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Two friends took their fashion-forward dream of launching an online boutique and made it happen. Learn more about it and how they’re making a brick-and-mortar boutique debut in Old Milford soon.

 

Jackson Whitacre is currently preparing to open its first brick-and-mortar location in Old Milford.

Friends Julie Crowthers and Haley Kemp have a passion for do-it-yourself projects. The two have completed a number of projects in their own homes including unique light fixtures, custom counter tops, shutters, and various home decor projects.

“We jokingly toyed with the idea of starting our own shop,” laughs Kemp. “We didn’t know exactly what it entailed, but no matter where we were or what we were doing, the subject always came up.”

Then, thanks to their DIY abilities, friends, family, and coworkers began asking the two to make pieces for them. Kemp says she doesn’t know when it became official, but the seriousness of starting their own business venture began.

Kemp and Crowthers began planning and purchasing clothing and home decor items for their new business in March 2016. Then, on May 2, 2016, they officially launched Jackson Whitacre.

“Jackson Whitacre is an online retail shop that sells homemade furnishings for your home as well as custom nursery pieces along with trend apparel and other home decor,” explains Kemp.

When you shop at Jackson Whitacre you’ll find a wide variety of women and children’s clothing and accessories, custom made nursery products, homemade home furnishings, trendy home decor pieces, and natural bath and body products.  

A goal for Kemp and Crowthers was to keep their prices pocketbook friendly, and they did just that. “We offer something for everyone, with pricing starting at $5.95,” says Kemp.

According to Kemp, what makes Jackson Whitacre unique is the wide variety of products they offer. “We strive to keep prices in a moderate range so people from all walks of life can find something for themselves or a loved one,” adds Kemp.

This year promises to be something big for Kemp and Crowthers at Jackson Whitacre. Kemp says the two will be opening a Jackson Whitacre storefront in Old Milford in the coming weeks.

To learn more about Jackson Whitacre, visit www.jacksonwhitacre.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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A local family-owned boutique concept is hitting it big. Learn more about the women's fashion, home décor and gift boutique that just opened a new location in Anderson on Beechmont Ave.

 

Rose & Remington opened a new boutique location in Beechmont.

Cincy Chic: What is Rose & Remington?
Lisa Jones of Rose & Remington: Rose & Remington is an eclectic boutique and home store with five locations in Ohio. We carry affordable, chic, and empowering items.

Cincy Chic: Tell us about your new Beechmont store, when did you open?
Jones: Our Beechmont community welcomed Rose & Remington in early December 2016.

Rose & Remington features an eclectic collection of apparel, jewelry, and home goods.

Cincy Chic: What makes this eclectic boutique so unique?
Jones: What makes Rose & Remington unique is the wide range of inventory we offer. Each store offers something special for every person that walks through the door. Our exceptional customer service is also something we truly enjoy expressing to each customer who shops with us. The Beechmont store is unique because we are a breath of fresh air to the community. We are constantly thanked for opening this location because women now have someone different to shop than a big box store. When a customer walks in, our goal is to build a relationship with that person. We love helping them shop for their outfit or for their new special home item.

Cincy Chic: Why is Rose & Remington Beechmont one of the city’s best kept secrets?
Jones: Our best form of advertisement is word of mouth. That being said Beechmont is no longer a kept secret; only because everyone has to share their experience at our store with their friends and family!

Cincy Chic: What types of products can customers find at the store?
Jones: We carry a wide variety of women’s clothing and accessories. Our Lebanon and Beechmont locations have the awesome opportunity of having a designated home section. Our unique home items include small decor, signs, florals, chandeliers, and custom home furniture.

Cincy Chic: Can you give us a price range for items?
Jones: This is something that is truly hard to pinpoint because of the wide variety of products we offer. For our clothing, we have items as low as $12.99. For our jewelry, we have items at low as $2.99. Our price points are affordable for anyone.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Rose & Remington this year?
Jones: Yes! Rose & Remington is always growing. We are excited to announce that our Florence location will soon be added to our family.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along with the store?
Jones: Stop by and visit us at our Beechmont location! We’re at 454 Ohio Pike in Cincinnati. We are also active on Facebook and Instagram. To get more insider information, join our email list. You can also visit us 24 hours a day at www.roseandremington.com.

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Check out an OTR-based multicultural, multipurpose boutique that’s helping people experience culture, businesses and events in new ways.

Sweet Sistah Splash gives local Cincinnatians a chance to explore a different culture and shop items from around the world.
Sweet Sistah Splash gives local Cincinnatians a chance to explore different cultures and shop items from around the world.

Are you living in the Cincinnati area and want to experience different cultures? Sweet Sistah Splash, located on Sycamore Street in Over-The-Rhine, has a variety of classes, programs,events, and sells items that represent different parts of the world.

