A local yoga studio is now offering a new practice that purrfectly combines yoga with adoptable cats.
A local yoga studio is now offering a new practice that purrfectly combines yoga with adoptable cats.
Read on for more about a virtual wellness practice that helps people create and cultivate a healthier version of themselves.
What started as a wellness practice in Cincinnati has turned into a successful virtual HIPAA compliant tele-health platform that’s expanded into Chicago.
“Kristen DeAngelis Wellness is a private practice LLC providing nutrition consulting, one-on-one nutrition services, group workshops and seminars and corporate wellness opportunities,” says Kristen DeAngelis, Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Personal Trainer.
DeAngelis has been a dietitian for four years, nutrition counselor for seven years and she launched her private practice more than three years ago.
Kristen DeAngelis Wellness is partnering with Roots Reboot, LLC to provide more for her clients. “Roots Reboot is a supportive, community practice group of entrepreneurial dietitians, each with their own specialty nutrition focus and in different geographical locations across the country,” she says.
DeAngelis is the Roots Reboot COO Director of Client Services. “The new partnership has allowed me to grow this business to reach a broader audience, serve more people and also with the option to take on virtual clients and opportunities as well,” she explains. “We have online webinars and giveaways on our social media platform, @RootsReboot, and of course we also use a HIPPA compliant tele-health platform. It ensures that a patient’s information is confidential and not shared.”
While she started the business in Cincinnati, she’s now living and operating her business out of Chicago. “However, I lived and worked in Cincinnati the past three years and just moved to Chicago a few months ago,” she explains.
Because of a death in the DeAngelis family, she made a drastic move in a short time. “I miss Cincinnati very much and created a tight bond with many of my Registered Dietitian friends and clients! We stay in touch closely and also continue to work together though, which is great,” she says. “Any challenging time in our life always teaches us something, so despite the grief my husband and I have been dealt with, I see it as a positive to relate to the journey many of my clients find themselves in.”
DeAngelis offers a variety of services. “I have a full case of one-on-one nutrition sessions, I currently have workshops and seminars at various locations (dance studios, Orange Theory Fitness locations, fitness/gym franchises, corporate wellness, and even farmers markets. I also provide free webinars on nutrition and holistic wellness,” she says. She also offers group nutrition classes, corporate wellness in-service fairs, in-service events for groups and companies.
DeAngelis defines success with her business by seeing her clients succeed. “If I can support someone in making at least one success in their lives, I see that as a success,” she says. “My goals are to continue to help as many people as possible and continue to spread the word about healthy habits.”
Her most memorable moment so far is seeing how she changed a client’s life. “The moment when a client looks me in the eye and says with conviction, ‘You changed my life.’ I cannot stress the power in that,” DeAngelis says. “That is the best moment, the best gift that no one else can give you.”
See how making hand-made granola with fresh, organic ingredients for her child’s birthday party turned into a booming (and delicious) business.
So long stale, boring, store-bought granola. There’s a new granola in town, hand-made with love and good-for-you ingredients.
“Grandola Granola is gourmet clustered, small batch granola that’s made by hand with local and organic ingredients,” says owner Jamie Coates-Donohue. “[We have] seasonal based names with deep, unique flavor profiles.”
In March of 2018, Grandola Granola turned four years old. “I use a commercial kitchen in Newport through the Incubator Kitchen Collective,” Coates-Donohue says. “It’s hectic, but it works for me right now with future plans being put in place for Grandola’s own kitchen and office space.”
The inspiration behind starting the business came from her daughter, Ella. “Just before her second birthday, I started making granola for her. After looking online and through recipe books, I created my first batch with Ohio maple syrup and organic ingredients I’d gotten in the bulk section at Whole Foods. It seemed moist when it was done baking, so I flipped it and let it sit for a few days,” she says. “When I checked again, it was chunky paradise! I used some of the pan for goodie bags as Ella’s party favors. That lead to making batches for other people. So, within six months, I created the LLC.”
Grandola Granola offers wholesale bags, jars and bulk to restaurants, markets, businesses, event planners and universities, retail bags, jars, sample sets, and bulk to customers at markets and events. “We have four flavors in original and gluten free that are sweetened with Ohio maple syrup. Ella’s favorite was my very first flavor, which has Madagascar vanilla, cherries and cranberries,” Coates-Donohue says. “Summer Time is my favorite, which has blueberries, dates and orange oil. Autumn’s Best shares my love of chai tea spice with apricots and cranberries. Vibrant Winter has cacao powder (raw cocoa), raspberry extract and figs.”
