The always awesome Taste of Cincinnati is back THIS weekend! Watch our video while I take you on a sneak peek of all the cool food, vendors, and people who will be at Taste of Cincinnati! Learn more at www.tasteofcincinnati.com for all the delicious details!
Thank you to my intern, Alexis, who wrote this blog post!
I’m sure at least one person has told you to start every day with a smile, but continuing that smile all day long is what will really get you places.
I just spent the last 5 days in the woods on a team-building retreat, and while I was muddy, sweater, and not the least bit fashionable, I always carried on accessory – my attitude.
Whether you’re carrying your partner over a river or just doing your part of the project, giving your all into whatever you’re doing elevates your beauty both inside and out tenfold.
Fashion and style doesn’t always have to mean being trendy or edgy, it’s about expressing who you are and what you’re about and the attitude that you pair with your outfit is just as important as the lipstick you choose – whether it’s peppy and bubbly, boss girl, or a little more gloomy, your attitude is the finishing touch on any outfit.
My birthday is coming up (June 10!) and this year it falls on a Saturday, so I’m trying to think of a big fun outing I can do with a bunch of friends! I’ve been doing a lot of research on different tours that we could do, and one that kept popping up was Riverside Food Tours. It has awesome ratings, and people rave about it on all the sites after they do it! There were a few things that stuck out as making them different from the rest. So, since I already did the research for myself I decided to share on the blog in case someone else out there is looking and I can save them some time! I’ll be sure to update after we take a tour, but for now, here’s the list of 12 things that sealed the deal on Riverside Food Tours as being the best one to go with!
1. They indulge their guests in a VIP experience because their groups are small. No more than 12 max.
2. They like to interact and get to know each guest personally. They say their goal is to make every guest feel special, and from the reviews, they’re some mighty fine goal reachers! 🙂
3. Their food tours are not grab and go. Guests enjoy all the various dishes while sitting down and being served!
4. The cost of the food, tax and a 20% gratuity is included in the ticket cost.
5. Every tour includes one alcohol tasting. Guests are free to order additional alcoholic beverages on their own, which of course adds to the fun! *cheers*
6. They give you the privilege of meeting a few owners and chefs at various restaurants.
7. You enjoy their signature dishes and drinks that convey the identity of the establishment. No one never leaves hungry – their promise!
8. They create unique experiences that allow people to connect through local food in historic neighborhoods.
9. Their tours bring the past to life as their professional guides share their passion for history through storytelling
10. Their food tours are so much more than just eating. They include sightseeing and history as they immerse their guests into the local culture.
11. Their food tours are great for family and friend outings, special occasions or for entertaining out of town guests. They do all the work and you enjoy all the fun!
12. They offer four very distinct tours five days a week:
MAINSTRASSE FOOD TOUR – Enjoy generous tastings plus drinks from five unique privately owned restaurants.Step back in time as we explore the architecture and culture of this charming 1800’s German Village. Receive a Food Tasting Guide with exclusive coupons for Riverside Food Tour participants.
MADISON AVENUE FOOD TOUR – we visit five authentic family owned eateries where we taste delicious and fresh food representative from countries around the world. We enjoy a variety of food such as Shakshuka from Israel, a Persian sampler plate, an authentic Mexican taco, Chinese traditional dishes, plus local craft beer, coffee and pastries. The food tastings are enough for a satisfying lunch and are all included in the ticket price.
ROEBLING POINT FOOD TOUR – Savor specially selected tastings from four unique, privately owned restaurants. Enjoy the stunning views of the Ohio River as we step back in time and explore the architecture and culture of the Licking Riverside neighborhood. Receive a Food Tasting Guide with exclusive coupons for Riverside Food Tour participants.
CINCINNATI STREETCAR FOOD TOUR – Savor specially selected food servings and one alcohol tasting from five unique restaurants. Immerse yourself into city life as you are educated and entertained by your personal tour guide. By the end of the tour, you will be the expert on all downtown Cincinnati has to offer! Receive a Food Tasting Guide with streetcar map and your all day pass to extend your culinary adventure into the rest of the day!
To learn more, check ’em out online at http://riversidefoodtours.com
I wanted to do a quick shout out to Cincinnati Bell for my new favorite shirt that lets me show off my hometown pride!
Because Cincinnati Bell has been a part of the Greater Cincinnati community for more than 140 years… yes, 140… and they have 3,200 employees who call the region home, Cincinnati Bell wanted to do something that shows their love for, and supports, the Tri-State in a fun new way.
That’s why they launched #CincyGive, a community campaign that gives Greater Cincinnatians a way to showcase their hometown pride, while also giving back to four local charities dedicated to improving lives throughout the region: CancerFree KIDS, The Dragonfly Foundation, USO of Southern Ohio, and SPCA Cincinnati.
