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Cincy Chic is preparing to host its annual Cocktails & Couture event at Karrikin Spirits. Read on for a sneak peek behind the scenes!

Cincy Chic’s Cocktails & Couture is October 23 at Karrikin Spirits. Photo: Twin Spire Photography

Cincy Chic is hosting its 8th annual Cocktails & Couture event on October 23 from 6-9pm at Karrikin Spirits. 

The event is a night full of artisan cocktails, food, and shopping local. 

Those who register to attend the event will receive a complimentary swag bag, professional photos on the runway, cocktail samples, and door prizes. 

The Merry Mare Mobile Bar will also be there to offer fashion-themed artisan cocktails mixed with Karrikin Spirits. 

And dress to impress because YOU are the runway model at this event. Twin Spire Photography will be on-hand taking professional shots of attendees on the red carpet runway.

Masks and social distancing will be required in vendor area. You can reserve your table for food and drinks during the event by clicking here

Sponsors for the event include: 

Supporting Sponsor: The Christ Hospital Healthcare Network, Performance Lexus RiverCenter, Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate

Fashion Show Sponsor: Chic Life

Vendors: Couture Beauty Showroom, Ann Phillips Color Street, Mary Kay with Tiffany McMillon, Pharm CBD, Rapid Results Cryo, Hamall Oils and Wellness, Renewal by Andersen, Two Twenty Two Market, Green Feather Homestead + Apothecary, Miller St. Boutique, Honey on Miami, Pistil Calyx, The Pink Box, and more!

Karrikin Spirits is located at 3717 Jonlen Drive in Cincinnati. To learn more about the event or to RSVP, visit www.cincy.live/events/cocktails.

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Ready for new experiences but don’t want to leave the house? A new concept now offers kits for on-demand experiences to the Cincinnati area.

The demand for in-home experiences and having necessities brought to your doorstep were on the rise before COVID-19, which happened to just accelerate the need for those services. To help accommodate a growing marketplace, AGAR, an experiential marketing agency headquartered in Cincinnati, launched EXPO to You.

“EXPO is a marketplace that houses a constantly rotating and increasing gallery of experience on demand,” explains Noah Beiting, Operating Manager at AGAR. “EXPO strives to provide a wide array of options for consumers, all with unique twists, that somebody can order and have delivered the next day. We focus on three areas to achieve quality execution: logistics, quality of experience, and the consumer.”

Between the growing need for services like meal kits, UberEats, and living rooms games, AGAR is hoping to fill a gap that’s been amplified this year.

“With COVID, we saw at the start of quarantine and state-wide stay-at-home orders the thirst for connection and experience had never been stronger,” says Beiting. “We knew that hosting small in-home experiences was going to be on the rise so we wanted to prove to the Greater Cincinnati area that we could offer that.”

All of the experiences from EXPO to You are different. They range from a Halloween-themed pinata party to boozy croquet, and even a full-stop backyard tailgate. 

“Our experiences include everything needed to be a rockstar host with creative prompts and items to keep guests entertained,” he says. “We have experiences designed for different sized groups, from 2 people up to 10 or more, and designed in a way that the host can be the hero, or all guests can chip in for their share of the fun.”

Beiting says EXPO to You is more than just a meal kit or a trip to the store. We’ve aggregated partners and social learnings of the last decade as a company that makes us equipped to know what consumers need to be standout hosts,” he adds. “We’ve truly combined multiple trips into a one-stop-shop marketplace. Coupled with our logistics experience, we are providing unique experiences on demand.”

To learn more about EXPO to You, visit expotoyou.com. You can also follow EXPO on Instagram

Beiting adds that they’re always looking for new partners and experience ideas, so anyone who might be interested can reach out via their contact form on the website.

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Inspired by her own journey with pain management, see how one local nurse developed a CBD product line and consulting services.

Cincy Chic: What is Tulip Tree CBD?
Jeri Schulz, MSN, RN, Founder of Tulip Tree: Researching the cannabis market, I became encouraged by the way CBD alleviated her own symptoms and was convinced of its healing potential as a natural alternative for pain. However, she also found disturbing discrepancies in quality, unbelievable claims of healing, dosing confusion, hard-to-use products, and questionable customer service.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Schulz: Offering a better way to guide and educate people about premium hemp CBD products that were clean, easy to use, and of consistently high quality became my purpose as I created what I believed was missing in the marketplace. 

