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Practice mindfulness and improve your health with this Newport-based yoga studio.

When Rachel Roberts opened The Yoga Bar in 2010, she wanted to offer a studio that was focused on unity, community, and equanimity. 

“After returning to the region from Mysore, India, I wanted to give back to my hometown so I opened the studio to create a community center that was focused on mindfulness and movement,” she says. 

Roberts’ involvement in the wellness community stretches far and wide. She has previously been a featured presenter at conferences, festivals, and educational forums. She’s also served as a mentor and judge for various business and artistic incubator programs and is a Kentucky State Representative for District 67. 

Roberts says that her greatest talent, though, is her ability to offer ancient philosophies in a way that is approachable and applicable to our modern-day trials. “Whether it’s in one-on-one or in a room with 1,000, I can help you move into your true, powerful nature and to develop a supportive culture around you,” she adds. 

Classes currently available at The Yoga Bar are traditional, accessible yoga classes. They are offered from gentle like Yin and restorative, to fiery like Vinyasa and Ashtanga. 

“If folks get can up and down from the ground on their own, we can make our group classes accessible to you,” she says. “We also offer private and therapeutic classes as well as corporate and special event plans.”

The main focus at The Yoga Bar is being a philanthropic and community-focused hub in the region. 

“We hold regular fundraisers for local charities ranging from family services to LGBTQ causes to arts organizations and have partnerships to offer mindfulness to groups for thousands through NamasDEY with the Bengals, and yoga for PTSD with local fire departments,” adds Roberts.

As we look for a return to normal in a post-COVID world, Roberts says the studio is beginning to ramp back up after being entirely virtual for most of 2020. In-person classes just resumed again in April and she plans to continue taking things slowly and cautiously, as your wellness practice shouldn’t risk your health. 

She plans to hold outdoor classes again when the weather warms up and will expand the in-studio class schedule. “Our sweet studio is embedded in a quiet, historic neighborhood, so we throw the doors opens it feels like you are practicing outdoors, inside our practice space,” she says. 

In addition to the services Roberts and The Yoga Bar can offer here in Cincinnati, she is looking forward to expanding her horizons through Bija Retreats. The Yoga Bar regularly hosts 6-7 retreats a year as close to home as Hocking Hills in June and October and as far away as Bali in Spring 022. “I just got back from Sayulita, Mexico, where we were scouting for a new retreat location,” says Roberts. “We will be finalizing an offering there in the coming months.” 

When The Yoga Bar first opened its doors, they were in downtown Cincinnati before moving to the Newport location in 2013. In 2017 The Yoga Bar purchased the Newport building and in 2019 consolidated all operations to the location at 701 Park Avenue in Newport, Kentucky. 

To learn more about The Yoga Bar, click here. The Yoga Bar is on Facebook and Instagram, and you can follow the hashtag #wherewillthepracticetakeyou. You can also keep up with Bija Retreats on Facebook and Instagram.

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Ready to learn more about the Enneagram? Whitney Ellison of Wellison Enterprises is your gal.

You have likely at least heard the word “Enneagram” by now. For those completely new to this tool, the Enneagram is a 9-sided symbol that represents a spectrum of 9 personality types. This secular tool has mysterious origins but is believed to have originated with early Sufis or Christians thousands of years ago and has withstood the test of time. From individuals to religious organizations, to therapists, this tool is used to help folks with self-discovery, developing self-awareness and empathy, and dismantling defense mechanisms that hold us back – among many other amazing reasons. 