Through the #CincyGive campaign, there’s a series of limited-edition t-shirts designed by Covington-based My State Threads (nationally known for their state-themed “Home” shirts). I have their first t-shirt that debuted in early February with this cool image of the Roebling Suspension Bridge. The second shirt was revealed just before Reds Opening Day and features a baseball-themed HOME design. The third one just launched and is inspired by the Flying Pig marathon and the “little piggies” in our city’s history. The shirts retail for $20 and ALL proceeds from their sale go directly to the charities.
T-shirts can be purchased at any Cincinnati Bell retail store or at www.CincyGive.com while supplies last. Props to Cincinnati Bell for truly supporting community – I know it makes me feel even better about doing business with them! So, definitely check ‘em out, show your Cincinnati pride and share with your friends so they can #CincyGive too!
FYI: This post is sponsored by Cincinnati Bell, but content and opinions expressed are my own!
Thanks to my intern Kelly for attending the Aviatra Accelerators event and doing this interview with Jackie Neville of Your Stylist, LLC!
Innovation and girl power- an unstoppable combination! Flight Night hosted by Aviatra Accelerators was a celebration of 5 local women pursuing their entrepreneurial passions.
The evening began with casual cocktail conversation, mingling, and an amazing food spread at the New Riff Distillery. The sun was shining through the opened garage doors that led to a third floor patio furnished with chic black settees complete with panoramic views of the Queen City and her surroundings.
Kicking off the event was an alumna of the previous program speaking about her experience and the success that Bad Girl Ventures helped her to achieve. Afterwards, Cincinnati’s favorite mixologist, Molly Wellman, shared her story of following her passions and not compromising her visions or values while creating her business which ultimately led to her very successful career as a female entrepreneur.
“My advice for the winner is to stick to your guns. Really make whatever you are pursuing all yours. Be unique! The public wants something new, and that is what you can bring to the table,” says Wellman. As I was listening to the five finalists pitching their businesses, I realized that this was the commonality between all of the unique endeavors: all of these women were seeking to put themselves into what they were doing. They were dissatisfied with the status quo and set out to make the world a better place through their services.
Whether it was making healthy, organic, sustainable food available to all or empowering professional black women; putting dog owner’s minds to rest because they know their fur babies are being properly cared for or fostering confidence physically and mentally through personalized fitness classes- these women were vying for change.
Jackie Neville, CEO of Your Stylist, LLC, is a personal shopper focused on empowering women by making them look and feel their best. “The best part of this experience is learning what I am truly capable of on my own. I left a 22 year career to start Your Stylist, LLC–and it’s working!! It feels pretty incredible to create something that not only changed my life but also changes women’s lives by making them feel amazing through their wardrobes!” says Neville.
“What I take away from this LAUNCH class is the value of making connections and building my network of women supporting other women. There needs to be more of that and I am a big believer in women working with each other, not against each other,” says Neville.
Although she did not win the grand prize, Neville was awarded free business consultation. “Aviatra places importance on staying connected even after we complete the program. So I plan on attending future networking events of theirs, and hopefully coming back as a presenter to future Aviatra participants encouraging them to follow their passion in life.”
To learn more about Aviatra Accelerators check out their website (built by a former graduate of Bad Girls Ventures) which will be up and running this summer. In the meantime, learn more about what they are doing in and for the community at their Facebook page. You can learn more about Jackie at https://www.yourstylistjackie.com/.
Thanks to my intern Rachel for this blog post!
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” playing at The Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati through May 14th, is as enjoyable as any of Carole King’s many hit songs. If opening night’s audience is any indication, it appeals to men and women of all generations. Though most in the audience had probably heard these songs nearly a thousand times, the talented cast brought such personality and charm to the arrangements that they seemed brand new. Filled with nostalgia, a joyous audience accompanied every tune by singing and dancing along.
This musical is hit after hit all throughout the entire two hours and 20 minutes. Although the show was much more than just a showcase for Carole King‘s songs, it told a wonderful story about her well-deserved rise to fame, and the people along the way that made it all happen. It is an engaging story of Carole King‘s rise from young dreamer to star of her own performance at Carnegie Hall. These successful but sometimes tumultuous years between 1959 and 1971 see Carole selling her first hit song to Don Kirshner, her marriage to lyricist Gerry Goffin, the births of their two daughters, their friendly competition with songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, her move to Los Angeles from New York, the recording of her solo album Tapestry, and finally her successful solo concert at Carnegie Hall. The songs are cunningly and effectively merged with the story as a backdrop to the actual emotions of the characters as they fall in love, find success, divorce each other, and move away. Julia Knitel, as Carole King, was a pleasure. She carried the show both with humor as well as a sort of dorkiness that completely melted into confidence every time she sang a ballad. The ensemble was just as interesting to watch as they would each switch roles into different famous groups and teen idols of the time like The Drifters, Neil Sedaka, The Righteous Brothers and the Shirelles to sing the beautiful and successful hits written by Carole King.
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” is playing at The Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati through May 14th and is a great mother’s day gift for any Carole King fan out there!
A big thank you to my intern Kelly who was able to sit down and chat more with Your Stylist, LLC CEO Jackie Neville! Check out this blog post to learn more about her journey through Aviatra Accelerators!