I am proud to offer premium Broad-Spectrum hemp-based CBD products that are organically grown, thoughtfully processed, clean, and contain Zero THC. My promise to you: the guidance you need, customized recommendations, and the best customer service in the industry. All of our products follow FDA guidelines and are third-party tested that you can see for yourself right on the website.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Schulz: I am the founder and CEO of Tulip Tree LLC and Dose Medical Cannabis Nurse Consulting. My interest in alternative therapies and personal experiences led me to pursue specialized knowledge in all things medical cannabis. My expertise includes managing cardiovascular services, intensive care units, four Chicago area inpatient hospice providers, critical care, and telemetry units. My passion is sharing that knowledge with others. 

I have taught hundreds of nursing students the clinical skills they need to take care of their patients with kindness, compassion, and skill. I have served on the nursing faculty of several Chicago-area colleges and universities and take pride in sharing my dedication to the highest patient-care standards.

A registered nurse in Ohio and Illinois, I have collaborated with some of the most respected minds and institutions in medical cannabis, including the American Cannabis Nurses Association and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians.

Cincy Chic: What types of CBD products do you carry?
Schulz: Tulip Tree CBD carries products that are crafted from the finest quality, premium organically-grown-in-the-USA hemp with Zero THC. We are proud to offer you – and your fur babies — all-natural, Farm-Bill Compliant alternatives to relieve pain, inflammation, anxiety, and insomnia. We have tinctures that are unique in their packaging to keep your dose accurate and contamination-free with our Perfect Balance Singles, a full line of soft gels for beginners, Body and Mind Balance, or targeting inflammation with Plus, or helping you get some sleep with Rest. The gummies are a crowd favorite with broad-spectrum CBD, all-natural flavors, and no added dyes or sugars. We also carry our Fur Baby Balance line of vet formulated dog chews and pet tincture. 

Cincy Chic: Do you have a store location or are you online only?
Schulz: Much of our business is direct to consumers on-line with free shipping however, we do have a few Cincy retailers that carry our line of product and are adding more all the time. Check the website for current locations around the Cincy area. 

Cincy Chic: What makes Tulip Tree CBD unique?
Schulz: Tulip Tree is unique in that it is founded by a nurse with years of clinical experience and many more years of personal experience in natural medicine. We understand that people have complicated medical histories and lists of medications that make them hesitant to try CBD. Our CBD won’t get you high, it will help you with your anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, and balancing your endocannabinoid system and you can consult with a certified nurse to help you find that perfect and individual dose. 

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Schulz: We have just launched Dose.net Medical Cannabis Nurse consultations. This is exciting news for residents in Ohio and Illinois. The east and west coasts have already seen a surge in the need for certified cannabis nurses and now the Midwest will be able to say the same.

There are over 94,000 medical cannabis patients in Ohio alone. Getting your medical cannabis card can be overwhelming. It’s not about getting high, it’s about symptom relief. Dose.net was founded with a specific goal of caring for people who look to cannabis for relief and need support getting started. We customize and implement a plan of care and reassess that plan, working closely with patients to relieve suffering much like a diabetic nurse educator does for a new diabetic. A guiding hand by a knowledgeable clinician is important to optimize benefits, saving patients’ time and money finding the right dose and also removes stress and empowers patients to get the medicine they need.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Schulz: TulipTreeCBD.com has a wealth of information about CBD and Dose.net will give you more information about medical cannabis. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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It takes motivation to get started and momentum to keep going. Our life coach columnist shares three helpful tips.

Motivation got you there and it’s the momentum that keeps you going.

Remember how making a snowman from a field of snow was so fun. You took a scoop of snow and began to roll it across the ground creating a bigger snowball.  And as it got bigger the momentum got stronger. You wanted that supersized snowball for the base of the snowman. It was the motivation of building the snowman but the size of the snow getting bigger was the momentum that kept you going.

How many times have you found yourself so motivated to do something but quickly fall short because you lost momentum? You get excited when thinking about saving money for a vacation, wanting to get healthy, run a 5K, tackle a cluttered space, and then you hit the wall of overwhelm and stop before you ever get started.  

Consider the cluttered space. If you can see beyond the clutter and what the space looks like cleaned up that make you feel good. That is the motivation to act. And the goal is to have freedom from the clutter.

Then, it happens. Overwhelm creeps in. Here are a few ways to overcome the desire to stop.