If you want to effectively use the Enneagram, you must understand the tool holistically. A holistic understanding will ensure that you accurately discover your type. This is not easily or accurately done by using a typing test or being typed by another person. This is because the Enneagram is based on motivation – why we do the things we do – not behavior. Motivation was developed in childhood – what happened to us when the world got to us (as I like to say) that made us think and operate a certain way. You see, in childhood, we develop defense mechanisms and motivations that form our personalities and influence who we are today. Those seeds planted so long ago may not be evident in our behavior because our behavior changes with the seasons of life. Think about it – if you are in your 40s, are your behaviors the same as they were in your 20s? Probably not. The through line of the seasons of our lives is that our motivation and defense mechanisms – if unchecked – continue to drive our subconscious automatic decision-making – even if our behavior presents differently. These defense mechanisms and motivations that often may have served us early on may no longer serve us now and can become barriers to receiving our desired outcomes. 

Once we use the power of the Enneagram to discover our core motivation, we become more mindful of living from integrity – from our truth, and not in defense of ourselves. When we stop operating in defense-mode, barriers are dismantled, and intentionality and clarity begin to drive healthy decisions in favor of the lives we want. 

This is why a test and/or another person typing us is not recommended. Tests only see a snapshot of answers based on a moment in time – and tend to capture the behavior versus the motivation. Humans typing humans is just a big no-no. Nobody can tell you what your motivations are – they can only assume based on what they see and how they know you – again behaviorally based during a specific time frame. Enneagram coaches, such as I, can help guide discovering type by asking probing questions, and helping clients gain an understanding of the Enneagram types, but ultimately, the internal work of discovery must be done by the individual on the journey.  As a matter of fact, the Riso Hudson Enneagram Type Test – the most popular and accurate Enneagram test – is only somewhere between 56-82% accurate. I can vouch for that, because I have coached many people who took the test or had corporate coaching with the test as a starting point and were mistyped. Being mistyped is counter-intuitive because it does not get to the heart of who we are. That is why I encourage everyone to understand each type. We have every type in us, we just happen to lead with one of the nine types. In addition, understanding each type ensures we develop empathy for others – it allows us to discover something truly ground-breaking: not everyone thinks the way we do. When we gain this knowledge, we have less conflict and more productive communication. It sounds basic, but it is a powerful truth. 

This is why, for the next 9 weeks, I hope you’ll join me as we explore an overview of each Enneagram type. In next week’s Cincy Chic edition, we will explore the Enneagram Type 1, the Perfectionist or Reformer. 

If you find yourself wanting more information about the Enneagram, consider taking my online introductory course which will give you a more in depth overview, and provide a path to help you discover your type! 

Whitney Ellison is a thought leader and coach of the Enneagram and Quantum Energy. Learn more about her by visiting her website, wellisonenterprises.com and following her @wellisonenterprises on Instagram where you can find all of her Enneagram series interviews and other comings and goings.

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Anchor Wellness Center and WISe Wellness Guild empower Cincinnatians to take control of their health and wellbeing.

Dr. Sarah Crawford, Founder, Anchor Wellness. Photo: Julie Doran

Through a shared mission to change the way women access healthcare in Cincinnati, two women-owned businesses – Anchor Wellness Center and WISe Wellness Guild – have aligned. Both businesses serve as educational platforms and provide services that empower women to take health and wellness into their own hands.

Anchor Wellness Center, a Kenwood-based center offering physical therapy, clinical Pilates, lifestyle coaching, nutritional therapy and yoga therapy, was founded by Dr. Sarah Crawford, a licensed physical therapist in 2019. WISe Wellness Guild, founded by Stevi Carr in 2019, leverages expertise in behavioral sciences, healthcare, wellcare and women’s empowerment to provide a platform that shifts the way women work and live. 

“We formed this partnership to help women challenge the norms set for them,” says Dr. Crawford. “We are pushing for women to prioritize themselves, think bigger and demand a seat at the table. To do that, women need to be the best versions of themselves which means prioritizing their mental and physical wellness and having a supportive network to help them function optimally and achieve exactly what they want. We’re providing the tools to do just that.”

“Wellness is a spectrum, and it is important that we acknowledge that each woman’s journey is individual and personal” says Stevi Carr, Founder of WISe. “With that being said, one of the biggest contributors to healthy habit formation is the power of a like-minded community. WISe aims to create an ecosystem of empowerment and accountability to offer a culture of wellness.”

