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Read about a local wine importer and distributor that brings exclusive wines from Spain straight to the Queen City.

Key Wines brings imported wines from Spain to Cincinnati.

Key Wines, a local wine importer and distributor, is built on the idea that everyone deserves great wine. 

“Our name Key Wines comes from a passion to unlock this undiscovered world of wine and give people access to it,” says Key Wines Co-Founder Robin Hunsucker. “We also believe that wine is ‘key’ and has been culturally important throughout history and is something that brings people together still today.” 

Robin Hunsucker, a Cincinnati native and wine lover, and Gil Nuñez, a wine maker and Sommelier from Barcelona, are Co-founders of Key Wines and met on a trip to Spain. They fell in love and the rest is history. 

The couple’s main goal for the company was to give people in Cincinnati the same access to the same great wine from small producers that they typically drank in Spain. 

Key wines works directly with small, family-run wineries in Spain to bring exclusive, affordable and high quality wines to the Cincinnati area.

We cut out all of the middle men and import/distribute ourselves in order for the wine to reach the end consumer without as many of the normal mark-ups, says Hunsucker.

As if Key Wines wasn’t unique enough, some of their wines can only be found in Cincinnati and no other place in the U.S. 

All of our wines are farmed organically or almost organically and they don’t use chemical products, additives, stabilizers or the other crap that many wines have,” Hunsucker says 

Key Wines warehouse is located in Evendale. You can find their wines all over Cincinnati in many local bars, restaurants and stores. 

“You can find our wines at any of the following bars/restaurants/stores around the city: Alfio’s Buon Cibo, Anjou (opening soon), Dear Restaurant & Butchery, E+O, Higher Gravity, Hoppin’ Vines, Mash Roots, Mita’s, LouVino, North High Brewing, Rebel Mettle Brewery, The Fix, The Hub, The Spicy Olive, Wildflower Café and World Glass Bar,” she adds. 

Cava, a sparkling wine, “is definitely a crowd favorite,” Hunsucker says. “Some other popular wines are our Albariño (a classic white wine from the Atlantic coast in Spain), Las Garnachas (a juicy Grenache from Rioja), Merian (a line of organic wines made of Grenache that comes in red, white and rosé) and MIN (a red blend from Priorat).”

Key Wines is looking to get into more bars and restaurants around the city and continue their mission of giving people access to high-quality wine that is affordable for everyone. 

We also do private tastings at people’s homes, so our hope is that once things go back to normal we can expand that side of our business,” she says. 

To follow along you can find them on Instagram or on Facebook.

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A store for tots (and grownups!) just expanded to Cincinnati. Click here to read more.

Gumdrop Tots is a children’s store that recently opened a new location in Cincinnati.
Cincy Chic: What is Gumdrop Tots?
Suzy Hinnefeld & Brittney Braemer, Owners of Gumdrop Tots: 
Gumdrop is a shop for tots and their grownups! We bring energy, affection and a sense of discovery through our curated collection of beautiful and thoughtful products. We carry unique baby/kid clothing (0–24M, 2–5T), books, toys & games, gifts and accessories all in the heart of both downtown Covington and the Historic West Fourth District in downtown Cincinnati (right next door to our sister shop, Handzy Shop + Studio).

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Hinnefeld & Braemer: When we started Handzy in 2015 we always dreamt of opening a kids store. We referred to the idea as “Handzy Jr.” and when we moved our Covington Handzy location one storefront over we realized the empty space we left would be a perfect spot to pursue this dream. Handzy has always had a fun, youthful and colorful energy which translates perfectly when curating products for little ones!

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Hinnefeld & Braemer: We are! We’re best friends who met in design school at UC’s DAAP are the women behind Gumdrop!
 
Cincy Chic: Why did you decide to open a new Cincinnati location?
Hinnefeld & Braemer: We love our Covington location but realized that crossing the river was a barrier for our Cincinnati customer base. When we thought about the growth of our store and businesses it only made sense to expand across the river!  
 
Cincy Chic: What makes Gumdrop unique?
Hinnefeld & Braemer: In the baby/toddler space there is a trend towards neutral minimalism and Gumdrop is the opposite of that. Our shop is filled with color and fun which makes us unique. 
 
Cincy Chic: Where are your storefronts located?
Hinnefeld & Braemer: Our storefronts are located in Covington (15 W. Pike St. Covington, KY 41011) and Cincinnati (326 W. 4th St. Cincinnati, OH 45202).
 
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
Hinnefeld & Braemer: In 2021 we’re working towards growing our customer base so we can continue to offer new and unique products! 
 
