” she says. “When frequenting other establishments, I felt that there was a definite lack of quality offerings for the non-drinker.”

    It was then that she began to do a lot of research in an effort to find options for those who wanted to go out with friends yet still feel included. It was here that she found the growing trend of non-alcoholic bars. 

    “I found various companies that offered non-alcoholic spirits, wine, and beer,” she says. “It was at that point that the vision of Heist + Co became very clear – it would become a gathering place that welcomed both drinkers and non-drinkers alike, making anyone and everyone is welcome to enjoy the space and feel a sense of belonging.”

    Although the group felt the decision was a risky one, they say it’s paid off. “Heist + Co is experiencing an influx of non-drinkers and we could not be more excited,” she shares.

    When they opened the doors to Heist + Co in 2019, the Jobes and the Freys wanted their social exchange to be a relaxed gathering place that offered an atmosphere that fosters connection, conversation, and community while also being a space that encourages laughter and kindness and welcoming all guests as they are – no more, no less. 

    Through their business Jobe says she wants to be able to introduce the Harrison and surrounding communities to something they’ve never seen before, both in the way of cocktails and small plates. 

    “We want to be the spot that people feel loved and accepted for who they are,” she says. “We want to make sure that everyone who comes in feels valued and special.”

    Frey and Jobe are the owners of The Coffee Peddler, another business in Harrison that plans to open a second location in the fall of 2020. Jobe’s husband, Mitchell, and his business partner Brian Hennessey are also opening a retail business called West Oak & Iron that will be located at 419 Harrison Avenue in the District. 

    To learn more about Heist + Co, including the bank robbing history of the building which inspired the name, visit www.heistandcompany.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    An Indian Hill family who's owned this sprawling estate for 45 years is ready to pass the torch. Take a peek inside for this week's Listing of the Week!

    The current owners lovingly maintained this extraordinary estate for over 45 years, raised their family, and created many good and lasting memories for their children and grandchildren. It is time to pass the torch of stewardship to another. A very special place a once in a lifetime opportunity. This amazing home is listed at $4.3 million and boasts 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms in 15,369 square feet.

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

     

     

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    Microblading is one of the hottest beauty trends. Learn about the local expert who has been providing services to Dayton and now has a studio in OTR.

    Erica Kidder, who has worked in the beauty industry since 2008, has focused on hair, waxing, and event style hair do’s. But now, Kidder is shifting her focus, and is making women all over the Tri-State feel beautiful and empowered. 

    Kidder started in 2008 at Square One Salon and Spa, in Centerville, Ohio, and has since expanded her horizons. Keeping up with all the new beauty trends, Kidder has decided to open a salon of her own, that holds a focus on microblading as early as May 2. “After five years, I left to explore a career as a small business owner- the past three years I’ve worked within Salon Lofts. Last year, my passion for the industry expanded into permanent makeup, and with the addition of microblading, I quickly outgrew my loft. I made the decision to focus almost exclusively on microblading and I am now leaving Salon Lofts and opening my first salon.”

    Microblading is a newer concept, which is rapidly making its debut to the Greater Cincinnati area. “When I discovered microblading, it was only popular in bigger cities,” explains Kidder. “I knew it was only a matter of time before it reached the Midwest. The service fascinated me. I love that there is an alternative to traditional permanent makeup, that typically leaves clients with a solid filled in eyebrow. Microblading offers the most natural result.”

    When someone talks about microblading, it can come off as a foreign concept. Microblading in short, is a non-permanent tattoo that fills and adds shape to one’s eyebrow, and Kidder understands just how important eyebrows are to women. “This luxury of a permanent makeup service replicates hair strokes in the eyebrow, creating fullness, definition and balance,” explains Kidder. “While microblading is deemed ‘semi-permanent,’ it is still in the ‘tattoo’ family. Due to the pigment being placed under the skin more superficially than a traditional tattoo, naturally it fades faster. Fading is considered a positive characteristic in microblading, as it allows for updates in shape, color and provides the ability to work with changes in aging skin.”

    During a microblading appointment, Kidder says, you can expect to spend up to three hours at your initial appointment. During the first part of this session, she collaborates on a shape that is perfect for you. “We will take time to choose the appropriate pigment color based on your skin tone, and existing brow hair,” she says. “Once you approve your template, we will outline the brow and then provide anesthetics for comfort.” 

