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Get in a socially-distanced workout and then cozy up to a mimosa and brunch with this upcoming event with a native Cincinnati fitness guru.

If you want to work on your fitness, safely, and enjoy a good meal, Bootcamp and Brunch was made for you.

Bootcamp and Brunch is a unique way for a fitness company to support another local business, while giving the public a safe and effective workout followed by a socially distanced event,” explains Kelly Amshoff, Founder of ImwithKelly, a virtual fitness company. 

Amshoff got her start in Chicago when local restaurants wanted to bring her workouts to their establishments and offer a brunch afterward.

“Being a Cincinnati native, I wanted to come ‘home’ and host this event at a local restaurant to help support during these stressful, COVID times,” she explains. “In the process, I created an exclusive partnership with MadTree Brewing.”

Amshoff has owned ImwithKelly for over three years now and following a move to the Windy City in November 2019, she decided to launch virtual classes, allowing her to continue her offerings for those in the Queen City.

The premier event for Bootcamp and Brunch is on Saturday, October 3. The Bootcamp begins at 8:30am and the Brunch starts at 9:30am. 

Amshoff says that what makes this event so unique is that everyone wins. “As a venue that has gone through the closures of COVID, MadTree is benefitting by hosting a large group that has already pre-purchased their brunch and drink tickets,” she says. “As an instructor, I’m able to gain incredible exposure and see old clients while teaching in a beautiful space. As a city, we are completely supporting local businesses by having other Cincinnati-owned companies sponsor. Whirlybird Granola and Thirty Drink will be in attendance.”

All of the safety guidelines regarding COVID-19 are posted on the website when you purchase your tickets, so that you have all the information you need to participate safely. 

“The entire workout will be held outside with 6 feet of distance between every participant,” says Amshoff. “Each person is asked to wear a mask any time they are not on their mat – walking to or from, using the restroom, etc. After the workout is completely, masks are put back on until you are taken to your table and seated. Tables are also limited to 8 people or less.” 

Should the event need to be moved indoors due to weather, MadTree’s lofted space has enough room to safely host participants.

Bootcamp and Brunch will be quarterly events, done very three months. Amshoff says that she already has other local Cincinnati vendors asking to join the fun for the Spring Event.

To sign up for the event, click here. If tickets are sold out, you can follow along on Instagram to hear more about upcoming events, workouts, celebrations and more. You can also see a list of other upcoming events at www.imwithkelly.com

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Learn about a new, locally-based refillery that provides all the everyday essentials with zero waste.

Cincy Chic: What is Zero Waste Refillery? 
Gabrielle Lauren, Founder of Zero Waste Refillery: A zero waste refillery is a business that provides everyday essentials like shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent, and more without plastic packaging! When shopping with us you can bring in your clean bottles and jars and fill them up with the essentials you need! 

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it? 
Lauren: I was inspired by the lifestyle I was pursuing. When I started Fill More Waste Less (FMWL) I was just getting started on my road to zero waste. I kept running into issues with finding plastic free products that worked for my household when I learned about zero waste refilleries. I knew it was something I wanted to bring to my community.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it? 
Lauren: I am Gabrielle Lauren the founder of Fill More Waste Less and myself along with my team (my partner, mother, and father) have made FMWL what it is today. We are a family business. 

Cincy Chic: What products do you sell in your store? 
Lauren: We sell a wide variety of home and body refills and will be expanding our inventory when our store front opens next month! You can expect to find something for everyone on the family! 

Cincy Chic: What makes this concept unique? 
Lauren: FMWL is unique because of its holistic focus. I am wanting to make sure we have an option for everyone. Zero waste living can be attainable regardless of where you are in life and FMWL is here to help with that. We carry a variety of affordable zero waste products that will help you cut out waste from every aspect of your life. We also value community and welcome open communication. 

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon? 
Lauren: We will be opening our storefront next month in Madisonville! We will be adding a lot more zero waste products to make it easier for our community to live with less waste and look forward to connecting with everyone in our community from our space! 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Lauren: We regularly post on our Instagram and always try to respond quickly to you DMs. You can check out our shop at our website fillmorewasteless.com where we have our online shop, and the blog where you can find useful tips for living with less waste. 

