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A local lash expert recently relocated to the Reading Bridal District and launched a new app where you can virtually try out lash extensions. Read on for all the lash-batting details.

GLOSS Lash
GLOSS Lash Studio relocated to the Reading Bridal District and launched a new app.

Lash bars are quickly gaining popularity around the country but Tracey Tracy, owner of GLOSS Lash Studio, was ahead of the curve. Tracy opened GLOSS Lash Studio in January 2008 (formally Advanced Permanent Cosmetics) with a main focus on eyelash extension and features like brow extensions and airbrush makeup. Tracy relocated her business to the Reading Bridal District in January 2015 with plans to further expand their current location or add more GLOSS locations.

Tracy says the inspiration for GLOSS comes from as far back as 2nd grade. “I remember as far back as 2nd grade. We were assigned the project ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ and I wanted to be a makeup artist,” she says. She loves the inspiration that comes from the services she offers. “I love helping women bring out their best features, empowering them and helping them feeling overall good about themselves inside and out after leaving GLOSS.”

Tracy says their services at GLOSS help women feel like the best version of themselves include eyelash and brow extensions, lash and brow tinting, brow shaping/threading and makeup services. Additionally, they offer training and certification for those wishing to join the field of lash artistry.

Of these services, Tracy answers which is the most popular without skipping a beat – “Eyelash Extensions…they are game changers. No more mascara.” These services range in price from $100-125 (for full sets) and $50 for fill-ins. Tracy says all pricing is available at www.glosslashes.com.

As if the move into Reading Bridal District wasn’t already exciting enough for GLOSS, they also just launched an app for their services. This app gives users the opportunity to virtually “try on” the lashes. “It is like looking into a magic mirror,” Tracy says. “It is live, not a still shot. They can blink, turn their head and the lashes stay right on their eyes.”

Tracy says the app is helpful, as many people in the midwest are still hesitant about the safety, cost, and natural look of extensions. “Now with the app, they can select the length and thickness and see the lashes on their own eyes and they are instantly like ‘sign me up,’” Tracy says.

GLOSS is located at 118 W Benson St Cincinnati, OH. To learn more, visit http://www.glosslashes.com or visit them on Facebook.

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Read on to learn how the newest addition to Cincinnati’s food scene works to empower and grow local entrepreneurs through cuisine.

Findlay Kitchen
The Charlotte & Edward Unnewehr Findlay Kitchen is a shared-use, licensed kitchen facility offering local food entrepreneurs the chance to rent one of the 10 kitchens fitted with commercial-grade equipment.

Many know Findlay Market as a staple of Cincinnati’s culture. The local landmark brings the community together through a shared interest in food and fun. A project 20 years in the making, The Charlotte & Edward Unnewehr Findlay Kitchen has the same idea in mind.

Director Marianne Hamilton explains. “Our mission is to build and enable a thriving community of food entrepreneurs, who in turn will be ripe to contribute local food innovation, representative of our dynamic and diverse neighborhoods, and equipped to start, sustain and grow profitable local businesses.”

The Charlotte & Edward Unnewehr Findlay Kitchen is a shared-use, licensed kitchen facility, offering local food entrepreneurs an opportunity to rent one of the 10 kitchens fitted with commercial-grade equipment and ample storage space.

Hamilton continues, “This means being able to use a 60 quart mixer and 16-rack ovens for increasing your production of baked goods…It means making your marinara sauce in 40 gallon batches using our tilting steam kettle so you can spend more time selling your product into local retailers. And it also means you can finally start taking those 200 person catering jobs because you’ll now have the proper equipment and storage space to be able to prep, cook, assemble and deliver your delicious food.”

The Findlay Kitchen is opening with 36 founding members. Hamilton says, “This is almost twice what we had planned, but there were just too many incredible stories, passionate ideas, and delicious foods.” There is also currently a sizable wait list, so potential members are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Not only does Findlay Kitchen offer kitchen supplies and space, but they are also committed to business and entrepreneurial education. Hamilton says, “We are partnering with outside organizations to provide business support services to our Members on topics ranging from marketing and branding to legal and accounting support.”

The organization is also passionate about leveling the entrepreneurial playing field. She continues, “Not unlike the core values of Findlay Market, Findlay Kitchen is a place that we envision will help spur a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are creating an intentional space that is welcoming to all and that seeks out a healthy, diverse mix of people, ethnicities, products and stories. We strive to create a positive social impact in our community through empowerment, partnership and outreach.”

