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    As we prepare to host our 8th Annual Seasonably Chic Showcase, here’s a little sneak peek into some of the businesses you’ll find there this year. From boutiques and online shop owners to fashion designers and home decor experts, read on for a sneak peek of the chicest holiday shopping expo in town!

    Cincy Chic's Seasonably Chic Showcase is this weekend, November 5, at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati!
    Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase is this weekend, November 5, at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati!
    Enjoy a mimosa as you shop with more than 40 of Cincinnati’s best businesses for you and everyone on your list, have the kids decorate gifts, see a fashion show, get a free chair massage, and leave with a complimentary tote bag filled with swag and everything wrapped and ready for the holidays with free gift wrapping. It’s Cincy Chic’s 8th annual 2016 Seasonably Chic Showcase this Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati, and you’re invited! It all benefits a great cause, too, as you get in free with a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank!
    Click here to RSVP and check out a preview below of some of the special vendors we’ll have at this event to help you shop for everyone — from your mother-in-law to your baby nephew — on your holiday gift list!
    Infinity Indoor Flowers
    Nicole Loisy is the local lady behind Infinity Indoor Flowers, a business that creates preserved foliage and flower arrangements for indoor use. “Each creation can be customized to the customer’s needs for interior design, themed events, gifts, and more,” explains Loisy.
    Loisy is the owner and designer of the business, and says that Infinity Indoor Flowers is a unique product in that they are real flowers but will last for years with no maintenance.
    Loisy says that she received her training in Paris, where she learned to work with and preserve flowers.
    You’ll find Infinity Indoor Flowers at this Saturday’s Seasonably Chic Showcase. Loisy says that she’ll be bringing many different types of arrangements to showcase her preserved flowers. There will be both large and small pieces available for purchase as well. 
    Loisy says she’s excited to check out Cincy Chic’s event and teach them about her business. “I’m excited to meet people and educate them about our products,” she says. “I’m looking forward to bringing fall-inspired creations as well.”
    Check out Infinity Indoor Flowers on Facebook and Instagram
    LeiMarie Limited
    Shopaholics will find LeiMarie Limited can help them check off a lot of names on their Christmas shopping list. “LeiMarie Limited is an online and traveling boutique specializing in providing easy access to the latest trends in clothing and accessories ranging from sizes small to 3XL,” says LeiMarie’s Founder Chrissy Gedeon. 
    Gedeon is the first to admit – shopping can be difficult. It’s an experience that highly depends on what’s going on around you, including your mood, your schedule, and your demands. “We bring you a fun and exciting online experience, from complete outfits to that single accessory,” she says. 
    Gedeon knows what it takes to bring your outfits to the next level, and wants to give her customers something that is Pinterest worthy. She sells mom-appropriate fashion that you’ll see on everyday women – not runway or magazine attire. “We know you go from work to sports to PTO meetings to happy hour and everywhere in between,” she says. “And we know you want to look your best through it all.”
    Gedeon says the name LeiMarie was inspired by her only daughter, Anisten Lei, with whom she shares a middle name. “She is my motivation, my reason for striving as a female entrepreneur,” she says. “This shopping service is my retail dream, and with the best team on board, including my amazing husband, best friend, and family, we’re providing joy through style all over the U.S.”
    When it comes to the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Gedeon says she will be bringing each of LeiMarie’s style pieces to illustrate and provide what you need to take your outfits to the next level. These pieces include tunics, cardigans, scarves, vests, outerwear, trendy tanks, and accessories. 
    Gedeon says that she’s the most excited about introducing LeiMarie’s passion for style to new customers at the Seasonably Chic Showcase. “We can’t wait to be part of this annual fun,” she adds.
    You can find LeiMarie Limited on Facebook and Instagram. You can also shop her items by clicking here
    Designs by Glenda
    When it comes to affordable, one-of-a-kind jewelry, Glenda Hain from Designs by Glenda has you covered. 
    Designs by Glenda sells earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, all of which will be at the Seasonably Chic Showcase, according to Hain. “I’ll be bringing fun, chunky, great looking jewelry that only I carry,” she says.  
    Hain says that she’s the most excited about not only meeting Cincy Chic fans and event attendees, but also sharing her love of jewelry with fun, colorful pieces that are unique to Cincinnati. 
    Collar Up Shirts
    Check off the men on your shopping list with a stop at Collar Up Shirts this weekend. Although the shirts can also be worn by women, Collar Up Shirts is targeted toward men. At Collar Up, comfort is the ultimate goal.
    “Comfort and fit are taken to the next level – with Collar Up undershirts. Bunching, twisting, wrinkles, bulkiness and discomfort – out,” says Bob Dilts, one of the founders and owners of Collar Up Shirts. 
    Stop by their booth to see all three versions of the “modern day dickey,” the sleeveless, short sleeve, and long sleeve shirts in the brand’s line. Co-Founder Julie Larger says that they’ll be bringing along a variety of sizes and will be able to show event attendees how perfect the shirts are for layering under sweaters and pullovers.
    Larger says the team at Collar Up Shirts is really looking forward to getting in front of a group of women who are searching for unique items, not only for themselves, but for the men in their lives. “This is really the first opportunity we’ve had to actually engage with the public, and we are really looking forward to it,” she adds.
    Learn more about Collar Up Shirts at You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook
    Founded almost 10 years ago, FENNOfashion is the brainchild of Founder Megan Fenno. This accessory line is completely designed and handmade by Fenno herself.
    Fenno was inspired to launch her own business from a desire to connect people through accessories. She says she enjoys creating accessories and helping clients design their custom orders. 
    “The last custom project was taking two family heirloom pearl sets and turning them into four statement necklaces – turning them into pieces that can be worn on more than just special occasions,” she says. 
    Fenno, who has been designing and creating accessories since was in high school, attended the Savannah College of Art & Design with a degree in fashion and accessory design. From there, she was able to combine her dream of running a business with her love for accessories through FENNOfashion.
    Fenno says that she will be bringing a mix of handmade vintage-inspired jewelry, statement necklaces, a variety of earrings, and, new this year, trinket necklaces, which are small necklaces made with reclaimed vintage pieces that are perfect for layering. “There’s really something for everyone, and at great price points,” she adds.
    Fenno has participating in the Seasonably Chic Showcase for the last six years, and this year will mark her seventh year attending. Since she’s been around a while, she says that she’s looking forward to visiting with returning customers but also making friends with new ones!
    Check out FENNOfashion at or on Instagram
    In addition to these businesses, there will also be several others participating in this year’s Seasonably Chic Showcase. They include:
    This weekend’s Seasonably Chic Showcase is free when you bring a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank. To learn more or RSVP, visit 

