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See how an OTR brewery building is being transformed into a commercial mixed-use hub focused on innovation, diversity, inclusion and creativity. 

A former OTR brewery space is now bubbling over with innovation as a rentable space for urban manufacturers. 

Felsenhaus is “a 45,000 square-foot history brewery building being transformed into a commercial mixed-use hub in OTR with a focus on innovation, diversity, inclusion and creativity. It has both small and large offices, retail and commercial spaces available. It’s used by photographers and videographers for shoots and we have had feature films and commercials shot on site,” says Shane and Dena Neuringer, who both serve multiple roles at Felsenhaus. 

The business started three years ago, when they purchased the Felsenhaus property. “The property was partially owner-occupied and had several third-party tenants and we’ve been working on re-tenanting and upgrading the building,” Neuringer says. “We’ve been in the commercial real estate development, architecture and construction business for over 20 years. As entrepreneurs, we’ve been at it for almost 10 years. Shane’s background is more in acquisitions, development and finance, and Dena has an architectural background and has been working in construction management with firms like Turner Construction.”

Felsenhaus is located three blocks from Findlay Market at: 242 W. McMicken Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

The business was inspired by projects going on around the country. “We’ve seen very creative and innovative projects all over the country act as catalysts for the revitalization of neighborhoods and local economic development. We’ve seen neighborhoods all over the country where industry faded away and left behind urban blight transformation into thriving districts. Places like the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea/Highline and Williamsburg in NYC, Wynwood, South Beach and Downtown in Miami, Downtown LA, The Distillery District in Toronto and RiNo in Denver. The list goes on and now places like Cincinnati have the opportunity to have once-blighted neighborhoods thrive once again by bringing back small businesses, innovation, entertainment and housing to walkable urban areas,” they say. “The Midwest is experiencing a Renaissance and as a small development group, we see an opportunity to be part of something where we felt we could make more of a difference in the community. Also, we’ve seen a tremendous amount of change in the way people live, work and socialize. A lot of the old models of how real estate worked and how people do business are outdated. There is tremendous opportunity to provide flexible spaces, cater to the gig and sharing economy, provide interesting experiences and help the city to embrace its historic industrial past as an anchor to creating the next phase of innovation and economic success.” 

The name of the business came from being part of the Clyffside and Redtop Brewery building complexes. “One of their premier beer was called Felsenhaus, which is painted on the front of the building,” Neuringer says. “We wanted to pay tribute to the heritage of the building and the historic industry of the neighborhood and put fresh perspective on it.”

Felsenhaus offers different kinds of space, including: office space, photo and video shoot locations, storage and especially space for entrepreneurs and small businesses we call ‘urban manufacturers’- artisans, makers, and fabricators who are making things here, warehousing, shipping/receiving, etc.,” they say. 

The business’s spaces are unique because they have a lot of amenities available under one roof. “You can roll up your sleeves and get your work done. The most valuable aspect is being immersed within an inclusive and innovative community of other makers, urban manufacturers and creatives,” Neuringersays. “We also have a really convenient location right across from a park, great views and the historic character of the building really seems to inspire people. We have shared amenities like on-site parking, a full kitchen, conference roomand podcast room. We also have four loading docks, a freight and a passenger elevator.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there hasn’t been as much leasing activity and less shared worspaces at the moment. “We are now focusing more on private workspaces, but still offer shared amenity spaces so the aspect of community is still very much part of what we are all about,” they say. “Our initial plan included a much larger component of event and food and beverage space. We look forward to coming back to that in the future, but our emphasis now is much more on providing space for people to get to work: urban manufacturing, studios, office space, warehousing, storage and fulfillment. We are also wearing masks in common areas and in meetings and providing hand sanitizer to help reduce the risk of COVID.”

Inclusion is so important to Felsenhaus. “You would be surprised by how hard it is for makers, these urban manufacturers and creatives, to find a place they feel is a good value, where they have a sense of feeling included, part of a community and feel inspired,” Neuringer says. “We operate in an area of OTR that has not seen the same amount of investment from the city and the large local developers. That may change in the future, but right now, we are offering a place where people can make a living for themselves, provide employment opportunities, especially for people right here in the neighborhood.”

To learn more about Felsenhaus, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website.

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    What happens when a local mom befriends a reality TV star with weekly phone calls? Listen in to find out, as these two strangers launch a new podcast while their friendship develops and hilarious life adventures unfold. Read on for more!

