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    The springtime Vintage Market Days of Dayton-Cincinnati is coming soon!  Read on as we get behind the scenes of all the fun new things you can see and do at this year's event!

    Since its first local shopping event last year, Vintage Market Days brings thousands to enjoy a weekend full of shopping, music, food and family fun — and continues to grow with each event. The next one is coming up April 26-28 at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio.

    “Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage and vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, furniture, seasonal plantings, live music, and food trucks,” explains Vintage Market Days of Dayton and Cincinnati Promoter Tonya Ross.

    The history behind Vintage Market Days goes back to 2012 when it started as an indoor/outdoor Paris flea market-style event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since then, the events have spread across the country and offer attendees more than a sale.

    Each Vintage Market Days event has its own theme – with the April event’s theme being “Memories.”

    Vintage Market Days is introducing several new vendors alongside past favorites at its upcoming event.

    “We will have an Airstream trailer for photo ops at our entrance, a 40-foot mobile clothing boutique, a vintage camper with vintage goods, and a cattle trailer transformed into a storefront,” says Ross.

    More than 100 small businesses come together for the event that attracts people from throughout the Tri-State and the Dayton Metro area. Due to the success the event has seen in the last year, Ross goes the extra length to ensure that Vintage Market Days is an experience rather than just an event, something that gives those who attend the chance to escape their daily hustle and bustle and enjoy time listening to music, shopping with friends, and meeting the vendors.

    “I love to see the vendor interaction and the shoppers faces when they discover the one piece they have been searching for,” she says. “I love to see couples attend our event and shop for their homes.”

    And it’s more than just couples and friends who shop at Vintage Market Days. The family-friendly event means that the little ones are welcome to join in on the shopping fun as well.

    To learn more about the event or to purchase your tickets, click here. Early Buying tickets, which begin on Friday, are $10, while General Admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $5. Once you purchase a ticket you can go in and out of the event as needed. Group discounts are also available by emailing for groups of 10 or more.

    You can catch sneak peeks of the event on Facebook and Instagram.

    Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming event: 

     

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      It’s almost Wedding Season again! For our annual bridal issue, we chat with the founder of a new web series that highlights the pros in the region’s wedding industry.

      Kathy Piech-Lukas has plenty of experience in the wedding planning industry. She’s planning hundreds of weddings over the years and has more than 20 years of event planning experience.

      The passion for weddings came from planning her own wedding.

      “Fourteen years ago there were no reality shows, so I assumed wedding planners were like those in the movies for wealthy people,” she explains. “I didn’t realize that wedding planners could be so helpful to an average person like me.”

      Piech-Lukas is the sole owner and planner at Your Dream Day, a wedding planning company that serves brides and grooms in Cincinnati and Dayton.

      But after years in the industry she’s taking on a new branch to her wedding planning services – a new wedding planning web series hosting by Piech-Lukas where you can watch and meet dozens of Cincinnati and Dayton’s top wedding professionals.

      In her new web series, Piech-Lukas ventures throughout the Cincinnati and Dayton areas to talk with bridal boutiques, venues, florists, and other vendors who are there to help you make the biggest day of your life perfect.

      So far Piech-Lukas has spoken with locally-based bridal stores, visited other boutiques, and talked about the biggest wedding trends you can expect to see this wedding season.

      “Every story is original and every vendor is unique,” she says when talking about the businesses she visits to highlight on her web series and sharing the stories they have to offer.

      Piech-Lukas says that Aisle Do just seemed like the perfect idea when it comes to better serving her clients.

      Because clients bring their own inspiration for each event, she wanted to be able to showcase venues, vendors, and others who can help to make a bride’s big day even better, because no two weddings are the same.

      To give followers even more when it comes to connecting with those in the wedding industry, Piech-Lukas says that she will do social media takeovers for the major bridal shows in Cincinnati, including BridalRama, Cincinnati Wedding Showcase, Ohio Wedding Shows, and A Bride’s Mafia.

      “We go around to each vendor to interview them to get exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage the day of the event,” she says. “Our next takeover is coming up Wednesday at Music Hall!”

      Learn more about Aisle Do on InstagramFacebook or follow along on the YouTube channel. To learn more about Your Dream Day and the wedding planning services offered, visit here.

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      A local company with a purpose is working with local businesses to support women with post-mastectomy clothes that are comfortable and stylish.

