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Luxury abounds in this week's Listing of the Week. Click here to see more.

You have to see the magnificent renovation of this English Tudor in Hyde Park. Every room is radiant. The home sits on a private 1.5 acre lot, and backs up to the woods. It has a fabulous kitchen and a spectacular master suite. It boasts a wonderful solarium with a wall of windows overlooking the rear yard. It has a spacious yard, plenty of room for a pool and children activities. There is a front court yard and a rear, gated garage entrance. This splendid property is 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and is listed at $3.99 million.

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

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Inspire your littles to grow up and be anything they want - even a future President!

Today, you can be anything you want, even a future female president. 

That’s the message Ohio-based author S.R.D. Harris is portraying with her new children’s book “Future Miss President.” 

“‘Future Miss President’ is a book inspired by this past election and our first female Vice President,” says Harris.

The book, she says, features a minority girl with a positive message of hope, inspiration, and dreaming.

“It was really important to us to have very beautiful illustrations, and also send positive message that can resonate with people of all ages,” she says.

To boost the aspirations of those who read the book, Harris says the book offers daily affirmations thought the book to help make it even more unique.

“Children and adults can recite the affirmations to encourage themselves, and build their self-esteem, on a daily basis,” she says. “We know how hard peer pressure can be, so we wanted to include a useful tool to inspire greatness in children. The book inspires children of all ages to dream really big dreams!”

Harris, as a mother to three girls, wanted to create and publish stories that kids can relate to, learn from, and grow their love for reading.

We chose to establish S.R.D. Harris Books, LLC to self-publish our books, so they could get to market quickly and into the hands of readers all over the world,” she says. “We are able to partner with schools, children’s groups and charities to spread a positive message very quickly.”

“Future Miss President” has been a hit with parents, educators, and readers since its release. 

We have adopted classrooms at Tussing Elementary and Windsor STEM Academy [in Columbus], where we donate signed copies of the book for each student, as well as their school library,” says Harris. “We have also donated books to Bexley Schools, The Mansion Day School, IPromise School in Akron, and Pickerington Public Libraries.” 

Harris says she has a total of 5 children’s books to be published this year and with painters with CHA Animal Shelter to publish a book about a rescue puppy named Gracie. 

“The book will teach children compassion towards animals and others, and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to CHA, so that they can continue to rescue animals and find them loving homes,” she says.  

You can find signed copies of “Future Miss President” on her website or at many Columbus-area bookstores including Prologue Bookshop, Gramercy Books Bexley, Ice Cream Rollery Reynoldsburg, and Donna’s Delicious Dozen in Gahanna. You can also buy her e-book on Amazon.

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Make your next event lit (as the kids call it!) with these handcrafted marquee signs made by current and former University of Cincinnati students.

Totally Lit Events creates handcrafted marquees for your special events.
Cincy Chic: What is Totally Lit Events?
Alisander Schmid & Krishna Nelson, Co-Founders of Totally Lit Events: Totally Lit Events is a family of like-minded college students who came up with a unique way to bring the light to our city. We are Cincinnati born and bred; the producers of our very own, hand crafted to perfection, marquee letters and numbers!
 
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Schmid & Nelson: The idea that started it all came as Krishna’s balloon business, USA Balloonatics, grew. He observed the increasing use of marquee letters at various events across the country, but the set ups in Cincinnati were lacking something. Naturally, being the fun loving and enterprising person that he is, Krishna consulted with me (Alisander), aware of my carpentry skills, and we gave the marquee building a try. We soon found that we make some great marquee letters and decided to take the leap! 
 
We have been having a great time meeting people and getting to share some of the tender moments of peoples lives. Taking part in the marriage proposals and anniversaries continues to inspire us and will always be the best part of this job. through Totally Lit events and USA Balloonatics those connections are made possible. Our businesses have been growing steadily since the beginning and we couldn’t be more excited to continue.
 
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Schmid & Nelson: For a while now Krishna and I (Alisander) have handled the front and back end work for our businesses but we have recruited some killer new additions to the Totally Lit Events and USA Balloonatics teams. Emma Reed, a sharp, multifaceted undergrad student has just been installed as our head of marketing as well as some more great students whose work you’ll be able to see on our social media soon. 
 
