Category Archives: Reviews

Chic Review: The Children’s Theatre

I’ve heard over and over again that acting classes help kids become more confident in school and in life, so it’s been something that I’ve wanted to look into for my kids. That’s when I discovered The Children’s Theater and OH MY GOSH this place is amazing. They have some fall classes coming up — for ages 2 though adult — that sound pretty awesome, so I wanted to let you know about them.

They have Itty Bitty Artist Classes for Ages 2-5, like arts based activities centered around popular stories, Mommy and Me classes, Beginner Jazz, beginner drama basics, and also a Movin’ and groovin’ class.

For Ages 6-14, they have drama classes, and dance classes like ballet, tap and jazz that are 15 week classes with a final performance at the Winter Showcase on the Showtime Stage — so cool!

They also do Voice Classes and Specialty Classes for things like Stage Makeup!

These classes give great Arts Exposure – for those who think the arts are fun and want to explore them more. It’s also good for Arts Training – for those who have a passion for the arts and want to get better — or even a Pre-Professional – for those kiddos who want to make a career in the arts when they grow up!

The classes meet weekly. Homeschool classes are available too!

You can learn more and register on their website www.thechildrenstheatre.com.

Chic Review: ABC Pediatric Therapy

I recently found out about ABC Pediatric Therapy and took their milestone assessment for my middle kiddo, Sofia, and then went in to work with some of their therapists to learn some things for keeping her right on track!

ABC Pediatric Therapy offers pediatric speech, physical and occupational therapy. They also do lots of other cool specialty services including aquatic therapy, feeding therapy (got a picky eater?) splinting, orthotics, listening program and interactive metronome.

They have six locations! Here at the Red Bank location I checked out, Western Hills, West Chester, Middletown, Miamisburg and Beavercreek.

Minimal wait time, too. They get your child in in a very short time so they can begin progress right away!

What’s great about going there is that their SP, OT and PT therapists all work together and are always in communication. No diagnosis needed and ALL insurances are accepted. No parking garages, easy walk-ins at all locations which again is key when you have kids with you!

Want to see if your kiddo is meeting developmental milestones? Use the free online ABC Developmental Checklist. It’s an awesome interactive screening tool to see if your 1-6 year old is on track with their gross motor, fine motor, speech, and sensory skills. Check it out at Checklist.abcpediatrictherapy.com.

Chic Peek Saturday: Cherbourg Cyprus

Eight years ago, the owner, Geri Peacock set out to make the best gluten free and nut free baked goods that are minimally processed in a friendly, beautiful and welcoming environment. It ended up being a huge success where she got her start in Columbus, and she recently decided to bring her booming bakery business to Cincinnati.
Cherbourg is named after a welcoming and trusting French port-town. Cyprus nods to a Mediterranean flair to the Euro-inspired menu. Cyprus is also the birthplace of hospitality which is fitting because the bakery has a cozy feel that invites you to stay and enjoy good food and conversation with friends. And that’s exactly what we did!
We got an awesome variety of foods to try everything out and then we all dug in family style, which we rarely do because several of my friends have food allergies. Some of our favorites were: Shakshuka (Individual savory skillet with a rich Moroccan red sauce and an egg atop served with polenta flats), Agápe Skáki (Quiches in Love Boats) and their famous Double Lemon Bar.
The Bakers said they stop by Findlay Market to gather their fresh produce, so they’re locally sourcing which is really nice to know. But the best thing is that while these baked goods are made with minimally processed ingredients — No dyes, fillers, gluten or nuts are ever added —  it definitely didn’t sacrifice taste! These were seriously some of the best baked goods I’ve ever had and I don’t have any food allergies!
Geri also runs a blog, ​Be Sweet Cherbourg​ where she shares recipes and tricks along with lifestyle and travel stories. She even shares her recipe for the famous Double Lemon Bar
Cherbourg Cyprus is located at 1804 Race St. in OTR across from Findlay Market. They’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more at https://cherbourgcyprus.com.

Walton Creek Boutique: New Arrivals, Great Gift Ideas!