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    Learn about the online business a local lady launched to help you gift thoughtfully, accessorize yourself fashionably, and decorate your home with a personalized touch.


    From monogrammed plates and platters to jewelry and stationery, Cincinnati-based Classic Prep Monograms has all of your personalized home decor, fashion and gift needs covered.

    Michelle Brinker, owner of Classic Prep Monograms, has “always loved a good monogram” and was inspired to start her business by “the new and creative ways they [monograms] can be used to showcase personal style.”

    Being an Ursuline Academy Alumna, Brinker is no stranger to being surrounded by color-loving preps. And if you’ve ever asked yourself if you can go overboard with monogramming, the answer is “no!” she laughs. Brinker proudly displays Reese Witherspoon’s quote on her website, “My sheets are monogrammed, so is my silverware and pretty much everything else I own. My rule is, if it’s not moving – monogram it.”

    Classic Prep Monograms will be at Cincy Chic's 8th Annual Seasonably Chic Showcase on November 5!
    Classic Prep Monograms will be at Cincy Chic’s 8th Annual Seasonably Chic Showcase on November 5!

    Now that the fall season is underway, Brinker has a few trend forecasts for the upcoming winter season. Monogrammed Blanket Scarves continue to be big for 2016 as well as our Pom Pom Hats. They just make me smile,” says Brinker. “Also, our Beaded Monogrammed Bags are perfect for Holiday parties. Believe it or not, the camo is our best seller!” She adds that their Game Day clutches are a close second.

    If you plan on hosting a holiday party this year, or at least attending a few, Classic Prep Monograms has all of your party needs covered! “We love personalized frost flex cups for Holiday parties and they make great gifts as well,” says Brinker. “We also offer monogrammed napkins, drink stirrers, and super fun Disco Drink Tumblers which would be terrific at a New Year’s Eve party.”

