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  • 2. Northwestern Mutual Permanent Life Insurance can help solidify your feeling of financial well-being. It’s an asset that offers protection, along with cash value guaranteed to grow over time. All from a company that has unsurpassed industry financial strength ratings. That’s a foundation for life. The Kelley Financial Group 3805 Edwards Rd Ste 200 Cincinnati (513) 366-3600 © 2011 Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (NM) (life and disability insurance, annuities) and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS)(securities), a subsidiary of NM, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, and member of FINRA and SIPC. Shawn F Kelley, General Agent(s) of NM. Managing Partners are not in legal partnership with each other, NM or its affiliates. Shawn F Kelley, RegisteredRepresentative(s) and Investment Adviser Representative(s) of NMIS.
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  • 5. CONTENTSFEATURES V Venue LIFESTYLE AND EVENT GUIDE PUBLICATION TEAM Publisher and President Creative Director Steve Wanamaker Kim Wanamaker24 UC Health Helps the World to Sing Editor-in-Chief Jamie Rogers26 The Taft Museum of Art takes Patrons to Paris DESIGN28 A Place in a Family’s Heart Art Director Michelle Schwartz30 Economy and the Importance of a Financial Game Plan Graphic Designer Nicolette Stefanopoulos32 Connect. Lead. Serve. EDITORIAL36 A Beautiful Story of Love Contributing Editor Danielle Dean38 The Chance at being a Kid Copy Editor Bill Thompson42 The Ripple Effect Writer Carly Behringer46 Face to Face Writer Paula Andruss50 Saving Lives One Scan at a Time Writer Rick Bird MARKETING V. P. of Public Relations Mary Ann Taylor Advertising Director Emily Nocton Marketing Director Teri PiperPHILANTHROPY Social Media Director Brad Warm56 Taking Care of the City’s Eyes for Over 100 Years PHOTOGRAPHY60 A Community of Support for a Promising Future Photographer Brian Ambs Photographer Josh Beeman64 May We Help: More Than a Helping Hand Photographer Aaron Conway66 Bringing Nationally Renowned Chefs to Cincinnati Photographer Nico DeBarmore Photographer Claudia Susana Photographer Mark Bealer Photographer Christopher PeckhamCOMMUNITY OPERATIONS Office Manager Kim Calai68 A Return to Rugged Racing Roots Event Coordinator Natalie Cass70 Where Timeless Character Meets Modern Luxury74 Robots Help Students Find Their Creative Edge76 Moving the Mission Forward Please visit our web site at for more pictures and blogs! If you have any comments or story ideas please email: or write us at: VENUE LIFESTYLE AND EVENT GUIDE, INC.LEADERSHIP 7723 Tylers Place Blvd. PMB 144 West Chester, OH 4506980 Civic Leadership Awards 513.371.5501106 Revolutionizing America’s Favorite Pastime IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADVERTISING please call 513.405.6822 or108 Living Legacy Award email FOR SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION email: Venue will be published in January, April, July and October 2012 Check us out on Facebook 10 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 6. CONTENTSFINANCIAL114 Today’s Social Issues from an Investment Perspective116 Planning for Your Child’s Educational FutureARTS128 Cincinnati’s Painted History130 In the HeART of Cincinnati132 Emerging Artist from the 1950s136 Faux Finishes and Decorative PaintingsHOMES140 Own a Piece of History150 Sibcy Cline Brings Switzerland to Ohio154 Eclecticism, Style, and Unique DesignFAVORITES158 Our favorites were carefully selected based on the trusted opinions of people in the community like you.DEPARTMENTS18 Publisher’s Letter304 Weddings318 Beauty and Fashion330 Health358 Social ON THE COVER Model: Sarah Atallah Photographer: Claudia Susana Makeup: Kelly Ledford, Assistant Trista Campbell, Cinci Makeup Hair: Samantha Maloney of Tanya’s Image and Wellness Salon Location: Alms Park Clothing: One Mode, Vera by Vera Wang coral “petal” dress Modeling Agency: Wing Model Management (exclusive agency for Venue Lifestyle and Event Guide) Stylists: Marsha M. Ashley and Brock Maitland with Style Edit 14 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 7. V PUBLISHER’S LETTERThe past couple of months here at Venue have been some of the most exciting times since I’ve been in the publishing business.The issue that you’re holding is our largest publication to date, more than 365 pages in size. We also hosted our second annualVenue Civic Leadership Awards, which honored 35 individuals for their outstanding service to nonprofit organizations in ourcommunity. It was inspiring to sit in a crowd with more than 500 people in attendance and to hear the stories of civic leadersusing their leadership gift, talent, and influence to make a difference in the lives of people in our city and around the world. I was honored to have John F. Barrett, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Western & Southern Financial Group, as our keynote speaker. As CEO of one of nine Fortune 500 companies based in Greater Cincinnati, John clearly un- derstands the importance of civic leadership and community advocacy, and everyone who calls Greater Cincinnati home has clearly benefitted from his vision. To cite a few examples, John was one of the key people in gathering support and resources for the expansion of the Convention Center; was instrumental in keeping world-class tennis and its $64.5 million economic impact in our region, and permanently changed our city’s skyline with the development of the Great American Tower at Queen City Square. It is clear to me that nothing happens without leadership. When someone embraces that gift and takes action to make a difference in our community, in a small or great way, people’s hearts are touched, their lives are changed, and our region is simply a better place. Another example of leadership in action is the development of the CityLink Center. Seven years ago, that idea came under intense scrutiny. However, because of the leadership of Mark Stecher, one of this year’s honorees and founder of the CityLink Center, he was able to bring diplomatic skills on the par of Henry Kissinger to bear. He brought opposing sides together, forged relationships, held countless meetings to garner the support of community leaders, understood the positions of various stakeholders, and seven years later the CityLink Center completed a successful $12 million capital campaign. They have also conducted best in class national research with the goal of bringing holistic life change and breaking the cycle of poverty, one person, one life at a time. In years to come, it’s my belief that the CityLink Center will be a space where thousands of volunteers will be mobilized into action. Stories will be created, talents will be utilized, lives will be changed, and the CityLink Center will be one of the great hallmarks of our community and recognized around the world as a benchmark philanthropy. Greater Cincinnati is a better place because of individuals who give of them- selves to invest their lives in nonprofits. I want to encourage you to read more about these selfless ardent supporters of our philanthropic causes on page 80, and ask yourself how you might use your talents and abilities to get involved and leave your own indelible mark on our world. – Steve and Kim Wanamaker18 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 9. UC Health Helps the World to Sing Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Brian AmbsUC Health is one of the proud sponsors of this year’s World Choir It is with great honor and privilege that Cincinnatians welcomeGames that will be held this summer in our very own beloved city musical talents from across the globe. Hosting the World Choir Gamesof Cincinnati. UC Health will be responsible for the precious voices is a testament to our marvelous city.of all of the singers of all of the choirs in attendance. We are joined Pensak concurs, “The World Choir Games does a phenomenal jobby Dr. Myles L. Pensak to explain the incredible role UC Health will of spotlighting a very robust transformation this city is undergoing. Asplay during the event. A man of many hats, Dr. Pensak is the Chairman someone who is a resident of downtown Cincinnati, I am thrilled toof the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the showcase a very vibrant, growing, new/old city. From a professionalUniversity of Cincinnati College of Medicine, CEO of UC Physicians, view, we are one of the nation’s pre-eminent academic medical centersSenior Associate Dean for clinical activities, and Senior Vice President that deal with complex issues of airway and voice. Having the opportu-for the UC health system for clinical activities. nity to showcase our colleagues and speech pathologists is a special treat. With thousands of singers from hundreds of choirs inundating We have both a professional and philosophical obligation to optimizeCincinnati for the World Choir Games, UC Health and UC Physicians the experience of those traveling to Cincinnati for the World Choirwill be on demand to provide not only general medical care, but just Games. This includes both their experience of our city as well as theiras importantly, they will care for all of the performers’ voices. The healthcare experience.”magnitude of this task requires a group of highly trained individu-als equipped with cutting edge technologies. Luckily for the world’svoices, Dr. Pensak fills a roster with a superb team for the job. The University of Cincinnati Voice Consortium is a large multi-disciplinary, multi-college, and multi-organizational collaborationamong voice professionals. These include the department of Oto-laryngology, director of speech pathology, Dr. Ann W. Kummer atChildren’s Hospital Medical Center (who happens to run the largestpediatric speech pathology program in the United States), adult direc-tor of Otolaryngology, Dr. Sid Khosla, and Dr. Alessandro de Alarcon. The physicians and speech pathologists at UC Health have three pri-Partnering with this group is the school of engineering and the college mary missions.The first is education, which they accomplish by trainingof music to form the University of Cincinnati Voice Consortium. This the next generation of medical staff. The second is research; there is ateam focuses on research, education and training, and clinical delivery UC physician with a laboratory that uses jet engines as models to showof care for voice issues for the professional voice, amateur voice, and how a person generates voice. The next time you look at the turbinethose who use their voice frequently. of a jet engine, know that there are scientists in the heart of Cincinnati One of the key components of the Consortium is their educational who are modeling voice changes similar to that of airflows through a jetoutreach that focuses on keeping the voice healthy. Whether you are a engine. The third part is the clinical. The triad is the mandate for UCrock star belting out timeless lyrics on stage or a kindergarten teacher Health, co-existing with a broad and deep team that is encompassed byinstructing the ABC’s, your voice is of vital importance. There are a numerous disciplines in a collaborative manner. They work with anynumber of misconceptions for what can be done to prevent voice dam- age of person beginning with the neonate who is having trouble cryingage. Through outreach efforts such as World Voice Day, which was de- as a result of airway and voice problems, to the octogenarian whoseveloped by pathologists to celebrate the voice, experts are able to sum- voice production is getting wispy because as we age our vocal cordsmon awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy voice. become lax.There is a large depth and scope of cutting edge science andThe Consortium offers seminars to instruct on voice warm-ups and research going on at UC Health; it is truly a hospital of epic proportionsother methods of keeping your voice healthy. These sessions will be with a modest reputation. Dr. Pensak states, “UC Health is one of theavailable throughout the Choir Games. best kept secrets.” v Dr. Khosla and other speech pathologists will be on call through theduration of the event. They will be equipped with a highly specializedpiece of equipment called a strobe. Generally the vocal cords are exam-ined utilizing a mirror or flexible scope that can miss serious ailmentssuch as lesions or hemorrhage that can cause permanent damage. TheUC Clinic will graciously be loaning a strobe to have in close proximityin order to best take care of the singers’ vocal health, while promising For more information about UC Healthlisteners glorious tunes and musical excellence. visit V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 25
  • 10. FEATURES Top row left to right: Deborah Emont Scott, director/CEO of the Taft Museum of Art; Datrice Lowry-Kristof; Lesley Kleiser; Nancy Moody, and David Hausrath. Bottom row left to right: Jane Votel, Cynthia Muhlhauser, Linda Fath, and Laura Pease. Not pictured: Wm. John Ryan, Brett Stover, and Mary Jo Will. 26 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 11. The Taft Museum of Art Takes Patrons to Paris Written by Carly Behringer . Photo by Nico DeBarmoreMany things come to mind when envisioning a warm summer evening more wonderfully due to the weather, “the weather was perfect, soin France: fresh baguettes, the rolling Seine River, relaxing cafes and everybody was in a great mood and it was a wonderful night. It wasof course – the iconic Eiffel Tower. For those curious Cincinnatians pretty much an outdoor party and it was totally transformed into athat longed to visit the city of love, but just didn’t have the time – the fun, French atmosphere. I think everyone came and gasped becauseTaft Museum of Art’s Soiree in the Garden was an excellent substitute. it was so different than what you normally would see in the garden.”The fundraising event, in honor of the Taft Museum of Art’s 80th Kleiser also noted an increase in variety of ages attending the Soi-anniversary, was a French inspired evening highlighting a variety of ree, “I was at the door greeting people as they came in. I saw all agesartists, musical styles, and tastes. and I saw many faces I recognized and many faces I didn’t recognize May 17, 2012, the garden at the Taft Museum of Art was trans- at all. It was crowded and we sold lots of tickets and we had lots offormed into a café, mirroring the most iconic images that immedi- attendants. I think it exceeded everyone’s expectations!”ately remind one of France: tents filled with black and white couches The decorations were a very important part of the event, as theyand cushions with lime green accents and tall café tables. Traditional set the mood for the entire evening. One of the committee chairsFrench entertainment included live piano, accordion, and even mimes. for the event, a regular docent, and a decorator for the event, MaryAlong with a raffle to win a variety of items, those in attendance were Jo Will, was very pleased with the ambiance for the evening. Mostable to enter a contest to “adopt a painting” wherein their name would of the colors at the event were a combination of lime green, black,be displayed with the piece of artwork for the next year. Instead of white, and silver. A nine-foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower stood ina typical sit-down dinner, this event was food-by-the-bite and guests the center of the garden surrounded by black “balloon” chairs, alongwere encouraged to wander the festive garden and decorative interior with lime green, silver, and black accents. One of Will’s favorite items were the black and white couches which rested under the tents alongof the museum. with the lighting, “we had zip lights hanging off of the balcony and On display for the entirety of the evening was the “Old Masters to as the night got darker, they really changed the atmosphere of theImpressionists: Three Centuries of French Painting” from the Wad- event; the lights kind of changed and had a sheen to them. In thesworth Antheum. The exhibition featured 45 works by French artists, beginning, they were white but throughout the night they seemed toincluding Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Rembrandt, Chardin, Boucher, be glowing green. I think my favorite part were the couches becauseGéricault, Delacroix, Courbet, Degas, Pissarro, and Renoir; all from they were different, fun, and comfortable. They sort of set the stagethe era of 1600 to the beginning of the 1900s. The exhibit also fea- for everything else.” Will reiterated that the color scheme, especiallytured French artists in the Taft Museum of Art’s permanent collec- the lime green, brought a simultaneously classy but energetic look totion: Ingres, Corot, and Rousseau. After guests toured the French the evening.scene in the gardens, they wandered the halls of the museum while In the end, the fundraiser went swimmingly, with the supportivebeing directed by dutiful docents and can-can dancers. donations going to educational programs provided by the Taft Mu- David Hausrath, whose wife and he were Gold Sponsors of the seum of Art; programs for both children and adults alike. “I think it’sevent, thought the night was an overall success, “I loved the atmo- important for the Taft Museum of Art because it did raise money forsphere of the evening. It was very alive, energetic, and there were the education programs and it was successful financially,” Hausrathmany feasts for the eyes. The decorating was wonderful, the enter- explains the importance of the event. “We had many great educationaltainment was fantastic, the food was excellent, and the art exhibition programs at the Taft Museum of Art, but they require funds. Manyof 300 years of French painting was just spectacular. It was kind of of them are targeted toward children, but it’s more than that becausethe whole package and it fit together really well.” it’s bringing art to the public.” v Hausrath also suggests that the casual atmosphere of the event mayhave attracted more attendees, “We had over 400 people and it waswonderful. I think the guests really enjoyed the festive French caféatmosphere. It was less formal than some events and I think as a result, The Taft Museum of Art is located at 316 Pike Street,we think we had a younger crowd as well. It was not a sit-down black Cincinnati, OH 45202. You can reach them at 513.241.0343,tie dinner and instead we had couches and a café.” by email, or visit their Lesley Kleiser, a committee chair for the event as well as a docent website at the Taft Museum of Art, explains that the event couldn’t have gone V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 27
  • 12. Favorites The Summit Country Day School Eternally Holds a Place in a Family’s Heart Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Brian AmbsA school establishes the academic foundation that prepares a child engaged a few years after college. They did not think twice aboutfor the future. For Stuart and Holly Seltman, their education at The where they would be married. The Summit’s Immaculate Heart ofSummit Country Day School had a monumental impact that directed Mary Chapel had been the obvious choice because it holds such annot only their academic achievements, but also built the foundation for endearing and special place in each of their hearts.their lives, and served as the cornerstone for their love, matrimony, “The chapel is a particularly special place for us. It was the oneand family. place we shared Mass together back when the Boys’ and Girls’ Middle “Holly and I shared a fantastic experience at The Summit. Not Schools were separated. We then celebrated our graduation in theonly does The Summit offer superb education, but it also develops the chapel as well,” Stuart says.child as a whole. This is why we found it so valuable to send all four Holly continues, “Our wedding was truly special because we wereof our children to this school. The Summit provides an experience able to once again gather in our favorite place with our friends andthat is well-rounded scholastically, artistically, and athletically. As families. It was a fantastic opportunity for everyone to reunite andbeautiful as the school is, what makes it so special are the people; celebrate as we began the next chapter of our lives together." vincluding the students, faculty, and staff. Some of the teachers wehad and loved when we were in school are now teaching our children.We believe quite strongly in the school’s mission to develop leaders ofcharacter and feel The Summit is second to none in all aspects of child Located at 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati OH 45208, Thedevelopment,” Stuart says. Summit serves students from age two through grade 12 in a “During our time at The Summit we developed life-long friendships coeducational setting. The Summit combines the academic excellence and one-on-one guidance of a top-tier independentthat have endured,” Holly says. “We had such an incredible experience school with the servant leadership and character-buildinghere that we wanted to give our children the same opportunity. The environment that are hallmarks of a Catholic education. Callsize of the school provides great value; from individualized education, 513.871.4700 or visit developing character, as well as offering easy access to strongathletics. We also love that all of the grades are within one school.Our children are able to share many school experiences together eventhough there are six years between them. The Summit provided uswith a strong foundation from the time we started school here and is Stuart and Holly Seltman, members of The Summit Country Day School’s 1986 graduating class, gather in front of their favorite place with theirnow helping us build on that foundation with our children.” children – Elly, a Summit lifer and 2012 graduate, Martha, Hank, and Stuart and Holly met in primary school at The Summit. They Stuart Jr. who respectively will be in grades 6, 9, and 11 next year.began dating during their sophomore year of high school and were
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  • 14. FEATURES Top Business Leaders Embark on Multi-City Tour To Discuss the Economy and the Importance of A Financial Game Plan Photography by Brian Ambs On May 4, 2012 Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John Ultimately, financial security is achieved through a game plan that Schlifske joined Forbes Media Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Steve contains a mix of risk hedging and investment products that is created Forbes at the Westin in Downtown Cincinnati on their seven city tour with the help of a trusted advisor. titled “The Power of a Game Plan.” While in Cincinnati, the executives offered their thoughts on Q: Due to the absence of things such as Social Security and pensions the economy, the financial markets, and the importance of having a in most of our futures, what is the best way to strategize for planning sound financial game plan in place regardless of market conditions, to our finances for retirement? hundreds of business and community leaders. As part of an ongoing partnership, the leaders of Northwestern Mutual, a leading finan- A: Americans must realize that today, getting to retirement is no cial security company, and Forbes Media previously spoke about the longer the end goal – it is a new starting point. On average, Americans economy to nearly 18,000 people in 25 cities. will live 20 - 40 years in retirement, which means you want to make “It’s clear that achieving financial security today requires a well- sure that you do not outlive your assets. Your financial plan may rounded game plan to preserve wealth, mitigate risks that can affect cover you until age 80, but what happens then on your 81st birthday? retirement years, and provide a predictable stream of income for life,” To combat this risk, I recommend my clients incorporate vehicles Schlifske said. “In partnership with Steve Forbes, I look forward to that can create a steady “paycheck” throughout retirement, such as a sharing my perspective on the power of a game plan, and to helping fixed-rate income annuity, into their comprehensive financial plans. individuals and business owners strategize in the midst of a still un- Diversifying can provide them with a predictable stream of income certain economy.” for life. Schlifske and Forbes shared their keen insights on: Q: How has our economy directly affected how we should strategize • Getting to retirement is no longer the end goal – it is a new starting our financial planning? point. Schlifske and Forbes contend that today’s economy coupled with increased life expectancy means there is an increased risk for A: The recent state of the economy has shifted the focus of financial individuals to deplete their assets too soon. A well-rounded plan planning back to the basics. Today more than ever, we emphasize core is essential to help maintain financial security for life. values to our clients – establish a sound financial game plan, minimize • It is unlikely that individuals can solely invest their way to prosperity. risk, and prefer long-term performance over short-term gains. In Rather, Schlifske and Forbes believe in practicing proven financial addition, it’s imperative to work with someone you trust. People do principles, such as cutting spending, saving in addition to investing, not build a house without an architect. It is the same reasoning when and dollar-cost averaging for the long term. contemplating finances. People need to work with someone they trust • Regardless of what happens in Washington, there are plans that to make certain they are thinking ahead of what’s to come and they individuals and business owners can make now to ensure long- are prepared for whatever their financial situation might be in the term security. Schlifske and Forbes encourage Americans to not future. let the debate in Washington prohibit them from addressing their short- and long-term financial needs. Q: Would you expand on Schlifske’s and Forbes’ belief that one should not only rely on investing in order to reach financial prosperity, “There is no replacement for the power of a strong financial game but should invest as well as cutting spending, saving in addition to plan,” said Forbes. investing, and dollar-cost averaging for the long-term? Shawn Kelley, the Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual: the Kelley Financial Group in Cincinnati, relays Schlifske’s and A: In my opinion, it is unlikely that individuals can solely invest their Forbes’ thoughts about “The Power of a Game Plan.” way to prosperity. Therefore, while important, I view investing as A sound financial game plan can help individuals achieve pros- only one component of a well-rounded financial game plan. When perity. This plan should include long-term savings goals and think- building a comprehensive financial game plan, it is important to ing about saving money while also investing. For example, growing both save and invest, as well as preserve the wealth accumulated wealth comes from putting money away, month after month, over throughout a lifetime, mitigate risks and provide a predictable stream the long haul, as well as an investment program in alignment with of income for life. individual goals and risk tolerance. A good plan is also diversified and balanced.