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Hinnefeld & Braemer: You can follow us on Instagram or visit our website at gumdroptots.com 

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Click here to understand how the words we use are a sign of the internal work that needs our attention.

I met with a spiritual teacher last week. It was powerful. There were a handful of times that I used the word “hate,” and when I did, it was fueled with emotion. She would pause me after I would say the statement, “I hate it when that happens.” Or “I hate malice,” in the context of when I suspect people of have ill intentions toward me (a discussion for another day). I consider myself to have some strong tools, so you can imagine the shame and sadness that hit me when I realized this truth about myself. Darn it – there it is again: that ever-present and gently uncomfortable reminder – I am still work in progress.

We talked about the word “hate”. About how we can choose freedom from that word and the burden it presents. Hate does not serve us. I reflected on this. I believe and teach that forgiveness is the ultimate freedom: for and from ourselves. It unshackles us from the thing that happened to us. It is an action not meant to unshackle the other person- they were never shackled by our pain to begin with – only by their own. The effect of the pain we harbor, caused (accidentally, subconsciously, or intentionally) by another only holds us hostage – and if we do not reckon with it, it comes back and comes back and comes back. Even when we try to block it and control it with words like “hate”.

Hating something or someone makes us feel small and is the opposite of freedom. It returns us to the wounded child who desperately needs our love and affirmation of worthiness. It cycles until we reckon with it – by identifying the source or the roots – and extracting them. Words like hate are simply flags that there is internal work to be done.

I have found work to do.  And thank God, I suppose. Because the day I stop finding more spiritual work to do might be the day I depart from this Earthly plane, and I am not particularly interested in leaving too soon. 

What I learned from this conversation is that there are places, things and people that have triggered a pain so deep, I have only been able to label my response and beliefs grown from that pain as hate or other low vibrational emotions. This allows a continued assault on myself. Allowing hate in – even if just in semantics – really means I have allowed the pain to settle and fester. If I want to continue to lead and help others rise, I must also continue to help myself rise by unloading the weight that holds me back.

Hate begets hate. Love begets love. I choose love. It was love that brought me to this conversation, love that helped me see I have work to do, love that will support the processing and love that will allow me to forgive – both myself and others. It is love that makes way for freedom.

That is my truth. What is yours?

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.

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Read about the team living by the motto: Fortune Favors the Daring!

Cincy Chic: What is Rebel Mettle Brewery?
Mike Brown, President & CEO at Rebel Mettle Brewery: Questioners of the status quo; brewers, patriots, scholars, and believers. Since the beginning, we’ve wanted to create a place that celebrates freedom, opportunity, justice, and community. A place where everyone is welcome. Unique and united by our love of lager, we are forging our own path, questioning the rules and following the Rebellious Spirit in us ALL! Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Lagers.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Brown: Rebel Mettle Brewery was inspired by a celebration of a rebellious sprit and forging one’s own path. “Fortune Favors the Daring” is our motto!

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Brown: Our team is made of myself, who serves as president and CEO; Greg Goeke, vice president of operations; and Duane Donohoo, our CFO.

Cincy Chic: What can readers find on the menu?
Brown: A wide variety of lagers, ales, and seltzers.

Cincy Chic: What makes Rebel Mettle Brewery unique?
Brown: We focus more on lager production, we wish to be a trendsetter in a rebirth of American Craft Lager. We are Veteran owned and our location is awesome!

Cincy Chic: What are you looking forward to most as the possibility of eliminating COVID-19 restrictions approaches?
Brown: We’re really looking forward to packing this place to the rim with cool folks and jamming to killer tunes!

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Brown: We will be canning our three flagship beers within the next 45 days.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Brown: Check out our website at www.rebelmettlebrewery.com. We’re also on Facebook and Instagram.

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If it takes great courage to follow your dreams, how do you characterize someone who beats death, chases their dreams and wins multiple Emmy Awards, all before the age of 30? Perhaps we ask Alanna Martella, Traffic Anchor at WLWT.

A lot of times, society tells us that our goals are “too lofty,” are “pipe dreams” or that we’ll “never make it” — and in turn, that message can discourage us from pushing forth and working to make our dreams happen. Not for Alanna. “When it comes to my career journey, I am most proud of having the courage to pursue my dreams and visions. To be able to say I’ve been able to tack off those career visions I’ve had since a little girl (and even those that I continue to tack off now with my “big girl dreams”) is extremely humbling and satisfying” said Martella when asked about achieving at such a relatively young age.

On the surface, Alanna’s life could appear to be a simple and easy, however, her life has truly been a rollercoaster of highs, lows, peaks and valleys. As mentioned in a previous feature in Cincy Chic, Alanna experienced death. This past year has been one full of continued health challenges, forcing her to be admitted several times to the hospital during the pandemic for issues directly related to her intestinal illness.