The name of the shop says that they “support women of all businesses, women of color,” says Nzingha Byrd, co-owner of Sweet Sistah Splash. The “sistah” part indicates an ethnic spin, and the “splash” portion of the business has to do with collaboration. “Splash indicates what I do, what she does, coming together, and splashing all over the city, whether it has to do with the programs, different artists and consigners that are on our shelves,” says Byrd. The mission of the business is to empower community and cultural education.

bgv_ad_2Sweet Sistah splash serves as a multicultural, multipurpose boutique. The storefront serves as a consignment shop, where Native American medicine bags and dream catchers, Japanese and Asian-inspired bags, artwork from Jamaica, and a lot of African art, books, attire, and jewelry are sold. Also, local artists are given the opportunity to make money by selling their items in their shop.

It’s also a bookstore where there are books about African experiences and culture, such as health, nonfiction, fiction, relationships, and even a few cookbooks. The shop also opens their doors for community events like a cupcake social, book releases, etc. Additionally, the store hosts regular programs in their space, such as Naughty Networking, where they invite companies like Pure Romance to come in, Belly Dancing, Movie Club With a Purpose, Rhyme A Reason, Open Mic Nights, and Yoga. Yoga, along with a meditation circle, is a part of Sweet Sistah Sundays, which is Byrd’s favorite program. The program is special to Byrd because it started in her living room a couple of years ago with two of her best friends. After a sleepover one night, the three of them decided to meditate, pray together, do some yoga, and then had some breakfast together.

They decided to keep the tradition, and they started to invite other “sistahs” into the space, and it still goes on to this day. “We are always trying to meet the needs of the community through programs and really figure out what the people want and bring it,” says Byrd.

Sweet Sistah Splash is a unique business for the Over-The-Rhine community. It is a personal brand that came naturally from Byrd and her team. Her business promotes individuality of everyone who comes into the space, and believes that nobody is the same. “The programs that we have are a direct representation of who we are as individuals. The programs don’t have a blueprint, a curriculum, or what type of event that we have in our space,” says Byrd. “All of the events that we have, they grow really organically from our heart, from our souls, so everything that we do is fresh and new, nobody else is doing it.”

There is never a typical day at Sweet Sistah Splash because it is based on the program happening. Byrd’s favorite thing about working for the business is the diversity offered through their programs. “It’s cool that we can have events that can really be beneficial and inspiring to the entire Cincinnati community, whether we are focusing on children, healthy relationships, health and wellness, or women that are entering into menopausal age,“ she says. “We cover so many different things in our space and it’s always exciting to see what comes into the space next.”

Sweet Sistah Splash is located at 1218 Sycamore St. in OTR. To learn more, visit their website www.shopsweetsistahsplash.com, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. You can also contact Byrd directly at: 513-332-1575.

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    This women’s fashion boutique in Madeira just got a facelift. We chat with the owner about lessons learned in the shop’s first six years, what’s new and improved with the remodel, and what’s on her haute couture horizon.

    Monkee's of Madeira recently underwent a facelift to give the store a bright new look!
    Monkee’s of Madeira recently underwent a facelift to give the store a bright new look!

    Want high-end fashion brands without taking the trip to New York, Los Angeles, or even Milan? That’s what Monkee’s of Madeira, aims to offer: a boutique tucked away in the heart of Madeira with the finest lines in clothing, shoes, and accessories.

    “At Monkee’s, you’ll experience boutique shopping as it’s meant to be – fun and personal!” says owner Liz Ziegler. “Our associates all have an incredible eye for style and are dedicated to delivering world-class customer service.”

    Liz Ziegler, Owner of Monkee's of Madeira.
    Liz Ziegler, Owner of Monkee’s of Madeira.

    Ziegler wanted to enhance the experience customers have at her boutique, so she closed the store for a week at the end of February 2016 for remodeling. During this time, they brought in new paint, lighting, furniture, and brands.

    Why the change? Ziegler decided that it was time to give the store a refresh since its opening in 2010. “We also wanted a chance to re-open to any customers who hadn’t stopped in since 2010 because our product and atmosphere have changed so much since then,” she says.

    In a store that’s not only affordable but also carries brands you won’t find anywhere else, Ziegler felt that brightening up the store and refreshing the furniture would be just the thing Monkee’s needed to showcase the store’s product, as well as the upbeat, friendly vibe they want to reflect.

    When Ziegler says they’re carrying new brands at Monkee’s, she says these include Tori Richard, Escapada, and the Akola Project necklaces.

    If you want to check out the refreshed look of Monkee’s as well as the new brands they’re carrying, Ziegler says there will be plenty of opportunities to do just that this summer.

    Customers at the grand re-opening of Monkee's of Madeira this spring.
    Customers at the grand re-opening of Monkee’s of Madeira this spring.

    “On June 9, we will be part of the Madeira Chamber of Commerce and Cincinnati Magazine’s Girls Night out in Madeira,” says Ziegler. There, you’ll be able to enjoy special offers as well as cocktails and desserts from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Monkee’s is also hosting its huge end-of-season sale that starts on July 1. “It’s something you don’t want to miss,” Ziegler adds.

    If you want a more personal shopping experience at Monkee’s, you can check out their private parties. Ziegler says that during private events, customers enjoy light appetizers, desserts, wine and champagne for 20-30 guests. “All shoppers during the event receive 20% off their purchases and enjoy a fun, relaxed atmosphere to shop and mingle in,” she adds.