Walton Creek Boutique, a great boutique in the Anderson Towne Center, is SUCH a fab find.
They carry clothing, jewelry, gift items — a lot it made by local artisans and then also several brands you’ll recognize, like Bobeau, which I’ve only seen elsewhere at Nordstrom!
They have a whole wine-lovers section, kids clothes and gift items — perfect for a baby shower or birthday, lots of cute cards, tons of different handbags and wallets, hats, candles, soaps, lotions, and bath items, local jams and honey. Then, like I mentioned, some fabulous jewelry and clothing.
Speaking of fashion, there are lots of new spring and summer arrivals too so you can update your wardrobe or get that something perfect for an upcoming trip. Lots of on-trend colors, patterns, silhouettes and details like cut-outs and cold shoulders.
Stop by the boutique and see all these new arrivals and great gift ideas!
You can also follow them on Facebook to learn about sales, events and new arrivals!

Emma Schmidt & Associates 

Emma Schmidt & Associates is all about restoring relationships for people wanting a stronger bond with their partner; it’s a positive and uplifting environment as they help you work through whatever relationship issues you’re facing.

Emma has been in practice since 2011 but has had this particular group practice for the past year and a half.

The team consists of a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselors, Pastoral Counselor and Integrative Health and Wellness Sex and Relationship Coach, who work together to help guide individuals, couples and families through sexual and relationship difficulties to experience the best versions of themselves.

This is actually the only group sex therapy practice in the tri-state area with 5 clinicians on the team and an office manager who schedules clients and connects them with the best clinician for them. One of the clinicians is actually a male sex therapist, which is only the second one in the area! They also have a sex and relationship coach who works online, which is a great option for clients who travel or for people who need a session after their kids go to bed.

Through guided conversation and exercises, your time together will help you develop a stronger relationship and a renewed connection with your partner.

They see clients with a wide range of  concerns. Therapy may focus on sexual disorders, sexual performance anxiety, desire discrepancy, affairs, addictions, conflicts over sex, and sexual pain, to just simply wanting a stronger connection with your partner.

They also offer free seminars and Q&As to the community, in-house and also partnering with local organizations like Crossroads Community Church.

They have two locations, this new one in Hyde Park and one in Ft Thomas Ky. They also keep an active Facebook Page, Instagram, YouTube Channel and blog where they provide really interesting and helpful info.

The new Hyde Park office is located at 3665 Erie Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45208.They’re also hosting an open house at the Hyde Park location to give you a chance to check out the practice and learn more about what they do. To learn more, visit www.emma-schmidt.com.

Review: Zeel On-Demand Massage App

I read the recent story we did in Cincy Chic about Zeel, an on-demand massage service now available in Cincinnati through a free app, so I decided to check it out for myself.

Here’s a little excerpt from the article that sums it up well: “Zeel is the leading and largest on-demand massage provider with over 10,000 licensed massage therapists serving over 80 US cities, explains Zeel.com Public Relations Director Jillian Sanders. “With best-in-class security protocols, Zeel offers on-demand, at-home massage in as little as an hour, 365 days a year, with start times as early as 8 am and as late at 10:30 pm.”

At 9 months pregnant, everything hurts right now, so a massage sounds amazing. But with two kids and a husband with a weird schedule (he has to be at work really early so he goes to bed at 6pm and gets up at 1am), getting out of the house for a massage at a spa is getting increasingly more difficult.

Knowing I was going to have a long day at work the other day, I decided to download the Zeel app and see if I could get a massage therapist to come on my lunch break. It was super easy — you just put in some basic info about yourself, and then select the day, time, location (office, home, friend’s house, etc), type of massage (deep tissue, prenatal, couples, etc) and gender preference for your massage therapist and then you confirm it. It took about 15 minutes and then I got a notification that a massage therapist had been booked, gave me her name, and some details to prepare my space for the massage. Easy peasy.

A few minutes later, I got a text from my massage therapist introducing herself and giving me her contact info in case I needed to reach her for anything prior to the massage, and also letting me know when she’d be there to start setting up the room for my massage.

Come lunchtime, my therapist arrived, I got an amazing massage and felt like a new woman for the rest of the day. It was seriously awesome. Plus, I really liked that the tip and everything is included in the original booking price that you pay through the app, so there’s no trying to awkwardly find cash at the end of your massage.

I actually just ordered another Zeel massage a couple nights ago to my house — after the hubby went to sleep and I got the girls down for bed, my massage therapist arrived and I got another amazing massage. I feel like I’ve cracked some mom code where I figured out how to get my beloved (and much-needed) spa days back! haha!

Highly recommended! To learn more about Zeel Massage, visit https://www.zeel.com or you can download the app in your phone’s App Store. You can also use code CINCINNATI for $20 off your first massage.