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See how one local woman turned her passions into a profession that gives her the time and financial flexibility she and her family needs — especially now. 

Four years ago, as a special educator, Emily McNamara thought her lack of energy and poor sleep was just part of the job. A friend recommended using Shaklee products to help her feel better, so she did.  Little did she know, that would be a life changing decision in more ways than one. 

“When I took care of myself and got consistent, I was able to give more of myself to the things that were important to me — my family, my students, my friends, and my coworkers,” McNamara explains. “This made me even more passionate about my health and wellness journey. As a teacher, my professional passion has always been educating. I realized I could merge those two worlds by becoming a Shaklee distributor.”

Emily McNamara

At first, she started small, with just the goal of getting her own product paid for. “I immediately knew I wanted it to be more than that. I was enjoying it so much and it was growing quickly because it was truly helping people,” she explains. “I had aspirations of running a full-blown health and wellness coaching business ‘one day,’ but I didn’t know how to get there. Then I met Melissa Kirkpatrick and everything changed.” 

Kirkpatrick is the life coach, author and founder of Find Your Own DRIVE. She began coaching McNamara to get clarity on her goals, discuss strategy, and set weekly meetings to stay accountable to the progress. “Before I knew it, I was in a position where I not only launched that health and wellness company of my dreams, but I was now in a position where I could replace and exceed my teaching salary with it,” she says. “I took the leap, put in my notice, and my business is thriving more than ever.”

McNamara put these plans in place shortly before the pandemic began. “Especially now with COVID, I’m so happy I made this decision to make my health, family and passion for wellness education a top priority,” she says. “I’m literally living my dream life and I wouldn’t be here without the guidance, focus and accountability that my weekly coaching sessions with Melissa gives me.”

To learn more about McNamara, visit https://bit.ly/healthyVIP. To learn more about Kirkpatrick and Find Your Own DRIVE, visit www.findyourowndrive.com/contact.

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Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

Britton Boards: I think if possible I would eat Charcuterie boards for every meal! Luckily, @brittonboards makes boards for every occasion! Even kids boards with candy😍 (don’t worry adults can get their hands on these too!) PLUS: Looking for a smaller option, grab their single serving snack boxes!

DM or email them to get your order started! ALSO: delivery is available!

Hope Esthetics: In need of a treat yourself day? Head over to @hopeesthetics !! They offer services like microneedling, lash extensions, cosmetic tattoo, and more! Click the link in their bio to head over to their website and see more details, prices, and book your appointment today!

Dead Low Brewing: Calling all my singers! @deadlowbrewing has brought back their fun SINGO nights starting tonight! Every Wednesday, head over to play a fun game of socially distanced bingo with singing highly encouraged!

It is family friendly and free to play! Tonight from 6:30-8:30!

Oddfellows Cincinnati: Looking for some Friday night happy hour plans? @oddfellowscincinnati has you covered! Head over to their bar and enjoy all your favorite cocktails! PLUS: looking to sip from the comfort of your home? Check out their cocktails to go!

Japp’s Bar: Just because the weather has started too cool down doesn’t mean you can’t sip the taste of summer! Get your hands on @jappsotrPapa Doble and join @mollywellmann for the next 5 O’clockTails!

For only $13, you’ll get a kit to make this yummy cocktail right at home! PLUS: it comes with this awesome tiki mug! Stop in to grab a kit and grab a drink at the bar!

Aladdin’s Eatery + Lounge OTR: Need some Saturday night plans? Head over to @aladdinseaterylounge tonight! Sip on their new flights like drafts and buzzed juices! PLUS: if you go between 4-6 check out their DAILY happy hour specials!

Open:
Monday-Thursday 11-8
Friday 11-9
Saturday 12-9
Sunday 12-8

Yee Mama: Happy Sunday! @yee.mama online ordering is NOW OPEN for the week! Get your hands on their delicious handmade wantons by clicking the link in their bio! Curbside pick up will then be this Wednesday from 4-7!

Village General Flower Farm + Florist: Stock up on these beautiful autumn flowers! @village_general is a flower farm and florist providing beautiful arrangements for weddings, wholesale, bouquet subscriptions, and more!

Click the link in their bio to get in contact and get your orders started today!

