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A cancelled summertime event made way for a holiday virtual event to support Cincinnati artists. Click here for more.

 

Bag by Jessica Joy of Bellefontaine, Ohio

 

Things are different this year but that doesn’t mean everything is cancelled. Local organizations and businesses are adapting to changing times and Summerfair Cincinnati is no exception.

This year, Summerfair Cincinnati is hosting its Holiday Virtual Event to connect with some of the artists who would have been in Summerfair 2020 with art lovers in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas.

“Artists have lost the ability to sell their creations at the many art shows around the country,” says Summerfair Cincinnati’s Managing Director Jayne Utter. “We wanted to give them an outlet to sell their work to the patrons who come to Summerfair each year to buy real art, add to their collections, or to fill their gift lists. It’s a win-win!”

Summerfair Cincinnati has taken up the task of offering this opportunity to all the artists who would have ventured to Cincinnati over the summer. 

Put together for a very small administration fee, Summerfair Cincinnati wants to showcase their love for the artists who join them every year and help their businesses survive and come back to the main showcase June 4-6, 2021. “We will take no commissions,” adds Utter. 

Traditionally, Summerfair Cincinnati is always held the weekend after Memorial Day. “We did support the art event Blink in its first year, with a fall fair,” says Utter. “We have never offered a virtual event, so like many things this year, it’s been a learning experience.” 

The event opened on Thanksgiving Day and will last through December. During this virtual event attendees will have the opportunity to explore each of the artists and their one-of-a-kind work. Utter adds that this is not the time to let something you fall in love with slip away, as many of these items are not available in multiples. 

You can visit the Holiday Virtual Event by going to summerfair.org. There you are taken to the event page and can visit each artist’s square (there are 45 total). The artists are grouped in categories that highlight a piece of their artwork and their name. Utter says you can click on the square to open a new window. 

“There you will see more images of the artists’ work plus how to navigate to their sales platform,” explains Utter. “Purchase from them before moving on or make a list, leave the page open, and explore more options. The main page will stay open making it easy to go back and explore more artwork.”

You can learn more about the event at summerfair.org. The website will also offer more information on how Summerfair Cincinnati gives back to the art community here in Greater Cincinnati, volunteer opportunities, and the organization’s history. 

“We also have a store where you can find our posters and other merchandise,” adds Utter. “Sales from these items helps us support our mission. As a nonprofit we are dedicated to supporting local arts and artists through scholarships, awards, and exhibitions.”

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Shop local this holiday season and up your jewelry game with these handcrafted earrings.

Cincy Chic: What is Coko Clay Co?
Courtney Kohlhepp, Founder of Coko Clay Co: Coko Clay Co is a local, handmade jewelry business!

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Kohlhepp: I have always aspired to be a small business owner, and I love using earrings to easily dress up a look. Coko Clay Co has allowed me to put my MBA in practice while feeding my creative side. I’m so excited to see where this journey goes! 

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Kohlhepp: Me, Courtney Kohlhepp – a native Northern Kentucky gal turned Cincinnatian!

Cincy Chic: What products can customers shop in your store?
Kohlhepp: You’ll find handmade, lightweight polymer clay earrings (both statement earrings and studs!)

Cincy Chic: What makes Coko Clay Co unique?
Kohlhepp: Each piece is handmade personally by me through a labor of love. The earrings are lightweight regardless of size, allowing you to elevate your look in comfort. The earrings are made in small batches – this provides a one-of-a-kind option to match any style.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Kohlhepp: We are always coming out with new shapes, colors and textures – follow along on Instagram to see our latest drops! 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Kohlhepp: Follow us on Instagram or on Facebook at Coko Clay Co. We’re at local holiday markets in Cincinnati throughout December (peep our Instagram for the schedule!) and can be shopped year-round on Etsy at cokoclayco.etsy.com

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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:

Fork and Pie Bakery: Who else’s favorite part of thanksgiving is the pie 😍 Load up on this delicious tradition with @forkandpiebakery !! They are open today 10-4 and tomorrow 8-7 for some last minute goodies before the big day! Click the link in their bio to pre-order or walk in! 

Bean and Barley: TOMORROW is thanksgiving! In need of a caffeine pick me up while preparing all day today? @bean.and.barley has you covered! They are open from 7-5 today brining you delicious coffee, baked good, and more!

PLUS: after the holiday, celebrate with them for happy hour! Grab a cocktail or a local craft beer Monday-Friday 3-5pm! 

