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    Let the stress melt away with a mini vaca like no other, just a short drive north to Granville, Ohio. See how two retired road warriors turned their knowledge of what makes an excellent excursion into one of the best bed and breakfasts in the world.

    Jeff and Bobbi Noe are the husband and wife team behind the Welsh Hills Inn, a place TripAdvisor and Select Registry says is one of the best bed and breakfast in the world. Yet, it’s just a short drive away to Granville, just outside of Columbus. 

    “There are over 5,600-square-feet of accommodation with wide plank, heart-of-pine floors, large guest rooms and suites, luxurious bedding, and spacious bathrooms,” says Bobbi. “antiques, oriental rugs, and an extensive collection of eclectic, original artwork adorn the Inn and guest rooms. Since opening the doors of The Inn in September 2010, we’ve been privileged to host guests from all 50 states and 27 countries around the globe.”

    The Noes say they were inspired to open the Welsh Hills Inn after they caught the “bug” of staying in small bed and breakfasts and inns while traveling throughout New England, more specifically Martha’s Vineyard and Maine. 

    “In the back of our minds we always thought ‘maybe someday,'” says Bobbi. “Well, when we were looking for a home in Granville back in 2007, an 18-month adventure to find just the right place, we were looking for a property where ‘someday’ we could open up a small inn. That someday came a little over three years later, in September 2010, when The Welsh Hills Inn opened its doors to our first guests.”

    The former road warriors had finally fulfilled their dream of opening an inn and haven’t looked back. They love having the opportunity to provide their guests with a relaxing getaway on a beautiful property. 

    According to Jeff, the best time to visit the Inn is from May through early fall, when guests can relax and enjoy the outdoor heated pool and courtyard garden. 

    “Our tagline is “Relaxation. Redefined.’ and that’s what we aim to offer — whatever your idea of relaxation is, we want to offer that to you in the absolute best way possible,” says Jeff. “Kick back in the Adirondacks and enjoy a roaring fire in the outdoor stone fireplace nestled next to the woods. Watch the sunrise in a rocking chair on our wrap-around porch. Explore the wooded hiking trails, stocked fishing pond, lighted clay bocce ball court, target range, and clay shooting. Have some quiet time reading in one of our shaded hammocks or take a dip in the pool.”

    They also offer on-site professional massage services with aromatherapy, tension relieving hot river stone therapy, Swedish relaxation, deep tissue massage, and reflexology in the Inn’s Trem Pell Studio Spa. There are several packages available through the Inn that include couples massages, a babymoon package, and even an intimate wedding package.

    There are many amenities available for guests at The Inn including spacious guest rooms, en suite bathrooms, a full gourmet breakfast, plenty of outdoor living options, and more.

    When asked what they enjoy the most about running Welsh Hills Inn, they said it’s their guests who make their business so great. “Hands down, the people that we have been privileged to meet over the course of the last 10-years who come from all walks of life,” says Jeff. “So many have become frequent, returning guests over that time and brought us heartfelt friendships. We’re now at the point where, many times when The Inn is full, it’s like having your friends and family come to stay. We get to be a small part of so many special times in our guest’s lives – anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, lifelong friends gathering together, intimate weddings, elopements, proposals, and so much more.”

    The Noes provided information on what they’re doing to ensure the safety of their guests staying at the Inn during COVID-19. You can find a list of COVID-19 updates for your getaway here

    The Welsh Hills Inn is located at 2133 Cambria Mill Road in Granville, Ohio. It’s approximately 30 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio State, and the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

    To learn more about The Welsh Hills Inn or to book your stay, visit http://www.welshhillsinn.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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    River, city, and park views? This week's Listing of the Week has it all! Click for a sneak peek inside.

    This home has captivating river, city, and park views in a very sought after location. It boasts floor to ceiling windows, and nice kitchen and bathrooms and spacious rooms. There is a first floor office that can be converted to a 4th bedroom. The master suite offers amazing views. The home has gorgeous landscaping, a backyard oasis, a lower level recreation room, and plenty of storage. It has a new roof and has been freshly painted. It’s the perfect home for many lifestyles. The 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is listed at $1.295 million.

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

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    Two local experts are teaming up to help entrepreneurs revamp their website, branding, beautiful images, and social media strategy in just one day. Read on for more.

    Branding is key for businesses, especially in today’s digital-dependent world. But it’s confusing to know where to start and overwhelming to think about how long it’ll take once you do. 