  • 15. Q: How can individuals and business owners plan to ensure their long-term security, and what effect do politics have when planning for this?What is the strategy for planning long-term security that does not putyou at the will of Washington?A: Regardless of what happens in Washington, there are plans thatindividuals and business owners can make now to ensure long-term Steve Forbessecurity. I encourage all Americans to work with a trusted advisorwho can help them create a well-rounded financial game plan, andhelp them stick with it over the long term. A strong plan is capable ofweathering any dips or downturns, because it has a long-term strategyin place.Q: How has Northwestern Mutual been able to continue its successin the face of a poor economy?A: Northwestern Mutual opened its first office in Cincinnati in 1879.Today, we serve 45,000 local clients and policyholders giving themthe financial security that they deserve for themselves and theirloved ones. Since Northwestern Mutual opened, the company hasseen, and survived, world wars, the Great Depression, the recessionof the ’80s and the tech bubble burst of the early 2000s. This mostrecent economic downturn has helped to reinforce our company’score values – establishing a sound financial game plan, minimizingrisk, preferring long-term performance over short-term gains, and John Schlifskealways putting our client’s interests first. This, in my view, has beena recipe for success.The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company of Milwaukee isamong the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies of 2012according to Fortune magazine. It has helped clients achieve financialsecurity for more than 155 years. As a mutual company with $1.2trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutualhas no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on itsclients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to themover time. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holisticapproach to financial security solutions including life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment prod-ucts, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include North-western Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registeredinvestment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the NorthwesternMutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal sav-ings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; Shawn Kelleyand Russell Investments. v Northwestern Mutual: The Kelley Financial Group is located at 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45208. You can reach them at 513.366.3600 or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 31
  • 16. FEATURES Connect. Lead. Serve. Young Professionals Board of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati Written by Kateri Kosta Photography by Claudia Susana S Since 2008, the Young Professionals Board (YPB) of The Chil- dren’s Home of Cincinnati has offered support in the mission of helping children create amazing stories of transformation. The Children’s Home offers education and mental health treatment services for vulnerable children – many of whom have experienced abuse, neglect, or other factors that have inhibited their healthy growth and development. The Young Professionals Board is a diverse group of 26 skilled and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to connect, lead, and serve. Young Professionals Board members connect with the larger community to increase awareness of The Children’s Home, they lead by developing skills for future board membership, and they serve by offering assis- tance to program staff members who work directly with children. Their ultimate goal is to use their skills and resources to bolster the services available to children who have special educational In the four years since the Young Professionals Board was founded, members have laid the foundation for effective and com- plementary service to the programs and staff of The Children’s Home. Members developed and initiated a mentorship program to connect individually with children who receive services. They also launched an agency ambassadors program to connect and communicate directly with staff on their successes and chal- lenges. In addition to their child and program-focused initiatives, Young Professionals Board members continue to advocate for and nurture partnerships that generate fundraising opportunities. Founding members Tom Connor of the Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP law firm and Rania Zimmerman, a dedicated community volunteer, contributed to the formation of the YPB and its mis- sion. Their first project in 2008 was helping with the Rockin’ Lobster Party, which concluded an eight-year run in 2011 to and mental health needs, improving each child’s chances for suc- make way for a new special event coming in October, Rockin’ cess at home, in school, and in the community. Ribs on the River. This year, the board formed a Fundraising 32 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 17. Opposite page, left to right: Alayna Tackett, Scott Lyle, Philecia Avery, Tom Connor. Above, top row, left to right: Karen Huneke, Leslie McDermott, Garri Davis. Bottom row, left to right: Aaron Byrd, Mindy Kirsch, Zach Dotzauer.Committee to increase effectiveness and develop infrastructure Rusty Ball. This year the committee helped the agency achieveto pursue a variety of initiatives. new beneficiary designation from the Cincinnati Golfers for “The accomplishment of which I am most proud is the suc- Charity 100 Hole Challenge, and they’re looking forward tocessful transition from being a small group of key contributors being a beneficiary of the Bacchanalian Society’s 2013 Winterdriving the YPB’s efforts to a successful and sustainable orga- Wine Tasting.nization driven by the talents and energy of a large number of Young Professionals Board members connect with donorsdiverse and active members,” says Connor. and community stakeholders to build networks for The Chil- Andrea Enders, who works for The Cincinnati Enquirer, leads dren’s Home, and they take a leadership role in strengtheningthe Fundraising Committee and is pleased to note that concen- the agency’s programs. The Program Committee exists to pro-trated fundraising efforts have already started to yield results. vide professional input, support, and direct volunteer experi-In particular, the committee has advocated for The Children’s ence to enhance programs. Emily Roberts, who works in Mem-Home to be selected as a beneficiary of several local charity bership Development at Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber,events. In 2011, The Children’s Home was a beneficiary of the and Zach Dotzauer, a Senior Manager at JD Cloud & Co. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 33
  • 18. FEATURES LLP, work together as committee chairs to help develop strate- gies that encourage YPB members to be directly engaged in the agency’s mission and services. Mandy Peck’s involvement with the Mentoring Committee has been particularly impactful. “Being a mentor for a child from The Children’s Home has filled a gap I didn’t even know I had in my heart. It has been challenging, but extremely rewarding.” Others, like Enders, serve as program ambassadors to programs like Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK), which provides resources for kindergarten readi- ness to local families. Enders had the opportunity to ride along on a home visit to see the impact firsthand, and is in- volved with projects to increase families’ awareness of their eligibility for SPARK. Young Professionals Board members get involved out of a de- sire to share their skills and give back to the community, but some- times they find their own lives transformed in unexpected ways. Davette Shorter, Director of Communications and Inte- Below, top row, left to right: Kevin Graves, Kelly Gadd. Bottom grated Marketing at Quest Diagnostics, MedPlus Division says, row, left to right: Mandy Peck, Kim Popa, Nicole Balkenbusch, Emily Roberts. “Joining the YPB has helped me grow in character and spirit. Spending time at The Children’s Home is part of how I pay it forward to prepare a more compassionate and helpful world for my daughter.” Scott Lyle, an Assistant Vice President for Fifth Third Mortgage Private Banking, echoes Shorter’s sentiment, not- ing that he’s happy to support programs that transform the lives of vulnerable children, but he’s also learned that there are some personal benefits. “My commitment to service has been picked up by my kids, and they now give back through service events at school.” Being a member of the Young Professionals Board of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati means having access to incred- ible opportunities for professional networking. It helps to de- velop skills to be effective Board of Trustee members in the future. However, YPB members will tell you that it’s not about advancing their careers or building their resumes: It’s about helping children. “Helping kids today will make a better tomorrow for all of us. I get a sense of pride knowing that what we do on the YPB makes a difference,” says Lyle. v
  • 19. For more information regarding the Young Professionals Board, contact Shannon Starkey-Taylorat 513.272.2800, or, or visit V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 35
  • 20. FEATURES Photograph by Brian Ambs The Aubrey Rose Foundation is located at 7805 Affinity Place Cincinnati, OH 45231. You can reach them at 513.728.2680 or visit their website at
  • 21. Favorites Love Photo by Nico DeBarmore A Beautiful Story of Hagit Limor is an Emmy and national award-winning investigative reporter for WCPO-TV (Channel 9). “I had the pleasure of meeting Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp after her “I have made a valiant effort to participate and support the transplant. I had done a story about what was going on because it foundation anyway I can because I feel so strongly about their was such a rare surgery and was performed on such a wonderful mission. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to emcee little girl, so full of life. Aubrey was always smiling and laughing. I their annual banquet each year. And I did stories on the foundation was able to meet her entire family and found I had a connection after it had begun to help spread the word about all of the incredible with them. After the transplant, everyone was elated by the success things they were doing. My cousin participated in the American Girl of the surgery and celebrated. So it came as a complete and utter show, which she absolutely loved. For me, this is a forever story and shock when Aubrey did not wake up one day. The child had been so it will always have a place in my life and heart. incredibly sweet and was a fighter. It has been almost a decade since, “I believe the biggest impact the foundation has … is providing and it is still very painful to think about the devastating tragedy. You (families) with a lifeline of compassion and understanding at a time can’t understand the loss of a child or contemplate the deep despair they need it most. The families are dealing with near tragedy, and it a parent feels. No one would have blamed her parents (Nancy and gives comfort and support to hear from someone who has walked in Jerry Hollenkamp) if they had become angry and retreated from their shoes. There is no words for what that means. This is especially life. But instead, they showed all of us the best of humanity. They true for people staying at the Ronald McDonald house. These took their pain and loss and turned it into something amazing and families are in a different city; alone and away from their family and beautiful by starting the Aubrey Rose Foundation (The foundation friends. The Aubrey Rose Foundation is there to offer encouragement helps families who have children with life-threatening illnesses). and assistance. They help to provide for these families’ needs and “Through the years, I have attended every single event the give emotional support. I can’t imagine being out of town with a foundation has held. The first year they were joined by hundreds of seriously ill child and feeling so alone. The foundation helps to ease people. The evening was complete with food, a band, and filled an others’ lives. entire hall. I was very impressed, but that first event was only the “I believe that you do not need to have children to understand beginning. Every year it gets bigger and bigger and has grown into the love of a parent. At the beginning of my involvement, I was not a more fundraising events. Both Nancy and Jerry have fulltime jobs, parent yet. But what the Hollenkamps did spoke deeply to my heart. but they dedicate their time outside of work to do so much for others. They did something truly incredible that should be a testament to all They put on the annual American Girl Fashion Show, concerts, golf of our hearts, to follow the golden rule and reach within ourselves outings and started Writely Sew (an embroidery and embellishment to find a way to help others. This spoke to me. When I became a business that puts all of its proceeds directly into the Aubrey Rose parent, I understood even more what a blessing this was. I can’t put Foundation). It is difficult to fathom where they find the time and into words why this organization impacted me so intensely except energy to do so much, but it is their hearts that carry them. I have that I believe that this is how we as humanity should live our lives. never in my life come across anyone who lives their faith as they These feelings are so deep within me that it is difficult to articulate. do. You will be awed and inspired reading some of the messages I believe that the Hollenkamps epitomize what I would like to see from the families they have helped. It is truly amazing what they inside myself. The level of understanding and compassion they have done for others. They touch people’s lives and make a genuine displayed at a time one could easily turn inward instead of outward difference. The Hollenkamps’ mission is to help a child’s entire and help others, is truly inspiring. I would hope to see the same in family. They understand that the siblings of a sick child often take a myself if I were to ever be put into such a situation. backseat in the family because so much time must be devoted to the “They were able to take a tragedy that would send most into a child who is ill. Jerry and Nancy have created programs to recognize downward spiral, and harness their powerful loss to turn it to a the siblings, make sure that their needs are met, and they feel cared tribute. Because of this, their child will never be forgotten and her for and appreciated. This can be such a relief for the other children. spirit and memory will live forever. It is a beautiful story of love.” v V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 37
  • 23. The Chance at Being a Kid Again Written by Carly Behringer . Photography provided by A Kid Again V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 39
  • 24. FEATURES Photo by Brian Ambs Top left photo: A Kid Again event with Dr. William L. Barrett. Top right photo: A Kid Again Committee from left to right: Michelle Johnson, Chris Henn, Rebekah Vazquez, Diana Lara, and Theresa Diersen. Bottom right photo: Miracles and Magic show. A Kid Again is located at 9600 Montgomery Road, Suite 4, Cincinnati, OH 45242. You can reach them at 513.232.5104, by email at or, or visit their website at 40 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 25. FEATURES The Ripple Effect “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple effect with no logical end.” — Scott Adams Written by Jamie Rogers 42 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
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  • 27. FEATURES In the eyes of every child, who lives on the street and imagines and severe abuse. And yet, in his mind, he has found refuge hope for a better life, we can find a waterfall of pain and tears away from his scarred body and anguish from a broken heart. that in a blink, turns into crystals of inspiration and belief In his rags for clothing, from under the sounds of defeat, arises depicted in this extraordinary piece of artwork, “The Dream”. a warrior with iron wings and a mind like a steel trap that has In the painting, the young child folds up in a cardboard box, visions of living a life wallowed in love and victory. A new life escaping into his imaginary world from where he finds comfort that will carry him home to a place of security, compassion, and peace. Yet the symbolism of the empty pot depicts a lack and freedom. “The Dream” echoes sounds of kindness, endless of food, hunger and starvation, a harsh and cruel street life play, and defeat of cries; now there are sounds of laughter and of begging and constricted with poverty. The child’s feet are play, where he will no longer shiver in the night from the fear of marred with bruises, disfigured, battered, and swollen with a broken life and a broken body. cuts from running on a line of broken dreams, mental agony, 44 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 28. St. Aloysius is located at 4721 Reading Road, Cincinnati,OH 45237. You can reach them at 513.242.7600 or visittheir website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 45
  • 29. FEATURES Face to Face Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Brian Ambs
  • 30. Domestic Violence. Two words that are often avoided in our “Whether the physical improvement from surgery is drasticsociety and brushed under the proverbial rug, but these two or not, the improvement on their psychological makeup iswords address an incredibly serious and common problem found tremendous,” Dr. Mangat more households around the world than anyone would like to “The individual feels that by fixing their physical deformity,admit. To ignore these two words is to ignore the victims, or they are now able to close that chapter in their life and they canrather the survivors, of horrendous acts brought upon by those have a fresh beginning. Psychologically they feel that they nowho should love, cherish, and protect them. It is our responsibility longer have their deformity to hold them back. I believe this isas a community to shed the veil of denial in pursuit of arming the biggest benefit of FACE to FACE. Not only is there a positivesurvivors of domestic violence with strength, courage, and the physical transformation, but there is a coinciding psychologicalpower to overcome and heal. benefit with the knowledge that this is the final thing they needed The board of directors of the American Academy of Facial in order to recover from the pain and tragedies of their past life.Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery acknowledged the dire They are able to look forward to a bright and encouraging future.”ramifications of domestic violence. Serving as an academy Dr. Mangat was introduced to Meredith, a strong andconsisting of 2,700 plastic surgeons, the 25-member board sought vivacious woman who was a victim of domestic violence. She wasto use their expertise and talents to fill a need in the community referred to Dr. Mangat through her local chapter of NCADV. Heof domestic violence survivors. In 1999, with support of their concluded that the damage to her nose, both external and internalPresident, Devinder S. Mangat, MD, FACS, the board partnered damage (which hindered her breathing), warranted surgery. Thewith the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) surgery would fix the physical damage Meredith sustained. Sheto aid survivors in their physical healing. explains the emotional and psychological effects she believes the Dr. Mangat explains, “The NCADV is a national organization surgery will have on her.which identifies people that have been in violent domestic situations. “My experience with domestic violence tore apart myThey help these individuals remove themselves from these confidence and self-worth, and took an emotional and physicalcircumstances and direct them through proper rehabilitations. toll on my body, mind, and spirit,” Meredith says. “After five yearsOnce the individual is safely out of their violent situation, they are of dealing with the abuse, crime, court appearances, protectionintroduced to our members for any facial reconstructive surgery orders, and violations of protection orders over and over again, Ithey may need as a result of a facial deformity incurred from am more than ready to put this behind me. I was introduced toabuse. As a national organization, we identify members of our the FACE to FACE program through a victim advocate in theorganization, facial plastic surgeonsfrom around the country whooffer their services pro-bono. Thisprogram is called FACE to FACE.” Survivors are referred by theirlocal NCADV chapter to a physician,who then interviews the individualto discern the proper procedure thatwill correct the deformity. Manymembers of the American Academyof Facial Plastic and ReconstructiveSurgery have their own surgicalfacilities, enabling them to performthe surgeries on site. This allows thephysician to do the entire surgerycompletely pro-bono because theydo not have to charge for eitherequipment use or surgical fees. Insituations where hospital careis necessary, the physicians willapproach the hospitals to inquireupon the possibility of the facility donating its equipment and Domestic Violence Unit. I was previously unaware that there wereservices for the worthy cause. programs out there to help victims like me. I feel that the surgery The survivors may suffer facial deformities in the form of scars will give me closure on that chapter of my life. It will improve myor broken bones. These disfigurements may be visually obvious quality of life and will help me get back my confidence. I greatlyand others more subtle, but regardless of the severity of the appreciate Dr. Mangat’s donation of his time and facility. I wantphysical scarring, the psychological scarring on the individuals to spread the word about this wonderful doctor and incredibleis astronomical. program that can help many victims in the future gain back their V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 47
  • 31. FEATURES confidence and rid them of the physical scars that take such a “It is important for people to understand that domestic violence is monumental emotional toll on a person.” a lot more common than most people think. I encourage people FACE to FACE is open to any individual, male or female. It so who have been victimized by domestic violence to seek help and happens that the vast majority of the victims are women. Over the not be ashamed of something that is not their fault so they are able past 13 years, Dr. Mangat has only treated women patients. The to put their lives back together and heal.” v primary requirement one must meet in order to have the facial corrective surgery is they must be out of the abusive relationship, and they must no longer be at risk of falling back into that relationship. Otherwise, as long as they have a deformity that can To learn more about FACE to FACE, visit the American be corrected with surgery, they qualify for FACE to FACE. The Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery website survivor must go through their local chapter of NCDAV and fill at There are two components of FACE to out the required paperwork. The request will then be forwarded FACE. One is the domestic violence initiative and the second to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive is the international program where surgeons are sent all over Surgery where they will identify a surgeon in that particular the world to do facial reconstructive surgery in needy areas. location and introductions are made. After a consultation between physician and survivor, the surgery is scheduled. “The most important part of this program is helping to give these individuals a new start. FACE to FACE helps to improve Mangat-Kuy-Holzapfel Plastic Surgery is located their self-image and worth. They are not the person that their at 8044 Montgomery Road, Suite 230 Cincinnati, deformity made them to feel like. They are not inferior. These OH 45236. They can be reached at 513.984.3223. women (and men) are strong and productive members of society In Northern Kentucky, they are located at 133 and they should not let this painful experience be a limiting factor Barnwood Drive, Suite A, Edgewood, KY 41017. in their lives. I believe that the self-image and confidence this They can be reached at 859.331.9600. Visit their surgery instills in them is the biggest benefit,” Dr. Mangat says. website at >> Domestic Violence Facts << Did you know... · An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. · Most cases of Domestic violence are never reported to the police. · Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner. · In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before murder. · The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services. · Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likewly to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults. · There are 16,800 homicides and 2.2 million (medically treated) injuries due to intimate partner violence annually. · Only approximately one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalking?s perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Domestic Violence Facts. 1 June 2012 <>. 48 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 32. Dr. Devinder S. Mangat MD, FACS V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 49
  • 33. Saving LivesFEATURES One Scan at a Time Written by Carly Behringer . Photography by Brian Ambs and Mark Bealer 50 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 34. Pictured left to right: Susie McHale, Brittany Buckman, Kara Winnings, Christine Estell, and Tahnee Frain.ProScan Pink Ribbon Center is located at 4850 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati,OH 45227. You can reach them at 513.527.7750, by email at, or visit their website at Visit their otherlocation in Over-the-Rhine at 5 East Liberty Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.You can reach them at 513.241.2873. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 51
  • 35. FEATURES Tracy Teegarden and family. Of course I was nervous when I went. When you go in, you feel like you know what they’re doing. They put your mind at ease. They explained everything as they were doing it. During my experience, I went in for my regular mammogram and I got a call back. When I went back the second time, I was terrified. I just figured that I had cancer and that it was going to be all over from there. They were so reassuring and so wonderful and made me feel like they were really taking care of me. It turned out that I just had a cyst and it was benign. I never had one before as far as I knew. “I sat in the waiting room after my ultrasound, and when they called me back, the doctor was wonderful and patted my knee and said, ‘You’re going to be OK,’ and explained it to me. He didn’t just say, ‘You’re OK, now go home,’ but he actually showed me the ultrasound pictures and explained to me why I was OK. I was reassured that I was OK and there was no question. He showed me it was a cyst because the edges were complete, and because it was fluid-filled, and exactly why and how they knew that. It made a big difference to me because I really needed that reassuring proof. They know what they’re doing, they’re very professional, and I trust them. I didn’t feel like I was just another number. They took time to answer my questions. Sometimes in the doctor’s office, I can feel like another number. At ProScan, I felt like I was Tracy Teegarden and I mattered! – Tracy Teegarden 52 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 36. “It really couldn’t have been easier. It was very, very positive. It was my first time there, and they were very welcoming, and the staff is confident and professional. I’m very pleased and I would recommend them to anybody. My technologist did a great job and she really informed me on bone health due to all the information she gave out. I think it’s really refreshing that a health care professional would spend that much time with me or with anyone. It’s the knowledge that we need to take good care of our bones. And so I’m a lot more aware and I pay a lot more attention to the amount of calcium that I get in my diet – I don’t miss my calcium supplements every day and I make sure to take them. It’s a convenient location and they’re very professional. I feel that they’re very education focused, and that’s what I found when I spoke with my technologist. It wasn’t just that they were rushing me through to get my exams done; they were making sure I knew in order to take better care of myself. And I really appreciated it. I feel like the information I got is very empowering to women.” – Karen Rosenthal “ProScan is a great place and they have a great program. I really liked what they did for me. Recently someone told me that I should get checked out. ProScan did a great job looking to make sure I was clear. I had a few regular tests done through the Mammogram Match funding and they did not find any cancer. During my appointment, one of the machines wasn’t working, so one of the ladies drove me to another place so I could get the test done that day. They are really hard workers, and I recommend it because cancer is so bad and I wish all women would get a mammogram. It’s the best idea.” – Ananda TamrakarCheryl Brackman and husband This was my second go-round with cancer and I have been with Dr. Karen Columbus since 1999 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. In early August of 2011, I went for my annual mammogram. Everything for 12 and half years was absolutely great and I felt fine. I went to ProScan, the doctor walked in and thought something didn’t look right. They took me out, X-rayed me again, and then the doctor wanted to talk with Dr. Powers. Dr. Powers is the most wonderful radiologist. That was on Thursday. The biopsy was Friday, and the following Wednesday they said I had two cancers and a pre-cancer. This was from a little dot that showed up on the mammogram. I can say with certainty that Dr. Powers saved my life. August 23, I was scheduled for a bilateral mastectomy. “This is the reason why every woman should have a mammogram. I felt nothing, looked normal, felt great, and it was so small and obscure. Honestly, without my history, they probably wouldn’t have watched it. So I feel like Dr. Powers truly saved my life. Dr. Columbus did a great job with (the) mastectomy, I got my plastic surgeon, I have my implants in and it’s been a journey. The environment is great – they have an intimate little room that tries to make you feel comfortable no matter what the bad news. They do an amazing job of serving women who have already survived breast cancer. Because of a complicated health history, I feel that I have the authority to say that ProScan is amazing. v – Cheryl Brackman V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 53
  • 37. PHILANTHROPY 100 years Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired taking care of the city’s eyes for overPictured left to right: CABVI Program Services Managers: Mark Foersterling, Gina Carroll, Judy Hale, Kathy Roberts, Lori Lindsly, and Ginny Backscheider, Director of Program Services.Not pictured: Judy Schermer 56 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 38. E Written by Carly Behringer Photography by Brian Ambs Eyes: They guide us through this unusual journey we describe as The program was founded in 1986 and was originally called the“life.” They help us make decisions on who we want to associate Computer Training Program. The name was recently changed to with, what our favorite colors are, and even what we define as Access Technology in order to reflect the rapidly growing popular- beauty. Most importantly, however, is that they enable us to ity of portable devices, such as tablets and e-readers, “Now it’s … function in today’s fast-paced society. Even though you use them more of a migration into the personal technology: the tablets, the everyday, most people don’t seem to realize that these magnificent phones. Our staff has to stay on top of the developments and ahead orbs are not immune to detrimental deterioration, and that life of our consumers. There are smaller items out there like laptops, changes forever if their ability falters. note-takers, and smartphones. And how do you use those if you’re Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CAB- visually impaired?” VI), a private and not-for-profit organization, has helped the vision Many computer companies are creating software to help the impaired populace adapt to “normal sighted” society since 1911. blind and visually impaired enjoy their products. For example, Visually impaired describes a variety of eye diseases and disorders, many Apple devices, like the iPad and iPod, have voice-over tech- including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degenera- nology that enables persons with failing eyesight to utilize the tion. These disorders differ in their effects and symptoms, but all product to its full potential. Windows has not yet developed its are classified as causes of “low vision,” which is defined as vision own programs, yet there are many third-party and independent loss that cannot be corrected by eyeglasses and could include the versions available. Essentially, whether someone has a preference loss of peripheral vision, sensitivity to glare, or the reduced ability for Apple or PCs, there is a gadget to help everyone. to see detail. CABVI is happy to accommodate any kind of visually From braille software to computers that communicate with the impaired individual, whether they are young, old, partially blind, user, the technology is only expanding. Foersterling has seen years or completely blind. And instead of telling them to let go of the of progression since his start in the late 1980s. “Fifteen, 20 years hobbies and activities they once loved, CABVI does things a little ago, (a lot of) people hadn’t used technology. They didn’t know differently. They not only encourage independence via rehabili- how to type on a keyboard and they lost their vision on top of it. tation programs, but technologies such as talking tablets, voice- Now when someone loses their vision, maybe they’re a little more activated computers and braille adapted gadgets are available to comfortable with their skills.” help the visually impaired take part in their peers’ surroundings. Foersterling explains that when he started, he was the only The road to independence today goes hand-in-hand with access staff member in the technology section, which has now expanded technology. Since the beginning of the computer craze in the late to five full-time employees, each specializing in a different area. 1980s and early ’90s, technology has become commonplace in vir- Some of the technologies and services that CABVI possesses in- tually every business, company, and home. While there are some clude large print and portable electronic magnifier technology; exceptions, most Americans work with computers daily in some text-to-speech programs; braille adaptive devices; internet access fashion. So, how does a visually impaired person utilize technol- instructions; and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) wherein ogy? All it takes, according to Mark Foersterling, the manager of the user can convert images of text from different devices into Access Technology Service at CABVI, is “getting over the mindset digital text. of, “I’ve lost my vision.” Technology may have advanced dramatically in the past 20 He compares many clients’ experience to peeling an onion. years, yet there are many different levels of skill. “The gambit of“Someone comes in here for a low vision evaluation … and then their skill levels varies widely,” Foersterling says. “Some people they’ll start to say, ‘well, what about technology?’ It keeps unfold- are adapted to technology and other people are brand new. A lot ing for people and they … say, ‘OK, now I can do this,’ or ‘I never of our seniors have worked with technology in the work force, so thought of this when I first found out I had vision loss.’ ” they’re less frightened.”
  • 39. PHILANTHROPY Despite their bravery, Foersterling explains that there are those who are tech illiterate. No matter the level of savvy, there’s a useful device for someone. During a client’s visit, a baseline test is conducted to determine their level of competency such as keyboarding skills and internet skills. All of the technolo- gies are primarily purchased by either the client, by CABVI with grants from a number of local foundations and donors, or a business or company cover the cost in order to retain their trusted employee in some instances. A large part of CABVI technology enables many blind or visually impaired adults to keep their jobs if they’re behind on learning how to work a computer. Foersterling explains that referrals are given to the department for those who could potentially lose their job due to their inability to use technology. Now these individuals, no matter their degree of need, can gain computer skills that helps make them not only a valuable player in a work environment, but gives them a new sense of confidence and self-worth. Not only adults benefit from these products, but school-aged children as well. Foersterling explains that CABVI does have a few contracts with local schools where the school will help fund the cost for the technology so that their visually impaired student is up to date with their class- room peers. Foersterling says that people of all ages are utilizing these products and soft- ware in order to assimilate back into the work force or get back to a more normal life. “The youngest kid we saw last year was 8 and the oldest (person) we’re work- ing with this year is around 90 years old.” Many people are drawn to the technological aspect of CABVI because it can be used for vocational goals, personal use (checking email, browsing the web, or even managing finances), or academic goals. There is a much larger demand in today’s society for technical fluency and the people at CABVI are helping everyone get a fair shot. While technology is an important aspect of CABVI, there are other programs and services that set them apart from other agencies in the area. One of its main goals is to help the individual, especially if dealing with vision loss, maintain their independence. Typically when someone is diagnosed with vision impairment and reaches out to CABVI, a social worker will visit the client in their home and assess their needs. The person may benefit from a low vision evaluation at CABVI, which includes the use of magnifiers, special reading glasses, telescopic aids, video mag- nifiers or CCTVs. There are support groups, and individual and family counseling sessions available for clients and their loved ones. According to CABVI, many 58 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 40. people have a hard time coping with depression and anxiety from vision loss. Families can bedealing with a lot also, and discussing issues with a social worker can help family membershelp their loved one retain their independence. Other programs help inspire those living with vision loss to continue working for theirindependence, such as the Vision Rehabilitation Therapy program. Clients with low visionlearn different and adaptive techniques in order to cook, clean, conduct minimal home re-pairs, identify clothing and medication, write letters, and even continue their hobby. Essen-tially, those who have lost their sight over time can regain their confidence and independence.Those who are blind, visually impaired, or print impaired can benefit from CABVI’s radiobroadcast featuring volunteers reading numerous publications, including newspapers andmagazines, or they can utilize volunteers to help them shop for groceries. From orientationand mobility instruction that addresses traveling with vision impairments or blindness to themusic therapy program for children and youths, Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visu-ally Impaired tries to find ways to help everyone maintain their independence, or help themgain it for the very first time. v Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is located at 2045 Gilbert Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45202. You can reach them at 513.221.8558, by email at, or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 59
  • 41. PHILANTHROPY Gary and Patty Dillhoff with their kids, Jessica, Cooper, and Parker A COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT for a Promising Future Photography by Mark Bealer 60 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 42. Above: Cooper infusing himself withhis medication through intravenousinjection with “factor,” a blood-clottingagent. Tri-State Bleeding Disorder Foundation is located at 635 W. Seventh Street, Suite 407, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203. You can reach them at 513.961.4366, by email at, or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 61
  • 43. “The Ripple Effect” St. Aloysius presentsA Cabaret Performance By Award-Winning Singer-Actress Susan Emerson St. Aloysius Orphanage BENEFITING Saturday, September 8th, 2012 VIP Event 6:30 – VIP Reception for Sponsors will be Hosted by Drew and Lea Lachey 7:30 – Heavy Hors d’oeuvrves Served Cabaret Style and Cash Bar 8:00 – The Ripple Effect Cabaret Tickets are $125/ for reservations call 513.318.9039. For more information, contact Thomas Courtney at 513.242.7613 ext. 308 The Ripple Effect benefit will be held at Pinecroft at Crosely Estate 2366 Kipling Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45239
  • 44. PHILANTHROPY May We Help More than a Helping Hand Written by Carly Behringer . Photography by Brian Ambs When born with a physical disability, activities such as biking or playing The roots of the organization began in 2006 by whom Kubik and an instrument may seem like an unobtainable goal, especially to a child. Executive Director Terry McManus call the “three Bills”: Bill Wood, Bill May We Help, a nonprofit organization, that prides itself on helping those Sand, and Bill Diemling. It started with Wood making a page-turner with disabilities, both children and adults, overcome their hurdles with for an avid reader named Patty Kempf with cerebral palsy. In 2007, the specialized technology in order to do things they never thought possible. trio had a meeting with physical therapists at a local hospital to explain More importantly, they help give disabled children a chance at childhood. their cause in hopes that those in the medical community would utilize May We Help pairs disabled individuals with skilled volunteers who their work, “when you offer something totally free to fill this gap just modify technologies such as specialized scooters, water therapy walkers, because it’s right, people assume that there’s an agenda,” explains Kubik. portable respirators, and a plethora of other devices. “The industry does “There was definitely a ‘show me’ phase. Now we have physical therapists a good job of making really versatile products, but the fact is there are plugging us and we hear about stories coming back to us, which is exciting.” people that are more unique than those devices,” Project Director Chris McManus explains why May We Help adds value to the lives of Kubik explains. Typically, individuals will contact the organization or those suffering. “It really is a survive-and-thrive sort of thing where volunteers will go on a “Discovery Visit” to film the client and gather people are given devices, where they can survive, but when they’re given details on their specific needs. Afterward, volunteers usually take something that’s unique to their disability, it begins to open up doors for existent equipment and modify it to the individual’s specifications. passions that they have,” McManus says. “In some cases, we do additional Most of the volunteers have a background in engineering, and some of projects for them because they start thinking about their dreams. They their work focuses on therapy equipment for children, cleverly disguised can start thinking of themselves as less disabled and that is a thriving as games such as Plinko, and other functional projects. “There’s a family type of life.” v that adopts children with missing limbs and their mother is a music teacher. She promoted the idea of not looking at their disability as a boundary, so she taught them to play cello with their feet while holding the bow and fretting with their toes,” Kubik says about a Pennsylvania family they work with. “They used pillows to hold the cellos in place and May We Help is located at 7525 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, it wasn’t working well. As the girls grow, their cello sizes grow, and I OH 45227. You can reach them at 513.275.9975, by email think we’re on version three of the ‘cello holder’ which rocks the cello at, or visit their website in a cradle made of wood, so it makes it sound better. It’s been fun to at work with them.” 64 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
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  • 46. PHILANTHROPY Bringing Nationally R enowned Chefs to Cincinnati Written by Danielle Dean . Photography provided by Bethesda Foundation Pictured left to right: Bethesda Foundation President & CEO Andy Swallow, The Palace Restaurant Executive Chef Jose Salazar, and Hospice of Cincinnati President & CEO Sandra Lobert. On September 8th, the Bethesda hotspots for those who wish to Foundation will host the 23rd continue partying. annual A Gourmet Sensation at “The mission of Hospice of Duke Energy Convention C en- Cincinnati is very powerful and t er benef it t i n g Hospice of raising money for it is critically Cincinnati. More than 20 top important, but it can be fun! A chefs from around the United Gourmet Sensation allows peo- States will gather to serve dinner ple to enjoy themselves while by the bite to nearly 1,000 guests. really making a positive impact The Bethesda Foundation is the ... that is really what we want to fundraising arm for Bethesda do for Hospice of Cincinnati,” North Hospital, Bethesda Butler explains Swallow. The proceeds County Hospital, Hospice of Cin- go directly toward Hospice of cinnati, and Fernside – A Center for Grieving Children. Cincinnati’s mission that provides well over $1.8 million in charity care, be- Since the event was founded, more than 240 chefs have participated in the reavement service, and other non-reimbursed services each year. Hospice of Cin- event, including world-renowned chefs Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, and Todd cinnati strives to help patients remain as comfortable as possible, by providing English. The talented chefs have served more than 8,000 different dishes paired patients specialized care such as massage, pet, music, and art therapy. with 13,000 bottles of wine to more than 15,000 guests. Most importantly, Hospice of Cincinnati’s amazing mission helps more than just their patients. more than $3 million has been raised in support of Hospice of Cincinnati’s mis- Members of the community (with or without affiliation to Hospice of Cincinnati) sion of creating the best possible and most meaningful end-of-life experience for are invited to participate in various grief services offered by The Goldstein Fam- all who need care and support in our community. ily Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Grief Center. Children, teens, families, At this year’s event, guests will enjoy delectable bites prepared by well and adults continue to benefit from the unique bereavement programs offered known Chefs Wally Joe, Bob Waggoner, and many more. Chef Jose Salazar with through the Goldstein Family Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Grief Center. The Palace Restaurant will return as the exclusive Cincinnati chef. Heidelberg “It is a very unique and wonderful opportunity for foodies, for wine lov- Distributing Co. partners with Bethesda Foundation to provide expert wine, ers, and for craft beer lovers. It’s an extraordinarily fun time and a great event,” craft beer, and specialty cocktail pairings to accompany each dinner bite. Swallow says. As guests enjoy new and unique culinary delights, 2nd Wind Jazz and R&B A Gourmet Sensation is a truly unique event that is supporting an equally Band will entertain guests with a spectacular performance. A silent auction will amazing cause. v also take place with proceeds benefitting Hospice of Cincinnati. As A Gourmet Sensation begins to wind down, the Young Professionals Late Night event will begin. While the music continues young professionals can enjoy the same fine wines and craft beers as the earlier crowd, but they will be paired For more information on A Gourmet Sensation with “late night” bites created specifically for them. “The YP Late Night is a little contact Molly O’Connor at 513.865.1621, by email more casual. It’s not two events, but rather the first half of the night focuses on, or visit their unique food and pairings and as the night moves on it really turns into more of website at w w and a party,” explains Andy Swallow, CEO of Bethesda Foundation. Post event, a facebook at YP Late Night After Party will take place at one of the downtown Cincinnati 66 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 47. Photos provided by Shane Gamble.Top row left, left to right: Attending the first-ever Young Professionals Late Night wereSarah Kreyling, Taylor List, Courtney Taroskiand Emily Kreyling. Top right: Guests candance the night away with entertainmentprovided by 2nd Wind. Center row, left:Chef Don Yamauchi, of MotorCity CasinoHotel in Detroit, MI, prepares his RoastedChicken with Fingerling/Corn Salad. Centerrow, right: Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnoliain Louisville, KY. Bottom row, left: ChefBob Waggoner, syndicated television host,pictured with a volunteer from the PalaceRestaurant. Bottom row, center: Chef AaronGaertner, of Shari at the Willard Hilton inAuburn MI, prepares his Morel MushroomIce Cream Float with Salt Caramel Soda andPraline Bacon. Bottom row, right: Chef WallyJoe, of ACRE Restaurant in Memphis, TN.
