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It’s an online shop with vintage roots and a bohemian vibe. Plus, the owner is based right here in Cincinnati. Click for all the fashionable details.

 

Maker & Sage sells vintage and bohemian clothing and home decor.

Maker & Sage is a bohemian shop with vintage roots. Owner of Maker & Sage, Stephanie Ress says the core of her business is vintage clothing and home décor, inspired and intrigued by a bohemian life style.

While it’s mainly a one-woman-shop, she does get by with a little help from her friends. “When I sell at local markets like, The OFF Market and City Flea, my wonderful boyfriend, Zach Madden, helps with the heavy lifting and he is a fantastic sales man! He’s been my partner in the success of the shop,” she says. “We hit up the flea markets on the weekends and he loves to go treasure hunting with me. He’s also fantastic at finding some of our best and weirdest t-shirts. Anything with a wolf or a band shirt, he’s behind it.”

Ress says one of her best friends inspired the idea to start the business. “Maker & Sage came from the idea of building this brand with my best friend Meagan Martin. She is an amazing artist and a muse of mine. She started her company, Meagan Martin Maker, and sells her own designed ceramics. We met in art school, at DAAP, and instantly became best friends,” Ress explains, adding that she always dreamed about having our own studio someday. “We always called it, M&S Studios. We planned to build the brand together but unfortunately she and her fiancé moved to South Carolina so she hasn’t been able to be apart of the shop like we planned. But I still feel like she is a part of my shop and that’s why I decided to keep her a part of the name.”

That’s why she called the business Maker & Sage, M for Meagan and S for Stephanie. Plus, Ress says, she likes the meaning behind each word. The maker’s craftsmanship of vintage pieces, and sage meaning, having, showing, or indicating profound wisdom. “The pieces I collect inspire the fashion trends of today,” she says. “I love following trends in fashion and home decor, but they are always inspired by the original trends from 20+ years ago.”

Ress was able to go her own way and build this brand based on what she loves: thrift store shopping and trash picking. “It’s so much fun to me! It’s a thrill to jump into a mess and come out finding gold. When City Flea started I went to every market, and I always shopped from the vintage vendors. They always have the best finds, but I am DIY kind of girl, I like to figure things out and create my own. My shop is a creative outlet for me that gets me away from my computer,” she says. “As a graphic designer by day, I live behind a computer screen, I love being a designer, but I felt I needed something else that was all mine. No one can request edits or tell me I am doing it wrong. Its my shop and I can let my creativity run free with it.”

That creativity lets Ress continue to be inspired by fashion and home decor trends. She finds those trends walking around Cincinnati and going to concerts, bars, etc. just to people watch; it lets her see what people are wearing and play fashion police in a sense. She’s noticed a few things along the way.

“The 90s fashion is in, I’ve been rocking my own cut up denim shorts made out of 90s Lee or Levi mom jeans for 5 or more years now. And only in the past year have I seen large retailers sell 90s inspired high waist jeans/shorts,” Ress explains. “I like to find out what trends are going on and get on them before they are big.”

To learn more, shop online, and follow along, check them out on Instagram and Etsy.

 

 

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Want to get creative, but worried about being the next Pinterest fail? Check out this local artist who not only makes custom furniture and artwork but will help you gather your closest friends for a paint party everyone will enjoy.

Vaguely Vintage and Pinterest Paint Parties by Ashley Campbell allows clients to customize their own paint parties.
Vaguely Vintage and Pinterest Paint Parties by Ashley Campbell allows clients to customize their own paint parties.

Ashley Campbell has always had a passion for artwork, but she was searching for a way to help others express their own inner artist. So, with that idea and inspiration, this stay-at-home wife and mother of three launched Vaguely Vintage & Pinterest Paint Parties.

“What started out as a hobby to stay sane quickly became a business,” explains Campbell. “A new appreciation has been found by teaching others to express their own inner artist, and, with my guidance, realize their unseen potential.”

