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    He likes his design bold, coffee black and bourbon neat. After honing his skills at some of the leading agencies in town, this local designer launched a business that crafts work for clients, highlights its own creative expression, and gives you a super sleek place to shop.

     

    Austin Dunbar, Founder of Durham Brand & Co.

    For some people, the typical 9-5 job just doesn’t quite cute it. Whether it’s because you’re passionate about something else, the hours just aren’t flexible enough, or you need to express your creativity in another way, the standard job we always thought we’d have growing up isn’t always enough.

    That’s how it was for Austin Dunbar. The husband and father has always been passionate about design and creativity, but his 9-5 didn’t quite quench the thirst.

    Durham Brand & Co. creates brands from the ground up for a variety of companies and businesses.

    “I’d work the normal hours, come home, play husband and father, and would start my third shift job freelancing for other agencies around the globe or work on my own personal design work,” he says.

    His freelancing lasted for two years and took him on quite a bit of travel working for other agencies, but it didn’t offer the stability and security he was looking for in a career. That’s when he decided to take the idea of a design business a bit more seriously and open a brick and mortar location.

    And he did just that. He launched Durham Brand & Co. (DB&Co.) based in downtown Covington, in 2014. Today, it’s a brand-building design studio, coupled with a retail shop, located in downtown Covington. “The studio builds brands from the ground up for profit and non-profits, local to national, and large and small clients,” says Dunbar.

    “Since then, some people have referred to the studio as having this ‘hardworking, blue collar’ aesthetic to the work, which I can appreciate, but I mostly equate that to the catalogue of work I’ve been fortunate enough to partner on and create with great clients,” he explains.

    Dunbar runs DB&Co., but he gets help from his wife Ashley, who helps with the day-to-day, back-of-the-house work.

    Durham Brand & Co.’s brick and mortar location is in downtown Covington.

    Dunbar strives to make his work at DB&Co. unique in every aspect. He doesn’t have a lot of quick, flash in the pan clients, he says. “Most of the clients of the studio, if new, become long term partnerships for well over a year,” he explains. “That’s something I’ve been proud of. From a look, tone, feel perspective, I think the clients the studio has partnered with, whether corporate, independent, pretty, or gritty, all have a sense of boldness and bravado to the work.”

    Dunbar says that he’ll never let a client leave without a brand that doesn’t give its business long enough legs to stand on.

    In addition to creating branding for other businesses, the studio creates its own line of branded apparel and lifestyle products to sell. This, Dunbar says, allows the studio to treat itself as its own client and provides an excuse to stay sharp on its design ideas.

    Dunbar says there are a lot of big projects coming up for DB&Co. in 2017, which he’s looking forward to seeing the roll-outs of toward the end of the year and into 2018.

    To learn more about DB&Co., visit durhambrandco.com. You can also follow along on Instagram or reach out to Dunbar himself at info@durhambrandco.com.

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    Women’s Initiative of Northern Kentucky is launching its inaugural Women’s Summit with an upcoming event. Read on for all the details.

    The Women's Initiative of Northern Kentucky
    The Women’s Initiative of Northern Kentucky is launching a Women’s Summit on June 29.

    After seven years of helping professional women, the Women’s Initiative of Northern Kentucky is launching its inaugural Women’s Summit. The Women’s Initiative already has successful mentoring events, peer-to-peer roundtables, educational sessions, networking events, and an annual breakfast every January, so, said chair Laura Kroeger, a regional conference “seemed like the logical next step for such a dynamic organization.”

    The Women’s Summit is aimed at female business and volunteer leaders in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. The summit has something for women who are at all stages of their careers, whether they are seeking a change, planning their own business endeavor, or just want to improve themselves and their careers. Kroeger wants to make sure the Summit offers tips that all kinds of professional women can use.

    “So often we get inspired at women’s conferences, but we don’t always leave armed with lots of practical information to implement right away,” she said. “We want to inspire and educate. For many women, I think the Regional Women’s Summit can be a substitution for professional development that they would ordinarily seek elsewhere.”

    Kroeger first thought of the Summit 3 years ago and it has been her baby ever since. After hard work and years of monthly meetings, “our dedicated group of women on the planning committee have made sure this is going to be the perfect women’s conference, from a detailed vetting process for presenters to a national search for a speaker,” Kroeger said. She stressed the committee’s dedication to the Summit and said that even though planning it was time consuming, “it has been a lot of fun to plan something new from the ground up.”