Ilan’s Raw Chocolate: Didn’t get enough sweets in your belly yesterday? @ilansrawchocolate has you covered! Stock up on the perfect holiday gift…chocolate!

PLUS: today is BLACK FRIDAY! Which means awesome deals for awesome goodies! Enjoy buy 2 get one FREE chocolate boxes all day! Just click the link in their bio to get your order started! 

Fill More. Waste Less.: STOREFRONT OPENING‼️ @fillmore.wastelessstorefront will be open and ready for you Wednesday! Kickstart the month of December by doing your part for the environment and eliminate you’re waste!

No matter what point of your zero waste journey you are in, they are here to help! Shop online, in store, or curbside pickup!

PLUS: now until Monday at 11:59, enjoy 10% off!! and make sure to check out their latest post for a GIVEAWAY they’re having! 

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Mommin’ ain’t easy, especially when you have to share your energy and time with your career. Our life coach columnist has a message for those mamas who may need some extra encouragement right now.

Unexpected illness or situations that has you leaving work early, calling off work, desperately trying to find a sitter, sick kids, all happens more times than you’d like.

All the emotions that come with being a working mom from “am I doing enough, how can I juggle all of the needs of my family, or how can I show up fully in my greatness”, among other things running rapidly in your mind on a daily basis.

For my family, I’ve always worked even when I enrolled in college at age 30 to earn my teaching degree, I worked full time, went to school full time, and attended all my boys’ school and sporting events. Challenging and fulfilling because I created a plan so I would be fully emerged in each moment.

Here’s what allowed me to focus and manage the role as mother, wife, businesswoman, home and finance manager daily:

Quality Over Quantity

You know that feeling when you lose track of time because you are so engrossed in the moment that time stands still? Children want that feeling when they are with you. Even if it is for a brief moment be sure to fully engage in the moment as if time stands still.  The other things can wait, promise.

Schedule Non-Negotiable Time

You know your work schedule and what needs to be done, so block time in the schedule for the kids including things like play dates, outings, or just sitting in their room reading and playing.Allow them to choose what they want to do and just go with it.Have fun and laugh often.  

Love Unconditionally by Fill Your Own Cup

Refuel and rejuvenate your own energy.  Again, plan for time to get that bath, a trip to the spa, out with girlfriends, or taking a nap (when they nap).  Filling your cup brings calmness and love which is spilled over into your child’s life. They just want you to hear them and see them so taking care of you first will open your eyes, ears and heart to be fully connect with them.

Lastly, remember, no matter how tired and frustrated you feel, this too shall pass.  Time moves quickly and before you know those children are adults and they will only remember how their working mom was there when they needed her most.

PS – If now one has told you lately — You Rock Working Momma!

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Have a chocolate lover in your life? (Yes, that includes you) This local chocolatier creates artisanal chocolate boxes perfect for gifting and Choc Boards perfect for grazing.

Cincy Chic: What is Choc on the Wild Side?
Debra Richman, Founder of Choc on the Wild Side: Choc on the Wild Side is chocolate reimagined, crafting artisanal chocolate into beautiful Grazing Choc Boards and fully customizable Choc Boxes that are perfect for at-home entertaining as well as personal and corporate gifting!

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Richman: Baking has always been a shared hobby in our home, and holidays and special occasions have always been accented by creative sweets to mark the moment. When my daughter, Maddie, was a preschooler, we spent a lot of time baking and she always asked me to promise we would start a bakery together and that we would call it the M&M bakery, for “Mom and Maddie.”  I would always agree that for sure we would do that (tongue in cheek), she would say “when?,” and I would say “before you’re in middle school” – because that felt so far off.  Pan ahead a decade later and Maddie is an 8th grader, the name M&M has always been clearly taken, and Choc on the Wild Side is a chocolate business not a bakery, but the inspiration for starting this company came from the fun I had creating desserts with that little preschooler. 

Cincy Chic: What types of treats do you offer?
Richman: We offer seasonal and fully customizable choc boxes with varieties of gorgeous and delicious chocolate pairings!  Our amazing chocolate barks come in more than two dozen combinations, and our loaded pretzels are easily a stand-alone dessert! In addition, we add an artisanal flare to several flavored cookies covered in chocolate, and our ‘Choc Cookie Flight’ is a crowd pleaser with a wine tasting or a huge glass of milk. 