    With the season of giving right around the corner, Brinker says she loves giving monogrammed gifts because it shows the recipient that you didn’t run out and get their gift last minute. That doesn’t mean getting a monogrammed item is time-consuming, though – at least not at Classic Prep Monograms. Brinker says her website allows you to easily find what you’re looking for, quickly personalize it with your favorite fonts and colors, and then it’s shipped to you in no time.

    Her holiday gifts include Monogrammed Ornaments, which Brinker suggests for stylish stocking stuffers. Or, for your co-workers, Brinker recommends a monogrammed travel tumbler or coffee mug (because work is tough enough – you may as well have a cute coffee cup to brighten your day). Prices on the Classic Prep Monograms range from $30-200.

    To learn more, visit Classic Prep Monograms’ website or get social with them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You can also shop with them in-person at Cincy Chic’s 8th annual Seasonably Chic Showcase this Saturday, Nov. 5, at The Phoenix downtown from 10am-2pm.

    Click here to learn more and RSVP for this holiday shopping event featuring 40+ local vendors, refreshments, free 10-minute back massages, an interactive ornament decorating area for kids, a freeze modeling fashion show, and more than $3,000 in prizes randomly awarded to attendees! Bring a canned good and get in FREE!

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      Find great gifts for kids, pets, family (and yourself!) with chocolates, teas, paintings, crafts, beauty products, shoes, accessories and clothing -- from upcycled to couture -- at Cincy Chic’s biggest shopping event of the year this Saturday with two floors of pop-up shops, free gift wrapping, swag bag and giveaways! Lace up your shopping shoes and read on for all the shop-till-you-drop details!


      If you like shopping local, getting freebies, and helping out a good cause in the process, make sure you put Cincy Chic’s annual Seasonably Chic Showcase – happening 10 am to 2 pm this Saturday – on your calendar.

      The Phoenix downtown will be jam-packed for the event, which will feature 45 pop-up shops of local businesses, a fashion show, brunch ’n’ learn, free gift wrapping and $3,000 in prizes given away to lucky attendees at the event. With more variety and vendors than ever this year — our sixth annual event! — we’re giving you a sneak peek of some of the most unique businesses you’ll find there. Enjoy reading more about them and click here to RSVP for the event!

      Ricka’ Berry with jayne kellie
      Ricka’ Berry with jayne kellie

      jayne kellie
      Ricka’ Berry with jayne kellie will be introducing Cincy Chic’ers to her fashion-forward business on Saturday. According to Berry, jayne kellie is an online boutique that offers clothing and accessories as well as a fashion, style and lifestyle blog. “It’s our mission to bring women clothing that is chic, casual and sometimes a little sexy,” explains Berry. “Our pieces blend with your style and your budget. We call it the ‘stylemix.’”

      Through jayne kellie you’ll find exclusive pieces to mix into your wardrobe as well as style and lifestyle tips. Also available through jayne kellie are personal styling, shopping and e-styling services.

      Berry is the owner, chief stylist and creative director behind jayne kellie and found her inspiration from her love of all things stylish. “I genuinely believe that style is truly a lifestyle,” she explains. “It is more than what you wear. Style is confidence, attitude, compassion, sense of humor and the way you live and love your life.”

      Growing up, Berry spent weekends at antique shops, yard sales and vintage stores, so a love of style runs in the family. “I was taught how to create a style that was unique as well as affordable and to always be kind and encourage others,” she says. “I was inspired to bring others a simple, chic lifestyle.”

      For the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Berry says she’ll be bringing jackets, dresses, blouses and sweaters in some of fall’s best colors. The items available from jayne kellie will make you feel stylish and chic, Berry says. “Whether it’s a family function, date night or holiday party, we have something that will be perfect,” she adds.

      To learn more about jayne kellie, click here. You can also follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

      Purposeful Painting artists co-creating at a recent Cincy Chic event
      Purposeful Painting artists co-creating at a recent Cincy Chic event

      Purposeful Painting
      Purposeful Painting is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that – through group art sessions called “co-creating” – helps the working woman who makes too much money to qualify for assistance but is still struggling to get by.

      “If she encounters an unexpected expense, such as car repairs or high utility bills, it could be devastating to her budget,” says Founder Mari Knight. “We offer her a small amount of money to lessen her stress and ease her worries.”

