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Summer Camps at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Registration is now open for the 1-week long themed summer camps at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

No audition is required and it’s for a variety of ages and experience. Sessions are available for 6-7 year olds, 8-10 year olds, and 11-14 year olds each weekday from 9am to 4 pm at the TCT facility on Red Bank Road.

And get this, it’s just $275 per week and $250 for additional kids and that breaks down to only be about $8 an hour. It’s such a great deal! It’s less expensive than daycare and nannying, plus they’re learning valuable skills and lifelong memories.

Before and after care is also available for all 7 weeks of summer camp. You gotta register now though, mommas, because sessions fill up fast. Only 25 participants are accepted in each age group for each week, and all of the sessions completely sold out last year.

You can learn more about these amazing summer programs here at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati on their website thechildrenstheatre.com.

A Peek inside the All-New Watson’s!

I am LOVING this all-new Watson’s. It’s no longer just pools, spas and game room must-haves. It’s now a carefully curated collection of everything for your home — inside and out.

If you haven’t been since Watson’s remodeled their showroom last year and rebranded, here’s what you’ll find now:

  • They now have an expansive selection of indoor furniture, both in-stock and custom options. Want to change the layout? Get a different fabric? No problem. There’s NO fee for doing that.
  • There’s also a huge emphasis on fashionable, stylish, and on-trend.
  • Lots of pieces you won’t see anywhere else! Watson’s has several relationships with manufactures who make exclusive designs for them – like this modern metal pool table! Love it!
  • Home accessories are now available  – so all the great decor and accessories you see on display that you need to put the personal touch and finish your space are also for sale! Lamps, end tables, rugs, even the barware is for sale!

I am loving this “new” Watson’s — really rounds it out — making it everything you need for your home, inside and out.

Watson’s still has your pools, spas and outdoor furniture. Actually, they now have an entire showroom of indoor furniture! It’s BREATHTAKING! But now have more than 40,000 square feet of in stock furniture, and no fees for any customizations you want to make. They have several certified interior designers on staff who can help you build those custom options. Actually, Watson’s said more than half their customers are choosing that route! And it’s all still covered under the low price guarantee — meaning if you find a lower price anywhere else, Watson’s will match it.

I’ve been to a LOT of furniture stores. This is not what I’m used to. It’s different. It’s cooler. It’s on trend. It’s beautiful and you have to see it in person for yourself!

To learn more, visit Watsons.com.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Gigi’s Kenwood


Valentine’s Day might be Feb. 14, but it’s a week-long celebration at Gigi’s Cupcakes!

“We do Valentine’s Day gifts all week long,” says Amy Jones, owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes – Cincinnati.  “Our treats are made daily in our Kenwood shop with lots of love and care.”
The in-store menu offers a selection of both classic and seasonal cupcakes, minis and cakes. Each cupcake is topped high with those Gigi’s Signature Icing swirls. Always gluten friendly options too! “We’ll have a lot of flavors to choose from,” Jones adds, “even if you forget to order ahead of time.”
They have several different Valentine’s Day themed cupcakes you can pre-order that come in a 4-box or a dozen. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day party or just bringing home to surprise the family!
Gigi’s Cupcakes is located at 7940 Hosbrook Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm. Learn more by visiting their website or checking them out on Facebook.

This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by Gigi’s Cupcakes – Cincinnati.

 

Wine & Dine at Parker’s Blue Ash

From sipping on some wine, enjoying fireside dinner and decadent dessert to Sunday brunch with the girls — however you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Parker’s is the place.

At Parkers, they specialize in All-American Fare with an amazing selection of beef, seafood and specialty entrée salads. They even a wine list honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

They offer as much variety of dishes as they do dining experiences, too. Stay cool in the summer dining on the newly remodeled Tap Room patio and warm in the winter as you cozy up to one of their wood burning fireplaces. It’s the perfect place to meet friends for a drink, do a business lunch, grab a meal to go, kindle romance or celebrate special moments.

