Category Archives: Social

Night in White 2012 Sneak Peek

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!)

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Local Invention Featured in Walmart’s “Get on the Shelf” Contest

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

To vote, consumers can go to: http://www.getontheshelf.com/product/5087/Under-The-Weather. The “get on the shelf” contest is based upon votes. The product with the most votes wins. Pescovitz needs hometown support because every vote counts.

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:

http://www.under-the-weather.com/video/setup.php

http://www.under-the-weather.com/video/windrain.php

http://www.under-the-weather.com/video/sun.php

About Rick Pescovitz

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.

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Grand Opening of One Mode!

This is one event you’re not going to want to miss!

The GRAND OPENING event of One Mode, Cincinnati’s newest boutique in Mariemont, was being held on Friday, February 24 from 6pm-9pm.

I’m so excited for this event because my friends Marsha and Brock – stylists with Style Edit – are doing the styling for the boutique!

There will be a champagne toast and fabulous fashion! See you there!

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping put this blog post together!

Bad Girl Ventures Holiday Shopping, Graduation Event

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
Riverfront Club
100 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202

When: Friday, December 16, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

How Much: $25 entry fee

More info: http://bgvholidayevent2011.eventbrite.com/

Olde Montgomery Open House!

As we start the second of week of December today, that shopping list is really going to start keeping you up at night! Fear not my sleepless Santas! This Thursday, December 8th from 5-9pm, the shops in Montgomery are going to hold their first Holiday Open House! With a wide variety of stores opening their doors to holiday shopping, cutting down the items on your Christmas list will be easy as pie. Not only are shops extending their holiday hours just for you, but they’re also giving complimentary wine, light refreshments, and appetizers! What more could you ask for?!

We’ve also got the inside scoop on The Little Red Gift Shop’s plans for the event! They’re going to have Santa (Yes!) and a professional photographer there to do pictures for a small cost! Also at the event will be a Toys for Tots bin, and to encourage you to bring in something for the bin, anyone who brings a toy will get 10% off their purchase for the evening! Holy Cow!

Other participating stores include: Blaine’s, Gattles, Little Lords and Ladies, Ute’s Uptown Girl and Downtown Girl, Blue Cocoon, Pink Tulip Club, Travelessence, Frame House Gallery, Haute Chocolate, Krombholz Jewelers, and Blue Moon Furnishings! All of these stores will be having special savings and giving support to charities!

We’ll see you on December 8th in Montgomery!

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping to put this blog post together!


Reading with a Hometown Hero!

Joules Evans

Get ready for tears, joy, and cocktails! Join The ADC Gallery on Sunday, December 11th from 6-9pm for a book signing and cocktails with local hometown hero and writer Joules Evans!

Here are the deets:

What:  A book signing for Shaken Not Stirred…a Chemo Cocktail by author Joules Evans

When: Sunday Dec. 11th 6-9 pm  Cocktails at 6:00, reading by the author at 7:00

Where: ADC, Art Design Consultants Gallery, 310 Culvert St.  5th floor, Cincinnati OH  45202

Joules battled her way through breast cancer and wants to share the “comedy behind her tragedy!” Cocktails start at 6 and the reading begins at 7! Also joining in the festivities is “Kicked in the Fence” who will be performing live!

This is a great opportunity to get out of the house, dress up, and hear the truly amazing story of an extremely strong woman! Free Parking is available and there will be an opportunity to purchase her book at the signing. Be sure to join us for what is promised to be a night you won’t soon forget! See you there!

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping to put this blog post together!


Big Fun at Big Tree Plantation

This week, I visited Big Tree Plantation for a Star64 movies shoot and I was pleasantly surprised! I just thought it was a big tree plantation (yes, it’s very appropriately named) where people go to get their Christmas trees. But, I quickly learned that it’s so much more! They have a winter wonderland for kids (crafts, face painting, meeting Santa, live reindeer, etc) and also an amazing gift shop.

In the shop, which is actually in a shabby chic old barn, they had ornaments you can buy to decorate your tree in theme (beach, western, glitzy), and you can personalize the ornaments for free (like, if you want to give it to “mom” “grandpa” or put a year or family name on it). There’s a kids shopping area for kids where all the shelves are kid height and there are gift items they can buy for their parents, siblings, grand parents or friends at school. Super cute!

My favorite find? Well, I’m a shoe-o-holic, so I of course fell in love with the shoe ornaments. So chic! And oh so appropriate to write about on Fabushoe Friday!