The mission of business is “to create the most natural granola we can, while holding the highest standards and integrity for the product,” she says.
Coates-Donohue says she’s proud of the business, and legacy, she’s creating for herself and family. “Grandola is female owned by a mom, and it gives all generations strength that at any age you can set goals and achieve them. We wouldn’t have the success we’ve had if it weren’t for our community of friends and family who help it grow,” she adds. “From the start, it was crucial to use as many local resources as possible. Our extracts, maple syrup and print work all come from Ohio. Also, being accessible at markets, events and popups keep our brand community-based.”
Read on to learn more about a new boutique Pilates and Yoga studio that’s opening soon on the Westside.
Plank Pilates Yoga is a boutique Pilates and Yoga studio, soon to open on the Westside.
“The Grand Opening is August 4,” Stacy Horning, Founder and Owner of Plank Pilates Yoga, says. “I am offering a free Pilates Mat class at 11:00am with a reception to follow from 12:15-2pm, with live music, food, drink, and fun giveaways!”
Right now, Horning is the only teacher, but she’s looking to build her team. “My hope is to create a community of teachers with diverse movement backgrounds and styles,” she says. The studio is located at: 5334 Sidney Road in Cincinnati on the Westside of Cincinnati in Green Township. “Our building is bright blue. You can’t miss it,” she laughs.
The inspiration behind the business came from her traveling to different studios around the Cincinnati area. “I have always been willing to travel to studios all over the city to train a variety of different workouts, including various styles of Yoga and Pilates, Aerial Yoga, dance fitness, Barre, etc. The list could go on and on,” Horning says. “However, I found that most people did not share the same willingness. I wanted to create a space where you could try a variety of classes without having to studio hop. The inspiration is truly to have one space with all of your favorite workout classes in a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere.”
The name of Horning’s business came from her reputation in the fitness industry. “Over my many years of teaching, I have gained a reputation as the teacher who does lots of planks! I do them in every class I teach, in some form or another,” she says. “When my clients think of me, I promise you, they think of planks. It made perfect sense to name the business Plank Pilates Yoga.”
The different classes that are going to be offered at Plank Pilates Yoga are: Pilates Mat, Pilates Reformer, Vinyasa Yoga, Buti Yoga, Barre, Restorative Yoga, and they have a Pilates Teacher Training Program coming soon.
Horning says she defines success by perseverance and power. “The most successful people are not the ones who started out the strongest or the most well-equipped, but the ones who never quit. Perseverance is everything,” she adds.
Plank Pilates Yoga is important for the community because the Westside of Cincinnati doesn’t have a lot of options, Horning says. “In other parts of town, you may see a Yoga and Pilates studio on every block. However, on the Westside, the fitness options are few and far between,” she explains “This is a great opportunity for people in the community to practice Pilates and Yoga without a 30 minute drive.”
Horning loves working out with, and being inspired by, others. “Nothing compares to the exchange of energy you experience when working out in a group setting pushing towards a common goal,” she says.
Horning says she loves the relationships that she builds with the people she works out with. “I love working out but mostly, I love the people,” she adds. “It’s a blessing when the people you work with and train with become your closest friends. I am truly lucky to be able to do what I love with people I love.”
Read on to see how this local business has been making a dirty job a jolly business for more than two decades.
“We’re a commercial and residential service plumbing company who specializes in emergency service and repair,” he explains.
Jolly Plumbing is located in Wilder, Kentucky, but they serve all around the Greater Cincinnati area. Currently, there are 40 people helping with plumbing and there are 12 people who are working for the sister companies.
The inspiration behind starting the business started with Brady’s father. “My father, Barry Jolly, started the company in 1979 with a mission of taking care of customers at all costs,” Brady says. “When people have plumbing issues, it’s a stressful time, but he wanted to do whatever he could to make the situation as seamless as possible. We still run our business with these same principles.”
According to Brady, Jolly Plumbing offers a wide variety of plumbing services, including sewer line repair, drain cleaning, water line repair, gas line repair, service plumbing, hydro jetting of sewer lines, septic system installation, sewer scoping/cameraing, septic system cleansing, and anything related to the repair or replacement of plumbing in a residential or commercial building.
Jolly Plumbing defines success by how their customers feel. “We define success by the happiness of our customers,” Brady says. “Our reputation is very important to us and we go to great lengths to insure that we maintain a good reputation.”
Brady’s favorite part of working for the business is that the employees are like family. “We have good camaraderie between employees,” he says. “We have an innovative office that includes a basketball court. We’re able to keep things fun while still getting our work done.”
