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The WU  –  March 7-9  

Hi everyone! It’s going to be a snowy weekend, but there are a lot of fun things you can do to keep warm! Have a good one!

 

Friday

 

Kid Jupiter rocks – and makes its debut at Dirty Jack’s tonight! Be one of the first to hear them and get some autographs while they’re still free … great music for dancing to, drinking to, and unwinding to – and how can you resist a band with a chick bassist? (There’s a female singer and keyboardist too!) Be there or be very square: 9 p.m. 5912 Vine St. 45216, 513-242-2800.

 

 

Saturday
 

March 8 is International Women’s Day, and Essencha Tea House is celebrating with day-long specials and live music by local female musicians from 4-7 p.m. Featuring Lines and Spaces (keyboard and cello), Jane Andre (voice and guitar), Laura Sabo and Kathleen Moniaci (clarinet and bassoon). If you’ve never been to the Tea House, this is a great way to start!     

 

Sunday

 

Classical “Czech Mates” concert by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra, featuring:

Smetana’s Dance of the Comedians, Joseph Suk’s Towards a New Life, & Dvorak’s Symphony #4 & Slavonic DancesThe Beseda Dancers from the American Czechoslovakian Club in Dayton will join the orchestra in folk dances & Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance #8. Free. Seton Performance Hall, 3901 Glenway Avenue, 45205. Info: 513-941-8956, gharmeling@netzero.com.

 

Classes

 

Saturday, try out Kama Salsa’s new beginner’s salsa session at 11 a.m. at 1018 Delta in Mt. Lookout – it will definitely fight the chill in the air! $65 for six-week session, $15/individual class. Please wear comfy clothes and leather-soled shoes. 

 

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Cincy Chic: What makes Madison Avenue Bridal different than all the other bridal stores already available in Greater Cincinnati?
Ani Cole:
Madison Avenue Bridal is all about “Affordable Elegance”: Having the dress of your dreams with money left over for the wedding of your dreams. Starting your new life together as husband and wife can get costly, but that doesn’t mean that you should miss out on the gown that makes you feel like a princess. There are other affordable dress stores here in the area, but you either sacrifice quality or the buying experience. This is what sets us apart, because we offer all of the above.
 
Cincy Chic: What’s so special about the buying experience at your shop?
Cole:
We believe that shopping for and finding your perfect gown should be an experience in itself. Through special business relationships we have with the manufacturers, we are able to have wedding dresses at costs that are within most budgets.

Cincy Chic: What’s a big trend in the bridal industry right now?
  Cole:
One of the biggest things we hear from new brides is that they want to personalize their wedding and make it uniquely their own. They want to glam up their dress, have a special tiara or a shabby chic veil.
That’s why we employ buyers to regularly travel to Paris and scour for very unique accessories that cannot be found elsewhere. We specialize in vintage jewelry, and have many options for the bride to make her0208_INSTORY_makebelieveball.gif dress and accessories perfectly fit her unique taste.
 
Cincy Chic: Why did you choose Covington to set up shop?

Cole: We originally were going to locate in The Reading Bridal District, but when a building became available in Covington we jumped at it. We have rehabbed a beautiful 100 year old building in an art deco style. I love the progressive feeling of Covington. I firmly believe that we are on the ground floor of the greatest renaissance of any city in this region.

Another plus of being in this area is that you can make a whole day of it with the restaurants and cafes all over Madison Ave. You can find most everything you need for your wedding in a two block radius. There is the Madison for your reception and the Covington Wedding Mall with all kinds types of vendors from DJ’s and photographers to travel agents, real estate, spa and beauty. There are also cake decorators and florists in the Covington Wedding District.

 
Cincy Chic: How are you getting the word out about Madison Avenue Bridal?
 Cole: We are getting the word out about Madison Avenue Bridal in many ways. Of course, the Internet drives a lot of traffic to our Web site, but many of our efforts are grassroots. I am doing the bridal shows, such as Bridal Rama as well as Wendy’s. We are in The Cincinnati Dayton Bride and Groom Planner as well.
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I cannot stress enough the value of networking and building relationships with other businesses and groups in your area. You never know where your next customer, vendor or partner may come from, and word of mouth advertising is trusted more than any other type. This is another reason why I love Covington so much. the people are great and they all seem to want to try to work together instead of compete against each other. We have been made to feel so welcome here.