You can also order custom items from Vaguely Vintage & Pinterest Paint Parties.
You can also order custom items from Vaguely Vintage & Pinterest Paint Parties.

At Vaguely Vintage, you’ll find that there’s a major focus on restoring vintage furniture and decor so that it can return to its functional state with the help of some new, beautiful modern finishes. Vaguely Vintage also offers a customization side, where you can request custom designs, formats, and even create items such as artwork, t-shirts, and other items.

“I like to say, ‘If you can find it on Pinterest or an idea on any scale, I can design, create, and/or teach it to your group’,” says Campbell.

There’s also a unique side to Campbell’s business venture – she also offers Pinterest paint parties.

“The inspiration behind this idea are the ever popular Pinterest fails,” she explains. “With my assistance, a beginning painter can avoid fails and make a masterpiece.”

And with Campbell’s experience from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program in interior design and architecture, she’s sure to help you avoid the dreaded #fail.

Campbell says that if you can find and item on Pinterest, she can make it for you.
Campbell says that if you can find and item on Pinterest, she can make it for you.

“[At DAAP], I learned the art of visually being able to translate images of complexity into various mediums,” explains Campbell. “While Pinterest was not yet created, fast forward about a decade, and with a little inspiration a business would be born.”

Campbell says that each Pinterest Paint Party involves her traveling to clients’ homes or preferred venues or booking private events and bringing everything necessary to create and customize the art to clients’ liking.

To book a Pinterest Paint Party, you can contact Campbell to book and determine what you’d like to create. Classes can accommodate as few or as many (up to 70) people at a time, depending on the class and what you choose to create.

When you book a Pinterest paint party, you’ll scan through Pinterest or give Campbell a subject matter of what you’re interested in painting. She’ll then send back some ideas and together you’ll create a party complete with an invite to your friends.

If the thought of a Pinterest paint party gets you excited, you’ll be even happier to know that booking is done online and you don’t even have to leave the house or pick up the phone to do it. You don’t have to collect money from your friends and Campbell brings along every necessary item to create the piece you’ve envisioned. “Right down to the tablecloths and aprons,” she adds. “When I leave, I even pack up the trash so the hostess only has to worry about getting her friends to show up.”

Campbell says that she would love to expand her offerings to include makeup classes. “I recently discovered a love for makeup and how similar it is to my Pinterest paint parties,” she explains. “You can find me talking about trends and tips and ways to get those famous looks that we are all trying to create. You can look at it as a free Pinterest makeup party.”

To learn more or contact Campbell for a piece of art, furniture, custom work, or to set up a Pinterest Paint Party, visit her Facebook page.

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A local woman is telling stories – not through words, but instead, vintage clothing. See how she’s bringing fashion back to life with her Cincinnati-based online shop.

On the Prowl Vintage is an online-based Etsy shop that offers vintage clothing.
On the Prowl Vintage is an online-based Etsy shop that sells vintage clothing.

For Bessi Bruns, clothing has always told a story. Fashion spans decades and can communicate the culture of a time period in the blink of an eye. “In high school, I became very interested in the Beatles and 60s pop culture,” Bruns explains. “I [began] learning about 60s fashion, and Pattie Boyd was my idol. I eventually moved on to learning about other decades, and during college I started collecting vintage for myself.”

As her vintage collection grew, Bruns realized the market there might be to share her passion with others. “eBay and Myspace were big at that time, so I thought I would try auctioning some of my clothing off,” she recalls. “Since that day, I have never looked back, and from there on I knew I wanted vintage clothing to be a permanent part of my life.”

Nine years ago, Bruns was diagnosed with Cogans Syndrome, which left her with hearing and vision troubles. “[I was] unable to work a normal job,” she says, but adds. “On the Prowl has provided me with motivation to wake up, get out of bed and make the most out of each day.”

On the Prowl Vintage offers unique and wearable women’s attire from the 20th century. From evening gowns to everyday apparel, to lingerie and retro jackets, Bruns tries to find pieces to speak to every woman’s style. “My customer is aware of current fashion trends but still wants to be unique. She has a strong sense of identity and she’s not afraid to break fashion rules.”