To become a Member, one must submit an application through www.findlaykitchen.org. Hamilton explains, “One must be, or have aspirations of becoming, a food entrepreneur that is passionate about their concept and has a good understanding of the work involved in starting a food business.” From there, an interview is set up to review business plans, enjoy taste tests, and discuss what is needed to start or grow the business. Findlay Kitchen also helps with licensing and regulatory processes and assists with obtaining any additional certifications.

Although Findlay Kitchen’s main priority at this time is to get the ball rolling with their current members, they look forward to community events and partnerships in the upcoming months. Hamilton explains their partnership with ArtWorks and their CO.STARTERS business development program, saying, “We will be hosting the inaugural Kitchen Edition class that is open only to food entrepreneurs and will have a food-focused, 12-week curriculum.”

Looking forward to the summer, Findlay Kitchen will begin incorporating cooking classes and demonstrations, pop-up restaurants, and community and corporate events. They also currently offer Open House Tours every Tuesday at 10 am through April and May which are open to all.

The Charlotte & Edward Unnewehr Findlay Kitchen is made possible by a host of generous community partners including The Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. / U.S. Bank Foundation, and The Allen Berliant and Jennier Rosenthal Berliant Family Fund.

For more information on Findlay Kitchen and their upcoming events, visit www.findlaykitchen.org. Findlay Kitchen is located in the historic Findlay Market District at 1719 Elm Street.

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    In a world that’s often torn by its differences, one local lady is bringing Cincinnati together through a mixed media installation that shares stories of those who live in it, and why they love it. Learn more about the project and how you can get involved to share your story, too.

    1 Degree of Separation is a mixed media installation that's sharing the stories of Cincinnati residents and why they love the city.
    Kailah Ware, founder of 1 Degree of Separation

    Six degrees is all that separates us from everyone and everything by way of introduction, according to Frigyes Karinthy. That’s why a new mixed media installation was created, with a goal of bringing the city closer, as it introduces you to various Cincinnatians and why they love living here.

    1 Degree of Separation, a projected launched by Kailah Ware and sponsored by People’s Liberty, MidWest Grip and Lighting and Electric Art, uses community-sourced stories to ask and answer the question, “What do you love about Cincinnati?”

    “At the installation site, 1 Degree of Separation will use touch screen technology to activate films, photos and motion graphics that tell engaging stories of Cincinnati residents,” explains Ware. “While viewing a silhouette of Cincinnati’s skyline, viewers will be able to select and view the stories of their choosing, and at the end of the installation, viewers will have the opportunity to film themselves and share their own experiences with the city.”

    Ware was inspired to launch a project like 1 Degree while she was taking photos during the Washington Park free concert series. “I saw a man in a suit and a man who has possibly experienced homelessness sitting on the same bench enjoying the same concert,” she explains. “At that moment, I realized that these two individuals probably don’t have anything in common other than the fact they both live in Cincinnati and they were both enjoying the city.”

    Ware says she was moved to initiate the project because there plenty of things tearing communities apart right now, and she wanted to create something that counteracts that. “I made this project to bring people in Cincinnati together,” she adds.

    According to Ware, 1 Degree of Separation will travel to multiple locations throughout Cincinnati, placing the spotlight on diverse stories. “These community-sourced stories focus on people’s positive experiences in Cincinnati and foster a spirit of inclusivity that will make the city of Cincinnati a thought leader in the use of storytelling as a model for strengthening its communities.”

    With the help of People’s Liberty, MidWest Grip and Lighting and Electronic Art, Ware says that she aims to create community with her project and to help those in Greater Cincinnati feel more connected to each other through the mixed media installation. “I also want to show the cultural, economic and racial diversity of Cincinnati,” she says.

    Ware says that she wants to hear your stories, too. “1 Degree of Separation will be booking shoots until April 1,” she adds. If you or your business would like to be represented in the installation, send an email to 1degreesep@gmail.com.

    For more information on the project itself, visit www.1DegreeofSep.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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    Learn about the Tri-State’s dynamic duo teaming up to offer you indispensable feedback and business advice on the questions you've always wanted to ask.