Cincy Chic: What’s your hope for the future of Madison Avenue Bridal?
Cole:
We hope to build a reproducible brand and open other locations in growing markets. It’s entirely possible with our strong business relationships and resulting affordable prices. In the near future though, we would like all the brides out there to make an appointment with us or just stop in and browse.
 

Photo: Xander Price

Hello, everyone!

Here are your week’s culture tips! Have a great week! 

 

 

Culture Spotlight:

 

There’s a new art gallery in town! Artonmony Gallery, a division of Artonomy, Inc. (which does prints, reproductions, and framing), recently opened in its new home in Rookwood Commons. The current showing, “Visual Awakenings,” is a group exhibit of drawing, painting, mixed media, collage, sculpture and glass by artists such as V. Mann, Kurt Grannan, Marc Lincewicz, Wynter Whiteside, Lisa Paytes, Michael Rozell, Seth Scantlen, and others.

 

If you are an artist, they are also accepting new work of all mediums! Please contact Jennifer if you are interested in exhibiting. Please send at least 6 jpeg images of current work and/or website.

Normal gallery hours are 12-5 p.m. Tues-Thurs, 2723 Edmondson Road, 513-281-ARTS. 

 

Get Involved

 

Monday: Ever thought about learning to Salsa dance? Check out the new beginner session at Delta 1018 in Mt. Lookout Square! I took this 6-week session a few months ago and it was great! You meet interesting people, get some exercise, and have fun at the same time! 8-9 p.m. $65 for series or $15 per class.

 

Tuesday: Essencha Teahouse hosts 2-for-1 Tuesdays – Bring a friend with you after 2 p.m. and get a whole pot of tea for the price of a cup! You can use the money you save to share a dessert! 3212 Madison Rd, Oakley. 513-533-4832.
 

Wednesday: Ever seen a lunar eclipse … up close and personal? Today, from 8:50 p.m. until midnight, the moon will slide into the shadow of the Earth. The Observatory is inviting folks to see it for themselves – there won’t be another chance until December 2010! They will be open from 8:30-11:00pm with telescopes pointed at Saturn, the Orion Nebula and, of course, the moon! $4 per person, no reservations needed. 3489 Observatory Place Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-321-5186. 

 

Thursday: Greenwich hosts excellent trumpeter Mario Abney
Enjoy jazz trumpeter Mario Abney  and this progressive band of musicians from Dayton. The special guest will be “djdq ” from the well known hip-hop group Animal Crackers and Glue. 9 p.m. The Greenwich. $10 admission includes light buffet.

 

 

 

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We all know there’s nothing our favorite canines love better than a satisfying roll in the most disgusting substance they can sniff out during their daily walk. But you’re the one who’s stuck to clean up the mess. And nothing ruins a good manicure like a scrub-poo-out-of-fur doggie bath.

It’s time to enlist professional help. Make your beloved pet look like a million bucks (and save precious time and effort on your part) by partaking in the services provided by these local pet grooming spots.

Pampered Pooch Spa

A mobile pet spa catering to Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, the Pampered Pooch Spa is great for the chic woman on the run. A certified groomer in a pet spa van can take care of your pet right in front of your home, which allows your pets never to leave the comfort of their driveway. Owners can schedule a variety of services for their pets, including a spa bath tailored to their individual coat and skin needs and choices between a mini and full groom. Curious as to how this works? Visit the Web site for a virtual tour of a mobile van for a dog’s eye view of every angle. A visit can be made to your home Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m.to 6 p.m. or Sunday and Monday by appointment. Visit the Web site for price information or call (859) 816-3825.

A Doggie's Day Spa

Owner Angela Davenport is not only an active member of the National Dog Groomers Association of America, she is also a graduate of The Dayton Academy of Dog Grooming and certified by the Ohio Academy of Pet Styling. In short, your pet will be in good hands at the A Doggie's Day Spa. Located on Crookshank Road, A Doggie's Day Spa also offers training, day care and overnight boarding for your furry friends. Pricing varies according to breed, coat, condition, size and the dog’s temperament. Cat grooming is also available on a case-by-case basis. Testimonials and scrapbooks of happy customers are featured on the Web site. For more information or to make an appointment, call (513) 451-7999.