      In the two years since Purposeful Painting launched, Knight says they’ve given away a little more than $25,000. Knight says the inspiration for Purposeful Painting was the ability to give back to the women she used to be able to relate to so well.

      The men and women behind Purposeful Painting raise money for the cause through their paintings, whether they be canvas paintings or events where they bring the paintings. As for the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Knight says they will be bringing ornaments for customers to paint themselves. “We’ll also have other paintings for sale and coupons for Co-Creation Artworks classes,” she adds.

      If you’re looking for a good holiday gift item while you’re shopping around, Knight says the Co-Creation Artworks classes can be purchased at half price, $25 for individuals or a private group class for $250.

      Amy Elberfeld Independent Founding Fashion Stylist - Ava Gray Direct from NY
      Amy Elberfeld Independent Founding Fashion Stylist – Ava Gray Direct from NY

      To learn more about Purposeful Painting, click here. You can also like them on Facebook.

      Amy Elberfeld Independent Founding Fashion Stylist – Ava Gray Direct from NY
      Amy Elberfeld with Ava Gray Direct from NY spent 20 years as a dental hygienist before she decided it was time to retire. “I asked myself, ‘What do I do now?’” She explains. “The answer was direct sales. I had always wanted to work in a boutique but I did not want to work retail hours that often included every weekend and holidays.”

      Ava Gray will have clothing and accessories - such as this popular faux fur infinity scarf - on all the live models at the event
      Ava Gray will have clothing and accessories – such as this popular faux fur infinity scarf – on the live models at the event

      Today, Elberfeld is living her dream and looking fashionable while doing so. She sells Ava Gray Direct from NY, which offers boutique-style fashions and accessories that are offered to women through personal appointments, girlfriend fashion shows with hostess rewards or online shopping.

      Elberfeld says her goal as a fashion stylist is to help women look and feel great no matter where their day and evening takes them. “I show women how to stretch her wardrobe dollars and function by creating different looks with Ava Gray fashions and accessories,” she says.

      Ava Gray handbag
      Ava Gray handbag

      Elberfeld will be at the event with accessories for cash and carry and some of the top selling clothing items from the fall/winter Ava Gray Direct fashion lines including the Draped Ponte Gray Jacket trimmed in black. She’ll also have clothing and accessories on all the live models, which will be showcased in the freeze modeling fashion show for the duration of the event.

      There are plenty of items from Ava Gray Direct that make great holiday gift items. Elberfeld says the top gift item is a soft faux fur wrap that can be worn in multiple ways for $44. Wristlets can be used alone or with a crossbody strap ($40-$44). Scarves ($26) can be purchased in plaid, polka dot, solids and zigzag patterns. The Hook Your Look jewelry by Zac and Ally and available through Ava Gray can be hooked to chains to create a necklace.

      To learn more about Ava Gray Direct from NY, click here. You can also find Elberfeld on Facebook.

      HaloMiner's light weight knit tunic and tassel necklace.
      HaloMiner’s light weight knit tunic and tassel necklace.

      HaloMiner is a Cincinnati-based, women-owned, environmentally responsible lifestyle brand that uses only repurposed materials. “Using components like salvage clothing and textile samples, bolt remnants and recycled aluminum, we’ve created a manufacturing process that’s efficient and sustainable,” explains HaloMiner Co-Founder Nicole Reblando. “Our innovative designs are conceived in-house and handmade by a small team of skilled craftspeople in the United States; everything is ethically produced, so you can feel good about what you buy from us.”

      Reblando says the mission of HaloMiner is to create a collection that’s one-of-a-kind while using unique materials.

      Halominer also makes great home decor items

      Reblando and her business partner Pam Fellerhoff founded HaloMiner in late 2010 after wanting to do whatever it takes to help minimize waste. “We even use recycled paper for hangtags and refashion vintage maps into envelopes for packaging,” says Fellerhoff. “We put thought and care into every step of production so that each HaloMiner piece makes a big impact in the right places: On your wardrobe and in your home, not on the Earth.”

      As for the event this Saturday, HaloMiner will be there with a selection of gift items such as seasonal pillows, small accessories and their original purse and cape designs. Reblando says the pillows made by the team at HaloMiner are a great addition for any decor and the clothing is a perfect one-size-fits-all gift for the discerning fashion and eco-conscious woman.