The business has been such an important part of the Greater Cincinnati area for over 20 years. “Jolly Plumbing is a staple in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati community. When many people think plumbing, Jolly is the first company that comes to mind,” he says. “We’ve woven ourselves into the fabric of the community over the years by continuing to make customers happy by handling their issues like we would handle our own.”
Brady says good customer service and community events, such as their kid-focused “Little Plumbers” event, get the business engrained in the community. Plus, he says, they have a great team of people. ” I love how the people I work with strive to live out the mission of the company on a consistent basis to help better the company,” he adds.
Learn about a local lady who launched a new therapy practice to help her clients move past issues holding them back and truly thrive.
There’s a new local practice that helps people process through traumatic events and thrive in life again.
“Thrive Therapy, Inc. is my private therapy practice. I have been treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since 2007, primarily serving combat veterans, first responders, sexual assault survivors and child abuse survivors,” says Jennifer M. Simpson, Licensed Independent Social Worker and Owner of Thrive Therapy, Inc.. “Earlier this year, I decided I needed more flexibility than I had in my current position, so I decided to open my own practice.”
Simpson opened Thrive Therapy, Inc. in March 2018, and began seeing patients in June 2018. Her practice is located in Mariemont Square.
The inspiration behind starting Thrive Therapy, Inc. came from her kids and her husband. “I’ve worked in a specialty clinic in a hospital for 11 years, and I’ve learned, grown and evolved as a therapist. I love my work and my coworkers. However, one thing my hospital work cannot provide is flexibility,” Simpson says. “I’m a mother of four, so being home in the evenings and prioritizing my kids is very important, as they won’t quit growing (despite me asking them to)! Being able to set my own hours is a top priority at this phase of my life, so I had to get creative and create my own practice with my family being what drives my business decisions.”
The name of the business came from writing down words that represented her therapy style. “I kept coming back to this word “thrive,” as that is my hope for each and every person that I meet,” she says. “I wanted a short name that evokes a sense of hope and optimism, which often times patients may lack prior to getting rid of their PTSD symptoms. They are welcome to borrow my hope for them until they develop their own.”
The practice uses two different methods of therapy: Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure. She also provides Individual Therapy and will be adding Group Therapy in the future. “Anything I offer is evidence-based and considered a top treatment for PTSD,” Simpson says.
Simspon defines success by seeing her clients live their lives without PTSD controlling them. “I define success in my business as becoming a trusted source in our community to provide good, solid and effective PTSD treatment,” she says.
Thrive Therapy, Inc. is so important for the community of Cincinnati because there are trauma survivors, including firefighters, paramedics, veterans, sexual assault survivors, police, etc. “I think this business is important to Cincinnati because helping people get rid of PTSD and be able to live happier, more productive lives is good for not only the individual, but their families, friends, and community as a whole.”
If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Thrive Therapy, Inc., check out their website, Facebook, and Instagram. “Most importantly, if you think you may need help, please know that hope is here and recovery is possible,” Simpson says.
Learn about a forthcoming wellness retreat that aims to help people improve their mind, body and soul.
Ever wish you could get away from the hustle and bustle of life and work on you for a bit? The forthcoming Tanya’s Wellness Farm and Spa may be just what you’re looking for.
“The farm/spa is going to be a holistic wellness approach to help those suffering from depression and anxiety,” says owner Tanya Tieman Equine, who is also the owner of Tanya’s Wellness & Image Salon on Hyde Park Square. “Tanya’s Wellness Farm and Spa is a 501c3 nonprofit that is currently raising funds to get the rest of the down payment for a loan to build the infrastructure.”
The farm will be used for a variety of methods to help with depression and anxiety, including yoga, guided meditation, Equine Assisted Coaching, and even fora facial massage, wigs, weddings, or if you just want to experience nature. “We will have a coffee shop with healthy snacks and smoothies for those that want to come and relax awhile,” Equine adds.
While the facility is still in the planning phases and hasn’t been built yet, those interested in supporting the concept can go to the website to make donations. “We don’t want to have to always be asking for money for the nonprofit, so our goal is to have a for-profit part of the farm for corporate events, team building and weddings,” she says. ”This can help fund the upkeep of the animals and the land itself.”
Equine says Tanya’s Wellness Farm and Spa is important for the community because there are so many people dealing with depression, stress and anxiety. “We can teach our community to unplug, get back to nature and learn strategies to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression,” she explains. “The end result will be happier people, better relationships, less loneliness and less drug and alcohol abuse.”