• You start but see no progress. Start with what you know can be removed from the space. Either put into another area outside the space or take straight to the trash.
• You start looking in a box that has not been open in years to discover an hour goes by and nothing is accomplished. Any box you have not opened can stay closed for another time. Put it away in another room and plan to revisit AFTER this space is complete. Something to look forward to on a rainy day.
• You want to get it all done in one day.  Set a timer to allow yourself to work for 30 minutes with a 15-minute break. Go with that momentum and soon you will see progress and want to continue.

Take on your next project or goal in the same manner. See the result and possibilities of what comes next once you complete the task/goal at hand and do not stop until you get there.

Sending love and light,

Melissa

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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:

Apricate Luxury Glow: What better way to start off your week than both looking and feeling your best! Just because it’s October doesn’t mean you have to loose your tan! @apricatecincy offers custom spray tans just for you! PLUS: they are mobile so no need to stress about leaving your house!

Click the link in their bio to book your appointment today and get your glow on!

Bee’s Sweet Balloon: October is breast cancer awareness month! Show your love, sympathy, and compassion to someone you know fighting or who has fought the battle of breast cancer! @beesweetballoon creates beautiful ballon arrangements from small personal bouquets to large celebratory creations!

PLUS: enter for a chance to win their Halloween GIVEAWAY! See their latest post for details on how to enter and what the prizes are!

Busken Bakery: With Halloween only a couple weeks away now is the time to really get in the spirit! Stock up on your Halloween festive treats with @buskenbakery pumpkin hand stamped cookies and more! Stop in their shop or order online to get your hands on these goodies!

PLUS: this week their double butter coffee cakes are only $5!! Make sure to grab one of those before the offer ends!

That’s Amore Wood Fired Pizza: Pizza on wheels? Doesn’t get much better than that! Add some flavor to any party or event with @thatsamorewoodfired 🍕🤩 They bring their delicious wood fired pizza and more to parties, weddings, festivals, etc. They do it all!

Click the link in their bio for more details on how you can see them at your next event and get your pizza on!

Losanti: In need of some Friday night plans? @losantiotr has you covered! Indulge in their house cut steaks, pastas, and more! Plus: don’t forget to sip on one of their famous craft cocktails! Grab your favorite people and enjoy this beautiful weather out on their heated patio or enjoy from the comfort of your house with carry out!

Peace Love Donuts of Hyde Park: Nothing beats a delicious doughnut on a beautiful Saturday morning those today🤩 @plldofhydepark is not just your typical doughnut shop, check out how extravagant and goodies filled their creations are! PLUS: don’t forget your Saturday morning coffee pick me up!

Open:
Monday-Friday 7-3
Saturday-Sunday 8-3

Apricot Coffee House: Happy Sunday everyone! In need of a little Sunday morning pick me up? @apricot_coffee_house has you covered! Stop in and enjoy not only some delicious coffee, but grab a yummy treat as well! Stay and enjoy for awhile or take it to go to enjoy from your home!

Glo Juice Bar and Cafe: Happy Monday! Beat this rainy Monday morning with some warm and delicious chili! @glodayton is rolling out their seasonal menus full of yummy soups, stews, sandwiches, and more! Looking for something cold? Try one of their fresh juices or smoothies!

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Get a sneak peek inside this special event benefiting a great cause, supporting local businesses, and awarding one well-dressed attendee a staycation and dream shopping experience. 

 
Cincy Chic is hosting Blanca & Bling at HOMEARAMA to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati on October 15. 
 
This special night of light bites, refreshments, shopping, and stylish new homes is from 5:30-8:30pm at Walworth Junction. Event attendees will have the opportunity to tour atll the 2020 HOMEARAMA homes while enjoying sips from Streetside Brewery and shopping at a variety of local businesses and pop-up shops.
 
Once guests finish touring the homes, they can enjoy entertainment with giveaways throughout the night. Plus, when you wear a “Blanca & Bling” inspired outfit you’ll be entered to win a date night package including a stay at Hotel Covington from Paolo Jewelers valued at $3,000.
 
Tickets are $15 per person and $25 for two tickets. Tickets include parking and HOMEARAMA admission. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati and can be purchased here
 
Walworth Junction is located at 3107 Walworth Avenue in Cincinnati. You can learn more about HOMEARAMA at www.cincyhomearama.com
 
Cincy Chic’s sponsors for Blanca & Bling include:

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A young restaurateur is bringing a new fine dining experience to the region. Read on for all the delicious details.