      Fellerhoff says that HaloMiner also offers classes, workshops and parties throughout the year. “We love to share our passion and creativity and believe collaboration enhances results, which is why we also welcome custom projects,” she says. To find out more about where you can buy HaloMiner products in local stores, click here.

      To learn more about HaloMiner, visit You can also like them on Facebook or follow along on Instagram and Twitter.

      Cincinnati-based Kate Paynter, who owns the local franchises for both Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child
      Cincinnati-based Kate Paynter, who owns the local franchises for both Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child

      Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child
      Specializing in fab finds and designer duds with some previous experience, Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child will have great pop-up shops at the event.

      Clothes Mentor is a women’s resale store that buys and sells gently used, current style apparel and accessories for women sizes 0-26 as well as maternity. Once Upon A Child is a children’s resale store that buys and sells gently used kids clothes, shoes, toys, gear and furniture.

      “Unlike consignment shops, we pay cash on the spot for the items you and/or your children are no longer wearing,” says Cincinnati-based Kate Paynter, who owns the local franchises for both Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child.

      At the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Paynter says they will be featuring women’s infinity scarves, leggings, jewelry and children’s tutus and hair bows. Prices for the items from these resale shops are affordable, with scarves running from $5.99 to $9.99, leggings at $6.99 and jewelry from $5 to $10.

      Products from these shops are trendy, Paynter says, so you won’t be missing out on the latest styles while getting great deals. You can find Clothes Mentor stores in Hyde Park, West Chester, Fields Ertel and Anderson. There are Once Upon A Child locations in Hyde Park, West Chester, Fields Ertel, Anderson, Colerain and Western Hills.

      To learn more about Clothes Mentor, click here. You can learn more about Once Upon A Child by clicking here.

      Don’t forget to click here to RSVP for Saturday’s Seasonably Chic Showcase. The event is from 10am-2pm at the Phoenix downtown. Parking is available next door for $2. The event and venue is child/stroller-friendly. All attendees will receive free entry, swag bag, and gift wrapping with the donation of one canned good for the FreeStore FoodBank. Click here to see the full list of local businesses and vendors that will be featured at the event! Watch a highlight reel of last year’s event below!

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      “Beauty. Business. Badassery.” That’s the idea behind Tyra Banks’ new business Tyra Beauty. We chat with the woman launching it locally to learn more about it.

      Cheryl Bulcher is one of the first 200 Beautytainers for Tyra Banks’ Tyra Beauty.

      Back in October 2014, Cheryl Bulcher came across a small online advertisement that mentioned how Tyra Banks was looking for new people to assist her with launching her new cosmetic direct sales company.

      Intrigued by the advertisement, Bulcher clicked on the link where she was taken to a video featuring Banks talking about how she was searching for the “First, Fierce Beautytainers,” and she needed 200 of them. With 14 years of direct sales experience, Bulcher went ahead and applied. After two phases of questionnaires, she received some exciting news: Bulcher had been chosen out of thousands of applicants to become one of the first 200 Beautytainers.

      Bulcher’s mother introduced Bulcher to makeup when she was growing up. Her mother was a “beautician,” as Bulcher describes her, and her mother was involved in makeup samples and reviews. Each month, Bulcher’s mother received makeup samples and would write reviews on why or why not she liked certain products. Her mother was able to keep all these products and would give Bulcher some of the samples as well.

      “She would give me some to put in my own little makeup kit,” says Bulcher. “My friends and I would put on plays in the basement for our parents-and I did the makeup!”

      Retired, Bulcher puts a lot of her time into Tyra Beauty. She had previously worked at Mary Kay for 14 years, but left to start a new journey as a Beautytainer. She loved everything that Mary Kay Ash represented and their strong vision for all women, but she loved the new and innovative feel of Tyra Beauty. She describes this with the “in a stick” application and Ty Glide Technology, where the innovation is evident. “It’s a cosmetic experience,” says Bulcher.

      Bulcher loves being so involved in Tyra Beauty and enjoys hosting parties. At Tyra Beauty, makeovers are called “tyovers” and no party is too small or large. Bulcher makes sure to explain all of the steps and loves to show before and after photos of each person’s transformation. From 13 to 83 years old, she has worked with and transformed all ages and faces.

      Bulcher is very excited to start offering classes that can help you learn how to apply makeup and use certain techniques. If there is an attendance fee for a class, a Swag Bag is included that will have full sized products with a value that goes beyond the class itself.

