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Bringing a style influenced but the fashion and music scene in Atlanta, learn about a mens fashion boutique in OTR carrying select eye-catching pieces.


Ragg Addict specializes in bringing men’s street wear to Cincinnati.

Ragg Addict is a company that specializes in “the flyest, hottest trends in men’s street wear.” What does that include exactly? A wide variety of trendy pieces including men’s shirts, pants, jackets, shorts, hoodies, backpacks, and hats, according to owner Arielle Nelson.

Nelson says she personally uses cutting edge designs and eye catching prints to stand out, and she wants the same for her customer. Celebrating its fourth year, the storefront is located in Over-The-Rhine, and since day one she’s had one mission: carry the hottest, edgiest looks for men.

When asked what inspired the company, Nelson says, “Just being in the fashion/styling and music scene in Atlanta helped play a big part in the direction I chose to go.”

Transplanted to Cincinnati, the different pieces are inspired from Atlanta and various cities she has been to or places that hold meaning to her. The patterns created are more than colors and prints – they are an attitude and edge and demand your attention, she says.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Ragg Addict is that it’s solely a store front – no website, and no online orders – which is unique in today’s digital world. According to Nelson, most customers come from word of mouth, social media, or walk in visits to the storefront. Without a website itself, Instagram is the main way their merchandise reaches customers via the internet. Nelson says she also uses this medium to gauge reaction to her products in real-time, keeping her line fresh.

This way of marketing is meant to tell a story and be unique for each customer, Nelson says, adding that she wants her customers to feel something from her merchandise. “Shopping at Ragg Addict is meant to be an experience: the clothes, the lifestyle,” she explains. “I want people to feel great about what they’re wearing and how they felt while they were shopping.”

Ragg Addict is located at 1416 Main Street in Over the Rhine. To learn more, follow them on Instagram, like them on Facebook, call at (513) 817-9091, email them at or visit them in store.

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    It’s not always easy to find time for friends, shopping and fun. That’s why a local DAAP graduate launched a concept that brings it all under one roof… Yours! Read on for all the fashionable details.

    The team behind Up2Tempo.

    As a busy mom, but a fashionista at heart, Deanna Hotchkiss knew there had to be an easier way to maximize her limited time for friends, shopping and fun. That’s what inspired her to launch Up2Tempo, a Cincinnati-based company that allows you to shop affordable and comfortable fashion pieces through a no-pressure trunk show with a personal stylist, while enjoying fun and refreshments with friends.

    “Up2Tempo is a unique clothing company where you can buy hand-picked items by a personal stylist on our website,” explains Hotchkiss, “or you can have a girls night where a personal stylist brings an entire store to your house where you and your friends can shop.”

    Hotchkiss says Up2Tempo personal stylists help you put together one-of-a-kind outfits or simply provide outfits for you to find on and take home that night – looks that match your personality and your style. “It’s a safe environment with no pressure, just fun,” she says. “We suggest that you only buy it if you love and look great wearing it.”

    While the idea of someone else dressing you can feel a little daunting at first, Hotchkiss and her team are there to help you try on clothes with your girlfriends and seeing what different outfits look like on different people.”

    Deanna Hotchkiss is the founder of Up2Tempo.

    When she launched Up2Tempo, Hotchkiss wanted to create a fun environment where you can have a girls night in with your closest friends while enjoy fun, food, and fashion.

    “The Up2Tempo trunk show gives women time with their friends, feedback from their friends, and their very own personal stylist,” she adds. “Everyone has to wear clothes, so why not take something we have to do and make it fun and easy.”

    Hotchkiss graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s school of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning with a degree in fashion design and product development.

    Her career has spanned different areas of the fashion industry, including retail sales, fashion merchandising, and fashion design – she event spent time herself as a personal shopper at Neiman Marcus in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she style everyone, including several celebrities. Her credentials don’t stop there, however, as she’s also been head wardrobe stylist for a movie and a fashion stylist for many photo shoots.