 
Rocco Catanzarite is taking the Dayton area restaurant scene by storm. In April 2019 he launched Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen, and then in May, as the world resumed in the midst of a global pandemic, he opened Tavolo – Modern Italian.
 
“The Italian word for table is ‘tavolo,’ and in Italy it is very common for families to gather around a table multiple times a week with a large group,” he says. “There, dining together is more of a social activity than just about having dinner.”
 
And that’s what he wanted to bring to customers in Sidney when he opened Tavolo – Modern Italian – an experience unlike any other.
 
“As we were discussing the atmosphere and menus, we kept thinking back to what the ‘table’ means in Italy,” says Catanzarite. “How do we deliver the best possible customer experience to each guest? We execute it by delivering on an exceptional experience.”
 
All of the dishes at Tavolo – Modern Italian are made in-house, and the atmosphere is influenced by modern, relaxing decor. 
 
Catanzarite’s own Italian heritage played a significant role in his decision to open an Italian restaurant. Part of a brand that’s already growing at a rapid rate, he wanted to bring a destination restaurant to his small hometown. 
 
“We felt the area could use a restaurant concept like Tavolo,” he says. “The restaurant scene in Sidney is fairly small, and for fine dining restaurants it’s even smaller. Tavolo is Sidney’s first destination restaurant, and it’s a good feeling not having to drive many miles to have an experience like what we provide.”
 
The team at Tavolo – Modern Italian is composed of young professionals, balanced out by a few seasoned vets. “My managers are all in their 20s and young 30s, myself being 24,” he says. “We all have a lot of energy, and we focus on doing things we love.”
 
The Chef at Tavolo is seasoned veteran Keith Taylor, who brings years of experience in the food industry, including the ability to cook with different styles of foods. 
 
“He’s brought a lot of knowledge to this restaurant, unique menus, and new twists on traditional dishes,” says Catanzarite.
 
Foods on the menu at Tavolo – Modern Italian include Gemelli, Chicken Parmesan, Arancini, Stuffed Mushrooms, and so much more. “It’s something that those who are passionate about the food scene should check out,” he says. 
 
House-made drinks on the menu include the Rosa Margarita, The Marriage of Figaro, and the Tiki Alligators in Venice.
 
The future of Tavolo – Modern Italian is looking bright despite the pandemic. “It’s forced us out of our comfort zone, and ultimately, I think it’s a good learning experience for everyone involved,” he says. “We are really pushing the envelope and it’s motivated us to think differently, more efficiently, and to really put our heads together,” he adds. “If we can continue to thrive and grow with all of these challenges in our way we will be better for it.”
 
Catanzarite says that he’s looking forward to opening multiple new concepts in the next couple of years. “I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities and the individuals involved,” he adds. 
 
You can learn more about Tavolo – Modern Italian on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about a local company personalizing the photo booth experience and even augmenting reality for kids to sit on Santa’s lap this year!

 
Cincy Chic: What is Mirror Image Photobooth?
Marnie Gosser, Photographer at Mirror Image Photobooth: Mirror Image Photobooth serves the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky/Dayton areas with photobooth rentals for any type of event. Our new Beauty Mirror photobooth marries advanced technology with fun to create an unforgettable experience.
 
Cincy Chic: How does the Beauty Mirror Photobooth work?
Gosser: All you have to do is step in front of the mirror, touch the screen to start, follow the animated prompts, and smile. That’s it! Personalized photo strips will print out in seconds. 
 
Cincy Chic: What types of events do you offer photobooth services for?
Gosser: The Beauty Mirror Photobooth is guaranteed to be a crowd favorite at any event. We do parties from Sweet 16s to anniversaries, graduations, prom, bridal and baby showers, family and class reunions, and anything else you celebrate. If you’re a corporation looking to launch a new service in style you can use Mirror Image Photobooth that offers customized prints with social media content and your company logo to boost your online presence. The Beauty Mirror Photobooth is also great for weddings to help create fun memories of your big day and an unforgettable experience for your guests. 
Cincy Chic: How far do you travel for clients?
Gosser: We cover the entire Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky/Dayton area. Events located outside of our normal 50 mile range will incur a small charge to cover fuel costs.
 
