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Find out more about OTR’s newest bar, offering craft cocktails, hospitality, and the escape you didn’t know you needed.

 

The escape you didn’t know you needed is located right in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. The Kitchen Bar is the perfect place for you to try not only a new venue, but a new drink as well. Homemaker’s Bar just recently launched its grand opening in June 2019. Even though the establishment is new to the OTR area, their impact they are making is wide-reaching. 

“Homemaker’s Bar is its own, unique experience. Whether you want something more intimate, offered by the Kitchen Bar, or an all-night dance party fueled by world class cocktails – everything is done within the spirit of Homemaker’s and a fun, playful energy,” says Julia Petiprin and Catherine Manabat, founders of Homemaker’s Bar. “It’s a stitched together, perfectly imperfect, well-traveled but not-so-well-mannered vibes and forever a place where the welcome mat truly welcomes.”

The Kitchen Bar is an extension of Homemaker’s Bar’s passion for craft cocktails and hospitality. The inspiration from the Kitchen Bar came from the desire to create a unique space within Homemaker’s that allowed the team to craft cocktails and hone in on hospitality skills while offering an alternative experience for guests looking for something new private and intimate. 

The Kitchen Bar’s specialty is world-class drinks and small bites. “Currently we are inspired by Baja California (Surfer’s on Acid). Guests will have a chance to try a variety of spirits and ask questions. Take our Peel Out, a beachy cocktail made with banana-washed rum and mezcal, pequeno pepper tea, coconut syrup, and a H. Made mole tincture; which pairs perfectly with fresh rooted vegetable salsa and pico de gallo,” says Petiprin and Manabat. The menu is constantly changing, but the intimacy and commitment to creating a memorable, one-on-one experience will always remain constant.

Want a taste of the action? The Kitchen Bar takes reservations beginning at 8:30pm for a minimum of two guests. Walk-ins are welcome after 9pm, but seating is limited. If you want the full experience, make a reservation using this link.

“At the end of the day, we want our guests to feel like they have made a real, lasting connection with out team and with each other. We want them to leave feeling like they’ve surprised themselves by learning and trying something they weren’t sure about,” says the owners.

The Homemaker’s Bar + The Kitchen Bar can be found at 39 E 13th Street in Over-the-Rhine. The main bar is open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm to 2am, Fridays from 3pm to 2am, Saturdays from 1pm to 2am, Sundays from 1pm to 12am.

For more information on visit their website.

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A new kids store is coming to Covington, stocked full of unique and thoughtfully stylish clothes, home goods and gifts.

Cincy Chic: We heard you’re opening a new kids store. Can you tell us what it is?
Brittney Braemer and Suzy Strachan, Founders of Gumpdrop and Handzy Shop + Studio: The new shop is called Gumdrop and will be Handzy’s still very cute, but just a little bit smaller next-door neighbor!

Cincy Chic: When did the store open?
Braemer and Strachan: Gumdrop is currently popped up inside of Handzy but will officially open on Saturday November 9th! Mark your calendars and stop by, we’re going to have a big party!

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Gumdrop?
Braemer and Strachan: Gumdrop is brought to you buy Brittney & Suzy, best friends and co-owners of Handzy Shop + Studio. 

Cincy Chic: What can readers find in-store?
Braemer and Strachan: Gumdrop carries unique baby/kid clothing 0-24M, 2-5T), books, toys & games, gifts, accessories and so much more.

Cincy Chic: What makes Gumdrop unique?
Braemer and Strachan: There is nothing like Gumdrop in Covington! Whether you’re shopping for your own little ones or looking for the perfect gift, you’ll find something one of a kind from our collection of beautiful and thoughtful goods. 

Cincy Chic: Is there anything else new on the horizon for you?
Braemer and Strachan: Aside from opening a brand new shop for tots, Handzy Shop + Studio is expanding! We will have 2 floors for double the fun. The grand opening for new Handzy will also be on November 9th!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Braemer and Strachan: To learn more and shop online visit our website at https://gumdroptots.com and to follow along you can find us on Instagram and Facebook. You can also find Handzy online at https://www.handzyshopstudio.com or on Instagram and Facebook.

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Our life coach columnist talks about an important tool in her efficiency toolbox — time blocking — and how it helped her go from busy to productive. 

There are so many things to do and get accomplished in the day. You feel overwhelmed and plead for a solution to allow you the freedom and sanity to be able to get it all done!

As someone that has struggled in the past to be organized and get my to-do list completed by the end of the day, I discovered some really good ways to breakdown the list and be more productive and less busy.