    The Summit’s theme is “It’s Time to Take the Lead,” inspired by a book by keynote speaker Betsy Myers, the first White House Director of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. Myers has worked with female entrepreneurs at the Small Business Administration, lectured at the Harvard Center for Public Leadership, runs the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University, and regularly addresses Fortune 500 companies on developing female leadership. The breakout sessions revolve around Myers’ seven principles of leadership: authenticity, connection, respect, clarity, collaboration, learning, and courage.

    Sessions based on Myers’ work cover such topics as Perfecting Your Personal Pitch; Confidence and Mastery: How to Maximize Your Own Leadership Development; The Balance of Self-Esteem, Assertiveness and Stress Management; and Developing the Courage to Conquer the Next Level. Another session, led by Dr. Adrianne Frech of the University of Akron, is called Enough With the Mommy Wars: New Findings on Women’s Workplace Participation, Family Formation, and Health.

    The Summit will take place on Wednesday, June 29, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center near the waterfront in Covington. Registration will begin at 7:30 in the morning, and the keynote session will take place at 8:45. The fee for the first day is $159, with the entire summit costing $179 and a 20% discount for companies registering five or more employees. The fee covers morning and lunch keynotes, four breakout sessions, a continental breakfast, lunch, and the Shore to Shore networking reception.

    Learn more about the Women’s Initiative as well as the Summit by clicking here.

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      Shop local, support small businesses, and eat healthy - you can do it all with farmer’s markets! That’s why we unearthed this ultimate guide for where to find them - big and small - across the Tri-State, what’s new this year, and all the fun activities they have planned throughout the summer! Keep reading for all the farm-fresh details!

      We've created a guide to help you navigate the tons of amazing farmer's markets right here in the Tri-State.
      Like farmer’s markets? You’ll love this in-depth guide of farmer’s markets across the Tri-State!

      Warm weather is here to stay and that means there are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to be eaten! To help you find the best of the best, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the Tri-State’s Farmer’s Markets, including where and when you can find them and even some of the new events they’re bringing to the Greater Cincinnati area this year!

      Northside Farmers Market
      Open every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. in rain or shine, the Northside Farmers Market is open year-round. According to the market’s Manager, Ana Bird, there are 8 new vendors at this year’s market, bringing the total number of vendors to 35. “13 vendors will be selling produce and plant starts, 5 vendors will be selling eggs and meat, 6 vendors will be selling baked goods, and the rest will be selling all kinds of prepared foods and other items including soap,” she adds.

      Additionally, there are new items such as fresh, cold pressed juices, vegetarian and vegan soups, pastries, vegan pastries, pet food, tamales, potato chips, jams and jellies, and much more.

      “This summer we’re also partnering with Apple Street Market Cooperative, a worker-owned grocery store scheduled to open in Northside next year, to offer a selection of non-local pantry items like beans, rice, nuts, and flour,” Bird explains.

      She says that because Northside is a food desert and it’s difficult for residents to easily get to the grocery store, the partnership with Apple Street will allow the neighborhood to become a better source for groceries for the community.

      Bird says that for this year’s market they’ve partnered with EcoConsciously to offer weekly donation-based yoga classes at the market in the park from 6-7 p.m., which is sponsored by Interact for Health, Join The Fun. “Each week will be a sampler of different types of yoga classes they offer,” explains Bird.

      They’re also holding 4-week sessions of the Children’s Cooking Classes in June, July, and August. The classes, which run from 5-6:15 p.m. for ages 7-11, will teach kids basic kitchen skills and how to cook with local foods.

      Craft Day is held on the third Wednesday of each month and invites local artists to set up in a corner of the market. There are also fun events like Taste-A-Thon on July 13.

      “Every week we have music, free kids’ crafts, and every other week we conduct cooking demonstrations,” adds Bird. “Starting in June and running through August, thanks to a grant from the Good Food Fund, we’ll be offering a free shuttle service around the 45223 zip code to help shoppers get to the market more easily.”

      The route for the shuttle service can be found on the Northside Farmers Market website.

      You can find the Northside Farmers Market at different places throughout the year. From May 11 to October 12, they’re located in Hoffner Park on Hamilton Avenue, and between October and May, the market is located in North Church on Hamilton Avenue.