Cincy Chic: Are you offering any specialized holiday boxes?
Richman: We are offering a ton of specialized holiday boxes and our online launch for the 2020 Holiday Season is Friday, November 13th!  We will feature Hot Cocoa Choc Boards with hand crafted delicacies to create the perfect holiday drink. In addition, we’ll have gorgeous boxes filled with Choc Bark Pretzel combos, Choc Bark Bars, and Choc Covered Cookies for sending to someone you miss, thanking a special teacher, or sending out to wish co-workers or employees a Happy Holiday Season!

Cincy Chic: What makes Choc on the Wild Side unique?
Richman: Choc on the Wild Side is unique because of our approach to rethinking chocolate combos and asserting that in the choc arena there’s no such thing as excess! One commonality in our world right now is wanting to celebrate the good times together and wanting to reach out to the people we’re missing – a little chocolate excess checks both of those boxes!

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Richman: We’re always looking for some innovative spin and tailoring our ‘Choc Cookie Flight’ this winter in tandem with Wine Tastings will help infuse some fun to Winter 2021. In addition, we will be offering a ‘Brew Companion Choc Box ‘featuring our salty ‘Choc Potato Chips’ and ‘Nutty Choc Barks’, which can hold their own with a tasty, seasonal craft beer! 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Richman: We post all of our newest creations on Instagram and Facebook where we often spotlight Choc Boards we’ve recently delivered for fun events, and we also feature gorgeous Choc Boxes all customized for special occasions, before we ship them off to a destination outside of Mason. In addition, our website, choconthewildside.com offers a wide array of options for real time ordering and also a way to reach out so that we can collaborate together to create a perfect fit for an Open House or a Milestone Celebration worthy of fanfare.

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The holiday season is here and our life coach is sharing how you can fill your own cup in a year that's been anything but normal.

Ready or not! The holidays are now upon us. Thanksgiving is in a few days. But the energy and excitement this year isn’t as strong as years past. 

This is the time of year when you celebrate and spend time with family, friends, co-workers and new acquaintance in homes, restaurants, and party venues. But this year it’s mostly virtual. 

To be honest with you it just doesn’t have the same energy and high vibe like it does when you see someone in person and can give them a big hug and just be in the presence of others.

Having just conducted the Growing Through Gratitude webinar and talking about the different ways that you can expand on your gratitude practice by using the deeper why method, an evidence journal, and the pay it forward practice what a perfect time for you to really lean in and do the things that bring you joy.

We’re so busy taking care of others and their needs that sometimes you forget yourself in all the responsibilities and distractions. And emotionally that can be exhausting.

Start with YOU. Plan sometime fun that only you will enjoy. What’s your favorite movie, what book have you been anxiously awaiting to read, update your music playlist, light some candles.  

What about buying a new nightgown, even bra and panties, or your favorite scent for bath salts. 

It’s time that you step back into taking care of you.  Doing those little things will recharge you and bring joy. 

Even if it’s going in the kitchen and whipping up a big batch of pancakes, or my favorite French toast, even if you no longer eat carbs, go for it, unapologetically.  Enjoy every bit and savor the flavor.  

Ignite inside of you again what’s been missing. Turn inward and find the magic. Remember you can’t pour from an empty cup. 

Live your best life now in this moment in time.

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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:

Kaitlyn Gallaher: Happy Monday everyone! Looking for the perfect holiday treat? @kngallaher has you covered! Decorate these adorable turkey cookies with the whole family this thanksgiving! PLUS: who doesn’t love hot chocolate😍 Check out their amazing hot chocolate bombs to warm you up this season!

Make sure to watch their latest post to see these yummy hot chocolate bombs in action and get your orders in today! 

Foster the Fun: It’s almost time for one of my favorite childhood memories…elf on the shelf! Struggling with creative ideas for the elf this year? @foster_the_fun is here to help with their AWESOME elf kits!

Each kit includes a quarantine jar, 18 activities and notes, and 6 bonus ideas if you want to swap any out! ALL for just $75!

Click the link in their bio to get your hands on these limited supply kits today! Note: elf not included! 

Red Feather Kitchen: Thanksgiving is just ONE WEEK away from tomorrow! Skip the stress and hassle of cooking this year with @redfeatherkitchen !! Pre-order their holiday feast today with your choice of a protein, salad, 2 sides, and a dessert!

Head over to their website to get your order in today and check out their page for more details! 

Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese: Anyone else looking forward to eating endless amounts of cheese boards this holiday season 🙋‍♀️ @kennyscheese is here brining you all the cheese you need this season! From spreads to curds to blocks and more they have it all!

Click the link in their bio to get to shopping today and get your hands on these yummy goodies! 

Fitopia: It’s the weekend! Get your body ready for all the yummy goodies that come with the holidays this weekend! @fitopiaems is a new workout experience helping you become the best you! And the best part? It’s only 20 minutes! Click the link in their bio to head over to their website and see how you can sign up!

PLUS: enjoy this pic of our very own @amy_scalia getting her strength on with them! 

Ivory House: Happy Sunday everyone! Is brunch calling your name this morning? @ivoryhousecincy has you covered! PLUS: to help kick off the holidays they are offering 25% off brunch all weekend! Indulge in their delicious breakfast tacos, mimosas, and so much more!

Offer is only for dine-in or carry-out! Use code “holiday25” or show their latest post to your server! Happy brunchin! 

Doscher’s Candies: It’s never too early to start stocking up on your holiday sweets…especially when they are just around the corner! @doscherscandies is brining you all the holiday candy and more this season! Stock up on their famous peppermint bark while it last as a perfect gift for someone you love OR yourself! 

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While holiday meals might look a little different this year, a local catering company created a delicious way to send your love.

The story of Funky’s Catering dates back to 2004 when Michael “Funky” Forgus took his more than 30 years of restaurant and fine dining experience and moved into the special event industry.

The goal of launching Funky’s Catering was to change the landscape of catering in Cincinnati.

“We believe that breaking bread with someone is about so much more than the bread,” the Funky’s website states. “We were the first in the city to exclusively offer private tastings. These have been a key factor in our success, because it is during these dedicated one-on-one times that we get to know our clients and they get to know us.” 

In the midst of a pandemic, however, dining experiences are once again changing. 

To accommodate the holidays and keep customers safe, Funky’s is offering a variety of gourmet holiday gift boxes. 

The boxes, says Forgus, were inspired by the innovation and creativity that’s been forced by 2020. 

“We are a national leader in the safe return of weddings and catered events,” says Forgus. “We created and continue to offer curbside and delivered fine dining meals, including family packages for November and December holidays. We’re rethinking and customizing holiday corporate parties, and we created Funky’s Holiday Gift Boxes. While these gift boxes feature world-class taste, each gift box is house made locally – and they’re a smart way to support your local food industry.”

Their gourmet holiday gift boxes include the Funky’s Charcuterie Holiday Gift Box, Funky’s Pantry Box, and Funky’s Seasonal Sweets Gift Box.

In the Funky’s Charcuterie Holiday Gift Box you’ll find: Bellavitano Merlot Cheese, Bellavitano Gold Cheese, Olli Sliced Sopressata, Black Kassel Black Pepper Salami, Busseto Spicy Dried Chorizo, Date and Fig Jam, Assorted Roasted Nuts, and Jacobs Assorted Crackers.

The Funky’s Pantry Box includes: 16oz jar of house marinara, a 16oz jar of roasted tomato salsa, house-made local honey whole grain mustard, seasonal roasted nuts, pomegranate white balsamic vinegar, and Funky’s custom grilling rub. 

You can satisfy your sweet tooth with the Funky’s Seasonal Sweets Gift Box which includes: Ohio spiced maple syrup, Buckeye popcorn, fig and date jam, hot chocolate mix, gourmet chocolate covered pretzels, grandma’s candy dish, and ancient grain pancake mix.

The holiday gift boxes range in price from $40-$55.

To learn more about the gourmet holiday gift boxes, visit www.FunkysCurbside.com.

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Missing friends and family and want to show them how much you care? Tell them they’re the bomb with this creative local company.

Cincy Chic: What is Balloon Bombed?
Chrissie Blatt, Founder of Balloon Bombed & CBC Event Planning: The Balloon Bombed mission is all about spreading joy! You can send a Balloon Bomb to a friend, family member or colleague for a special occasion or just to remind them that they are awesome! You can send it anonymously and the Balloon Bombed team will keep your secret! Imagine arriving home or waking up to a burst of colorful balloons on your doorstep or even covering part of your house! Balloon Bombs can also be custom designed for virtual event backdrops, retail window displays, galas, events and much more! The Balloon Bombed way is big, bright, and happy. Balloon Bombs are filled with air so they last longer and you can enjoy them for an extended period of time or even pass them on!