Time Blocking. Have you heard of it? Time Blocking is a type of scheduling that can help you manage your time better to get big task done.  And it can also be helpful in just planning your day to be less busy and more productive.

This was my answer and solution not only for myself but for others that I coach. The struggles with getting things done requires motivation and creativity along with a plan. Time block allows for assigned time to specifically focus on the task at hand.

It may look like this — the first hour of your day is about your morning routine. Then what happens? You identify the 2-3 things you must do that day.  Decide each time block you will use to accomplish each task.  

So, if it is grocery shopping you block out the time including the travel and putting the grocery away; say two hours.  This looks like 11 am – 1 pm which includes the driving time, shopping/pick-up, return home, put away in that two-hour window.  Bonus: if any time is left then do something for you.  Sit for a moment and listen to a podcast or YouTube message or pick up a book and read.  

Something that brings you joy because it’s a bonus you have time to do that for YOU.

A twist is the perfect pairing.  I’ve added to my time blocking pair things together.  Not multitasking in the sense that you think but a way to find the perfect pairing with a task.

For instance, in daily activities that include cooking dinner, getting your morning coffee or brushing your teeth, do squats or leg lifts to add some extra fitness moves. This ma ybe all the physical activity you get in for the day but look how it offers “something” on your fitness plan that feels good.

Perhaps while driving you can turn on your voice recorder on your phone and do a brain dump of your grocery list, your to-do’s, a story you want to remember and reflect on more.

Now, go and do some time blocking and be creative with pairing your activities, you’ll be more productive and less busy. 

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From entertaining reviews and #momlife realness, to style inspiration and traveling experiences, learn about the local blogger behind this go-to lifestyle resource.

When it comes to entertaining reviews, style inspiration and traveling experiences, Angie Haering is your gal. 

In 2012, “Angie Knows the Truth” was launched as a public journal to share her tried and true recipes, travel memories and even restaurant reviews. Today, it’s developed into a bonafide lifestyle resource in the Cincinnati area, with an inside look into the real life of being a mom, embracing new adventures, and trying to dress the part.

“The inspiration behind my blog is simply being fabulous and keeping things real as an everyday life Mama,” says 31-year-old Haering, adding that life can be messy, chaotic, and majority of the time not ‘Instagram-worthy,’ but she celebrates that as well.

The website has many different components to it. Haering says readers can shop her Instagram, read up on her current obsessions, get notified with sale alerts and even dive into her travel explorations from all over the world. The travel section is split up into different categories of states and even continents. Though her explorations are wide, her favorite topic to write about is close to her heart and under the category titled “Mom Life.”

“My favorite topic to write about is my two boys, JJ and Fitz. They are 3 years old and 2 years old,” she explains, adding that her content covers adventures such as their day at Gorman Farm Oasis and even the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

Since 2012, her blog audience and traffic has grown tremendously. “My blog receives between 5,000-6,000 views on my website per month. I reach between 5-10,000 impressions on Instagram and Facebook reaches around 300-1000 impressions. My main target market is the women who are looking for inspiration for style, mom life, entertaining reviews, and traveling experiences…and love Amazon. The bulk of all of my followers on Instagram reside in the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area,” says Haering. 

What is her purpose behind the pictures, editorials and posts? “I want my readers to be inspired to live their best life and know that not everything is ‘Instagram perfect,’” Haering says. “Readers will enjoy a lot of different aspects of my daily life in a very real way.”

Though the blog is online, Angie tries to make it as interactive as possible. “I mostly interact with my readers by offering fun giveaways or discounts on brands / businesses that I work with. I always try and support my followers by keeping in touch via email, DM, or liking and commenting on their photos,” says Haering.

For the future, Angie Knows the Truth will continue to keep a realness attitude with the blog by bringing honest reviews, fashion deals, and like always, being fabulous.

To visit her website, visit https://angieknowsthetruth.com/.

To read her blog, visit https://angieknowsthetruth.com/blog/.

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Our life coach columnist says everyone has a story to tell and explains the best way to tell it.

Remember those dreaded book reports and term papers required in school. And if you went into higher education you had research reports and thesis to write. Challenging, to say the least. Writing is a passion for so many and all the documents that have been created over time is incredible.  In today’s world, anyone can write and publish their work and spread it like wildfire throughout the world.

As I grow and expand my business, I find that I am writing more often then when I started.  When I first start teaching others the five-step formula for Find Your Own D.R.I.V.E., others encouraged me to put it into book form.  

Since that time, I have published the second revision of the self-help book and have two other books that I have been a contributing author. Pretty exciting considering that wasn’t my passion to write or to be published.  

Why do I share this with you?

