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Festival season might be coming to close, but Glendale’s Chamber of Commerce has the last big celebration to end your summer with a bang… and a cheers!

Mark your calendars for The Glendale Craft Beer and Wine Festival at the end of September.
Mark your calendars for The Glendale Craft Beer and Wine Festival at the end of September.

On September 23 and 24, in the beautiful and charming historic district of Glendale, the city’s best live music, food trucks, and street vendors hit the village for a two-day celebration.

The Glendale Craft Beer and Wine Festival has a unique history of over 50 years rooted in the local community. According to the president of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Dennis, the festival began in 1965 with merchants providing an annual sidewalk sale. The festival transformed over the years. In the 1990s, the celebration was known as “The Taste of Glendale,” and after merging with the Craft Beer and Wine Festival last year, it now has even more to offer the local community.

“Everyone loves traditions and this being one of the oldest surviving annual events in the area has become a driving force,” says Dennis, “it takes a village to pull together to make it a successful event every year.”

The festival has an impressive line-up of vendors and food to offer. For example, native to the Glendale community, The Bluebird Bakery and Agricola Redesign and Village Gift Shop will be offering amazing food and gifts.

“We have more than two dozen vendors that do crafts, art, food trucks, and other activities,” says Kathy Piech-Lukas, event planner for the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. “My personal favorite is Chamoda’s, who has amazing gummy bears.”

However, gummy bears aren’t the only thing to be excited about. Live music on both Friday and Saturday are sure to keep a lively atmosphere for festival-goers. The Whammies, an 80’s pop-rock band will be playing at 7pm on Friday night. Saturday at noon, music provided by Elite Signature DJ’s will kick off the festival, followed by the soulful vocalist Dave Ellington at 7pm.

The Glendale Chamber Beer, Wine, Food, and Street Fair is presented by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, and to expand and grow, additional support from corporate sponsors in the community have been sought out for an even bigger and better festival. With over 4,000 visitors in years passed, the event continues to grow, offering more vendors and attractions for the local community to enjoy.

“The long history of having a festival in the fall always brings back to the square residence and family and friends,” says Diana Agricola, member of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and owner of Agricola Redesign LLC. “It is truly a remarkable sight to see the square fill up with generations of present and past Glendale residents. The event also allows people outside of this historic town to experience the charm and beauty of the square and the history.”

Vendor accommodations for booth spaces and food trucks can all be found at http://glendalecraftbeerwinefestival.com. Many volunteers are needed as well for the celebration, with positions such as bouncing, bartending, and booth managing. For those who wish to avoid a line and get a jump-start on the celebration, tickets are also available on their website for $5.

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Learn about the gift shop and fashion boutique in historic Glendale that gives back to your favorite charity through exclusive shopping events.

Did you know that there’s a local business where you can shop for things you love while giving back to your favorite charity? A Village Gift Shop at The Century House in historic downtown Glendale offers exclusive shopping events where a portion of the proceeds are donated to the organizer’s charity of choice.

Diane Agricola, the owner of A Village Gift Shop, says giving back is an initiative that’s near and dear to her heart. “All of us here at A Village Gift Shop personally have worked and raised funds for organizations that are meaningful to each of us,” she explains. “It was very easy for us to embrace using our boutique as a way to host events for other groups who also feel a calling to help charities important to them.”

A Village Gift Shop is a shop that carries everything from home decor and gift items to fashion accessories and select pieces of clothing. Featured brands include: Alex and Ani, Rookwood Pottery, Hobo and Maruca Design.

Diane Agricola, Owner of A Village Gift Shop and Agricola Redesign.
Diane Agricola, Owner of A Village Gift Shop and Agricola Redesign.

The number of charity shopping events each month varies, although Agricola says they hope to host one to two groups per month. They’re also typically held between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., but morning and afternoon events can also be accommodated.

Agricola says those who have hosted shopping events at the shop are always pleased with the experience. “During a shopping event, we provide guests with light refreshments, the chance to enter a drawing for a gift basket, and a discount for a future visit to A Village Gift Shop,” says Agricola. “A portion of all sales goes directly to the group’s charity during a scheduled shopping event.”

