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Take your love for succulents to the next level with this locally-based business that's bringing joy to even the tiniest of arrangements.

Cincy Chic: What is Succulent Sam Arrangements?
Samantha Vollrath, owner of Succulent Sam Arrangements: Succulent Sam Arrangements is a place where you can find one of a kind, individualized and extremely creative succulent arrangements! You won’t always find the most rare, impressive, flourishing and ginormous plants here, I like to showcase the little guys, the plants I grow from tiny cuttings or succulents grown from a single leaf and there’s even beauty in the dying rehab plants that I bring back to life. 

Seeing how these plants grow and generate new plants is so healing, giving life back to something as the old dies off…To me it’s not all about the finished product, it’s more about the journey. It’s important not to rush things…the slow process of growing plants from propagation has taught me there’s beauty in the ugly growing stages. Much like in life, things take time to blossom and flourish, it’s about learning to be still, patient, and grow through your experiences, we all bloom at different times.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Vollrath: What started as simply sharing some of my growing collection of plants with friends on social media during the beginning of the pandemic, turned into an amazing opportunity for me to spread love, grow myself. It’s a creative outlet that fills me with a tremendous amount of joy! Being authentically me, I share my plants and the unique succulent arrangements I make for customers, behind the scenes fun, field trips to local nature spots and garden centers, diy tutorials and plenty of plant tips and advice….all while never taking myself too seriously but being honest and staying true. I believe in spreading love to help others because I have seen my true self bloom from the muck just like plants in nature do and there’s healing in sharing that. Because of plants I have learned the value in self-care and by practicing self love, it also brings healing.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Vollrath: It’s me Samantha, wife, and a stay at home mom of 3 littles on a healing journey powered by plants, self love and spirituality. I’ve always been into creative expression ever since I was little. A few of the ways I’ve dabbled creativity in my life so far along the way we’re with dance, oil painting and all painting, culinary art and baking, fiber arts, poetry, singing/song-writing/guitar but I’ve seemed to settle into a little niche of succulent arranging and gardening for the moment but it’s complimentary to my lifestyle and needs at this time as it’s extremely healing to create art and play in the dirt at the same time! Since becoming a mom, I’ve struggled with postpartum depression/anxiety, child loss at 18 weeks, ptsd and chronic pain then nasty side effects from prescription medicines that made things worse and solved nothing but I survived all of that, I overcame so much and all of my thanks goes to God, let’s be honest I can’t take all the credit for how much better my life is now. It really took a miracle and a lot of praying so I feel I have a mission to myself and God to stay true and put it out there 100% So I’m determined to share personal details along the way… of how I’ve healed using medical cannabis and the positive ripple effect it has in my life plus other things that help me along the way like self care rituals, self love and movement. I have felt very led by God to share my experiences even though I’ve fought it because of the stigma but I want to honor the glorious way Christ has been moving big in my life, if my story can help just one person then it’s worth it all. 

Samantha Vollrath, founder of Succulent Sam Arrangements.

Cincy Chic: What products do you offer customers?
Vollrath: I make unique and creative custom succulent arrangements but I am also a plant sitter, personal plant fairy that finds the rare plants you desire, I make plant accessories and painted pots, tutorials on propagating your own plants and I even offer one-on-one personal plant advice, helping you keep your plants in great shape and I’ve gotten quite well at diagnosing plant problems too…send me your questions and I’ll give it my best shot! I can also do cute succulent party favors for weddings or baby/bridal showers and even a fun, COVID safe outdoor arrangement workshops, where you have all the supplies needed to make your own succulent arrangement! 

Cincy Chic: What makes Succulent Sam Arrangements unique?
Vollrath: I think it’s the fact that I don’t try to market or mass produce my products as my arrangements are more like finished pieces of living art and they are the result of taking a customer’s vision and bringing it to life, no matter the budget or obstacle. I’ve done very delicate and meaningful arrangements in all different sizes ranging in price from $15-$250. I believe you should be able to have the look you want and not have to stress about budgets. So far I have been able to make an arrangement for everyone! Each arrangement is made with loving thoughts and intentions for the recipients. I can’t help but to think of the customer as I create their arrangement…so just know, if I created something for you, that it’s actually made with real love that I poured into it, with the hopes of passing that love onto everyone that sees it. When my customers needed some life and love, they reached out for succulents, I was blessed enough to be able to help them and find therapeutic relief in the process as well. Word of mouth seems to be the way for Succulent Sam Arrangements and I think that’s amazing as it keeps things growing slowly, right? At a pace I know I can trust, it’s great to be able trust in the timing of life because I don’t think things are as random as we think. 

