Ok, I know images of The Sopranos play in your mind when you hear the word “mafia.” But when you think about it, a mafia is really just a group of connected people who take care of each other. That’s what my friend Nidhi Bedi (recently featured here in Cincinnati Profile for being single & successful!) had in mind when she launched “A Bride’s Mafia.”
It all started when she and a few family members opened the super successful Elements Event Centre in Sharonville four years ago. I’ve done a Cincinnati.com event there and they do a lot of my Cincy Chic rentals/catering, so that’s how I got to know her. Nidhi helped to grow the business with things like their new limo division. Then, people started asking if she would plan their weddings.
That’s when she started A Bride’s Concierge, which is now A Bride’s Mafia (ABM). Nidhi is making it into a huge one-stop-shop wedding gallery, which is perfect because it’s centrally located in the city at 266 East Sharon Road, Glendale, OH 45246.
The idea is to take the pressure and stress of planning a wedding off the bride with the help of the ABM partners. These partners are hand-selected by Nidhi to be a part of their exclusive group of trusted vendors in the industry. ABM brides get a membership card, which gives them access to special discounts with ABM vendors, as well as complimentary admission to Bride Socials and Galas (aka you’re officially “connected” if you’re an ABM member)!
Feel free to contact Nidhi (she’s super nice and great to work with!) at email@example.com to set up a complimentary consultation and see if you’d like to “join the mafia”!
My friend Jan Malley, founder of the Little Red School House, is involved in The Humanitarian League Charity Foundation. It’s an awesome organization that improves the lives of children and companion animals.
Last September, I went to their “Diva Day,” which the league hosts every other year as their big fundraiser. It featured faux furs from Fabulous-Furs and clothing from White House Black Market, modeled by the Cincinnati Ben-Gal cheerleaders.
This year, The Humanitarian League Charity Foundation will be the beneficiary of our annual pet fashion show. It’ll be on Sept. 21 at Performance Lexus, so mark your calendar! More details to come soon, so make sure you’re subscribe at http://www.cincychic.com/subscribe
So, the REAL reason why I’m blogging is because we’re having our first Humanitarian League Charity Foundation meeting of the year at Jan’s gorgeous house in Triple Crown, Union KY. She’s doing a dinner-and-drinks poolside garden party, and bringing in Saks to do makeup demos and touch-ups. It’s an amazing group of women, so it’s not only a great cause but also very good networking.
If you’d like to attend, it’ll be on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30pm. Please email Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 859-384-1840 if you’d like to RSVP (she’ll give you her address when you contact her).
Bajon Salon and Spa let us in on a cool little secret. They’ve partnered with some West Chester restaurants for a new Pamper & Dine deal.
Here’s how it works: get mom a $100 gift certificate from Bajon Salon and Spa (either online or in-store) and you’ll get FREE dining deals from Marriott North River City Grill, Stone Creek Dining Company, Wise Owl Wine Bar, and Grand Ole Pub- that’s a $140 value!
Plus, you’ll be able to purchase a Groupon-style deal from Jag’s Steak and Seafood! The deal is, buys a $50 gift card for $25!
Check out Bajon Salon and Spa’s website here to get all the details and to get this amazing deal!
I just found out about this event that sounds like a lot of fun!
The free event, located in downtown Mason, is called Downtown Chic, and organizers say it’ll be a “Fashion Couture Beauty Show.” To RSVP or for more information, contact Talicia McNealy at 513-348-8161 or email@example.com
Check out the invite and video below to learn more!
And they’re off! Keeneland’s recent opening weekend was a huge success, but that’s just scratching the surface of all the fun to come. Want to dig deeper into all the fun that’s happening? Sign up for the Bluegrass Exclusive Register, they’ll keep you up to date on all the latest news and fun!
The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Berea Tourism Council got together to package attractions to appeal to someone like you living in the Tri-State area! So this year they decided to bring friends to Keeneland.
And, for one lucky participant who signs up for the Bluegrass Exclusive Register, you’ll be getting four Clubhouse Passes for the Keeneland Meet. My friend Nancy Diedrichs (who works for the PR firm that reps the Bluegrass Exclusive initiative) told me that the Clubhouse is a must-do in Bluegrass Country with elegant dining rooms, an old-fashioned bar, checking out the track, and seeing everyone dressed in their Keeneland best!
As if all of this isn’t enough, when you register for the Bluegrass Exclusive, you’ll get emails with exclusive invites, insider tips, upcoming event alerts, and helpful sites! To register and win those Clubhouse tickets click here!
Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping put this blog post together!
I stopped into Sara Benjamin’s to do some shopping for our upcoming Night in White event on April 20. It’s an awesome event, which benefits a local nursing scholarship, that Cincy Chic has been hosting for the past three years. So, now in my mind, this night signifies the official start of Spring! It’s the first time I wear all white, and the fashion show at the event is full of fun new Spring trends! This year, Sara Benjamin’s (my fav go-to boutique for anything from casual everyday to cocktail attire) is our fashion show sponsor.
They didn’t disappoint during my visit, as I saw four things I wanted before I even walked in the door! I wanted the jeans, top and scarf on the one mannequin and the little red number on the other! I walked in and found MUCH more that I wanted! But I was on a mission to find a little white dress (funny thing is, I actually ended up purchasing a wallet and fashion tape – no dress – haha! random!).
But, in terms of little white dresses, I did find several. I found a fab crocheted off-white dress I adored (pictured above) so I might go back and get it. They also had a few others – one bright white with a eyelet fabric overlay, another more casual and boho, and another that was long-sleeved and fitted (yet tres short and sexy with a deep-cut open back).