Stevi Carr, Founder of WISe Wellness Guild. Photo: Tasha Pinelo Photography

WISe Wellness Guild Members get access to special events and promotions within Anchor Wellness Center. Other benefits include the opportunity to connect guild members and corporate partners with providers inside Anchor Wellness Center. 

For additional information on Anchor Wellness Center and WISe Wellness Guild, please visit www.anchorcincy.com and www.wisewellnessguild.com, respectively.

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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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Read on to learn about a farm that wants to help people truly appreciate the nature and beauty around them. 

There is a farm in the Colerain area that wants to help people appreciate the beauty around them. “Petal Flower Farm is a small cut flower farm on the west side of Cincinnati,” Mindi Rich, Owner of Petal Flower Farm, says. Located in Colerain. Township, the farm has been growing cut flowers for two years with the help of her husband, Morgan, and three daughters. 

The inspiration behind starting the business came from a passion to see people happy.

“I love bringing happiness and joy to others and I have a true appreciation for nature and beauty. To me, it doesn’t get any better than bringing the two together,” Rich says. “Flowers are able to touch people in so many ways- in celebration of both love and loss and even childhood memories. The scent of a sweet pea or a peony- can bring people right back to their childhood. Flowers are powerful and have meaning in peoples’ lives.”

The name of the business came from how distinctive flowers are. “Flowers themselves are made up of several beautiful, unique and simple petals. Each petal adds beauty to the flower in its own special way,” she says. “We are hoping that we too are able to add to the beauty in people’s lives in our own special, unique way.”

Rich has fallen in love with the way a flower develops. “I love the whole process- from seed to harvest to sharing with others. Watching something so beautiful grow from a small seed is such an awesome experience,” she says. “The time and nurturing that goes into growing and caring for a garden is very rewarding. Sharing the fruits of our labor with others is the icing on the cake-and the best of the best.”

Petal Flower Farm offers a variety of different products and services.

“In season- we offer flowers and bouquets. We will be opening a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) later this Spring, which will give people an opportunity to support our farm and have beautiful weekly seasonal flowers,” Rich says. “We also sell flowers to florists and floral designers. Later this summer and in the fall, we will be hosting workshops as well. These workshops will teach others how to arrange and express themselves creatively using our flowers.”

The different flowers offered at the farm are: daffodils, peonies, snapdragons, sweet peas, yarrow, stock, lisianthus, ranunculus, anemones, cosmos, zinnias, sunflowers, dahlias and a variety of foliage. “The wonderful thing about flower farming and working with seasonal flowers- is that it is always changing and you can truly try to grow whatever varieties work within your zone,” she says. 

Rich’s defines success with the farm by the ability “to share happiness, kindness and beauty with others- and bring joy into people’s lives- that is success,” she says.

For the future, “We would love to offer a variety of seasonal CSA’s, host workshops and help others learn to grow their own cut flower gardens and to create their own arrangements for their own enjoyment- or to share with others,” Rich says.

She wants to “cultivate and share beauty and joy- and to tap into what you have and what you are passionate about to reach others. Everybody has something beautiful to share,” Rich says. “We believe that finding that beauty and sharing it with others is what creates happiness and joy for all.”

The farm is unique because the Rich family didn’t have any farming experience prior to Petal Flower Farm. “We left his childhood home in the city to pursue this dream of mine. We have invested so much of our time and efforts in learning how to make this dream become a reality.

We do not have any growing structures- hoops or greenhouses,” Rich says. “We work with the elements and do the best that we can with what we have. Both of our parents are/were small business owners. We feel like the spirit and grit of a small business owner is just a part of who we are.”

With the help of a farming grant Mindi’s husband received, it “will enable us to have solar power and irrigation in our garden. Something that we did not previously have. The opportunity will give us a platform to teach others about how gardening can be accessible on a larger scale, even if you do not have access to power or water,” she says. “We are hoping to host people at our farm to help them learn that anything is possible!”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Petal Flower Farm, follow them on Facebook

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On taking that first step.