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
Vollrath: I want to start a plant styling service- for those with new spaces in need of plants but not sure where to start or overwhelmed by the workload. I can bring life to your place by adding gorgeous plants to be aesthetically pleasing and I can get the proper plants in the correct spaces (lighting conditions) and give you all of the tools to keep them lasting beautifully. You don’t won’t need to worry about anything! 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Vollrath: All of my work and content you will find on Instagram or Facebook.

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Our life coach shares how you can go green in more than one way.

Go GREEN! An environmental decision to “reduce, reuse and recycle.” Have you ever stopped to consider that your thoughts, actions, and past could go green? Here’s a technique that I use for myself and my clients.  

Close your eyes and think about the event, situation, or circumstance that you no longer want to disappoint, discourage, or even haunt you.  With your eyes close, imagine a big theater screen and you are in the theater seats holding the popcorn and ready to watch the story. Put on your 3D glasses to protect you from slipping back into the story as a character. You are only an observer. No emotions will come from the viewing. You are safe. 

Now let’s begin the “go green” process.

While in the movie theater, with your protective 3D glasses on, recall what you want to release from this event. Be specific and clear of why you want this story to stop coming up in your thoughts. 

Perhaps it triggers you with pain and discomfort when you recall the event you want to release that feeling.

Maybe you find you are replaying the event often wishing you could go back and change the outcome but it’s not possible, so you want to let it go.

Or it was so long ago you want to just stop thinking about it.

Whatever you decide, take a deep breath, exhale, and look at the scene and say: 

 “I now release “this story” to the Universe to be reduced, reused, and recycled over time and space. The story no longer serves me, and I am willing to release it with ease. I am safe.” Then laugh to shift the old energy and invite in the new energy.

Repeat the process until you feel you are no longer triggered by the event, situation, or circumstance. Note this may take some additional practice but as you become more aware of how to release what no longer serves you the process will become easier and easier.

Once you feel you are complete with the process, take off your 3D glasses, turn off the theater screen, and leave your seat by opening your eyes. When the thoughts sneak back in just remember and say, “I am safe.” 

You deserve to live your best life,

Melissa

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Celebrate your next event with bubbles! Read more to learn about this fun mobile champagne bar.

Photo by Bambino International

With spring among us, it’s time to celebrate!  

That’s where Fizzy Trucks comes in.  

“The Fizzy Truck is an attractive, smart way to serve bubbly at your event. Wine and beer on tap means that it goes directly from the barrel to the keg and then to your glass,” explains Elise Weltge, founder of Fizzy Trucks 

Weltge, “a married mother of three girls, who enjoys all things bubbly and making special events and life a celebration,” launched Fizzy Trucks at the end of 2018. 

She says that the inspiration to launch Fizzy Trucks comes from the UK, where they use electric tuk-tuks (or auto rickshaws) to serve prosecco at garden parties.   

Getting your drink straight from the keg to your glass, “allows for efficiency in cost as well as lessening the environmental impact of bottles,” says Weltge. The truck is an electric tuk-tuk that has been fitted with a dual temp kegerator so there’s no need for ice buckets to chill your beverage.  

Fizzy Trucks carry a variety of beverages including, “Wine, prosecco, beer, cider, and nonalcoholic drinks. You can also add Fizzy Pimps, fruits, juices, purees, to your prosecco for a special combination for your signature drinks,” says Elise.  

You can find Fizzy trucks at many events such as “Private parties, wedding receptions, bridal showers, anniversary parties, graduation parties, open houses, golf events or backyard tailgating.”  

Weltge is looking forward to the Future of Fizzy Trucks and what the warmer seasons have to bring.  

“Due to the changes we have all endured over the past year the desire for more sports events, outdoor weddings and private tailgate parties is definitely on the rise. We are booking now for events in Ohio, Indiana and Northern Kentucky,” Weltge says.  

To learn more about Fizzy Trucks visit www.fizzytrucks.com. You can also follow them on Instagram or Facebook.  

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Why buy when you can rent is the mantra for this local company. Click here to learn more about how you can save money and storage space for your wedding with their rental options.

Cincy Chic: Tell us about Rustic Rental!
Melissa Climer, owner of Rustic Rental: Rustic Rental is a decor rental company. We are a one stop shop for rustic decorations for weddings, anniversary parties, bridal parties, and any special event. We also have a Day of Coordinator to make that special wedding day go as smooth as possible. 

