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Two sisters opened a fashion boutique in Oxford to emphasize creativity and community. Read on to learn about the shop, what they carry, and the fun DIY events they host.

Lane & Kate is located in Oxford and offers
Lane & Kate is located in Oxford and offers fashion, gifts, and home decor.

Nestled on High Street in Oxford, there’s a beautiful little shop full of sparkling trinkets, jewels, home goods and positive energy. What was once a store under a different name, two sisters purchased and rebranded it. Today, it’s Lane and Kate, a shop that specializes in fashion, gifts and home decor, with an emphasis on shopping local, creativity and community.

Rachel Pfeiffer was an associate at Collected Works, the store that previously called this space home, while she was studying at Miami University. Since she was local, she stuck around after graduation for seasonal shifts. The opportunity then arose to purchase the store. That’s when Pfeiffer and her sister Jessica Greene jumped at the opportunity because it was the perfect fit for their personal and professional passions.

“We love the Oxford community and really had a long-term vision for how we wanted the store to evolve – it was and still is a very exciting time,” Pfeiffer says. “The name change to Lane & Kate reflects mine and my sister’s middle names, Rachel Lane and Jessica Katherine.”

Lane & Kate is located on High Street in Oxford.
Lane & Kate is located on High Street in Oxford.

With no expertise as business owners, the two have grown together, hand-in-hand, discovering new things about each other and the business world. “When we first started working together, we honestly weren’t sure how it was going to play out,” Pfeiffer says. “But, it’s made our bond even stronger as we’ve weathered this challenging, rewarding, crazy, amazing, fun chapter in our lives.”

Shopping local and supporting the local creative community has become truly important to the sisterly duo.

“We’ve learned so much as both business owners and members of our community,” Pfeiffer says. “In terms of people, we’ve become much more privy to what goes on behind the scenes of our vendors and artists and just how much work goes into what they do, so definitely gaining appreciation for that group. We have such a great appreciation for our customers because we do know they are actively seeking to support our artists and lines, our store, and the local economy.”

With two different sisters, come two different personalities in the store reflected in their merchandise. “Lane is our music festival girl, our nature lover with perpetual wanderlust – she’s where we get our inspiration for a lot of the raw and natural pieces and lines that we carry like Efflorescent Metals, Old Hills Design Co., Aspen Bay, Emily Amey, and Gentle Fawn,” Pfeiffer says. “Kate is our polished fashionista who never misses Sunday brunch, always sends a ‘Thank You’ note on impeccable stationery, and looks for more classic and feminine pieces – lines like Rifle Paper Co., Katie Waltman, Rachael Ryen, English Factory and Olivia Burton are inspired by her.”

Staffed mostly by students, Lane & Kate works to engage a younger audience through social media and buying decisions. “When we hire new associates, we not only look for kind hearts and a good work ethic, we look for people who really identify with our brand,” Pfeiffer says. “In turn, we have a team who is very excited about not only our inventory, but our emphasis on creative expression – so everyone is really on the same page when it comes to crafting a thoughtful post.”

Aside from the beautiful items sold in the store, Lane & Kate offer signature workshops that have become a huge part of the soul of their business. Just about once a month, Lane & Kate bring in local artists to teach everything from floral design to calligraphy. “We love these classes so much because they blend community and creativity together in such a lovely way,” Pfeiffer says.

“There is no greater compliment than when someone walks in and says they want to stay here forever,” Pfeiffer says. “The atmosphere that we strive to create absolutely stems from the dynamic personalities and talents of our team.”

Lane & Kate is located at 29 East High Street in Oxford, Ohio. If you’re looking for like more information, visit their website at http://www.laneandkate.com.

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are at it again, but is Sisters funny enough to see it the same weekend a new Star Wars movie comes out? See what our movie critic has to say!

 

“First rule of shots club … No one play that LMFAO song!” Maura (Amy Poehler) and Kate (Tina Fey) try to get the party started in a scene from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore’s new comedy SISTERS. Credit: K.C. Bailey © 2015 Universal Studios.