    The microblading is done with a small hand tool with sterile, disposable needles to implant pigment into the skin. The second appointment, which is included in the package price, will take place no sooner than four weeks of your initial appointment, and no later than 12 weeks after. “This is a touch up appointment and is absolutely imperative to your results,” Kidder says. “Without it, your results will not be optimal, as the service is only half done. The touch up corrects any irregularities in the microbladed hair strokes and it finishes the process.”

    Since this new concept can generate many questions for the client, Kidder offers one-on-one consultations for $25. “During a consultation, I will cover every question a guest has, but most importantly I address expectations,” says Kidder. “We will talk shape, color, healing, pre-and post care, etc.”

    Since microblading isn’t a permanent tattoo, it does require regular touch ups, fill ins, and a bit of TLC from the client after the session is finished. “For a tattoo,” says Kidder. “A machine is used to implant the pigment deep into the skin, versus microblading, a disposable manual hand tool with sterile one-time use needles is used to deposit pigment into the upper dermal layer of the skin. This superficial placement allows for natural fading with the exfoliation of skin.” 

    Depending on skin type, lifestyle, aftercare, and environmental factors, every guest will retain pigment differently, according to Kidder. For example, she says, if you have oily skin, you are a smoker, or you swim, or tan regularly, you will require more touch ups. “Some guests however will require more sessions without any of these factors applying to them,” she adds. “If you want to maintain your brow, you must touch them up. They are designed to fade. Yearly touch ups are typical, and are $250. I offer a ‘perfecting session’ for guests who want to supplement their initial two appointments for $150. If you don’t need a third visit, a yearly touch up is sufficient.”

    Kidder has an appreciation for microblading for many reasons, but her favorite is the empowerment the women have when they leave her salon. “Having the power to improve someone’s self-confidence is by far the most rewarding part of microblading,” says Kidder. “At the end of every service when I show my guest their new brows, I feel overwhelmed with the same amount of joy that they do. It’s truly incredible to see someone smile ear to ear because of something you did. Last October, breast cancer awareness month, I had a very eye opening experience. I chose to do a giveaway on social media for breast cancer survivors who lost their brow hair due to treatment. I chose four winners during the month. The time I was able to spend with each survivor was incredible, and it proved to me that microblading is so much more than aesthetic. It’s life changing. To give back a part of someone’s womanhood is truly a humbling experience. To this day, I still think about how thankful I am to be able to add to their stories.”

    Kidder says she is thankful for her business growing quicker than she can keep up with, as she is booking clients into August. “I’m happy to see this service is gaining exposure.” says Kidder. Currently, Kidder is with Salon Lofts in Washington Park Plaza, and her microblading sessions are $500. Her first available opening is at the end of July 2020. 

    To find out more about Kidder, or to book an appointment, click here.

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    Read about a local doctor opened a medical cannabis clinic to provide compassionate, expert care in the field of cannabinoid medicine.

    Dr. James Weeks is a firm believer in the power of cannabis as medicine. That’s why he opened One Heart Medical, a locally owned medical cannabis clinic that provides compassionate, expert care in the field of cannabinoid medicine. 

    “We provide access to the medical cannabis card, detailed education on all aspects of cannabis, as well as provide follow up care as needed,” explains Weeks. 

    The main goal behind this alternative medical practice is to help decrease the stigmata that is associated with cannabis while also improving the quality of life for its patients. 

    Weeks himself has extensive experience in the medical field. He trained at The Christ Hospital and is board certified in Internal Medicine. 

    “I have been a practicing hospitalist for the last nine years,” he says. “Not only do I run One Heart Medical, but you can also find me teaching medical students and residents as a part-time faculty at a local hospital and volunteering to provide medical services to the underserved in downtown Cincinnati.”

    Aside from the work he does to better the community and the lives of his patients through his medical practice, he also feels strongly about education. 

    “We provide detailed education in regards to all aspects of cannabis to our patients, including modes of use, impact of various cannabinoids and terpenes, and dosing,” explains Weeks. “We tailor the education to the patient’s individual needs.”

    While there are a variety of services offered at One Heart Medical, each treatment plan is individualized to the person receiving those services based on their medical problems, symptoms, and the medications they take.