  • 48. COMMUNITY Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati is located at 9111 Blue Ash Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. You can reach them at 888.355.0375 or 513.791.1000 or visit their website at 68 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 49. Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati Off-Roading Found Nowhere Else A Return to Its Rugged Racing Roots Photography provided by Jaguar Land Rover The Camel Trophy competition began in 1980 as a promotional off-road Ed Neyra is grateful that his inspired project has generated an trek among three teams competing to cross a thousand mile stretch of the enthusiastic response from other local businesses, including the dense Amazonian jungle in just thirty days. The enthusiastic response after John R. Jurgensen Company, Melvin Stone Company, B & J Electric, this exciting inaugural event helped launched an annual international race. Arch Materials and Red Bank Trucking, whose generous donations For the next 20 years, teams from all over the world embarked on this are helping make Mr. Neyra’s vision a reality. v grueling expedition, confronting the most treacherous terrain on earth During their recent visit to RoadQuest, the Camel Trophy drivers– from the barren Siberian tundra, to the desolate Arabian Desert to the had the opportunity to view the track’s progress and this is what deepest jungles of Africa. they had to say: After the initial year of the Camel Trophy, Land Rover had been chosen as the exclusive vehicle for the competition. No other 4x4 could match Tom Collins the capabilities of the powerful, versatile Land Rover and withstand the “What you guys have created here is fantastic. The smiles on the kid’s punishment of the arduous adventure. faces are going to be awesome. I can’t wait to drive the course when But the unique capabilities of the Land Rover was the least essential it is done!” element in the success of the winning team. The drivers themselves were a rare breed. They had to possess an iron will and an endless stamina to Lee Magee endure the punishing weather conditions. The resilient and resourceful “Your hill climbs, side tilts and water crossings are unlike anything I’ve drivers had to overcome the barriers and obstacles presented by the harsh seen, outside of an off-road competition. This will be a phenomenal terrain, as well as have the mechanical aptitude to repair any unexpected course for corporate and dealership team building.” damage to their vehicle. Although the Camel Trophy competition ended in 2000, these exceptional drivers still share their expertise by traveling across the Jim Swett country to participate in Land Rover sanctioned off-road events. They also “This is the only Land Rover dealership in the nation with an off-road visit the retail stores, providing hands-on training for the dealership staff course like this. And yours is on site! The guys and I will be back next to ensure that everyone is knowledgeable about the unique capabilities of year to test this baby out when it’s done.” these incredible vehicles known as “the best 4x4 by far.” Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati was delighted to recently welcome four Fred Monsees Team USA Camel Trophy drivers: Tom Collins, 1987 Madagascar; Lee “Your entire staff is amazing – they are all trained and ready to go! Magee and Fred Monsees, 1990 Siberia; and Jim Swett, 1995 Mundo Maya. So glad we have a Land Rover partner who is committed to the roots In addition to training the dealership staff, the Camel Trophy veterans of the brand and is truly ‘Bleeding Green.’ You have perfectly utilized offered their professional advice to Ed Neyra, owner of Jaguar Land Rover every corner of your property here. There is nothing that I wouldCincinnati, and Rich Allen, Vice President of Operations, who are in add or take away.” the process of designing and building RoadQuest, a new off-road course behind the dealership on Blue Ash Road at Ronald Reagan Highway. The three acre site will feature a thrilling track complete with huge boulders, deep water features, moguls, angled embankments, steep inclines and a sunken bridge. The track will allow a participant to experience the ideal off-roading encounter, offering a challenging and enthralling ride in a safe and controlled environment. As a supporting member the Tread Lightly! organization, the course was designed with respect to their guidelines, ensuring trees were spared where possible and felled trees were repurposed for barricades, trail guidance and lane dividers. Trees that had to be removed for the path will be replaced throughout the property. Although RoadQuest will not be open to the public or utilized as a demo track for new vehicles, it will serve as a unique venue for sponsoring charitable events, and will also offer corporate team building programs where all proceeds will benefit a children’s charity. Pictured left to right: Ed Neyra, Fred Monsees, Tom Collins, Lee Magee, Jim Swett, and Rich Allen. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 69
  • 50. COMMUNITY Where Timeless Char acter Meets Modern Luxury Photography provided by CR Architecture + Design M Mariemont captures the essence of a historically rich community intertwined with modern amenities. When proposing new condominiums, Greiwe Development and partners North American Properties and Sibcy Cline worked with the Village of Mariemont to capture this combination of new and old by respecting the original vision of Mary Emery, its founder. 70 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 51. Building framing and detailed exterior trim work by Forge Lumber. Flower Framer’s window box and Marvin Windows supplied by Marsh Custom Services.Emery Park features one, two, and three bedroom floor plans andgarage accessed by elevator. Tudor inspired architecture was chosen for the four-phase the windows and doors and worked with Reading Rock’s Gordy Richluxury condominium development to reflect the style commonly who fabricated the components. The Rockcast stone with a naturalfound throughout the community. The goal was to create a design limestone look at the base of the building was selected to match otherthat would enhance the character of the charming Village. Leading structures in the Village. The detailed trim work and constructionthat mission was architect Sari Lehtinen of CR Architecture + of the gables alternating with patterns were executed under theDesign. In the recently completed Emery Park, she combined the supervision of Bill Coors of Forge Lumber. A textured cement boardtraditional architecture with contemporary features such as large was used to imitate stucco along with other low maintenance materialswindows, spacious balconies, and unit plans with open living spaces for the facades.for the modern lifestyle. Lehtinen’s design expresses the Tudor style Finishing touches on the stunning exterior include Integrity win-with steep roof slopes, gables, parapets, brick, stonework, and trim dows from Marvin. Marsh Custom Services was entrusted with thedetailing. She designed the architectural cast stone detailing around task of providing only the highest quality energy efficient windows V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 71
  • 52. COMMUNITY and doors for the buildings. The double hung, airtight and sound tight, like canopy as they mature to create a wonderful entry space for the low E glass has a tastefully finished fine wood interior. The windows residents, and a gateway into the neighborhood beyond. use a system called simulated divided light that gives the exterior a The entrances to Emery Park give residents and visitors two dis- traditional appearance, with thin mullions. tinct experiences. The traditional and more formal entry is on West Many of the subcontractors executing the fine craftsmanship found Street; it is framed by plantings, it is paved to the street in brick and at Emery Park are family owned and operated businesses like Kurzhals, features broad steps reaching out to greet visitors. The garden entry Inc. who laid the brick and stone. The job required experienced crafts- is informal and is marked at the street by an archway designed by CR man supervised by Ed Kurzhals to recreate the quality of the historic reminiscent of the Lych Gate found on Wooster Pike near Mariemont architecture. Doug Evans, of Evans Landscaping, completed tasks Community Church. The path winds back to the rear where visitors from the project’s start to finish such as building demolition, excava- are introduced to an outdoor kitchen and common patio surrounded tion, underground utilities, finish grading, and final preparation per by peaceful gardens, a stone seat wall, and privacy plantings. the landscape plan. This was an important job while keeping the ad- Koepke worked with Rob Ellis Architectural Landscape Lighting joining neighbors happy during each stage of construction. and Design to install a unique lighting atmosphere that added intrigue Adding to the well-appointed exterior was landscape architect and inviting warmth to Emery Park. The lighting enables the building Martin Koepke. He was commissioned to integrate the building and to have life and vitality in both day and night that matches the character site with the walkable community of Mariemont. In the English Gar- of Mariemont, giving the building and landscapes a positive presence den tradition, a mix of hedges, framing elements, and flowering plants in the streetscape. reinforce the buildings composition of gables that work to provide the Through the labor of a quality group of craftsmen and designers, residents with privacy while they enjoy the view from their patios. The the collaboration has yielded a beautiful addition to the Village and an hedge and plantings also create interest for the passerby and are kept exquisite residence, with timeless character. Emery Park condomini- at a comfortable scale for the pedestrian to experience the building as ums feel and look “at home” in Mariemont. v well. Street trees surrounding the property will provide a cathedral Ambience created at the front entry by Ellis Architectural Lighting and Design. Greiwe Development Group is behind the condominium development adjacent to Mariemont Village Square. The first phase, Jordan Park, was dedicated in 2008. The second phase, Emery Park, began construction in August 2010 and opened in October 2011. Nolen Park is scheduled to be finished in 2013. To learn more about Greiwe Development Group’s work in Mariemont, visit
  • 53. Architectural cast stone, Rockcast Canterra and pavers byReading Rock.Fired brick pathway leading to garden entry and private Bromwell’s supplied the gas fire pit where resident’s enjoy the beautifully landscaped beyond. Greiwe Development is the force behind the condominiums adjacent to Mariemont Village Square. The first phase, Jordan Park, was dedicated in 2008. The second phase, Emery Park, opened in October 2011. Nolen Park is scheduled to break ground this fall with completion in November 2013. Buyers are able to customize the floor plans for their home at Nolen Park before the start of construction. To learn more visit or call 513-254-1776. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 73
  • 54. COMMUNITY Robots Help Students Find Their Creative Edge The da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System in action Written by Carly Behringer . Photography by Mark Bealer For UC Health West Chester Hospital and Lakota Local Schools, the me. It’s fascinating that you could have a surgeon that’s not physically future has arrived. The da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System is, simply put, a close to you actually performing the surgery.” robot. However, it’s far from simple: its movements are more precise Eighth graders in the 2013-14 school year will have the opportu- than a human hand, used to perform major surgeries in a noninvasive nity to take a course where they will be introduced to robotics. West way, remotely controlled by a surgeon. It is used for many procedures Chester Hospital is providing Lakota Local Schools with information such as, urological, gynecological, oncology and gastric banding proce- regarding its da Vinci® for educational purposes, as well as a con- dures, as well as single site gallbladder removal. test to name the robot. Whichever class wins the contest will get a Tom Daskalakis, Chief Operating Officer of West Chester Hospital, chance to visit the hospital to see the da Vinci®. Daskalakis explains explains the capabilities of the robot. “The body cavity is penetrated the benefits. “I think it puts into perspective for students how a skill through four pencil sized openings and three of those openings are sur- like playing with video games, science, and good grades can actually gical arms, plus one additional arm that is a camera. Entering the body be melded together. The kids can understand why they have to do well cavity with small openings is less stressful to the body which basically in school, but by using a skill that they use on a daily basis and how means less pain, less blood loss, zero complications, less scarring, and that can be combined into a real life career setting.” you can get back to work faster. For example, with traditional hyster- Lakota Local Schools hopes to create a more in-depth course ectomies, patients are usually recovering for about two weeks; whereas, about robotics for its high schools in the coming years. “Our broader with this method, patients can get back to work sometimes in a matter goal is to develop creativity and innovation in our schools, using the of two days.” design process to do that, drawn from the art and engineering fields,” Lakota Local Schools come into the picture in an exciting way. Stettler says. “We’re not trying to create engineers; our goal is to Starting this fall, STEAM² is being introduced to seventh-graders. It create future employees that are creative, critical thinkers. It’s an isn’t a new program, but rather a framework the district is adapting experience for students to not only see the career opportunities with in order to achieve a multidisciplinary approach to improve students’ robotics, but experience creating, designing, and problem solving in knowledge by exploring a variety of sciences, technologies, engineer- a hands-on kind of way.” v ing, art, mathematics, and medicine. One of the objectives of bringing STEAM² to these youngsters is to prepare them for graduation into our Lakota Local Schools is located at 5572 Princeton Road, Liberty growing innovation-based society. Township, OH 45011. You can reach them at 513.874.5505 or visit their website at Dr. Lon Stettler, assistant superintendent of Lakota Local Schools, is excited about the educational enrichment STEAM² and the da Vinci® West Chester Hospital is located at 7700 University Drive, West Ches- will bring to its students. Along with several other administrators, Stet- ter, OH 45069. You can reach them by phone at 513.298.3000 or visit tler experienced the robot firsthand. “It was interesting because I was their website at Learn more about working at a computer console station and the robot was roughly 20 feet the da Vinci® Si™ Surgery System at westchesterhospital.uchealth. away from me but I was looking at what was on the monitor in front of com/services/da-vinci-surgery. 74 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 55. Cincinnati Art & Antiques FestivalOn October 18-21 at the Sharonville Convention Center, Fifth Show hoursThird Asset Management will proudly present the 47th Annual Friday, Saturday, and SundayCincinnati Art & Antiques Festival. This exceptional compilation 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.of arts and antiques from across the country and Europe benefits Admission $10the Convalescent Hospital for Children and is sponsored by theAssociation of Volunteers, a Fundraising Auxiliary for Cincinnati Or join us for one of the Festival’s special events.Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The festival will featuremore than 30 outstanding art and antique dealers from around Thursday, October 18ththe country including fine art, prints, American, English and The Preview Party “Opening Night”Continental furniture, and decorative accessories. Be among the first to view the wonderful antiques, chat with the Proceeds from the Festival support Cincinnati Children’s dealers and enjoy a sumptuous buffet and cocktails.College Hill Campus, which provides our community with vital Hosted by Maribeth & Martin Rahe and Pam & Tom Terp.residential treatment services for children and teens sufferingwith mental health issues. Our support will help fund a dedicated Friday, October 19thchaplain for patients and staff, providing emotional and spiritual Workshop & Lite Bite with Kathryn Greeley, The Collected that is an essential component throughout the healing process. Master Ms. Greeley’s “collected, not decorated” design philosophy.Over the past 47 years, the Association has donated more than $3.9 Hosted by Fran Hall, Barbara Gehrig, Jennifer Moriarty, and Jeane Elliott.million to Convalescent Hospital. Saturday, October 20th Special Thanks to our festival’s sponsors: Join the Early Morning Walk Fifth Third Asset Management, presenting sponsor Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel • Comey & Shepherd Realtors Stroll through the Festival with an expert – there’s more to beautiful • Lewis & Marjorie Daniel Foundation • Marie C. Huenefeld & art and antiques than meets the eye. Braden R. Huenefeld • Oliver Family Foundation • John J. & Thomas R. Schiff & Co. Inc. • Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP • Western & Southern Financial Group • UBS Financial Services Inc. - R H Anning Wealth Management Jeane Elliot, President of the Association of Volunteers“The festival is such a worthy fundraiser of various programs at Children’s Hospital. It brings in art and antique dealers from across the country and Europe and gives people a prime opportunity to see fine art, jewelry, posters, and furniture.” Pam Terp, Co-chair for the preview party, member of the association of volunteers and board member for the Convalescent Hospital“The best part of this spectacular festival is the contribution made toward the Convalescent Hospital. The festival holds a prominent place in the culture of our city. It is a fantastic show that stands out among art and antique festivals and includes high quality and beautiful Photo by Aaron Conway. Pictured left to right: Jeane Elliott, President of the pieces. We are very blessed to have this in our city.” Association of Volunteers; Charles Bolton, Federation Antiques; Pam Terp, Chairman of the Board of Convalescent Hospital for Children. Charles Bolton, President of Federation Antiques“We participated in the Art and Antiques Festival 18 years ago and decided last year to ‘come back home’ to the show. I believe whole- For Special Event reservations please call 513.561.0950, or heartedly in the charity the festival supports. It is the best show in email at, town of its kind and I have always been a great fan and supporter.” v or visit V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 75
  • 56. COMMUNITY MOVING THE MISSION FORWARD TriVersity Construction and City Gospel Mission Align Their Commitment to Help Turn Hope into Reality Written by Valerie Fields . Photography provided by City Gospel Mission It’s often said that every good idea begins with a vision. The vision for the City Gospel Mission started in 2003, when the need for expansion was evident but the opposition to construction of a homeless shelter was great. City Gospel Mission has been faithfully serving the Greater Cincinnati area since 1924 – long before there were any plans to move, expand, or renovate and construct two new buildings in Queensgate. The City Gospel mission is built on the premise of relationship building, and embraces the outreach principle of “one hurting soul, one total transformation.” For the men, City Gospel Mission provides a homeless shelter, drug and alcohol reha- bilitation programs, nutritious meal programs, transitional programs, housing, aftercare support, and general street ministry services. Roger Howell, President of City Gospel Mission said, “Our organization is about life transformation. Unless we build relation- ships, lives don’t change.” 76 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 57. The Exodus Program is a long-term residential recovery program capacity. Plans for the expansion include a two-building campus that for men struggling with drug or alcohol addictions. The program spe- provides housing, training, and counseling services for residents. The cializes in stabilization and basic training for men in need of renewing first building is designed as a 22,000-square-foot, two-story facility their hope and rebuilding their lives. The new facility will increase the that will provide emergency services and shelter, a kitchen and banquet number of beds from 10 to 34 for those in need of housing. hall. The second building is planned as a three-story, 40,000-square- City Gospel also offers drug rehabilitation for women through its foot community destination with a dining room, living room, library,“Having the Courage to Change” program. The series provides struc- counseling and meeting rooms, fitness center, and administrative of- tured transitional living to women seeking to recover from life-con- fice space for the Exodus addiction recovery program for men. trolling behaviors such as substance abuse, prostitution, homelessness, Howell says he was pleased to see the TriVersity team, which in- job instability, and abusive relationships. Its holistic approach offers cludes Messer Construction and Jostin Construction, win the con- discipleship, life-skills training, and individualized treatment in a com- struction project manager bid because, “They had already been involved fortable residential setting. Having the Courage to Change is not a time- and supporters of City Gospel for a long time.” Initially 12 construction oriented process but a goal-oriented one. Although a typical stay is 12 groups bid on the project. That group was narrowed to three including to 24 months, the manner in which a participant meets the goals of her TriVersity. Howell says, “TriVersity was selected not just for their final treatment plan determines the length of stay. The City Gospel vision number, but also because of their inclusion plan.” The City Gospel se- for its women-focused programming is to see women free from the de- lection team wanted to know from bidders how many of their current structive forces in their lives, and to equip them to reach and challenge clientele would be included in the construction process. According to others to attain wholeness. Throughout the year, the organization also Howell, TriVersity had a phenomenal plan. As it stands, the TriVersity works with more than 12,000 youth, providing tutoring, mentoring, team will hire five to seven City Gospel participants to work during and afterschool educational and cultural immersion activities. the construction phase, with the goal of keeping them on full-time. Most times, what people in crisis or recovery need is stability and Employees will gain construction training, mentoring, workforce de- something they can rely on. That is what City Gospel Mission provides velopment support, and jobs as part of the construction contract. everyday: breakfast, dinner, and chapel services … every month, every The groundbreaking ceremony for the new City Gospel Mission week, every day since 1924. In addition, nurse practitioners from local campus is scheduled for July. The $9.4 million facility will enable the universities visit twice a week to provide basic health care screenings nonprofit to provide more services for the 4,000-plus adult men and and services. women who make use of their services. The construction and renova- The City Gospel approach is based on Compassionate Care, a con- tion projects are scheduled for completion in July 2013. City Gospel cept that assesses an individual’s true wants and desires, and then helps Mission has 45 full-time and 25 part-time employees, and more than them achieve goals relative to their potential. The Christian outreach 4,500 volunteers who provide serving, cleaning, mentoring, tutoring, ministry uses a matrix to measure the various aspects of their clients’ and relationship-building services to help transform lives. lives, taking into account physical, mental, and emotional well-being. “We’re about helping people in poverty and despair,” Howell says. Construction of a new building – and renovation of an existing And City Gospel is helping those people by building and restoring one – came about because the current site is landlocked and filled to them one life at a time. Rendering created by Platte Architecture + Design V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 77
  • 58. COMMUNITY Putting together the City Gospel team Jeff Pearson, the Platte project architect for City Gospel says, “It One of the key elements of a successful and effective team is the was a process and a dialogue. We feel it’s important to listen to the ability to embrace a common vision and unite around a common goal. needs of the client, and respond to that.” Pearson said the first step That’s what transpired with the City Gospel Mission construction proj- in working with City Gospel was to interpret their program in terms ect, which brought together a strong team of architects and construction of a campus that was contextual to Cincinnati and its existing style of managers to move the project over hurdles and to a point of completion architecture and design. Based on City Gospel’s mission and services, for the planning process and initiation of the construction. it was important for the designs to reflect a mixed-use community that Jostin Construction is a general contracting and construction man- focused on residential accommodations, public assembly, office and agement firm that shares the same mission as City Gospel Mission: work- commercial usage – reflecting a dynamic community. In terms of the ing with individuals other firms might overlook – individuals who are in size, exposure, and complexity of the City Gospel project, Pearson says, need of a second chance or characterized as re-entering citizens. Albert “This is the most important project for our firm to date. It’s gotten a lot Smitherman, president of Jostin Construction says, “Our values, morals, of attention. It’s been a fabulous opportunity and experience for us.” and ethics align with City Gospel’s very well. Jostin has the opportunity Mel Gravely is the President and CEO of TriVersity Construction to employ people, and we’ve found a very good workforce.” Smitherman Company. “TriVersity is building a better way. Working with strategic said the team for the City Gospel project is effective because, “We truly partners like Messer Construction and Jostin Construction is a recipe for complement each other on what we do.” success,” Gravely says. “This project represents everything that is good Any person who has ever tried to accomplish anything knows that it’s about inclusion, diversity, and teamwork. We appreciate the opportu- not always easy to create synergy and cooperation between individuals nity to serve City Gospel Mission, and we congratulate them on what or organizations with differing opinions or philosophies. However, the will be an amazing addition to the city and the residents they serve.” v work and mission of City Gospel brought together TriVersity, Messer Construction, Jostin Construction, and Platte Architecture + Design – four companies with similar values – to create a whole that was bigger than the sum of its parts. Smitherman said that teaming up with the TriVersity is located at 5050 Section Avenue, Suite 330 other two construction firms was a good lesson for everyone, sending Norwood, OH 45212. You can reach them at 513.733.0046 the message that companies can combine their collective resources to do or visit their website at City Gospel good work, secure larger projects, and achieve bigger goals. Mission is located at 1419 Elm Street Cincinnati, OH The Cincinnati-based architects for City Gospel Mission specialize 45202. You can reach them at 513.241.5525 or visit their in residential and commercial architecture and interior design. Platte website at Architecture + Design handled full design, schematic designs, and con- struction documents for the project. 78 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 59. TRUSTED ADVICE Written by Danielle Dean . Photography by Mark Bealer A As a college student at the University of Dayton, Brian One example of successful planning leading to the realization DeGroft never imagined that his love for hockey would of a dream is being completed as this story is being written. “A cli- lead him to a career as a Wealth Management Advisor. It ent of mine had a dream of living in a custom home in the moun- was his role as captain of the hockey team, however, that tains. The challenge was she already had a home in the city and led him to Merrill Lynch. In January of his senior year, he received could not find the financing necessary to build her dream home. a call from the professional placement office that Merrill Lynch was So I structured a securities-based loan for her, which served as a interested in meeting with the captains of the football team, soccer bridge between the completion of her new home and the sale of team, hockey team, and cheerleading squad. “That was over 21 years her existing home. It worked out great! The mountain home is ago and I have been with Merrill incredible, her existing home Lynch ever since. It has been a sold, and we are closing this real blessing,” recalls DeGroft. week on permanent financing As a trusted Wealth Man- for the mountain home. With- agement Advisor and First Vice out a successful portfolio and President of Wealth Manage- creative lending solutions, she ment for Merrill Lynch, De- would not be living her dream Groft has built a strong team today. She kept me up to date that serves 150 households and with incredible pictures of the manages $230 million in assets. building and mountain views. I DeGroft credits trust as the am very happy for her.” most important variable in his The relationship between ability to build lasting relation- DeGroft and his clients has ships with his clients. “I think given him the opportunity to what my clients appreciate most work with a number of multi- about me is that I am a trusted generational families. In doing advisor for them,” DeGroft says. so he is able to not only man-“I am confident and knowledge- age and transfer assets, but able about the investment and also continue to build lasting the financial planning process relationships with the next because I am passionate about generation. it.” Before creating a custom- In addition to his busy ized and objectives-based port- work schedule, DeGroft finds folio for his clients, DeGroft time to give back to the com- gets to know them on a personal munity. As the coach for his level. “You really have to get to son’s travel hockey team, The know someone and understand Cincinnati Junior Cyclones, what their needs are, what their DeGroft hopes to instill in his dreams are, and how they feel young players the life lessons about risk in order to build a he learned from his hockey portfolio, particularly, when coaches. DeGroft explains, “I navigating through complex am hopeful that when the kids and volatile financial markets,” I coached have kids of their he says. DeGroft and his team own, they will want to give work one-on-one with each client to define their goals, helping them back to their communities as a volunteer coaches. Being involved plan for retirement and fulfill their wishes for philanthropic giving. in youth sports was very important for me. Looking back, it was They also use the entire resources of Merrill Lynch and Bank of Amer- playing hockey that led to my introduction to Merrill Lynch 21 ica to provide them with a broad range of financial services, including years ago.” v financing their homes and establishing corporate retirement plans for those clients who own their own businesses. Approximately half of Brian DeGroft and his Wealth Management team are located at 5151 DeGroft’s business is dedicated to the corporate retirement plans of Pfeifer Road, Suite 100, Cincinnati, OH 45242. You can reach them his business-owner clients. at 513.792.1173, or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 79
  • 60. LEADERSHIP Award Venue Magazine presents the Civic Leadership