    Up2Tempo made its debut in Fall 2014, but clothing recently became available for purchasing in the online store in this spring. Hotchkiss says that not only are the products from Up2Tempo comfortable and fashionable, they’re also affordable. “All of the clothing is purchased with those three things in mind,” she says.

    What makes it unique, she says, is that they bring the merchandise to you and send a personal stylist along as well. “How many companies do that,” she says.

    Hotchkiss is always searching for ways to make Up2Tempo a household name for fashion. She’s interested in bringing on more personal stylists to help clients and the launch of the online shop is one of the most exciting things she’s looking forward to this year.

    “Right now we are just really excited about the growth of the business and the home parties,” she adds.

    To learn more, visit or call 513-227-0474.

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    Attention art lovers and fashionistas! A new contemporary art jewelry gallery just opened its doors. Keep reading for all the designer details!

    Ombre Gallery offers vibrant pieces of contemporary jewelry.

    The first thing you notice when walking into Ombré Gallery is the vibrant pieces decorating the otherwise white interior. Jenna Shaifer, owner and curator, recently opened Ombré Gallery to expand Cincinnati’s contemporary art jewelry experience.

    After working in the fashion industry for over 12 years for designers such as Isaac Mizrahi, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor, and Talbots, Shaifer focused her love of design on contemporary art jewelry. She moved from NYC to DC after being accepted into the Smithsonian/Corcoran College of Art + Design’s program for a Master’s in the History of the Decorative Arts. While in school, Shaifer also held a graduate internship position with the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

    Her internship offered her the opportunity to work with the Curatorial Department where she helped bring in the traveling exhibition, “Ornament As Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry From The Helen Williams Drutt Collection.” Shaifer credits this experience as the first time she became aware of contemporary art jewelry in theory and practice. “I met artists, collectors, and educators from around the world. And it was love at first sight!” says Shaifer. This is also when she began working at Jewelers’werk, one of a handful of contemporary art jewelry galleries in the United States.

    Jewelry by Luana Coonen created using real butterfly wings and gold leaf

    Even before relocating to Cincinnati, Shaifer knew this city had a strong sense of art history. “I see gorgeous murals on buildings by Artworks, and Oakley has the amazing Brazee Street glass blowing studios. This city was just waiting to be adorned. I noticed that there wasn’t a gallery dedicated to contemporary art jewelry in the area. So, the timing was right to open a space,” Shaifer says.

    “What is wonderful about studio jewelry in a gallery setting as opposed to jewelry placed in a museum, is that you can not only look at it, but touch it and try it on and feel the weight of the piece. As much as I love contemporary painting or glass sculptures, I can’t wear them,” says Shaifer. She sees Ombré Gallery serving as a place for people to be able to learn about the jewelry and the artists who make the work.

    To Shaifer, the pulse of art is living and breathing. She says, “You can feel it when you find an artist who is passionate about their work. I also attend exhibitions and shows happening across the country and around the world. My job as a gallerist is to show the depth and breadth of what is going on in the Contemporary art jewelry world.”

    Currently, the gallery is showing over 28 artists, but new artists will be added every week, doubling the number of artists in the gallery by this time next year. Starting this March, Ombré Gallery will begin featured exhibitions.

    The first exhibition is called “Jewelry Edition” which is a group show featuring seven artists including Laura Wood, Kat Cole, Erin Gardner, Anna Johnson, Lindsay Locatelli, Barbara Minor, Bryan Parnham, and Georgina Trevino. The gallery will continue to have exhibitions throughout the year while also hosting artist talks and lectures.

    Additionally, themed kids craft events for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day will be held for the whole family to enjoy. Ombré is also available to be reserved for private events. Ombré Gallery is located on 4011 Allston Street in Oakley.

    For more information on upcoming events or featured artists, go to their Facebook page or follow Ombré Gallery on Instagram.

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    Learn about the local lady who traveled the world to bring the most beautiful, carefully crafted items to the Tri-State with her new OTR-based boutique.

    The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is is a new boutique in OTR.
    The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is is a new boutique in OTR.

