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Boy Scout Fundraiser Dec. 3!

Every year, Miss Em’s hosts a fun shopping event that benefits the Boy Scouts of America (BSA)! This year’s event is coming up Saturday Dec. 3, 11am-3pm at 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Rd. This is the Milford Trinity United Methodist Church and chartered home of Troop 468. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will help offset cost of monthly campouts, events, and other misc. expenses such as equipment, propane, troop trailer and cooking supplies. The Scouts and their families appreciate this support and hope to see you on Dec. 3! Click here for more event details!

I chatted with the Troop Leader of Troop 468 (based at Trinity United Methodist Church in Milford OH) to learn more about BSA and how much each troop helps their local communities. Here’s what the Troop Leader had to say about his group: The Boy led Troop is over 50 years old and current has 52 boys on charter with the Boy Scouts of America. The scouts range in ages 10 through 18, as they progress through the ranks in hope of reaching Eagle Scout, the highest scouting rank. We are a service driven troop that participates in many events to help local organizations and its people. Some of which include the following:

  • Milford Miami Ministries – Food Collection and 5K fundraiser support
  • Tender Mercies
  • Senior Saturday (Miami Township) breakfast event
  • Built 22 tables for kids affected by Downs Syndrome
  • Honor Flight
  • Provided 75 summer lunches for Milford Students
  • New Life Furniture drive participation
  • Giving Tree for Holidays
  • Flag Retirements
  • Miami Township Fire Tower
  • Finley Ray Park clean up
  • Trinity United Methodist Clean up Fall and Spring

Check out the event flyer below for more details (or click here), along with pics of fun we’ve had in the past supporting the Boy Scouts! Miss Em’s will have amazing pieces for everyone to choose from — ALL jewelry will be $20 or less! And don’t forget about all the awesome baby and kids items Miss Em’s now carries!



Amy Kirchen Closing Sale!

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, Amy Kirchen Boutique is closing and she’s liquidating all merchandise — from the clothing and accessories to furniture and artwork. (Click here to check out my blog about it and all the FAB things I found!) My intern Sydney Murdock popped in this past Saturday to check out the boutique to give you a window into what’s still in-store. Here’s what Sydney had to say when she sent over the below pics: “From ready to wear to select samples, the boutique still had a quality selection. Make sure to check out the amazing deals, most of the pieces were no more than $40!” So, make sure you stop in! The last day she’s open is April 11!

125 Main Street • Milford, OH 45150• 513-550-7802
Store Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Closed Sundays and Mondays









Written by Guest Blogger, Sydney Murdock



8th Annual Art Affaire in Milford, Special Offer!

I just love love love Milford. One of my favorite shops in the entire city (the Amy Kirchen Boutique) is in Milford and just down the street from her shop is 20Brix, one of my favorite happy hour hotspots. But what’s great about Milford is that there are new(er) businesses like those, and also the tried and true mom and pop shops that have been there for decades. You have everything from restaurants, sweet shops and bars, to jewelry shops and fashion boutiques. It’s really a great mix. And what better way to check it all out for yourself than to come to the upcoming 8th Annual Art Affaire in Milford on Sept. 28! Here are some highlights of what you can expect there:

· 65+ artists – largest Art Affaire in its 8-year history
· Four live musical groups
· Eight local authors presenting, and signing, their latest book releases
· A huge raffle featuring items donated by participating artists as well as local businesses and individuals
· Held on the majestic grounds of Promont House Museum
· On Route 28/Main Street – free parking in the Kroger lot and free shuttle service

See more details below and click here to download a coupon they said I could offer to Cincy Chic readers! You can also check out their latest YouTube video here! Enjoy! Hope to see you there!

Milford Art Affaire

Red, Pink and Blue + High Heels in High Places Recap!

Amy Kirchen never ceases to amaze me. As I mentioned before here on the blog, she had a 2-year anniversary party for the boutique in May called “High Heels in High Places.” Mint snakeskin brocade, nude florals and chic whites were in full bloom and were worn by the many admirers of Amy’s custom and prêt-à-porter creations.

Amy Kirchen is always bringing the latest trends to her boutique in Milford. I love it because it’s a mix of both vintage and modern… things you’d see Jackie O wearing, but could still be worn today. The best thing about her boutique is that it’s super affordable…. so, you can look like a million bucks without spending it!