  • 61. Photography by Brian AmbsThe Civic Leadership Award ceremony took place June 12 at Xavier University’s CintasCenter. It showcased many leaders and their personal efforts to make Greater Cincinnatieven better. Steve Wanamaker, President and Publisher of Venue Magazine, led the eventwhere lasting connections and memories were made. The Civic Leadership Award was created in order to spotlight members of ourcommunity that are currently making a positive impact. Our editorial team receivedcountless recommendations from last year’s recipients and other community leaders. Fromthe plethora of suggestions we received, this year’s recipients were picked based on theirdedication to working for nonprofit organizations and their commitment to volunteerism.In the end, 35 groundbreaking individuals were chosen as leading volunteers in theirareas and honored with the 2012 Venue Magazine Civic Leadership Award. The keynote speaker was John F. Barrett, Chairman, President and Chief ExecutiveOfficer of Western & Southern Financial Group, who has served as president since 1989and CEO since 1994. Between awards, engaging video interviews of the nominees wereprovided by Dean Miuccio Productions. After a delicious lunch was served, the honoreestook the stage to accept their awards and were introduced by our generous sponsors,which included Western & Southern Financial Group, Thompson Hine, Merrill LynchWealth Management, J. Brian DeGroft, CFM; Dean Miuccio Productions, and JamesFree Jewelers. The event was not only successful in highlighting these important assets to ourcommunity, but it served as a catalyst to inform other guests about the various nonprofitsand philanthropic opportunities available throughout Cincinnati. Venue Magazine strives, in part, to inform the public about the different charities,volunteer opportunities, and philanthropic endeavors that make our community a betterplace to live. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 81
  • 62. LEADERSHIP NANCY MUSSER RUSS SHELTON Duke Energy Center, Manager General Electric, Vice President Volunteer Involvement: Aubrey Rose Foundation Volunteer Involvement: Cincinnati Ballet, Board Chairman; Arts Wave, Board of Trustees; Walnut Hills High School What is one of the most impactful experiences you’ve had as a volunteer? Any of the donations What motivates you to volunteer? Volunteering collected is given back to help families. The requests that gives you an opportunity to immediately address things we get are very simple ones, where sometimes people just that need to be done and achieved, and it’s wonderful to need gas money to get to the Children’s Hospital. We’ve work with organizations like the Cincinnati Ballet, which also dealt with helping a child from Russia who had a heart our community is very fortunate to have and we would be condition. So anything that the people donate, time or absolutely lost without. money, directly helps families. TRACIE METZGER Pink Ribbon Girls, Executive Director and Cofounder Volunteer Involvement: Pink Ribbon Girls What motivates you to volunteer? It’s an amazing kind of journey that you go through when you’re diagnosed with breast cancer. I felt the need to make it a passion to reach out to other young women and see if I could help them. Cancer doesn’t have to define you and cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. I want to show women that you can thrive after diagnosis. 82 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 65. CHRISTINE NEITZKE JAMES (TONY) PARROTTThe Dragonfly Foundation, President and Cofounder Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Executive Director Volunteer Involvement: The Dragonfly Foundation Volunteer Involvement United Way; Alcohol and Drug Addic-What motivates you to volunteer? Two years ago, my tion Services Board; National Board of Directors for NACWA;son Matt was diagnosed with cancer. He is now in remis- National Board of Directors for Water Environment Researchsion, and we wanted to find a way to give back to the kids Foundation; Project Rebuildwho are going through treatment. I think after experienc-ing cancer as a parent, you know exactly what it is like. What motivates you to volunteer? I think we alwaysHelping the other families drives my heart. have to give back. A lot of us, as we go in our careers, forget where we come from and I never want to do that. I want to make sure some of the things I’ve benefited from that others have an opportunity to benefit as well. CRYSTAL FAULKNER PENNY POMERANZCooney, Faulkner, & Stevens, Managing Partner and ProScan Imaging, Founding Partner Cofounder; Accounting for Kids, Founder Volunteer Involvement: Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund; QueenVolunteer Involvement: Springer School and Center; Cincinnati City Classic; Breakthrough Union Bethel; Center for Children and Families; United WayTocqueville Society; Cincinnati Youth Collaborative; Fine Arts What is one of the most impactful experiences Fund you’ve had as a volunteer? We started a chess program at the Children’s Home with Dr. Lichtenstein. Our passionWhat advice would you give to someone on the is always to collaborate with other people in the commu-fence about volunteering? I would say you have to be nity and doing something like this was a huge moment forpassionate about whatever it is that you want to get involved us. The Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund also collaboratesin. That’s the key. You have to really embrace it and it’s with the Greater Cincinnati community in that it promotessomething you’ve got to believe in. Accounting for Kids is breast health and education to the city, which in turn, helpsour passion. to make all Cincinnati women healthier as a whole. I feel privileged to serve our community in this way. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 85
  • 66. CONGRATULATIONSto the Civic Leadership Award Class of 2012
  • 67. Greater Cincinnati would not be what it is todaywithout the leadership of the countless volunteers andnonprofit leaders who work diligently to make a posi-tive impact in the community. Your dedication makesa tremendous difference in the lives of others. As oneof the sponsors of the 2012 Civic Leadership Award,Thompson Hine, LLP is honored to celebrate your ef-forts and to congratulate this year’s honorees. THOMPSON HINE, is recognized nationally for providing superior client service.
  • 68. LEADERSHIP KENT WELLINGTON ALLISON HILTZ KROPP Graydon Head, Partner Dinsmore & Shohl, Attorney Volunteer Involvement: Karen Wellington Memorial Foundation; Volunteer Involvement: Beech Acres Parenting Center; Cincin- Cincinnati Youth Collaborative nati Museum Center; Duke Energy Children’s Museum; Catholic Inner City Schools Education Fund; Cincinnati Bar Foundation; What motivates you to volunteer? I think it is the peo- Board of Trustees, Raymond “Jit” Trainor Endowment at the ple who we come in to contact with. I think the Karen Wel- Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. lington Memorial Foundation, for those living with breast cancer, has been an excellent opportunity to try to offer What is one of the most impactful experiences some encouragement in the midst of a challenging situation you’ve had as a volunteer? I got to know a mother in- for a lot of families who are living with breast cancer. It’s volved with Beech Acres Parenting Center. We come from been inspirational to see the impact we’ve been able to have a different background, but getting to know her and the on these families. struggles she faces raising two sons, are similar to the chal- lenges I face raising my children. We have so much in com- mon, yet we are so different, but we can learn from each other. That’s the beauty of volunteering. MARK STECHER LARRY PLUM Crossroads Church, Mason Campus Pastor; CityLink Cincinnati Financial Corporation, Executive Vice Center, Founder; OneCity Foundation, Founder President, Retired Volunteer Involvement: OneCity Foundation; CityLink Center Volunteer Involvement: Prodigal Ministries; NuWay Foundation; Ohio Christian University; Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony What motivates you to volunteer? When I see people Orchestra that want better for their lives but they just don’t have the right tools, the right friendships, the right educations, or What motivates you to volunteer? The big thing is the right skill set, it just breaks my heart. I know there are just moving the kingdom ahead and making a difference in enough resources out there and I also believe that helping people’s lives. At our church we have a bumper sticker that people work together in different kinds of nonprofits will says ‘I Love Cincinnati’ and that really is a job description, help better the lives of many people. not just a statement. So that really has driven most of the things that I’ve done. 88 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 71. TOM HUMES EDWARD DILLER Great Traditions Land & Development Company, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Partner in Charge President and Chief Executive Officer Volunteer Involvement: Cincinnati Museum Center, Boards of Volunteer Involvement: UC Board of Trustees; UC Foundation Trustees; Cincinnati Museum Center Governance Committee; Board of Trustees; Ohio Cancer Research Associates Dan Beard Council: Boy Scouts of America; Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Center forWhat guides your heart to volunteer? The things that Holocaust EducationI’ve done and drive me, as I look back, are education andeconomic development. I think it’s very important that we What motivates you to volunteer? I found that whenuse volunteerism to work together. I think Cincinnati has a you volunteer you just learn so much. You learn, expand,great history of corporate community combination to work grow, and have experiences you wouldn’t have at a normalfor the greater good. I’ve been honored to be a part of that. day to day job or with the people you’re with the most often in your life. It’s really an opportunity to give back to the community. JANET DAVIS MARK WALTON Coldwell Banker West Shell, Vice President of Busi- Fifth Third Bank, Vice President and CRA Manager ness Development Volunteer Involvement: Young Bankers Club; Cincinnati Equity Volunteer Involvement: Children’s Heart Association of Cincin- Fund; Over-the-Rhine Foundation; YMCA nati; Cincinnati Reds Community Fund and Match Program; Cincinnati Zoo; Cincinnati Arts Association; Kindervelt What motivates you to volunteer? I believe that you should give back to the community in which you live. IWhat motivates you to volunteer? You know if you think a better community makes for a better person, cer-think about how you enrich your life, it is not about what tainly better business, and we at Fifth Third Bank believeyou get, but it’s about what you give. There’s just such a that a better community makes a better bank so it’s impor-sense of satisfaction in doing something for others that you tant for us to give back in the communities in which we live.don’t get when you’re doing it for yourself. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 91
  • 72. LEADERSHIP W. BRIAN GIBLER MD TRACEY LYNN CONRAD University Hospital, President and CEO; UC Health, Young Philanthropist Society of Cincinnati, Presi- Senior Vice President dent and Founder Volunteer Involvement: CRUSADE Research; United Way; Volunteer Involvement: Young Philanthropist Society of Cincin- American Heart Association nati; Executive Board of Mayor Mallory’s Young Professional Kitchen Cabinet; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Cincinnati What is one of the most impactful experiences Opera; Junior League of Cincinnati; Enjoy the Arts; 85 Broads; you’ve had as a volunteer? I was very impressed by the Cincinnati Downtown Residents Council; Artswave; Constella enthusiasm that UC Health employees had for contributing Festival of Music and Fine Arts to the United Way. They were very excited to the point of being interested in putting together carnivals and events What motivates you to volunteer? I am very passion- that would raise money. We’re excited to have the contri- ate about Cincinnati and I volunteer to engage our genera- bution of the 10,000 employees at UC Health because it’s tion to support our city and nonprofits. We are the next our hope to help improve the lives of people in Cincinnati. generation of leaders so it is important young professionals get engaged now so we can be prepared to take leadership opportunities in the future. RIA DAVIDSON RON BESHEAR The Dragonfly Foundation, Vice President and Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Managing Cofounder; President of Davidson Communications Partner, Retired and External Relations, LLC Volunteer Involvement: Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Volunteer Involvement: Dragonfly Foundation; ProKids Athletes in Action; Underground Ancestors of Genesis; Back2Back Ministries; Cincinnati Christian University What motivates you to volunteer? What guides my volunteerism is making kids smile. That’s really the bot- What motivates you to volunteer? I think we were tom line for me. Being involved in ProKids for years, which created to volunteer, I think that’s God’s design for helps kids who are severely abused and neglected, to now everybody, and the neat thing is, out of all the people in the cofounding the Dragonfly Foundation, and making kids world, every single person is different. They bring different smile every single day. That’s what motivates me. skills, talents, and energy to the table, so I think it’s just that passion to use the opportunities we have. 92 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 75. NED HERTZENBERG CHAR LINDNER Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation, President Philanthropist Nonprofit passion areas: Cincinnati Scholarship Fund Volunteer Involvement: City Gospel MissionWhat motivates you to volunteer? We administer over What is one of the most impactful experiences100 scholarship funds. Every major corporation is repre- you’ve had as a volunteer? I was having lunch with thesented with us and many family scholarship funds. Giving president of City Gospel Mission and two other volunteers,away that much money to so many students in the local area and one of the waiters at the restaurant was a graduate fromis a very good thing. It’s benefiting the community and it’s our program. The waiter came over to us and it was reallybenefiting the students. exciting to see what God was doing in his life. Breaking the cycle of poverty and despair one life at a time is what City Gospel Mission is about. ROSELYN ROBBINS MIKE OESTREICHER Philanthropist Thompson Hine, PartnerVolunteer Involvement: American Heart Association; The Heart Volunteer Involvement: Cincinnati State Technical and Com- Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital munity College, Board of Trustees; Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, Board of Trustees; Greater Cincinnati Chamber ofWhat is one of the most impactful experiences Commerce, Cincinnati USA Partnership for Economic Develop-you’ve had as a volunteer? A couple years ago, the ment, Executive Committee; Isaac M. Wise Temple, Board ofAmerican Heart Association started Recess in the Stadium. Trustees; Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion;The first year we had the event, we brought in 300 children Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.and their families. The children had so much fun doing alldifferent activities like a 40-yard dash, learning dance rou- What motivates you to volunteer? My heart guides it-tines from the Ben-Gals, and learning how to do CPR. self to volunteer. There are a lot of ways people can volun- teer and for me the way I feel is most effective is to use some of the skills that I use in my profession to advance the cause of nonprofit organizations. To be able to volunteer and help others in this way is very satisfying to me. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 97
  • 76. LEADERSHIP PHYLLIS MCCALLUM KEN JONES Philanthropist Ken Jones & Associates Architects, Architect and Principal Owner Volunteer Involvement: The Children’s Home of Cincinnati; Na- tional Underground Railroad Freedom Center; YMCA; Health- Volunteer Involvement: Over-the-Rhine Foundation; Cincin- care Connection; Africans for Youth Education; ProKids nati Preservation Association, Advisory Board; Society for the Preservation of Music Hall; Board of Building Appeals; Historic What motivates you to volunteer? Everybody has a Conservation Board responsibility to give back. I was very fortunate to be able to volunteer because I had time to make an impact by serv- What motivates you to volunteer? Primarily I’m an ing the community. I felt that was my way of teaching my architect by profession and I moved into Over-the-Rhine children to be a part of positive changes. I feel that anybody because of its historic significance. I love the buildings and with certain skills and interests will find something that is I saw that there was a need for what I loved and I’ve been fulfilling to them. doing it ever since. ROBERT BUECHNER DON L. CRAIN Buechner Haffer Meyers and Koenig Co., LPA, Frost Brown Todd, Partner President and Founder; Cincinnati Reads, Founding Member Volunteer Involvement: Miami University Board Member; Dan Beard Council: Boy Scouts of America; Fairfield Civil Service Volunteer Involvement: Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati Commission; Miami University Red & White Club; Middletown Board of Trustees; Southwest Ohio Tax Institute; Endowment Branch American Heart Association Committee of Hyde Park Community Methodist Church; Leader- to-Leader Program What motivates you to volunteer? Well it starts with two great parents. I had magnificent parents that always What motivates you to volunteer? I have been interest- found time to serve others. My father was very instrumen- ed in helping children for the last 25 years. I’ve done things tal in starting little league baseball in Hamilton, Ohio. I in terms of reading to children for a long time and received also was raised by nuns in grade school who always had a lot an Extra Mile award for my work with public schools. A going on, and seeing them really inspired me to give back lot of my focus has been on helping children become better and help others. leaders and better people. 98 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 79. PHYLLIS FORTE SYLVIA ROMBIS Philanthropist Malton Gallery, President; Emerging Art Program, CofounderVolunteer Involvement: Honor Flight Tri-State; Arthritis Walk; Pink Ribbon Classic Volunteer Involvement: Humanity Outpost Cultural Exhibition; World Choir Games; Jury for Summer Fair; Jury for Autumn AirWhat is one of the most impactful experiences Art Fair; Impact 100you’ve had as a volunteer? Last year at the end of ourevent, we had a dinner recognizing all breast cancer survi- What motivates you to volunteer? I have a real passionvors. If you could see the amount of women who stood up for the arts, and giving back to the Cincinnati communityin the room, we were just bonded. You just feel a total con- in that way is incredibly fulfilling to me. I love workingnection with these other women. In a room of 100 people, with the Summer Fair and Autumn Air Art Fair, where Ithere were about 20 survivors with tears streaming down can give back to the community through my contributiontheir face just happy to be there. to the local artists of Cincinnati as well as the Greater Cin- cinnati community as a whole. STEPHEN MULLIN SHAWN BAKER US Bank, Senior Vice President Miami Valley Christian Academy, Head MasterVolunteer Involvement: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Center Volunteer Involvement: May We Help of Creative Arts What motivates you to volunteer? I understand thatWhat is one of the most impactful experiences life is a gift from God, and what you do with it is a gift backyou’ve had as a volunteer? I’ve been very passionate to him. There is no greater reward than to helping thoseabout the arts, and I dealt with a children’s museum in the in need. Another thing that motivated me to get involvedpast and seeing the impact on the kids that came in and see- as the head of school at Miami Valley Christian Academy,ing their faces light up was so rewarding. Just knowing that and I want to lead by example for our students and let themyou’re making a difference for some of the education they know you always have time for what you make time for.don’t have access to was a great feeling. Also, it’s fulfillingto work with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra by help-ing to provide world-class arts to our community. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 01
  • 80. LEADERSHIP MIKE SIPPLE JR. JAMES A. KINGSBURY Centennial Inc., Vice President UC Health, President and Chief Executive Officer Volunteer Involvement: Dan Beard Council: Boy Scouts of Volunteer Involvement: Ohio Hospital Association; Dan Beard America; Leadership Development Institute; Goering Center Council: Boy Scouts of America; American Hospital Association; for Family & Private Business; Authentic Leadership Cincin- Greater Cincinnati Health Council nati; United Way; All Pro Dad What is one of the most impactful experiences What motivates you to volunteer? Primarily the you’ve had as a volunteer? ‘Resolutions’ is a jail for passion for our community motivates me. In my case, people who have drug or alcohol problems. This pro- the professional leadership network and seeing the gram combined treatment with incarceration for people youth develop. Many youth don’t have a type of parental who had broken the law. It reduced recidivism rate by 40 or adult support. So that’s what really has connected percent and made a huge impact on the community. Vol- with me personally. Being able to be that adult mentor unteering time to create something so great changed the is very rewarding. lives of so many. ROBIN EVERHART RACHEL KEMPER Cintas Corporation, Group Vice President, First Aid St. Ursula Academy, Director of Community & Safety Service Volunteer Involvement: St. Aloysius Orphanage; American Volunteer Involvement: Dining for Women; Peace and Justice Heart Association; Go Red for Women Leadership Team; Committee, Nativity Parish; Ronald McDonald House; YWCA Bethany House Shelter; Starfire; Dress for Success What motivates you to volunteer? Being able to give What motivates you to volunteer? A quote that re- back really is what motivates me. I think my mother was ally motivates some of what I hope to try to do, by an a huge part of that. She is the type of woman, to this aboriginal activist in Australia: “If you have come here to day, who would give to anybody and everybody, but in a help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come manner that she wanted to make sure they had the tools because your liberation has bound up with mine, then to succeed. let us work together.” It really speaks to the solitary and connectedness that we have with those we serve. Instead of serving for, we’re serving with. 102 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 82. AwardWinner Civic Leadership Nancy Musser of the Aubrey Rose Foundation “I have had the pleasure of knowing Nancy Musser for over 20 years, and through those years I have found her to be consistently one of the most giving people I know. Nancy is always very clear about her priorities and knows how to get things done! She is a tireless worker and a devoted wife, sister, and stepmother. The priorities change through the years, but the qualities remain: hard work, giving back, taking care of others. For many years CG&E/Duke filled her days, and now she is retired and dedicated to helping her family from sister in-law, mother in- law to brother, and countless people she doesn’t even know through her work with the Aubrey Rose Foundation. It has been a pleasure to know Nancy and be a small part of her very full life.” – Brent Sisson Sr. Vice President, Client Services at Paycor
  • 83. A Bit About Nancy...“Knowing and working with Nancy for over 15 years, I have grown to admire her dedication to her work, her customers, and her peers. She applies this same level of commitment to her work with the Aubrey Rose Foundation and other organizations she supports – a caring, unwavering dedication. This caring spirit transcends not only her volunteer activities, but extends to her vast network of friends and family. I am truly blessed to have her as a friend.”– Caryn Riggs VP, Duke Energy (retired)“Ode to Nancy Musser: She is one of the most generous and kind-hearted people I know. When it comes to her family, her love and loyalty is limitless. She is a source of strength and love to her brothers, and is dedicated to the memory of her parents. She is a warm- hearted and loving friend to many, and has donated many hours to helping friends and family in times of joy and trouble. I feel very fortunate to be part of her ‘family.’ Much love to you Nancy.”– Sue Wilson (Musser’s future sister-in-law)“I know how dedicated Nancy is. As her brother, I have been the lucky recipient of it all my life.” – Bill Rothan“We have the utmost respect for Nancy Musser! She doesn’t just go through life, she grows through life – always fulfilling opportunities to blossom! Nancy is not one to spout off about what she can do, but instead Nancy shows what she can do through her actions! She is a loyal and dedicated wife, sister, daughter-in-law, stepmom, and friend who you can always count on to be there for you. Nancy is also our devoted board member for the Aubrey Rose Foundation, whom we cherish and treasure her involvement with the foundation. We are very proud to call Nancy Musser our friend and we are honored to be recognizing Nancy for her kindness, her generosity, and for her heart (and double lungs) of gold!!!”– Jerry and Nancy Hollenkamp Co-Founders of the Aubrey Rose Foundation“Nancy is my best friend and wife. She has been there for me through the good and bad. She is kind and always trying to help, especially if somebody is down on their luck. I know can always count on her no matter what.”– Cliff Musser“Nancy Musser is the most loyal, dedicated person I have known. She has been dedicated, not only to her career and her marriage, but everything she does. She works extremely hard at anything she puts her mind to. She worked hard for Duke Energy. She works hard for the Aubrey Rose Foundation. Nancy works hard taking care of her home. Nancy is definitely one who gives more than she receives, and is happy about it.” – Paul Huesman Huesman Schmid Insurance“I have known Nancy both personally and professionally for more years than either of would like to admit, and I consider her a good friend. Nancy is one of the best people I know. She is selfless and caring, willing to invest her time and energy in improving people’s lives. She has the ability to focus her talents on the job at hand, and has an enviable record of accomplishing goals she sets for herself. At the same time, she is supportive and creative in helping others reach their own goals. I can think of no one who deserves this award more because Nancy truly believes in the Aubrey Rose Foundation! Congratulations and best wishes on this important occasion.”– Jeffrey C. Pomeroy Director of Abacus Project Management“Nancy is a wonderful person and like a second mom to me. She is very generous of her time and talents, and supportive of her friends and family. She is also dedicated to the Aubrey Rose Foundation. Her hard work and support of the foundation’s American Girl Fashion Show fundraiser helps to keep it growing and running smoothly. She is such a beautiful person inside and out, and I feel very blessed to have her in my life.”– Carly Shoemaker Aubrey’s sister
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  • 86. LEADERSHIP Living Legacy Award Written by Danielle Dean . Photography by Mark Bealer On average, Americans are expected to live to be 78.1 years old. To some this may seem like an eternity, but an individual’s life isn’t simply determined by the number of years spent on earth. Instead a life is measured by the challenges we overcome, the joy we bring to others, and the difference we make in the world. As a publication, it is our goal to inspire the young and the young at heart to dedicate their lives to making a positive impact in our community. It is with this spirit that Venue Lifestyle and Event Guide partnered with Twin Lakes and Twin Towers Senior Living Communities to established the Living Legacy Award to honor seniors in our community for the remarkable lives they have created and continue to lead. B DORIS BROWN Social Worker (Retired) VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT: Co-Founder of Senior Ball. Resi- dential Neighborhood Community Association, West End Com- munity Council, Queens Gate II Community Club, American Red Cross, West End Development Corporation, Ohio Criminal Jus- tice Supervisory Commission and Cincinnati Bell Lifeline Board, and West End Task Force. What led you to become so involved in the West End and why is it so im- portant for individuals to get involved in their community? “It’s been so long ago … I was living in the West End and housing and everything was deplorable. It was the kind of thing where we had to have meetings with the city of Cincinnati to get them to do some- thing about it. We had big rats in the backyards, there was a junkyard at Court and John, and we were tired of it. So I became President of West End Community Council and I became President of Queensgate II Community Club. So I became involved and began to call meetings to get citizens out. I think you have to get involved where you live, it is very important. Although I declared I would never do it again because I gave so much of my time. It was a rewarding experience, but I think you should be involved where you live. You should know your neighbors. Everything is so bad now, it’s worse than it was then, but you have to know who is living next door to you. So it is important to get to know the people in your neighborhood. I think you have to get involved in it (your community) because if you don’t you’re just living there and you don’t know what is happening.” 108 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 87. H DR. HENRY HEIMLICH Surgeon and inventor of the Heimlich Chest Drain Valve, the Heimlich Maneuver, and Heimlich MicroTrach VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT: A Caring World Program How have your inventions changed the medical community? “I got back from the war, WWII, and took training in chest surgery, and there were only a couple hundred of us at that time. I think the one thing that is a little different is that all along I have been inventing a variety of things that are lifesaving. I guess the best known one is the Heimlich Maneu- ver. It came along because I was aware that choking to death on food is one of the common things that was happening. They had tried slapping people on the back and that actually caused them to die because it drove the object tighter down. Being a chest surgeon, I figured if you could compress the lungs that would cause a flow of air that would bring the object out of the mouth. There were other things that were equally important. It was a usual thing if you had a chest operation or if you were shot in the chest or a bubble burst in your lung, your lung would collapse. They would put a tube in your chest and that tube would be connected to a suction machine on the floor. You were tied down to that for three weeks while they took the air and blood out of the chest and kept the lung expanded. I figured that was just a valve, and I invented a small valve about six inches long and put that on a tube, and when you put that in the chest it did the same thing: it let the air and blood come out and the lung expanded. Its first use was in the Vietnam War where for the first time in history every soldier carried a Heimlich Chest Drain Valve in a tube on a rope and kept it in his pocket. If his buddy got shot in the chest, he would take the valve out and put the tube in the bullet hole and that kept the lung open so they all lived. Now about 250,000 are used every year in chest surgeries and wounds.”H JANE HEIMLICH Author Is there a particular volunteer experience that sticks out in your mind? “Years ago I taught a dancing group in New York. It wasn’t a glamorous place. I found that when these youngsters learned to dance it made a great change in their lives and even in just the way they looked. It was exciting to have a sense that I had made a little difference in their lives. It was a very happy time in my life. There were many classes. Since the one thing I knew a little bit about was dancing, I could see the change that dancing made in their lives.” V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 09