    Enter, the One Day Brand Makeover. It’s a new service that aims to revamp and launch your brand, website, and imagery in a hands-on, one-day makeover. This unique concept is the brainchild of Kaleigh Turner, Cincinnati-based brand stylist / educator, web designer, Certified Showit Design Partner, and Amanda Donaho, Cincinnati-based brand mentor, photographer, and founder of the IlluminareRetreat for female business owners. 

    This branding duo originally came up with the concept while taking part in their own one-day brand makeover. “It wasn’t long ago that we sat side-by-side as she created my new branding and website – in a day,” says Donaho. “She (Turner) was able to crawl around in my mind and put to paper the ideas I had but couldn’t express well. The back and forth between us at her computer allowed her to get fast feedback from me and left to amazing branding and web design done in a flash. Together, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the process. We’ve created an experience that will leave no piece of our client’s brand untouched. Head-to-toe, they’ll have a perfect look that truly represents the business they’ve spent so much time creating.” 

    What types of services will be included in the day? There are over 15 services that will offered for clients to take part in to revamp their business. Turner and Donaho will assist in: 6-part Brand assessment to refine your message and brand vibe, Designing new custom primary and secondary logo workmarks made with your ideal client in mindleading into your one-day makeover, Color Palette and Font selections, Implementation of your new brand images, Website launch, Modern headshots that represent you and your brand, 3-5 outfits / looks, Fully customized Showit template restyle (from Kaleigh Turner Creative’s high-end templates) Wardrobe consultation, Personalized social media strategy and coaching session, and more. 

    For a complete list of services, you can visit their website: http://theonedaybrandmakeover.representyourbrand.com/. The One-Day Brand Makeover will take place five minutes from downtown Cincinnati in Donaho’s new studio space. “For our out-of-town clients, we will send a travel guide prior to their makeover so they’ll be well-equipped with information on the best places to stay, visit, and eat while in the Queen City,” says Donaho.

    The journey to watch The One Day Brand Makeover come to life has been a journey for both Donaho and Turner. “For me, it’struly two-fold: I get to do what I love by giving people what they’ve always wanted, a brand that will elevate their business and bring in their dream clients, while working with my ridiculously talented friend, Amanda,” says Turner. “We work really well together and that’s part of what makes this experience so unique – our clients will get both of us, together, side-by-side as we bounce ideas off of each other in real-time.”

    “I’m so passionate about helping entrepreneurs break through the noise to dig into their unique skill-set & offer that to the world in a way that attracts their ideal client,” says Donaho. “I love seeing everything come together in one day – and sending someone out our studio doors with not just a beautiful brand, but the knowledge of how to continue to implement their new brand going forward.  Kaleigh and I have a combined experience of 26 years in our respective fields, and the combination of knowledge we bring to the table makes this makeover dynamite.” 

    For more information, visit http://theonedaybrandmakeover.representyourbrand.com/

    To stay connected with Kaleigh Turner, visit https://kaleighturnercreative.com/ & Instagram and Facebook

    To stay connected with Amanda Donaho, visit https://representyourbrand.com/ & Instagram and Facebook

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    A local spa opened a second location to offer even more services to clients. Click here to read more!

    The Face Place recently announced that they are bringing clients a second location. “We have partnered with Next Direct Medical to bring another location to you with more services,” says The Face Place Founder Kathy Sutton.

    At The Face Place, the team prides itself on customizing facials and peels to meet the needs of your skin while also addressing your concerns.

    With the opening of their second location at Next Direct Primary Care, clients can now utilize additional services at another location. Face services include micro needling, peels, facials, acne treatment, and even a facial specially designed for teenagers. Body services available at The Face Place include massages and infrared treatments.

    A new service is also being offered, and is ideal for those who suffer from allergies. The Sinus and Detox Treatment includes a facial steam with eucalyptus, camphor, and clove essential oils, a sinus massage with hot and cold stones, a detox face and neck mask with camphor, feet warmed with hot towels soaked in ginger and clay then exfoliated, a foot chemical peel, and a foot massage performed with special attention to sinus points. 

    Those who have membership plans with Next Direct Primary Care can receive discounts on services from The Face Place that range from $10-$20 off the regular prices. Membership plans with Next Direct Primary Care start at $45 per month and includes no copays, family medical are, wholesale medications, urgent care services, same day appointments, and discounts on cosmetic services including Botox at $8 per unit. 

    The Face Place is located at 75 Powhatton Drive in Milford, and the Next Direct Primary Care location is at 8250 Kenwood Crossings, Suite 201 behind the Jewish Hospital. To book services at the Next Direct location call 888-926-6398. 