    “We have an open door policy, thus if a patient of ours has any questions they can call us, email us, use our clinics my chart, or come back in to see us,” he says. “We want all our patients to achieve the best results from cannabis.”

    One Heart Medical is helping its clinic stand out from other healthcare providers in the quality service it offers patients. Included in the private, non discriminatory, and relaxed environment are 1 hour visits so that each patient gets quality time and education. 

    One Heart Medical is located in the historic Lincoln School in Columbia Tusculum at 455 Delta Avenue, Suite 303

    To learn more about the practice, visit www.oneheartmedical.com. You can also find news and other updates on their Facebook page.

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    Ready to make business connections that benefit both you and the community in the near year? Learn about the Chamber’s Roundtable Kick-Off in January.

    The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is hosting its annual Leadership Roundtable Kickoff on January 22 at the Cintas Center.

    The event will feature bestselling author Bo Burlingham, author of Small Giants. 

    During the event, Burlingham will discuss what he learned while writing his book about 14 small-to-midsize, privately owned companies that are widely acknowledged as being the best at what they do, and that have been given notice for the contributions those companies have made to their communities.

    “He found that they all had what he calls mojo – an elusive quality that makes them irresistible to customers and employees alike,” the Chamber says. “Their mojo, he showed, comes from six characteristics they have in common. In his presentation, Burlingham talks about those characteristics and describes the specific techniques that companies use to generate mojo.”

    The Leadership Roundtables are designed to help connect non-competitive C-Suite business leaders from a variety of industries and organizations from around the city. The roundtables help to offer an exchange of information, ideas, and insights while also giving leaders the chance to understand and share the unique challenges they face in their positions.

    “Each roundtable consists of 8-12 business leaders in similar roles and provides an opportunity to learn directly from each other as well as guest speakers,” the Chamber says.

    There are many benefits to joining Leadership Roundtables, which are now part of the Chamber’s Talent Pillar. “The team is focused on developing and connecting top leaders in our region, strengthening businesses and helping the region thrive,” adds the Chamber.

    Benefits of joining the roundtables include tailored business and leadership workshops, behind-the-scenes community experiences, and pop-up lunches and happy hours that focus on a current business topic, facilitator and moderator training.

    For those who are thinking of joining the Leadership Roundtable program, the Chamber says it’s important for leaders to join a roundtable that best meets their needs and expectations. 

    “Individuals are placed based upon the current composition of existing roundtables, the membership needs of current members, the expectations of those seeking to join and desire to sustain a non competitive environment,” the Chamber shares. “In addition, there is the opportunity to become a founding member of a brand-new roundtable. New roundtables are created by the Chamber based upon the compatibility and interest of prospective members.”

    Current available roundtables from the Chamber include, CEO Roundtables, CFO Roundtables, COO Roundtables, IT Roundtables, CMO Roundtables, Manufacturing Roundtables, CSO Roundtables, CHRO Roundtables, and Supply Chain Roundtables. 

    To learn more about the Chamber’s Leadership Roundtables and how you can apply, click here

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    A local entrepreneur is fusing her Cincinnati pride and graphic design experience with the launch of a new apparel and accessories company.

    Fashion and Cincinnati pride have always been two great loves for Lauren Wassler. She recently decided to make those passions a profession by launching Queen City Revolt, a Midwest-inspired apparel and accessories company.

    Right now, Wassler says she‘s in the thick of humble beginnings but has big dreams for the future of her business. “I have always worked from home with a workshop in my garage and basement. My husband and I are currently building a house that will have an amazing new workspace for me! So, for the time being, I am actually working out of my parent’s basement,” she says. “Free rent, plus I get to see my dad every day, since he also works from home!”

    Queen City Revolt started in 2011 when the job turned from Wassler’s side hustle into an income-providing job. “I was a full-time graphic designer and bartender, and I started designing apparel in the little bit of free time I had.” Wassler says.

    It is just Wassler and a part-time employee who helps her. “I have three babes ages three and under that are home with me, so she helps as much with Queen City Revolt, as she changes diapers and keeps them from pulling t-shorts off the shelves,” she laughs.

    The inspiration behind starting the business came from Wassler’s previous job in graphic design. “We did all types of artwork for apparel, promotional items, banners, vehicle wraps, awards, web graphics, etc.,” she says. “While I was grateful to have the opportunity to try all those different things, I found that my favorite projects were always the ones involving apparel design. Plus, I really really liked the idea of being my own boss.”