  • 88. SLEADERSHIP DON SCHMITT President and Chief Financial Officer at Unified Capital Solutions VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT: Biscuit and Crackers Associa- tion, Alcoholism Council Board of Trustees, and Good Samari- tan Hospital Foundation. What advice would you give to future generations about the importance of giving back to the community? “You really need to give back. God is a good to us all and he has been good to my family. You need to put back and you need to help other people … I strongly believe in that. It’s like the old saying, ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’ I would advise them to definitely involve themselves in whatever aspect they feel they can qualify well for. I think you need to be able to be a participant when you join boards and organizations. You really have to make the commitment, make the time commitment and the commitment to really participate fully in their activities and give as much of your expertise to it as you can. I just think you have the responsibility to do that and it is very rewarding!” K JERRY KIRK Presbyterian Minister (Retired) VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT: Founder of the National Coalition Against Pornography, The National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families, and Pure Hope. Chairman of the Billy Graham Crusade. What led your heart to dedicate your life to the fight against pornography? It grew out of my memorizing the first 18 verses of Mathew, Chapter 18. In the concluding verse, Jesus was talking about the parable of the 99 on the mountain and the one lost sheep that went astray and at the conclusion on that parable he says these words: ‘So it is not the will of my Father in heaven that one of these little ones parish.’ I learned the FBI’s statistic of one out of every three little girls and one out of every seven little boys would be molested by the age of 18 in America. I broke down and wept. I said, ‘Father, you tell me you love the little children. Why don’t you do something?’ And I asked him again and again, ‘You tell me you love the little children. Why don’t you do something?’ Then I verged on the edge of blasphemy and I said, ‘Father, don’t tell me you love them – show me.’ I shouted and then these words came to me, I didn’t hear a voice, I am a Presbyterian. ‘Jerry I love the little children, but I have chosen to love them through my people. Why don’t you do something?’ As often as I asked him why he didn’t do something, I said to myself, ‘Jerry, I love the little children, but I love them through my people. Why don’t you do something?’ So that led me to bring the executive committee of the Billy Graham Crusade back together to ask if they felt we were called to do something and that began CCV, the National Coalition Against Pornography, and the Religious Alliance Against Pornography. The other truth was the conviction that to follow Jesus doesn’t just mean to feel good about him. It means that we care for the people that are suffering. Mathew 25 has the parable, ‘If I was in prison and you came to me. I was hungry and you fed me. I needed clothes and you clothed me.’ I concluded that I had to do something about what was happening to the children and families of our country. I believe I was called to God. People say, ‘Oh you were so brave to tackle pornography,’ because at that time 85 percent of hardcore pornography was produced by the Mafia. But I wasn’t brave; it is so much easier to obey God than to disobey God. I would have been far more fearful of disobeying what I believed was God’s call to my life.” 110 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 89. MARJORIE MOTCHPhilanthropistVOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT: University of Cincinnati Boardof Trustees, Cincinnati Parks Foundation Board of Trustees,National President of Junior League, National President ofGirl Scouts, the United Way, the Cincinnati Urban LeagueGuildWhat influenced you to dedicate so much of your time and energy to thecity of Cincinnati? “I’ve been doing it since I was in school, I think. I just alwayswanted to serve the community and be involved. I have lived heremy entire life. I love Cincinnati, so I’ve always wanted to serve here.I’ve also served internationally, which has been exciting for me. Ithink the more you give the more you get back. It’s always amaz-ing – the little things you do, the big returns you get back from it,so I would suggest to others to get involved. Learn about the needsin your community and figure out a way to help meet the needs.” S DR. GARY SWEETEN, ED. D Owner of Sweeten Life Systems VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT: Founder of Life Way Counseling Centers and Equipping Ministries Inter- national. Minister of Discipleship at College Hill Pres- byterian Church. What advice would you give to future generations about the importance of giving back to the community? “The real joy comes from serving a cause that is larger than yourself and that doesn’t mean that you can’t be a career professional. At the same time, if you focus just on yourself, there is a scripture that says, ‘If you seek just to save your own life, you lose it. If you only become selfish about yourself you really have no joy towards others.’ If you give life to other people to you have a lot more joy in life for yourself and your family.” V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 111
  • 90. LEADERSHIP W ELIZABETH WILLIAMS Professor at University of Detroit Mercy (Retired) VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT: Tutor, Taught English as a second language, Meals on Wheels, served on numerous hospital and nursing home boards in Michigan and is currently involved at the Dupree House. What advice would you give to future generations? “Jack had a mother who believed firmly in serving others. I think the college I went to, where our motto was, ‘Not to be served, but to serve others,’ had an impact on me. The main advice I have to give is that through getting involved, you find it is much more enjoy- able for yourself personally than it is not being involved. To work with really nice people and seeing something that you have worked so hard on accomplished is so rewarding.” W JACK WILLIAMS Business Owner (Retired) VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT: Habitat for Humanity (Detroit) and Dupree House. What has been one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences that the two of you have shared? “When working with Habitat for Humanity we would take young people from our church to help work on a Habitat house and had the pleasure of working with them. But seeing how they grew and developed by doing things for other people was probably one of the best experiences for both of us.” v 112 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 91. Mark Piper, Vice President, JP Flooring Design Center “Dr. Trans caring and friendly staff immediately put me at 9000 Cincinnati-Dayton Road Suite 200 ease. Dr. Tran is immensely knowledgeable and willing to Phone: 513.755.2118 share that knowledge with his patients. From the impres- Fax: 513.755.5732 sive, serene waiting room to the massage chairs and flat Our Services screens in the exam room – West Chester Family Dentistry • Care and Cleaning is top notch! Dr. Tran strives to be the best at what he does • Cosmetic Dentistry while also helping and enriching the West Chester com- • Digital X-Rays munity. They are the ideal practice for your whole family.” • Extractions • Intra Oral Camera • Interactive Q&A Videos Sylvia Macadam • Mini Implant Supported Dentures “From the moment you walk in, you are amazed with the • Natural Looking Crowns, care and thoughtfulness that is put into making the patient Partials & Dentures • Resin or Tooth Colored Fillings comfortable. The entire staff is very friendly. I was greeted • Root Canals by everyone that I walked by! Dr. Tran is wonderful! I grew • Sedation Dentistry up fearful of dentists but I look forward to going here. You • Take Home or One Hour Whitening can get a massage while you are being treated and watch • TMJ Guards TV. You will leave there understanding everything there is • Ultra Sonic Gum Treatments • Veneers, Including Non-Prep to know about your dental care too! I am so thankful for finding this place!”Dr. Phuoc Tran and Staff
  • 93. Legg Mason Investment Counsel is located at 600 Vine Street,Suite 2000, Cincinnati, OH 45202. They can be reached at800.654.5777 locally at 513.621.2733, or visit their website V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 115
  • 94. FINANCIAL Planning for Your Child’s Educational Future Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Mark Bealer John Dovich, President of John D. Dovich & Associates, LLC, joined us to give his expert advice for parents to consider when planning for their children’s education funding. VENUE: Can you discuss the different options parents have when The third account may be loosely tied and is called a uniform gift or planning for their child’s education funding? uniform transfer to minor account. Sometimes these are referred to as Dovich: College education is a frequent topic clients of mine inquire a Custodial UGMA/UTMA. Essentially they are an irrevocable gift on about. There are a number of ways to plan for the future of your child. behalf of a minor and the money must be used for the minor. The minor There are education specific accounts. There are accounts loosely available has ownership of the funds and these funds can be used for any purpose for education expense and purposes. There are two accounts that have tax including for education, such as Montessori, private, or post-secondary. benefits that can be incorporated into educational savings. VENUE: What are the income tax benefits of each plan? VENUE: Are there specific plans you would suggest? Dovich: The income tax benefits in general for the two that are specific Dovich: Typically there are three different kinds of accounts that to education (529 College Savings Plan and ESA) are that the money, people can consider when thinking about educational planning. once in the account, grows income tax deferred. If the funds are used First, and probably one of the most popular, are Section 529 plans. for a purpose deemed by the IRS as an educational purpose, all of the Section 529 is a section of the tax code that permits individuals to monies coming out are tax free. The UGMA/UTMA does not have this contribute money into accounts that will be used for post-secondary tax benefit. education. It is important to understand that the savings being contributed into a 529 plan are post-secondary (after high school). These type of VENUE: What are the gift tax benefits of each plan? accounts are state specific and may even offer income tax benefits. Dovich: Gift tax is a way for the federal government to prevent The second is a Coverdell ESA (Educational Savings Account, formerly people from giving away large parts of their estate, typically before they education IRA). This account is a non-deductible IRA that has a $2,000 pass away. Gift limitations do apply on a number of transfers including yearly limit and has certain income limitations. This account allows you potential transfers for education accounts like these. to invest for education-related expenses, and these funds can be used The main tax benefit for the 529 plan is that the donor of the funds at any education level; you are not limited to post-secondary education. can pre-fund up to five years of contributions at one time as long as the 116 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 95. donor does not make additional gifts in that five-year time period to the The ESA and UGMA/UTMA allow complete investment flexibilitysame recipient. The total dollar amount today that someone can gift and allow the owner to decide how to invest the of gift tax is $13,000 annually. If the donor wishes to make all fivecontributions at once, they are able to contribute $65,000 into a Section VENUE: At what age of the child should a parent begin investing for the529 account. child’s education, and is it ever too late to invest in one of these plans? The gift tax benefit does apply to the UGMA/UTMA and ESA as Dovich: Ideally, a parent should invest in an educational savings planwell. Since the ESA has a $2,000 annual limit, you will never exceed when their child is just an infant because there is more time allotted forthe $13,000 limit of the gift tax benefit. The UGMA/UTMA has the the money to accrue interest and investment gains. I don’t think there issame $13,000 limit but does not provide the option of making five years necessarily a time that is too late to begin a savings plan. However, byof contributions at once like the 529 plan. the time the child has entered high school a number of the real benefits of these plans are minimized.VENUE: What are the estate We encourage our clientstax benefits of each plan? to begin funding accountsDovich: The 529 account before their children haveallows for someone to make started school.the contribution while stillowning the account, but VENUE: Is there anythe value of the account is additional per tinentnot subject to the estate tax information I should knowas long as the person who about the three plans?made the gift does not pass Dovich: First, I thinkaway in the first five years. it is important for people The ESA has an estate to decide how muchtax benefit, however the guidance they want from$2,000 limitation does an outside professional.not allow for as great of a Do they want helpbenefit as the 529 plan. The from an investmentUGMA/UTMA has an perspective and planningestate tax benefit that is limited to the $13,000 annual limit. perspective? Clients often want to know how much money does one need to save for their child’s future educational needs. We can help determineVENUE: What is the flexibility of each plan? things such as the average inflation rate for a particular university. It isDovich: With the 529 plan, the account owner is typically the person also important for people to understand the expense involved in eachmaking the contributions. The owner has full control of the account plan charged by the provider of the plan.and can determine and change the beneficiary. For example, if a parent I encourage my clients to think about what type of educationaldecides their younger child has a greater need for the money than the experience they want to provide, what academic talents their childolder child (original beneficiary), they can decide to divert the assets to possesses and whether it is likely their child attend graduate orthe younger child. professional school. The benefits of tax deferred growth by utilizing When working with the ESA, the owner of the account names a 529 and ESAs can be significant.beneficiary and has the ability to change the beneficiary among directfamily members until the named beneficiary turns 30 years of age. At It seems clear that educational planning requires careful thought.that time, beneficiary changes cannot be made. Knowing there are highly trained and knowledgeable professionals to The UGMA/UTMA is the least flexible account from the donor’s assist one in this planning is helpful when making these decisions forperspective. The money must be used for the person the gift was your loved ones. voriginally intended . The money does not specifically need to be usedfor educational purposes but can be used for other things such as thepurchase of a new car, wedding, home, etcetera. John D. Dovich & Associates, LLC is located at 625 Eden Park DriveVENUE: What are the investment options for each plan? #310, Cincinnati, OH 45202. You can reach them at 513.579.9400Dovich: Section 529 plans are state specific. If you are participating or visit their website at Securities offered throughin a 529 plan, ultimately you choose a specific state’s plan. For example, NFP Securities, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisory Servicesif you choose Ohio’s plan, then you have to use the investments that offered through John D. Dovich & Associates, LLC.Ohio’s plan includes. As a firm, we typically recommend that our clientsuse an age-based option. Age-based tracks the beneficiary’s age relativeto the investment allocation, the older the beneficiary becomes, themore conservative the investments. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 117
  • 96. To Provide the Best,TRAVEL You Need the Best Team Written by Jamie Rogers Photography by Mark Bealer and Aaron Conway Behind every incredible company is an amazing team that has unified to create is comforting to our customers to know that they are well cared for, they are a successful collaboration. Ultimate Air Shuttle is a public charter that sells not just another passenger on a flight,” Rohr says. individual seats in order to provide a semi-private experience. Their team She continues, “The versatility of our company is fantastic. Customer consists of more than 100 employees, all playing distinctively different roles, service is our number one priority. The standards at Ultimate Air Shuttle are but with one common goal of producing a unique and exceptional product set high and every employee is passionate about their job and the company. while providing superb service for each and every one of their customers. This is an incredible business to work for.” Rick Pawlak joined the Ultimate Air Shuttle team as managing director in Customers need to arrive only 15 minutes prior to the departure, flights 2010. Pawlak is responsible always depart and arrive on for marketing the business time (weather permitting of and reaching as many course), and transportation people as possible to share from the airport is arranged information about the prior to the flight. Time is services Ultimate Air Shuttle money and flying Ultimate Air offers. He promotes the Shuttle saves hours of waiting company through business in a terminal, lengthy flight presentations, demo flights, delays, and time spent hailing and demo tours. In August a cab. Efficiency is key for the of last year, Ultimate Ultimate Air Shuttle team. Air Shuttle expanded its From the moment you marketing team, hiring Ryan arrive for your flight, you are Minton to help promote the welcomed into a comfortable company in their partner and inviting luxury customer cities. lounge equipped with “My number one priority everything needed to relax is the customer experience. pre-flight. The facility was We want to do everything we designed to “wow” customers. can to provide our customers The flight crew, including the with the best possible travel experience. Without great customer experience, captain, welcomes you personally at the gate, and on board they provide snacks, we cannot distinguish ourselves from the rest,” Pawlak says. beverages and anything needed to ensure your satisfaction. The travel experience isn’t confined to only the flight, but begins from Wes Yancy joined the Ultimate Air Shuttle team in November 2004, the moment Pawlak meets a customer for the first time, through booking working with their jet charter service. He became a captain in 2006. Yancy their flight, arriving at the airport, the duration of their flight, arrival at their is responsible for coordinating flights, managing the flight crew, reviewing destination, and the transportation they take from the flight. Ultimate Air manifests, checking luggage, and ensuring everything is safe and ready to fly. Shuttle is responsible for the customer from beginning to end and each team As a captain, Yancy is involved in a number of different aspects of the member is dedicated to making the entire experience easy, pleasant, and free flights. Most importantly, he wants to ensure that each passenger has a great of stress. experience. “What is unique about Ultimate Air Shuttle is that I get to see a lot Upon calling to book a flight, you can expect to speak to one of three lovely of the same faces and I get to know our passengers on a deeper level. I have been and personable ladies: Barb Rohr, Wendie Yakubisin, or Debi Halasa. They are able to develop friendships with them. It helps passengers to feel comfortable responsible for customer service and booking tickets for shuttles in and out of and trust their captain when they know the person and have had the chance to Cincinnati. As the assistant to the charter program, Rohr is first in command actually talk to them. I really enjoy that I can greet passengers by name and it but explains that all three women work together in a seamless collaboration adds a personal touch that you don’t get elsewhere,” Yancy says. to provide customers with the utmost care. They run the manifest for the next He continues, “I thoroughly enjoy working for a small family run operation, day’s flights, help with ground transportation, and give directions. Their main I feel as though I am a part of the family. I am dedicated to the company and I goal is for customers to never int‑eract with an automated service: customers feel everyone else is as well, and I think our passengers can feel our devotion confer directly with them. to them and the business and that reflects positively on everyone. All of our “Our customers are treated as VIPs in the private airport and it is imperative passengers only have positive things to say about their experience.” we create an experience for them that is easy and pleasurable. We handle any After years of working for commercial airlines, Robin Rossy joined the problems, which are few and far between because we do our due diligence to Ultimate Air Shuttle Team five years ago after her husband had begun working meet the customer’s wishes the first time,” Rohr says. as a pilot and continually raved about the company. She now serves as the lead The ladies keep impeccable records and once a customer has flown with flight attendant, supervising 14 flight attendants. Her views on the Ultimate them, they are able to identify their needs and requests. Booking a flight is Air Shuttle team coincide with Yancy’s. simple and only requires 2-3 minutes. “There are a number of customers “This is a great group of people to work with. John Gordon (founder of we recognize by voice. We get the chance to know them on a personal level, Ultimate Jet Charters) is a terrific, supportive, and encouraging person. The which is fantastic. We want to always maintain one-on-one service because it Ultimate Air Shuttle team is a small company in comparison to working 120 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 97. commercial aviation, and we function more like a family. There is a team atmosphere; everyone does what is needed to get the job done right. We love our customers and it is fantastic that we get to know them on a personal level. That is what I adore most about my job. Everyone really enjoys going to work and being a part of something unique,” Rossy says. Passengers who fly with Ultimate Air Shuttle have the unique experience of seeing the same flight crews. This allows Rossy and the rest of the flight attendants the opportunity to anticipate the passengers’ needs and wants, creating a delightful experience for them. Rossy says, “We enjoy receiving passenger feedback and input because we are constantly looking to improve our product for the customers. I think people feel that and appreciate it. Ultimate Air Shuttle fills a niche in aviation travel by efficiently providing a necessary service while keeping customer service as the forefront of the entire operation.” David Denes, director of maintenance, is the man who ensures the safety of the Ultimate Air Shuttle operation. He oversees the eight maintenance technicians as well as the parts department and records department. They are based in Canton, Ohio, but travel around the United States. Denes came from the airline industry. His team’s role is pivotal for maintaining the reliability and guaranteeing the safety of the aircraft. Providing a safe flight experience for their passengers is the number one priority and their reliability rate is 99 percent. Denes can guarantee that the quality of work his team exhibits is of the highest quality. Each technician has 10 years or more of experience. They guarantee to get the customer where they need to be and when they need to be there. “John Gordon has created a culture of customer service and it is embedded into our daily routine. The goal is for people to hear about Ultimate Air Shuttle through positive word of mouth from our clients. … For this to occur, we must be at our best at all times to provide that high quality service,” Denes says. He continues, “I feel as though I am treated at a high standard and value by this company, and am a valued member of the team. Everyone at this company knows everyone and respects what they do; it is a great team effort.” Pawlak adds, “I have never been a part of a project or a company where we have received so many positive testimonials. That is a testament to what Photo by Steven Thomas our team does. Our president, John Gordon, has faith and confidence in his employees and this is motivating for everyone to do give an exemplary performance. Our job at Ultimate Air Shuttle is fantastic, we all love what we do, and this reflects directly on the work that Ultimate Air Shuttle produces, working diligently to present only the best for our customers.” v Michael G.“Greatest flying experience I’ve had in years….maybe ever.” Steve R.“Ultimate Air Shuttle makes traveling painless. It’s the highest compli- ment I can pay. Keep focused on your excellent service, Ultimate. I’m a big fan. Thanks.” Leah Z.“Congrats on the move and keep up the great work and unparalleled service. Ultimate Air Shuttle is truly the only way to fly!” Ultimate Air Shuttle is located at 4700 Airport Road Cincinnati, OH 45226. You can reach them at 1.800.437.3931 or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 21
  • 98. vvvvvvvvvvv VOLKSWAGEN . . . When it comes to Volkswagen dealerships around the city, no one can boast a greater connection to the community than Northland Volkswagen. In existence for 50 years, it is the oldest VW dealer in the city. Its presence here has given owner Tim Marsh and his staff of 35 employees the ability to be familiar with what customers want and need in an automobile. The dealership is family owned which helps separate it and make it more personable than many larger chains. Northland’s centralized location near I-71 and I-75 is ideal for anyone around the city. This also allows them to perform services that other dealerships aren’t able to match. If your car needs service but you need it to get to work, Northland will shuttle you to your destination while working on your vehicle and will come and pick you up later when your car is ready to go. The dealership also offers free lifetime oil changes and a complimentary car wash when your car is serviced. Volkswagen has expanded its lineup and customers can see the changes through Northland’s amazing selection. Stop by today and get a vehicle that will meet any and all of your needs. Northland Volkswagen, 3813 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45212 Phone: (513) 531- 5500 • Toll Free: (800) 551- 4240
  • 99. the right fitWell equipped with: Air Conditioning Alarm System 170 HP Steering Wheel Controls Keyless Entry Power Mirrors Trip Computer Power Steering AM/FM radio/CD player ABS Bluetooth Traction Control 60/40 Split Folding Seat Power Windows
  • 100. Country sideTRAVEL Enjoy the of Cincinnati Written by Carly Behringer Photography provided by the Erwin Family Sometimes the regular hustle and bustle of Cincinnati can be monot- nice art glass. We’re going to try and have everything reach a lot of onously overwhelming and an escape to the unordinary can do you different groups of people,” Erwin says. “We have other antique deal- some good. That’s where the Wheat Ridge Old Thyme Herb Fest & ers, selling things anywhere from $5 to $2,000. We have a retired Harvest Celebration in Adams County comes in handy for those city couple in their early 80s, and the husband makes the nicest, most folk that need a necessary break to breathe in some sweet country air. interesting glass and copper lawn sprinklers on site. We have any- The Erwin family, comprised of Herb, Kim, and their son Brad, thing from garden accessories and architectural items, to fall harvest had the inspiration to start a festival items. It’s a variety of merchandise when their favorite local gathering with a fall harvest theme that will came to an end after many years. improve with each year. We just Herb Erwin, personally knowing ask people to grow with us and other vendors from his excursions understand that we’re trying to as one, networked and secured make this the best thing in south- acquaintances for their first event. ern Ohio.” Erwin explains how his Despite the seven and a half inches wife Kim travels throughout the of rain that year, patrons were un- state year round to different festi- derstanding and still flocked to the vals, scoping out and handpicking farm in large numbers. Four years new vendors, so that each year later, the Wheat Ridge Old Thyme there is a larger and more diverse Herb Fest & Harvest Celebration variety at their farm. in Adams County is still thriv- Entertainment is a staple for ing and growing bigger and better this gathering, with a plethora each year. Last year, the family of Irish bands, Cajun bands, and drew in around 31,000 guests and acoustic sets to set the mood for 150 vendors to their 110 acre farm. the afternoon and evening. Erwin This year, they are hoping for 175 vendors and even more attendees, stresses that this is a family-friendly event, but still people from all “we’re satisfied but we’re still looking to continue the growth. We walks of life can enjoy: whether they’re stepping out of the city for a have to prepare and assume that it might rain and plan for the rain day. night to breathe in the country air, or just stopping in from down the We have vendors all along the outside and vendors on the inside of the lane. With their location being smack-dab in the middle of Dayton, barn,” Erwin explains. “It’s actually a nine month process to get it put Columbus, and Cincinnati, it is perfectly accessible from any of the together, make it family friendly, and make it really good. We want major cities. They’re also surrounded by Amish communities, with to improve each year. We want it to be better each year and we’re some of their Amish neighbors participating in the event by selling always looking for more good vendors. Especially with our location and making items. Not only can you experience Adams County with here in the Amish community, we can reach further out.” this festival, but you can also immerse yourself in a new perspec- The event is a perfect mixture of artisans, food booths, and tive on a different way of life, “really, the festival lets people see that unique curiosities: such as the pumpkin cannon, which allows pa- there’s a different pace here in America that’s visible,” Erwin says. trons to shoot a plump pumpkin up to a half mile across the fields. “It’s an opportunity to go back to the basic festival that has been suc- Artists such as rag-rug makers, glass blowers, photographers, basket cessful throughout time, before technology stepped in and took over weavers, painters, jewelry makers, and even blacksmiths, make items communication.” v on-site and sell hard-to-find goods, “We have a lady driving up from Huntington, West Virginia, and she makes Burmese glass. She has her own company and she’ll be on site making and selling some really Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair & Harvest Celebration takes place October 12 through October 14, 2012, 10am to 5pm and is located at 817 Tater Ridge Road, West Union, OH 45693. You can reach them at 937.544.8252 or visit their website 124 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 101. Treat your palate at Herb Fest When you come to the Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair & Harvest Celebration, don’t expect to eat your typical greasy, carnival food. This festival prides itself on from-scratch food, made on-site including anything from nuts to hot, homemade soup. One regular ven- dor brings freshwater unfrozen perch fillets, which come straight off the fishing boat a day prior to the gathering; while he also supplies his own homemade coleslaw and tartar sauce. Another brings his home raised shredded ham made from gristleless pork; while another serves pulled pork from locally raised swine, cooked beginning three days before the festival. If that doesn’t have your mouth watering yet, consider trying herbal tea and homemade soup from the Brush Creek Herb Guild. Several Amish families from around the area also participate on Friday and Saturday to pro- vide fresh squeezed organic lemonade and apple cider, along with Pennsylvania pretzels and old fashioned ice cream. The local Amish school board participates with from-scratch barbeque made from free range chicken, along with homemade potato salad and fries, with all proceeds supporting the school. Other enticing favor- ites include buffalo burgers, kettle corn, and deep-fried fruit pies. Freshly grown pumpkins, squash, and gourds are on the menu too! With so many choices, you’ll wish you would never have to leave. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 25