The Pet Spot

Featuring almost two acres outside and 32,000 feet inside, The Pet Spot has a full menu available of everything needed to pamper your pet. Treatments range from a “pawdicure,” which includes a nail trim, pad trim and foot massage for $15 to “the works” including four hours of playtime, an hour massage, “pawdicure,” ear cleaning, ear massage, full groom, fluff dry and a stuffed toy, all for $110, your pooch will be sure to thank you for the star treatment. The Pet Spot, calling itself “Cincinnati’s luxury pet care resort,” also offers boarding, training and daycare for Fido. Located in Norwood on the Norwood Lateral, visit the Web site for a virtual tour of the facility. Call (513) 351-7768 for more information or to make an appointment.

Melody Manor Grooming Salon

Owner Kitty Pritchard has been in the pet grooming business for the last 35 years, but still has no problem remembering the name of every pet who gets beautified at her salon. Melody Manor provides a rejuvenating grooming experience for dogs AND cats, with services including nail trimmings, drained glands, skin and coat conditioning, massage styling and a variety of cuts: Basic, Show, puppy and cuts invented by the owner, such as the "lion cut." Located one mile from downtown Cincinnati on Monmouth Street in Newport, Ky., the salon is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call (859) 441-7561 or visit the Web site for more information.

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The Miami Latin Sound of DJ Danny D Experience live music mix DJ from Miami Beach Florida bringing the excitement to the tri-state area. Latin music Lover’s, I have for you the latest Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Reggaeton that I receive on a monthly basis from three different Latin music pools. You will not hear the same music, it will be fresh and new!!! Thursday: October 25, 2007 Live @ Jeff Ruby’s Tropicana’s Location: Tropicana 1 Levee Way Newport, KY 41071 Information: 1-859-491-8900 Additional Info@ www.djdannydproductions.com _______________________________________________ FIRST LATIN NIGHT!!! EVERY SUNDAY IS LATIN DANCE MUSIC NIGHT Sunday: October 28, 2007 Live @ The Yellow Rose Night Club Time: 9:00 pm – 2:00 am Location: The Yellow Rose 854 Watertower Lane West Carrollton, OH 45449 Information: 937-866-7765 Additional Info@ www.djdannydproductions.com _______________________________________________ Saturday: November 3, 2007 Live @ Cena Restaurant The Brazilian churrasco dining concept began in ancient European times where ancestors roasted meats over open fires. This continued for many years until the tradition traveled to South America. Now we bring this rich culinary experience to you. When you visit CENA, you will experience a unique dining sensation. It is churrasco, Brazilian BBQ at its best. Turn your disk to green to signal the carptors to present you with long skewers of succulent beef, chicken, pork, lamb, and ribs are basted with traditional marinades and gently roasted over an open flame. Time: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Location: Cena Brazilian Restaurant 2854 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. Dayton, OH 45459 Information: 937.438.2362 Additional Info @ www.djdannydproductions.com _______________________________________________ FIRST TIME @ THE THERAPY CAFE – COME OUT AND SHOW YOUR LOVE! Therapy Cafe, in The Cannery, is Downtown’s most stylish lounge. Featuring a full service bar, including unique wines and beers, Therapy Café also serves small plate foods and desserts. Friday: November 9, 2007 Location: The Therapy Cafe 452 East 3rd Street Downtown, Dayton, 45402-5102 Information: 937-461-4000 Additional Info@ www.djdannydproductions.com

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Just as with all holidays, Halloween has its many traditions. Trick or treating, carving pumpkins or dressing up in crazy costumes come to mind, but Cincinnati also brings us some awesome haunted haunts! Whether you are looking to get scared to death or just have a good time with friends, get out before it’s too late to these spooky sites suggested by our readers and staff!

 

CIncy Chic Staff and Reader Picks

USS Nightmare

101 Riverboat Row
Newport, KY 4107

(859) 392-7568

 

Jesse Hanson of Highland Heights, KY., likes the USS Nightmare in Newport, KY., and not just because she works there — she apparently shares the opinion of others. Hanson passed on the scoop that the USS Nightmare is one of the top 20 scariest haunted houses in the country!

“It's a lot of fun to work, and you can tell people are getting their money's worth by the crazy screams coming from every direction every night,” Hanson says.