      Bulcher recently earned the opportunity to meet Banks in September as a reward for having the second highest personal sales back in March through July. This trip offered Bulcher and 24 other Beautytainers to travel to stay at the London West Hotel. They dined with Banks and were also on her show, The Fab Life.
      “It was like a fairytale come true,” says Bulcher. “She is an awesome person! Just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!”

      Bulcher loves her job, but what is her favorite part about being a Beautytainer? “I would have to say that it is the wonderful feeling of fulfillment from sharing Tyra Beauty and watching the transformation process give so many women more self-confidence; not by making them up, but by merely enhancing their beauty,” explains Bulcher. “I love seeing everyone’s beauty and having them see it too!”

      Bulcher will be at the Seasonably Chic Showcase event as a vendor with more information, products and makeup application demonstrations on attendees. To learn more, visit

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      We talk with Julie Lyon, a graduate gemologist and the owner of Jewels by Jules boutique, about what inspired her to get into the industry and why her business is a diamond in the rough.

      Jewels by Jules
      Julie Lyon, Owner of Jewels by Jules

      Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But for Julie Lyon, they’re also a life-long passion and profession.

      Lyon grew up watching her father carefully choose jewelry for her mother. “Most of the time it required designing something and picking out the perfect stones,” she recalls. It was those special family memories that sparked her interest in all things sparkling, which led her to pursue a career in the jewelry business.

      After working in a jewelry store through college and completing her education at the Gemological Institute of America, Lyon decided to use her industry knowledge and unique education as Graduate Gemologist to open Jewels by Jules on Montgomery Road in August of 2011. Lyon says Jewels by Jules is dedicated to providing a truly low-pressure, customer-based experience. “I believe in the old school approach,” she adds. “To me, that means getting to know my customers on a more personal level, and working to give them something that they either love for themselves or can be proud to give someone else.”

      Not in the market for diamonds this holiday season? Jewels by Jules carries a variety of other products that are great for gift-giving. The boutique sells watches, Debbie Brooks purses, Alex and Ani, Color and Dot ornaments, along with glass platters, handmade scarves, and picture frames. In addition, “[We’re] a full service jewelry store that can provide repairs, appraisals, and jewelry cleaning,” Lyon explains.

      There are exciting things on the horizon for Lyon and her boutique. Jewels by Jules is currently in the process of creating a mobile application, specifically for the wedding market. “Customers can create rings on their mobile devices and bring them in for us to create,” she explains.

      Lyon loves that the pieces she carries change lives and last for generations. “Jewelry is timeless!” Lyon says. “I have pieces to given to me from when I was young, from being married, having kids, I can tell you where each piece came from and what it represents. Jewelry is symbolic.”

      Jewels by Jules will be one of the featured businesses at the November 7 Seasonably Chic Showcase event. Lyon says they will be bringing a great range of products including Alex and Ani, Samantha Fey, and Kameleon. To learn more about Julie and her business, visit

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      Learn how one local lady took a skill, passed down by her grandmother, and turned it into a booming business that’ll help you stay bundled up this winter.

      Founder of crochet
      Maryanne Dorn, Founder of Bundle Up Crochet

      They say if you do what you love for a living, you never work a day in your life. Maryanne and Alec Dorn say that couldn’t be more true for them. They are the husband and wife duo behind Bundle Up Crochet, a locally-based business specializing in hand crocheted cold weather accessories.

      Maryanne learned the art of crocheting from her grandmother, knowing only how to make potholders at first. Over time, with patience and practice, her skills developed. But with the demands of earning her degree at the University of Dayton, she gradually she stopped fiddling with the needle.

      However, when her post-graduation “real world” left her craving a creative outlet, though, she began crocheting again. “I felt myself needing a hobby outside of my job,” she recalls. Eventually, Maryanne realized she could make just about any accessory possible out of a needle and yarn. “I picked up crocheting again in 2012 and gifted my items to friends and family. In 2013, I sold through word of mouth to friends, family, and coworkers, and couldn’t believe how quickly the word spread of my creations.”

      With encouragement from her husband, Alec, they officially launched Bundle Up Crochet in 2014. Today, the business sells crocheted goods such as hats, scarves, headbands, baby blankets and much more. Want to sport your favorite team’s colors in a cozy hat or warm scarf? Bundle Up Crochet has you covered, literally!