 

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Bourbon lovers, head to Covington to check out this new spirits and bottle shop featuring rare and vintage finds and a one-of-a-kind tasting bar.

Photo: Catie Viox

Calling all bourbon lovers! Revival Vintage Spirits & Bottle Shop is a retail and bottle shop located in downtown Covington, Kentucky specializing in rare and vintage bottles. 

“Revival Vintage Spirits & Bottle Shop is a destination for the bourbon curious and longtime bourbon collectors,” says Co-Owner Shannon Smith. “We are home to a collection of rare and vintage bottles and a one-of-a-kind bourbon tasting bar.”

The staff at Revival is made up of approachable bourbon experts and in the store you’ll find hundreds of bottles representing over a century of rectifying and distilling in Kentucky. 

The inspiration behind Revival is the desire to build community. “Revival is filling a niche in the spirits industry where the stories behind each unique bottle can be shared and rare and/or vintage dusties can be bought, sold, and exchanged to be experienced and enjoyed,” adds Smith.

Alongside Smith at Revival is also Brad Bonds and Katie Meyer, together they are able to bring expertise, passion, and high-quality customer service to everyone who walks through the door.

Photo: Catie Viox

“Brad is one of the largest vintage ‘dusty’ spirits collectors in the country,” says Smith.
A vintage bourbon curator, he has been hunting antique bottles for more than 10 years. Brad left his 9 to 5 in 2018 after Kentucky enacted a vintage spirits law, and turned his passion into a business opportunity by helping the legendary Cork N’ Bottle start a vintage spirits division, establishing himself as a leading authority in the rare bourbon community.”

At Revival you’ll find Brad sharing his expertise as an appraiser and libraring, guiding collectors and tasters alike through the differences of bourbon then and now.

Katie is the history guru and can tell you all about Kentucky’s historic Main Streets and the spirits that have made the Bluegrass famous. “In addition to being co-owner of Revival, Katie is the Smart City Policy Advisor at Cincinnati Bell,” says Smith. “Prior to that, she served as the Executive Director of Renaissance Covington where she spent nine years working with the City, community and small businesses to support the revitalization of the downtown.” 

Katie has also co-authored “Walking Cincinnati: 35 Walking Tours Exploring Historic Neighborhoods, Stunning Riverfront Quarters, and Hidden Treasures in the Queen City.”

Smith says that her love for bourbon started on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, and only grew from there. “As the sole owner of Smith Law and a member of the Distillate Committee for the Cincinnati/NKY Chapter of Bourbon Women, I bring a wealth of entrepreneurial experience and community connections to Revival.”

In the store, you’ll find not only a selection of Covington and Kentucky handmade products and merchandise, but you’ll also find a bottle collection that includes rare bourbons, scotch, brandy, tequila, rum, and gins for purchase as well as tasting.

The inventory at Revival is constantly changing, so no visit is ever the same. “Not only are we selling, and soon assisting with exchanges, we’re also on the hunt for new bottles to add to our collection,” says Smith. “So if you have old bottles in your basement, give us a call – we’d love to check them out!”

Revival is looking forward to the holiday season as they launch a subscription membership program, providing bottle samples each month to promote the discovery of spirits. Smith says to keep an eye out on the details regarding this new membership soon!

Revival is located at 5 E. 8th Street in Covington. 

To learn more about Revival, visit https://www.revivalky.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram, which are updated regularly with new inventory and behind-the-scenes fun. 

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A Cincinnati native turned Hyde Park momma wants to provide other moms with the resources, information, and inspiration they need to be the best moms they can be.

Cincy Chic: What is Hyde Park Moms? 
Meggie Brennan, Founder of Hyde Park Moms: Hyde Park Moms is a website and social platform that helps keep moms in Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods in the know. I love providing a trusted space for Moms to find resources, information and inspiration.  

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it? 
Brennan: As a Cincinnati native who moved away for 12+ years after college, coming back home looked a little different as a Mom. I was relying on recommendations from other Moms, but there wasn’t anywhere to store this information. Hyde Park Moms website is the hub for all of these amazing recommendations I receive from friends and Moms in our community.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it? Can you share your story with us? 
Brennan: Just me 🙂 I run the local Hyde Park Moms website and social media platforms, but HPM is part of a larger network of Moms like me. The local Moms Network is my parent company that has helped us set up our websites and we all collaborate together on different content and partnerships that will serve all Moms.