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Balloon Bombed?
Baltt: Sigh. The world is a tough place to live in right now and we believe that doing things for other people can help brighten the day of not only the recipient but the giver as well. Now is the time to give back, tell people that you appreciate them and do your part to spread a little bit of love. Sure… they are just balloons but the smiles that they create are contagious. Also, we are all looking for ways to celebrate safely and uniquely during the pandemic – we think that Balloon Bombs do just that! 

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
Blatt: In the midst of the pandemic Balloon Bombed I recognized that the large events I had on the calendar for 2020 and 2021 were cancelling or moving to a later date, leaving quite a gap in my work life! I have a true love of balloons, working with people, spreading joy, and building something beautiful, all of which created the perfect recipe for Balloon Bombed. Balloon bombing is art! The mixing of colors, shapes and sizes as well as the juxtaposition of the balloons against a structure gives the Balloon Bombed Team the creative outlet they were looking for. And the best part? Getting pictures and messages from clients with their happy reviews! It is a true feel good kind of business.

Cincy Chic: How does balloon bombing work?
Blatt: You can place an order by sending our team a message through Facebook or Instagram! All we need is a delivery date, photo of where you would like it to be installed, area of town to be delivered, colors or theme and budget. Once we know the details we can design something perfect for you! We can install Balloon Bombs inside or outside and they can be as big as you can imagine (the bigger the better we say)! Balloon Bombs are 100% custom and start at $125. We currently serve NE Cincinnati and prefer at least 2 weeks notice to account for design and ordering.

Cincy Chic: What makes Balloon Bombed unique?
Blatt: What we do is customized for you! Balloon bombs are created with the recipient in mind. Love pink? We can mix the perfect pinks, sizes and shapes of balloons to make a custom “bomb” that is “pinkalicious.” Is tie-dye your thing? Let us create a funky colorful “bomb” with lots of swirly marbled balloons to fit your vibe. There are so many wonderful ways for us to celebrate each-other and we think the Balloon Bombs are a great way to mix it up from the traditional gifts!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and order a Balloon Bombed gift?
Blatt: Check us out on Instagram and Facebook for tons of visual inspiration! Shoot us a direct message if you would like to receive a formal quote!

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After this year, it might feel difficult to feel thankful this season. Our life coach columnist offers tips to find joy and gratitude through the cloud of chaos.

Do you find yourself in a place of uncertainty especially now in 2020? Are you seeking peace, a way to let go of the chaos and frustration, and be able to find your joy? You’re not alone. 

We are all struggling to understand what’s next, feeling a bit ofemptiness inside, knowing things are different. With all the events of the world it becomes a challenge to focus on gratefulness when your mind is racing to understand and process all of the world events and evolution. 

Let me offer you the opportunity to find your way back to center using the tools for Growing Through Gratitude. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and what better time to learn a new way to practice thankfulness.

The process of Growing Through Gratitude begins with a deeper connection for what you are thankful for. 

“I am thankful for electricity.” Going deeper is the AND “I am grateful for the person who had the idea, the technology to support the invention, the ability to have it available everywhere, the multiple uses, etc.” Use a journal to being this practice to explore and tap into how you feel grateful beyond the person, place or thing by writing out all the “whys.”

Then start an evidence journal. This is where you can track your growth in gratitude. Be the good finder I like to say.  Perhaps you see repeated numbers, find money on the ground, or out of the blue opportunities begin to show up. This is part of the “evidence” that you are conspiring on behave of the cosmic kitchen to receive that which you desire for your life. Write these in a notebook as well.

Pay it forward! This is where the magic happens.  Gratitude is a form of being grateful for what you can be, do, and have so to amplify these gifts, by paying it forward, is your exchange to the Universe acknowledging all the goodness you’ve called into your life through gratitude. This can include buying the persons meal behind you in the drive thru, bring flowers to a loved one, or volunteer in your community. 

Remember, your thoughts become things, your actions create a reaction, and when you know how to apply the three keys to practicing for gratitude, you really can create your life by design and have more joy, abundance, and prosperity.

Cheers to a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration and to living the life you deserve.

Learn more this Thursday — here’s the RSVP link: https://cincy.live/events/gratitude — where I will be teaching a webinar on Growing Through Gratitude. You will learn how you can break out of ruts, attract more good, and live your best life.

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