    How many times in your life have you wished you could be a fly on the wall? Listening in on secrets and conversations without actually partaking in the conversation? Thanks to the podcast Imperfect Strangers, you can do just that. 

    “Imperfect Strangers is a podcast where the listener is invited each week into a private phone conversation between two women, my co-host Melissa and me,” says Imperfect Strangers co-host Amanda Strong. “We are total and complete strangers. Each time we chat, we get to know one another a little better while the audience gets to know us both. It’s perfect for people who love to eavesdrop.”

    The story behind Imperfect Strangers goes back to November 2019 when Strong had her own podcast called Your Mom Has a Podcast. Most of her guests on the show were friends or friends of friends, but then along came Melissa, the first guest of Strong’s who she didn’t know or have a mutual connection to. 

    “I actually first ‘met’ Melissa with the rest of the world in 2000 when she appeared on the cast of The Real World New Orleans,” says Strong. “As the show was airing on MTV, I found Melissa’s blog online called Princess Melissa and began reading along with watching the show. Over the years I enjoyed Melissa’s sense of humor through reading her blog. Turns out, we were in the same seasons of life at the same time, serious boyfriends became husbands, wedding plans turned into trying to conceive, etc. Because I enjoyed Melissa’s transparency and humor about life, about her role as a wife and mother, I thought she’d be a great voice for Your Mom Has a Podcast.”

    The two connected and talked about similar issues and obstacles they were encountering, from making mom friends to dealing with social anxiety. After taking a step away from public life, Strong says she was surprised that Melissa agreed to be on her podcast.

    A redo turned into a weekly conversation and by the end of Your Mom Has a Podcast, the two knew that there was more to be had in their new friendship. Since then, they’ve gotten to know each other week by week through phone calls. Those conversations became a lot more in-depth as COVID-19 spread and stay-at-home orders were issued. 

    “Since December we have gotten to know one another week by week through these phone calls when in April, both navigating new roles as home schoolers, activity directors, camp counselors, and short-order cooks due to COVID, we found our voice,” says Strong. “The podcast wasn’t about motherhood, it was about total strangers creating a long-distance friendship and finding connection in the face of a pandemic. Each week we find ourselves marveling in our similarities but then also howling in laughter when we discover hilariously tragic differences of opinion.” 

    Aside from the roles they have in their podcast, Strong is a graphic designer, wife, and mother of three who lives in Cincinnati. Melissa is a stay-at-home mom of three and wife who lives on Long Island, and just so happens to have been on MTV’s Real World New Orleans.

    Strong is a self-proclaimed podcast junkie, but says that she’s never heard anything else in the podcast space like Imperfect Strangers. 

    “Melissa and I both appreciate candid and honest conversation,” she says. “We like a well-placed profanity. And with Melissa, she basically presented herself to the world with her personality in her 20s and used that experience to go on to host other TV shows including one with Chelsea Handler and tons of public speaking. Talking, storytelling has sort of been her thing, through her writing and locked social media, even after she shied away from the spotlight. We are unafraid to talk about most anything and do so in a way that is a safe space for us each to share our different perspectives without judgement.”

    Additionally, when each episode of the podcast goes up, Melissa stays up and posts to their Instagram Stories with a “live” interactive show that supplements what they talk about in the episode.

    “This includes blast from the past photos, pop cultural references, parenting tips – anything referenced in the episode,” says Strong. “So when you listen to an episode, you can plug into our Instagram account and catch the story live or watch it in our archive at a later date while you listen.” 

    Listeners, dubbed Strangers, are also invited to join in on the conversation during their Live Instagram Show.

    “Sometimes we just become background noise for them while they carry on together in the chat,” says Strong. “We’ve built this awesome community of new ‘friends’ and we’re all getting to know one another through the show. Melissa and I create and produce the show top to bottom together. So it’s been interesting to not only be getting to know someone on a personal level but also to be working with them too.” 

    Currently, Imperfect Strangers is halfway through its first season, which Strong says is a huge milestone in the podcasting world. Strong says she and Melissa have been talking about where they go next and are looking forward to seeing how they grow. 

    “As we look ahead there will definitely be exclusive content, both audio and visual, through Patreon,” says Strong. “A website is in the works as is a Strangers newsletter where subscribers get access to behind-the-scenes aspects of the show.”