  • 102. Favorites The Rooster’s Nest Written by Danielle Dean . Photography by Chris Peckham The Rooster’s Nest Bed and Breakfast Located in the verdant countryside of Adams County, The Rooster’s Nest Bed and Breakfast provides guests with the perfect break from their day-to-day routine. Guests are invited to spend the day enjoying the 25 acres of walking trails, fish in the 1.25 acre stocked pond, or sit outside by the campfire. The large rustic log cabin, rebuilt from hand-carved logs that date back to 1788, houses two spacious bedrooms each adorned with Amish wood furniture, a queen-size bed, a private bath and antiques. A third room is located in a building adja- cent to the cabin and offers the same ame- nities. The Rooster’s Nest manages to offer the quaint allure of yesteryear with mod- ern amenities making it the perfect place to unwind. Each morning guests can experience a delectable breakfast dish such as the Rooster Egg Bake, Rhode Island Red Stuffed French Toast, Chanticleer Bananas and Ice Cream, or the Banty Fruit Parfait. Whether you choose to spend your visit on the sprawling grounds or venture off the property to experience all that Adams Coun- ty has to offer, The Rooster’s Nest Bed and Breakfast is sure to be the perfect location for your next getaway. v Mabelle and Jim – Ann Arbor, MI “Nice relaxing time, good hosts, beautiful view from our room, yummy breakfast ... what else can you ask for?” Kay and Bob – Maineville, OH “Thank you Sally and Dave for a wonderful weekend and celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary in such a beautiful setting. You both are great hosts and we sincerely enjoyed our wonderful breakfast.” Chuck and Carol – Cincinnati, OH “Thanks so much for a much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Your sanctuary is the true atmosphere of nature is a splendid setting for rest and relaxation! Breakfast – one word ‘WOW!’ ” The Wests’ – Cincinnati, OH “What a relaxing experience! This was our first B&B and you set the standard very high. Thank you for your hospitality. The breakfasts were delectable and the surroundings so peaceful. We will be back!” Mary and Richard – Chattanooga, TN “Wow! This is my first time ever staying at a B&B. What a great experience! Sally The Rooster’s Nest is located at 2658 Coon and Dave, you have found your niche! The food is delicious. This ‘nest’ is so Hill Road, Winchester, OH 45697. You homey and comfortable. I actually learned to ‘relax and unwind.’ Richard and I can reach them at 877.386.3302, by email had a wonderful time here. The weather was even perfect. Thank you so much at, or visit their for your hospitality! We look forward to coming back someday.” website at VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
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  • 104. ARTS "Canal Street Market" by Henry Mosler, 1860 Cincinnati’s Painted History Written by Carly Behringer . Artwork provided by Cincinnati Museum Center Can you envision Cincinnati’s landscape 100 years ago – or maybe 200 years ago? Where most of the beloved buildings downtown now stand was once an uncharted and undeveloped natural landscape, littered with forests. Cincinnatians and travelers who lived in the past had a unique view of our city’s sights and sounds that was much different than the bustling cityscape we know today. “Treasures of the Past: Cincinnati’s Historic Art 1800-1930” exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, on display through August 5, gives the public that perspective. “Treasures of the Past” features both rarely and never before seen paintings, sculptures, furniture, and a variety of other works of art from Cincinnati Museum Center’s history collection. Works document the city’s transition from the wilderness and frontier it once was to the bustling center of commerce it quickly became. Paintings depict Cincinnati pre- development when nature ruled supreme, to pieces from the early 1900s that showcase busy Fountain Square. 128 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 105. 2 3 1: “Indian Woman and Child” Rookwood Tile by Grace Young. 2: David and Debra Hausrath look at pieces of Rookwood pottery featured in the exhibit. 3: Phillip and Whitney Long with the painting “Fountain Square” 1 by Louis Charles Vogt. These artworks are literally a window into the past and minds of people Hausrath shares that sentiment, agreeing that these pieces needed to be put onwho either lived or traveled through Cincinnati during its most transformational view. “This is the first time a majority of these have been on public display and aperiods. Museum Center Trustees and sponsors such as David Hausrath and Phillip first opportunity for people to see these works. I think people in Cincinnati have anLong saw the value in the historical prospective the public can gain by viewing interest in their history as well as art. A very positive aspect of the exhibit is gettingpieces directly related to their city’s rich history. people into Cincinnati Museum Center and to have them see something they’ve “One of the things that makes it particularly interesting is that most of the items never seen before or perhaps never knew existed. Art museums’ collections shouldhave a link to the history of Cincinnati or regional history,” Hausrath says. “When be made viewable to the public, and I think this exhibit is a way of bringing this artsomeone views a painting, not only do they appreciate it as a fine work of art, but to the public’s attention.”they can also appreciate the connection to Cincinnati history. It makes the art more One of the important reasons that the exhibit is so intriguing is that it gives therelevant to people and that’s what makes this collection different than other art viewer a direct window into the past of how others viewed the Queen City. “Thesecollections in the region or state. This one really does have a focus on the history are many of Cincinnati’s greatest artists,” Long explains. “As a result, you get toof Cincinnati.” see their personal interpretation of the past. What better way to understand where Hausrath explains his favorite items in the collection incorporate a variety of you’re from than knowing the city’s past and history?” vartists and styles, which are all from different time periods. “Some of my favoritesare (by an) artist by the name of Louis Charles Vogt. He was a painter in Cincin-nati and trained at Cincinnati Art Academy in the late 1800s. There’s a painting of “This exhibit is a treasure to share our rich collectionsFountain Square in the collection that he did which is a wonderful impressionist with our visitors. We deeply appreciate the support of ourpainting. There’s also one of Mt. Adams Incline and the Chamber of Commerce partner, First Financial Bank that allowed us to mount thisbuilding. They’re interesting works of art that have a connection to Cincinnati,” exhibit and share another aspect of the region’s history.”Hausrath explains. “There’s another artist that came through Cincinnati in the1830s named John Caspar Wild. There’s a scene of the riverfront, scenes of Third – Douglass W. McDonaldand Fourth streets, and they’re just wonderful early portraits of the city.” President and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center Most of the artworks had never been on view to the public. Long helped withthe beginnings of the exhibit, because he believed it was time for these works of artto be seen. “I have been on Cincinnati Museum Center board for a few years and I You can visit “Treasures of the Past: Cincinnati’s Historic Artfelt as though the historic collections had not been given the distinction they had solong deserved, and I suggested doing something in order to show them to the public. 1800-1930,” which runs through August 5 at Cincinnati MuseumMost of the items were gifts that had been donated or given to the museum over the Center at Union Terminal located at 1301 Western Avenue,years. Cincinnati Museum Center has a large historical collection; one of the better Cincinnati, OH 45203. You can reach them at 513.287.7000, byhistoric collections in the country. I think this exhibit is another effort on behalf of email at, or visit their websiteCincinnati’s cultural institutions to showcase the rich, cultural history this city has.” at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 29
  • 106. ARTSArt In D CheART of Cincinnati A the rt esign onsultants Written by Danielle Dean . Photography by Josh Beeman Art Design Consultants is an award-winning art gallery whose talented staff works closely with clients to find the perfect piece of art to adorn their space. From art consulting to custom framing, ADC is dedicated to assisting clients with all of their art related needs. As contributing editor for Venue Magazine I have visited ADC countless times, but I can honestly say that each visit feels like the first. I am truly blown away and inspired by the magnificent artwork every time I visit! From the paintings, to the sculptures, vases, and interior design, there is always something new and captivating on display. The “Gallery in the Sky” is also the perfect venue for any event. The flexible layout and extraordinary views make it the perfect place to host a wedding reception, cocktail party, or unforgettable business meeting. Some of Our Favorite Artists Tom Towhey Lisa Schuster Through his use of oils and rich warm Words like bold, energetic, and di- colors, painter and sculptor Tom verse are often used when describ- Towhey creates whimsical pieces of ing the work of painter Lisa Schuster, art. “Painting for me is really my whose style includes everything from preferred form of communication. florals to abstracts, figures and much When I am painting, I am most alive,” more. “I cannot look at a flower, face, explains Towhey, whose work can be or form without discerning the shad- seen in both public and private gal- ows, reflections, and dozens of col- leries around the world. ors where some might only see one,” says Schuster. 130 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 107. Meet Litsa Litsa Spanos, President & Owner of ADC Are you looking for beautiful art, custom framing, or a unique event venue? At ADC, You are welcome anytime! Stop in our gallery, explore the space, andKen Rausch spend some time among artwork that is guaranteed to inspire you!“Ken Rausch’s copper paintings are truly dynamic. Just the me- dium itself, the copper is so rich and versatile. I’ve placed his work in corporate lobbies and individual homes, both indoors “I recently went to ADC while working with an inter- and out,” Spanos explains. “Whether it’s a traditional or contem- national bank client located in Panama City, Panama. porary space, his work looks great everywhere. When people see Our client was interested in sourcing a number of col- his work they fall in love with it automatically. His technique orful abstract art pieces that would add vibrancy to using acid, heat, and color brings this strong, but flexible me- their new open space. Litsa was able to provide a huge dium to life!” variety of artists to select from, responded quickly to any client requests, and within a matter of weeks we were able to select 20 beautiful pieces including two custom pieces measuring nearly eight square feet. ADC truly met all of our needs beginning with the art selection to custom framing and finally managing the shipment to Panama. I look forward to working with ADC on our next corporate project!” v – Amy Hood RA, LEED AP BD+C Project Achitect BHDP Architecture Art Design Consultants is located at 310 Culvert Street, 5th floor Cincinnati, OH 45202. You can reach them at 513.723.1222 or 800.439.2960, by email, or visit their website at, and Litsa’s blog at Hours M–F from 9–5. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 31
  • 108. ARTS Constance Depler Emerging Artist from the 1950s Written by Carly Behringer Photography by Brian Ambs Constance Depler combined her love of animals with the fun of going out with friends. She created a wide range of art in which she portrayed dogs with fun personalities, drawing them sitting at the bar, drinking, dancing, playing cards and in general, cavorting the night away! She has a natural ability to find the human qualities in dogs and portray them in entertaining scenes – the Great Dane sailor talking to the pretty Fi-Fi Poodle at the bar or the suave Doberman Pincer trying to charm the Boxer’s girl! These may seem like unusual scenarios, but these “Bar Hounds” are all part of the playful world that Depler created in the late ‘50s and ‘60s and her daughter, Amanda Voss, is reintro- ducing to the world via the website, In the ‘50s, these “Bar Hounds” became a sensation and soon manufacturers li- censed her designs for wall paper, greeting cards, glassware, and linens. Around the same time, Depler was commissioned to do portraits of pets with a special twist. “Let’s say you have a Norfolk Terrier and you drink martinis,” Depler says. “So I would paint a Norfolk Terrier sitting in a chair with a martini. These personalized pet por- 132 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 109. traits became very popular. Companies picked up on what I was do-ing and said, ‘Let’s reproduce these,’ so we did different drinks withdifferent dogs. I designed one for a specific client and that’s how itstarted.” Others, such as the magazine, Barber Shop Quarterly, com-missioned her to create several covers of dogs emulating barbers andcustomers. Soon after, this series of artwork was sold to barber shopsfor display across the country. People started hanging her artworkin their recreation rooms and dens, and framing samples of her “BarHound” wallpaper. Depler expanded her animal personifications toinclude horses, reindeer, and crows depicted as poker players, book-ies, drinkers, jockeys, and more. Depler and her family moved to Cincinnati in 1953 where shecontinued her art for companies such as Gibson Greeting Cards andWerner Wallpaper Company. Outside of her work, she followed herpassions and was a pioneer in women’s rights by founding the Cin-cinnati chapter of NOW (National Organization of Women) and theSeven Hills Neighborhood Houses (an organization that helps indi-viduals & families become self-sufficient) and was on the board for theWomen’s Political Caucus. She also spread her love of art by creatingthe primary school art department at Cincinnati Country Day School. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 33
  • 110. Her love of animals extended to their home life, too. She lived withARTS a basset hound, raccoon, cats, poodles and terriers … as well as her three children and husband. She was also a board member at the Cin- cinnati Zoo for 17 years. In the ‘80s, she and her husband relocated to California where she focused her career as a pet portrait artist, and in doing so, her work has become famous worldwide under the name Constance De- pler Coleman. Working primarily on commission, her paintings are some of the finest in the country and her clients include many names in American society. She has created personal animal portraits for for- mer President George W. Bush, clothing designer Oscar de la Renta, media producer Oprah Winfrey, and businessman T-Boone Pickens. Depler’s daughter, Amanda Voss, has seen and heard the love people have for her mother’s art and wanted to make it available in wider range of products. About three years ago, Amanda decided that she wanted to reproduce her mother’s art and launched a web- Amanda Voss and Constance Depler site to sell note cards and prints. After a year, she decided to expand the product line to include her mother’s “Bar Hounds”. Her website, targets buyers who are looking for nostal- gic, fun, and different merchandise. Her mother’s art is printed on different products such as purses, prints, iPad® covers, cards, and more. Finding new products and venues for the art is part of the fun. “It’s so delightful to see my mother’s retro art from the ‘50s appearing on an iPad® cover!” says Amanda. Amanda is delighted when people recognize the distinctive art- work. She relates, “I’ll have my tote with me and someone will say, ‘oh gosh, I had that in my house when I was little!’ or they’ll say, ‘wow, my parents had those on trays in our house!’ I am amazed at how many people will stop and recognize it from their childhood. It’s nostalgic because it brings back great memories, and it still makes people smile today!” Others have contacted Depler to inform her of things ranging from, “My grandparents still have your wallpaper” to “I had that framed in my bedroom as a child.” Amanda has also connected with people on the internet who were in search of the creator of their beloved framed piece or miniature, which has been a heart-warming experience for her. “The usual question is, ‘Is this an original?’ and ‘how much is it worth?’ A woman talked about a print she had in her house when she was a young girl. She was going to throw it out and her daughter said, ‘mom you can’t, we’ve had that forever,’ so they or- dered a new one to replace it. It’s both sentimental and a generational thing, and it’s fun!” A younger market is becoming interested in De- pler’s retro and trendy creations printed on purses, wallets, dopp kits, iPad® / Nook® / Kindle® covers, coasters, and other housewares. One reason Amanda strongly believes her mother’s art is gaining popularity is because it’s hand-drawn and intricate. Unique are the little smiles, the little eyes; it’s getting that expression just right for which Depler is so known for. Her keen talent to capture the subtlest of features captured their spirit and depicted them in charming poses or scenes. They’re not complex paintings, but it’s something about the Constance Depler and Friends is located in Cincinnati, OH. You can reach them at 513.791.0323 eyelashes or the attitude which make one smile. or visit their website at Mother and daughter are having a great time together sharing a pas- sion for Depler’s art. Depler also reflects on her life’s work with a wise perspective, “If you live long enough, things tend to come full circle.” v 134 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 111. Constance Depler and | phone: 513-791-0372 | fax: 513-791-0323 |
  • 112. ARTS Faux F inishes Decorative Painting Michele Watts – Fine Art Finishes Michelle Bergman – Design Works Written by Carly Behringer Photography by Mark Bealer Watts and Bergman’s pearl Italian plaster wall finish enhances Dwelling’s “Evening In Paris” room in the Spring Cincinnati Design Star Show. Decorative painting by Michele Watts 136 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 113. With projects under her belt like CitiRama andCincinnati’s Homearama, Michele Spaeth Watts is aseasoned professional. Her career in decorative paintingbegan after she graduated from Xavier University andThe Finishing School in New York City, when shestarted Fine Art Finishes. Her impeccable finishesadorn a variety of walls and ceilings – not only instores and homes around town – but also in restaurantsand boutiques in several cities. Watts considers theopening of Dwellings not just a dream come true forher associate Grace Jones, but also as a career highlightshowcasing her newest finishes. She continues study atstudios across the country and considers it an honor towork with Amy Schuermann Interiors’ “Urban Oasis,”an indoor/outdoor living space, presented through July20 by Art Design Consultants. Michele Watts’s Fine Art Finishes can be reached at 513.602.3605 or by email at you want an elegant paint finish for your powderroom or a whimsical mural in your child’s bedroom,Michelle Bergman can take the ideas in a client’s mindand transform them into reality on the wall. Aftergraduating with a graphic design degree from NorthernKentucky University and a stint as a designer, Bergmanstarted her business, Design Works, to get back tohands-on, artistic work. She has completed a widevariety of decorative finishes in homes and businesses inthe tri-state including award-winning projects for theBest of the West Home Show, Clermont County HomeShow, and CitiRama. In addition, Bergman specializesin decorative paint finishes on furniture and cabinets.She is thrilled to be collaborating on projects withMichele Watts and with Grace Jones at Dwellings. v Michelle Bergman’s Design Works can be reached at 859.356.2248 or 859.250.2530, by email at, or visit their website at
  • 114. “Great style is a choice. Let me help you with your choices.” Amy Schuermann Inter iors | Cincinnati, OH | 513-807-8870 | w w
  • 115. “One reason we chose to build with High Pointe was because we knew we would have the flexibility to incorporate found vintage items into our new home. The restored leaded glass windows that we had made into cabinetry doors in our kitchen are just one example. We love having unique pieces throughout our house that make it truly custom and feel more like our ‘home.’ It was refreshing that Mike was not only adaptive to our ideas, but he also shared in our excitement and was able to add creative value throughout the building process.” -David and Tawnia Owners, Mike and Sarah Williams, began their custom home building business in 2006. Over the past six years High Pointe Custom Homes LLC has developed a reputation as one of the areas most respected cus- tom builders. Mike takes pride in personally being involved in the design and construction of each home. Sarah oversees client selections and many of the business operations including administration of their client website. Together they provide a building experience that is uniquely per- sonal. In addition to growing their business over the past six years, they have grown a family as well. With the addition of twin girls this spring, they now have four children (Jake 6, Grace 3, Ella and Anna 2 months).215 North Broadway Lebanon, Ohio 45036 | 513.288.1516 | |
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  • 121. River High By the Numbers• 11 Bedrooms • 2 Terraces, 1 patio • Curated book collection• 9 Sitting Rooms • 3 Car attached garage • Hand-painted murals by local artist• 7 Full Bathrooms • 28’ panoramic picture window Charles Frymier• 5 Powder Rooms in main kitchen with sweeping • Central sound available through all• 6-Zone HVAC views of the Ohio River entertainment spaces• 4 Kitchens • Award-winning gardens • Only two owners of this home in 99• 2 Dining Rooms • One of Hyde Park’s most years ... this is the first opportunity to• 2 Stairwells, 1 elevator prestigious and private streets own this home in 60 years• 1.25+ acres • Fully restored Aeolian organ (1,671 pipes)• Two-Story Foyer • Hard-fired brick paver circular driveway• Exercise Room • Loggia-inspired patio with heating element• Wine Cellar for 4-season enjoyment
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  • 124. Definition: stir (stur) an interactive venue noun – commotion, excitement verb – mix it up, agitateStir is an intimate urban loft located in the heart of Olde Montgomery for hosting your private gathering or corporate event 513.833.4485 | |
  • 125. HOMES Switzerland to Sibcy Cline Brings Written by Carly Behringer . Photography provided by Sibcy Cline Realtors Cincinnati has always been known for its unique buildings and architecture. Almost everywhere you look there are German and English influences, encompassing both classic and modern styles. One style which is seen less frequently is the traditional Swiss style: equipped with large, timber framing, vaulted ceilings, and a plethora of windows and balconies. However, houses like these aren’t nonexistent: a local family built their dream home tucked away in Warren County, Ohio, which stands as an impeccable example of Swiss taste. 150 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 126. The family’s heritage hails from Switzerland and therefore the Swiss stylehouse was born in 1994. It was a fairly fast-paced project as the lot was pur-chased in 1991; a pond installed in 1992; and their living space erected a meretwo years later. Other family members, including their siblings and in-laws,built nearly identical dwellings on either side of their home – three total –which at one point they considered their “own little Swiss village.” However, as car garage and several fields of seemingly untouched acreage; several flowertime passed, the family found themselves in a new stage of life and is selling the gardens filled with berries and herbs; and a total of four pastures with waterproperty in order to be closer to their children and grandchildren. pads and shelters for animals. The property itself is situated on 141 acres, with 80 of those being wooded Everything is integrated into the land, including a man-made pond whichand another 60 being tillable. The main house rests in the center of the prop- hosts Blue Herons, ducks, and other wildlife year-round and stretches for twoerty, with two large guest houses, and a spectacular, manicured courtyard and a half acres; and a natural pool with a hot tub behind the house, accom-which connects all of the homes. Near the house are several barns on either side panied by a small waterfall. All of the features of the yard are delicately land-including a barn for livestock and horses. The decorative Swiss timber frame scaped and there’s even a matching Swiss style chicken house on the property.emulates the finest found in the Alps and if you didn’t pay much attention to the Among the many different aspects, another unique feature are the five milesNorth American trees surrounding the edges of your view, you would think of hiking trails that are cut through the woods that surround the property: theyou were in Switzerland. rolling scenery makes it perfect for going on a leisurely nature walk or taking The interior is even more breathtaking, with a mix of vaulted and cathedral an ATV or recreational vehicle out with the family.ceilings, three magnificent fire places, and an office attached to the side of the And though it may seem like you’re in the middle of the nowhere whilehouse with its own separate courtyard: this gives those with an entrepreneur relaxing at this seemingly secluded spot, the property is situated about 30lifestyle the ability to functionally run a small business without escorting cli- miles from downtown Cincinnati and a mere 40 miles from Dayton – makingents through the main entrance of the home. The Great Room is exceptionally it the perfect place if you’re looking for something in between the two bus-pristine with exposed stone and vaulted ceilings; while rooms like the foyer tling cities. In short, if you’re looking for a magnificent home reminiscent ofare adorned with hard wood floors and plaster-finish walls. The kitchens are Switzerland that is convenient for travel and relaxation, this is the spot for you,large and accommodating (such as the eat-in kitchen which features a counter at your very own resort. vthat sits up to six people) and would be perfect for large dinner parties withfamily and friends. Spaces like the lobby are inviting and intriguing, housing amixture of tile, stone, and custom timber. Other features throughout the three homes include Italian tile flooring Sibcy Cline Realtors is located at 7395 Masonand timber. All together the property consists of 25 rooms: seven of which are Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040. You can reachbedrooms and eight are full bathrooms. Some of the other living spaces in the Madeline S. Hoge, Executive Sales Vice President atmain home include a study, a gourmet kitchen, an outdoor kitchen, a two-level 513.659.0095, by email at, orlibrary, a loft, and a functional wine cellar. Both levels of the main house have a visit their website at to sit outside and relax, with a balcony that wraps around the second floorand a porch situated on the lower level. Other features include an eight plus V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 51
  • 127. HOMES Dwellings... Eclecticism, style, and unique design all under one roof. Written by Carly Behringer . Photography by Claudia Suzanna Nestled between the chaotic cityscapes of Cincinnati are bustling furniture, art, accessories, fabrics, flooring, lighting, chandeliers – semi-hamlets packed with shops filled to the brim with rarities and everything! We have things here for you to see and feel, not just to curiosities. Madison Road in O’Bryonville is home to the recently experience in magazines. You don’t have to go to LA; you don’t have opened Dwellings, a store stocked with the aforementioned items that to go to New York; you can come right here.” satisfies the needs of the fashion oriented, design-savvy individual. If Another unique aspect about Dwellings is that the staff is com- you’re looking into decorating and don’t have the time for extraneous prised of all women: their banker, the faux finishers, their seamstress- travel, you won’t have to look any further than Cincinnati. Dwellings es, the PR firm all women, and even their attorney is a woman. “Let’s carries everything from purses that Jessica Simpson, Oprah and Eva not alienate our men, now,” Jones jokingly says. “We love our builders, Longoria have sported to 19th-century home décor and more. we love our architects, and we love our developers. Between our team, This all-in-one boutique, retail showroom, and interior design we can tackle anything, we can do anything.” Jones is beaming, “We studio was created by partners Grace Jones and Carla Wood one eve- already have some very exciting projects in the works.” v ning amongst tons of fabric samples and accessories over a bottle of wine and Chinese takeout. About three months later and a buying trip to Atlanta and Chicago, Jones and Wood started creating their dream Our team... with other associates: Nancy Benson, Julie Pendergast, and Christine Reinersman. It took a lot of elbow grease to renovate the location they moved into, but the store was finally remodeled into Wood’s and Jones’ vision. The decorative wall finishes alone are worth the trip! While Jones has 25 years of design experience, others also bring excitement to the table, such as Karen Lindner who recently designed a jewelry collection for singer Miranda Lambert’s wedding and other red carpet celebrities. Then there is Lisa Schuster, a local artist with an impressive presence of artwork on the studio walls. Wood explains that guests were pleasantly surprised when they arrived on the night of the grand opening on April 12. “Several people had come by when it was still raw floors and walls, and they couldn’t imagine what this space could become. When they came back, they were amazed at what we had created!” Wood estimates that around 200 people were in attendance on opening night, including artists, de- Pictured, left to right: Christina Reinersman, Joanne Maly, Grace signers, clients, friends, and family. It was quite an elegant celebration! Jones, Nancy Benson, Julie Pendergast, and Carla Wood. When it comes to their retail, there is an extensive variety. Dwell- ings already has created its own line called “Vintology,” which is an interesting collection of different antique and vintage items from around the country: some things found in estate sales, and others Dwellings... is located at 2003 Madison Road, Cincinnati from flea markets. Don’t let that fool you, however, because Jones OH 45208. You can reach them at 513.321.6900, by email assures that they are on the trending, cutting edge of design. “We at, or visit their website want to be a place where you can come and have a cappuccino with us, at or a glass of wine, and see the latest and the greatest trends in design, 154 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
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  • 129. Photography by Robin Victor GoetzEVOLODESIGN.COM 7813 Ted Gregory Lane in Olde Montgomery 513.791.6800 RANDY BASSELMAN • PRISBET YANES • JAY TAKACH • MATT BYERS • SARAH THOMAS • JILL HIPPE
  • 130. Venue Magazine’s 2012 F A V O R OVER A HUNDRED COMMUNITY LEADERS We asked community leaders, homemakers, athletes, doctors, lawyers, and many more local Cincinnatians to tell Venue their favorite places to go around town.