Have you ever felt the need to vamp up your wardrobe, and not know where to begin? That’s where a Cincy Chic client, Jackie Neville, CEO of Your Stylist, LLC- comes to the rescue!
This Wednesday, come support Neville as she concludes an exciting adventure to expand her business and receive $25K in funding!
It all began when Neville applied in December to participate in Bad Girl Ventures – a program that provides small business education, mentoring, and connections to capital for women. She knew several women business owners who had gone through the program themselves so she decided to give it a try. After answering detailed questions about her business, submitting her plan, and providing references, Neville was informed that she had been chosen to be in the program! “Honestly, since my business [Your Stylist, LLC] wasn’t even quite a year old when I applied, I didn’t think I would get accepted because they only choose five businesses for LAUNCH and get tons of applications,” says Neville. “Classes began in March while Bad Girl Ventures was rebranded as Aviatra Accelerators. I am excited to be the first group to complete LAUNCH classes as an Aviatra!”
As a business owner, Aviatra Accelerators helped Neville piece together her ideas in an organized way and understand what it takes to create a successful company. For Flight Night on Wednesday, May 10th, Neville has been preparing by completing the assigned work and doing additional work on her business plan. Finalists are required to complete their financials that contain three-year projections (2017, 2018, 2019). They also have to include their business plan and marketing strategy along with the pitch. “I am not a numbers person but it has to be done and this a big piece of what we are presenting. I was able to organize my growth plan in phases after speaking with a board member about my idea to expand,” says Neville.
“As part of my pitch with Aviatra, my plan for expansion will be covered. In the Midwest, there is a misconception that stylists are for celebrities, ritzy people or pretentious people-which is false. I work with real women of all ages and sizes who have careers, busy lives and budgets. My idea is to expand to other cities in the Midwest because most stylists are on the east and west coasts,” says Neville. The most important aspect of her brand is helping each client become the best version of themselves.
Now, she is rehearsing for the public pitch this Wednesday! Finalists will have 8 minutes to present and at the end of the evening, $25k will be awarded to the winner in order to make their business dreams come true.
Learn more about “style therapy” and what sets Neville’s services apart from other stylists in her pitch this Wednesday or visit her website.
Every year, Koop Diamond Cutters has a cool event called the “Grab-a-Gem.” Here’s the idea: they have a ton of different gems (including a 1.07 ct Diamond, 22.15 ct Aquamarine, and 1.26 ct Sapphire!), you buy a chance for $25 and you’re guaranteed to get a gem with your pull… possibly one of the big ones! Pretty cool concept, eh?
Well, this year, the event got even better because the 2017 Grab-a-Gem is set to benefit the NICU at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital! Woohoo! So, keep in mind when you’re buying your chances that 5% of all sales will be donated to the NICU at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in honor of staff who helped support owner, Justin Koop, and family after their daughter Audrey spent the first few weeks of her life in the NICU.
The event will be held on May 12 from 9 am to 6 pm and on May 13 from 9 am to 4 pm. Oh, and if you’re unable to attend, call and do a draw over the phone and have your winnings mailed to you!
This is such a great idea for a Mother’s Day gift… take your mom (or have your family take you, mama bears!) and let her pick a gem or two, and then have her make a custom piece with the gem she gets! And to get your inner fashionista prep for the event, here are a few ideas of Koop jewelry designs you could make with your gems! 🙂
Thanks to my intern, Alexis, for compiling this AMAZING bucket list of Cincinnati’s best stops!
1. Eat the pride of Cincinnati, Graeter’s Ice Cream and Skyline Chili
2. Attend a Cirque du Soleil performance from May 11th – 14th
3. Go to a Red’s Game
4. Explore the Asian Food Fest in Washington Park from May 13th – 14th
5. Attend an FC Cincinnati soccer game
6. Go to the Cincinnati Zoo and visit Fiona, the baby hippo
7. Attend any number of underground shows at Cincinnati’s classic venue, Bogart’s
8. Or attend a larger show at US Bank Arena, including Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd
9. Explore the City Flea on May 20th, June 17th, or July 15th
10. Visit the Cincinnati Art Museum
11. Stroll around the new OTR in a vast array of ways including the pedal wagon and street car
12. Explore Taste of Cincinnati May 27th – 29th
13. Visit the Newport Aquarium
14. Head to Summit Park for some group activities including yoga and CrossFit
15. Visit the Incline Public House to grab some awesome food and an even better view of Cincinnati
16. Grab a picnic blanket and your camera and take a hike in any one of Cincinnati’s parks including Burnett Woods, Mt. Airy, and Ault Park
17. Visit the Findlay Market
18. Explore the Contemporary Art Center
19. Explore the Cincinnati Observatory Center
20. Stroll down Smale Riverfront Park
21. Hop around some of Cincinnati’s hippest bars like MadTree and Reingeist
22. Visit Hofbrauhaus to indulge in some traditional German culture
23. Venture to the top of Carew Tower for a breathtaking view of the city
24. Watch the 4th of July fireworks from Mirror Lake
25. See a show at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park