    You can find Imperfect Strangers anywhere you listen to podcasts each Friday night at midnight Eastern Time. The show is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocketcast, Radio Public and Anchor.fm. They’re on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. To contact them, you can send an email to askimperfectstrangers@gmail.com.

     

    The link in the bio on the Instagram account will send you to a place to sign up for their email blast, so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest with Imperfect Strangers.

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    The Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati is bringing in a powerhouse keynote speaker for its next event. Click for all the details.

     

    The Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation aims to ensure the economic self-sufficiency of women in the region while also inspiring the desire to make it better.

     

    The Fund itself has more than 20 years of involvement, understanding, and building results, while also remaining ahead of the challenges and solutions that affect women and their families not only in Cincinnati and the Tri-State, but across the country.

     

    Now, The Women’s Fund is bringing a new conversation to the spotlight through its “A Conversation With” event coming up April 25 at 5:00 pm at the Cintas Center. The keynote speaker for the event will be award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien.

     

    O’Brien is the host of the Sunday morning syndicated political show Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.

     

    “Soledad has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting by telling the stories behind the most important issues, people, and events of the day,” explains Meghan Cummings, executive director of the Women’s Fund. “A champion of diversity, she gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and Latino in America, while also the contributing editor, reporting in-depth news magazine pieces for PBS NewsHour, and correspondent for HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. A prominent philanthropist, Soledad is the founder of PowHERful, a foundation that mentors and funds college tuition expenses for young women.”

     

    Questions will come from FOX 19 NOW morning anchor Charisse Gibson, who is not only known for her newscasting but also as the host and executive producer of “Cincinnati Connection,” a public affairs show that explores social and community issues throughout the Tri-State.

     

    “Charisse’s background in journalism offers our supporters a new opportunity to glean insights into Soledad’s story. Her ability to effortlessly switch from hard news to lifestyle made her the natural choice to complement Soledad’s impressive body of work,” says Cummings.

     

    According to Cummings, “A Conversation With” is a signature event from The Women’s Fund that was launched in 2012 as a way to highlight a female history maker and give them the opportunity to speak in an intimate setting.

     

    Speakers so far have been able to share their journeys, triumphs, and obstacles, and include the likes of Dr. Mae Jemison, Abby Wambach, Cokie Roberts, Lisa Ling, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, Phyllis S. Sewell, and Marian Spencer.

     

    General admission tickets for the event are $50 and include a networking pre-reception with Cincinnati influencers, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and the conversation with O’Brien.

     

    To learn more about the Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati, visit.

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    Learn about the sometimes painful journey that led this local couple to each other and inspired them to reach out to those around them.

    Cincy Chic: What is Brooke and Daron?
    Brooke Farmer, Founder of Brooke and Daron: At Brooke and Daron, we’re all about Move, Pray, Love, on a digital platform. Whether you’re looking for guidance, fitness tips, healthy recipes, prayer requests, and more, you’ve come to the right place. We want you to grab a cup of coffee and stay a while.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Farmer: When I sold my small media company in 2016 and the door was closed for me to continue with work as I knew it, in the quiet moments that followed this business decision the Lord began to use me to help other women start their small businesses, ministries, and write their books. Now, I must be honest and tell y’all that I wasn’t jumping at the opportunity to help. Not that I didn’t wish to assist, but simply because I didn’t feel that I had anything to offer. However, when the Lord desires to do something He can become quite persistent. Soon after I began to help this individual, other women started to reach out to me for assistance and I found myself cheering once again. But this time, I was in their corner, cheering them on to start their own businesses, birth a ministry, and write their books. Feeling the joy produced when women realize who they are called to be, and then assisting them to do those things they have always dreamed of doing reignited my dreams and passions within myself, and proved to be a launching pad that encouraged me to finally follow the dreams that God has given to me. To launch a brand and form a community of women who are excited about living life to the fullest while maintaining a healthy balance between food, faith and fitness.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Farmer: We are Brooke and Daron Farmer. We are a Jesus lovin’ family who enjoys sharing our journey with friends and family. We can’t wait to Move Love Pray with you. Whether you are looking to live your best spiritual life, needing healthy recipes that will feed your family in under 30 minutes, seek out workouts for women that you can do from the comfort of your home and so much more!