When people attend Tanya’s Wellness Farm and Spa, Equine wants people to forget the stress of their busy lives and reconnect with their real selves. She refers to this as a ‘retreat project.’ “I have sold my rental property to raise capital for this project, but we need more funds to get it going,” she says.
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From elite athlete to a major struggle with weight gain, see how a personal experience inspired one local trainer to open a boutique gym that changes lives one rep at a time.
Looking for a welcoming and encouraging environment to reach your fitness goals? 1 More Rep may be just what you’re looking for.
“1 More Rep is a no frills boutique gym, all fitness levels are welcomed. I take pride in the fact that all of our clients are welcoming, friendly and non-judgmental. We have a large range of age 62 being the oldest person,” says Dwayne Wilson, Owner and a Trainer at 1 More Rep. “We also have a wide range of abilities, people just starting out to clients who are training for a marathon or a mud run. We mostly have women clients, but we also have a few guys and a few couples who work out together. Everyone does the same workout, but you move along at your own pace. You start where you are fitness wise and we can modify anything.”
Located just a few minutes from Kenwood Towne Center, 1 More Rep opened its doors in November of 2010. “I partnered with Cincinnati TaeKwonDo Academy to share space, which we still do,” he says.
The inspiration behind starting the business came from a struggle with weight that Wilson experienced. He is a former collegiate athlete at Xavier University, from 1988-1993, but he was injured before his first year of playing and gained 30 pounds in seven weeks.
“All during college, I struggled and was never able to drop back to my playing weight of 225. I was made fun of. Today, it would be called, ‘bullied,’ but no one ever helped me with eating, portion control or extra workouts,” Wilson says. “Fast forward to 2008, he was assigned to the Police Academy. When I was assigned to the academy. I was sent to become a Police Instructor, Defense Tactics Instructor, as well as a Physical Fitness Instructor.” Currently, he is a Police Sergeant for the City of Cincinnati, and has been working for the PD since 1996.
2008 was also the year that Wilson got certified in Crossfit. “Crossfit was really going mainstream, so I attended the Crossfit Level 1 Certification as well,” he recalls. “After developing group fitness plans for our academy class and helping them not only lose weight, but pass the state Peace Officer Fitness Test, I thought I could help others with their fitness and health and started 1 More Rep.”
1 More Rep offers a boot camp, which is a 50 minute workout that always changes. “We use battle ropes, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, barbells, boxes, and sometimes just plain body weight in our workouts,” Wilson says. “We offer boot camp in the mornings at 5-6. and 7AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We have evening classes at 8:30PM on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Saturday morning at 7:30AM, we also have a boot camp class.”
The facility also offers a CLIMB class. “Clients can expect 30 minutes of high intensity, non-stop climbing. Most clients will climb between 1500 and 4000 feet and burn over 300 calories. This class uses the beat of the music to create the tempo and rhythm of the class. You will not want to go longer than 30 minutes,” he says. “Clients are on a versa climber machine for this class. Classes are Tuesday and Thursday, 5AM, 5:45AM, 6:30A, and 7:15AM. Wednesday morning, we have one class at 7AM.Saturday morning, we have CLIMB at 7AM and 8AM.” On Wednesday morning, there is Boxing class at 6AM. “We throw a variety of punching and kicking combinations for this workout,” Wilson says.
1 More Rep defines success by clients referring someone and happy clients. “We really don’t do any advertising other than social media posts,” he says. “But from the start, clients have been spreading the word with friends, parents, neighbors and co-workers.”
The business is unique because they offer a class that’s not available anywhere else in the area. “Besides being the only place in Cincinnati to offer a Versa Climber class, our client base makes us very unique,” Wilson says. “Our clients are very welcoming to new people and overall encouraging to each other. Also, I always have a lot of inquiries about having a base fitness level when starting,” he says. “At 1 More Rep, you start at your own fitness level and progress from there.”
Wilson says the facility’s location has also been a part of his success. “It’s central to a lot of places so clients do not have to travel very far to workout, although we have clients who come from Kentucky and the Loveland/Wards Corner area,” he adds.
Wilson says they also host fundraisers. In fact, they are working on one now for breast cancer awareness in the fall. “It’s not fully planned at this point, but participants and teams will get donations for the number of feet they climb on the versa climber,” he explains.
Wilson wants people at 1 More Rep to enjoy their life that’s full of physical tasks. “Being able to be active and enjoy life without stress or fear of not being able to handle a physical task,” Wilson says. “Being able to grow older and sustain an active quality of life.”