Cincy Chic: What all can customers get with Totally Lit Events?
Schmid & Nelson: Totally Lit Events offers handcrafted, light-up marquee letters and numbers to rent for ANY event, wedding, or special occasion you can dream up. We are so excited to hear your ideas! Our current product selections include both four foot and two foot letters and numbers with the option to customize the color of the light bulbs. With the two different sizes and the complete alphabet and number set, the possibilities are endless! 
 
Cincy Chic: What makes Totally Lit Events unique?
Schmid & Nelson: Krishna and I (Alisander) grew up in Cincinnati and went to Walnut Hills High School. We have a deep connection to this city and its people. As the builder of the marquees, I strive to put love and effort into each one. I work hard for my customers to help bring to life their beautiful ideas and make their events extra special.
 
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Schmid & Nelson: Since we just got started in October of 2020, we have been growing steadily and we are extremely excited to see what this new year will bring. We are especially excited for the opportunities that the city reopening will give us to truly connect with our customers. The Zoom calls have been great, but a more personal touch is always more enjoyable.
 
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Schmid & Nelson: We are on Instagram and Facebook for anyone who wants to stay up-to-date with what we are doing and see the creations as we complete them. You can also check out our website www.totallylitevents.com to see our work and connect with us by giving us a call or scheduling a free 15 minute consultation with us. We look forward to making your next event LIT!

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Owning and operating a business can be challenging! Our business & life coach columnist helps us see where we get stuck and how you can begin to scale your business successfully.

Worried about business revenue, aren’t sure how to market your product/service, need sales help, make the wrong hires or struggle to find clients quickly? Tired of only seeing temporary results

Can you relate? Looking back, I sure can. I know how paralyzing it can feel.

Shooting from the hip while watching others succeed is frustrating. You’re feeling stuck, unsure about your ability to keep your clients, and doubtful about your decision-making abilities while others crush their goals and they started at the same time you did!

It makes you wonder what they have that you don’t?  And why can’t you get you get it together

Running a business is hard no matter who you are.

Are you ready to experience SUCCESS in this area of your life?

Whether you’re a business professional struggling to earn a promotion or an entrepreneur unsure of your next move.  If you’re ready for a different outcome, a new way to live, keep reading.

You don’t lack motivation,

Or willpower,

Or discipline!

You just haven’t known any other way than to struggle through and keep telling the same story over and over.  You can keep reading the books and hoping for the best.  

Imagine being in the same exact spot 5 years from now.  Still struggling, stressed out, wishing, and hoping for things to change.

But you don’t have to.

Time and time again, I’ve seen once struggling entrepreneurs transform with having strategy, support and accountability. 

The result? An empowered woman equipped with the clarity she needs to become a confident and profitable business owner.

If you doubt whether or not you’ve got what it takes, I totally get it. Imposter syndrome is real. Let me reassure you. With the right guidance, you, too, can build the business of your dreams. 

As a coach I have identify the top three obstacles: 

  • Greater self-awareness and a progress mindset to help identify the patterns that keep you stuck and replace them with healthy behaviors.
  • Increased individual performance, productivity, and confidence by understanding the “root cause” of why you’ve struggled.
  • Clarity on what success looks like for you and the steps needed to achieve everything you’ve ever wanted.

It’s time to get clear, make things happen, and go after what you want to make your business grow successfully. Want to know more? Book a Call.

You Deserve to Live Your Best Life,

Melissa

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    A local business accelerator supporting female entrepreneurs is celebrating a decade. Click here to read more about past program participants and what the future looks like for this organization.

    Aviatra Accelerators offers support to female entrepreneurs and businesses owners in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

    Aviatra Accelerators wants to help female entrepreneurs surpass their goals of successfully owning their own business. And they’ve been doing that for 10 years now. 

    “We are a full-service resource center for female founders and women-owned businesses,” explains Aviatra Accelerators President and CEO Nancy Aichholz. 

    Aviatra Accelerators serves all women, in all industries, at any sage of the business cycle. “We have operations in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and Dayton and are looking to expand regionally,” she says. “We also provide digital curriculum for women outside of our current services areas.”

    The ultimate goal with a female business owners works with Aviatra Accelerators is to empower female founders from idea to exit, and everything in between.