      You can learn more about the Northside Farmer’s Market at www.northsidefm.org. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Bird adds that on the website you can learn more about how the market accepts credit/debit cards, SNAP, and provides a match for SNAP customers, up to $10 a week, called Produce Perks.

      Madeira Farmers’ Market
      If you want to venture through the Madeira area, you can check out the Madeira Farmers’ Market on Thursdays year-round. “According to the market’s manager Leah Berger, the market is located on Dawson Road and Miami Avenue from May through September and at the Madeira Silverwood Presbyterian Church at 8000 Miami Avenue from October through April.

      Vendors at the Madeira Farmers’ Market sell items including farm fresh produce, meat, eggs, bread, honey, and specialty items. And with a changing list of produce, you’ll always find something new. The market also features at total of about 35 vendors from week-to-week. Berger says that the only non-local vendor is Alaska Direct Wild Caught Salmon, which comes to the market courtesy of former Cincinnati Cyclones player Dax Lauwers, who brings in smoked and regular Sockeye Salmon filets from tide to table.

      There are several events being held at the Madeira Farmers’ Market this year including Girls Night Out, Kids Taste-A-Thon, The Great Tomato Taste, Honor Your Elders Day, Madeira 4th Graders Visit the Market, and the Fall Festival.

      To learn more about the Madeira Farmers’ Market, visit www.madeirafarmersmarket.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

      Wyoming Avenue Farmers’ Market
      With 17 vendors at this year’s Wyoming Avenue Farmers’ Market, Founder and General Manager Penny Shore is looking forward to the upcoming market season. Open Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. from May through October, the Wyoming Avenue Farmers’ Market features 6 farmers who cover everything from produce to eggs, meat, and fruit.

      Also at the market are two food trucks that offer ready-to-eat meals and the cottage producers bring in coffee, soaps, cheese, jams and jellies, bread, cookies, ice pops, and specially-made pet food.

      According to Shore, the Wyoming Avenue Farmers’ Market will host monthly cooking demonstrations with local chefs as well as activities for kids. “Each month we also offer a local charity the opportunity to talk with our shoppers,” she adds.

      The market is located in downtown Wyoming on Wyoming Avenue and Oak Street on the Village Green. Shore says if the weather turns bad the market moves down to 800 Oak Street and sets up in the gym of the city’s Municipal Building.

      During the winter months, the market also offers a pre-order pick-up market so you can still get your local fix! You can learn more about the Wyoming Avenue Farmers’ Market, visit www.wyomingavefarmersmarket.com. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

      Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market
      The mission behind Lettuce Eat Well Farmers’ Market is to provide great food to those who are dedicated to eating well and living well.

      “Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market is a collaborative specialty market where all produce is grown using no synthetic chemicals, beef is 100% grass-fed, pork is pastured and fed no GMO products, and chicken and eggs are pastured from chickens fed no GMO and no soy,” according to the Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market website. Additionally, the vendors who participate in the farmer’s market collaborate with one another instead of competing. This means that there are fewer vendors but more food options for customers.

      The year-round market is located at the Cheviot United Methodist Church at 3820 Westwood Northern Boulevard. Held indoors, the market runs from 3-7 p.m. every Friday.

      There are a plethora of vendors who participate in the Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market, including Angela’s Homemade Pies & Lots More, Canal Junction Cheeses, Charles Purdue, Mahlon Schlabach, Honey Tree Acres Farms & Gardens, Learning to Live Sustainably, Lola’s Botanicals, Skinny Piggy Kombucha, Small Acres Family Farm, and The Pickled Pig.

      The market also has more room for vendors. To participate, send an email to lewfmlocal@gmail.com. You can learn more about the Lettuce Eat Well Farmers Market at http://www.lewfm.org/.

      Findlay Market Farmer’s Market
      There’s a lot of new things coming to the Findlay Market’s Farmer’s Market this year. According to Karen Kahle, Communications and Program Director at the market, there are 21 new weekend vendors, which includes several new farmers, a handful of food artisans, plant sellers, prepared food vendors, and a few new art and craft vendors.

      “We’re super excited that 3 of the food entrepreneurs in our new Findlay Kitchen are making food in the kitchen that they are then selling on weekends at the market,” she says. “In addition, beginning later this month, we’ll have a special Findlay Kitchen booth where a rotating cast of kitchen members will be selling their deliciousness.”