      With Grace B. Bold offers post-mastectomy wear for breast cancer patients.

      Megan Sullivan’s business With Grace B. Bold was launched to help women who are dealing with post-mastectomy drains feel like their clothing could be both fashionable and functional. In the time since the brand’s launch With Grace B. Bold was able to successfully reaching its Kickstarter campaign goal.

      “Our collection officially launched after our first round of production and was completed this past November, almost exactly a year later, and our products are now available for purchase,” says Sullivan.

      Since Cincy Chic last spoke with Sullivan, she says the brand has created partnerships and grown in more ways than she could imagine.

      “We’ve had incredibly positive feedback from our hospital partners, and are growing those partnerships to expand outside of the Cincinnati region,” she explains. “We’re continuing our organic outreach and are moving out of Cincinnati into neighboring cities like Dayton, Columbus, and Indianapolis with the the hopes of moving toward national expansion.”

      Sullivan’s dream for the brand is to ultimately become a nationally and even globally recognized fashion company.

      When it comes to her products, Sullivan says that With Grace B. hold has seen overwhelming success in selling The Eileen, the top without the post-surgical drain pocket.

      “So many women have wanted to buy The Eileen to support our mission, and because they love the style,” she says. “I’ve also found that The Eileen has so many uses for reasons outside of breast cancer, such as other upper body surgeries and other mobility concerns.”

      Not only has the style of the products enticed customers to purchase products, but the bamboo fabric they are made out of has been key in contributing to the brand’s success.

      “One of my clients specifically mentioned how amazing it was after experiencing radiation burns that left her with literally no options for clothing other than The Eileen,” says Sullivan. “Other fabrics irritated her skin, and nothing looked appropriate to wear without a bra underneath. The Eileen solved all of those issues.”

      With Grace B. Bold is no longer just available online, it’s also sold in stores.

      Megan Sullivan, Founder of With Grace B. Bold

      “As part of the partnerships we’re creating, we’ve had great success in marketing the brand to local clothing boutiques,” explains Sullivan. “So far we’re offering our products at LouLou’s and Leeta Ruth, and have more partnerships soon to debut.”

      Sullivan says that when With Grace B. Bold gets to partner with local boutiques and other brands is that the business is able to support the local maker community.

      “With so much talent is coming out of Cincinnati, and it’s amazing to come together to support each other and our missions,” she adds.

      With Grace B. Bold recently completed a successful fundraising round on Kiva, a loan program that helps to fund start-up companies with social purpose.

      “We successfully raised $10,000, which will help to supplement our second round of manufacturing and development of a few products we aim to debut soon,” says Sullivan. “We’re always looking for fundraising opportunities, and though we don’t have any more on the calendar as of now, we’re always keeping an eye out.”

      Sullivan says that she’s most excited about the products With Grace B. Bold is working on debuting.

      “We’re working on a few tweaks and enhancements to our current pieces, and hope to launch a few new products in 2019 as well,” she says. “Stay tuned!”

      To learn more about With Grace B. Bold, visit withgracebbold.com, where you can find frequent updates on progress and news. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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      Those who have trouble sleeping can turn to a healthy alternative and wake up feeling rested. Click for all the snooze-worthy details.

      Snoooze is a healthy alternative to helping you get to and stay asleep.

      Having trouble getting to and staying asleep? Snoooze USA wants to help with that.

      “Snoooze is an all-natural drink with sleep-inducing herbs like passion flower, valerian, lemon balm, and lime blossom,” explains Sales Manager Debra Bissantz. “It tastes like an herbal tea with natural hop and peppermint.”

      Bissantz says the company was founded in Austria, by Han Vriens, a food and beverage expert. However, Snoooze USA is run by Rick Ross out of Hebron, Kentucky.

      “Han Vriens was inspired to launch Snoooze because sleep strengthens the immune system, mind, and performance,” says Bissantz. “In addition, sleep enhances mood, stimulates creativity, and helps us manage our weight.”

      The idea behind Snoooze is to have the drink 20-30 minutes before you want to go to bed, that way, your body can be ready to sleep when you’re ready for it. There are two different strengths available from Snoooze to ensure that you’re well rested for whatever you may have planned the next day: Snoooze Regular and Snoooze Strong. 

      What makes Snoooze unique from other teas and products that aim to help you sleep better is that it contains zero chemicals and zero melatonin. “This means that customers won’t wake up the next day feeling groggy as you often do when you take melatonin,” adds Bissantz.