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    Critique This! allows you to pitch ideas to a panel of business owners for constructive criticism.

    Have you ever needed honest advice on a business idea or a pitch, but had no one to ask but family and friends? The upcoming “Critique This!” event offers you the ability to pitch your ideas to a panel of successful business owners for constructive criticism.

    Critique This! is a feedback-based event where local creatives, business owners, future entrepreneurs and anyone else with a business-like mind can share ideas and get honest feedback.

    “Usually, if you want honest feedback, you either have to get really creative about who and how you ask, or you have to pay for it,” Sara Cormier says. “We always strive to create valuable experiences for everyone who comes to one of our events, even if it’s just great networking. We like when people leave energized, connected and feeling as if coming to our events was time well-spent.”

    Local small business owners, Sara Cormier of Cormier Creative and Rachel Schwartzman Murphy of Rachel Lynn Studio, were looking for a way to get their businesses off the ground in their early stages. After linking up, they’ve found an authenticity, and sisterhood-type feel in the struggles and triumphs they mutually share.

    “When you’re running a small business, you don’t have the luxury of having a team of people surrounding you with constant feedback,” Cormier says. “We found ourselves turning to friends and family for advice and critiques and realized those that love us most may not be giving us the most constructive criticism. So, Critique This! came from our own need for real, honest, useable advice from outside perspectives.”

    Finding like-minded entrepreneurs early on was quintessential in the success of both Cormier and Schwartzman Murphy’s businesses. “We would meet up for coffee and start discussing plans, struggles, ideas. Coffee turned into long lunches, which eventually turned into leasing our first office space together,” Cormier says. “In the meantime we also figured other small business owners and creatives would benefit from similar camaraderie, so we started hosting events to network with others.”

    Cormier and Schwartzman Murphy’s most popular event is The Creative Buzz, which hosts coffee and conversation for creative small business owners in the area. “It’s definitely the hot ticket in town,” Cormier says. “We’ve been maxing out the RSVPs for the past several months with people on our waiting list.”

    Critique This! will be hosted on Thursday, March 31 from 7-9 p.m. at The Creative Hook Up on 4314 Montgomery Road Suite A in Cincinnati. For tickets and more information, click here.

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    From elite programs to recreational dance, learn about a local studio where everybody is important and no dancer is left behind.

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    Monica Hannan and Allison Mcelfresh of The Dance Coalition. Photo credit: PhotoJenic Photography

    Monica Hannan and Allison Mcelfresh are the talented dynamic duo bringing a new dance studio, The Dance Coalition, to the Tri-State. Although living parallel lives as dancers their paths did not cross until a chance meeting interviewing for the lead coach position of the Turpin High School Dance Team. “We clicked right away over our love for dance and our passion to give every dancer the chance he or she deserves. Together, we mentor many dancers, all deserving of the best dance experience available, which includes diverse techniques, healthy habits, and a nurturing growth environment,” Hannan says.

    Hannan and Mcelfresh both landed the position, now co-coaches, and it was not long before they realized dance was not the only thing they had in common: both had professional aspirations to open a dance studio.

    “We had opportunities in the works of owning our own studios but realized we would be able to serve the community better as a partnership and thus, the coalition was born. We saw the importance of this opportunity and that to let this pass us by would be to ignore fate,” Mcelfresh says.

    Partnership is a key component of The Dance Coalition and in this respect Hannan and Mcelfresh complement each other. Their combined list of credentials and experience covers both the business and art of dance. “Monica brings the business of competitive endurance and I bring the breath of artistic freedom. Together we’ve united in order to lift up the team [Turpin Dance] into their positive and ever-changing teenage lives,” Mcelfresh says.

    Hannan and Mcelfresh’s feel their combined skill are what sets their studio apart. “What is unique about The Dance Coalition is our method of integrating superior dance instruction with classroom academics in order to build brilliant dancers,” explains Hannan.

    The Dance Coalition will provide several different programs: recreational, competitive and sustaining dance that involve varying levels of intensity and training. The recreational program will train 1 to 2 hours a week. The competitive program is geared toward those considering a career in dance and wanting to compete in an elite arena. The sustaining dance program welcomes adults that may have danced as children or teenagers but have a desire to incorporate the art into their adult lives and offers classes such as Prenatal Ballet, Stroller Ballet, Ballerobica, Street Step, College Crew and Yoga Flex.