    Cincy Chic: What is The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is?
    Carrington Broeman, Founder of The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is: The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is is a collection of things we love from all over the world, often with an ethical underpinning (who love working with local artisans), and always with a story attached.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind your collection?
    Broeman: I was inspired by both travel and love to start The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the collection?
    Broeman: I am an ex-art specialist, fashion retailer, and world traveler. I’ve got a unique, eclectic eye for the interesting, fun, and extraordinary.

    Cincy Chic: What makes The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is unique?
    Broeman: What really makes our collection and store unique is that is offers a worldview shaped by travel, art, and Cincinnati.


    Cincy Chic: What types of products can we find in the store?
    Broeman: We sell clothes, artisan-made Mexican textile, African basket ware (from a Rwandan collective), wooden bowls with gold inlay, baby clothes, perfect baby moccasins, fragrant candles, stationary, blow-up swans, flamingo neon lights, quirky needlepoint cushions, and Nigella Lawson’s favorite crockery.

    Cincy Chic: When can readers stop by and shop the store?
    Broeman: Our hours differ a bit, but you can always find them on our Facebook page. Currently, and through the season, they are:

    Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Friday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Cincy Chic: What are the store’s price points?
    Broeman: Products come in a range of prices – from a couple of dollars to a few hundred for the most beautiful, most crafted objects.

    The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is carries a selection of carefully curated items.
    The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is carries a selection of carefully curated items.

    Cincy Chic: What makes you the most excited about opening The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is?
    Broeman: I’m excited about bringing the things we find beautiful to more people in Cincinnati. We want everything in the store to inspire wonder.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along with the collection?
    Broeman: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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    See how one local lady is blending her two passions - family and fashion - through her kids’ clothing store in Hyde Park.

    Founder of The Spotted Goose
    Amy Fessler with her children.

    After setting a personal goal to pursue her passion for fashion before turning 30, Amy Fessler was shopping at SOHO, a high-end women’s fashion boutique in Hyde Park, and learned by chance that it was for sale.

    She bought the store a few short weeks later and the rest is history. Fast forward five years, a marriage and two children later, Fessler was in The Spotted Goose (shopping again, go figure – her words!) and overheard it was for sale. “It felt meant to be,” says Fessler. “It wasn’t the perfect time, as my son was only a few months old. However, we didn’t want to let the opportunity pass by,” she recalls. “It felt like the right next step for our family, so we made it work!”

    Although it may not have been the perfect time, it was the perfect business to purchase right after having children! The Spotted Goose is a high-end children’s fashion boutique located in Hyde Park that features designers from all over the world. From fashion forward t-shirts and sweaters to brand name booties and shoes, Fessler says The Spotted Goose is a place where young fashionistas can choose clothes to express their own personal style.

    “My children are already developing their own little styles,” says Fessler. “My son insists on being comfortable – which is sometimes very frustrating to me since that means he won’t wear several things I want him to! And my daughter loves mixing patterns and textures. She has a really good eye and is true to what she loves and feels good in. I really admire that about her!”

    Amy Fessler, Owner of The Spotted Goose in Hyde Park.

    Becoming a mom changed the way Fessler viewed everything in life. She and her husband both own their own businesses and involve their children as much as possible to instill a strong work ethic in them at a young age. “They know what work is and that it is important to always do your best,” says Fessler of her children. As for being a mom and a career woman, she says, “No day is the same for an owner of a small business and that is one of the things I most appreciate about it!”

    According to Fessler, the previous owner did an amazing job making children and everyone in the community feel welcome and at home at The Spotted Goose. As the current owner, Fessler continues to provide this same warm atmosphere to her guests, making clients feel welcome and happy when they are shopping there. With so many places to shop and the option to purchase clothing online, she especially appreciates when people take time to experience the boutique in person. “We love styling outfits and gifts for people’s littlest loved ones. It is truly our pleasure to help our clients find exactly what they are looking for!”

    You can see more of what The Spotted Goose has to offer at, check them out on Facebook, or stop in at their boutique location at 3048 Madison Road in Hyde Park.