Her collections and custom designs are housed in the back of her boutique. And while they’re not as affordable as the boutique items you’ll see in the front, you do get what you pay for. I saw that first-hand when she made my Dancing with the Stars dress. When I got asked to compete, my first call was to her so we could create a fab dress together. She came up with a breath-taking design, we tweaked and perfected it to hug every curve (but still keep everything in! haha!), and it turned out better than I could have ever imagined! The entire experience was amazing as I got to see the entire design process play out! So, if you have a wedding or special occasion coming up, click here to get her contact info and give her a call!

I also wanted to give a big thanks to Amy’s team for our recent 2013 Red, Pink, and Blue fashion show on the Purple People Bridge to benefit heart, breast and diabetes health. Amy created a Studio 54, 70’s glam-inspired runway show full of dynamic colors, high-waisted silhouettes, and splashes of sequins. Amy mixed boutique pieces with custom wear and together the 1970s were reborn on the People Purple Bridge! I will definitely be heading to Amy Kirchen Boutique to get some of those 70s-meets-today looks from the show!

Click here to see pics from the Red, Pink and Blue show and see below for a few pics snapped at Amy Kirchen’s anniversary event!

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Check out the new Amy Kirchen website!

512122d9e4b0cbd2cf27c3daOne of my favorite local designers, Amy Kirchen, launched a newly designed website for her fashion line!

What’s even more exciting is that the new design for Amy and the Amy Kirchen Boutique features a blog to keep everyone up-to-date on in the world of Amy Kirchen!

Check out collections, the boutique or learn more about the designer and check out this great new design!

Amy Kirchen Boutique Re-Opening Recap

Me and Amy Krichen at her Grand Re-Opening Event

Fresh off the haute couture heels of the Amy Kirchen Boutique re-opening event, I have a bunch of pics of the event and her new space!

I was so impressed with the new location. The entrance is more eye-catching and grand than the last — complete with regal pilars and luxurious outdoor chandeliers. The space inside isn’t a ton bigger than her last space … I think it’s just divided up better to allow for private parties in the back, larger dressing rooms (I believe she only had one small one before), a showcase room for her custom designs and a larger display area in the front for her retail.

Kirchen said the back area is going to be popular for bridal parties a girl’s night outs (they’re just a couple doors down from 20 Brix, one of my favorite wine bars in Cincinnati!).

Although it’s a lot of work for Kirchen to be moving to a new space not even a year after she opened in her previous location, I do think it was smart to start out the way she did. She opened in a smaller space, learned what her client demands were and what she needed from a brick-and-mortar store. Then, about a year later, she expanded to accomodate to those needs.

Unfortunately, I’ve seen so many boutiques go big out of the gates, squander their start-up funds on unnecessary expenses, and it usually ends up getting the best of them. So, I’m very proud of Amy and how she’s strategically growing at at steady, manageable pace.

I’m also really impressed with her price points. Of course, her custom work is more expensive, but her retail is very reasonable. Just as an example, I got a cute blue grecian-inspired summer dress for around $40 and a great long-sleeved LBD with a laser-cut print for $89. Not bad at all for boutique prices!

Oh! And great news! I just found out that Amy will be debuting her complete fall / winter 2012 collection to the public at our Red, Pink and Blue fashion show on June 23, 2012. Make sure you’re subscribed to Cincy Chic to be the first to know about it!


Two Milford Businesses Team Up for Jewelry Competition

Lots of Amy Kirchen/Milford news this week! I told you about Kirchen announcing that she’s moving (from a small boutique in Milford to a big boutique in Milford). And now there’s more news about her. I just got a press release about a cool competition she is involved with, in cooperation with Milford-based AllyBeads.

Basically, jewelry artists are challenged to create their submissions within categories that align with the Amy Kirchen F/W 2012 clothing collection. And, winners will not only be eligible for awards presented by AllyBeads; they, will also be considered for inclusion in a Cincinnati runway event in late May featuring Kirchen’s designs. The full press release about the competition is below! Questions about the contest can be addressed to JoEllen Miller, owner of AllyBeads (513/831-8300)

Jewelry Design Competition with Runway Style
Contest open to jewelry designers in all technique areas

MILFORD, OHIO—March 15, 2012—AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts today announced the Uptown Meets Downtown Jewelry Design Contest open to local and regional amateur jewelry designers. There are no limitations on medium, as long as the finished piece is wearable jewelry designed and fabricated by the artist. Completed designs must be submitted no later than April 23, 2012 at AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts, 16 Main Street, Milford, Ohio. Winners will be announced on May 1, 2012.