    Hannan and Mcelfresh are quick to point out that The Dance Coalition’s education does not simply revolve around the physicality of dance it also involves the history, functionality and sustainability of the art. “One does not simply excel at ballet and become a prima ballerina at the New York City Ballet,” Hannan says. “If a dancer is serious about ballet, they understand the history of the art and have a solid grasp of the physics and strength behind it then he or she increases their chances of landing that dream role.”

    The history of dance as well as the physics and strength behind it is exactly why The Dance Coalition’s curriculum has a weekly topic for every level, which builds as the program progresses. “Week by week, month by month, year by year, our dancers become more technically and intellectually sound, preparing them for a professional career in dance (if that is a desire of theirs),” Hannan says.

    The Dance Coalition’s holistic approach requires a wide breath of knowledge for their students and this is reflected in the curriculum. “We encourage our dancers to learn as many genres as possible. Our ever-growing offerings of genres include: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and acrobatics. Along with these classes students can enhance their education by partaking in camps and workshops focusing on high school dance team and pom methods, musical theater, dance history, the language of dance, dance kinesiology, music theory and more,” Mcelfresh says.

    The Dance Coalition Class opens August 2016. Class registration and schedule information will be available July 1, 2016. For questions until then you can email Hannah and Mcelfresh at thedancecoalition@gmail.com or visit their website.

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    After losing her mother to pancreatic cancer, this local lady created a fashionable way for donors to turn a $5 donation into designer shoes while supporting cancer research.

    Andrea Turner, Founder of Your Mood, Your Shoes and d'Rea's Style Sense.
    Andrea Turner, Founder of Your Mood, Your Shoes and d’Rea’s Style Sense.

    Cincy Chic: What is Your Mood, Your Shoes?
    Andrea Turner, Founder of Your Mood, Your Shoes: Your Mood, Your Shoes is a charitable campaign that I created through my personal styling company dRea’s Style Sense. It is a way to raise money and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer by giving women a chance to win designer shoes with a small $5 donation. It really is a way for me to help fight against the effects of this terrible disease through my passion for fashion and women’s styling.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the campaign?
    Turner: My mother, Darlene Turner, passed away 5 years ago from complications of pancreatic cancer. She always had a flare for fashion and loved shoes, even sewing a lot of my older sister and mine’s clothing when we were growing up in Shady Grove, Louisiana. I decided to help my mother’s passion stay alive with dRea’s Style Sense and Your Mood, Your Shoes. It allows my clients and audience a chance to win shoes they may not be able to afford on their own while helping a great cause that is very close to me.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Your Mood, Your Shoes?
    Turner: Me! Andrea Turner, the owner of dRea’s Style Sense, which is a complete wardrobe and styling small business. I have clients all over the United States and have traveled to teach women how to dress for their body type. I believe that each woman is unique and has different needs in dressing to look and feel their very best. It is my passion and gift to style women.

    Cincy Chic: When did you launch Your Mood, Your Shoes?
    Turner: Your Mood Your Shoes launched at the beginning of 2016 and since it’s launch, we have been able to give away 2 pairs of designer shoes, one pair of Gucci Studded platforms and a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Shay lace-up flats. Our hope is to bring awareness to Pancreatic Cancer and teach women/men about this disease through fashion.

    Cincy Chic: What makes the Your Mood, Your Shoes campaign unique?
    Turner: Most women love shoes and men score big when they purchase shoes for their ladies. Most people, however, are not very aware of Pancreatic Cancer and it’s effect on thousands of people each year. Your Mood Your Shoes is a unique way to combine the two audiences and raise awareness for this terrible disease. During the month of May, we will be offering a chance to win a pair of men’s shoes as well so Your Mood Your Shoes is relatable to all audiences, not just women. This is the first effort of its’ kind, offering value to our audience while also donating to a worthy cause!

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for the organization?
    Turner: We are constantly working on new ways to expand and get the message out to a wider audience. Right now we are working on offering designer purses and other giveaways as well. Our main goal is to make the public aware of pancreatic cancer with this fun new idea.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about Your Mood, Your Shoes?
    Turner: A new website of dRea’s Style Sense with all the information for Your Mood, Your Shoes and more about Pancreatic Cancer is under construction. For now you can find us on our Facebook company page.

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