Cincy Chic Editor and Publisher, Amy Storer also likes this haunted riverboat. “It's a unique idea and they change it each year. Plus it's in a great location so you can eat and watch a scary movie afterwards,” she says.

 

Land of Illusion

8762 Thomas Rd.

Middletown, OH 45052

(513) 423-9960

 

Beth Back and Jill Walsman of Cincinnati, and Cincy Chic's Public Relations Specialist Dana Wiskur all raved about The Middletown Haunted Trail (Land of Illusion). This place is known for its multiple trails and its frightfulness. You can pay for individual trails or get a package deal, but this writer has gathered that it’s best to splurge — it’s well worth the money. Walsman gives a helpful tip: get there early. The lines get longer throughout the night, but as she says, “They were worth the wait,” Wiskur remembers from her trip a year ago. “[Middletown Haunted Trail]…is awesome though! I went there last year, it’s freaking crazy. It’s on something like 10 acres and you walk in the dark with only tiki lights so you couldn’t see before the trail even started!”

 

Haunted Village

(Inside Sharon Woods Park)

1450 Lebanon Pike

Sharonville, OH 45241

(513) 563-9484

 

Cincy Chic's Online Editor and Writer Maureen Jacob of Florence, KY., gets spooked by things of a different nature — literally. Her thriller is the Haunted Village at Heritage Village Museum, located inside of Sharon Woods Park.

“There is definitely something sinister about being in the middle of the woods, on a crisp fall night, under a glowing moon that no movie-mask-wearing-dude-whirring-a-chainsaw can match,” Jacob says.

Getting shivers up your spine yet? “You go walking through this village from the 19th Century that has been preserved, and there's something just creepy about traipsing around the trees and leave-strewn paths, as you go from house to house to hear frightful tales of what life must've been like years back,” she adds. It actually reminds me of "The Village," the 2004 movie by M. Night Shayamalan and "The Blair Witch Project

“I think with an active imagination, a love of the eeriness of nature and a historical appreciation, you too might find the creepy charm of this venue,” Jacob says.

 

The Dent Schoolhouse

5963 Harrison Ave.
Cincinnati OH 45248

(513) 598-4600


Diedra Brunicardi of Dayton loved the Haunted Schoolhouse in Dent, which is officially sponsored by the radio station 102.7WEBN, when she lived in the Cincinnati area. “The tunnel that spins at the end was a blast! It felt like the bridge was moving and that you were going to fall right over the rail,” she says. I agree. Thinking fondly back to my last visit, I did go over the rail, only to be pulled back over by my friends! Brunicardi’s only setback? The dreaded clowns. “There is something just creepy about them!”

Tom's Corn Maze

4677 Germantown-Liberty Road

Germantown, OH 45327

(937) 866-2777

 

Want something not so scary, but just as fun? Roy Withrow of Hamilton is crazy about Tom’s Corn Maze in Germantown. “It’s so amazing; I want to go again this year,” he says. This 8 acre maze just isn’t a labyrinth. You actually have to solve pieces of a puzzle to make your way through the walls of corn.

“It’s better to go at night when you use flashlights to make your way through the maze. Plus it’s really fun to go with people who are afraid of the dark,” Withrow says. Another bonus about Tom’s is it offers party packs for large groups. When you get done Tom’s sets up a bonfire for your group to sit back and reminisce over.

Other popular Cincinnati ghoulish places include Paramount Kings Island's Halloween Haunt (formerly known as Fearfest) and the Cincinnati Zoo's HallZOOween, both free with admission, as well as the historic Loveland Castle, where you are sure to have a ghostly “knight” (permission to groan Wink).

Five Fun Fright Night Tips

  • Unless you want to kiss a goodnight’s sleep goodbye ‘til Christmas, leave the youngsters at home.
  • Wear appropriate clothes. Stiletto boots — probably not a good idea.
  • Know how much the cost is before leaving. You might end up having to lead the pack if your friends have to cover for you, and let’s admit it, nobody wants to go first.
  • If you tend to “cling,” clips those nails before you claw up the arm of the person next to you.
  • Most important: Go to the bathroom BEFORE getting in line. Being so scared you almost peed your pants is way different than actually doing it.

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Finally! The hot summer days have ended and it’s now time to enjoy some beautiful Indian summer fall days! What else could be more appealing than to spend a weekend at a fall festival enjoying some apple cider or browsing all the arts and craft booths? These festivals stretch from Covington all the way up to Dayton, Oxford and Circleville.