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Climer: Why buy when you can rent? I started this business with the idea of customers renting decor items at a very low cost because buying decorations can be so expensive and what are you going to with everything when the event is over?

Cincy Chic: When did you launch Rustic Rental?
Climer: Rustic Rental opened for business March 1, 2019!

Cincy Chic: What types of rental options do you offer for special events?
Climer: Rustic Rental has wedding arches, whiskey barrels, lanterns, signs, rustic serving items, crates, table decor, rustic  cake and cupcake stands and much, much more. 

Cincy Chic: What makes Rustic Rental unique?
Climer: Rustic Rental is unique because we are a one stop rental shop. We have everything to decorate your ceremony, to your reception, and we will even coordinate it. You will not have to go anywhere else for rustic decorations. And we offer everything at a very low price. 

Cincy Chic: Why should people choose Rustic Rental for their wedding?
Climer: Why buy when you can rent? You should choose Rustic Rental because we offer everything you need for your event for very low prices and a lengthy rental period. Buying decorations can be very pricey, we want you to enjoy decorating your event without the stress of breaking your budget. 

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
Climer: Our Day of Coordinator package is new for 2021! We have an amazing coordinator who is ready to make weddings go as smooth as possible. We have new items arriving all the time and we are hoping to have more packages available to make renting even easier. 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Climer: Please go to www.rusticrentaldayton.com and be sure to join us on Facebook and Instagram.

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

Do you know what it’s like to be the best in the WORLD at your craft? Mary Wineberg does, and she’s not resting on her laurels.

Wineberg won an Olympic Gold Medal in 2008

In 2008 Mary Wineberg topped the podium as part of the US women’s 4x400m relay team at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.  

Unwavering perseverance – two words that describe Mary’s career journey. “I have had to overcome many obstacles and adversity at a young age” said Wineberg. “I truly overcame and made the most of my opportunities. I am most proud of winning an Olympic Gold, become an educator and role model to many.”

Mary is building something so many of us dream of achieving: a legacy.  Her dedication to education, building resilience and belief in self led Wineberg to write her second book, a children’s book, I Didn’t Win. This story is one of a young boy named Jackson who learns how to set a goal, how to accomplish it and learn that, in the end, it isn’t always about winning. (Side note: this is one of our family bedtime-story favorites.)

Now that Mary has retired as a professional athlete, she recently announced that she will be running a new type of race- one for a seat as board member for Cincinnati Public Schools. Wineberg’s platform is rooted in transparency, clarity in communication and working cohesively. “It is important that every student who attends Cincinnati Public Schools has a gold medal education.”

Photography & Styling by Jerin McIntosh

Mary walks and runs daily to stay healthy and takes her health seriously. Nutritional snacking and maintaining a safe, clean environment are crucial habits for staying healthy.  When asked about her “why” for staying healthy, Wineberg said “what matters most is to be around for my children.”  

In part 2 of Mary’s journey we’ll learn more about her strengths and opportunity areas in wellness and her unwaivering perseverance to achieve excellence. 

To learn more about Mary Wineberg visit MaryWineberg.com.

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Glossary of terms: 

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

 

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Take time out of your day to celebrate all the important moments in your life.

General Foods International Coffee’s tagline “Celebrate the moments of your life” is the brand messaging that says to feel relaxed when things get hectic by sipping on a cup of coffee. They further go on to say it calms things down, pust the world on hold for a little while – from savoring the flavor for a moment – allowing you to feel luxurious before getting back to the day.  

Perhaps you are not a coffee drinker, and that is not the point. The awareness is that the little things in life can be a reason to pause and celebrate.   

Traditional celebrations include weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, holidays, and everything in between, and these events are placed on a day.  

Today, think about all the things you could celebrate that are not on a timeline but are in your everyday life experience.  

The coffee is just one of those moments, and if you really look at your day-to-day you will find ways to celebrate you. You are worth celebrating. 

Here’s how. Align your energy with a good feeling. A moment when you were super happy, in your happy place, your kids, pets, or partner. This is reaching for good feeling. 

This practice is helpful especially when sadness, upsets and disappointment come along, and being able to ease out of that energy and into the more positive one requires you to start celebrating the little things along the way. 

The celebration does not have to be party hats and cake. You pause and notice what is making you feel good and say yes, more please. Using this practice, you will be being to shift your energy quickly from negative to positive. 

Start with at the end of the day pause and think about one thing you would like to celebrate. And even if it is the fact that you got up and made it through your day, celebrate that, and you’ve survived all your worst days. 