I highly recommend visiting Big Tree Plantation – whether or not you need a tree…or shoe ornaments – to make some memories with your family this holiday season!

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Fountain Square’s Indie Flea Market

This summer, Fountain Square has quite the lineup for us Cincinnatians to enjoy. One event in particular really stuck out for me (because it involves shopping!): An Indie flea market.

A couple weeks ago, Cincy Chic promoted an Indie vendor event at Kenwood Towne Centre and it was VERY popular. Sounds like Fountain Square is building on that concept, and adding in some great independent rock bands to provide a soundtrack to the shopping! They’re partnering with the MidPoint Music Festival to get the bands, so you know they’ll be good!

Pomegranates at Fountain Square (Photo: Thadd Fiala)

So, if this sounds like your idea of fun, head to Fountain Square on June 17.  The Indie craft market will be open from 5pm- 10pm that night. The crafts will all be handmade and unique, made by local artisans (Etsy-style arts and crafts). Fountain Square is still taking vendors too, if anyone is interested in displaying your work. It sounds like a great way to get your name out there, but be sure to apply by the June 3 deadline!

For more info, click here, especially if you want to know what bands will be playing or even check out other events Fountain Square will be having this summer!

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

Krombholz Jewelers to be Featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

You’ve heard “Diamond’s are a girl’s best friend,” right? Well, no one knows that better than Krombholz Jewelers (aka the venue of our Night in White event next Friday!).

Well, diamonds and the Krombholz family will be the new BFFs of one lucky local lady. That’s because Krombholz Jewelers (a 70 year old company!) just snagged a great gig with the ABC network. The producers of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” gave Krombholz the honor of designing an engagement ring for the Dickinson family of South Carolina.

So, not only will the couple, along with their 6 children, get a brand new beautiful home, but India, the wife, will also get a specially crafted diamond ring, featuring the birthstones of each of their 6 children. As if this show wasn’t already a tear jerker! With only a matter of days, the jewelers at Krombholz designed a ring with a retail value of $17,000, but the sentimental value means so much more.

India’s husband, Bill, has served in the US Marine Cops for 17 years and is currently deployed over 7,000 miles away in Afghanistan. Because of his deployment and financial hardships, their home was hard to keep up with and was at the point of being inhabitable, so with the help of Ty and the design team, along with many South Carolina donors and volunteers, a new home was built in a week and the ring was presented to India by Bill, live via video chat, which meant a lot to him because he never had the chance to buy his wife an engagement ring.

Because of the great honor and recognition they have received because of this, Krombholz wants everyone to come celebrate with a viewing party, which will take place at Stir, across from their jewelry store in Olde Montgomery, on May 1 at 7 PM. Even though the public is invited, they are requesting RSVP’s by April 28, so be sure to contact them beforehand so you won’t miss out on the airing of the episode, along with a surprise video chat with India that is being planned for that night!

Most of us are well aware of the heart-wrenching series, so why not come shed a tear or two (or a million) while sharing some drinks with other Cincy Chic’ers? It will be a great time and a memorable moment for all who attend. Hope to see you there! (For more information on the event, check out Krombholz newsletter here. If you want to learn more about Krombholz Jewelers, read a great Cincy Chic write up here!

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

Enjoy Some Quality Play Time at Northside Tavern for a Great Cause!

To all you ladies out there who are craving a girls’ night out, then clear your calendars for tomorrow, April 20.  Join Monkee’s of Madeira (we just featured them in this week’s feature story for our “Shoe” issue on Cincy Chic!) in supporting a great cause while enjoying drink specials and quizzing your elementary school level facts and trivia.

The Northside Tavern is hosting an “Old School for Children’s Quiz Night” to help out the Cincinnati Junior Council for Children’s hospital. Not only will you get to be part the game itself, but there will also be chances to win give away prizes and raffle items! The happy hour specials will be from 6-8 PM, with the quiz game with start at 7 PM.

This is a perfect opportunity for you and your girlfriends to get out on the town and have some fun. So enjoy some liquid courage to test out your memory from the stuff you learned way back when. Even if you don’t win the game, you’ll at least win on having a fun night full of laughs. The tickets are  $12 at the door, which is a small cost to pay knowing its helping out such a great cause. You can register by clicking here! I hope you all can try and make it out. Don’t forget to bring your “A” game!

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.