Mark your calendars, because you know how it fills up fast, and we're not even factoring in high school football, volleyball and yard work, which you'll have to fit into the mix somehow. Enjoy!

SEPTEMBER
OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL (now through Oct. 21): Recreation of a 16th century English village with costumed performers, jousting, period foods, stage shows and more than 130 craft shops, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 21.
Location: Renaissance Park, Ohio 73, Harveysburg. Cost: $16.99 adults, $9.99 children 5-12, free for children 5 and younger, plus $2 parking.
For more information call (513) 897-7000 or visit renfestival.com.

APPLE DAZE
(Sept. 22-23): Hayrides, barnyard, corn maze, face painting, live music, crafts and food, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 through 23.
Location: The Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474 N. Ohio 48, Lebanon.
Cost: free.
For more information, call (513) 932-1869.

MASON ARTS FESTIVAL (Sept. 23): Performing artists and food vendors, children's art activities, student art display, food and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23.
Location: Mason Municipal Center, 6000 Mason-Montgomery Rd., Mason.
Cost: free.
For more information, call (513) 573-0007.

MIAMISBURG STARVING ARTIST ARTS FESTIVAL (Sept. 8-9)
Exhibitors, entertainment, children's activities and more from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 9.
Location: Library Park on Ohio 725, Miamisburg.
Cost: free.
For more information call (937) 426-3539 or visit www.miamisburgstarvingartists.org.

OCTOBER
MIDDFEST INTERNATIONAL (Oct. 5-7): Celebration of the art, culture, music, dance, history, food and more featuring the Netherlands from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 and noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 7.
Location: One Donham Plaza, downtown Middletown. Cost: $5 adults, free for children 12 and younger.
For more information call (513) 649-4506 or visit www.middfestinternational.org .

DAYTON'S OKTOBERFEST
(Oct. 5-7): International foods, fine arts and crafts, kid activities, family entertainment and more from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 5, preview party from noon to 11 p.m. Oct. 6 and from noon to 7 p.m Oct. 7.
Location: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton.
Cost: $40 members, $50 nonmembers for preview party in advance, $75 at the gate, $3 adults in advance, $5 adults at the gate, $3 senior citizens, $1 ages 7-18 advance, $2 ages 7-18 at the gate, free for children 6 and younger.
For more information, call (937) 223-5277 or visit                    www.daytonartinstitute.org/events/oktoberfest.html.

FORT ROWDY GATHERING (Oct. 6-7): Mountain man encampment, trade demonstrations, crafts, food, games, live entertainment, parade (10 a.m.) and more from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7.
Location: Covington Community Park, U.S. 36, Covington.
Cost: free.
For more information, call (937) 473-3420 or visit www.fortrowdy.org .

OHIO CIDER FESTIVAL (Oct. 6-7): Hayrides, barnyard, corn maze, face painting, live music, crafts and food from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7.
Location: Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474 N. Ohio 48, Lebanon.
Cost: free.
For more information, call (513) 932-1869.

OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL
(Oct. 13-14): Sauerkraut foods and creations, arts and crafts, live entertainment, games and more from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 14.
Location: Main St., Waynesville.
Cost: free.
For more information, call (513) 897-8855 or visit www.sauerkrautfestival.com .

CIRCLEVILLE PUMPKIN SHOW (Oct. 17-20): Parades daily (3:30 and 8 p.m.), contests and entertainment, pumpkin foods and more from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 17 through 20.
Location: 159 E. Franklin St., Circleville.
Cost: free.
For more information, call (740) 474-7000, (740) 474-8973 or visit www.pumpkinshow.com .

CAESAR'S CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL (Oct. 20-21): Enjoy the harvest time back in the 1800s with soap making, apple butter making, candle dipping, hearth cooking and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21.
Location: Caesar's Creek Pioneer Village, 3999 Pioneer Village Road, Waynesville. Cost: free.
For more information, call (513) 897-1120.

NOVEMBER
SUGARPLUM FESTIVAL OF TREES
(Nov. 9-11): Sponsored by Dayton-area Twig groups to benefit Children's Medical Center featuring designer theme trees, children's activities, crafts, Sugarplum Shoppe, breakfast with Santa and more from Nov. 9 through 11.
Location: Dayton Convention Center, Fifth and Main streets.
Cost: free.
For more information, call (937) 641-3405 or visit www.childrensdayton.org .