      Additionally, Snoooze won’t cause an addiction or dependency like some see with other sleep aids. “The herbal and natural ingredients in Snoooze cannot cause dependency or addiction,” according to the Snoooze website. “On the contrary – the natural herbs in Snoooze support your natural sleep cycles and help promote healthy and restful sleep so you can feel regenerated and ready for whatever happens the next day.”

      The website also states that this product is most ideal for healthy adults who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night due to work-related or family stress.

      “Most healthy American adults experience this type of stress during the work week and therefore sleep less than they should,” the website states. “Many adults with such sleep deficit are often unaware that their lack of sleep leads to lower memory capacity, decreased mental performance, and lower immune strength.”

      Customers can shop Snoooze online, on Amazon, or by visiting these Cincinnati locations:

      • Clifton Health Foods
      • Jungle Jim’s
      • Unlimited Health Foods (Dayton)
      • Kristina Ashley LMT (Florence)
      • Fitzgerald’s Pharmacy (Bethel, Williamsburg, Seaman)

      Snoooze is continuing to expand across the country since it first launched in the Tri-State in Spring 2018.

      To learn more about Snoooze, visit https://us.snoooze.co/. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram. If you’re interested in becoming a distributing, send Bissantz and email at DBissantz@snooozeusa.com.

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        Rooted in empowering female entrepreneurs, a Columbus-based movement is spreading its roots to the Queen City. Read in for all the inner-diva-inspiring details.

        The Diva Movement strives to empower other female entrepreneurs and leaders.

        Behind every successful woman is a group of women who are cheering her on. In an effort to provide women with a supportive and inspiring community of fellow leaders and entrepreneurs, The Diva Movement was created.

        “The Diva Movement is a community of women leaders and entrepreneurs where we provide support, tools, and resources to help women grow as they are growing their business,” explains CEO and Founder Noni Banks. “We offer online personal and business development resources, networking, events, entrepreneur workshops, and opportunities for women to connect in our private Facebook group.”

        Banks says that she was inspired to launch The Diva Movement off a quote by W.E.B. Dubois: “There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.”

        “I was at a place in my life where I was tired of waking up every day and not being fulfilled,” explains Banks. “I was going through a divorce and I realized that I consistently placed my hopes and dreams on the back burner, while I pushed and [helped] build someone else’s dream.”

        In an effort to help build the dreams of the women around her, Banks launched The Diva Movement, which in 2018 served more than 600 women at 13 Diva Movement events. The organization also trained 50 female entrepreneurs in the workshop series for small business owners, mentored 75 female entrepreneurs, reached 18,000 followers in 16 countries on social media, and served 63 girls in the leadership session.

        “What started as a book club with 15 people has now grown into an organization with more than 300 members,” adds Banks.

        Every week there are women who join The Diva Movement and are sharing their stories of how they’ve reached the same point in their lives that Banks did – they want to pursue their own dreams and build on their own passions.

        “They are tired of playing small, tired of their voices not being heard, tired of not having a seat at the table, and tired of not believing that their vision for their lives matters,” says Banks.

        The main mission behind The Diva Movement was to create an organization that understands the challenges of women who were running a business, raising a family, and working a full-time job.

        “I wanted to create a space where these women could thrive,” says Banks. “We designed the memberships, services, and events to support these women by helping them grow as they are growing their businesses.”

        Noni Banks, Founder of The Diva Movement

        There are three levels of membership available with The Diva Movement. Membership is available for individuals and entrepreneurs as well as small business group memberships for companies and organizations.

        Member highlights with The Diva Movement include:

        • Membership pricing to select events
        • Access to member only events
        • Share your expertise as a guest blogger
        • Business mentoring sessions
        • Special vendor advertising rates
        • Opportunity to promote products or services on Facebook group
        • Personal and entrepreneurial downloads and resources
        • Access to connect with a supportive online community of women in a private Facebook group
        • Diva deals and discounts

        According to Banks, the uniqueness behind The Diva Movement is its design to meet the needs of women who are working a full-time job and running a business.

        “Our networking events are known for creating a dynamic, inspirational, and fun atmosphere where women can connect in meaningful and authentic ways,” says Banks. “Guests connect with other like-minded women and learn from our featured speakers of women leaders and entrepreneurs while having fun.”