According to Agricola, the shop has worked with several charities to host events, including Autistic Endeaves, which helps children with Autism in a safe learning environment; Karama Connection, a nonprofit organization with an orphanage in Tanzania; William Breidenstein Fund, a local Glendale child with ongoing medical needs; and Shop for a Viking, the Princeton School District’s PTO fundraising group.

To book an event, or to learn more about the shop, visit www.avillagegift.com or call 513-771-3927 and ask for Holly or send an email to teamagricola@fuse.net.

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    Learn about a local lady who isn’t just an interior designer - she’s a redesigner. As in, she rearranges, repurposes and reuses the furnishings and decor you already own to make your space look and feel like a million bucks without having to spend it. Read on to learn more about her redesign business, design education courses, and Glendale-based boutique with lots of fab finds for your home and wardrobe.

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    Agricola Redesign takes what you already own and gives new life to your home.

    Diane Agricola is Cincinnati’s design guru. She’s the owner of Agricola Redesign and is a certified master trainer for the Association of Design Education (ADE) and the Decorating and Staging Academy (DSA). Additionally, Agricola is an active member of the American Society of Interior Design and the Real Estate and Staging Association.

    For the last 15 years, Agricola and her team at Agricola Redesign have been providing clients at their full-service design firm. Today, she specializes in design, redesign, staging, color and design training.

    “[We’ve] been breathing new life into homes and offices while serving residential and commercial clients in the Greater Cincinnati area,” explains Agricola. “Agricola Redesign’s unique design process creates highly functional spaces in a way that is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly.’

    When you join forces with Agricola and her award-winning team—comprised of Agricola, Ramona LaChapelle, Amy Euller and Sherri Margraf— they carefully listen to not only what you need, but take your wants into consideration as well in order to tailor a design that incorporates your existing furniture and accessories to give you a space that’s HGTV-worthy.

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    The Agricola Redesign Team: (L-R) Ramona LaChapelle, Diane Agricola, Amy Euller and Sherri Margraf

    “If you’re looking to create the home of your dreams or a welcoming and productive workplace, we have the resources available to fit your needs,” she says. The goal for Agricola and Agricola Redesign, she says, is to discover the home you’ve always wanted inside the home you already have.

    Agricola does what she can to ensure that her clients are satisfied with the redesign of their homes or offices. To read about how happy her customers are, click here.

    In addition to her design studio, Agricola Redesign’s Agricola Redesign Training Specialist (ARTS) training offers two unique design classes at the Glendale training facility. Agricola says the three-day course gives students time inside the redesign firm to work with other students. “This course provides students with the opportunity to work in the homes of actual clients with me,” Agricola explains. “Our class size is limited to an exclusive group of four adults for each session.”

    Following the completion of the three-day course, students walk away with knowledge and inspiration for their future design projects. For those who want to go a little more in-depth in their training, there’s a five-day training program to provide fundamental knowledge regarding the process and principles of interior redesign and home staging.

    The knowledge is gained through a combination of classroom sessions, hands-on application, visual aids and student interaction, says Agricola. “The ultimate goal is to enable you to establish your own redesign and staging company,” she adds.

    Just like the three-day program, the five-day course is also limited to an exclusive group of four adults for each session.

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    Diane Agricola, ASID, RESA, IDS, ADE

    Both of the programs taught by Agricola include not only the lessons learned, but one-year memberships to the DSA and ADE as well as continued mentoring with Agricola herself.

    As if it didn’t seem like Agricola was busy enough, she runs A Village Gift Shop at the Century House. Agricola says Century House allows her to bring a fresh design eye to the exclusive products sold at the store.

    Featured brands at A Village Gift Shop at the Century House include local and national names such as Alex and Ani, Chart Metal Works, Cloister Honey, Ella B, Fashionable, Hobo, La Crema Coffee, Maruca Design, Pomegranate Moon, Rookwood Pottery and Swan Creek Candles.

    To learn more about Agricola and her business Agricola Redesign, as well as the ARTS training classes, visit www.agricolaredesign.com. You can also call the store at 513-771-3927.

    Agricola Redesign is located at 3 Village Square in Historic Glendale. Additionally, Agricola owns another store, A Village Gift Shop at the Century House, also in Glendale. If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch Agricola as she goes between appointments with clients.

    To learn more about A Village Gift Shop, visit http://avillagegift.com. For design tips from Agricola, check out her past articles on Cincy Chic by clicking here.

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