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Need free and super fast wi-fi while you're out and about? Watch as we used Cincinnati Bell's Connect Cincinnati app to find a fioptics free wi-fi hotspot downtown and see why we gave it two geek chic thumbs up!

Designed by Cincinnati Bell, the Connect Cincinnati app is the first city-wide, free mobile app that connects consumers, businesses and the community. It has has TONS of information about things to do, discounts on fun stuff all over town, PLUS it has a amazing additional feature: it tells you where all the fioptic free wifi is all over town!

And these hotspots are in the most popular and vibrant locations of the Greater Cincinnati area like Fountain Square, Riverbend, Washington Park, US Bank Arena, Findlay Market, and Newport Aquarium- just to name a few.

This app and its hotspots are a dream come true. Whether you need to hop on to do some work between meetings, share some video at a concert, or look up recipes at Findlay Market, you’ll have the speed of the incredibly fast fioptics internet at your fingertips.

Download the free app now to check it out for yourself and learn more about it at

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A line inspired by African Culture is set to showcase at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this Sunday. Read on for all the fashionable details.

Shingo Fashion will be showcased at the Underground Freedom Center Sunday Oct. 18

A fashion line that represents beauty, confidence and status will be showcased at the Underground Freedom Center Sunday Oct. 18. Shingo Fashion is a women’s clothing line born in Cincinnati, but stays true to its African inspired roots. Founder Chanel Scales was inspired by the term, “Shingo,” which is Swahili for the term “neck.” In Swahili, the neck is a symbol of beauty and pride.

With a feminine silhouette to each piece, this fashion line also has an element of surprise with bold prints, tribal colors, and pieces to fit any woman’s size. The line’s showcase at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is to provide a platform for the independent, creative people of the city to magnify their passions and gifts in the fashion design profession.

“I want to broaden brand awareness of designers, beauty experts and organizations throughout the metropolitan community,” says Scales. “Our passion here at SHINGO is to collaborate with young designers and create a community that can elevate the fashion presence here in the Greater Cincinnati area.”101215FASHION2_CHANEL

Designing this line has been her dream since age five. “Growing up, I was always being told ‘you look different’ and ‘you dress weird,’” Scales says, adding that she later channeled her unique sense of style to stand out and create Shingo Fashion. “Fashion is never described to me, it’s about how you’re feeling.”

Today, her line features a mixture of creative pants, dresses, skirts, and jackets. While African culture is her biggest inspiration, Balmain and Cushnie Et Ochs are two designers who also inspire. “I love their sexy and daring, yet classic designs that I strive for in my line,” she explains.

Although she faced many obstacles, stopping was never an option. “Doing it alone, money, being told ‘no!’ and even the urge at times to stop and give up,” she recalls of her most difficult challenges, which she says aren’t all conquered just yet. “Every successful company needs a team of players that want to play their position to lead to a win – I just haven’t found that yet, and I need it. I do it alone with the help of my seamstress, who creates my visions.”

Despite having a small team, she still achieved launching her line and is excited to showcase it at the Inaugural Glam Odyssey Fashion Show, held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Oct. 18 at 4:30pm, with proceeds donated to KENZIE’S CLOSET. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

To learn more about SHINGO, visit

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Learn about the locally-based line of jewelry featuring pieces that are heirloom quality wardrobe staples, made from materials with healing properties.

Jimi Merk, owner and designer of Jimi Designs the Shine Your Light line


You’re a multi-tasker. Your jewelry should be, too.

That’s why Jimi Merk, owner and designer of Jimi Designs, began designing his Shine Your Light line at the young age of 23 as the only line of high-fashion jewelry used as a tool for healing. “I had been having visions and dreams about specific shapes that I would draw and doodle for over two years,” says Merk. “After being blessed by a shaman, I suddenly understood what the shapes were.”

021615FASHION4These “shapes” that Merk was seeing were later discovered to be the language of creation, which would become more clear as information came to him over time in the form of ancient writings and scriptures.

“I was open to following and trusting my guidance to create tools for healing and helping us to remember the language of creation,” says Merk. “I was guided to create tools for natural healing by carving these sacred forms in meditation, casting them in high-frequency healing metal and setting them with the most used healing stones of the world – and so the Shine Your Light jewelry line was born.”

021615FASHION3The line itself has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings. What started as a couple of pendant designs has evolved into 46 pieces – ranging from rings, pendants and earrings. “No other line of holistic jewelry in the world is as nice in integrity and functionality as Shine Your Light,” says Merk, adding that they are the only line of healing jewelry to be completely in the USA that has a lifetime guarantee.

“I now create many different healing forms that have been used for body, mind and spiritual healing as well as different healing stones from around the world,” says Merk. “I used to sell a few pieces a year and now we’re producing a few hundred a year. I expect that as we become more conscious and grow more in our truth that people will be guided more and more to these timeless pieces.”

021615FASHION2Shine Your Light jewelry consists mostly of powerful high-frequency healing pendants that can be used for healing directly or as pendulums to help you see where energy blockages are. “We carry many pieces of healing jewelry that involve sacred geometry hand-carved in meditation and top quality stones,” says Merk. “The rings that we sell are also powerful healing tools that harness Fibonnaci proportions, sacred geometry and healing stones that have been used in cultures all around the world.”

Merk’s personal goal to accomplish with the Shine Your Light line is to help people heal through physical, emotional and spiritual issues as well as to help people find their true core being. “One of the reasons I was guided to create this line is to help people remember what we come from and how fortunate we are to exist,” he says.

Merk says it’s rewarding work because of the positive feedback he receives from clients. “The line is helping people every day and that is more than I could have hoped for,” says Merk. “I hope to see more people finding their truth with the help of this amazing, multidimensional jewelry and to expand more internationally. We are currently pushing the line through international wholesale marketing catalogs and promoting it to stores as well as wellness centers.”

To learn more about Shine Your Light Wellness jewelry or natural healing, contact Merk at For jewelry design, natural healing, lifestyle development, intuitive readings and hypnosis, visit their home office at 127 West 9th St. in Cincinnati or This line of jewelry is also sold at the 5th Street gallery at the corner of 5th and Race Streets downtown.