For me, I celebrate writing this column, I celebrate that others read it and receive value, and I celebrate that I will get to do it again next week.  

You see, it can be as simple as that. Move into your happy place. Celebrate all things.  

You deserve to live your best life and it starts now. 

Melissa 

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Learn about a local art business that will have you ready to grab your paint brush. 

The inspiration behind Jenna Beyersdoerfer’s business, The Painting Chick started as a side gig but has now grown into something more, a way to help fund her and her husband Chuck’s  future adoption.

Jenna and Chuck are very excited to become parents in the near future and have an approved home study and are just waiting to be chosen.

As The Painting Chick has grown in their personal lives it also has on the business side of things as well. “The Painting Chick started off as just a painting party business but we now do so much more from laser photo engravings to custom wood projects,” says Jenna. 

The Painting Chick offers fun services for every age group such as in person painting parties as well as DIY options with video tutorials. Jenna provides online virtual art classes for kids through her Outschool link. These classes include a weekly paint club and helpful tips and tricks for young artists. She even hosts virtual parties for adults. 

Typically Jenna would host painting parties at her home studio but in order to keep everyone safe, she has thought of a different way to keep you painting through the pandemic. “I have created tutorial instruction and put together supplies for painting parties for the host to have everything they need to have a fun and creative party” she says. This is a great, fun way for you to stay creative right from the comfort of your home. 

Jenna is a busy wife, working full time as an Art Educator teaching in person and evenings virtually through Outschool.com. But she doesn’t do It all alone, her husband Chuck helps out with the website and marketing side of the business.

With over 15 years of experience she is quite the creative. Jenna graduated with her master’s degree in design and continues to take classes to keep her skills sharp. 

She is constantly adding items to her website “where you can find links to our featured products to order online as well as our social media pages,” she says. 

To learn more visit thepaintingchick.com. You can also follow along on Tik Tok.

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Support a local restaurant and local farmers at this Covington restaurant with a unique farm-to-table concept.

Stephen Williams opened Bouquet Restaurant back ini 2007 when he wanted to bring a farm-to-table concept to the Cincinnati area. Since then, the eatery has stayed ahead of the game on embracing local and sustainable farming, as it’s one of the cornerstones behind the establishment. 

“Bouquet’s menu is constantly evolving to utilize the best products from over fifty farmers and purveyors,” explains Williams. “In addition to an eclectic and every-changing offering of small plates, entrees, and desserts, Bouquet has become known for its extensive bourbon collection.”

The history of Bouquet Restaurant starts with wine. Originally, Bouquet opened as a wine bar offering a limited menu.

“The name seemed fitting as Bouquet usually refers to the aromas, fragrance, smell, and scent of a fine wine when it is open,” says Wiliams. “The wine bar evolved into a restaurant where hospitality, local sourcing, and sustainability are some of our top priorities.”

The rotating menu at Bouquet Restaurant adds to the concept’s uniqueness, and the menu changes as the farmers change their crops. Most often, the changes come in the spring through the fall with various vegetables and fruits.

Then, during the winter months, Bouquet Restaurant focuses more on root vegetables and braised meats. 

“The menu is in constant flux,” says Williams. “One dish might have a few ingredients that change, another might be completely reimagined at any time.”

On the current menu at Bouquet Restaurant, Williams says that the Chicken and Dumplings is popular. “It is made with Eggleston Farm braised chicken, gnocchi, celery, carrot, pickled shallots, and toast,” he says. The Wagyu Beef Meatballs are also popular and are made with a creamy lemon-caper pureée, scallion gremolata, and chili oil.

“But, we have a wide array of changing dishes, so one dish usually does not stand out for too long,” he adds.

Williams says that they’ll soon be opening up a new shop next door to Bouquet Restaurant called Spoon: Kitchen and Market. Offerings there include coffee, juice, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, bowls, retail beer, wine, and liquor, groceries, and a full bar. He says they hope to open in March.

Bouquet Restaurant is located at 519 Main Street in Covington, Kentucky.

You can learn more about Bouquet Restaurant and order online at https://www.bouquetrestaurant.com. You can also stay up-to-date with happenings at the restaurant on Facebook and Instagram

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Celebrate artists and freshen up your home for spring. Click here to read more about this curated gallery in the heart of New Richmond.