How has she managed to thrive amidst the chaos? By taking mindfulness and snack breaks with healthy nibbles like Crunchmaster Crackers and Think! Bars. “Meditation has been an absolute game-changer for me” said Martella. “Yes, physical health is important for wellness (and I think that’s what might pop into most people’s head when they think of wellness), but if you don’t have your mental state in check, that will spiral out to your overall well-being on all levels.”  

Due to Alanna’s health challenges she has been open about her decision to do In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and freeze her eggs. “My health history has caused my egg supply to diminish significantly, and though right now it’s still up in the air if having kids is a part of my life path, ‘down the road’ will likely be too late.”  You can learn more about Alanna’s decision to IVF on May 4th as a panelist at “The Motherhood Journey” event, presented by The Christ Hospital. 

In part 2 of Alanna’s story we’ll discuss her commitment to inspiring others through telling stories of hope and resilience through keynote speaking and her new podcast!.  

Learn more about Alanna Martella visit alannamartella.com.

Bag spill content, left to right: Think! Bar, Crunchmaster Crackers (Kroger), Orbit Bubblemint Sugar Free Chewing Gum, ZO Skin Health, Burts Bees Vanilla Bean, MEAS Active, Christian Dior Refillable Lipstick, Bath & Body Works Stress Release Lotion, Crest Toothpaste and Oral-B Dental Floss.

“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: 

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 about a mother-daughter team creating a unique variety of paper products.

Cincy Chic: What is Rock Paper Store?
Molly Grosse, founder and artist at Rock Paper Store: Rock Paper Store is an online store where we sell our very unique artist paper. Rock Paper is a brand of paper with qualities both similar and different than fiber/pulp-based papers. Rock Paper gives the artist/crafter an opportunity to create in alternative ways because of its proprietary binder which gives it waterproof properties, durability and the ability to stretch. These properties make it perfect for many uses.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Grosse: The inspiration behind Rock Paper is that I saw a unique material that offers a new and exciting product to artists and crafters all over the world.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Grosse: Rock Paper Store was co-founded by Mary Lehrter and myself, a mother/daughter team. Mary is the inventor and I am the artist.  

Cincy Chic: What products do you currently offer? 
Grosse: Currently we offer packs of Rock Paper ranging from 6×6 inches-12×12 inches in our very unique color choices.

Cincy Chic: What makes Rock Paper Store unique? 
Grosse: Many things but mainly our colored papers. Even though we are not the only rock/stone/mineral based paper company on the market we have yet to find another company who creates the unique color choices we offer. Plus, Rock Paper is unique because it’s waterproof, archival, insect resistant, and is made with an eco-friendly production process.  

Cincy Chic: When did you launch Rock Paper store?
Grosse: We officially launched July 29, 2018

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
Grosse: We are currently working on adding new product ideas and more color choices to our inventory.  

Cincy Chic: How can readers shop? 
Grosse: While our headquarters are located in Cincinnati, we make Rock Paper available globally with our online store. www.rockpaper.store

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Grosse: Our website is www.rockpaper.store and we’re on Facebook and Instagram.

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Reading to spice up your routine as we start a new season? Click here to read more from our life coach on how you can find a new niche in your daily routine.

Last week we celebrated the beginning of spring and the equinox when the daylight and nighttime are both twelve hours. Time for spring cleaning, planting, and watching the plant begin to bud and green. Ahh the magic of spring.   

Now I am not a guru when it comes to our moon cycles, but over the years I have come to appreciate the cycle of the moon and how it can have a positive effect when you practice some rituals that allow you to align and receive the magic of the full and new moons.

Three easy things I recommend you consider trying is:

Journal what you do not want to tolerate or experience currently in your life.  As you write, add all the emotions, and be committed to letting them go.  Then take the paper outside with a bit or sage or tobacco and light it on fire. As it burns repeat “I now release you to be recycled over time and space. I am open to receive more. And so, it is”. 

Now this does not mean tomorrow you will see evidence of all that you release being gone, however, if you look for the evidence, over time you will begin to see where you no longer are experiencing the things you let go of. And, if you do, then repeat it again next month.

Ignite the magic of what you do want. This can be a fun time to give your vision board an uplift with new images, or even adding more. You are the creator of your reality so add all that you desire. And remember to feel all your senses when you look at those images knowing you are an abundant receiver, and the cosmic kitchen is conspiring on you behave to create your new reality. 