    In addition to these private events, Ziegler says that Monkee’s loves hosting charitable organizations and will donate 20% of proceeds during the event or meeting to the charity.

    When asked what makes these charity events so special, Ziegler says that it’s about giving back. “We enjoy giving back to the community and the people that support us by shopping local, small boutiques,” she explains. “Donating private parties to auctions and hosting charitable organizations in the store are just a few ways in which we can give back to Cincinnati while having a really good time!”

    Monkee’s of Madeira is open Mondays from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Ziegler just recently returned from market where they purchased their Fall products, and she says she’s excited about all their fab finds.

    Monkee’s of Madeira is located at 6928 Miami Avenue in Cincinnati. You can learn more at www.monkeesofmadeira.com or by calling 513-271-0038. You can also follow along on social media: “like” them on Facebook and Instagram.

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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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      In this week’s Boutique Issue, we chat with the owners behind Mar.de' Couture, a women’s fashion boutique on Woodburn Ave. that features unique and high-end finds for local fashionistas.

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      “I am a woman of many things.” According to Dee’ Pompey, that’s the meaning behind Mar.de’ Couture, the store she, Pennia Goldston and Marc Payton opened together.

      “We love bringing couture, one-of-a-kind designers or limited edition designs to Mar.de’ Couture,” says Pompey. “We love designers that are classy, sexy and edgy. We live for women to find the ‘Mar.de’’ in them.”

      Pompey says the inspiration behind Mar.de’ comes from the grace and confidence a woman exudes knowing that she’s the best dressed and all around best that she can be. The trio behind the business has a history that dates back more than a decade – to 2004. That’s when the team at Mar.de’ started designing unique couture clothes together. However, it wasn’t until 2011 that Pompey says the boutique opened.

      The limited designs at Mar.de’ Couture will suit just about any budget, with its limited designs priced between $40 and $400. “Of course, when you purchase from Mar.de’ it’s all about originality,” Pompey adds. “Mar.de’ Couture boutique is filled with funky accessories and stylish, edgy, contemporary clothing, jewelry and accessories, or every thing you needed to dress for a classy Oprah to a night on the town.”060815FEATURE2

      All of the items at Mar.de’ Couture boutique are truly couture pieces, Pompey says. “They are designed for the woman who wants to be classy, sexy and edgy – helping you to become the ‘woman of many things,’” she adds.

      Additionally, Pompey says, the one-of-a-kind handmade items in the store are some of the best pieces that local fashionistas can get their hands on in the region.

      Mar.de’ Couture is located at 2804 Woodburn Avenue in Cincinnati’s East Walnut Hills neighborhood. To learn more, “like” them on Facebook, send an email to mardecouture@yahoo.com or call 513-680-1464.

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      Local-now-international designer, Teresa Washington, chats with us about her booming business, dashing designs, and the epic Tri-State runway show where she’ll unveil her newest collection.

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      Teresa Washington, CEO, Founder and Designer of STMT-Statement

      “We believe that every woman, regardless of shape or age has the right to wear fun clothes,” says Teresa Washington, CEO, founder and designer of STMT-Statement, which launched February of last year. She manages a small team consisting of a design manager and production assistant. Together, Washington says, they’ve been able to accomplish a lot in a short time.

      “We currently have six boutiques that carry our brand, looking to add more very soon,” she explains. “We’ve had reality television celebrity Lisa Woo of Hollywood Divas (previous Cast Member of Real House of Atlanta) and Val Warner (Chicago’s “Windy City Live” Talk Show Host) wear and love our brand.”

      If Washington could summarize her brand in one word, it would be “confidence,” she says. “We are a small brand and believe that you need a smart, edited Fashionable assortment. We don’t think fashion should be complicated and that you need to buy a whole wardrobe each season. STMT is a brand that builds season after season. STMT pieces are impactful, perfect for mixing and matching, while luxe textures and compelling prints add depth and dimension. Our pieces are designed for the everyday chic woman.”

      A sneak peek of the new STMT Platinum collection
      A sneak peek of the new STMT Platinum collection

      Washington says her exclusive designs, which she and her team create all the way from start to finish, are in high demand. “We never duplicate the same design, meaning once it sells out, it’s gone. Our pieces sell out pretty fast,” she adds. “We had one of our boutiques sell out of our exclusive floral print blazer in one day, and there were times when the website crashed due to an overload of customers trying to get that blazer.” STMT’s next move? Cincy Chic’s very own annual Red, Pink, and Blue event on June 26 where Washington will be showcasing 16 different looks.

      Guests will even have the one-time opportunity to purchase the brand’s exclusive pieces from its new collection at a discounted price. “Cincinnati is where it started so we love coming back and sharing a little fashion fun with all the fashionistas,” Washington says. “The new collection, called ‘Platinum’ is all about zesty prints, comfortable colors, and figure-flattering designs.”

      Also on the horizon, STMT will start offering Private Label Services for boutiques looking to expand their brand as well as private in-home Style Parties, which Washington says will be a big hit. To learn more about the brand, head to their website where you can sign up for the “IT” list to receive news, special promotions, and more. Click here to learn more and RSVP for the June 26 fashion show. Also, and follow STMT on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for all the latest updates.

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