    As the 10 year anniversary approaches, Aviatra Accelerators has now served more than 2,500 women since they were established as one of the first incubator/accelerator programs in the region.

    “Our top women have broken the $1 billion mark in combined earned revenues over the 10 years,” says Aichholz. “We are so encouraged by the success of our female founders that we know we will be around for a very long time!”

    Celebrations for the anniversary will include highlighting an “Aviatra of the Month” through podcasts, social media, newsletter articles, and more. Then, in September, they will host an Aviatra Expo, where the community can come and be introduced to the Aviatras’ businesses, followed by a cocktail and networking celebration on September 30. 

    One of the women who have joined along for the journey with Aviatra Accelerators is Shauntel Dobbins of Financially U

    “Financially U is a financial resource network providing credit building, budget and savings strategies, personal finance workshops, tax preparation, and notary public/signing agent in a nonjudgmental atmosphere,” explains Dobbins.

    With a passion for helping individuals adopt a mindset and set of behaviors that lead to financial success, Dobbins offers these services to clients, minus the judgement. 

    “Financial decisions are not made in a vacuum,” she says. “We are products of our environment, cultures, and beliefs.”

    The decision for Dobbins to get involved with Aviatra Accelerators was encouraged by a fellow entrepreneur who participated in the accelerator and enjoyed it. “She explained how it helped her business and encouraged me to attend Explore,” she says. And the rest is history. 

    The program, according to Dobbins, offers female entrepreneurs support, networking strategies, empowerment, and mentorship from a female perspective.

    And the support and connections Dobbins has made along the way are what made Aviatra so special to her. 

    Shauntel Dobbins, Founder of Financially U and Aviatra Accelerators participant.

    “I have enjoyed the ongoing support that Aviatra Alumni receive once the class has ended,” she says. “I have seen Aviatra Alumni come back and assist those participating in the program. Aviatra is the best!”

    As one cohort finishes at Aviatra Accelerators, another one steps up to the plate. Aviatra is currently accepting applications for their LAUNCH accelerator, which runs from June 2 through August and culminates on September 2 at the Flight Night Pitch Competition. To learn more or apply for the accelerator, click here.
     
    After a year turned upside down by a global pandemic, Aviatra Accelerators isn’t halting their expansion plans. In fact, Aichholz says that during COVID they opened operations in Dayton and are looking forward to starting their third cohort in Cincinnati in May.

    “We will be expanding our use of Aviatra365, our digital product for the rural entrepreneur, or them who has kids at home and can’t come to a cohort, or the corporate executive who travels and can’t commit to a weekly cohort class,” she says. 

    To learn more about Aviatra Accelerators or to sign up for their newsletter, visit https://aviatraaccelerators.org. They’re also on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
     

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    Escape the hustle and bustle with the Colorado-like views of this week's Listing of the Week!

    This home is a rare opportunity in the sought-after Old Locust Hill community! It’s a gate home with complete privacy. This custom, architectural-designed 4m400 sq. ft. home is situated on 15 wooded acres. The retreat-like setting, breathtaking river, valley views evoke a Colorado mountain home vibe. An open floor plan features great natural light through internal shade Pella windows. Great room has custom cabinetry, stone fireplace. There is a main floor master with a large walk-in closet, granite double sink vanity, walk-in shower and clawfoot tub. The 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home is listed at $1.29 million.

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

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    Read on to learn about a practice in the Cincinnati area that wants to help people experience peace and healing in their lives.

    Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio wants to help you find peace.

    There is a business in the Greater Cincinnati area that wants to help people experience peace in their lives.

    “Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio is a yoga and wellness studio that has teachers from all walks of life and cultures,” Angelina DeMers, Owner of Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio, says. “We teach wellness through peaceful minds with meditation and healing through movement.”

    What does wellness mean to DeMers personally?

    “It means body, mind, spirit, in sync with nature and our creator and the universe. I practice eating according to my blood type, eating local fruits and vegetables,” she says. “I worship and meditate daily and I live by ‘The Eight Limbs of a Yogi’ (the ethical guidelines). These guidelines help me to live a meaningful and purposeful life.”