CHRISTMAS IN HISTORIC SPRINGBORO (Nov. 16-18): Christmas music, strolling musicians, children's area, food, crafts, horse-drawn trolleys, parade (noon Nov. 17) and more from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 18.
Location: South Main Street, Springboro.
Cost: free.
Visit www.springborofestivals.org for more information.

 

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Cincy Chic: Have you always loved to write?
Anni Macht Gibson:
It’s funny… I graduated from Seven Hills School and the Alumni Director just came across a prize-winning essay of mine from 1970! So, yes, I’ve always liked writing. I was also co-editor of the school newspaper. During my Procter & Gamble days (where I was marketing manager for 24 years), I mostly wrote memos and marketing recommendations and summaries. Between work, raising kids and ailing parents, I did not have much time to write for fun. Then, after I retired and my parents subsequently died in '01 and '02, I found myself drawn to the page again. I started out writing poetry about my feelings of loss and began reading a lot of modern poets: Jane Kenyon, Naomi Shihab Nye, Billy Collins, Ted Kooser. I graduated from poems about personal angst to more observational poetry, I’d call it.

Cincy Chic: Your first collection of poetry, Unfinished, was just released. What's it about?
Gibson:
Unfinished is a collection of 75 poems. The book will be available at Amazon.com and Joseph Beth books a book store in Dayton and one in Louisville. I’m still working on distribution elsewhere, as I need to have the book in-hand to get the distribution. I am also in two stores in Traverse City, Mich. I am having a private signing for 150 of my closest friends and family in early June. In the fall, I hope to have signings at Jospeph Beth and at Women Writing for (a) Change, the creative writer’s organization for which I teach, and without whom I would not be publishing my book. The women and men in my writing groups there have been my biggest supporters, along with my family and friends.

Cincy Chic: You split your time between Cincinnati and Traverse City. Why?
Gibson:
My husband’s family has been going to Traverse City in the summers for over 100 years. He grew up summering there. I’ve “only” been going for 26 years, since I’ve known him. There's a lot of natural beauty up there with its lakes, sand dunes, exquisite forest. They are an inspiration to me as a poet. We also like the small town life and plan to retire there eventually.

Cincy Chic: What's your favorite thing about Cincy?
Gibson:
The people; everyone is so friendly. After that, Graeters comes in a close second!

Cincy Chic: Where is your favorite spot in Cincinnati?
Gibson:
The Eden Park Overlook. It was sort of a “Lovers’ Lane” when I was a teen, but also has an exquisite view. My favorite place to write (other than at home) is Lookout Joe’s close to my house in Hyde Park.

Cincy Chic: How do you inspire yourself?
Gibson:
Ideas come to me willy nilly – when I’m reading, driving around town, listening to people, watching the world. I keep a notebook with me all of the time. Sometimes ideas are triggered by memories (I just wrote a poem how different people eat Oreo cookies, based on when I went to day camp 40 years ago! Are you a licker, a dunker or a nibbler???)

Cincy Chic: Being a writer, I know we all have an insatiable love for words. Do you have a favorite word?
Gibson:
I love all words… the feel and sound and taste of them. I love word origins and crossword puzzles. I love playing with words. I actually wrote a poem about this:

They Had Me
It’s out –
I make love to words,
promiscuously,
fondling definitions,
playing with them in ménages
a tercet and quatrain,
meaning in fleeting dalliances.

Just yesterday, I hooked up
with a couple of verbs
looking for some action.
Swept off my feet,
I swooned and mooned
over create, berate and inundate.

Tonight, nouns and adjectives
romance me:
seductive latin sambas with gusto;
Who said “words are cheap?”
They were right, available, too,
to satisfy my tawdry urges
for sexy adverbs — scantily clad
alluring modifiers, gilding lilies.

Too many pronouns make a crowd.
All I need is you and me…
maybe us for a little company,
forget he, she, it — who needs them?

I love everything about words.
Definitions, contradictions;
New: condom, old: codpiece.
Parsing sentences gives me glee,
and even spelling captivates:
M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i,
there’s a rat in separate.