They have a newly remodeled main dining room and also private dining rooms – seating 12 to 60 or cocktail up to 100 – so your event can have the perfect setting for things like rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, anniversary parties and business functions.

The Tap Room hosts Happy Hour six days a week (Monday through Saturday) from 3:00pm-6:30pm. Happy Hour includes half off all 17 drafts and 25% off all liquor, wine and bottled beer! We also have a special bar menu where guests can find small bites for snacking to our delicious half pound cheeseburger.

They host live music regularly. Then, on Sunday, they have their famous brunch that people drive from all over to enjoy! It’s from 10am-2:00pm which includes a complimentary Mimosa, Bloody Mary, screw driver or a glass of champagne.

Parker’s is located at 4200 Cooper Road Cincinnati, OH 45242. If you haven’t been, or haven’t been lately, come check it out for yourself! Like them on Facebook to stay updated and learn more about them at http://parkersblueash.com.

Photos: Twin Spire Photography

Sneak Peek: 2019 Cincinnati International Wine Festival

“Giving back one glass at a time,” is the idea behind the Cincinnati International Wine Festival, coming up March 7-9. It’s a blend of supporting the community and appreciating wine. 

The 29th annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a charitable, non-profit organization founded to promote the wine industry and raise funds for local charities.

This year, the weekend of wine kicks off with an exclusive Winery Dinner Series held simultaneously at more than a dozen of Cincinnati’s finest restaurants, ONE NIGHT ONLY – March 7. Enjoy a chef-selected, multi-course dinner at your favorite restaurant, complemented by a unique wine pairing chosen exclusively by that restaurant’s featured winery!

TICKETS ARE LIMITED! RESERVE YOUR TABLE NOW!  CLICK HERE!

Then, for those looking for some fun, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival’s Grand Tastings are – one price, one place, one weekend only – so get your plans in place now! (click here to see the video I did last year to learn tips for how to prepare for the show!)

Grand Tastings are March 8-9 at the Duke Energy Convention Center! Enjoy more than 700 wines from 200 wineries.

Your ticket includes unlimited wine tastings, a Riedel wine glass, unlimited food by-the-bite, a tasting guide, a complimentary coat check and more.

Tickets to a variety of Education Sessions and a Special Tasting Room are also available prior to each Grand Tasting.

Lower-priced tickets are available on FRIDAY NIGHT for the BEST HAPPY HOUR IN TOWN!

UNLIMITED ACCESS weekend passes are available as well.

So grab your gal pals now, and don’t miss this incredible weekend of wine!

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS!

Interns Wanted: Cincy Chic Editorial Intern 

Position: Cincy Chic Editorial Intern
Description: The Cincy Chic editorial intern will gain hands-on experience and develop valuable writing, editing and digital media development skills while writing weekly editorial content, as well as performing research and development to enterprise new story ideas.
Specific Weekly Duties Include (but not limited to):
· Write one department story per week (400-700 words), including reaching out to contacts for assigned stories
· Research and development to generate 10 story ideas per week
· Assisting with monthly “swag bag” stuffings
The Cincy Chic Event internship is an unpaid position; earning credit hours for the position is supported and encouraged.
Approximately 5 hours a week
Please send writing samples, resume and cover letter to: Amy Scalia ascalia@cincychic.com

Interns Wanted: Cincy Chic Event Intern 

Position: Cincy Chic Event Intern 
Description: The Cincy Chic Event intern will gain valuable planning, production and philanthropic event experience as they are responsible for assisting with event production, fashion show execution, and acquiring product donations for charity events.
Specific Duties Include (but not limited to):
· Assisting Cincy Chic’s event planner with events, fashion show planning and production
· Assisting with monthly “swag bag” stuffings
· Contacting Cincy Chic clients and contacts to acquire product donations for monthly charity events (silent auctions and raffles)
· Coordinating donation acquisition logistics and organizing items into silent auction packages and raffle item lists.
The Cincy Chic Event internship is an unpaid position; earning credit hours for the position is supported and encouraged.
Approximately 5 hours a week
Please send resume and cover letter to: Amy Scalia ascalia@cincychic.com

Chic Review: 2018 Foodie Cincy Deck

This small family business, husband and wife team Brian & Gina are going on their 6th year rolling out the 2019 Foodie Cincy Deck for “foodies” to drool over!