Cincy Chic: What topics/places do you cover and visit?
Brennan: All things Motherhood! I like to post recommendations and  resources Moms need, a calendar for events and a blog to inspire and build community. I mostly cover Hyde Park, but I honestly cover anything that’s recommended by Moms in the area!

Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy the most about running Hyde Park Moms?
Brennan: I love interacting with other Moms on social media and meeting them outside of the internet (HA)! It makes my day when Moms say hello and we get to chatting about all things #momlife. I also love helping businesses see growth from working with me. I thrive on being the match-maker between a local business and Moms.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Brennan: The calendar is about to get updated with a slew of new events and the newsletter will be hitting your inboxes again this month. There are always new, local partnerships happening and exclusive Deals & Steals for Moms – tune into @hydeparkmoms and the blog!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Brennan: Check out the blog at www.hydeparkmoms.com. I’m also on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to subscribe to the weekly newsletter for exclusive deals and content!

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A local woman‘s natural personal care product line is now in multiple retail locations with a brick-and-mortar ready to open next week. Read on to learn her secret to success.

 

Inside the new Earthganics Artisan Cottage, opening next week in Findlay Market

Just a handful of years ago, Erin Christen was in an unhealthy, dark place in life. Today, she’s feeling healthier than ever – personally and professionally – and her future has never been more bright.

Christen said after navigating through years of fertility issues and feeling “off” after her second child, she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, MTHFR Gene Mutation,  Factor V Leiden, and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. “I began working as my own advocate for bettering my endocrine system,” she recalls. “That is when I started looking at my diet and the personal care products I put on my body every day.”

Erin Christen, founder of Earthganics

Her mother made natural sunscreen, so Christen learned about the handmade personal care product development process from her. The first product she developed of her own was a natural deodorant.

“I worked hard to find the right recipe and have not looked back,” she says. “I began looking into other products that would be great and responsible for my family.”

Today, she offers a variety of products, ranging from all-natural deodorants, home and body, healing, oral care, and hand sanitizer. Products are sold online and are in more than a dozen retail locations in Greater Cincinnati. 

Erin inside her new Findlay Market location

And now, Christen is getting ready to open the Earthganics Artisan Cottage in Findlay Market. “Findlay Market will be welcoming us to their wonderful list of permanent merchants,” explains Christen. “We will be open six days a week with the market, we will be offering more eco-friendly container options, refill options, recyclable programs, and so much more.” 

What’s Christen‘s secret to success and her quick growth? She says it’s Melissa Kirkpatrick at Find Your Own DRIVE. “I attribute so much of my success over the past four years to working with my coach, Melissa. She keeps me motivated, inspired and focused. She also keeps me accountable, and channeling all my energy toward the goal we set. Once we reach that goal, we set a new one and work on reaching it,” Christen says. “I cannot believe all the growth my business has experienced since first meeting her when I was just making products in my basement. I know I wouldn’t be here without her. I highly recommend working with her if you want to make your dreams a reality, too.”

To learn more about Earthganics, visit https://www.earthganics.com. To learn more about Melissa Kirkpatrick and Find Your Own DRIVE, and to see how she can help create your success story, visit http://www.findyourowndrive.com/contact

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Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

Studio 7 Thirteen Boutique: With Labor Day now being over it seems like fall is really starting to kick in! Vamp up your fall accessories with @studio_7_thirteen😍 All their pieces are handmade and one of a kind inspired by nature!

Click the link in their bio to get your order started OR send them a DM to get a custom order started!

Herb n Thelma’s Tavern: Happy Wednesday! Join @herb_n_thelmas_tavern for cheese coney Wednesday’s TODAY! Get your hands on their famous cheese coneys for only $1.50 today! But hurry because it’s only while supplies last and these will go fast!

Blue Turtle Toys: Halloween is right around the corner! Stock up on fun and spooky Halloween toys, books, and more with @blueturtletoys !! Get your hands on these goodies today by stopping in their shop or click the link in their bio and head over to their website!