    Cincy Chic: How do you incorporate health and fitness into your new venture?
    Farmer: Fitness has always been my niche. In fact, you may recognize me from my Fitness company that I started about 6 years back (Skinny Mom). The successful sale of that business has been my launching pad, enabling me to show you each ingredient that makes up the recipe of my life. My love for fitness started at a young age and carried me through college on a scholarship to the University of Kentucky. There I was able to cheer on the boys in blue, and fell in love with motivating others. I helped pay my way through college by working as a certified personal trainer and continued training part-time in the years that followed. A couple years later I found myself on the national level cheering for the Cincinnati Bengals (Who-Dey!) and acting as one of the the Captains and helping as a Fitness Coach. In 2009 I was honored to carry the title of Ms.Fitness Universe. Then, in 2011, I found myself on the verge of divorce with a newborn. I clung to what I knew best and cried out to God for direction. I desired to be the best mother possible to my handsome son Easton, I knew healthy living would become a lifestyle in both the spiritual and physical senses. My love of good food and drive to lose the baby weight (am I right y’all?) produced multiple healthy recipes and fitness programs that I have been able to pass along women on their healthy living journeys. I love teaching workout classes and I currently teach a free workout class on Monday nights in Cincinnati, OH. I am excited to continue sharing tips and motivations from one woman to another.

    Cincy Chic: What inspired you to incorporate faith in your website?
    Farmer: The anchor in my life is The Lord. It is this relationship and walk with Our Savior that daily motivates me to be everything that he has created for me to be, nothing more and nothing less. The Lord is my best friend, my provision, my way-maker and ultimately my “Father”. The whispers in the stillness of night and the still small voice amongst life’s most stressful seasons have beaconed me to “Dream Big, But Believe Bigger.” It is my hope that as you navigate this site and peek into my life from the angles of Business, Entrepreneurship, Faith, Fitness, Fashion & Skinny Cooking that you are inspired to live your life to its fullest. While confidently knowing that until you discover (and walk out) who God created you to be, you will never be satisfied.

    Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about your online store? 
    Farmer: You can shop our online store to purchase apparel, books, CDs, vitamins, and so much more!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Farmer: Join us at brookeanddaron.com and join us on our social media channels including Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube. You can also shop our store 24/7 by clicking here.

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    Learn about a local event that’s one part educational forum and another part fundraiser aiming to help food insecure families in the Tri-State.

    WASTEd and The City with La Soupe will be held Oct. 9.

    Cincy Chic: What is WASTEd and The City with La Soupe?
    Mimi Dyer, Board President of La Soupe: WASTEd And the City with La Soupe, presented by Kroger and SugarCreek, is one part fundraiser and one part educational forum about food waste—with both aspects of this event benefiting food insecure families and the non profit organizations that serve them. La Soupe has joined forces with 26 Cincinnati area restaurants to create a progressive dining experience, with a focus on using food ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted. Each restaurant will be creating tapas and a cocktail, using rescued food provided by La Soupe.

    This Tuesday, October 9th event begins at 6pm at The First Lutheran Church at 1208 Race Street. Attendees follow the map provided and can use the streetcar route to visit participating Downtown and OTR restaurants. Several suburban restaurants are joining us with pop up restaurants at select streetcar stops. GEST electric cars will also be available to help with transportation.

    The event ends at Japp’s at 1136 Main Street, where the organizers will announce the winner from a raffle to win a Mercedes Benz weekend package. The lucky winner will have access to a beautiful Benz for a weekend road trip.

    Participating restaurants include OTR favorites like A TAVOLA, Anchor, The Mercer, and PLEASE, as well as downtown restaurants including Jean-Robert’s Table, Via Vite, Orchids and Boca. The lineup of restaurants continues to grow daily and now includes suburban restaurants La Petite Pierre, The Farmstand, National Exemplar and The Birch.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Dyer: According to a recent study by the United States Department of Agriculture, each person in our country wastes about a pound of food per day, which culminates into enough wasted food that could potentially feed 2 billion extra people each year. Here in Cincinnati, La Soupe rescues 5,000 pounds of food per week that would otherwise be thrown away and transforms it into nutritious food items. Weekly, 2,000 servings are distributed to food insecure families via area non-profit groups. Since opening its doors in 2014, La Soupe has rescued 602,570 pounds of “ugly,” imperfect or over ordered food from grocery stores, farmers markets and restaurants and has created 343,564 servings of delicious food. La Soupe also partners with chefs at area restaurants, who have produced 5,770 gallons of soups from food that would have otherwise been wasted, and then donates it to La Soupe. 100% of this is distributed to the food insecure community.