Cincy Chic: What types of packages do you offer? 
Gosser: Our photobooth rental packages are set to suit most types of events. We can customize packages starting at $399. To customize a package just let us know what you need and we’ll do our best to work with you to accommodate your needs and your budget. We also offer a complete service and support package for your entire event so that a minimum of one fully trained attendant will stay to oversee the running of the booth and help with any questions. And coming soon, we’re offering an augmented reality option for an experience like a touch-free way for kiddos to sit on Santa’s lap this year. Make sure you’re following along on our social media as we release details about that!
 
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more or inquire about Mirror Image Photobooth for their events?
Gosser: To learn more or contact us visit our website or like us on Facebook.

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Ever heard of ho’oponopono? Our life coach columnist explains how it may help diffuse the next time you feel triggered.

You know that moment when you’re feeling really good about yourself, you’re in a great place, and everything seems to be going really well, and then out of the blue something happens and you find yourself in a tailspin. Or perhaps you find yourself frustrated, angry, or just simply mad for no reason at all. What’s this all about? Something “triggers” you. 

Do you notice that those triggers are related to past stories or situations that you would rather NOT remember?  And they come into your mind at random times.  

The best way to overcome these triggers is to face them head-on. Give yourself permission to replay the event.  Then try using an ancient technique to help clean up those triggers, energetically, so overtime the memory subsides and often releases for good. No more unwanted triggers.

What is the technique? The ho’oponopono mantra, an antient practice dating back to 1970s.

The word ho’oponopono, is Hawaiian, and ho’o means “to make” and pono means “right” – “make it right!”.  The technique of repeating the four statements will create balance and harmony within yourselves.  —the self that is now, the self of your past, the evolving self of your present and the self of your future. The repetition goes like this: 

“I Love You” (self that is now)

“I’m Sorry” (self of your past)

“Please Forgive Me” (self of your present)

“Thank You” (self of your future)

Followed by “please heal it, please clear it, please remove it away”. 

Use this technique anytime something has surfaced in your life (a trigger) and allow the emotional attachment and physical intensity that surges throughout your body to subside by using ho’oponopono.

Sending Love & Light,

Melissa

To learn more about ho’oponopono with Joe Vitale visit https://youtu.be/91CdQcKkCJU

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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:

M. Hopple & Co: It’s never a bad time to day thank you and appreciate those we love in our lives! @mhoppleco brings you beautiful stationary like these thank you cards and more!

PLUS: it’s almost that time of the year for holiday cards! Enjoy 25% off holiday photo and greeting cards, return addresses, and more! HURRY: sale ends 10/13!

Lunar Beauty Bar: Happy treat-yourself Tuesday everyone! @lunarbeautybarotr is passionate about helping her clients change their skin and get that glow everyone desires! Click the link in their bio to book your appointment for a custom facial, airbrush tans, and waxing today!

PLUS: new clients receive 20% off your service!

Alexis Nickelle Co: Looking for a fun date night, family activity, or something fun for just you to do? @alexisnickelleco has you covered! They offer their amazing candle making kits for you to make a delicious smelling candle right from the comfort of your home!

PLUS: not looking to get crafty? Purchase their candles already made and ready to be lit! Also make sure to check out their amazing collection of identity wear! All their products are handcrafted and made with love just for you💕

Witchy Woman Boutique: JUST DROPPED‼️ check out @witchywomanboutique new fall hoodies and sweaters! Get your hands on these before they’re all gone! PLUS: make sure to check out their other goodies like jewelry, pop sockets, and more!

Nation Kitchen and Bar: Happy Friday everyone! What better on a beautiful Friday night than a delicious burger, cocktail, and fries! Stop by @nationkitchenandbar to get your hands on their yummy food and drinks today! Looking to stay in? Enjoy a yummy burger from the comfort of your home with carry out!

Plus: make sure to try their burger of the month: The hunt for Reds Brat-ober! See their latest post for more details!

Dead Low Brewing: Happy Saturday! Join @deadlowbrewing today for their ONE YEAR of beer celebration! Starting at 10:20, the first 50 people in the door will receive a free anniversary shirt and then they will be $10! Grab your favorite people, favorite beers, and get your celebration on!

Commonwealth Bistro: Happy Sunday morning! What better way to start a Sunday than with a delicious brunch! @commonwealthbistro is open from 10-2 serving up their yummy brunch foods and cocktails for you! Stop and sip a mimosa on their patio, grab a table inside, or enjoy from the comfort of your home with carry-out!

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