        To give women a glimpse into what The Diva Movement can do for them, the organization is hosting The 2019 Women’s Wealth and Wellness Expo on Saturday, January 26, at The Ohio Deaf Alumni Association Center in Westerville.

        “The Expo provides resources, education, and tools to help improve the financial health and overall wellness for women,” explains Banks. “The Expo is a community event that brings together hundreds of women for a day of education, inspiration and fun. Guests will enjoy fitness demos, financial professionals, business resources, and beauty and wellness experts.”

        The history of The Expo goes back to 2014 when Banks was coming out of her divorce. She found herself as the single mom of four boys and needed to rebuild herself – emotionally, physically, and financially.

        “I thought it would be great to host an event where women can be equipped with the education, strategies, and tools to rebuild their lives,” says Banks. “In my mind, I only expected maybe 50 women to be interested. Unbelievably, over 200 women attended, and the rest is history. We have hosted over 2,000 women and we are expecting a wonderful turnout this year.”

        Banks says that new chapters of The Diva Movement are opening in both Dayton and Cincinnati this year.

        “We are working with women in a handful of countries to collaborate on some Diva Movement workshops, initiatives, and events,” adds Banks.

        To learn more about The Diva Movement, visit www.thedivamovement.org. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

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          Rooted in faith and a desire to make the world a little brighter, one local lady decided to take the leap into her own apparel business. Read on to hear more about the positivity she’s weaving into the community one trendy thread at a time. 

          At a time when it seems like the world is becoming more negative by the day, Whitley wanted to take her faith and spread it – one T-shirt at a time – through her business Blessed Attire.

          “Blessed Attire is a faith-based apparel and specialty items company featuring trendy men’s, women’s, and kid’s apparel as well as jewelry, signs, hats, and other items with more being added,” explains Whitley.

          The goal of the items sold by Blessed Attire is to spread positive messages to those who buy and see them while also starting the conversation of faith.

          “The world we live in is becoming more and more negative and chaotic as time passes,” says Whitley. “News stories, social media, etc. all report on the terrible things happening in our society but only rarely talk about the amazing things happening. This is where we come in. Blessed Attire is about spreading positive messages.”

          Andrea Whitley is a lifelong Cincinnatian. She also has deep roots in her faith and what she believes in.

          Whitley wants to change the narrative on seeing negative stories everywhere. “If we can start a conversation and change someone’s day then I am doing something right,” she says. “If someone buys a shirt that say ‘Be still know’ and it makes someone ask ‘what does that mean’ – just think of the impact.”

          Blessed Attire is owned by Andrea Whitley, alongside her husband and daughter. Blessed Attire offers faith-based apparel, jewelry, and accessories.

          Blessed Attire offers shirts and necklaces that say things like ‘just breathe’ and it helps someone breathe and calm a little – Whitley says that’s the kind of thing that keeps her going.

          All of the designs offered from Blessed Attire – from “blessed” to “love” – means something. “You are blessed and loved,” says Whitley. “You are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ and if you ‘just breathe,’ you can handle anything.”

          All in all, Whitley says that the inspiration behind Blessed Attire is to let others know they are blessed and loved while also spreading positivity and faith to help make a difference in the world.

          When you shop Blessed Attire you will find men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles.

          “We offer everything from T-shirts and hoodies to boutique styles,” says Whitley. “We also offer a wide range of sizes including plus sizes and we do not up-charge for plus/curvy sizes.”

          According to Whitley, some of the top selling pieces available from Blessed Attire include the hats and the women’s boutique styles. Because the store offers so many different items and designs, it can help customers to feel comfortable in what they select.

          Blessed Attire tries to keep prices fair and affordable for every size wallet. Most of the apparel items range from $22 to $40, hats run from $20 to $22 depending on the style, and the jewelry averages around $20.

          Aside from its passion for offering faith-based apparel, Blessed Attire also stands out in other ways.

          “When Blessed Attire was first opened, one of the goals was to give back to the community,” says Whitley. “We do that through our Church Partner Program. It is a 5 percent giveback program for organizations and churches to assist with mission trips, education programs, and more.”

          Additionally, the majority of items from Blessed Attire are original designs. Whitley says she creates a large majority of the designs and loves getting new ideas from customers. “I’m usually able to add a new design to the website within 48 hours,” she adds.