    The name of the business came from her hometown she loves dearly. “Queen City, of course, came from this great city we live in, Cincinnati. I was born and raised here and I love it; it truly has so much to offer. I am grateful that my kids will grow up here,” Wassler says. “The ‘revolt’ part was just the idea of designing things that were a bit more original and a bit less mainstream than the apparel found in big box stores.”

    There is a variety of different apparel that Queen City Revolt sells and they include: tees, long sleeve tees, tanks, crewsweatshirts, hoodies and youth and adult hats. “More recently, I have started designing some youth/infant/toddler apparel, as well as some bags and purses,” she says. 

    The business also has an infant and toddler brand called, PeachColt, which was inspired by her daughter, Joslyn. “In 2016, I had my first baby. She was born with a multitude of medical complications that we had no indication of, prior to her being born. It was quite the surprise,” she says. “Joslyn ended up having a seven-month stay in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, NICU, and has been back for many stays since, with over 40 surgeries/procedures and countless appointments.” These struggles didn’t hinder Wassler’s entrepreneurial dreams, though. Instead, they fueled her determination and inspired her creativity even more as she ran the business from the hospital room. 

    “It was then that I started designing infant/toddler apparel. Cincinnati Children’s has this amazing thing called NICUView. It was a little camera mounted over Joslyn’s bed that had a live feed, so a person could log on and see her while not being at the hospital. It was truly a gift since my husband had to go back to work right away and we couldn’t have many visitors because of the potential for disease/contamination. We started tye username and password with our friends and family,” she says. “Each child in the NICU was assigned a color/animal combination. The username we were assigned was PeachColt. Since I started designing the apparel there at the hospital with by her, it just made sense to have the line after our badass little fighter.

    The mission of Queen City Revolt is to create a legacy for her kids and the community. “Queen City Revolt allows me to do that. I also try to give back to my community where I can,” she says. “I don’t have huge aspirations of a brick and mortar or a ton of employees. I like working from home and being able to raise my kiddos.”

    Wassler comes back to work every day because of her love for designing clothes. “I remember growing up and watching my parents hustle, do jobs they didn’t love to provide for myself and my brothers. It taught me the meaning of good work ethic, but also made me appreciate getting to do a job I actually enjoy,” Wassler says. “I know my kids are watching my every move, so I hope that the effort i put into this every day will instill in them the same go-getter attitude I learned from my parents. I hope they learn from watching me that ‘the only one standing in your way of your dreams is you.”

    If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Queen City Revolt, follow them on Instagram and their website, and there’s a coupon code: Ohio that will score you 15 percent off your total purchase.

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    Running a business but looking for even more ways to be successful? Read about a local accountant who wants to help your finances thrive in the new year.

    Cincy Chic: What is BE Virtual Solutions?
    Kysondra Elliott, Founder of BE Virtual Solutions: BE Virtual Solutions is a business that wants to help service-based companies gain control of their business. 

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Elliott: My passion is helping others, and we want to help other businesses create a profit while gaining freedom. We want to teach others the secret to having a truly successful business. And we know that the solution to success from comes in the form of delegation. Your business will not grow without delegating – we will help you through the stages of delegation.

    Cincy Chic: What types of services do you offer clients?
    Elliott: We offer full-charge bookkeeping packages as well as add-ons. We are accountants that truly care about your personal growth and financial growth! We will work along side you to see that you are able to succeed in whatever it is that you decide to do! We take the Holistic Approach when it comes to finances. In addition to basic bookkeeping, we offer receipt management, budgeting, reports, accounts receivable, accounts payable, historical cleanups, and taxes. 

    Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about your virtual assistant service?
    Elliott: We offer a virtual assistant for our clients who want to do more delegating with their business. We offer a general administrative virtual assistant services as well as a custom-built service. When you come to us needing a virtual assistant, we ask you to choose a plan so that we can match you with an assistant, and get started on the work. Ultimately the goal is to help you delegate more work out to your team so that you can be more successful.

    Cincy Chic: Where is BE Virtual Solutions located?
    Elliott: We’re at 143 Grange Hall Road in Beavercreek. We work to serve both the Dayton and Cincinnati areas!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
    Elliott: Visit our website at bevirtualsolutions.com.

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