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      Want to wear that dashing designer dress for your next special occasion, but don’t want to spend a fortune? A new OTR-based boutique allows you to rent women's contemporary designer dresses, and we have all the sparkly details. Keep reading for more.

      Finery Dress Boutique is a new dress rental storefront in Cincinnati.
      Finery Dress Boutique is a new dress rental storefront in Cincinnati.

      It’s the ultimate fashionista dilemma: To buy or not to buy that fabulous designer dress?

      On one hand, it’ll make you best dressed at the party. On the other hand, though, you’d have to wear it a million times to justify the price, and where’s the fashionista fun in that?

      Feel familiar? That’s where the new Finery Dress Boutique can help. Founded by Tricia Ridgeway, Finery Dress Boutique is a retail boutique that rents (rather than sells) on-trend, contemporary designer dresses for a variety of occasions.

      Finery Dress Boutique targets young professionals and college-age women. “For women in this age range, this time in their life is filled with events and parties that often require them to wear dresses,” explains Ridgeway. “From holiday parties to attending weddings, going through their own wedding events with bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and bachelorette parties, there’s never a shortage of times these women will need a new and beautiful dress.”

      Finery Dress Boutique celebrated its grand opening on November 12.
      Finery Dress Boutique celebrated its grand opening on November 12.

      Finery Dress Boutique is also ideal for those women who don’t fancy wearing the same dress twice. This unique business model provides women with the dresses they need for their events in the styles they like, but with the ability to return them so they don’t have to suffer with a lofty purchase price for something they’ll only wear once.

      “By renting versus selling these dresses, Finery Dress Boutique enables women to save a significant amount of money and eliminates the obligation of having to re-wear looks or invest in something that will hang in the back of their closet because they only plan to get one use out of it,” says Ridgeway.

      Opening up a retail shop has always been part of Ridgeway’s future. She was inspired to open Finery Dress Boutique after merging her design to own a business with the passion to become a fashion buyer. “I have always been passionate about fashion, and for years my husband and I thought we were going to have to move to a fashion mecca like New York or Los Angeles for me to pursue my dream of becoming a fashion buyer,” she says.

      She was also inspired to develop a business concept like Finery Dress Boutique after her own dress dilemma.

      “The year we got married we also had eight other weddings to attend,” she explains. “Between my bridal showers, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and attending those other weddings, I needed 12 different dresses in just a few short months.”

      The need for the dresses wasn’t something Ridgeway had factored into her wedding budget, and it left her feeling a little stressed.

      She knew she needed something different, and it was something she couldn’t find in Cincinnati. She’d considered using Rent the Runway, but felt uneasy about the dress not fitting her body or her taste and needing to run out last minute to find something twice as expensive.

      Finery Dress Boutique also has accessories to help you style your rental dress.
      Finery Dress Boutique also has accessories to help you style your rental dress.

      Now, with Finery Dress Boutique, Ridgeway can give local Cincinnatians a place to go where they can pick out high-end, designer dresses at a fraction of the cost. Giving women access to high-end dresses at a cost equivalent to fashion fashion, they can physically see and try on the dresses in the store, and finally have an opportunity to wear the dress of their dreams,” she says. “Plus, for myself, opening Finery Dress Boutique is enabling me to pursue my passion without having to move away from this amazing city that is my home.”

      There is nothing like Finery Dress Boutique in Cincinnati. While men have been renting tuxedos for decades, this concept is something that’s new to the women’s market. “Fashion should be fun and should help every woman to look and feel her best, not just those with a bottomless budget,” says Ridgeway. “The share economy has taken our society by storm, and with Finery, I hope to bring that dynamic to women’s fashion in Cincinnati and change the game for how women shop for dresses.”

      Ridgeway says she gets plenty of support to run Finery Dress Boutique from her husband, family, community, business mentors, and her friends. Ridgeway, who was born and raised in the Cincinnati area, says that her husband encouraged her to make her vision of a dress rental boutique a reality so that she could be a true example of following her dreams to her 9-month-old son Kairus.