          You’ll be seeing a lot more of Blessed Attire in 2019, and Whitley says she couldn’t be more excited.

          You can find products for men, women, and children at Blessed Attire.

          Come January, Blessed Attire will be moving to a larger space within the Monarch Market Shoppes to Inspire, allowing the store to add new items and expand its line.

          Whitley will also be adding new athletic items in 2019 and plans on releasing new designs for all online apparel in February.

          A new blog and marketing plans are also in the works as Blessed Attire aims to have its products in 8 retail stores in the coming year.

          To learn more about Blessed Attire, visit www.blessedattire.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram, or check out the products in person at the Monarch Market Shoppes to Inspire inside the Dayton Mall.

          To get in contact with Whitley, you can call her at 513-532-1494 or send her an email at awhitley@blessedattire.com.

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            From running a business out of a spare bedroom to a fashion empire with stores in Wilmington and a second store now open in Hyde Park, a local lady is out to give shoppers trendy options without breaking the bank. Read on to learn more.

            Everyday Chic Boutique is a women’s clothing store with locations in Wilmington and Hyde Park.

            Since its opening in May 2014, Everyday Chic Boutique has seen nothing but growth.

            Karli Harris, the boss lady behind the business, first launched the business from a spare room in her house.

            After she graduated from college, Harris was working for Wright-Patt Credit Union in Dayton. While at work, she found that she wanted to feel trendy in her clothing option, but didn’t want to break the bank either.

            That’s when she came up with the idea for Everyday Chic Boutique, and now she’s opened a second location in Hyde Park Square at 2643 Erie Avenue.

            Harris says that she chose a spot in Hyde Park because she wanted to open another location of Everyday Chic Boutique closer to the city, but while still maintaining the store’s “small town feel.”

            “I avoided strips or malls when pursuing a new area, so when I found the Square I instantly fell in love with its charm and history, and I knew this was the right spot for Everyday Chic Boutique,” she says.

            The new location opened its doors on November 17, with hours 7 days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.

            Although they’re already open, Harris says she’s planning on a big celebration with a Grand Opening event in January.

            At Everyday Chic Boutique, you’ll find brands like Free People, Bed|Stu, and 7 For All Mankind among a wide selection of privately-labeled pieces.

            “We have apparel, denim, shoes, accessories, and gifts,” says Harris. “We also make it a priority to purchase lines available that focus on giving back to the community and environment such as Love Your Melon, Cecelia Jewelry, and Noah & Co Candles.”

            Harris says that what makes Everyday Chic Boutique different from other boutiques is that it aims to change the way women shop while also offering a personalized experience that she says she wasn’t getting at big box stores.

            “Fast forward 6 years and we’ve expanded our original store into a 2,500-square-foot location and are opening new storefronts,” she says.

            Harris personally selects every piece that hits the floor to ensure that customers are given a unique and high-quality selection to choose from when they shop at Everyday Chic Boutique.

            “Our inventory is constantly changing to guarantee you will always find new, exciting items,” she adds. “It is our mission at Everyday Chic Boutique to provide every guest with a tailored, empowering customer experience. We believe shopping should be easy, and that the process should be painless. We strive to create a friendly and fun experience for everyone that steps in the door.”

            Price points for items at Everyday Chic Boutique range from $25 to $150 depending on the brand and season. The private labeled options are the bulk of the inventory, according to Harris, and range from $25 to $75.

            The store carries a wide selection of inventory, so there’s something for everyone.

            At Everyday Chic Boutique, the focus is on quality, fashionable options at an affordable price point.

            “We want you to be able to ‘guilt-free’ purchase an entire outfit when visiting our boutiques, an outfit that will last you multiple seasons,” adds Harris.

            Harris says that when you mention this article while shopping at any of the boutiques, you’ll get 15% off your first purchase through the end of the year. There’s also a VIP Text Club, which you can join by texting “ecbhydepark” to 51660 for deals throughout the year.

            To learn more about Everyday Chic Boutique, visit https://www.everydaychicboutique.com/. You can also check them out on Instagram and Facebook to learn more, see new arrivals, and check out specials and promotions.

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            We're chatting with a Dayton-based gift store that sells cheeky items aimed to empower women.

            Heart Mercantile is located in the heart of Dayton’s Oregon District.