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  • 132. SALONS 2. Matt Bradley Salon 3340 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513.533.1233 1. “This is the only salon I have ever been to in the seven years I have lived in Cincinnati. Their great service, stylish space, and experienced stylists keep me coming back each time.” Referred by: Kimberly Kanakes Essence Nails and Spa 7714 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45236 513.985.0206 1. Phyllis at the Madison 2324 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513.321.1300 “I come here regularly for a manicure and pedicure. They al- ways do a beautiful job and go out of their way to make you feel pampered.” “For an extra intense pampering, consider Phyllis at the Madi- Referred by: Ashley Huber son. They truly care about their customers and strive to not only give you a gorgeous new hairdo, but that you’re relaxed with one of their massages or other spa amenities.” 2. High Five Salon Referred by: Elyse Cotton 2039 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513.502.5293 Statement Salon “High Five Salon does an impeccable job with keeping up with the modern hair styles. If you’re going for a whole new 13Village Square, Cincinnati, OH 45246 look, this is a good place to choose for your new-do.” 513.772.7262 Referred by: Keenan P. Cooper “Pam (the owner) is an incredibly knowledgeable stylist that takes everything into consideration when working with your Richard’s Hair Skin & Nails hair: what your professional needs are and everything in be- 3443 Edwards Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 tween. She works tirelessly to make sure you walk out of her 513.871.2999 store looking your absolute best.” “I am so picky when it comes to salons, but I keep coming Referred by: Ashley Corcoran back to Richard’s for eyebrow shaping and pedicures because of their quality of service. I am always complimented on my eyebrows and I love recommending Richard’s to my friends.” Referred by: Amy Seagull 160 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 133. Location. Lifestyle. Luxury. Nestled in the heart of Madeira. Whether you would like to leave your car in the garage and stroll to dinner; or flee from town entirely and leave the maintenance to some- one else, Bradford Place is your premier choice for lifestyle living. Start enjoying the things that matter the most in life. Quaint, convenient, and customizable lifestyle living starting at $465,000. Model Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 2 - 5 PM or by appointment.Jennifer Herron Lightcap Todd Helton 7733 Euclid Avenue . Madeira, OH . 45243 513.295.5769 513.478.7615
  • 134. FAVORITES JAGUAR LAND ROVER CINCINNATI Values Customer Relationships Photography by Glen Davis Throughout the years, Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati has embraced the “Land Rover Way,” a distinctive approach to doing business where engaging relationships are essential. The dealership stays in touch with its customers, promoting this rapport with unique opportunities to get together, varying from cooking classes to professional sports outings to off-roading events. Their most recent event was one to write about! On April 28, Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati took 60 clients to the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington, where Land Rover is the Official Vehicle. This equestrian event tests the resolve of the timeless partnership between horse and rider in three disciplines: dressage, cross-country, and jumping. The Rolex Kentucky is considered one of only six annual four star events in the world and is a qualifying event for the Olympic Games and World Championships. In addition to the equine competition, several Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati clients competed in the Land Rover Tailgate Challenge for the best-decorated, best- catered, and most creative Land Rover or Range Rover tailgate party. Dr. James D. White and his wife Margaret, long-standing customers of Land Rover Cincinnati, were the proud winners. “We are absolutely thrilled to be named the Land Rover Tailgate Challenge winners!” Dr. White said. “My wife and I have Dr. James D. and Margaret White been enthusiasts of both Land Rover and the equestrian community for many years now, so this is quite an honor.” It was their equestrian-themed Land Rover LR4 tailgate spread that truly impressed the judges. 162 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E Favorites
  • 135. Dr. William Edward Richards Bruce Healey“When you walk into Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati, you are met by a “We were introduced to Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati in 2005 when I pleasant team, eager to meet and greet you and answer all of your bought a car for my wife. From the beginning we have become smitten questions. They urge you to take the cars on a test drive on your own, with the dealership and their people. We are currently on our fifth car, and spend as much time as you need to really get to know the car. the Range Rover Evoque. The sales people are top notch and my family You are not faced with high-pressure sales. I have an incredibly hectic and I have developed a great relationship with them over the years. schedule. When I needed to have adjustments made to my car, they The sales process is seamless and their service is impeccable. They accommodated my busy schedule by driving out to my office with a always go the extra mile to solve any problem — I have never left the loaner, swapping the vehicles, and eliminating my stress. They are the dealership unsatisfied. Everyone is polite and reasonable. It is obvious easiest people to work with, and I have become friends with salesman that they love the cars they sell and enjoy providing service. Jaguars Frank Hutson. Their new Blue Ash location is fantastic and conveniently are beautifully built and designed, and there is nothing better to drive located off of Ronald Reagan Highway. You can go in on a Saturday long distance in. Our Range Rover is very reliable, comfortable, and a afternoon, relax and enjoy a coffee while your car is washed for free. I lot of fun to drive. Both the Jaguars and Range Rovers are luxurious, was initially apprehensive about buying a Jaguar due to old car reports, designed with real wood and leather. I have bought a lot of cars, and I but my Jaguar is great and I couldn’t be happier.” used to buy a variety of cars, but since 2005, I have always come back to Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati. The people at the dealership keep me Chase Bahlman coming back.” v“We are new to the Range Rover family and were thrilled to be invited to the Rolex Kentucky. My family had such a fun time! We all loved the obstacle course and found the entire experience enthralling. Working with Land Rover Cincinnati has been fantastic. When we initially test- drove the Range Rover we were impressed by the vehicle itself, but it was the dealership that sold the car. The sales team was not pushy and did not make us feel pressured. They were very helpful and knowledgeable. Their level of superior service continues to shock my husband and me. The entire place is a well-oiled machine. Problems are rare and anticipated before we ever have an issue. Driving the Range Rover Sport has been incredible. We can’t say enough about the entire crew. We will always have at least one Range Rover in our family at all times!” Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati is located at 9111 Blue Ash Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. You can reach them at 888.355.0375 or 513.791.1000 or visit their website at Chase Bahlman, Paddock Bahlman, and Megan McGrath V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 63
  • 136. FAVORITES Patty Lavy, Homeowner 164 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 137. Favorites Albrecht Wood Interiors Creates a National Award Winning DesignA Written by Jamie Rogers Photography by Nico DeBarmore and Provided by Albrecht InteriorsWhen Patty Lavy purchased her penthouse, she knew the bare space rated marvelously with both me and my incredible interior designer,complete with cement floors was filled with potential but in dire need Denis Bruss of Gene Zimmerman Interiors. I admired his honesty andof a makeover. With this in mind, Patty sought the expertise of John integrity. He was never pushy, and was very compliant on what I did orAlbrecht of Albrecht Wood Interiors. did not want to incorporate into my home. John was excellent about accommodating my schedule and he always kept me updated on prog- “When I was deciding who to work with on my home, I was im- ress. I am in complete awe of how incredible the project turned out.mediately impressed during my visit to Albrecht Wood Interiors. Their I have held 12 different charity events at my home since the remodeloffice was beautiful, complete with an array of photography lining the and it has served as the perfect accommodation for each event. If Iwalls depicting a wide variety of projects they had completed in the was starting the project all over again, without a doubt in my mind, Ipast. John (Albrecht) creates realistic architectural renderings, which would choose Albrecht Wood Interiors for the job.” allowed me to see what he would be building so I would know exactly — Patty Lavyhow the project would look upon completion. John and his crew cus-tom built a great deal of my cabinetry and furniture, and the furniture Albrecht Wood Interiors has been in business for 23 years. Johnthat I did purchase elsewhere; he modified to meet my specific tastes. Albrecht has utilized his experience in woodworking and cabinetJohn is an expert in cabinetry, everything is custom built and his cre- making to create beautifully innovative pieces to meet all of his cli-ativity allowed him to design and build everything flawlessly. John was ents’ desires. Every project is designed, custom built, and finishedreally wonderful to work with. I wanted to create a ‘WOW’ factor in in-house. vthe design of my home and he kept this in mind throughout the entireproject. He was extremely easy going and open-minded and collabo- V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 65
  • 138. FAVORITES The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named John Albrecht of Albrecht Wood Interiors, Inc., in Centerville, OH, 2012 National Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the “Entire House” category from $250,000 - $500,000 in its annual awards competition. The proj- ect was for the 3,000 square-foot penthouse on the top floor of the Schuster Center, Performance Place Tower. Albrecht Wood Interiors can be reached at 937.434.9218 or visit their website at Favorites 166 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 139. CARDEALERSHIPS 1. Performance Lexus 4328 Kings Water Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45249 513.677.0177 “The employees here are extremely friendly and helpful. If you are here to get your car serviced, a valet greets you and takes your car to the service area. While you are waiting, you can relax in the luxurious lounge, grab a coffee, and snack on a variety of delicious candies.” 1. Referred by: Kevin Dickerson The BMW Store 6131 Stewart Road Cincinnati, OH 45227 513.271.8700 “The experience starts the second you pull in. I have bought three BMWs from here because of the friendly people, great cars and first-class service.” Referred by: Randy Elam COFFEE& DESSERTS 2. A Bottle or Two 11920 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249 513.583.8163 “If you’re looking for a hard-to-find bottle of wine or just something to sip on with friends for a nice, relaxing dinner, this is definitely the place to go. The service is 2. wonderful, as is their large selection.” Referred by: AndrewWhite Graeter’s Locations in Cherry Grove, Clifton, Deerfield, Finneytown, Fountain The BonBonerie Square, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Mariemont, Mt. Auburn, Northgate, 2030 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45208 Springdale, West Chester, and Western Hills 513.321.3399 513.721.3323 “Go for a latte and stay for lunch. Or bring your favorite gal “Graeter’s is perfect for picking up a last-minute birthday pal for a beautiful afternoon tea service and make sure to cake. They have a great selection of treats that we love, and try the Opera Cream cake.” everyone is always very friendly.” Referred by: Amanda Bentley Referred by: Angela Allison Busken Bakery Molly Malones Locations in Beechmont, Eastgate, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Mason, Mil- 6111 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213 ford, Springdale, Western Hills, and Downtown 513.531.0700 513.871.5330 “Molly Malones is perfect for an after-work drink or a Tues- “This is a great place to pick up a staff breakfast or day night trivia session, at the longest running ‘Trivia Night’ birthday treat. Their signature smiley face cookies are my in town. The service is fast, the staff is friendly, and what’s favorite and always brighten my day.” better than a quaint Irish pub in Mt. Pleasant?” Referred by: Angela Allison Referred by: Aaron White V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 67
  • 140. John Tisdel DistributorFAVORITES of Fine AppliancesA Photography by Mark Bealer Auer Kitchens is a kitchen design and build firm that provides and installs cabinetry, countertops, and appliances for kitchen renovations. They use medium to high end cabinetry as well as SubZero and Wolf appliances exclusively. “John Tisdel (John Tisdel Distributor of Fine Appliances) is the exclusive distributor for SubZero and Wolf appliances in the Midwest/ Midsouth. SubZero and Wolf have always been a part of Auer Kitchens and we have a long standing relationship with John Tisdel. John backs the products 100 percent and adds integrity to the whole process. You can expect nothing less than impeccable sales service. I have always been able to count on the whole JTD organization to do the right thing and have never been disappointed by an outcome. Auer Kitchens only uses SubZero and Wolf products because they are quality products that are backed by a first class distributor. There is always someone available and eager to address your questions or concerns about any of their fine appliances. They are extremely knowledgeable about product information, availability, and are pleasant to work with. John has in place a service system through an independent service agent that is also a part of the JTD team. This system ensures quality service Auer Kitchens is located at 8520 Winton Road Cincinnati, for years after purchasing the product. This lends to a worry free OH 45231. You can reach them at 513.729.4564 or visit experience for the client. JTD is located in Mason, Ohio, which is their website at very convenient for our clients. They are truly a company of integrity.” – Ron Auer of Auer Kitchens C Crapsey and Gilles Contractors are a high-end new construction and remodeling company. “We have worked with JTD for close to 20 years and have maintained a great relationship with them. Their sales team is a wealth of knowledge and always at the forefront of the new products, ready and willing to answer any question or demonstrate the appliances capabilities. We work predominantly with Rufus Brown, and he is consistently on top of anything we need,” Rob Crapsey of Crapsey and Gilles Contractors says. “John Tisdel distributes the best appliances available in the market. Our clients want top notch and this is what John Tisdel delivers. Their showroom is spectacular and their sales people are incredibly knowledgeable. If we have a client who is unsure what they want in an appliance, we can set up an appointment between the client and Rufus, and he will guide them through each appliance and answer any questions they may have. They do a fantastic job for us,” Chris Gilles of Crapsey and Gilles Contractors explains. Crapsey adds, “When we initially bring clients to the showroom, they tend to be overwhelmed by the size and the vast selection of Crapsey & Gilles Contractors, INC. is located at 8887 products. But it is set up so nicely with individual vignettes showing Glendale-Milford Road Loveland, OH 45140. You can different types of spaces, a kitchen or outdoor space, that they are able reach them at 513.891.6333 or visit their website at to see how the products work together and can begin to visualize how they can begin to customize their space.” 168 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 141. FavoritesRRWA Architects, Inc., is a firm renowned for designing residences, Ish adds, “Home appliances are something that a client interfacesadditions, and remodeling of single-family residences. RWA is also with every day of their lives. It is great to have a valuable resourceknown for its work on hospitality, retail, garden structures, and such as the JTD showroom where our clients are able to feel, touch,furniture design. and interact with appliances that they will potentially be using on a daily basis.” “Our business, has worked extensively with John Tisdel. They have Mauch continues, “We have had clients actually come to theprovided us with sales and representation for kitchen and appliances. showroom and cook on the appliances. They bring their favorite potsTheir team is very capable, professional, knowledgeable, and provide and pans to make sure there is a good fit. There are few places thatcourteous service all within the well-presented context of their offer this type of opportunity. We work with JTD salesman Rufusshowroom. It is ideal for sending or accompanying our clients to Brown, and he has done an excellent job keeping up to date with all ofselect appliances for their project,” John Ish of RWA Architects says. the appliances, he consistently checks in on us, is very reliable, and is “We have been associated with John Tisdel since we opened our always willing to meet our clients. We look forward to a long workingbusiness in 1989. In that time, we have never experienced an issue. relationship with this company.” vTheir sales people are extremely knowledgeable and keep up todate on all of the products they offer. Our clients are able to learn RWA Architecture and Design is located at 2771directly from their team, who fully explains how each appliance Observatory Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45208. You canworks. This arrangement is ideal because our clients get the full reach them at 513.321.9506 or visit their website atextent of information they want and it alleviates our stress. Our market is higher-end and JTD has the appliances our clientswant. The appliances they carry (Sub-Zero, Wolf, ASKO, Faber, John Tisdel Distributor of Fine Appliances is located atKWC, MetalCraft, Sylvan Source, and Scotsman) are well made, 7177 Central Parke Boulevard Mason, OH 45040. Youaesthetically pleasing, perform extraordinarily well, and have a can reach them at 513.339.0990 or visit their website atfantastic reputation,” says Mike Mauch of RWA Architects. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 69
  • 142. 513.870.94499470 Le Saint DriveFairfield, OH
  • 144. FAVORITES Favorites A Backyard Oasis BUILT FROM SOMEONE YOU TRUST Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Josh Beeman and provided by Eagle Custom Homes When Terrie Johnson and her husband Rob were looking to relocate that happened to be a Homearama lot. The home was to be designed their family to Cincinnati nine years ago, they sought to build their and built from scratch, perfected to the Johnsons’ stipulations, and dream home, one which they could live and grow in for years to Homearama-ready. Johnson was elated with the outcome of the come. After extensively researching and interviewing a number entire project and was very grateful of how fantastic Feagles was to of well-respected builders, Johnson found a good fit with Doug work with. Nine years later, the Johnsons are ready to create their Feagles of Eagle Custom Homes and Remodeling. backyard living space into their own nirvana, and to help create Johnson’s family desired to live in a golf community, and after their private paradise; Johnson once again pursued the expertise reviewing a number of different locations, Feagles suggested a lot of Feagles. 172 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 145. “I appreciated how professional and obliging Doug was when we congregate. We are not concerned about the financial investment fororiginally worked with him building our home. I have a particular resale purposes, but instead, our new backyard retreat will serve asstyle, and I wanted him to take an investment in our ideas and build upon them. “For a project that is soMy husband and I put our heart important to us, we neededand soul into the project, and an adept team of professionals.we wanted the design to be a With Doug already in placecollaborative effort that truly as the team coordinator, hereflected us. We did not plan to engaged a wonderful architectbuild a home we would only live designer, Jeff Watterson, to joinin for a short time but instead the project. It was imperativewanted this to be our home for that the job would be wellyears to come. Doug understood coordinated, thoroughly thoughtthat, and was able to take my out, well planned, and a greatvision and design and evolve it collaboration between the teaminto something wonderful. I was and me. We are well underwaypregnant throughout the course and thus far I am deeply pleasedof the project, and very pregnant with everyone’s progress. Thethrough the completion. Doug design is complete with awas very accommodating and I gunite pool, which is the mostalways felt well respected. We substantial and permanent typetrusted each other and worked offered and could be designedexceedingly well together. Nine to our specifications. Doug wasyears later and we continue to be very receptive of implementingvery happy with our home. specific subtleties I wanted for “Throughout the years, we the project, such as consideringkept in touch with Doug for the view for each seating area andadvice and questions. After grill placement. There will be adeciding that we were ready to cabana complete with a built-inexpand our outdoor living space fireplace. The design is optimaland incorporate a swimming for family and entertaining.pool, I turned to Doug for his Our collaborative design is veryknowledge and guidance for intentional, allotting amplechoosing the right person to space for social gatherings andwork with. At the time, I was functional cooking space. Thereunaware that Doug’s business is a sunken patio on the side for ahad evolved to include large-scale renovations, additions, outdoor more intimate and private gathering place. It has unique featuresliving, and home extensions. I was happy to hear Doug wanted to and flow. Comfortable seating will be added and there will be awork on the project to create our family’s staycation. (A staycation fire pit. The pool is very large with a free-form shape and willis when one invests in their own home with items you would seek perfectly accommodate swim play and activities. The backyardon vacation, thus creating high quality entertainment outside your addition is intended to be relaxing and restful with well thoughtown door.) Utilizing our spacious private wooded lot, Doug and I out conveniences. There will be trellises on both sides of thedeliberately designed the space to maximize woods exposure with cabana and will be ideal for both large events as well as smallthe goal of creating a private oasis in the backyard. We wanted a gatherings. The project has been planned and executed to befantastic place for our family to share together where we could tasteful and functional.create lasting memories. Our children are very involved in sports “They provided three-dimensional renderings so I can see howand social activities, and we often have get-togethers with their everything will look upon completion. This is fantastic and bringsfriends and their friends’ parents. We love the idea of having a fun, a lot to the project because you know exactly what you can expectsafe, and secure environment for our children and their friends to and see a virtual reality of what you are going to get. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 73
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  • 147. “I chose Doug to work on this project because I knew how successful (it was) building with him in the past. He understood my tastes, style, and work style. Despite the dire outlook for homebuilders in this economy, Doug’s company continues to thrive because he was able to be innovative with his business, and his survival is a true testament to his skill. It is great to work with someone who is passionate about his work, and he is excellent at choosing great people to collaborate and work with. I am confident that in the end, the project will be beautiful. Doug is onsite for the project to ensure that everything is impeccable and precise. “Doug has been a great listener, consistently following up on everything; is detail oriented, and respectful in his interactions. I feel comfortable with his personality and abilities and I trust him 100% to create something our family will absolutely love.” v Terrie Johnson Eagle Custom Homes and Remodeling is located at 411 W. Loveland Avenue, Suite 202, Loveland, OH 45140. You can reach them at 513.965.0455, by email at, or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 75
  • 149. Justin Doyle Homes 407 Vine St . Suite 281 . Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 445-2111 webcontact@justindoylehomes.comLET US DESIGN THE HOME OF YOUR DREAMS
  • 150. FAVORITES Interiors by Kurtinitis is located at 3561 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226. You can reach them at 513.321.3052 or visit their website at I nteriors by Kurtinitis Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Josh Beeman Terri and Jeff Long “We initially ventured into Interiors by Kurtinitis because we were We are currently building a home in South Carolina and it would aware of their exceptional taste in furnishings. The business boasts seem that the undertaking of two projects would be stressful, but … a remarkable window display exhibiting great home accessories. We working with Interiors by Kurtinitis has made the whole process free were moving from a substantially larger home into a condo and wanted of worry and angst. Larry and Jay were proficient in their skills, reliable, our new home to reflect our style and taste from the previous home. prompt, and responsive to our needs. They were very space conscious (Interiors by Kurtinitis designer) Larry McGruder combined our old and engineered furniture placement to maximize the space. We were things with new items from Interiors by Kurtinitis, creating the perfect impressed by their creativity and imagination in terms of lighting, color, collaboration which incorporated our personal taste and reflected our art, and accessories. Larry and Jay were always courteous, respectful, personalities. We were impressed by the array of wonderful and quality and considerate of our needs and time. The entire experience was very pieces they had to offer. We loved both Larry and JW Fleckenstein pleasant. The project is completed and we remain friends, and that (Interiors by Kurtinitis co-owner and designer). They both had a keen says a lot! We are thrilled with the outcome. My husband and I walk perception of what we wanted and they never tried to oversell. Both into our new home and still say ‘WOW.’ The expertise and furnishings gentlemen exhibited great listening skills; we always felt our thoughts from Interiors by Kurtinitis maximized the wow factor without being and wants were well understood and received. They both exuded a overdone, we love it!” v vibrant sense of humor and it made for a fun and joy filled experience. 178 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 151. BOUTIQUES 1. Alligator Purse 2701 Erie Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45208 513.871.6171 “Cute boutique with great dresses, accessories, shoes, jewelry, and handbags that you don’t see everywhere. A great place for every day, but especially those special occasions when you want to look chic!” Referred by: Kimberly Kanakes Ambassador’s Antiques 40 East Mulberry Street, Lebanon, OH 45036 513.934.5677 “Whether you come here to browse their selection or decide to buy something unique; there are antiques and items here that suit ev- 1. eryone’s tastes and styles.” Referred by: Luke Jellison Eden Floral Boutique 1129 Walnut Street, Cincinnati OH 45206 Busy Bee Boutique 513.281.3336 732 Middleton Way #106 Loveland, OH 45140 513.677.2879 “Eden Floral Boutique is my favorite place to go when I am looking for a special birthday or thank-you gift. They have some of the most beautiful “I love Busy Bee because they have a little bit of everything. I always and unique flower arrangements I have seen anywhere and they always find something great in there whether it is jewelry for me or a great do such a fantastic job.” toy for my niece. And they gift wrap!” Referred by: Lauren Meyer Referred by: Sarah Crandall Fassler Florist & Event Design Chez Renee 1892 Ashwood Circle, Fort Wright, KY 41011 8181 Camargo Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243 859.331.7673 513.271.2689 “If you’re looking for something unique with a European twist, check out “Fassler Florist & Event Design makes sure that your wedding day is this boutique. It’s filled with one of a kind items that you can’t find any- absolutely perfect; by working with their clients to ensure their day where else.” looks fabulous. With an array of experience, Fassler has your wedding Referred by: Editorial Pick or event covered.” Referred by: Suzanne Sabin Designs by Dawson 6929 Miami Avenue, Madeira, OH 45243 Fetish 513.827.9100 3425 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513.321.0004 “Whether you’re looking for stationery for your wedding invitations or something more casual like a birthday party, you can find what- “Fetish carries unique apparel that you won’t be able to find anywhere ever you need here. Dawson is easy to work with and will help you else in Cincinnati. The unpretentious and casual atmosphere will make come up with exactly what you have in mind.” you feel comfortable while shopping.” Referred by: Editorial Pick Referred by: Natalia Moreno Diane Firsten Gattle’s 2033 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 7809 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513.871.3399 513.871.4050 “Whether you’re attending a formal brunch or a black-tie event, the “From bed linens and soaps to dishware and monogrammed towels, on-site stylists at Diane Firsten can help you dress to impress, or Gattle’s is the place to go to make your home beautiful. Everything is of overhaul your wardrobe, with women’s wear and menswear from the highest quality, with stylish design, in this almost-century-year-old the world’s leading fashion designers.” Cincinnati establishment.” Referred by: Editorial Pick Referred by: Martha Singer
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  • 156. FAVORITES The V Collective is located at 21 Whitney Drive, Milford, OH 45150. You can reach them at 513.707.1495 or visit their website at John Hueber Homes is located at 526 Wards Corner Road Suite B, Loveland, OH 45140. You can reach them at 513.683.3080 or visit their website at johnhueberhomes. com.