      The idea for a dress rental boutique boutique came about from Ridgeway’s passion for fashion. “I have always been super into fashion – I follow fashion bloggers on social media, read fashion magazines, and get excited for celebrity Red Carpet season,” she says. “But when it comes down to buying dresses for myself, I cannot justify the price tag for the styles and brands I truly want to wear.”

      And because many of us are at a point in our lives where we need semi-formal and formal dresses multiple times throughout the year, creating a place where women can rent high-end dresses at a competitive price seemed like the only way to go.

      “Finery introduces a new and better option – it’s given me access to that dream dress, and I do not have to worry about a largest investment or it collecting dust in my closet,” says Ridgeway.

      Ridgeway says that she’s targeting a Nov. 11 opening for Finery Dress Boutique, which she’s obviously the most excited about.

      “After almost 18 months of contemplating, deciding, panicking, and planning, the immediate horizon is opening the doors to our city,” she says. “Beyond that, Finery will grow to meet the wants and needs of its customers to ensure Cincinnati women are able to look and feel their best for every occasion.”

      To learn more about Finery Dress Boutique, visit their website. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Call the store at 513-622-9546 to schedule an appointment or feel free to do a walk-in at 1412 Walnut Street in Cincinnati.

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      Learn about a locally-based women’s athletic apparel line that’s starting a movement to inspire, motivate and encourage women to become the best version of themselves.

      She Fresh Apparel
      She Fresh Apparel motivates your mind, body, and spirit through fashion.

      She Fresh Apparel is a company with a mission: to motivate your mind, body and spirit, one fashionable piece at a time.

      Vibrant, colorful and empowering, these shirts will give your spirit a boost as you work up a sweat to boost.

      According to co-owner Justin Cavinee, the motivational messages and fun color choices are what sets She Fresh apart from other athletic apparel options. “We try to remain fashionable in an athletic genre,” Cavinee adds. “We noticed that most athletic and gym apparel was very athletic and not very fashionable. We try to incorporate fashion in every piece of apparel we produce.”

      Cavinee and business partner Jimmie Bell are fitness fanatics and noticed a void in the market for effective athletic apparel that was also chic. She Fresh Apparel offers three styles of shirts: tank tops, v necks, and crew necks. Bell and Cavinee were actively involved in choosing the fabric for their product because they know what it is like to be dripping with sweat and uncomfortable while working out. “We painstakingly were touching and feeling every possible garment available,” Cavinee explains. “We print only on tri-blend material made from 50% cotton, 25% polyester, and 25% rayon which is fashionable but also very comfortable for the active woman.”


      The She Fresh Apparel is designed for a range of active women in mind, Cavinee says. “The cool part of our movement is that we try to market to any active women. Not just Crossfit, not just bodybuilders nor powerlifters. But ALL women no matter their fitness level,” says Cavinee, adding that the overall goal of their business is to create an atmosphere where all women feel comfortable with themselves and feel as if they are a part of a team that has their back. As former athletes, Cavinee and Bell feel that you are at your best when you are not alone while trying to achieve your fitness goals.

      Creativity is important to the She Fresh design team, Cavinee says, giving the example of their “Lets Flex and Chill” shirt (a take on the trendy “Netflix and Chill”) and “Strong is the new Sexy” shirt (a nod to “Orange is the new Black”). “We collectively come up with sayings and designs at our company,” says Cavinee. “Bell and I bounce ideas off of each other. Then, we send them to a focus group made up of a melting pot of active women [to see how the slogans are received].”

      When you buy from She Fresh Apparel, you are a part of something more than just buying a shirt. “We want our customers to feel fashionable, hip, and comfortable as well as empowered when they wear our apparel,” Cavinee says.

      Currently, She Fresh Apparel is only available for purchase online, however there are big plans for the future. You can look forward to monthly workouts, nutrition guides, fitness contests and a healthy lifestyle community created by She Fresh Apparel by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.