Start where you are.

Creativity is one of our birthrights as humans. This may surprise some of you. I have heard many folks with limiting beliefs who declare, “I am not a creative person.” I can relate because I am in recovery from that exact limiting belief! Let me help you figure this out quicker than I did. You are a creator by the sheer nature of being. You create every day – often without even knowing. Your mind creates thoughts. Your thoughts create choices. Your choices cause your body to create action. Your action creates ripples that impact the world – even the tiniest of actions are a cause that will affect an outcome. Maybe you have yet to be taught to consciously harness this power into something; or maybe you were taught to create and then life got in the way, so your creativity was silenced as a means of survival. You are not alone. Just because your creativity is dormant does not mean it never existed. It is still with you. I promise. 

After starting my Wellison Enterprises Enneagram and Quantum Energy coaching business, I sat with this one specific creative idea for a long time. Finally, one day, I headed to my mudroom, where I had noticed earlier there was good lighting. I curated a decent zoom and live background on the wall behind my laundry counter with some pictures and things, set my light ring and phone stand on top of my washing machine across my background, found a barstool, and got started. I created an Instagram Live series interviewing moms about their journeys with the Enneagram. I had no idea how it would do, but I had to do it. As a mom, I knew the importance of being seen and heard – especially during these pandemic times. In my business and life, I am passionate about spreading the word about the importance of the Enneagram – and having a holistic understanding of each type. I married these two things and created a series of interviews with 24 amazing women, called The Enneagram Mom Interviews.

Photo taken in the mudroom, July 2020, by Tasha Pinelo Photography

I did not attach myself to the outcome – just the process and experience. Since the final episode in December, the series has received over 5000 views. Throughout the journey, hilariously, I tried my best to keep the shelf of cleaning product above me out of the image. It was comical, but I made space in that tiny room, for myself and 24 other women. It brings tears to my eyes to think that this space impacted over 5000 people who watched these women talk about their amazing and precious lives in the context of their Enneagram types. 

From this creative inception, everything in my business began to fluidly expand. I met people who want me to grow and succeed, who have connected me to clients, or shared their platforms. It helped me feel empowered to claim more space in my home for an actual office, and I generated enough income through new clients and opportunities, to rent monthly co-work space at Impact Cowork in Newport, to have affordable access to conference rooms and a recording studio where I filmed my first e-course. It inspired my second and current series, the Enneagram Entrepreneur Interviews – same idea, except with female entrepreneurs. Now both series are also housed on YouTube and will soon be made into a podcast. So much is happening now, and so many have felt the love I wished to spread with my creative idea. Continuously, every single day I wake up and start where I am. And every single day, I am so much further than where I started – even on the slower days of rest. 

I heard an interesting opinion on a podcast the other day: that it is selfish to hold onto your gifts and keep them from the world. “How dare you do that?” they said. It was a bit righteous for my taste because I hesitate to assume any power over tying someone’s narrative to the judgmental word “selfish.” I will say this though: it will always be a huge loss to the world to live this life with our beautiful gifts and never release them for the sake of living in our true authentic spirit. Your spirit is here for a reason. It assumed your earthly body with the sole (and soul) purpose of experiencing life. All of life –the good, the hard, the tangible – whole-heartedly with eyes wide open. We do not experience life sleepwalking. We do not experience life with limiting beliefs. 

I wrote this piece because I know someone out there needs to read this. They need this final push. I see you. I am you – I am you 6 months or a year from now after you take the first step. Please let this be your sign. You need only one thing to start where you are: the desire to create what is yours – right now.

What one thing can you do to today to take a step toward your creative dream? Remember: the magic is in the process, not in the outcome. Let the outcome unfold and it will do so beyond your wildest dreams. Embrace all of it. Start where you are.