For Bruns, vintage is special because the items hold special meaning. One of Bruns’ favorite ways to find authentic pieces is to shop estate sales and make house calls. ”[I find] beautiful dresses worn on honeymoons, gifts from their husbands, and special outfits bought for special memories,” she says. “When family members know their relative’s possessions are going to caring hands, [it] makes the process of cleaning out closets a bit easier and even enjoyable.”

Vintage always inspires current fashion trends, but there is something special about buying the real thing. Of recent popular styles, Bruns says, “I see a little bit of all the 20th century decades making a comeback. 20’s party dresses, 50’s fit and flare dresses, 70’s maxi skirts with wide brimmed hats and 90’s crop tops are all things that have been very popular the past couple of years.”

On the Prowl Vintage is currently an online-only shop, and can be found on Etsy. “I really enjoy the process of running an online shop…since I’m online based I have access to a wide range of customers. Half of my customer base is international,” Bruns says. “I have also sold to celebrity stylists, performers, museums, and designers that work for companies like Anthropologie and Ann Taylor Loft.”

On the topic of opening a brick and mortar location, Bruns says, “Having a place where customers can interact with the clothing would be quit special. I am open to the idea if the right opportunity presents itself.”

Why should the stylish woman shop vintage? Bruns gave several reasons. “The quality of today’s clothing is so much different compared to that of vintage clothing. Clothing was built to last a lifetime,” she says. Of the new trend in mass-produced clothing, Bruns says, “There’s a reason that big-box stores can sell brand new dresses for $24. By choosing vintage, you’re not only avoiding bad labor practices, but you get to wear something that is special, has a history and stands out in all the right ways.”

On the Prowl Vintage can be found on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/ontheprowl, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ontheprowlvintage and Instagram at @ontheprowlvintage.

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    One local lady launched her start-up, One Fine Day, by renting out the very decor pieces she picked out for her wedding day. See how it’s grown into a booming styling and vintage décor business that adds the perfect touch to one fine day in your life.

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    Lindsay Lescoe, owner of One Fine Day. (Photo by: Tracy Doyle Photography​)

    Lindsay Lescoe isn’t your typical bride. When it came to planning her wedding, she did it all on her own. She spent 18 months procuring vintage and eclectic items that she evetually incorporated into her 2014 wedding.

    Lindsay Lescoe, owner of One Fine Day. (Photo by: Tracy Doyle Photography​)
    Lindsay Lescoe, owner of One Fine Day. (Photo by: Tracy Doyle Photography​)

    When it was time for Lescoe and her fiancé to have their engagement shoot, she wanted to use a Victorian couch outdoors in a field. However, she struggled to find anyone who could rent her a couch for one day to use as a prop. She says that she even took to Facebook, asking if anyone in her network had a Victorian couch she could borrow. The closest she came was a dealer who would have charged her thousands of dollars to borrow a couch for the day.

    Eventually, she found a Victorian couch in Louisville that she used as the focal point for a specialty lounge area in her wedding. In order to retrieve the piece, she had to borrow a truck, drive to Louisville on her own, climb in the truck bed and strap down the couch to the best of her ability before making the trek back to Cincinnati. She says that she ended up spending several hours on one task that she could have devoted to another area of her wedding.

    Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Kortnee Kate Photography​)
    Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Kortnee Kate Photography​)

    Although her mother already owned much of the furniture that she needed to decorate and furnish her wedding, there were still several pieces yet to be found, including the now-infamous Victorian couch.

    “Rounding up all of the special touches like hundreds of mismatched China plates and unique tabletop accents from a wide variety of places took a lot of time, energy and money – not to mention all of my basement storage space,” she says. It’s because of this that she decided to launch the business One Fine Day, to help make other big day dreams come true.

    “Those experiences were very telling of the need that existed in the Cincinnati area for a rental and styling resource to help bring event visions to life and save precious time, money, energy and sanity by offering access to a wide variety of unique furniture and props for special events and photo shoots,” Lescoe says.