Happily, my love is returned,
with metaphors embracing me
similes' not so subtle puns
bringing a smile to my lips.
Loneliness is a thing of the past.

Words, they so had me from “See Spot Run”

Cincy Chic: Do you enjoy writing anything other than poetry?
Gibson:
I also write prose, but I don't have anything publishable. Some day, I'd like to write a murder mystery, my favorite genre other than poetry.

Cincy Chic: What's your favorite book and why?
Gibson:
Collected Poems by Jane Kenyon. She is my idol and I never tire of reading and re-reading her poetry. I like her because her poetry is about everyday life and very understandable, yet beautifully written with exquisite turns of phrase.

Cincy Chic: Did you ever get the notorious "writer's block" when writing Unfinished? If so, how did you overcome that?
Gibson:
I generally go do something else and spend some time thinking. Pretty soon, the ideas start to come. Once I have an idea, I just try to get a draft down. Sometimes drafts bear little resemblance to the final work. Writer Anne LaMott calls this “the shitty first draft." I’m into “shitty first drafts” because they give me something to work from, Not all my poems are good or publishable. Some I just discard because they are hopelessly lousy. It comes with the territory.

Cincy Chic: What would you like to say to other wordsmiths out there with dreams of writing their own book?
Gibson:
Just write. Keep a journal. Write about your day, your misery, your happy times. Write badly, but just write. Over time, you will improve. Also, read. Read other authors in the genre in which you like to write. See how they use words and images and emulate them. Eventually, you will find your own style and make it your own. Also, learn to edit your work. Excise extra words, hone your writing… the more you do it, the better you will get. I took an essay I wrote for “This I Believe” on WVXU and cut it from the original 1200 words to 500, which was the limit. It was hard and took work, but I was proud when I was done. It was a much tighter, and ultimately, a better piece. And WVXU accepted it for airing.

Cincy Chic: Anything else you'd like to add?
Gibson:
I’ll add that I think that writing is both a right- and a left-brained process. The creativity and ideas and first drafts, similes, metaphors come from the right brain, but the editing requires logical left-brained thinking. It’s how you take the creative stuff and make it really good. Finally, I’d say “if you write, you are in fact a writer.” You don’t have to aspire to be one. Just write and you’ll be a writer, whether you're published or not. Develop your identity as a writer, and you’ll start to feel good about your writing. It’s a circular process. But if you aspire to be a writer you can be one. Just write.

 

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"People come to our store from all over," says Vicki who co-owns the Envy boutique with her friend Barb. "We'll have people come in from Lexington, Louisville, Dayton and even people from Cincinnati who don't come over to Hyde Park a lot, and they all ask the same question, ‘How long have you been here?’"

"Women love our store because we're honest," Vicki says. If you are trying something on and it really doesn't work for you, Vicki says they'll tell you why and then help you to find things that do work for your body and budget.

031207_big_FASHION.jpgWhile flipping through the pages of Vogue, Vicki found an outfit, in a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement. Vicki was confident she could recreate the ensemble for much less than D&G. Within minutes she had recreated the outift, after pulling skinny jeans from her "denim wall" and sifting through numerous racks of tops and jackets to find a white jacket that closely resembled the one in D&G's ad.

Envy’s "denim wall" consists of jeans from almost every cut and every wash you could ever imagine. The jeans Vicki plucked from this denim wall were Joe's Jeans with the same cigarette fit, low rise and dark wash as those shown in the D&G ad. These Joe's Jeans will run you $158.

The top wasn't an exact match, but it gave off a similar vibe, while showcasing the classy basic whites that Envy distinctively carries. It was a Jenne Maag belted tunic with a classy flare. It had a collar and two breast pockets with large white buttons, which were repeated several times throughout the pattern. The belt is made of the same soft cotton-elastin blend, so you can cinch it at the waist or leave it loose and use it just as an accessory. This Jenne Maag tunic will run you $214.

If you’d rather pay more for your clothing, you can pick up a pair of D&G's skinny jeans at Saks Fifth Avenue for $295. For another $295 you can have the jacket, too. But for those thrifty fashionistas out there, Vicki put the same look together using Envy's merchandise with a savings of about 65 percent.

"We just have a blast making women feel good about themselves," says Vicki.
And who wouldn't feel good about themselves after finding a classy boutique where they feel comfortable shopping, while getting the look for less, locally.

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