    You can learn more about The Face Place and how to book an appointment at https://www.skincaretzone.com

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    A local fitness studio wants to bring you safe, socially distanced classes - for free! Click here to read more.

    It’s difficult trying to stay healthy during a pandemic. Many gyms and fitness studios are in search of ways to connect with their clients without sacrificing their health and well-being. 

    To help the community stay fit while staying healthy, Pure Barre Cincinnati-oakley has teamed up with 3CDC to offer complimentary classes at Washington Park. 

    “Many people are looking for a way to get fit right now while staying safe and maintaining social distance in light of COVID-19,” says Kendra Northgard, Co-Owner of Pure Barre Cincinnati-Oakley. “We created these classes to enable anyone and everyone to participate in our workouts safely, outside in a convenient and beautiful environment. Plus, it’s completely free! If you’ve ever been interested in trying Pure Barre, this is a great way to do it.”

    To put on the classes, Pure Barre Cincinnati-Oakley worked with its long-standing partner 3CDC. Together, they wanted to bring these classes to more people to show them that these classes are for everyone. “Anyone can get fit with Pure Barre regardless of your shape, age, gender, or fitness level,” says Northgard. “All are welcome, and no special skills are required.”  

    The classes are held every Wednesday at 7:00 pm now through August 26 at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. 

    You can learn more and register for an upcoming free class at purebarre.com/oh-cincinnati. Northgard says to plan to arrive early as space is limited and spots are filled on a first come first serve basis to ensure safe social distancing. “Wear comfortable workout attire and bring your own yoga mat, towel, and water,” she adds. “Mask wearing is encouraged.” 

    You can also visit the studio and try out a class if you’re unable to get to the free classes at Washington Park. Pure Barre Cincinnati-Oakley is located at 3083 Madison Road in Cincinnati. You can sign up for a class at purebarre.com/oh-cincinnati or by calling 513-321-5800. 

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    Give your brain a getaway with a new project that aims to improve mental health through art making and journaling.

    Cincy Chic: What is Scribble?
    Stephanie Homan, Founder of Scribble: Scribble provides a series of activity cards that get people involved in art making and journaling. The process is simple. Choose from one of Scribble’s emotion categories: anxiety, any emotion, confidence, focus, gratitude or happiness. Each card has a coordinating color and icon to identify what emotion the activity targets. Once you decide on an emotion, read the fronts of the coordinating cards and decide which activity sounds the most beneficial for your current state of mind. The back of your chosen card will guide you through 2-3 art making steps to activate your mind and body. After completing the create prompt, Scribble guides you through 2-3 journaling questions to help you process what you created and think about your emotions at a deeper level. Each of the 19 activities are designed to help the brain discover new insights that can smooth the path of your mental health journey.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Homan: College was an extremely stressful time for me as I was constantly searching for outlets to release the stress of classes, organizations and work. I began to journal in the mornings to kickstart my day and doodle in the evenings as a way to unwind. As my last year of college at the Ohio State University approached, I began to think of topics for my visual communication design senior thesis and decided to look into the world of art therapy. I filtered through psychology websites and case studies, sent out surveys to learn how people participate in art making and journaling, conducted focus groups, and interviewed art therapists. After weeks of research, Scribble was born. 

    Initially designed as an app for my thesis, people would approach me and ask when I would make Scribble a reality. I realized the demand and interest for Scribble and decided to put Scribble’s activities into the world in card form. It took about 7 months to come up with activities, illustrate all of the cards, find a good quality printer, conduct user testing, design a website, begin advertising on social media, and, finally, launch my Etsy shop.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Homan: I’m Stephanie, an alumni from The Ohio State University’s visual communication design program, a full time web designer and the creator of Scribble. On a more personal note, I have a geeky love for architecture, pizza and dogs and a newfound obsession with Animal Crossing! I became a designer to use my creative brain to solve problems that exist in our communities and the world. When I design, I want to have purpose behind the details of my design, and also have my designs to be used for a purpose. Through my design program, part time creative jobs and summer internships, my knowledge of design and devotion for creativity has broadened. I now look for the opportunities that will not only expand on my own experience, but will make an impact on people and the community. I believe Scribble is one of those opportunities. In the future, I see Scribble in people’s homes, in art therapy offices and in classrooms. I see Scribble impacting our communities by helping people become more in tune with their own emotions and therefore having more empathy for others.