    This local event rental and styling resource specializes in renting out vintage and eclectic décor for weddings, events, photo shoots and any other special occasion. “We help clients bring their Pinterest boards to life, and parter with them to create an atmosphere that truly reflects their personal taste and style, full of wow-worthy details for their guests, Lescoe says.

    Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)
    Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)

    With One Fine Day, you’ll find an extensive, ever-evolving collection of décor available to rent. From large furniture pieces such as dressers, sofas and tables to smaller accents and props, Lescoe says that each piece is hand-selected for its originality and charm. She adds that One fine Day also offers custom-made items fabricated locally by a network of artisans in the area.

    There are several services Lescoe and One Fine Day offer clients including furniture, prop and tabletop décor rentals; styling services; custom crafting and fabrication; event rental and photo shoot space; personal shopping and custom search services; and delivery, set-up and breakdown services.

    With furniture rentals, you’ll find that inventory is available for any occasion or photo shoot. With styling services, clients receive assistance incorporating all of the pieces they’ve chosen together in order to create a styled scene that matches their desired look.

    Decor item available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Kortnee Kate Photography​)
    Decor item available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Kortnee Kate Photography​)

    It isn’t always easy to find the perfect piece, though, and sometimes it doesn’t even exist. So, One Fine Day will also provide clients with custom crafting and fabrication to ensure their special day perfectly executes their vision. “We are proud to work with our network of local artisans and craftspeople to make something just for you,” says Lescoe. “Whether it’s a spectacular, moveable wall of flowers, a custom-made wedding arch or a handmade seating chart or wedding favors – we have you covered.”

    One of Lescoe’s favorite things about her new-found profession is that when a client selects One Fine Day, she’s given the opportunity to help make someone’s special occasion truly unique, memorable and one-of-a-kind using pieces and designs that complement their personality and aesthetic. “It is also personally gratifying to know that I can save someone a lot of time, stress, frustration and money by providing them with the décor and props they need on a rental basis for their event, so they can turn their attention to one of the other things on their ‘to-do’ list,” says Lescoe.

    Decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)
    Decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)

    Another perk to doing what she does is the history that’s behind the pieces in her inventory. More specifically, she loves the pieces that are from many years ago, boast quality workmanship and are hand-painted. She says that rather than letting those pieces be stored in an attic or basement, she enjoys being able to bring them out to the public so they can be admired and appreciated time and time again.

    As someone with a strong background in arts, and as an entrepreneur, Lescoe says she enjoys partnering with local artists to handcraft custom items clients need. “Leveraging our network of local artisans and crafters not only supports our local economy, but also alleviates the need for someone to go through the steps of ordering something online and having it shipped from across the country when the same item could be crafted right here in town,” she says.

    Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)
    Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)

    There are many things on the horizon at One Fine Day, according to Lescoe. First, she says, they’re preparing to open a new event rental space on the first floor of a historic row house in Northern Kentucky. She adds that the space will be a great location for parties, showers, meetings and photo shoots. It will be fully furnished with plenty of pieces, which she’s currently in the process of selecting.

    Additionally, One Fine Day is also preparing to move into a new warehouse space located in Bellevue, Kentucky, and minutes away from the event rental space. “The warehouse will be where our inventory is housed and maintained, and will also have space available to rent for photo shoots – including a private area for boudoir sessions that will be beautifully furnished,” she says.184x256 roses red cincy chic

    In addition, on April 30 at Horseshoe Casino, Lescoe and One Fine Day will be helping out with the Women Helping Women fundraising gala called Light Up the Night. The theme of the event is Peace, Love and Understanding, so there will be plenty of ’70s-themes including flower power, peace signs, early ‘70s attire and tie-dye, so Lescoe is busy digging through thrift stores to create the perfect outfit.

    To learn more, visit Lescoe’s website, “like” One Fine Day on Facebook, send an email, call 513-400-6996 or watch the webcast below.

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