      The weekend farmers market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kahle adds that they’re also working on getting some farmers to set up their booths on Fridays.

      In addition to the location at the Findlay Market, Kahle says that they’ve also got the Findlay Market Farmstands<http://findlaymarket.org/news/findlay-market-farmstands> on weekdays in 3 Cincinnati neighborhoods: Price Hill on Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m., Evanston on Thursdays from 3-6 p.m., and in Walnut Hills on Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.

      There’s also a lot coming up for the Findlay Market Farmer’s Market. Their big summer event, the annual Smokin’ Hot BBQ, will take place on Sunday, August 7. “The event will features lots of live music, craft beers, and a boatload of BBQ, including a few guest BBQ vendors,” says Kahle.

      Then, on June 25 from 9-11 a.m., the market is partnering with local trainers and gyms to host the third annual Findlay Fit event. “We will start with a health/detox discussion given by The Weekly Juicery,” says Kahle. “Jam Entertainment will emcee the event.” Groups of 10-12 participants will have 12-15 minute workouts at 6 workout stations.

      The market will also have several weekend cooking demonstrations and seasonal food sampling at the Findlay Market on Race Street. The ORT Biergarten runs Tuesdays through Fridays from 4-8 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

      To learn more about the Findlay Market Farmer’s Market, visit www.findlaymarket.org. There you can see all the information about the farmers, merchants, and a calendar of upcoming events. You can also check out their Facebook page.

      Hyde Park Farmers’ Market
      There are several new vendors to look forward to at the Hyde Park Farmers’ Market, according to Mary Ida. This weekly market, open on Sundays, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Hyde Park Square, will feature breakfast tacos and lunch tacos from Calle Restaurant in Mt. Adams, Baudry’s French pastries, and Tree Hugger Soap as part of its new lineup for 2016.

      With at least 40 vendors who will participate in this year’s market, all of them are local, and include 5 Oaks Organics, Boone Creek Creamery, Carriage House Farm, Grassroots Farm and Foods, and streetpops, to name a few.

      There also also many special events in the pipeline for the market, including a monthly knife sharpening and topical books from The Bookshelf Independent Bookstore. Hamilton County will also provide recycling information for market attendees.

      To learn more about the Hyde Park Farmers’ Market, visit www.hydeparkfarmersmarket.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

      Newtown Farm Market
      The Newtown Farm Market is open year-round and is bringing a lot of new things for customers this year. According to Newtown Farm Market Operator Frank Catanzaro, the market is open for the summer season on Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      There are several local vendors who participate in the Newtown Farm Market including: Honey from MArion and Marge Ackman in Loveland, Seasonal Selection Salsa from Waynesville, Chuck Evan’s Montezuma Salas from Columbus, a large variety of Amish products from Walnut Creek, Carabello Coffee from Newport, Artisan Goat Milk Soap from Goshen, Amish Angel Food Cake from Boone’s Bakery in Tipp City, and many more.

      Catazano says that the market is excited to welcome Holly the market Parrot back from her winter vacation and encourages customers to stop down and talk to her.

      “It is that time of year that we are serving our famous Soft Serve Custard,” says Catazano. “We have brought in a wider selection of Amish products from Walnut Creek, and we offer local home grown produce from the Amish in Ohio as it becomes available. Our wonderful Peaches and Cream corn will be available again around July 4.”

      If you find something you want to try, the Newtown Farm Market also offers a sampling of produce and different products for you to check out before you buy!

      The Newtown Farm Market is located at 3950 Roundbottom Road in Newtown. To learn more, visit www.newtownmarket.com or like them on Facebook.

      Boone County Farmers Market
      Open from May through October 7 days a week, the Boone County Farmer’s Market features over 40 local vendors. Coy Wilson from the Boone County Farmers Market says there are plenty of new things to come to the market.

      “New this year we will have locally made skin care products, soy candles, and 5 different meat vendors with beef, pork, chicken, and now including quail and quail eggs,” he says. According to Wilson, the local vendors at the Boone County Farmers Market grow or produce the items that they sell at the market.

      The Boone County Farmers Market also hosts several special events throughout the year. On May 21 they’ll have the Ask a Master Gardener event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then in June they’ve got the Music in the Market with John Redell and the Boone County Farm Tour. July will feature Taste of the Market and Music in the Market with Taste of the Market, Chef Maggie Green, and Music in the Market in August.