    WASTEd And The City works to educate our community about food waste and how aesthetically imperfect food can still create a delicious and nutritious meal. The organizers also want to draw attention to the issues faced by food insecure families in our area, and the many non profit organizations, like La Soupe, that work to support them. This event also highlights the creativity and talent of chefs in our community. Attendees of WASTEd And the City should prepare to be amazed!

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Dyer: Suzy DeYoung, the founder of La Soupe, attended Dine-N-Dash, a Washington D.C.-based fundraiser for World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that encourages collaboration amongst chefs to help communities in need through food. This event inspired her to tap into the creativity and talent of Cincinnati-area chefs to create a similar program as the very first fundraiser for La Soupe.

    Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about La Soupe?
    Dyer: La Soupe is the brainchild of Suzy DeYoung, who comes from a long line of chefs. Her legacy includes her father, Pierre Adrian was the head chef at The Maisonette, the city’s first Mobile 5 star rated restaurant. Her maternal grandfather, Albert Schmidt, was the chef of The Union Club in New York City. Theo Kieffer, her other grandfather, was the chef of the Sherry Netherland, also in NYC. Suzy followed in their footsteps, working in several Cincinnati restaurants, as well as abroad at the Michelin 3 star La Gavroche and L’Auberge d’Ill in Alsace. Upon her return to our area, she opened up La Petite Pierre, in homage to her father.

    In her 25 years working in restaurants and catering, Suzy became increasingly aware of the amount of food waste. She sold La Petite Pierre to her sister and opened a small soup shack, where she cooked for people in need, rescuing about 100 pounds of produce a week. She soon learned about a dire need for food for students at Oyler School in Lower Price Hill. She immediately headed to Oyler and made sure that every child had a healthy meal to take home that day. She considers this event the true starting point for La Soupe. Cincinnati has one of the highest childhood poverty rates in the country. About 40% of all food produced in the world is either lost or wasted each year. It is Suzy DeYoung’s mission to bridge that gap.

    Suzy maintains a “teach a man to fish” philosophy throughout all of her efforts. One of her hallmark programs is the “Cincinnati Gives A Crock” program, a workshop for food insecure families.  She learned that many poor families did not have access to typical kitchen equipment, like an oven, instead depending on a hot plate to make meals. La Soupe gives each attendee a crock pot and instructions on how to use it to create slow cooked meals and soup. Soup is a meal that can be stretched far to feed many and can be easily prepared in a crock pot.

    Cincy Chic: What makes WASTEd and The City with La Soupe unique?
    Dyer: This event is the first of its kind in Cincinnati, focusing on a collaboration with La Soupe and area chefs to use food that would be otherwise wasted to create a “garbage to gourmet” meal.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for La Soupe?
    Dyer: Yes! La Soupe was just awarded a $104,000 grant through Impact 100, an organization that has awarded more than $4.1 million to nonprofit groups committed to improving their communities since their 2001 inception. La Soupe will use this grant to add 5 pieces of commercial-grade kitchen equipment to their facility, which will allow them to rescue, transform, and share their creations with the food insecure on the very same day!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Dyer: Visit the La Soupe website at lasoupecincinnati.com to learn more and to purchase a ticket.

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    Learn about the locally-based organization that teaches all the necessary skills to venture out and enjoy the benefits of nature.

    Outdoor Skills School teaches you necessary skills to go outside and enjoy nature in a safe, fun way.

    Cincy Chic: What is Outdoor Skills School?
    Jeremiah Moore, Founder of Outdoor Skills School: Outdoor Skills School is an organization that wants to help people learn the necessary skills to go outside and enjoy the benefits of nature in a safe and fun way while exposing them to the unique natural areas of our region.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Moore: Cincinnati has so much potential for outdoor recreation! Whether it’s trail running in Mt. Airy Forest, riding your bike to Yellow Springs, rock climbing in the Red River Gorge or backpacking in Zaleski State Forest, I want to help you experience our local natural world in a fun and safe way. The fundamental basis of outdoor education is to empower people to go outside and create memories, in the hope that by helping them enjoy these natural areas, they will see the value in protecting them for future generations.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Moore: It’s a one-person show at the moment. My name is Jeremiah Moore, I grew up on the West Side and studied Parks, Recreation & Tourism focusing on Education at Ohio State. I worked as a wilderness instructor for Outward Bound, was a rock climbing guide, and am currently teaching at Miami University.