    The inspiration behind starting Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio came from a passion for “bringing peace and healing through yoga and meditation to everyone who walks through our doors,” DeMers says.

    There are a variety of services offered through the studio and they include: health and life coaching, nutrition as a lifestyle, pantry renovation (shopping coaching, meditation, massage and yoga (styles: Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa) and there is heated or unheated options. DeMers is also halfway acupuncture school right now. “When I complete my degree, we will add an acupuncture clinic with Moxi and Cupping to our list of services, DeMers says. 

    Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio defines success by “Honoring own mission and that it is to bring peace and healing to our yoga community through a quieter mind. Hearing testimonials of healing. Pain that has lessened or is gone is really what makes my heart sing,” she says. “I see when people are in pain inside and out, I’ve always been an impath and I know that’s what drove me out of corporate America and into the healing business.”

    The business is unique. “We have infrared heat and cork floors and we are dedicated to continue to bring yoga in its intended form to include meditation and the breath. It is very easy to become consumed by the exercise and forget about the mind and the breath,” DeMers says. Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio is important for the community. “With the state our nation is in, it is particularly important for us as a yoga community to teach, remind and practice healing through meditation and movement,” DeMers says. “Nutrition is a large part of whole body wellness and is also a part of what we teach.”

    Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio has two locations: 500 Kolb Dr., Suite 3A, in Fairfield and 342 W. 4th Street in Cincinnati.

    If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio or find out about their classes, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and their website

     

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    Learn about a local event center that has a goal to cater to all.

    Looking for a place to celebrate, host a charity event, or just looking for a place to collaborate with your coworkers? 

    The Benison Events & Coworking, located in a historic building in the heart of Hamilton, wants to help you accomplish your goals, celebrate milestones, and support local. The 1920s building features vaulted ceilings, hand-carved walls, and original walnut doors and wood beams. 

    “We have an event center on the main ballroom floor with a 2 million dollar bank vault room, bridal and groom suites with changing rooms and restrooms for both suites, kids zone playroom, balcony, full bar and a duel sided serving buffet, outdoor covered area, DORA, which includes an outdoor bar and green space and much more,” says Director of Events & Coworking Yvonne VanBibber.

    The remainder of the floors in the building offer coworking spaces, a full kitchen, a podcast/video room, and office space. 

    Although the building housing The Benison has been around for a while, the concept itself arrived on the scene in 2018 when owner Christy Nelson opened its doors. 

    They say that what really drew them to the space and inspired them to turn The Benison into what it is today is the details and architecture of the building. That was also when the duo decided they wanted to create a space that would be a blessing to the community, bringing together a space focused on exceptional customer service.

    “The word Benison resonated within the vision,” says VanBibber. “We learned that ‘Benison’ is derived from the Latin word benedictio which means to bless. The vision to create a blessing in Hamilton was birthed.” 

    “Whatever your reason for gathering at The Benison — a celebration, business function, or charity event we declare a blessing over your event,” she adds. “Rest assured that we will surpass your expectations merging the right space with your dreams.” 

    The Benison is an ideal space for connecting and networking or grabbing lunch or drinks at the bar. 

    We can accommodate for groups up to 200 for business events or even something as small as a virtual mailbox,” says VonBibber. “At The Benison, our goal is to provide a professional place for connecting, working and taking full advantage of our facility which ranges from a podcast room to exercise classes.” 

    And while it seems they’ve got it all covered now, there’s even more on the horizon for The Benison.  

    We are creating the Hamilton’s first outdoor Green Space, which will include a life-size, fully interactive Cinderella Ball Carriage,” says VonBibber. “The ribbon cutting for this amazing new feature will be on Earth Day April 22nd.”

    They are still hosting events and following COVID guidelines while tailoring to the clients’ needs.  

    To learn more and for a full tour visit their website. You can also follow along on Facebook.

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    Satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your healthy diet. Click here to read more about a local couple putting smiles on faces with a frozen smoothie on a stick!

    Honey Child Artisan Pops offers clean, delicious frozen pops.