            Cincy Chic: What is Heart Mercantile?
            Amanda Hensler, Co-Owner and Manager of Heart Mercantile: Heart Mercantile is a fun and unique gift shop located in the historic Oregon District in downtown Dayton, Ohio. We feature many offbeat gifts that you can’t find anywhere else. We are known for our Dayton t-shirts, an array of products with adult humor and female empowerment items.

            Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
            Hensler: Brittany Smith and Carly Barrett opened Heart Mercantile in 2015. Brittany’s son has a heart condition that he has had since birth and that is where the name and logo stem from. At the time, they had a booth at Antiques Village and had collected enough unique vintage items that they decided to open a shop. Avid lovers of Dayton and wanting to bring life back to the downtown area, a space on 5th Street of the Oregon District was the perfect location to open their shop. With their vintage collection, they began adding cards, everyday items that had funny messages on them, soaps, bath bombs, books and more. At one point they had even sold plants. That sparked the idea for a local plant shop, Luna Gifts & Botanicals, in 2016 in the same neighborhood. Heart has evolved from a hodgepodge gift shop to a female powered local business that finds the humor in living. We try to find products that people don’t normally see in bigger retail stores. We love hearing people laugh as they slowly make their way through the shop, reading every last line on our funny desk signs, mugs, soaps, cards and even t-shirts.

            Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
            Hensler: In 2017, Heart Mercantile added two more owners to the pot; Kait Gilcher and Amanda Hensler, who also manage the shop. With four women running the show, Heart Mercantile has been able to blossom into the snarky, bad sister we know her as today. If you follow us on social media and see our daily chalkboard signs, you’ll see what we mean. 😉

            Cincy Chic: Where is Heart Mercantile located?
            Hensler: Heart Mercantile is located in the historic Oregon District in downtown Dayton, Ohio, at 438 East 5th Street. Along with its two sister stores, Luna Gifts & Botanicals at 261 Wayne Ave. and Hedges & Wolf at 504 East 5th Street (women’s clothing boutique) and many other small local retail shops and restaurants on 5th Street, the Oregon District is a great holiday shopping day trip.

            Cincy Chic: What types of products do you carry in store?
            Hensler: We carry an array of gifts for everyone in your life that has a sense of humor. We have barware, locally printed and designed t-shirts, mugs, a variety of books, Dayton, Ohio items, some local brands like Whiskey River and Right Candle Company (formerly 419 Candles) and more.

            Cincy Chic: What are some of your most popular items? 
            Hensler: Our Dayton t-shirts, such as our ‘Dayton Till I Die’ tee, funny mugs, socks and soaps are probably our more popular items. We have lots of Female Empowerment items as well. Last year, at Christmas we sold felt vagina ornaments we found from an ESTY vendor that caused quite the controversy. We ended up selling out of them 3 times.

            Cincy Chic: What are some of the items you recommend as gifts for the holidays?
            Hensler: We have tons of stocking stuffers for all kinds of people. We carry lots of funny sock brands if you want to spice up your boring Christmas sock game. Our celebrity prayer candles and wooden laser cut ornaments and key chains are always hot sellers, as well as our funny coffee mugs and Dayton t-shirts.

            Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for the store?
            Hensler: We hope to get our website updated and running soon so we can expand to an online store with select items. As of now, if customers see something we post on social media that they like, they can email us at heartdayton@gmail.com for any holds or shipping requests.

            Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
            Hensler: Readers can follow us on Instagram and on Facebook.

             

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              The end of summer is near, which means it’s time to throw on your favorite fall boots (yay!) and gear up for all the fall and winter holidays! Learn more about an upcoming vintage shopping event, full of curated entertainment, local makers, and fun for the whole family — all for a great cause. 

              Imagine a place packed with one-of-kind pieces for your home with a fun vintage flair, the live entertainment has you tapping your toes as your kids get their face painted, and you smell the yumminess coming from all the food trucks. Those are just a few things you’ll experience at the upcoming Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton “Home for the Holidays” event – and it’s all for a good cause.

              It’s all taking place November 2-4 at the Greene County Fairground in Xenia, Ohio, and will feature two barns full of vendors showcasing vintage finds, antiques, art, handmade items, seasonal plants, consumable goodies, furniture, children’s items, home decor, boutique clothing, and jewelry.

              “Think HGTV show ‘Fixer Upper’ where older homes with ‘good bones’ are transformed into bright and airy homes and accented with refinished or retro furnishings,” explains Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton Promoter Tonya Ross. “Think Makers’ Market meets Estate Sales meets Etsy meets your local boutique. You will find something for your family, home, and closet at our event. Something for everyone.”