    Cincy Chic: How can readers purchase Scribble?
    Homan: Scribble is available on my Etsy shop.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Scribble unique?
    Homan: Scribble allows people to focus on their emotions without verbally expressing them. This isn’t just a journaling prompt or a simple drawing activity. Scribble gives you options to focus on your specific emotions. Each drawing prompt is designed to help you process your emotions before putting them into words. The journaling prompt asks you targeted yet open ended questions where you can use your drawing to help write about how you’re feeling. Scribble allows you to have a unique experience while processing your emotions.

    Cincy Chic: How does Scribble help its users?
    Homan: Throughout my research, I learned a lot about how art and journal reflections can improve mental health. The decline of mental health is largely due to the loss of communication between brain cells. Scribble focuses on art making and journaling to stimulate parts of the brain and form new connections between cells. Through this process, people have the ability to improve their self esteem, experience more positive thinking, de-stress, and enhance their overall mental health. Scribble can help individuals seeking self-expression and a boost to their mental health. Scribble can be a valuable product to add to art therapy toolkits or to offer clients as homework. These activities can also be done 1 on 1 with a guidance counselor to target specific emotions with a student, or a teacher could guide an entire classroom through an activity to strengthen the emotional intelligence of students. Scribble can be used in many ways by different people, and everyone can benefit from paying more attention to their emotions. Scribble can be their guide.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
    Homan: Visit https://www.scribblejourney.com to learn more and follow Scribble on Instagram.

     

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    Many successful people attribute their prosperity to a solid morning routine.  Our life coach columnist shares tips for creating one that works for you.

    The choices you make that first hour upon waking may determine how you will manage your day forward. Many successful people all have a solid morning routine and they attribute a lot of their progress to this routine. Do you have an established morning routine that has you jumping out of bed in the morning? Or do you find mornings to be a challenge? You hit the snooze numerous times and bury your head under the pillow?

    I know for me I look at other successful people and think what are they doing that I’m not? Is there a secret formula? So, I began the research and discovered that those individuals following a morning routine do gain greater control of their life having a morning routine. The research also indicated that they all do it differently! Yes, they are not cookie cutter approaches. They all discovered what they desired, implemented a plan, and developed a routine that met their personal needs and desires as well as fit to their morning schedule.

    Yes, they had similar activities but in a different order, or even for shorter or longer amounts of time such as meditation, getting ready, or workouts.

    From this discovery, I believe that if you want to start or improve a morning routine there are a few things to build into the development of your plan.

    Mantra: “I am ready to make the morning count no matter what the day may bring!” This allows you to think differently about the morning and gives you validation you can manage your day.

    New Belief: “one size fit all” –NOT. Sometimes we are “programmed” to belief certain things and this one my dear is not one of them. 

    Decide: Experiment with options. Giving yourself permission to say yes to what feels good and no to what seems like a struggle.  The decision is yours alone and you choose based on flow and ease.

    Action: After you define the habits you would like to bring into your morning routine take action. Begin with learning to quite your mind and doing the routine knowing you are boosting your productivity and success.

    Remember: “A carefully choreographed morning routine is the key to a productive day”.

    Sending Love & Light,

    Melissa

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    Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

    Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

    Taglio Bar + Pizzeria: I have to say…being from Michigan I am beyond excited to of found a Detroit style pizza shop! Never had Detroit style before? Try out @eattaglio delicious creations!

    Pair a pizza with one of their ice cold beers, cocktails, or a glass of wine! And don’t forget to try one of their delicious appetizers like mozzarella sticks or buffalo chicken dip 😍

    Geiger & Co: @geiger_and_coprides themselves on their craftsmanship, creating the highest quality products for you! Made right here in Ohio! From key chains, to card holders, to purses, they can make it all! Click the link in their bio check out all their products and start shopping today!

    Keystone Bar & Grill: This might be my favorite day out the year…national Mac and cheese day!! Today, July 14th is national Mac and cheese day, and @keystonebar is here to celebrate it with you!

    Try out one of their famous creations including their limited time chicken and Mac & cheese waffle! I mean just the sound of that makes my mouth water😍

    Head over to one of their locations today to celebrate and get a chance to win a $100 gift card! All locations open except Clifton is carry out only!

    Pistilcalyx: The hair accessory you need in your life! @pistilcalyx creates these colorful and beautiful floral polymer clay hairpins! Being all hand sculpted, these unique pins will brighten up any hairstyle! Check out the link in their bio to get your order started today! Made right here in Cincinnati!