Other ways to align with the Universe is to mix up a cleaning solution adding a bit of a lemon scented essential oil to the water and use to wipe down items all the rooms offering a cleanse to those items you touch. 

Burn some incense, palo santo or sage to purify the air. Now it may not smell like it is purifying but it will give you a since of peace. This is also known as smudging. 

So, as you continue to find ways to live a better life, consider adding in a new niche to your routine. I have been doing this work for over five years and it just keeps getting better.

Happy Spring!

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A local designer wants to help you transform your home’s interior. Click here to read about how she’s turning your home into a sanctuary.

Winding Lane Interiors helps clients design the home of their dreams.

Cincy Chic: What is Winding Lane Interiors?
Julie Anne Baur, principal designer and managing partner of Winding Lane Interiors: Winding Lane Interiors is a full-service residential interior design firm based in Hyde Park with a new studio in Oakley as well. At Winding Lane Interiors, we create interiors that reflect our love of timeless classic style. We especially have a deep love of old homes, and we love bringing a dated home back to life while still retaining the classic architecture and style. Our designs are beautiful, comfortable, functional, and personalized. At Winding Lane Interiors, we believe your home should be your sanctuary. Our goal is to make your home your favorite place to be, and for you to enjoy the design process from start to finish.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Baur: The inspiration behind the name “Winding Lane Interiors” is the beautiful country home of my beloved grandparents, Sis & Jay Steinhart, in Clarence, New York. “The Cottage” on Winding Lane, as my grandparents called it, was on several beautiful acres, and it was the the place where our large, fun, loud and wonderful extended family gathered for many years.  “The Cottage” hosted weddings, birthday and anniversary parties, endless games of croquet, cocktails by the pool, and music nights where my grandfather played the piano and we all sang and danced and enjoyed being a family together. This was my favorite place in the world, and my happiest childhood memories took place there. The home itself was originally built in 1811 and was added onto several times over the years, including by my grandparents, so that it became a sprawling wonderful place to be.  My grandmother had an innate sense of style and class, and this home reflected that, as well as the “good bones” that many old homes have such as gorgeous leaded glass windows, beamed ceilings, and original woodwork.  She and my grandfather loved to entertain, andeveryone who entered “The Cottage at Winding Lane” felt welcome, loved and comfortable to put their feet up and relax or join the party and dance! This is the first home that I ever fell in love with, and my love of homes and interiors (and gardens!) began here. So, it was only fitting that I name my interior design firm after this most favorite of places.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Baur: I am the Principal Designer and Founder of Winding Lane Interiors. I grew up in Florida and graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University. After college, I moved to Cincinnati and earned a Master’s Degree from Xavier University and studied Interior Design at The Art Institute of Ohio. After gaining valuable experience working for several years as an interior designer for a local antiques and interiors store, I founded Winding Lane Interiors in 2014.  She specializes in creating fresh, clean, traditional and transitional residential interiors. Julie Anne has a unique ability to connect with her clients and really “see” what they are wanting out of their spaces, often when they are not even sure that that is. My team and I love working with clients who are excited about the design process but want to rely on a designer to handle the hundreds of details needed to lead a project smoothly from start to finish. 

Cincy Chic: What design services do you offer?
Baur: Winding Lane Interiors offers a range of design services from a 2-hour in-home Design Consultation to a Full-Service whole home remodel and redesign including custom furnishings. We assist our clients with floor plans and layouts, furniture selection, procurement and installation, custom kitchen and bath designs and installation, paint color and wallpaper selection, lighting, art and accessories, and much more. 

At Winding Lane Interior, we are focused on helping transform not only your home but also your life. We are truly a white-glove design firm, meaning that our full-service clients do not need to lift a finger during the design process from start to finish.

Cincy Chic: What makes Winding Lane Interiors unique?
Baur: There are several things that make Winding Lane Interiors unique!

First is the incredible working relationships we develop with our clients. This is due largely to our ability to connect with our clients, to really listen to and learn about their needs as well as their style and preferences, and to be able to translate that into a unique and personalized design that always receives rave reviews!

Second, the two greatest compliments an interior designer can receive are 1. A repeat client.  2. A referral by a client to a family member or friend. At Winding Lane Interiors, 75% of our business come from one of those two sources. We ensure that our clients not only are happy with the final results, but also, just as importantly, that they enjoy the process from start to finish. While renovations and redecorating can be stressful at times, we work hard to make the entire experience a positive one for our clients, which is probably why so many of them call us again and again — to help them with additional rooms, new homes, and vacation homes, and why they are happy to refer us to their family and friends.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
Baur: We are so excited to have a new design studio located just off Oakley Square inside Select Kitchen Design’s fabulous showroom! One of the benefits of this new design studio to our clients is that they can come to the showroom to see and select their cabinetry, hardware, and countertops for their kitchens and bathrooms, as well as fabrics, wallpapers, artwork and more! They can “sit-test” a chair or sofa and even some of our fabulous outdoor furniture! Once COVID restrictions are removed, we are looking forward to hosting several design events in this showroom and we would love to invite your readers to join us!  We are hoping to host the first one this summer — a fun night of cocktails and design!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Baur: Readers can learn more about Winding Lane Interiors by going to our website.  