A local fitness facility specializes in helping you reach the peak of your health and fitness journey. Read on to see how.
Everyone has their own unique peak of optimal health and wellness. Peak Fitness is here to help you reach it, according to president Ryan Patrick.
Peak Fitness provides “coaching in fitness, nutrition and physical preparation,” says Patrick. The facility has been around for a total of eight years and is located in Crescent Springs, Kentucky, with a total of five people who work for the business.
The inspiration behind starting the business came from a belief that everyone needs to grow and expand to thrive. “We will approach it from a physical development standpoint,” Patrick explains, adding that the name, Peak Fitness, came from a “mission to maximize every human’s potential.”
There’s a wide variety of coaching services offered through Peak Fitness, and they are: personal training, physical preparation (athletic development for speed, strength and stamina), and nutrition coaching (integrating nutrition into real, chaotic lives), according to Patrick.
Peak Fitness defines healthy by having balance in your life. “Health is more than how much weight is on the bar or what vegetables are on your plate. It’s about balance of fitness and nutrition, relationships, finances and spirituality of faith,” Patrick says. “Someone lacking in one or more areas can have problems in all domains because of it.”
They work with a variety of different people, including ones under stress, without proper recovery strategies or connection with their loved ones who struggle to maintain health, Patrick explains. “Same goes for someone making poor financial or fitness choices,” he says. “These are all integrated and woven into our entire being.”
For the business, success is seeing their clients reach their goals. “But we differentiate fulfillment from success. I have seen many successful people in weight loss challenges still feel unhappy. Our objective is to help people get on a path to continuous improvement while still practicing gratitude and contentment,” Patrick says. “This is a huge challenge because many of us are wired to ‘compare and despair.’”
Peak Fitness is a unique facility because they coach with a purpose. “Execution is extremely important to us because the details matter,” he says. “But we’re also willing to take time to develop people and ask questions that inspire them to grow and expand.”
Peak Fitness is a community between its members and staff. “We have great members we call our PeakFAST fam. They support and challenge each other,” Patrick says. “Despite a rag tag group of men and women at various fitness levels, they all share the core values to continuously improve themselves.”
A local lady started a new online talk show that connects the community with helpful wellness information and practitioners in an interactive yet convenient way.
Getting healthier just got a little easier thanks to a local lady who’s launching a wellness talk show that you can watch, and interact with, from the comfort of your home.
“Healthwell Online Wellness Talk Show is a question and answer format presentation online (or on phone) with a wellness practitioner,” says Brenda Raymond-Ball, Owner and Business Director of Healthwell Enterprises. “This gives the audience an opportunity to learn about a topic from their home or car and engage with the practitioner to ask questions.”
The first talk show is happening on Wednesday, July 11, from 8-8:30am Eastern Time. “With busy summer schedules, we thought this would give people a chance to participate without needing to block or schedule time to get some place,” Raymond-Ball says.
The inspiration behind starting the free online talk show came from the events that Healthwell Enterprises has hosted in the past. “It’s really an extension of the wellness events that we host throughout the year,” she says. ”The goal overall is to connect consumers and wellness practitioners and the events give us the opportunity to educate and provide interaction between consumers and practitioners in bite-size pieces.”
The talk show has monthly topics and the July topic is, “How To Refresh Healthy Mind and Body Rhythms During The Summer.”
“Sue McLaughlin of Inner Source Living will take us back to our roots when we more naturally spent time outside during the warmer months and inside during the winter,” Raymond-Ball says. “She will teach us tips to stimulate different parts of the brain, helping us enjoy our summer even more and prepare to start our fall routines. The online show mainly attracts a demographic of women 40 and over, but the topic is relevant to parents, and would appeal to the younger crowd as well.”
There is a unique aspect to what the talk show does, compared to other broadcasts. “I think the combination of a Q&A format with a host focused on wellness education without pushing sales is not typical and gives participants a risk-free way to engage in learning,” she says.
Raymond-Ball hopes that the broadcasts enrich the community with education that lead to healthier lifestyles. “Educating even one consumer is a win; although the more participation, the better,” she says. “If we engage more consumers in exploration of wellness options through our talk show, we’re happy.”
Raymond-Ball feels that the online talk show concept is important for the community because it breaks down information without viewers getting overwhelmed. “Consumers interested in wellness often get overwhelmed with all of the information out there,” she says. “Our talk show breaks down a topic into basic questions and easy to digest pieces, helping people figure out where they might fit it.”