I truly believe we all have a story to tell.  If you are someone that prays, writes in a journal, or tells others detailed stories about your experiences, that’s where the story begins.  It lies beneath what you know to be true and lands on the ears of others who are inspired, motivated, and encouraged by your words.

Without the publications of stories, you would not know about world history, research and advances, your family tree, or other key information to allow us to thrive in your life today. 

So, I ask — is there a gift inside of you that you want to tell? Don’t allow the story inside you to die with you —tell the world! Consider starting with a Blog.  Blogging is one of the fastest ways to create a sense of influence for others and easy to start.

If you are struggling to write, do it anyway. If you think you have a story and don’t know where to start, just start. If you want to create a blog, book, or journal, do that! You make it happen.  Don’t delay, don’t second guess, step into your story and begin to write because the world needs that special message that only you can give.

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Check out Cincinnati’s unique training program that encompasses running, strength and community.

For Sarah Buckley, running isn’t just mileage, it is about strength training and training alongside a supportive community. Buckley has been a runner for many years, both competitively and recreationally. She has a strong passion for helping the running community in Cincinnati achieve both their fitness and health goals. 

For the past five years, Buckley has been working with both runners and walkers in the Cincinnati area with her Run Strong Cincy program. “Strength training and long-distance running are not always connected, and I wanted to change that perspective. I created the class to make strength accessible to a group that might not naturally navigate lifting weights and hitting the gym. It is specifically designed to help decrease the risk of injury for runners and walkers and keep them on the road, doing what they love. Strength protects the joints, ligaments and tendons and bones and improves gait cycle and cadence.” says Buckley.

Strength training itself has a variety of different methods and for Sarah, training is not a class, it is a program. The workouts are done in a class environment, but clients receive an individualized plan that allows them to track their progression and personal goals. The race schedule in this region is provided and followed during the duration of the program. Clients will be trained on increasing intensity or taking it easy, depending on the season. This is just a small part in the whole training plan that encompasses Run Strong Cincy. 

“This is a hybrid, full body strength training class for any fitness level. For a typical class, we start with the warm up and utilize movement priming, such as foot dexterity and power exercises. The participants will not only perform compound lifts, such as squats and deadlifts, but learn how to find the correct variation for their body. Band exercises are also included to promote connective tissues and joint health. The class is wrapped up with leg endurance and cardio as a challenge to tired bodies,” says Buckley.

The class entails around 8-9 workouts a month, depending on how the days fall, no matter what. The classes are 45 minutes long and each class is around 8-10 participants. Sarah says she allots to a smaller class size, so she can have eyes on everything and program to the individuals. Even though it is a smaller class size, the community and love that is poured into Run Strong Cincy is large. Every Run Strong Cincy participant does a Signature Running Assessment for $100. The holistic approach Buckley has at Persist Fitness is very unique, seeing as she wants to train the whole person. “Anyone that is interested meets with me individually so I can get to know them, dicusshealth history and hear about their goals – this gives me a great starting point so they can get the most out of the class,” says Buckley.

Not only are you acknowledged by Buckley at Run Strong Cincy, but the community behind the program as well.

“Runners love a community atmosphere and that is exactly what we have created with Run Strong Cincy. Many of the participants are running partners but have been in class together for years! Everyone is welcoming, supportive and helpful to anyone and everyone in the program. One of my clients said this about her experience, ‘Working with Sarah has been an awesome experience. She has been dedicated to helping me drive results. My running has improved significantly in both pace and technique. I’m injury free, strong and confident about achieving my running goals.’”

Classes are held at PT Plus, a boutique personal training gym located at 5210 Wooster Road Cincinnati, OH 45206. The cost of the program is $115/month.

To follow along with Run Strong Cincy, follow them on InstagramFacebook, or email Sarah at sarah@persistfitnesstraining.com.

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A new podcast focused on inspiring and informing women in business is launching soon. Keep reading for all the details.

Girl Boss Events is launching a new podcast in December called The Girl Boss Life.

Cincy Chic: What is Girl Boss Events?
Ashely Lindsey, Founder of Girl Boss Events: GBE is an organization that provides encouragement and support to women entrepreneurs of ground up businesses in a non-competitive community setting. We create + host mixers, meet-ups, and pop up events throughout and around Cincinnati. 

Cincy Chic: Tell us about your new podcast! What topics will you cover?
Lindsey: Our new podcast, The Girl Boss Life, is a  venture to dig deeper into all different women’s issues. While GBE focuses on ground-up businesses, the podcast will be for all women, from the stay at home mom, the working mom, the self-employed girl boss, and more. We’ll be covering topics such as work + life balance, family, social media, productivity, and anything that we think would inspire the women in the community!