Readers can also follow us to see daily design inspiration and ideas as well as photos of our newer projects on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Houzz!

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Our life coach shares how keeping secrets may not be as helpful as you think.

You know that feeling when you get super excited to share with a friend about a movie that you just saw. Can’t wait to tell. Or perhaps it’s an amazing product that you just purchased, and you don’t know how you lived without it. You can’t keep it a secret. You tell everyone. 

Then there are the secrets you are told to hold in confidence, to later find yourself telling someone so you can have the relief of keeping something so juicy quiet. Later you may feel bad for sharing, but in the moment you felt relieved.

But what about the secrets you keep buried inside vowing to never tell a soul?

Those secrets you’re telling yourself, or holding inside, which over time become haunting, and may appear in illness, unhealthy weight, lack of energy, or not following through with your commitments.

You know the ones. How can you find relief from those secrets?

What I know from my own experience, and working with my clients, is those secrets you are trying to hide will only return so you continue to club yourself over the head when the secret resurfaces.

The best way to get through any challenge like this is to get crystal clear and be honest with yourself. 

Letting go of kept secretes requires work. Try journaling or writing a list to get clarity. Remember the goal is for you to align your energy with a better feeling.  

If the secrets from the past are still haunting you, maybe it’s time to learn how to gently let them go. You can begin by imagining them as a movie that you watched and now leaving the theater. Once you leave the theater you no longer have to recall or share what you saw. 

Ideally, if you can release the fear around the secret, and smile knowing it cannot harm you, the secret is neutralized by taking back the energy you put towards it. In time, you will discover those secrets will lose their hold on your thoughts and behaviors, no longer controlling your emotions.

Control how your thoughts around those secrets. And whether it’s a secret shared or buried; you get to decided how it will impact you moving forward. You have the power within you to let them go.

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Read about a local company that’s using the great outdoors as their classroom. 

As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to get the kiddos out of the house and learn all about nature and the arts.

Jana Marshall, owner and founder of The Roaming Naturalist has a goal is to do just that. 

“The Roaming Naturalist is a nature-based educational experience for kids and families. Our mission is to get everyone back in the great outdoors through unique nature and art programs at local parks, schoolyards and even your own backyard. The Roaming Naturalist empowers young minds to explore nature through immersive learning experiences that encourage curiosity and self-discovery,” says Marshall.

Marshall’s career in environmental and biological sciences along with her love for the natural world  is what sparked her interest in creating this company. Marshall is a Certified Naturalist and has taught outdoor education for over 13 years.  

“My career also includes teaching marine science on Georgia’s coastline, working as an outfitter guide in the Okefenokee Swamp, aquatic research locally and abroad, sea turtle conservation, migratory bird research, and entomology studies, says Marshall.”

The inspiration behind this unique experience is to open and expand children’s minds to the natural world. “Research continues to show the benefits of fresh air and spending time in nature and the global pandemic has forced us to slow down and really appreciate what nature has to offer. We are excited to be a part of the movement back outside and build that connection and gain an appreciation for the ecological world, explains Marshall.”

As if the Roaming Naturalist wasn’t already unique enough, they also explore nature with you and wherever you are in a 1970’s turquoise VW bus, Minny. “We bring nature exploration to you – whether it’s a birthday party or a casual family day at the park, says Marshall.” 

“The Roaming Naturalist is here to empower children, parents and teachers to get back outside and try something new! When we aren’t busy teaching groups of children and families, you can find us at a park near you, ready to reconnect with nature, says Marshall.” 

The Roaming Naturalist serves K-12 and even adults, so everyone can be a part of the fun! 

Marshall is excited to announce  that there is a lot new on the horizon, “We’re excited to begin Screen-free Saturdays and family hikes this Spring! And if parents are looking for socially-distanced summer programs for their kids, they can browse our programs and register online. We’re keeping some upcoming adventures top secret for now, but you’ll be among the first to know if you follow us on Instagram!”   

To keep up with The Roaming Naturalist, follow them on Instagram or visit them at www.theroamingnaturalist.org.

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