      The Boone County Farmers Market is open from May through October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can find the Boone County Farmers Market at the corner of Route 18 and Camp Ernst Road in Burlington, Kentucky, adjacent to the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

      Learn more about the Boone County Farmers Market at www.boonecountyfarmersmarket.org or by liking them on Facebook.

      Loveland Farmers’ Market
      Promoting the promotion of buying locally, healthy eating, education for adults and children, and weekly entertainment for kids in the Kids’ Patch, the Loveland Farmers’ Market is open year-round.

      According to the market’s website, you can check out the Loveland Farmers’ Market from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesdays at 897 Loveland Madeira Road in Loveland.

      Vendors at the 2016 Loveland Farmers’ Market include Can-du Farm, Ed Kluba Farm, Farm Beach Bethel, Goodlife Farm, Grailville Farm/Earthshares CSA, Irons Fruit Farm, and Jaybird Farm in addition to Honey Sweetie Acres, Ohio Farm Direct, Peaceful Acres, and Sacred Mountain and Alpaca Paradise.

      Check out http://www.lovelandfm.com/ for more information on the Loveland Farmers’ Market.

      Deerfield Farmers Market
      Guy Ashmore, who runs the Deerfield Farmers Market with his wife Sandy, says that after 14 years the duo is continually surprised by what new crops and products farmers and cottage producers bring in. “Not just yearly, but weekly,” he says. “Eating seasonally is fun and delicious.”

      Open every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until noon, the Deerfield Farmers Market continues through the last Saturday in October. “We also hold a winter market once a month on the third Saturday of each month from November through April,” Ashmore adds.

      There are between 20 and 25 vendors who attend the market each week. “They offer a wide selection of products,” he says. “Everything from local, fresh produce, cut flowers, baked goods, grass raised meats, delicious broths, maple syrup, hot sauces, honey, and much more.”

      This year, market manager Andy Gorman is busy scheduling tons of activities for market customers. Ashmore says they’ll be hosting Customer Appreciate Day, Children’s Day, cooking demonstrations, and a tomato parade to name a few. They’ll also be inviting musicians to come and make the mornings special.

      The Deerfield Farmers Market is located at Kingswood Park on Irwin Simpson Road in Mason. You can learn more about the market at www.deerfieldfarmersmarket.com and like them on Facebook.

      Covington Farmers Market
      Open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October, the Covington Farmers Market is featuring plenty of new things this year. According to Janet Tobler, there will be bagels, nitro brew coffee from Cincy Smooth, handmade pottery, kitchen items, organic pet treats, a line of shampoo products for pets, pre-made organic soup, books, fresh bread from the Bean Haus Bakery, and a few more farmers.

      “We’ll be hosting Running of the Goats and will also be hosting chef demonstrations,” says Tobler. “We have a guest tent set up and thus far we’ve confirmed to have people from the Baker Hunt Foundation, The Carnegie, The League for Animal Welfare, voter registration, and Cincy Sharp, who will be at the market sharpening knives one weekend as well as many more guests.”

      You can find the Covington Farmers Market on the corner of 3rd and Court streets in Covington, Kentucky. You can also find more on the website and on Facebook.

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      This new eatery in Covington specializes in providing locally sourced, healthy lunch options. Keep reading to dig in on all the details.

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      Son and Soil is a lunch spot that’s serving up sandwiches, smoothies, juices and more.

      In the heart of Covington’s Mainstrasse Village is Son & Soil, a lunch spot offering up sandwiches, whole fruit smoothies, cold pressed juices and a selection of house-made granolas and bars.

      According to Jessica Williams, who co-owns Son & Soil with her husband Stephen, the couple was inspired to open a quick, healthy place where customers could just pop in and grab a bite on their lunch break.

      “Mainstrasse has quite a few awesome places, but nothing in this category,” she says.

      Williams and her husband, who also own Bouquet Restaurant, took the idea and ran with it, opening Son & Soil in mid-September.

      This business is comprised of the same staff that also keep Bouquet running, so Williams says it’s very much a “family” business.

