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Read about the only boutique in the Tri-State that sells baby items and wedding accessories!

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Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Diamonds & Dimples Chic Boutique!
Denise Kersting, Owner of Diamonds & Dimples Chic Boutique: Diamonds & Dimples Chic Boutique is a unique shop on historic Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue, Kentucky. We specialize in wedding and baby items as well as home decor and unique Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky-made gifts.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind your business?
Kersting: Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, with a background in fashion merchandising, I have always dreamed of opening a fashion boutique. In September 2014, I was blessed with the birth of my first granddaughter, Kyleigh, who inspired me to leave the corporate business world and make this dream a reality. Starting as an idea to sell baby and bridal shower gifts, Diamonds & dimples was born and has evolved into what it is today.

Baby items sold at Diamonds & Dimples Chic Boutique in Bellevue, Kentucky.
Baby items sold at Diamonds & Dimples Chic Boutique in Bellevue, Kentucky.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Diamonds & Dimples?
Kersting: I am the sole owner of Diamonds & Dimples with help from my husband, children, and other family and friends along the way. I am a lifelong resident of the Northern Kentucky area, graduating from Xavier University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and spending 20+ years in the sales and merchandising industry. I married my husband of 36 years in 1984, we have raised 3 children together and now have 1 granddaughter.

Cincy Chic: When did you launch Diamonds & Dimples?
Kersting: Diamonds & Dimples Chic Boutique opened on October 27, 2015.

Cincy Chic: What types of items do you sell in store?
Kersting: We specialize in baby and wedding items, as well as home decor and gifts. Baby items include clothing with brands such as Mud Pie, BeeMine Sunshine, Tiny Treasures, and others with sizes 0-24 months. We also sell blankets, toys, bows and headbands, books, plush items, bibs, teething rings, and other accessories. Wedding items include flower girl baskets, ring bearer pillows, unity candles, Mr. & Mrs. forks and flutes, garters, and other accessories. Home decor items in-store include picture frames, candles, beer soap, personalized plaques, and other items.

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Cincy Chic: Can you give us price points for items in your store?
Kersting: I believe in keeping all my prices reasonable – almost all items in the store are priced between $5 and $50 with the majority of items falling in the $10-$20 range.

Cincy Chic: What makes Diamonds & Dimples unique?
Kersting: Diamonds & Dimples is the only boutique in Bellevue and surrounding areas dedicated to selling baby and wedding items. Reasonable prices for high quality and one-of-a-kind items is also a unique quality of Diamonds & Dimples. We also support many local companies by carrying their products in store such as: State Threads, Cincinnati Beer Soap, Eida Candle, Twigs, Adoreabows, and other local consignors who create personalized pieces for Diamonds & Dimples customers.

Cincy Chic: Where is your store located?
Kersting: You can find us at 402 Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for your business?
Kersting: We are very excited to be launching our website and online storefront and hope to have this completed by the end of June. As the wedding season approaches, Diamonds & Dimples will also be ramping up wedding accessory offers for local brides looking to make their special day unique!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Kersting: For now you can find all information on our Facebook page. Keep an eye out for the website www.diamondsanddimples.com and online store coming soon!

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Learn about the renovated a 19th century church in Bellevue that’s now a bed and breakfast ranked as one of the best inns for interior design and decor.

Christopher’s Bed and Breakfast is located in a renovated and church and boasts a great location and historic design.

Located in one of Bellevue’s three historic districts is Christopher’s Bed and Breakfast. With views of the Ohio river and the Cincinnati skyline, this quaint little B&B is located less than two miles from Newport on the Levee in the Taylor’s Daughters neighborhood, and is also just a short walking distance from the Historic Fairfield Avenue District of shops and restaurants.

Since its opening in August 1997, Brenda Guidugli and her family have been running the B&B, which is located in the former home of the Bellevue Christian Church.

“Christopher’s is a bed and breakfast in a renovated church that offers overnight getaways and also caters to couples wishing to celebrate special occasions, or to reconnect with their loved one,” explains Guidugli, who is the B&B’s innkeeper.

The structure comes with plenty of history behind it. The property was put up for sale after the church merged with the Dayton, Kentucky, Church of Christ. Local zoning restriction meant that the building had to be used as either a church, daycare, primary residence or a bed and breakfast.

“While owning several two-family rental properties, low-interest rates were enticing good tenants to purchase homes and at that time, the idea of opening a bed and breakfast gave us inspiration to pursue city approval before purchasing the former church,” says Guidugli.

Stained glass windows are featured in each of the three rooms and Christopher's.
Stained glass windows are featured in each of the three rooms and Christopher’s.

Housing the B&B in a former church helps give it plenty of unique characteristics. This 19th century church still has the original stained glass windows and hardwood floors. With 8,100-square-feet, the property offers three spacious Jacuzzi suites, each with its own stained-glass window for a romantic and rich ambiance.

“Named after the patron saint of travelers, Christopher’s has been voted by inn-goers for three consecutive years as one of the Top 15 B&Bs for Best Interior Design and Decor in Arrington’s Bed and Breakfast Journal’s Book of Lists,” adds Guidugli.

The three rooms available at Christopher’s are the Beverly Rose Whirlpool Room, Loretta Rose Whirlpool Room and the Governor’s Suit. “Each offer a private bath and premium bedding and are equipped with free Internet, Wi-Fi and flat screen televisions,” says Guidugli. “A common room, named the Sitting Room, is for guests to gather and enjoy snacks and refreshments.”

Room rates for the Beverly and Loretta rooms are $135 excluding tax while the Governor’s Suite is $195 excluding tax.

Guidugli says they hope to eventually convert the former church hall into a small event center, but they don’t quite have a project start date just yet, so you’ll have to keep an eye out for the news.

To learn more, visit www.christophersbb.net.

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