For $20 (normally they’re $40, but use the code CINCYCHIC at https://www.foodiecincydeck.com for 50% off to make them only $20) you get a deck of cards that has $10 off vouchers for 52 of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky’s best local & independent restaurants. That’s $520 in savings!

The deck covers restaurants from all over the Greater Cincinnati region. No national chains, only chef-driven/owner-operated restaurants. From downtown to Middletown, from Anderson to Union, KY- Foodie Cincy has done the work for you on where to dine and support the best local eateries.

Included in the deck are a few hidden gems and some great new hot spots, along with some of Cincinnati’s most established restaurants.

They can be used for over a full year until Dec 31 2019. It’s great to use for fun date night ideas throughout the year — it’s also a perfect gift for birthdays or the holidays, a perfect stocking stuffer and unique gift for any “foodie”!

A minimum purchase of $30 or more on food purchases is required to get the $10 off. Can’t be used on alcohol/tax/gratuity, but it’s good for everything else! See each individual restaurant card for any special exclusions. (48 of the restaurants have $30 minimum, 4 restaurants have $40 minimum)

Each card is able to be used only once and you give the card to the server upon use. Only one card is allowed per bill.

Remember to use the code CINCYCHIC to get 50% off the $40 retail price to get the deck for only $20.

Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Thanks to my friend Kelly Maglocci for this guest blog post!

Sweet or savory? The world may never know. But one thing is certain- whether you have a sweet tooth or crave salty snacks, everyone is going to love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The stage greeted you with an unexpected air of mystery as you entered the theater. Usually exploding with color and a sneak peek of the set, this stage shows only the back of Wonka, looking out into the distant sky.

If you are familiar with the story, don’t worry, the play is full of obscure character development and modern twists on the beloved classic. Charlie, a selfless young boy from an impoverished family, day dreams of one day entering the Wonka Chocolate Factory. When he finds the final golden ticket, his dream comes true!

The upbeat melodies of the musical numbers make it impossible to listen and not tap your feet or clap along to the beat. Family favorites like “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination” were sung alongside the news hits “When Veruca Says” and “Queen of Pop.”

Heavy themes like losing a parent and the disparaging gap between the rich and poor are offset by perfectly timed comedic relief. Between the Oompa Loopmas and the crazy consequences the characters are forced to face (like being ripped apart by squirrels or shrunk to the size of a Ken doll), you are sure to be laughing out loud.

And make sure you stick around until the very end for a fun surprise (hint: I’m talking streamers and the best costume change of the show!!).

After attending Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, prepare to be inspired to make something out of nothing.

New Fall Flavors at Gigi’s Cupcakes!

New fall flavors just arrived at Gigi’s and are being made daily now! They include S’more, Pumpkin Spiced Latte — you can get that in both regular and Gluten Friendly — and Haystack which is like a coconut and buttercream drizzled with carmel… sooo good!

If you’re looking for some fun Halloween treats, they have Boo Boxes in both mini and regular sizes. Lots of spooky but super cute designs on those.

While I was there picking up a Boo Box for my kiddos, I got to talking with the folks at Gigi’s and they said that catering, weddings, birthday celebrations and showers are their specialty. They can do cupcakes from their menu OR they can customize to fit any theme. They also make cheesecakes, cookies, and custom cakes too.

They said dessert buffets are a huge trend right now, especially for weddings and anniversary parties, and they love doing those with a variety of sweets and treats for your guests to choose from.

Like them on Facebook or go online to learn more!