Whitney Ellison is a thought leader and coach of the Enneagram and Quantum Energy. Learn more about her by visiting her website, wellisonenterprises.com and following her @wellisonenterprises on Instagram where you can find all of her Enneagram series interviews and other comings and goings.

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Read on to learn about a program that wants to share what bees offer in the community.

Photo: DanielPrudek / iStock / Getty Images Plus

There is a program that wants to support the bee ecosystem. Cincinnati Art Museum’s Bee Program is a “partnership with the Queen City Pollinator Project that places two beehives on the museum grounds that support the ecosystem and the community,” Jill Dunne, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Cincinnati Art Museum, says. “The hives will sit amidst a pollinator garden, a foot off the ground in a mulch bed near the Longsworth Administrative Wing on the west side of the building.”

The idea for the program came from a passion for the community. “The museum has been focusing on the wellness of the community over the last several years,” she says. “The program supports the ecosystem which supports community wellness.” Bees are so important for the ecosystem around them. “Globally there are more honeybees than other types of bee and polluting insects, so it is the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees,” Dunne says. 

The people involved with the project are: Cincinnati Art Museum’s Green Team, the Women’s Committee of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Queen City Pollinator Project. “QCPP helps support declining and threatened pollinator population in urban neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati by providing beehives and beekeeping support to sustain a healthy bee community,” she says. These organizations have helped to fund the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Bee Program, which takes about $2500 per year to keep the program running. To help with funding, they also will be having an Adopt-A-Bee event. This will be happening from May 3-31, 2021 and people will be able to choose to provide a $5 or $10 donation. “Each donation provides an opportunity to name one of the 60,000 bees who will reside in the museum’s two hives. They will be able to do so online at: https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/bees,” Dunne says.

Why is this so important for the community? “Pollinators are a vital part of a balanced ecosystem and without them we would not survive. Nearly all pollinators are suffering from declining populations and we need to take immediate action to protect and support them,” she says. Dunne’s vision for the bee program is for the public to see the bees in a positive light. “Since bees can fly around three miles for food, we hope that people see the “friendly” bees around downtown Cincinnati, in Walnut Hills and Mount Adams and remember the museum and the positive impact that bees can make,” she says. In mid-April, depending on the weather, the bees and the hives will be installed. “QCPP will put in the physical hives and relocate swarms of bees into the hives,” she says. 

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with the Cincinnati art Museum Bee Program, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and their website.

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Read on to learn about a business that wants to create products that help to build up their customers. 

Alexis Nickelle Co. creates handmade candles while spreading positivity throughout the community.

There is a business in the Cincinnati area that wants to spread positivity through their product. “Alexis Nickelle Co. is a candle company that creates purpose filled products designed to uplift, encourage and comfort others through their experience,” Alexis Wilson, Chief Creative Officer, says. The business has been around for a little over a year with two employees right now.

The inspiration behind the business came from a season of healing for Wilson. “Through the healing process, I was able to discover my purpose through creation by crafting physical reminders of God’s goodness,” she says. “I wanted to make sure every home had that.” 

There are a wide variety of services that Alexis Nickelle Co. offers and they include:

  • “Anoras Soy Candles, which is the signature candle line for Alexis Nickelle Co.,” Wilson says. ”It is important for ANC to use soy wax because  we are helping support local farmers. Not only are we supporting local farmers, but also creating a product that is ecofriendly and safe for your family,” Wilson says. The names of the candles are significant to Wilson. “Words hold meaning and power. I am very big on words and their definitions,” Wilson says. “I wanted to create physical reminders by incorporating the words on the candle labels.”
  • Private Label and wholesale for business. This is for businesses “who want to create a scent for their brand or to have products for their stores,” she says. 
  • Scent your wedding: “For individuals who are getting married and desire to have a memorable experience. What better way would it be to craft a unique scent based on the couple’s story that stays with them for a long time,” Wilson says. “In fact, our sense of smell is the most powerful of all senses because it reawakens thousands of memories.”
  • Virtual Candle Making: “For individuals who want something different than their typical virtual happy hour, making it safe and fun,” she says.