              Ross believes that one’s home should tell the story of who they are, and that it should be a collection of what they love, and she believes event attendees will be able to find items that do just that at Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton.

              Ross recalls a story of a customer who attended an event and found a family heirloom. “A customer found a painting of a pink rose at one of our events, after purchasing it for her daughter’s bedroom she discovered it as painted by her husband’s great-grandmother,” she says. “A piece lost by the family, but rediscovered at our Vintage Market Days event.”

              There have also been customers who have purchase their first homes and found furniture and decor they needed – from a dining room set to entryway benches.

              “We’ve had bridal parties attend looking for wedding decor, professional photographers come to find photo props, and many more stories,” she adds.

              Each of the events has a theme and that theme is carried out with vendor tags, entrance decor, staging decoration, and on the photo opportunity walls, which Ross says is a customer favorite.

              “Our theme for November is ‘Home for the Holidays,’ and you will find our decor a mix of farmhouse, Victorian, and traditional,” she says. “So you can start your holiday shopping with us.”

              In addition to shopping, there will also be workshops at the November event. There will be DIY paint demonstrations at 11 am and 1 pm Friday through Sunday and a fresh wreath class on Friday and Saturday at noon.

              Food trucks will be at this event for shoppers to enjoy as they wander through each vendor booth.

              As far as entertainment goes, there’s a lot lined up for the event, Ross says, as coffee house-style musicians will perform all day Friday through Sunday. “There will be a stage with a seating area for shoppers to grab a snack or meal and enjoy,” she explains, adding that face painting will be available for free for children on Saturday from 10 am 1 pm.

              Ross does have a few tips for those who plan to shop at the event. “Wear comfy shoes, bring a wagon or totes to carry your items, and take time to meet the makers at each booth,” she says. “They all have a story behind their business, where they found a piece or their inspiration for their handmade items.”

              Vendors for the event represent not only the local region but also 14 states from throughout the country as well, so you’re bound to find something for you or someone you love at this curated event.

              Event proceeds from the event will go to Circle of Victory, which helps cancer patients and their families on the cancer journey with financial assistance.

              A three-day ticket is $10 and general admission on Saturday and Sunday is $5. All tickets allow for re-entry all weekend with a wristband and all vendors will be indoors, with food trucks located outside.

              You can learn more about Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton here or follow along on Facebook and Instagram. To check out additional information on the event, click here and purchase your tickets here.

              Watch below for a sneak peek of the upcoming event:

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              Get all the delicious details about a new artisanal cheese company that pairs locally-sourced cheeses, fine wines, and lots of fun in an urban oasis.

              Urban Stead Cheese is the city’s first urban artisanal cheese company.

              Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Urban Stead Cheese!
              Andrea Robbins, Owner of Urban Stead Cheese: Urban Stead Cheese is Cincinnati’s first urban artisanal cheese company; we opened our doors on February 23, 2018. We make a variety of cheeses using local jersey milk that we pick up each week from Bohls Jerseys, located in Mowrystown, Ohio. We also age all of our cheese on-site, and have viewing windows into both the production room as well as the aging rooms. We have a Tasting Room where we serve a variety of cheese-related menu items as well as a full selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Urban Stead Cheese also retails all of its cheese and other locally-sourced products, in addition to beer and wine, from the Tasting Room.

              Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
              Robbins: Scott and I have a passion for travel, for food (especially locally-sourced food), entertaining and of course for cheese. We visited a handful of cheesemakers in our travels, and really fell in love with the idea that we could bring the typical farmstead cheesemaking to the city. It’s also important to note that both of our grandparents were dairy farmers; we’re really thrilled to have the opportunity to honor our family heritage.

              Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
              Robbins: Scott and Andrea Robbins are the husband and wife team behind Urban Stead Cheese. Scott is the Cheesemaker, while Andrea runs the operations of the business; both of them can frequently be found in the Tasting Room working behind the bar and chatting about all things cheese! Scott has been in the food and wine business for nearly 30 years; he is a Certified Sommelier and has spent the last four years studying cheesemaking and leading the conversion of the building into the cheesemaking facility. Andrea has an Accounting Degree and an MBA from the University of Dayton and worked in the accounting industry for nearly 15 years prior to joining Urban Stead Cheese full time in December 2017. She now oversees the operations of the business as well as community outreach. Where are you located? Urban Stead Cheese is located at 3036 Woodburn Avenue, which is in the East Walnut Hills/Evanston neighborhood. The owners revitalized the former East Walnut Hills Medical Clinic, which sat vacant for nearly 10 years prior to their purchase of the building in 2016.