      “My husband, Alec encouraged me to sell my crocheted ear warmers, hats, and scarves at Second Sunday on Main in Over the Rhine,” says Maryanne. “After countless hours brainstorming company names, we finally agreed that Bundle Up Crochet defined us as a business.”


      Alec also helped to build their new website, as well as photographs and edits all of their product photos, and handles all of the shipping for orders. He even joins Maryanne at craft shows and events to help sell.
      Bundle Up Crochet will be one of the featured vendors at the Nov. 7 Seasonably Chic Showcase. Click here to RSVP. At the event, Maryanne will unveil her special edition Cincy Chic Cowl Scarf and it will be available for special discount at the event. To learn more, visit

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      This East Hyde Park-based laser treatment center makes laser treatments safe, accessible and easy for everyone. Read on for the not-so-hairy details.


      What do you do when you don’t want whimsical tattoo on your shoulder anymore? This question set the premise for the opening of Re.You Studio. Re.You Studio specializes in laser tattoo removal, as well as laser hair removal, laser facial rejuvenation – ranging from helping sun-damaged skin to pigmented lesions – and laser nail fungus removal. Teresa Wade, founder and co-owner, opened the “stand-alone” laser treatment center in March 2013.

      “We spent a year researching trends and looking at various business models and franchises, and we realized that tattoos were a hot trend that was only getting hotter,” says Ward. “We saw that in other parts of the country laser removal studios were becoming a huge business opportunity. We seized on the idea and Re.You Studio was born.”

      A board of certified and laser-trained physicians conducts Re.You Studio’s services. They offer not only laser services but electrolysis for hair removal as well, thus ensuring permanent hair removal for all different types of people.

      “This might seem like a totally aesthetic procedure or a luxury service, but many people suffer from embarrassment and social avoidance due to visible and excess facial and/or body hair – so we are pleased to offer a complete solution,” says Ward.

      “Many upscale doctors’ offices or clinics that offer laser removal treatments can be expensive and inaccessible to the average consumer,” Ward continues. “We created Re.You in order to satisfy the need and desire for cutting-edge treatments at affordable prices – in a welcoming, comfortable environment. Unlike many local hair laser competitors, we offer free consultation, no high-pressure sales, and straightforward and affordable pricing.”

      With the help of a new and distinct technique called the PinPointe laser, Re.You has the ability to treat toenail fungus safely, quickly and pain-free, administered by their board-certified podiatrists. “No anesthesia, little to no discomfort, no side effects, and zero downtime—you can exercise or polish your toenails immediately after treatment,” Ward explains. “In offering all of these services, we pride ourselves on making the cost, and thus treatments, doable for anyone.”

      “We wanted to not only start a wonderful business, but to find a way to give back,” says Ward. “So we now offer removal of radiation tattoos for breast cancer survivors and tattoo removal for people in rehab programs or victims of domestic violence.”

      “We have truly changed lives,” Ward continues. “Whether it’s removing a tattoo that is a painful reminder of a past relationship or helping someone simply feel more confident and beautiful, this business is really rewarding.” With an increase in demand for laser hair removal, Ward expresses that they are expanding their team at Re.You. “The most recent addition is a wonderful cosmetic therapist who specializes in laser hair removal!” she says. “We have also added a second podiatrist on select Saturday mornings, who performs the laser toenail fungus treatments.”

      Re.You Studio will also be a vendor at Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase on Saturday, November 7 at The Phoenix, where they will be offering information and product sampling to attendees. Click here to RSVP. “We will have some of our favorite products on hand to try,” says Ward. “We will also offer gift certificates in any denomination – because Re.You gift certificates make a fantastic holiday gift!”

      To learn more about Re.You Studio, visit or check out their location in Hyde Park at 3330 Erie Avenue.

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      If you like discovering new places to eat (and saving money while you’re at it), learn more about this unique program that pays off in spades.

      Gina Barrera and Brian Tucker are the dynamic duo behind Foodie Cincy, a deck of 52 cards featuring special discounts at restaurants around the city. Each card in the deck represents a local, independently-owned Cincinnati-area restaurant.

      “Each restaurant card features all of the restaurant details, including name and contact information with restaurant and cuisine description,” explains Barrera. “The card acts as a $!0 off discount as each restaurant.”