    Cincy Chic: Where is the Outdoor Skills School located?
    Moore: OSS doesn’t have a physical location right now. I’ve taught some of my classroom sessions at Rhinegeist. For outdoor classes I try to use parks within Cincinnati because it’s convenient for my students and it helps them learn what our city has to offer. As my curriculum progresses the course areas will expand further into the region.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Outdoor Skills School unique?
    Moore: Outdoor Skills School is more focused on teaching you the skills to go out on your own, as opposed to just providing an experience and sending you home. We want to help people overcome the obstacles that prevent them from doing the things they want to do outside. These obstacles may be knowledge about a specific activity, finding people to participate with, understanding equipment and more. I’m all about safety and fun!

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for the business?
    Moore: Currently I don’t have any classes scheduled as teaching at Miami is taking much of my focus but I do offer personal classes for Map & Compass, Backpacking and Rock Climbing Top Rope Anchor Building.

    I’m hoping to offer a backpacking series of classes in the spring that will include a class portion, a day a hike and a weekend overnight trip. I’m also looking into offering medical classes like Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Moore: Head to www.OutdoorSkillsSchool.org and sign up for email updates. OSS is also on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Learn about a local yoga studio with kid-focused classes that help them build confidence, self-esteem, concentration and a sense of calm. 

    Modo Yoga Studio is offering Kids Yoga for little ones.

    Modo Yoga Studio is teaching a new generation how to live a healthier lifestyle. 

    “Kids Yoga is a physical experience that connects children to their breath and body. Kids Yoga helps to develop a child’s confidence and self-esteem while enhancing their concentration and sense of calm. Physically, yoga enhances flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness,” says Ellen Bradley, Studio Owner of Modo Yoga. “Kids Yoga provides a bridge for children to connect more deeply with their inner self and develop an intimate relationship with the world around them when they feel anchored to their own soul. Yoga truly brings the marvelous inner light that we all have to the surface!”

    With locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Modo Yoga has been around for 10 years. They have more than 50 teachers, a team of five managers, and seven customer service representatives. 

    The inspiration behind starting Kids Yoga was because of her three daughters. “I want my three girls to share in the gift of yoga, just as I have been able to,” Bradley says. “I felt inspired as well to give our community an opportunity to not just touch the lives of parents and adults through yoga, but children of all ages!”

    There are a variety of different Kids Yoga classes from when a mom is pregnant to teenage years. Bradley says they offer Prenatal Yoga, Mommy and Me (two months-crawling), Toddler Times (ages one to three), Yoga Play (four to seven), Tween Yoga (ages 9-12), and Teen Yoga (12-16).

    There are seven pillars that shape Kids Yoga and Modo Yoga, according to Bradley, and they are: Live green, Reach out, Be peace, Be accessible, Live to Learn, Be Healthy, and Be Community.

    “We create a children’s yoga theme each month at Modo that is thread throughout all the classes. These themes are based on the pillars,” she says. “Our intentions, guided meditations, stories, poses and activities are inspired from the theme that month.”

    Modo Yoga is unique because it is accessible to everyone. “We offer classes that are mindfully guided to create physical strength, cleanse the body, and ultimately clear the mind so one can feel renewed in mind, body and spirit,” Bradley says. “People ultimately leave feeling more alive and grateful for life. The positive energy is palpable in our studios and it truly begins with our amazing team of compassionate and passionate teachers!”

    Bradley defines success by knowing that people’s lives are being impacted. “Success is simply knowing that you have touched one heart, one breath at a time. In changing one heart, we can change the hearts of many,” she says. “Success for me is using my gifts and light to make the world brighter and a better place.” 

    To learn more about Modo Yoga, visit www.modoyoganky.com or www.modoyogacincinnati.com.

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    Our Editor-in-Chic checked out the fun eateries listed in the Connect Cincinnati Lunch Club! Watch to learn about the amazing discounts and where to download the app!

    Designed by Cincinnati Bell, the Connect Cincinnati app is the first city-wide, free mobile app that connects consumers, businesses and the community. It has TONS of information about things to do, discounts on food/drinks/events and activities all over town, plus it even tells you where all the fioptic free wifi is across the city!
     