      What makes Son & Soil stand out is the attention to detail and quality of the products that Williams and her husband offer. “Just as with Bouquet, we are committed to using the freshest and as many locally sourced ingredients as possible,” she says. “We really care about the food that we eat and are starting to see a push toward that being the way of thinking for many people”

      To learn more about Son & Soil, like them on Facebook. You can also call the eatery at 859-360-6268. Son & Soil is located at 627 Main Street in Covington and you can find Bouquet Restaurant at 519 Main Street, also in Covington.

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        With work-from-home jobs on the rise, the home office can be a lonely and uninspiring place. That’s why Stacy Kessler launched Platform 53, a coworking space that’s bringing those in the Tri-State inspiration, networking and the chance for collaboration. Keep reading for more.

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        Stacy Kessler, Founder of the coworking space Platform 53

        Coworking is becoming an increasingly popular trend. As Stacy Kessler of Platform 53 explains: A coworking space is a shared workspace where a diverse community of independent and remote workers, who normally work in isolating situations, come together to work alongside one another.

        In Cincinnati, there’s Platform 53, which Kessler says is a creative meeting space available at affordable prices for remote work groups, community organizations or companies who need to get out of their boring offices every once in awhile.

        “Platform 53 is on a mission to revolutionize the way we work and engage with others,” she explains. “We provide not only shared work and meeting space, but a platform for freelancers, entrepreneurs and telecommuters to share ideas, connect with others, get inspired, learn, support each other and collaborate.”

        She says that while the industry calls it coworking, she refers to it as awesome.

        Kessler is the entrepreneur, independent worker, customer advocate and create change agent behind Platform 53. Her background in market research and brand strategy, which she still does independent consulting for, and interest in shared workspace combines her passions for building community, creating innovative spaces and helping people pursue purpose-driven and passion-driven work.

        “I’m highly driven by purpose, experience, community and change, and I’ve been told more than a few times that I am a very passionate person with an entrepreneurial outlook on life,” says Kessler. “I thrive on using business for good, exploring and creating the new and advocating for amazing customer experiences.”

        In fact, Kessler is the individual behind the Student Business Incubator for student entrepreneurs at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, which she created while she was in college there.

        After college, Kessler ended up at Procter & Gamble, and while she was there she volunteers to help with the work group’s annual employee satisfaction survey. “I learned a lot about how our work environment and community culture was impacting the work we were doing and the happiness of my co-workers,” she explains. “It got me really interested in exploring ways to create a better work environment.”

        It was following that realization that she decided to leave the corporate world to become an entrepreneur and independent worker.

        “When I had an office, I loved getting to work from home,” she adds. “However, once I found myself working from home every day, I realized there were certain aspects of the office that I missed.”

        Of those things, it was being around her co-workers. Being a work-from-home employee can be an isolating experience that leaves you feeling rather uncreative. As a result, Kessler decided to surround herself with a community of people who were doing their own projects but were still in search of ways to not only work in the presence of others but to share ideas as well.

        Kessler opened the doors of Platform 53 in MainStrasse Village in Covington just over a year ago, although the coworking space existed long before that as the group would travel around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky doing pop-up coworking events to help bring this new way of working to others while testing and learning about the best way to accomplish their goals.

        Through Platform 53, Kessler hopes to help underserved work groups thrive. “With our first space in Covington, we wanted to focus on helping the isolated independent worker,” she says. “We were just like these people and it was as much a business as it was a solution for situation as well.”

        She hopes Platform 53 will become a community for people so that they can do their best work. Although they’re still learning, growing and experimenting, Kessler says she’s already been able to see the impact Platform 53 has had on those who work there.

        “For some, it’s one of those things you don’t know you need until you have it,” she adds. “We want to be a flexible solution for workers no matter their situation, that’s why we have a variety of membership options, all month-to-month, so they work for you no matter your circumstance.”

        Kessler says that some upcoming opportunities may be on the horizon for Platform 53. “We realize that there are a lot of work groups out there that we aren’t able to serve with our current coworking setup,” she says. “For example, the inspiration for our Meeting Room Memberships was independent consultants that meet with a lot of clients, and remote work groups like startups.”

        In order to better serve these groups, Kessler hopes to be able to offer a bigger space with more hours available for reservation each month, although there’s no guarantee as of right now.

        To learn more about Platform 53, to see what coworking looks like, to meet some of the members and to check out details about the memberships available, visit www.platform53.com. You can also learn more about Kessler by clicking here.

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