              Cincy Chic: What products do you offer in store?
              Robbins: We offer a full selection of our cheeses in the Tasting Room; we make beautiful cheese boards that feature a selection of our house-made cheeses. We currently have a bandaged cheddar (Street Ched), an aged gouda, our Alpine-style Tomme, fresh cheddar curds, quark (a German farm-style soft cheese) and our Misty River Camembert. We also have several soft spreadable cheeses that we make using our quark; these include our Ohio Valley Pimento, Beer Cheese and a Sun-Dried Tomato Basil spread. We also work with our baker, Natalie Butcher of Hungry Noodle, to serve a traditional Quark Kasekuchen as well a Quark Cake that is topped with local fruit and honey. We’re really excited to be working with several great local producers that make their products in either the Findlay Market Incubator Kitchen or the Newport Incubator Kitchen. We serve Tuba Baking Co.’s soft pretzels alongside our beer cheese; these pretzels are really amazing and showcase a traditional German Swabian-style pretzel. Queen City Shrub fruit mixers are the foundation of our cocktail program; we also sell shrubs for retail from our shop. We source our bread from Allez Bakery on Main Street; Tom McKenna – the owner and baker at Allez – has been a fantastic partner for us.

              Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
              Robbins: Our newest item is our beautiful selection of catering cheese boards; customers can call the shop and we can help you customize a cheese board for your party. We also offer a variety of gift baskets, in addition to gift cards. Keep your eyes open for a fun holiday gift baskets that feature some a variety of local cheeses. We’ll also be debuting a reserve wine list this week; Scott’s picked some really fun wines that can be enjoyed in the Tasting Room, but can also purchased for retail. We’re always working to evolve; our goal is to get better every day. We’re thrilled with the cheese that we’re making; we’ve found a wonderful partner in our milk supplier and its enabling us to make really good cheese. As we’ve just passed our six month mark, we’re going to start seeing these cheeses come into their own as they get a little age on them; we’re super excited to see these cheeses develop their own unique personalities. We also continue to expand our partnerships with local restaurants; currently, our cheese is served at Bauer Farm Kitchen, Metropole, Nine Giant Brewing and can often be found at Madison’s at Findlay Market; we’re in discussion with quite a few other restaurants to offer our products in their establishments. We’re also working on several publicity pieces that should be in print by the end of the year.

              Cincy Chic: What makes Urban Stead Cheese unique?
              Robbins: We have “Cheddar for the Better” painted in huge letters behind our bar in the Tasting Room. Cheddar for the Better is of course about making world-class cheddar, as well as other cheeses; however, it’s about so much more than making good cheese. It’s our litmus test for the decisions we make in this business. We feel very strongly about making an investment and a positive impact in the City of Cincinnati and in the Evanston and East Walnut Hills neighborhoods. From the get-go, we knew we wanted to use a vacant building and we wanted to be in the city limits; we want to be a part of the neighborhood momentum that is going on across the city, and we want to bring better cheese to the people of Cincinnati while doing so. We make every effort possible to minimize our footprint during the process. One of the by-products of cheesemaking is whey; most of us know whey as a powder product that we put in our smoothies, but we produce about 500-600 gallons of liquid whey each week when we make cheese. We work with the Shinkle family, who owns TS Farms, to give them our whey; it’s a positive both for us and for them. Tiffany Shinkle comes into farmers markets several days a week; she brings totes and picks up our whey and takes it back to her farm to supplement the feed for her pigs, cows, sheep and goats. This partnership is something you often see in the farmstead cheesemaking world, and it was important to us to continue the completion of this circle in our urban cheesemaking venture. We’re always looking for opportunities to create meaningful partnerships and relationships.

              Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
              Robbins: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and for new product offerings. You can also find more details on our website at www.urbansteadcheese.com, where we have links to all of the great publicity we’ve received. Edible Ohio Valley recently wrote a beautiful piece that really tells the full story of Urban Stead Cheese; the Fall 2018 edition is available on newsstands and in local shops starting this week.

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