    I’m loving all the discounts on the app. They have several different categories for you to find what you’re looking for faster, like dining, shopping, sports, family fun, salon & spa… things like that. But I just noticed this “lunch club” category and I’m loving it because it has a ton of places on there I love going – like Prime, Taste of Belgium, and The Anchor – and LOTS places I’ve been wanting to check out too! 
     
    After a delicious lunch at Prime today where I got $5 off, I hopped over to Sweet Petit in OTR and got a free dessert when I bought two! All you have to do is show them coupon on your app and your discount is applied! Easy peasy! Definitely recommend it!
     
    You can download the Connect Cincinnati app for free in Google Play or the Apple App Store.
     

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    A local lady makes unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry and art from interesting finds in nature, antique malls and thrift shops. Click to see her creations.

     

    Found by Jenn is a jewelry line that’s created from reclaimed and recycled jewelry parts and other unique objects.

    Found by Jenn is a line of wearable art created from reclaimed and recycled jewelry parts and unique found objects that creator, Jenn Acus-Smith discovers in antique stores and finds on her travels. These vintage materials bring a richness and history, which the wearer then is able to carry with them. All the jewelry pieces are handmade in Acus-Smith’s Hamilton, Ohio, home studio.

    Jenn’s successful business actually started from a compliment. For a while she was making found object assemblages inside old boxes and occasionally making jewelry for herself. One day a local shop owner saw a piece Acus-Smith was wearing made from driftwood and asked her if she would consider selling them at her store. She went home, made a batch for the shop owner, and things have grown ever since.

    Jenn Acus-Smith is the artist behind Found by Jenn.

    “I have always created art using reclaimed or found materials – I collect natural treasures on walks and find interesting pieces while exploring thrift stores,” she explains. “With no more room to display items in my home, it was time to create! It began with found object assemblage sculptures and eventually became unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry.”

    Acus-Smith says nature provides her with a great deal of her inspiration and materials, such as unusual stones and shells along the banks of the Great Miami River and driftwood along the beaches of Lake Michigan.

    “Recently I brought back some interesting rocks from Anchorage, Alaska! I put all of my findings together on a table in my studio and focus on making unusual combinations,” she adds. “So much of creating for me is just playing and experimenting until something sings. I have to be really organized in some of my other work, so it’s a nice break to just be open and explore ideas freely.”

    Although many of Acus-Smith’s favorite materials come from nature, she also frequently hits antique malls, thrift stores and junk shops, looking for things that seem to have a story to them, even quirky things such as tiny skeleton keys, vintage buttons or antique deco drawer pulls. 

    Found by Jenn is sold at markets in Hamilton and on her Etsy store.

    “I like to purchase vintage jewelry and take apart to reinvent it into something new,” she explains. “Beads are definitely an obsession of mine! It’s also important to me to reuse materials instead of constantly consuming new things. I even keep the clasps and chains to rework into new pieces.”

    Along with Acus-Smith’s business growing, so is her customer base. Most of these customers come when they purchase items through the local Hamilton stores or Hamilton Flea where Found by Jenn is sold. She makes a point to sell in places that value handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces, such as Sara’s House and IVY Salon.

    “I offer jewelry that feels like wearable art; one-of-a-kind pieces that stand out and tell a story,” she says. “When you purchase from an artist, you are investing in their future creativity.”

    As for future endeavors, Acus-Smith just opened an Etsy store and plans to continue to grow her audience through that and selling at new events.

    To explore her Etsy page and find out more about Found by Jenn, visit www.jennacusart.com.

     

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    Miss Em’s, one of our favorite locally-based online retailers, just unveiled a ton of new arrivals! Keep reading for eight great frugal fashionista finds!

    I always love doing these Look for Less blogs using Miss Em’s pieces! It always reaffirms why I love shopping with Miss Em’s so much! You can really update your wardrobe with SO many items for the price of just one or two of the designer versions!

    Miss Em’s JUST got in some new pieces so I wanted to do another Look for Less post using a few of them! Enjoy (and click here to start shopping!) ?

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    Designer (Bozena) – $560

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    Silver Chunky Swirls Necklace
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    Designer (Terapeak) – $179

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    Plaid Scarf
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    Designer (Madewell) – $58

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    Blue/Gold Dangle Earrings
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    Designer (Gemco) – $4,220

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    Beach Charm Bracelet
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    Designer (SPG) $106

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