The competition is being held in association with Amy Kirchen – a Cincinnati clothing designer – and the debut of the Amy Kirchen F/W 2012 collection. Three categories have been created that complement fashion characteristics of Kirchen’s designs.

“Amy’s store is also located in historic Milford, and this is a great example of local businesses working together,” commented JoEllen Miller, owner, AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts. “We’re excited that she may spotlight winning designs from this competition in an upcoming May runway event featuring the Amy Kirchen F/W 2012 collection. So, I’m issuing the challenge for designers to step it up with this contest.”

AllyBeads will announce 10 winners – a Best of Show; and, a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the three categories. Contestants may enter multiple designs within a single category or across the trio of categories. Winners will be eligible for awards from AllyBeads, and their designs will be considered by Kirchen for inclusion in a Cincinnati runway event scheduled for May 31, 2012.

All jewelry designers that wish to participate are required to register. Registration by April 1, 2012, at $10 (non-refundable); registrations after April 1 will be $20. Winners will be announced May 1, 2012. Contest details and online registration are available at www.allybeads.com. For specific questions, contact AllyBeads at 513/831-8300.

About AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts
AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts, with an on-line store as well as its retail location in Milford, Ohio, is Ohio’s premier bead shop providing high quality products and reliable services at competitive prices. AllyBeads features ready-made jewelry including Trollbeads and Chamilia, and carries hundreds of strands of semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls from around the world. Bali and Thai silver, Swarovski crystal, vintage German beads, Saki Silver clasps and other findings, along with books, magazines, and gift items are also available. For more information, visit AllyBeads at www.allybeads.com.

Sneak Peek of Amy Kirchen Boutique

Amy Kirchen, owner of the Amy Kirchen Boutique

Ladies – clear your cal on May 24. It’s the big day when Amy Kirchen opens the doors to her new fabulous shop in Milford, the Amy Kirchen Boutique!

Amy Kirchen Boutique (click to enlarge)

From 10am-8pm, she’ll host a Grand Opening Event, where you can sip on champagne, indulge in chocolate and shop to your heart’s content (sounds like heaven, right?!).

She has incredible cocktail dresses (I got a sparkly LBD for the Fashion Week Finale!), great tops and skirts for work (like what I’m wearing in the video below), accessories and handbags. And the prices range from $30-$200, so you’ll find something for you, no matter what your taste or budget might be. You’re going to love it!

Accessories at Amy Kirchen Boutique (click to enlarge)

Amy will also be featured in Cincinnati Fashion Week‘s finale event on Saturday. So, if you go, you’ll see her new line, which will also be carried in-store.

Amy also does custom couture gowns, too, so keep that in mind if you don’t find anything on the rack, you can have something custom made just for you!

I’ll see you at the grand opening – can’t wait! Check out the webcast below where Amy gives us a sneak peek of her new store and what you can expect at the grand opening on May 24!


Amy Kirchen to Open Fashion Boutique in Milford

I just got a very exciting email from my friend in fashion, Amy Kirchen, who will soon be a Milford-based boutique owner.

Okay its official! I am officially a store owner 🙂 My second home will be 205 Main Street Milford OH; the quant streets of old Milford…From a vintage clothing store to an upscale wine bar, my store will fit in PERFECT; Easy access from Hyde park, terrace park, Indian Hill and minutes from 275. My store building is 104 years old and it consists of 1000 sq ft of original cherry hard wood floors and an amazing vintage ceiling. You are the first to know besides my family and I am SO excited!

I’m so proud of Amy. We’ve known each other for several years now, and I’ve talked about her alot here on the blog. We met for coffee before she even launched her line, and now she’s a full fledged designer with a brick and mortar store. That’s huge.

She just unveiled her 2011 Spring/Summer line, and will be opening her new store in May 2011. She said she’s doing some renovations to the store, so when that’s complete, I’ll pop in and get some pics as a sneak peek before she officially opens.

I’m very excited for Amy. She’s doing so well! Keep this gal on your radar, fashionistas. She’s about to open some new doors into the world of fashion for you… literally.