Cincy Chic: What makes The Girl Boss Life unique?
Lindsey: We are real and we talk openly and honestly as a team, and our goal is that it  transfers onto the podcast. We want women to listen and feel like we “get them” because “we ARE” them. We hope to do little editing as well to keep the conversation free flowing and in real time. 

Cincy Chic: When does The Girl Boss Life launch? 
Lindsey: We are so excited about launching this podcast on December 1, 2019!

Cincy Chic: Who will you feature in the podcast?
Lindsey: We don’t want to give too many things away just yet, but we are excited to featuring women entrepreneurs in the Cincinnati area such as Megan Fenno of FennoFashion and Jennifer Zumbiel of Togather Moments. They’ll be some of our first guests that we’ll be chatting with and we are really excited about our line up of guests!  

Cincy Chic: Is there anything else new on the horizon from Girl Boss Events? 
Lindsey: There is so much happening coming up for the GBE community! We are hosting our Holiday Pop Up at the Liberty Center November 16th from 10am-4pm. So, come sip, shop, + celebrate the season with us! It was such fun last year and we can’t wait to host it again. GBE is opening up our memberships again in January with some new perks for 2020 including discounts at local businesses and free to vendor mini pop ups around the city! We’re also hosting our first retreat January 2020, Renew, Refresh, Restart, which will be open to GBE members as well as the public., obviously geared towards women in business.  We are very much looking forward to learning how to renew our goals, refresh our minds, and restart our hearts to be the best girl bosses that we can be. 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to listen, learn more, and follow along?
Lindsey: If anyone is interested in following along, they can visit our website girlbossevents.com for all things podcast, memberships, events, and more! We’re also on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!

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As an avid reader in the self-help section, our life coach columnist explains which one impacted her the most.

What’s in your library? Bookcase or Audio? For me it’s a host of CDs and downloads, along with hardback and audible. And ironic enough, I wasn’t even a reader until I was approaching my 30s and then it was like a switch flipped and I became a sponge soaking up everything in the self-help section. 

I often get asked which book has had the most impact on my life and I always go back to the book, “You Can Heal Your Own Life” by Louise L. Hay. Not only has this book changed my life from the first time I read it, but it continues to offer me support and a recommendation to anyone looking to change their circumstances at a much deeper level then just scratching the surface.

This book was first published in October 1984, by a woman who is faced with many life’s challenges and to overcome them, moving into the role as a pillar of support for millions.  Surprisingly, her work began later in life which includes publishing her book at the age of 58. Talk about being inspired.

If you haven’t heard of the book, here’s a snipped of the bio:

The author, Hay, assisted millions of people in discovering and using the full potential of their own creative powers for personal growth and self-healing. This book even includes a section on healing your body from the mental patterns that create dis-eases in the body.

Hay believes that “if we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.” She also explains in the book how limiting beliefs and ideas are often the cause of illness and shows how you can change your thinking which will improve the quality of your life.

Does it resonate? It’s a game changer! I have been recommending this book to others since I read my first copy in 1998 and refer to the book often.  

If you are ready for change your current story and circumstances and want to get a jumpstart into living your life by design, this is the book for you. Happy reading!

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The largest Bridal District in North America hosting an all-inclusive bridal show right in your backyard. Read on for more.

The Reading Bridal District is hosting its annual Fall in Love Bridal Show on September 26.

Attention brides-to-be! Mark your cals and grab your gals for the Fall in Love Bridal Show on Thursday, September 26. The Reading Bridal District in Cincinnati will be lined with wedding vendors and bridal businesses ready to accommodate your every bridal need.

“Our brides and couples will get to experience the magic of the Reading Bridal District by mingling with wedding vendors from all over the city. Brides will have the chance to browse from over 10 bridal stores, all within a two-block radius,” says Kelly Hill, owner of three Reading-based bridal boutiques, Lace Bridal Couture, Love Bridal, and Cincy Bridal.

Reading is the largest bridal district in North America. There, you can find countless bridal boutiques, all within walking distance. This upcoming event is one of many hosted throughout the year in the Reading Bridal District.

“The inspiration behind the show has evolved over the years from a bridal 5k run to a “Bridezilla” themed show. This year’s show is inclusive for all brides and couples to enjoy wedding and planning in a fun and stressfree environment. The couples and attendees can enjoy food trucks, salsa dancing, flower crown making, and so many other fun events on the street throughout the show,” Hill explains.

“During the show, all 10 bridal stories will be showcasing their new bridal collections for Spring 2020, as well as new Fall 2019 wedding gowns. Each bridal store as a unique variety of designers and styles – which makes both the district and shopping experience unlike any other,” says Hill.