      Barrera says that the deck is a fun incentive for users to try new restaurants in the city and for the eateries it’s a unique marketing tool directed specifically toward experiential diners.

      Cincy Chic last spoke with Barrera and Tucker in fall 2014, but plenty of things have changed since then.

      Now, the Foodie Cincy deck is proudly printed in Erlanger, Kentucky, by the United States Playing Card Co. “It’s the same company behind brands such as bicycle cards, Bee and more,” explains Barrera. “Not only are they printed in the USA, but right in our back yard! We are thrilled to help support local businesses.”

      On Nov. 7, Foodie Cincy will be at Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase, where they’ll be offering pre-sales of the 2016 Foodie Cincy Deck. Barrera says if you purchase a 2016 deck –which is being released on Black Friday– you’ll also receive a current 2015 Foodie Cincy Deck that expires on Dec. 31 at the event.

      “This is the only pre-sale of any 2016 Foodie Cincy Decks that we currently offer in Cincinnati, only at the Seasonably Chic Showcase,” says Barrera.

      Aside from the launch of a new website, Barrera adds that there are 10 new restaurants in the 2016 Deck, and you’ll be able to find the list of eateries at the Seasonably Chic Showcase or on the Foodie Cincy website.

      To learn more, check out Foodie Cincy’s new website. You can also like them on Facebook.

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      From vintage finds and upcycled pieces to brand new creations, learn about the local lady who does it all through her business Tobey 1 Originals.

      tobeyCincy Chic: What is Tobey 1 Originals?
      Tami Seurkamp, Founder of Tobey 1 Originals: Tobey 1 Originals is a line of one-of-a-kind, original, handmade necklaces, earrings and bracelets. I’ve added pieces from my personal vintage costume collection and refurbished pieces, and these I have redesigned to make them original.

      Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind your business?
      Seurkamp: This sounds silly, but my dog, Tobey, who I lost in 2011, is the inspiration behind the business. He was with me through so many pivotal moments and brought happiness, joy, laughter and love into every life he touched. He was a one-of-a-kind original so when it came time to name my business, it was easy. My originals are inspired by an original.

      Cincy Chic: When did you launch Tobey 1 Originals?
      Seurkamp: As a business we launched in late 2010, but it’s been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember.

      Cincy Chic: What makes Tobey 1 Originals unique?
      Seurkamp: Each piece is a one-of-a-kind original. I pride myself on not duplicated anything unless there’s a special order. From my days at Giddings and the clothes line, I learned that no one wants to see themselves coming and going. About 2 years ago, I incorporated necklaces without clasps, long enough to wear as one strand or even as a double strand. I did this because of the request for something for the elderly, or someone with arthritis or any other impairment, so they could still be stylish yet not have to mess with clumsy clasps and awkward closures. My mother was the first to point this out and it is a growing part of my business. I decide prices and my items are extremely affordable, so several pieces can be purchased without breaking the bank. My line is jewelry for the fun of it. One thing that gives me great pleasure is hearing from someone who says the piece they purchased 3 years ago or 3 minutes ago is their favorite item in their jewelry box and the compliments they get every time they wear it. Wow! Now this is what motivates me.

      Cincy Chic: Our Seasonably Chic Showcase is coming up! What will you be bringing to the event?
      Seurkamp: I’ll have necklaces, bracelets and earrings that are bright, fun and festive. There will be lots of pearls as well in addition to Southwestern touches, feathers, from chunky to dainty and color, color, color. There will also be some handmade as well as refurbished vintage pins. All of the pieces are made to be multi-seasonal so what is purchased for that special holiday party can also be worn on the boat next spring.

      Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for your business?
      Seurkamp: Yes, I will be branching out into original hair accessories, belts and small handmade fabric clutches. I have also been pursuing small boutiques to find just the right one to carry my pieces. I am searching for someone whose passion is equal to mine in keeping it original, fun and always caring about what it is the public wants. I have contacted several fashion publications to find out where my little business might fit in. I would love to partner with or at the very least be part of the Arthritis Foundation, and to take my wares to local senior housing so the ladies can have fun and fashion come to them.

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about Tobey 1 Originals?
      Seurkamp: We’re currently on Facebook. There’s a website under construction and I’ll keep everyone informed of the progress of that through Facebook.