    Markell-Bani Fine Wines: It’s Wednesday! You know what that means…wine night! Started by two best friends, Greg Markell Lawrence and Sean Bani Yisrael, @markellbanifinewines is dedicated to “creating brilliant wines that entertain, surprise, and inspire beautiful moments!”

    Try one of their signature fine wines for tonight’s #winewednesday like their Aniyah Rouge or Demera Blanc! PLUS: use code “SUMMERWINE” and save $5 per bottle!

    The Baker’s Table: With a mission to “feed people with love,” @bakerstablenewport is dedicated to not only serving you the best food, but giving you a safe and enjoyable environment! They have brought back their wood fire grilled burgers back tonight so make sure to get your hands on these! Head over from 5-9 tonight and enjoy some delicious food and a nice glass of wine…doesn’t get much better than that!

    Juice’d-tox: Stock up on @juicedtox cold pressed juices for the weekend! Did you know juices are the “easiest and fastest way to put important nutrients in your body!” From gut health, to immunity boosting, to weigh loss, and more…they can help you with it all! Check out their website to see all the juices they have to offer and DM or Facebook message to place your order! PLUS: they just switched all bottles over from plastic to glass!

    Keys: Calling all my cheesecake lovers! I personally think I could eat cheesecake everyday if possible 😂. @keys_cheesecakes_and_pies creates these amazing custom cheesecakes made just for you! You can also find them at Eastgate Jungle Jim’s starting next Friday! Pick up one of their cakes or create a custom one to celebrate the summer today!

    The Dive Bar: Happy Friday everyone! Looking for a place to go tonight to celebrate #happyhour ?? Check out @divebarcincinnati !! Stop by to grab a drink with friends and family to kickstart the weekend! They are open 7 days a week from 11am-2:30am to serve up your favorite drinks and more!

    Made By Mavis: How delicious do @madebymavis products sound 😍? She creates artisan jams and jellies with a former twist to bring life to any meal or snack! Want something spicy? Try their jalapeño apple jelly! Want something more sweet? Try their tropic thunder jam! Head over to their website to get your order started and check out their gift sets as well!

    Mad Llama Coffee: Saturday morning coffee anyone? 🙋‍♀️ Get your caffeine today with @madllamacoffee delicious coffee and baked goods! Stop by for an iced coffee, hot coffee, breakfast sandwich, or even ice cream! Open: Monday-Friday 6:30-4 Saturday-Sunday 8-4

    Honey Fit Brand: @honeyfitbrandis dedicated to empowering women to be their best selves through a health mind body and spirit! They create their clothes to allow women to feel confident when being active and in everyday life! Vamp up your wardrobe with their new arrivals today! PLUS: sign up for their mailing list and receive 15% your first order!

    BanaSun Smoothie Bar: Kickstart your Sunday with a smoothie bowl today! @banasun513 creates delicious fruity açaí bowls, smoothies, smoothie bowls, and juices for you! And the best part? They’re using their proceeds to help build a school in the developing world! So make sure to stop buy, grab a nice treat, and help them achieve their goal!

    1 More Rep: Get your sweat on this Sunday with @onemorerepcincy🤩 Try one of their 3 body shaping workouts to help achieve those fitness goals of yours! Click the link in their bio to see more details and sign up for you first class today!

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    Hard water becoming a problem? Click here to read more about how a water softener can help!

    While many of you may get city water, there are some folks who have to turn to water softeners to treat their water. Think you may need a water softener? Here’s a breakdown of what they are and what exactly they do:

    What is a water softener?
    A Water Softener is a filtration system that works to remove high concentrations of calcium and magnesium that cause hard water. When water flows through a Water Softener, the system filters out these hard water minerals and the softened water then leaves the water softening system to flow through plumbing.

    What is hard water?
    When you hear the words “hard water,” what’s being referenced is water that contains high concentrations of minerals, mostly calcium and magnesium, that bond easily with other types of metals. Eventually, all of this build-up becomes something that you can see, like the crusty residue on your shower head.  

    Hard water got its name from the hardened mineral deposits that this type of water leaves behind. Hard water doesn’t build up in “safe” areas, it can clog and even corrode pipes and cause significant plumbing issues. Hard water deposits in boilers and hot water heaters can also make these appliances less efficient and more expensive to use. 

    How does a water softener work?
    A water softener works a lot like a magnet does. They work off the fact that positive and negative things attract. Because calcium and magnesium are both positively charged molecules, a water softener will sent these molecules through a filter that is filled with negatively charged resin beads. When the hard water moves through the resin beads, opposites attract and the molecules bond with the negative charges. 

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