The event will be held from 6-9pm, perfect time to grab a light bite and snag a drink with your girlfriends or fiancée. The restaurants around the area will offer special drink pricing and allow attendees to walk around with their beverages throughout the show.

Tickets for the show are only $5, which will enter you into a prize drawing at the end of the night, which will include multiple prizes from all of the wedding vendors, including one FREE wedding gown. All funds will go directly back to the Reading Bridal District to pay the expenses of the show. 

The entire show is organized by a team of volunteers from the Reading Bridal District and around the area. If you would like to volunteer, Hill says there is room for you. “We are always in need of volunteers to collect tickets, help direct wedding vendors to their locations, assist in parking, etc.”

To purchase tickets for the Fall In Love Bridal Show on September 26 from 6-9pm, visit https://www.readingbridaldistrict.com/.

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A local artist creates custom drawings so you can cherish your four-legged friends forever. Keep reading for the picture perfect details.

Cincy Chic: What is Patou Pet Portraits?
Brandi Maples, Founder of Patou Pet Portraits: Patou Pet Portraits is an art studio specializing in custom pet portraits created in your choice of graphite or colored pencils.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to start the art studio?
Maples: I have always enjoyed drawing, being told as a child that I was a good artist. I never thought of it as more than a hobby – in fact, I went to graduate school for Art History, seeing myself as teaching art, rather than practicing it. The idea of drawing pets probably first came to me when our cat, Max, was dying. I used to sit with him at night to keep him company, and then decided I needed to draw him. I wanted to remember these quiet moments with him. Our pets are our family! A few years later, when we brought home a giant Great Pyrenees puppy (known as a Patou in France where they were first bred), I absolutely fell in love. As she grew into a gorgeous, long-haired white dog, I realized that she’d make such lovely drawings. In fact, pet portraits – either to celebrate a best friend, or to commemorate the life of a pet recently deceased, would be the ideal opportunity to bring together my interest in drawing and love of animals. Once I got started and did my research, I found that pet portraits (especially dogs) have been highly valued by the British for hundreds of years and that commissioning a drawing of your lap or hunting dog is as common as having family pictures taken is in America. I’d love to see this become a common practice here where we most certainly treat our pets as family.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Patou Pet Portraits?
Maples: I am the sole artist, which hopefully explains why clients sometimes have a decent wait when they order a custom drawing! I have a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and my Master’s in Art History from the DAAP program at UC. I am a self-taught artist and have been focusing on colored and graphite pencils for the past couple of years. I live in Madeira with my husband, two daughters, my dog Daphne, and two house cats, Gabriel and Maggie.

Cincy Chic: What is it that makes Patou Pet Portraits unique?
Maples: While there are lots of studios that will take stunning photographs of your pet, there are not many that do custom drawings. There is something special about having an artist draw your pet. When I draw a pet I study many reference photos to examine every detail, from fur color to the curls on their ears, to the shape of their eyes. I talk with customers about their pet’s personalities, and then I see this personality expressed in the multiple pictures provided by the client. The drawing I create is done from a single photo selected by myself and the client. I like my drawings to have a high level of realism – for clients to be amazed that pencils can create something so life-like. But, unlike a photo, you can still see pencil marks. There is no doubt that this is a drawing that was given a huge amount of time and attention to detail.

Cincy Chic: What types of services do you currently provide clients?
Maples: I create custom drawings only at this point. Prints can be made of any of the drawings I’ve done, although I’d like to create original drawings for the purpose of printmaking in the near future. I’ve done drawings for anniversaries, birthdays, sympathy, and holiday gifts. Most recently I created a drawing to be used on a wine label. Gift certificates are available and are great because the recipient gets to be part of the process! I always send progress pics to customers so they can see their drawing evolve.

Cincy Chic: What are your prices for a custom drawing?
Maples: Currently my prices range from $175 (for a 5×7) to $250 (11×14) for a standard drawing. Because my work is custom, prices can fluctuate depending on the number of pets or a larger size.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Patou Pet Portraits?
Maples: Yes, I hope so! When I can find some time outside of commissions, I’d like to create some original dog drawings and have prints made for sale online and locally. I’m also playing with the idea of having pillows made from my drawings and possibly Christmas ornaments and mugs. I know I’d love to have my coffee in a Great Pyrenees Mug every morning!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Maples: Right now the best place to find me online is on Facebook and Etsy. I keep these updated frequently. A website is in the works and when it is up and running, all of my Facebook followers will be the first to know. I am always happy to get emails and will answer any custom portrait questions fairly quickly.