Success with the business is defined by customers realizing who they are. They desire “continuing to help others to connect to their inner selves, which, of course in a deeper way, is connected to our sense of purpose,” Wilson says. “Seeing the fruit is evident of its success.” The mission of Alexis Nickelle Co. is “inspiration, healing and purpose,” she says. Wilson wants to go worldwide someday. “I envision this being a global company for mothers like myself to be able to have a job they love, but also growing their passion,” she says.

Alexis Nickelle Co. is different from other businesses like it because of the “creative process of storytelling through my life’s journey,” she says. 

Wilson’s favorite part of the job is getting to be creative. “I love creating nothing into something. Being able to bring a “feeling or emotion” to life in a fragrance form is the best feeling ever because you realize the power and scent,” she says.

If you want to keep up with what Alexis Nickelle Co. is doing, follow them on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

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Celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.

In Part 1 of her story Mary Wineberg shared how her “unwaivering perseverance” has supported her personal and professional goals, landing her a spot atop the podium at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and to authoring two books.

In order to have the strength to lead with gusto and grace, Mary consistently invests in her whole-wellness.  Further, she is committed to supporting the whole-self wellness of future generations.  As highlighted in her children’s book I Didn’t Win, Mary promotes healthy snacking (like Crunchmaster Crackers or Kind Bar) and hydrating extensively.

“I excel in many areas of wellness because we prioritize our mental, emotional, nutritional, physical, social and spiritual health as a family” said Wineberg.  Wineberg makes family activities a priority and focuses on the importance of leading by example.

When asked about her areas of growth, Mary said “I am yearning for professional growth.  I want to engage in more work that challenges me to grow.” 

Wineberg asked for a challenge, and she certainly is chasing a good one.  As Mary Wineberg runs as a candidate for Cincinnati Public Schools school board, she’s going to need to maintain a healthy, whole life to support her through the challenges ahead.  “As a teacher, I know firsthand what our students and families need to succeed. As a mother, I know what it’s like to be a CPS parent. And as an Olympic Gold medalist, I have the drive to be the advocate our students need on the Cincinnati School Board.” 

Can she handle it? If her track record (pun intended) is any indication, she’s certainly destined for greatness. To learn more about Mary Wineberg’s journey in running for CPS school board visit Vote Wineberg.

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Glossary of terms: 

Womxn: noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/. a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)

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Read on to learn about a unique gift shop in Cincinnati that wants to provide people with clean and natural products.

There is a unique gift shop in the Cincinnati area that wants to provide clean products to their customers. Bee Haven Honey is a “small honey/gift shop,” Sam Gordon, Owner and Queen Bee of Bee Haven Honey, says. The business is located at: 1815 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

The inspiration behind starting the business came from reading the book, The Secret Life of Bees. “I just happened to read it and it piqued my interest in bee keeping,” she says. She loves bee keeping because “I love the way they communicate with each other to keep the hive humming,” Gordon says. Through bee keeping, Bee Haven Honey has created products for their customers and they include: honey, beeswax candles, lip balms, salves and other gifts made from the beehive. 

With the help of Gordon’s husband, Scott, they want to not only provide high quality, clean products, they want to make connections with their customers. Their shop is small, so it makes it easier for the Gordons to connect with the people that come into their store. “We like the small, personal feeling of the business. Part of keeping it small allows us to have great conversations about bees with customers to give the general public a better understanding of the importance of pollinators,” Gordon says. “Success for us is when we spend the day connecting with people about bees and they go out of our shop feeling like they learned something new.” She wants everyone to “feel welcome in our shop and we try to keep it affordable,” Gordon says. She feels like the business is unique and there are no shops like theirs in the Cincinnati area. 

If you want to keep up with what Bee Haven Honey is doing, follow them through their websiteFacebook and Instagram.

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