Cincy Chic: What is The Collective?
Aly Stacy, director at The Collective: The Collective is a curated gallery/boutique of sorts. It is housed in a beautiful historic church in a quaint village town and holds a collection of works from 100 local and regional artists.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Stacy: Art shows are a big inspiration behind The Collective. I love, not only being a part of art shows, but also walking them, immersing myself in them. I love meeting the artists that create the work and feel so inspired by it all. Artists are generally, very interesting people.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind The Collective?
Stacy: My name is Aly Stacy and I am the mastermind and curator of the space. But without my fellow artists and the help of my talented carpenter husband, Beau, we would not have The Collective. 

I have been lucky enough to be part of the art show circuit and world for over 14 years now with my clothing and accessory company, KreativeMindz. In that time, I have befriended and crossed paths with many talented artists. The space, itself, kind of fell in my lap. It was the spark that started what is now The Collective. I had just returned from a run of shows down in Florida in February 2020 and said yes to opening this space. 2 weeks later, Covid hit. I wasn’t sure how this was all going to play out, but I knew continuing to build and open this space was important. I’m so grateful we pushed through and did it, despite the challenges. I believe, with all the cancelations of art shows and such, that this space has helped many artists out, giving them another outlet to sell their work. 

Cincy Chic: Where is The Collective located and what are your hours?
Stacy: The Collective is located at 411 Walnut Street in New Richmond, Ohio. A short but beautiful drive from the city, along the Ohio Scenic River Highway. It’s hard to miss the big, beautiful church that sits on the corner of 52 and Walnut Street.

We are open Wednesday-Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 12-4.

Cincy Chic: What products do you carry in your store?
Stacy: We carry works of 100 artists right now. A curated collection. We have such a wide range of products currently displayed. From fine paintings and photographs, to jewelry and home goods, to ceramics and soaps, to clothing and bags. We even carry a local coffee roaster and cookie maker.  We likely have a little something for everyone. It isn’t just a spot to come grab a unique gift for yourself or someone you love, it’s a space that I am hopeful everyone will enjoy and feel inspired by before they leave. 

Cincy Chic: What makes The Collective unique?
Stacy: I think a lot of things make The Collective unique, but I really think the extent of our collection and talent, along with the huge beautiful space that houses it, makes it so special. It’s an experience, not just a shopping trip. Most of the artists have provided a bio or story, to go along with their pieces. This helps people connect with the maker, even though they are not in the store physically. Making it more of an art show experience, but in a store. It is also run by an artist for artists. Connecting the art to its people. It’s something I am very passionate about.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
Stacy: We have a green space on the side of the building, so I am thinking of incorporating a farmers market and maybe a few art shows for this year. I’d also like to start adding artist taught classes here and there. Maybe wine and craft nights? We are watching covid and restrictions and trying to plan things the best we can. I am also constantly receiving artist submissions to be displayed in this space. It is so fun to see the wide range of talent. I plan to have somewhat of a rotating collection as we move along, so there will always be something new to find.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Stacy: We have a website with general info and an artist submission page. We are also on Instagram and Facebook

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Spring is around the corner and our life coach is helping you find the spark to inspire you in this new season.

All signs point that spring is on its way. I don’t know about you, but I am super excited to begin planting seeds both in the ground and in my life.

Not only are we a year into the pandemic, it’s this time of year when we feel those winter blues, and are ready to release what no longer serves us and go excitedly into the spring. What’s next for you?

Spring is such a powerful awakening in so many ways. Not only for the planet but also for you personally – a perfect time for new growth and new beginnings. The flowers come alive, trees are budding, and the color of brown is now awakening to green. 

And you being your own awakening to longer days, warmer temperatures, and infinite possibilities for what’s next. Spring brings us the opportunity to begin again, have a fresh start, or maybe a do-over.  

I encourage you to take a closer look at what the change of season to spring may offer you in all areas of your life: health, money, business, relationships, and spirituality.  

If you’ve been feeling stuck or stalled in any area, this is time to begin again. Think of one area that you really want to focus on and create a “plan” to move forward. Here are some ideas to spark your focus:

A new wellness program to begin to reclaim your health for longevity and vitality

A savings plan for home renovations and/or redecorating

Reaching out to a friend you’d like to reconnect with and catch up

Hiring an organizer to help you get your office organized and out from all those piles of paper and clutter

Plan a summer vacation to somewhere you’ve always dreamed about going

Start by taking some form of action because that will bring more opportunities and clarity you may not see in the moment. What better time to begin than in this magical time of spring while excitement, happiness, and joy is in the air with another new birth of infinite possibilities.

You deserve to live your best life NOW!

Melissa

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