    Cincy Chic: What is Honey Child Artisan Pops?    
    Sarah Thompson, Vice President of Operations at Honey Child Artisan Pops: Honey Child Pops on a mission to make clean eating delicious, easy, and fun. We make delicious frozen pops from whole blended fruit and natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup if we use any sweetener at all. You’ll find fun flavor combinations ranging from the traditional to the extraordinary, and many of our pops up the ante with superfood ingredients and plant-based proteins.  

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?  
    Thompson: It all started with a chance run-in with an ice cream truck. It was parked in front of our kids school between us and our walk home. We wanted a treat for ourselves but weren’t exactly thrilled about the consequences that came with all that sugar and dairy. Of course we treated ourselves, but on the way home we started thinking about what our ideal ice cream truck treat would be. We ordered some popsicle molds online and started experimenting that same week.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it? 
    Thompson: Myself and my husband Damien founded Honey Child. Damien is a professional food photographer with a focus on consumer packaged goods. I am a former professional dancer/choreographer with a background in yoga and herbal medicine. Our daughters Sekai and Malia are our inspiration, our taste testers, and our youthful creative energy.

    Damien and Sarah Thompson, Founders of Honey Child Artisan Pops.

    Cincy Chic: When did you launch Honey Child Artisan Pops?  
    Thompson: We launched in January 2019!

    Cincy Chic: What makes Honey Child Artisan Pops so great?
    Thompson: Our “Play Pops” are simply made from whole blended fruit and a touch of honey or maple syrup. They come in classic flavors like Strawberry and Raspberry Lemonade and more unusual combinations such as Pineapple Lemongrass and Strawberry Basil. Our Power Pops build on the idea, adding in superfood ingredients and plant-based proteins. Some Power Pops have no added sweetener other than the fruits and veggies inside. They are truly like a smoothie on a stick.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Honey Child Pops unique?   
    Thompson: All of our pops are free from dairy and cane sugar.  We add in sneaky functional ingredients such as calming chamomile, cooling tumeric with black pepper or immune-boosting turkey tail mushroom, and the pops are delicious!  With plenty of low calorie, low sugar, nutrient dense options, you can even eat our pops for breakfast!

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?  
    Thompson: Look for our carts popping up in communities in the greater Cincinnati area and throughout Ohio. We are also available at local grocers, and we recently launched at select Whole Foods Market stores.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?  
    Thompson: Follow us on Instagram or Facebook or visit our website at www.honeychildpops.com.

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    Local news anchor Alanna Martella continues her story of courage and strength, beating death, and winning at life.

    In Part 1 of her story Alanna Martella shared her story of courage and strength, beating death and winning at life.

    In Part 2 we asked Alanna to share her strengths and opportunity areas in wellness.  

    “I think there’s a season for everything” said Martella. “I hope to one day be able to confidently say I excel and am aligned on all levels simultaneously, but at the sake of being vulnerable, it depends on when you’re asking. Some days I feel my physical self is excelling. Other days, I feel pretty strong about my occupational area or mental state.”

    Alanna has used this strength to add a new item on her resume: keynote speaking. During the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown the pandemic Alanna spent her free time writing a keynote speech to help impact and inspire others. Through her RISE UP model, Martella hopes to ignite the flame in every person who listens that you can (and will!) overcome enormous obstacles and seize opportunities, through a series of 5 basic steps.

    Alanna identifies her sense of spirituality as her biggest strength in wellness.  “Meditation is known to ease uncertainty and unkind thoughts. Just 10 minutes a day really makes a difference. I also like listening to hz frequencies and reaching out to friends and talking to them or facetiming them.”  

    Martella loves to move and finds joy particularly through practicing yoga.  It is in this practice that she is able to best manage her mental health.  

    Through the ups and downs of her physical health journey, Alanna has always been willing to be open and transparent, leadinng to the creation of “Girls with Guts Podcast” with fellow intestinal illness warrior Nicole Dambro.   

    Want to learn more about Alanna Martella’s Rise Up keynote or Girls with Guts podcast? Visit alannamartella.com.

    Bag spill content, left to right: Orbit Bubblemint Sugar Free Chewing Gum, Crunchmaster Crackers (Kroger), Burts Bees Vanilla Bean.

    “A Leadership Style” is a column authored by WISe Wellness Guild founder Stevi Gable Carr and powered by Crunchmaster Crackers aimed at celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.  

    Glossary of terms: 

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