Check out the pics and video below for a sneak peek of some of the fashions that’ll be included in the Night in White fashion show on April 20! Click here to get your tickets today (space is limited!)
Attention all soccer moms and sports fans! My friend Kelly’s husband developed a really cool product you’ll want to know about! Whether it’s rain, sleet, snow, or the steamy-hot sun – this new invention will keep you out of it when you’re on the sidelines. The product is called “Under the Weather” – it’s water resistant, wind proof up to 38 mph, has SPF 50 Sun protection, and – like I mentioned – it was created by a local inventor! Now, he needs your help!
Thanks to a program called “Get on the Shelf,” Walmart is letting local entrepreneurs share their stories, let their products shine…. and the best one gets on the shelves of Wal-Mart along with a bunch of business advice and support! Check out the press release below to learn all about the “Under the Weather” product, the Wal-Mart “Get on the Shelf” Contest and watch a video to see how the product works! CLICK HERE to vote! Tell your friends!
Local Entrepreneur’s Invention Featured in Walmart’s “Get on the Shelf” National Contest
Soccer Dad Inventor Looking for Cincinnati’s Support, Votes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Local entrepreneur and native Cincinnati resident, Rick Pescovitz, is hoping for as many votes as he can muster in order to get his invention, Under the Weather, a shelter for inclement weather, on shelves at Walmart stores nationwide. After years of refining the design and materials, Pescovitz just last month filled a warehouse with the final product ready to be shipped. “The timing of this contest was uncanny,” says Pescovitz. “We began talking strategy for bringing this product to market just a few months ago and when we saw an article about this contest, we couldn’t help but think it was meant to be,” he adds.
The contest, hosted by Walmart, is called “get on the shelf” and winners are selected based upon the total number of votes their product receives. Voting begins March 7th and runs through April 3rd. Winners get featured placement on Walmart.com, valuable marketing support, advice on scaling up… and, most important, a spot on Walmart store shelves
Pescovitz spent three years developing this product because he– along with his wife and all of the other soccer moms and dads– was tired of standing outside in the cold, wind, rain, snow and sleet to watch their kids play soccer. In fact, he says it was conceived after a brisk soccer tournament in Richmond, Virginia. On the drive home he did a simple sketch based upon the shape and size of a port-o-let. “The parents spent the weekend joking around about warming up in the port-o-lets and that is what sparked the idea,” he adds.
The product, a small tent large enough for a soccer chair or two small stools, is fully enclosable and sees through. It has a Polyurethane floor and Clear PVC windows and is highly water resistant and wind proof up to 38 mph, making the inside conditions up to 30 degrees warmer than the outside in cold weather. It is also lightweight and portable, folding into a circular carry bag 23” in diameter, weighing only 6 lbs. In addition to cold weather protection, it also provides SPF 50 Sun protection. “A lot of people like the fact that you can get sun protection without having to hold an umbrella and because it is self enclosed, it’s really good for babies and toddlers, also,” adds Pescovitz.
Pescovitz has decades of manufacturing and importing experience having worked a promotional product company for almost 25 years. “Knowing about fabrics, specifications and having the contacts in place to convert my sketches into product was extremely helpful,” he says. Of course, having three kids competing at the club soccer level also provided him with ample opportunity to “consumer test” the product, as well. “We have been through around seven different versions, making suggested improvements each time and we are confident the final product is excellent,” says Pescovitz. “This past weekend my wife was in St. Louis in 30 degree, heavy wind weather conditions and I was in Cincinnati watching the games in the snow… While it is nice to stay warm, the other upside now is that we sell a bunch of tents in this weather,” says Pescovitz.
Owners of the tent agree. “I just used my new sports tent all weekend, through wind, rain, cold, and sun, and I just love it… I’m a ‘grama lady’ and supposed to stay out of the sun so I will also be using it all summer to help keep the UV rays off of me. My husband and I (together) can easily manage to fold it up… It is lightweight enough for me to carry myself… Great idea,” says Michele Baker from Cleveland, Ohio. Baker saw Pescovitz in the tent in a tournament in Dayton, Ohio before the final rendition was developed and was one of the first to purchase the product.
Tents are available in red, yellow and blue. Under the Weather also comes standard with an additional roof that can be decorated with team logos. Tents cost $69.95.
For additional detail about Under the Weather and to purchase the tents, visit www.under-the-weather.com. Links below highlight demonstrations of how the tent is put up, folded, and stored:
Rick Pescovitz knows a little about starting a company and product development. Nearly 25 years ago he started Professional Image Apparel, a uniform company in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rick is the father of three soccer players. His oldest son, Max, graduates this spring from Walnut Hills High School. He played for Cincinnati United Premier and was the 2011-2012 Southwest Ohio Player of the Year. Madeleine, 16, plays for Ohio Elite in the ECNL league traveling nationwide throughout the year and is a sophomore at St. Ursula. Anna, 12, is also at Ohio Elite and travels regionally. Rick and his wife collectively have long lost count of the number of games for which they have withstood, rain, hail, sleet, snow and severe winds. Rick’s wife, Kelly, has just one regret about the tents and that is that it wasn’t invented twelve years ago when they attended their first soccer game as parents.
Bad girls… Great shopping… sounds like my kind of event!
I just found out about this event and thought you should know about it! See you there!
What:Bad Girl Ventures Holiday Shopping and Graduation Event
Over 30 vendors will have booths set up to assist holiday shopping needs. They carry a variety of products including: makeup, jewelry, clothing, local food products, etc. They will also be celebrating our #4 class graduation by giving one lucky finalist access to the $25,000 loan to help her launch her business.
Where: Great American Ball Park
100 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202