Higher Gravity: Happy Thursday! Looking to stock up on beer, wine, and more for the weekend? @higher_gravityhas you covered! PLUS: check out their new and amazing shirts they just got in!

Head over to their shop to get all stocked up or join them for a drink at the bar! PLUS: get your hands on their beer advent calendar while supplies last!

Honey on Miami: NOW OPEN‼️ @honeyonmiami is opening their doors for the first time TODAY! Stop in and shop with them! They’re giving you 20% off one item today as their welcome gift to you!

Open:
Monday-Saturday: 11-5
Sunday: 12-4

The Growler House: Happy Saturday everyone! Time to celebrate the weekend with @thegrowlerhouse bringing back their mug club! For only $15 you get a this awesome stainless steel mug with your first beer free! PLUS: every Monday get $3 off draft beers!

There’s a limited amount so get your hands on these today!

Sacred Beast Diner: Goodmorning and happy Sunday everyone! Get your brunch on with @sacredbeastdiner this Sunday morning! Pancakes, coffee, eggs, mimosas…my mouth is watering!

Click the link in their bio to book your reservation today and get your brunch on!

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From large accounting firms to a mother-daughter team ready to take on the accounting needs of Cincinnati clients. See how this dynamic duo is helping clients create a brighter financial future.

Cincy Chic: What is Glenmar CPAs?
Ashton Cooper, Partner at Glenmar CPAs: Glenmar CPAs is a family and women-owned tax & accounting firm that serves small businesses, individuals, trusts, and estates.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Cooper: Both of our partners began their careers at top 5 accounting firms. The large firm experience provided exposure to a diverse client base, however, each of them quickly developed a passion for small businesses and individuals. Since then, they have spent a combined total of over 25 years providing tax and accounting services, specializing in a wide variety of topics and industries. A continued desire to connect with and assist these types of clients inspired them to form Glenmar CPAs.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Cooper: Mother-daughter team, Megan & Ashton Cooper 

Cincy Chic: What services do you offer?
Cooper: Tax preparation, tax planning, bookkeeping, and consulting 

Cincy Chic: What makes your business unique? 
Cooper: We believe that when you hire a CPA, it should be a relationship, not a transaction. Rather than only hearing from our clients when tax season rolls around, our goal is to form a relationship that enables us to provide understandable and individualized advice so that our clients can make informed business and personal decisions year-round.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Cooper: Glenmar recently became the MORTAR Covington CPA partner. This program focuses on providing resources and support to entrepreneurs from historically underserved populations. The first cohort is made up of entirely women-owned businesses – which are some of our favorite clients to work with.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along? 
Cooper: Readers can learn more at www.glenmarcpas.com. We’re also on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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See how a local personal chef took her business from a professional nightmare to a dream come true — and the secret ingredient that made it all possible.


Rebecca Denney loves making good-for-you-food, but a few years ago, something not-so-good was brewing.

As she faced the difficulty of needing to close down her beloved cafe, she was lost – personally and professionally – with all the decisions and ramifications of it all. 

Serendipitously, she came across a column by life coach Melissa Kirkpatrick with Find Your Own DRIVE. As Kirkpatrick talked about finding clarity, purpose and drive – even after losing steam along the way – Denney decided she needed to call. 

After several months of being coached by Kirkpatrick, Denney had successfully maneuvered out of the cafe that wasn’t serving her any more, and into a simplified personal chef model that allowed her to get back to what she enjoyed again. She then connected with the owner of Aberlin Springs, the area’s first agri-community. She began providing personal chef services, and today she’s the owner of The Modern Farmhouse Kitchen where she provides private personal chef services across Greater Cincinnati, as well as manages Aberlin Springs‘ on-site market, meal prep, chef and catering services for the entire community. 

“It’s a dream come true,” Denney says. “I look out the window every morning and see all the beauty around me, getting to do exactly what I love to do. I no longer have all the stresses that held me back before and paralyzed me making bigger and better things happen for myself. I know I wouldn’t be here had I not called Melissa and worked with her to find my path through the thick of the fear and pain and into this beautiful place full of purpose and possibility.” 

To learn more or see how Melissa can help create your success story, visit www.findyourowndrive.com/contact.

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