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KEY CAST MEMBERS: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ike Barinohltz, Bobby Moyinhan, John Leguizamo, Maya Rudolph, Samantha Bee, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, Greta Lee, Madison Davenport, Rachel Dratch and John Cena

WRITER(S): Paula Pell

DIRECTOR(S): Jason Moore

60 SECOND PLOT SUMMARY (OR AS CLOSE TO THAT TIME AS ONE CAN MAKE IT): Growing up in Orlando in a ritzy neighborhood in the 80s and 90s, the Ellis sisters – Maura (Amy Poehler) and Kate (Tina Fey) – were two of the most popular girls in school. As least they both felt that way, anyway. For Kate was a hardcore party girl who might do anything – and anyone – at a moment’s notice and Maura because, well, she was the nicest girl in town who seriously might not even hurt a fly.

Fast-forward to life in their early 40s and things have changed … Slightly. While Kate is still a hothead who can’t hold down a job to save her life out west, much to the chagrin of her estranged daughter Haley (Madison Davenport). Meanwhile, Maura now lives in Atlanta and is responsible as ever to the point her uptight nature gets the best of her at the worst of times, which, as a recent divorcee, makes it hard for her to meet guys.

Then they get the news their parents Bucky (James Brolin) and Deana (Dianne Wiest) are selling their childhood home and need to come clean it out. And that’s where our story kicks into high gear. For in cleaning out their old room, Maura and Kate come to realize their lives were (in Maura’s case) or are (in Kate’s) not where they need to be, which is why there is one thing and one thing only they need to do get their lives on track.

Throw an epic party “Ellis Island” style with all their old high school friends while keeping any old high school enemies outside … Or at least away so they don’t interfere with guys like James (Ike Barinholtlz) from joining the fun …

WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? Amy Poehler fans; Tina Fey fans – especially who will enjoy her in a new role; most of the people that liked the movie Trainwreck; people who enjoyed partying as teenagers in the late 80s/early 90s; people who enjoy comedies where the characters progress from just wacky to fully developed

WHO WONT (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? Men who don’t think women can be/are funny; people who enjoy comedies that are slightly better structured; people who don’t think characters are more than one note and are not developed well; those unfamiliar with late 80s/early 90s music and/or are unable to find anything relatable in the story 

SO, IS IT GOOD, BAD OR ABSOLUTELY AWFUL? While not quite the raunchy, unapologetic romantic comedy romp that was Amy Schumer’s 2015 breakout film Trainwreck, Sisters feels like a nice big sister compliment that – to paraphrase an OLD deodorant commercial – is strong enough to draw laughter from a man, but is made by a man with great male and female co-stars that will have women laughing all the way home. 

Sisters starts out a tad slow and meandering, leaving you to potentially ponder whether or not you’re in for a mild affair that looks rebellious and rambunctious in all the right ways (cough, Tammy) but is going to be a bland “sisters need each other tale.” Then, slowly but surely, the film starts to offer better exposition of its characters without losing the wacky, over-the-top-but-in-an-enjoyable-way humor that keeps you interested in the film. Watching Fey play against her usual bookish, librarian type is a welcome change of pace which serves her well throughout the film, as do the “I’m going for it” without “hey, I’m zany!”attitudes of the rest of the cast (well, maybe save for John Leguizamo). In any case, Sisters does what it needs to do – juxtaposes two female characters in a way so you can enjoy the interplay between them, adds little nuances to their characters to make them come full circle and delivers laughter (which is harder in a comedy than one may think). The jokes aren’t of a “look at me, I’m a woman and we do this” nature, which helps make it enjoyable for male and female audiences alike.(Unless, of course, you’re 2013 Jerry Lewis … Or 2014 Jerry Lewis …) 

In any case, during a time of year when 99.9% of the movie going public will seemingly be caught up with intergalaltic battles and lightsabers or, perish the thought, watching animated chipmunks attempt to provide entertainment for their kids, Sisters offers a nice alternative for those looking for a laugh … Or at least to hear James Brolin and Dianne Wiest say something you’d never think parents would ever say to their 40 year-old children.

OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

 

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Two local sisters teamed up to turn a part of America’s favorite pastime into fashionable bracelets for men and women. Learn more about this homerun idea.

Alexis Rosenbaum and her sister Hannah King, founders of Baseball Lacelets.
Alexis Rosenbaum and her sister Hannah King, founders of Baseball Lacelets.

Cincy Chic: What is Baseball Lacelets?
Alexis Rosenbaum, Co-owner of Baseball Lacelets: Hannah King and I founded Baseball Lacelets in February 2014, to produce customized leather wrap bracelets made from the lacing in baseball gloves for men and women. Using replacement baseball glove lace from a U.S.-based tannery, Hannah and I cut the lacing to size before securing a tri-buckle closure to the leather. Using a laser engraver, each bracelet can be customized to fit a consumer’s request.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Baseball Lacelets?
Rosenbaum: In 2013, I was feeling lost professionally and turned to my husband for advice. My husband, Danny, a baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, tossed a plastic bag of loose baseball glove lace at me and said “do something with this!” For two months, we took the loose lace and worked on bracelets to give to family members as holiday presents, even ordering a stamp kit off Ebay and teaching ourselves to stamp quotes onto the leather. When the bracelet closure became a stumbling block, Hannah entered the picture. The rest, as they say, is history.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Baseball Lacelets?
Rosenbaum: My sister Hannah King and I are behind the business as well as the recent addition of our third sister, Kelsey King, who is assisting us daily.

Cincy Chic: How much does a lacelet cost?
Rosenbaum: Our lacelets are $25 and are completely customizable to fit your wants and needs. The best part about buying right now is that if you shop our Kickstarter and support our next adventure, you can grab one for only $20 each or 6 for $100.

An example of a Baseball Lacelet.
An example of a Baseball Lacelet.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about your Kickstarter campaign!
Rosenbaum: Of course! To cover the cost of our own laser engraver and rental space, we have introduced our Baseball Lacelets to Kickstarter with a goal of $18,000 in funding.

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. It’s a home for everything from films, games and music to art, design and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects big and small that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you.

In 2014, we made sure our customers were supplied with the freedom of making each Lacelet their own. To secure this part of our brand, we had to go from hand stamping each letter onto each Lacelet into developing a production process that was centered around laser engraving.

Today, we rent our laser engraver at a membership workshop for a monthly fee, which gave us the ability to learn the equipment and software we use before making the large investment in purchasing our very own laser engraver; however, our current manufacturing setting is not conducive to further business growth.
After a year of exploding growth, we have greatly outgrown the rented equipment and the lack of space that it comes with. In 2015, we’re chasing independence, our own equipment and even more storytelling.

Lacelets, along with other incentives, can now be ordered by backing our project and those who order can expect to receive their reward no later than May 2015. In order for Baseball Lacelets to reach more wrists, we need to meet or exceed our Kickstarter goal by Tuesday, March 31. If the project goal is not met, no incentives will be awarded.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Baseball Lacelets?
Rosenbaum: We are really excited about the opportunities that are coming our way and even more excited about a few new products we have been designing. Renting the laser engraver gives us very limited time to explore new products so it has taken us some time to really fine tune the route we wanted to take with our first new product line we are launching all month. Last week we released a Lacelet Keychain that still holds true to allowing our customer to customize the baseball glove lace, but now in the form of a keychain. We are really excited about providing a product for our non-jewelry wearing followers who love our brand, but aren’t interested in bracelets. The keychain is the first of many new items to come at Baseball Lacelets!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more or support Baseball Lacelets?
Rosenbaum: Readers can check us out on Kickstarter. I have to admit, our video is pretty awesome! For more information, visit www.baseballlacelet.com or connect with us via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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