  • 157. Waiting for a great price? Your time is now. CUSTOM CABINETS AT SEMI-CUSTOM PRICES! Actual kitchen design by Howard’s Kitchen Studio. EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR OF Sandee Daye Designer, and NKBA accredited HOWARD’S CUSTOM SELECT CABINETRY! CMYBD Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer There’s no better time than now to have the kitchen you’ve been waiting for. We’ve been working hard with our suppliers to bring you great pricing and our suppliers are offering specials that we’re passing on to you. Howard’s Kitchen Studio offers: Complete kitchen design and installion Two large, in-depth showrooms: Cabinetry, countertops, hardware, tile, and appliances DISPLAY MODELS & WAREHOUSE OVERSTOCKS AT MARIEMONT LOCATION Dishwashers • Refrigerators • Ovens & Ranges Wine Captains • Cooktops • Trash Compactors Built-in Refrigerators • Under-Counter Refrigerators • Range Hoods These fine brand names Bosch • KitchenAid •Miele • Sub-Zero • ThermadorMon thru Fri 9-5 Sat 10-4 or by appointment Whirlpool • Viking • Blue Star • Marvel • LiebherrVisit us at Loveland Mariemont / Madison Place 920-C Loveland-Madeira Rd. 4120 Plainville Rd. 513.722.3490 513.271.3490
  • 159. Favorites Trusted AppliancesW from a Trusted Source Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Josh BeemanWhen Ken Rieman was a senior at Miami University, he had dreams of becoming a pro-fessional baseball player. But his father, Ken Rieman Sr., had recently started a company,Custom Distributors Inc., with Ken Jr.’s uncle, Bob Rieman, and business associate, DickArszman. Ken Sr. aspired for his son to play an integral role in the new family business.Now, more than 25 years later, Ken Jr., Principal at Custom Distributors, has helped tomake this business one of the leading home appliance distributors in the region. The business has stayed true to its family oriented roots, and is currently owned byKen Jr., Ken’s mother Rose, his cousins Eric and Pat Rieman, and Arszman. CustomDistributors is a contract distributor of a vast and diverse range and variety of productsto fit a large breadth of budgets. They partner with builders, contractors and designers,and cater to office buildings, retirement homes, condos, and residential. With locationsin Cincinnati, Dayton, and Tampa, Custom Distributors has fantastic showrooms in eachlocation and boasts beautifully displayed higher-end appliances on site. They have won anumber of awards from the Home Builders Association for the best showroom. One of the most unique aspects of Custom Distributors is their Living Kitchen, whichcontains one of the largest displays of SubZero and Wolf appliances found in the country.This is made possible through their partnership with John Tisdel Distributor of Fine Ap-pliances (JTD), who is the exclusive distributor for the superlative SubZero and Wolf linesin the Midwest/Midsouth U.S. Rieman is thrilled to be a part of this business relationship with such an esteemed com-pany. JTD is recognized for its high quality support before the sale, during the sale, andafter the sale. They are unwavering for producing the best trained and most knowledge-able sales team that goes above and beyond other suppliers. Every aspect of the SubZeroand Wolf units are covered so people really understand the superiority of the products. SubZero and Wolf, top of the line appliances found in the Living Kitchen, are avail-able for clients to not only see and touch, but can be tested to show the full realm of theirfunctional capabilities. Clients are urged to call ahead and enjoy the full experience witha delicious lunch prepared for them in the Living Kitchen. What sets Custom Distributors apart from other home appliance distributors is theexceptional level of care shown by their entire staff. It is imperative that the Custom Dis-tributors’ team always goes the extra mile to treat each person who walks in their doorsexceedingly well. Customer service is their top priority, while offering an excellent arrayof outstanding appliances.Rick Seitz, owner of Artisan Esate Homes, LLC“The staff at Custom Distributors is extremely responsive and knowledgeable. Their showroom offers live appliances, which is great because you are able to see Custom Distributors Inc. is located at 9190 and test the functionality of the product. Custom Distributors have always met Seward Roadd Fairfield OH 45014. You can and exceeded all of my needs and expectations. It is very beneficial to be able reach them at 513.874.5444 or visit their website at to see the products first-hand versus looking in catalogues. I have worked with them for a decade and I really enjoy doing business with a local, family owned and operated company. There is always someone available who is accountable and will work to meet my needs. I have maintained a long and successful relationship with Custom Distributors, because we have had a great track record. I know I can always count on them to do an excellent job. We recently worked together for a 2012 Homearama home where the homeowner was a classically trained chef who understood the superiority of the Wolf and SubZero appliance lines and insisted on these appliances. It was great knowing that I could turn to Ken at Custom Dis- tributors and meet her every need. It is wonderful to have that type of faith and trust in a company.”v V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 87
  • 160. FAVORITES Hoffman & AlbersW Written by Jamie Rogers Photography by Josh Beeman When Ann Hoffman, owner of Hoffman and Albers Interiors opened her business nineteen years ago, she sought to fill a void in the interior design business. At the time, Hoffman was disappointed by the monotony in style for home furnishings. The greater Cincinnati area was in dire need of a destination spot where people could find unique and beautiful furniture, artwork, lighting, and accessories at an affordable price. Hoffman and her former partner wanted to offer something that couldn’t be found elsewhere in Cincinnati, and this was the foundation for Hoffman and Albers. In addition to their expansive 11,000 sq. foot showroom, Hoffman and Albers offers a full interior design studio with a full interior design service. Their design team includes five highly trained interior designers who are eager to meet all of the needs of their clients. Furniture and design is coded into Hoffman’s DNA. As third generation in furniture, she grew up immersed in the interiors business. Hoffman’s educational background in sociology and psychol- ogy has aided her immensely when working with clients and implementing their personality, desires, and lifestyle into design. Favorites 188 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 161. Katie (and Sean) “Thank you so much for making my birthday extra special. I absolutely LOVE my fuzzy throw and candle! All of the furniture looks amazing and I look forward to working with you in the future. Thanks again for your generosity.” Cynthia S. Whitehurst AuD “I recently leased new office space and was overwhelmed with a multitude of design and construction decisions that had to be made in a timely manner. It was a stressful period preparing for the move and keeping the costs under budget while still keeping my old office open in order to see patients. I am very grateful for the expertise of Hoffman and Albers because they guided me through this process with a professional assurance which kept me at ease. Now I receive wonderful comments regarding the décor of my new office and I am very happy I used their design services.” Mary Sue “I am very happy with my newly decorated family room. Diane Pelzer captured my contemporary style from the black bamboo floor, to the vibrant primary colors and the clean lines of the furniture. Her creativity and ability to work within my budget exceeded my expectations. My lower level recreational area was a challenge and Diane stepped up and accepted it. My husband wanted it to feel completely different than our contemporary style on the upper level. He wanted the room to feel like an escape, like you were away on vacation at an exclusive hunting lodge. We feel that Diane truly captured the feel we wanted. The area is very warm and relaxing. She truly put us in that vacation lodge.” Satisfied Client “Debbie (Meyer) was able to immediately grasp the concept of what I wanted for my living room by blending different patterns and colors to make my room so special. I thoroughly enjoy relaxing as well as entertaining my guests in this fantastic room.” vHoffman and Albers Interiors is located at 9405 Kenwood RoadCincinnati, OH 45242. You can reach them at 513.793.9100 orvisit their website at Ann Hoffman, Owner V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 1 89
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  • 164. FAVORITES Riverstone Development Group & Riverstone Custom Homes is located at 7835 Carmargo Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243. You can reach them at 513.891.0990, by email at, or visit their website at 192 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 165. FAVORITES Lorinn Williams Appliance Loft Photography by Josh Beeman Lorinn Williams “I began working with the Appliance Loft almost one year ago. I found myself there because I knew they sold Viking appliances, which held an allure since they can be personalized. While at the showroom, I discovered the vast selection they had to offer. I found an incredible Liebherr fridge, which acts as a fridge/ freezer/wine storage. I wanted my appliances to be different and unique, and the Appliance Loft offered the perfect selection to do just that. I purchased a black Viking stove, personalized with stainless steel and chrome. Their customer service is fantastic; they were very accommodating and helpful. They quickly became keen to my tastes and showed me a Sharp drawer microwave that I absolutely love! I purchased several Kitchen Aid trash compactors that had to be set up, and the team at the Appliance Loft was fantastic about making sure installation was done quickly and efficiently. I was so enthralled by the selection that in addition to my other appliances, I bought two beverage refrigerators and a Capitol outside grill. Kevin David (owner of The Appliance Loft) was extremely helpful; he came to my home to make sure everything was working well and to ensure my complete happiness. It was fantastic to only have to shop at one place. They had everything I wanted including appliances that you are unable to find anywhere else. I’ll never need to shop anywhere else again.” v The Appliance Loft is located at 3209 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209. You can reach them at 513.533.0440, or visit their website at 194 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E Favorites
  • 167. FAVORITES Favorites Customization & Technology Go Hand-in-Hand Written by Carly Behringer . Photography by Josh Beeman Imagine your perfect dream home customized to your needs that can be garage door from as close as a café down the street, to across the world in built in approximately 90 days, and is backed by a one-year fit and finish a foreign country. You can set the device to alert you when your children warranty and a 20-year structural warranty. This may seem like a fantasy, come home by having them punch in an access code or you can open the but Justin Doyle Homes makes it a reality. They are one of the few certified door remotely for them. There are modifiable settings, like the “Goodnight” Energy Star builders in Ohio focusing strictly on customization, customer mode, which turns off your TVs and lights before bed, all with the push of service, quality, and efficiency. a button. This not only reduces clutter inside the home, but it makes things Justin Doyle, owner of Justin Doyle Homes, worked closely with his even simpler for those on the go. Hanson Audio Video also installed a 130- father, who ran his own business for 37 years. Doyle graduated with a inch cinemascope movie screen in the lower level where the components degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University, then shortly for the theater are hidden in a backroom and the speakers are placed behind thereafter, met his wife, Amy. After living out of state for some time, Doyle the screen, improving aesthetics and functionality. moved back to help take over the business. Justin Doyle Homes was born. Justin Doyle Homes is looking to expand throughout the Tristate, and The company prides itself on creating satisfied customers by striving hopes to take their suppliers, like Hanson Audio Video, with them. They to get quality custom homes designed and built in a reasonable amount want their quality partnerships to grow, benefitting both the companies of time while respecting budgets: it typically takes a week to 10 days to and their customers. Justin Doyle Homes was a “word-of-mouth” company finalize building plans, and around 90 days to complete the home. Doyle’s in the past, yet it has consistently been sought out for its quality and expertise shines through with the efficiency of the homes his company compassionate customer service. builds, keeping in mind the current energy costs consumers face. Customers like Chris and Michelle in Cincinnati, Ohio, were very Their creativity is evident by their 2012 show home at Homearama at impressed. “Working with Justin Doyle Homes was the ultimate experience Willow’s Bend, where Doyle collaborated with Troy Hanson, owner of in building our house. They worked very closely with us during and after Hanson Audio Video. Hanson designed and installed the entertainment the building process. Justin and his staff allowed us to customize our floor and automation in this innovative house which can be controlled by an plan and make all our design decisions early in the process. This made the iPad, iPhone, and other smart devices. There is a “proprietary network” building process very efficient and allowed for completion of the project in in place that connects all devices (that is up-datable and modifiable) in the only a few months once the ground was broken. Even after the build, Justin home to your smart device. This means you could lock the doors, turn off Doyle Homes continues to provide superior support when difficulties arise. the TV, watch your security cameras, turn off the lights, or even shut your We cannot say enough good things about Justin Doyle Homes.” v Justin Doyle Homes is located at 407 Vine Street, Suite #281 Hanson Audio Video is located at 3140 Far Hills Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45202. You can reach them at 513.445.2111, Dayton, OH 45429. You can reach them at 513.563.0444, by email, or visit their by email at, or visit their website at website at 196 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 168. BOUTIQUESJEWELERS Richter & Phillips Co 202 East Sixth Street Cincinnati, OH 45202 513.241.3510 “My experience here is always very personal. All of the employees are gemologists so they really know what they are talking about. They genuinely want to help you find the perfect piece of jewelry.” Referred by: Chelsea Fauver 43471_G10_C1-1 07/27/09 RLX RLXMENS WEAR BANKING Knickers XY PNC Bank 2717 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513.257.0256 1.888.PNC.BANK “I love everything about PNC. The virtual wallet makes life so “I always stop by here whenever I need shaving supplies. They much easier. I do both my personal and small business banking also have a very cool collection of swimwear and underwear.” here. The staff is always friendly and willing to help.” Referred by: Eric Schickli Referred by: Angela Allison
  • 169. Automatic Providing all of your automatic gate and fencing needs Swing, Slide, and Barrier Gates • 24-Hour/7-Day Timers • Automatic Open/Close Telephone Entry • Digital Keypads • Card Readers • Remote Controls
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  • 171. Verbargs 30 YearsFAVORITES Serving Greater Cincinnati for Over Written by Carly Behringer Photography by Brian Ambs and Provided by Verbargs Favorites Verbarg’s is the epitome of a functional family business. Harold Harold and Shirley explain how one great aspect of working Verbarg started in the furniture industry as a 15-year-old and with the family is that everyone brings a different idea to the eventually became president of his former boss’s company. table, which helps them to innovate. “One of our daughters, When his boss later quit, he bought an old store in Amelia and Gail, loves to paint. She could paint every day. Debbie and Sheri that’s where the family business was officially born. Harold and like to arrange the floors and they enjoy it. It’s a family business his wife Shirley reminisce about how the store was a rundown, and a lot of people appreciate that,” Harold says. He goes on “hodge-podge of merchandise,” and was so upsetting to Shirley to explain a major difference when working with family. “We that she cried on the opening day in 1978, thinking the business have flexibility. If you’re working for someone else, you better would never get off the ground. be there, hell or high water. We’re flexible enough to where if Thankfully, Verbarg’s has expanded and finds itself today someone has a problem, the other one will cover for them and with two locations: the original store in Amelia, and another I think that’s a good thing.” in Kenwood. Not only have they expanded since the late ’70s, The Verbargs participate in other activities – woodwork- but the business has remained a family operation. Harold and ing in Harold’s free time and Shirley is an avid reader. But Shirley are parents to five grown daughters: Linda, Gail, Jenny, the couple, their children, and grandchildren find true joy in Debbie, and Sheri – not to mention their grandchildren. Just taking care of their business together. Harold shares a lesson because they all work together doesn’t mean that they’re always after his many years of experience. “Everybody has a story best friends. “When holidays come along, they probably think – about their life. Some are more interesting than others. Even at least I’m assuming this is what they think – do we really have the ones that aren’t interesting have contributed something to do this? Don’t we see each other enough during the week? But really important.” v we do get along pretty well!” Harold Verbarg said. 200 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 172. Joann Reinsel “Verbarg’s is always our first choice, go-to place for furniture, lighting, and window treatments. They carry the quality product lines we’re looking for. Crystal and Jenn are a delight to work with – knowledgeable, accessible, and fun!” Rodger and Gloria Henn “Customer service is a mere memory of things past, let alone true personal customer service with a genuine smile. That is seemingly painfully true everywhere, but definitely not at Verbarg’s, especially if you have the privilege of be truly served by Bruce Hauser. For over four and a half years, we have been more than pleased with his ‘over the top’ service to us, including going to great lengths to find solutions to our projects.” Verbarg’s is located at 8155 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236. You can reach them at 513.794.1555. They have a second location at 1912 Ohio Pike, Amelia, OH 45102. You can reach them at 513.797.5000, or by email at, or visit their website at left to right: Sheri Mitchell, Jenny Kent, Shirley Verbarg, Harold Verbarg,and Debbie Gilligan. Not pictured: Linda Cook and Gail Verbarg-Maile. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 201
  • 173. Fav or it esFAVORITES Wentz Design A New World View Written by Carly Behringer Photography by Josh Beeman When you walk into the penthouse condominium of Neil Marquardt and ceilings. They had 14-foot ceilings everywhere and we lowerd them (just Kimberly Kanakes, get ready to drop your jaw. This penthouse suite in at the entry and hallway) to open up the other spaces dramatically. The downtown Cincinnati isn’t your typical loft. The interior is filled with soffits he installed bring your eye on this corner, which is an absolutely functional, flowing sof- gorgeous corner of the fits with recessed light- world with this pent- ing, packed with hues in house kind of view,” a variety of gray, white, Marquardt says. “Peo- and black. Stainless steel ple have actually come appliances make the in and complemented space modern and give us with that and said, it a clean aesthetic. Not ‘Wow, this is really neat surprisingly, the view is how you walk in and the breathtaking, especially room opens up and in- with the large window vites you into the whole overlooking the city and front of the house.’ So Paul Brown Stadium. In what he had in mind short, it is something worked!” one must behold to truly Marquardt and comprehend the quality Kanakes were more of design. than pleased when Wentz Design, the working with Wentz creator of this space, due to his collaborative strives to be energetic nature and easygoing and creative in its de- attitude. According to signs, while the finish- Marquardt, Wentz was ing touches put on a home or commercial space are directly from the always there to answer calls or if they wanted something changed, he client’s goals and needs. Company founder and Architect Mike Wentz had no problem accommodating them. holds a degree from the University of Cincinnati in Architecture. It “Mike was really awesomely responsive, always there for us. I wish I shows through in his beautiful work that includes high end residential had another house for him to design. If I design another one, he’ll be the homes, additions and remodels, but also commercial work in the office, first one I’ll call. All the different moving parts when you’re building a retail, and restaurant markets. While his other works are sure to wow, house are one of the most stressful in life, and he was just there for us. He Marquardt and Kanakes’s penthouse is guaranteed to inspire. was a foundational piece of it all. When something started going haywire Wentz Design is heavily into collaboration with their clients. Wen- and we needed clarification, he was always there to pick up the phone or tz’s biggest concern was making sure that the couple was happy with re-render some plans. He definitely gets an A+ from me!” his design, and that everything he was changing about their space was Before the renovation, the condo was boxy, unimaginative, and un- conducive to their desires. desirable to the couple, which is a complete 180 from what it is today. “Honestly, I just had an awesome experience with him and his en- Marquardt attests that Wentz truly gave their home life and functionality tire staff,” Marquardt says. “My favorite part of working with Mike was beyond what they had even envisioned by merging his ideas with what how he kind of took our ideas and visions for a place that was otherwise the couple had in mind to create a pleasure for the beholder. completely unbuilt. He merged our ideas: his ideas really just brought it “From both an architectural eye and perspective, the movement he together in a really terrific movement throughout the house, while at the created was great. And working with him day-to-day with his visuals same time, respecting or implementing the stuff that we wanted done.” was great. He really took a look at what we were signing up for, even Since the couple loved watching football, it was a plus when Wentz before they nailed it down on paper.” created a large, open window that makes up an entire wall overlooking The couple is especially happy with the reception from friends and Paul Brown Stadium. The picturesque window stretches the length of family when they walk into the space and are amazed by the views they the living room wall, maintaining the openness and flow of the design. encounter. In short, Mike Wentz from Wentz Design was a homeown- “He had this idea for when you would walk into the house to lower the er’s dream Architect. v Wentz Design is located at 7813 Ted Gregory Lane, Suite C, Cincinnati, OH 45242. You can reach them at 513.745.0420 or visit their website at 202 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 174. Come Visit Our Brand New Showroom Today And See The Choices You’ve Been Missing 3360 Red Bank Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 | 513.271.1500 | www.hprp.comMonday - Friday: 7:30AM - 5:00PM | Saturday: 8:00AM - 12:00PM | Sunday: Closed
  • 175. The Hyde Park Lumber Company“I was initially hesitant to visit Hyde Park Lumber because I thought it would be a ‘guys’ lumber store, but I was very wrong. They have so much to offer! There are a number of incredibly beautiful vignettes that show an array of gorgeous custom mouldings. It was the perfect place for a design savvy woman like me to shop and gather inspiration. Their customer service was impeccable. At Hyde Park Lumber, they really listened to my needs and were very attentive. I appreciated how easy they made the whole process. They were a predominant part of our home remodeling project and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.” – Adalynn Curtis
  • 176. FAVORITES The Man Behind JP Flooring Design Center Written by Danielle Dean . Photography by Brian Ambs As a 16-year-old high school student cutting carpet part time at McAlpin’s, Phil Schrimper never imagined that he would one day own one of the nation’s largest flooring showrooms. After graduating from high school, Schrimper continued to climb up the ranks in the floor-covering department at McAlpin’s. However, at age 27, he found himself without a job when the Cincinnati department store decided to discontinue the floor-covering department that Schrimper had grown to love. Schrimper began JP Flooring Design Center in 1988. “Twenty-four years ago we started out like everyone else, in a small office with no employees. When we origi- nally started it boiled down to the fact that I just needed a job. We got our start in a very small facility where we realized early on that there was a great opportunity in the builder and contractor market. That’s where we began; since then we have started growing our business one customer at a time,” Schrimper recalls. 206 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 177. Favorites JP Flooring Design Center was already a favorite destination we have it. With my department store background I kind of have amongst builders and contractors, but as word spread Schrimper a little more of a department store mentality in terms of how soon found a new niche we merchandise, how we with residential custom- take care of our custom- ers as well. This new ers and how we deliver customer base allowed the whole experience JP Flooring Design Cen- from A to Z,” Schrimper ter to truly grow one re- says. ferral at a time. As Schrimper con- Nearly 12 years after tinues to take his busi- first opening the doors ness to new heights, he of the first JP Flooring continues to stay mo- Design Center location, tivated. “At the end of Schrimper was ready to the day it is a continual take his business to the challenge. It’s an evolu- next level. Schrimper tion, you know you’re was looking for the constantly going with it. right location to trans- You always have to con- form his well-established retail business into a showroom and tinually be innovative and stay on top of your game. There is warehouse. Schrimper eventually found the perfect location in never a day where you can sit back in your office put your feet the heart of West Chester. up on your desk and say you know what I’ve made it, because For the first time in nearly 20 years an interchange was the day you do that is the day that someone else is going to added to Interstate 75. Schrimper says, “Anytime there is a figure it out,” Schrimper explains. new exit put off of I-75 it is kind of like the field of dreams ... No matter what your flooring needs, JP Flooring Design you build it and they will come.” With that in mind, Schrimper Center is sure to have exactly what you’re looking for. Conve- purchased an old warehouse in the middle of a cornfield and niently located on Union Centre Boulevard JP Flooring Design began transforming it into what is now JP Flooring Design Center is sure to have exactly what you need for your next Center’s 100,000 square-foot facility. “People thought we flooring project. v were a little crazy buying this big building on Union Centre Boulevard, but as you can see it turned out to be a premier lo- cation in the city. We have positioned ourselves to service not only the Cincinnati market, but also the Dayton and Northern Kentucky markets,” Schrimper explains. Since JP Flooring’s humble beginnings, Schrimper has Tim Hensley, President, Hensley Custom Building Group strived to offer customers a shopping experience like no other. “We have been working with Phil for over 20 years. The company has always been a first class operation toWith a 20,000 square-foot showroom dedicated exclusively to work with. They have a vast array of product, materials, floor coverings, JP Flooring Design Center offers customers a and selections in all categories, whether it’s hardwood, wide selection of area rugs, carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile ceramic tile, or carpet. JP Flooring provides one stop,and vinyl. “Anything that you need to go down on your floor, shopping for my clients. It is truly a high end experience.” JP Flooring Design Center is located at 9097 Union Centre Boulevard, West Chester, OH 45069. You can reach them at 513.346.4300, or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 207
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  • 180. Favorites Visit Howard’s Kitchen Studio at 920 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 45140. You can reach them at 513.722.3490, by email at, or visit their website Visit their Cincinnati location at 4120 Plainville Road, Cincinnati OH 45227. You can reach them at 513.271.3490. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 21 1
  • 181. FAVORITES Favorites Wimberg Landscaping Written by Danielle Dean . Photography provided by Wimberg What is hardscaping? Hardscaping would be walls, walkways, steps, driveways, and anything else that involves Peggy Mossbarger the use of natural and manufactured stone products. Also included would be the use of wood “I had decided that I wanted to have a patio in for arbors, decks, and trellises in addition to outdoor grills and fireplaces. my backyard. I contacted Peter Wimberg with Wimberg Landscaping and explained to him what How does the homeowner know which options to use? I wanted to do. He referred me to his designer, Jennifer Barlow. She came out to my house and We always recommend that the homeowner speak with one of our designers. There is we talked about my ideas, the design, and she nothing worse than seeing a homeowner invest good money in hardscaping that just doesn’t answered all of my questions. Jennifer was very fit the style of the house or solve any problems. For example, combining too many types accommodating and she really listened to what I of materials can detract from the overall look of the property. Another example would be wanted to do. She presented me with a couple of deciding the size of a patio. Will you be hosting small numbers or large numbers of people? drawings and we worked together to make a few adjustments. When the installers came to install Do you need shade? An outdoor grill or fireplace? Can two people walk side by side to your the new patio, they were very professional and I front door? Can you exit your car without stepping into a bed or lawn area? There are many could tell that they really enjoyed what they were things to consider with all hardscape installation and a designer can help you decide which doing. It turned out just the way I wanted it to! products would work well for you. It really compliments my space and the design of my home.” Are these materials costly? The prices will vary with the type of material chosen. Part of this is due to the cost of the material and part due to the time needed for installation. Poured concrete can be an eco- Wimberg Landscaping is located at 5401 nomical option for many walkways and patios. Manufactured pavers and wall units work well Hetzell Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45227. You can reach them at 513.271.2332, by email at for many homes, but the important thing is to make sure they are installed properly. Like, or visit their website all stone projects, they need the proper base or they can shift and move in time. Mortared at products work well and look great with any home. With any of these options, experienced and skilled technicians must perform the work. What are some of your favorite products? Without a doubt I think any type of bluestone or quartzite makes a wonderful walkway and patio material. It’s a classic material. When paired with mortared stone walls using na- tive stone, you have a timeless look and also a sound investment in your property. I also like stones placed in the landscapes that look like they may have been there already. It takes the right material placed in the right spot but the effect can be eye-catching. v 212 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 182. Gene Zimmerman Interior Design2507 Far Hills Avenue Dayton, OH 45419 • (937) 293-1723 •
  • 183. FAVORITES Favorites Patterned Concrete of Cincinnati Photo by Nico DeBarmore I began working with Paul Schneider with Patterned Concrete of Cincinnati last year in the fall to design and install a stone patterned concrete patio. The large patio that extends the length of our home was designed beautifully complete with edges designed in a different color for a border look. I was impressed by how quickly and skillfully the project was executed; we experienced absolutely no delays. Paul was fantastic about coming out to check on the work and ensure everything was going well. It really gave us peace of mind. The entire process went very smoothly and we incurred zero issues. I was kept up to date through the entire project, and always knew what to expect and when I could expect it. Words can’t describe the drastic change and improvement the patio made to the whole look of our backyard. They were able to level out the land and we added landscape that compliments the patio beautifully. We get a number of compliments about how great our backyard now looks. It has evolved into the ideal place to sit, relax, and entertain. We find ourselves enjoying our backyard amenities much more often now that the project is complete. I love the shape and colors of the patio, everything turned out better than I could have imagined. I would recommend Paul and his company to anyone looking to revitalize their outdoor space. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome. v – Laura Izor Patterned Concrete of Cincinnati is located at 9470 Le Saint Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014. You can reach them at 513.870.9449 or visit their website at
  • 185. FAVORITES Favorites Keidel Appliances Cabinetry Lighting Plumbing Written by Carly Beringer Photography supplied by Keidel Supply Co. Working on a large-scale project such as remodeling a home or a high- rise building can be challenging without the right tools and resources. The nightmare can grow when you realize you have to buy your vari- ous products from several different suppliers. That’s where Keidel is unique from the rest: it offers cabinetry, appliances, lighting, and plumbing all from a single place – ridding you of some headache. Patty Payne of Sibcy Cline has worked closely with Keidel for the past six years while developing the Park Manor project. She used Keidel for all of her plumbing, lighting, appliance, and cabinetry needs. In Phase I of the project the Park Manor townhomes were built, while in Phase II boutique carriage homes were constructed and furnished. “Our project has to be on time so that we can deliver to the homeowner on time,” Payne says. “It has to be on budget so we can control our costs. We have to be able to provide a variety of selection items to the buyers so that they can personalize their homes the way they want it; and having Keidel, who understands our requirements, makes the process easier for everybody.” At Keidel, each product group is handled by a specialist, which facilitated efficiency, Payne says. “Depending on what I needed an- swers to, whether it was cabinetry or countertops, all categories were addressed by a specialist within that field. Lighting was one person, appliances was one person, etcetera. It’s not like within the cabinetry division I had to talk to a bunch of different people, it was only one person. If we ever needed to get together as a group to talk about the big picture, all of those folks would come together with me to have a meeting. Because they are all in the same building, they were all working on the project, and they all communicated with each other. It was far easier to get the answers we needed quickly.” Whether you’re organizing a large building project or engaging in some personal remodeling of your own abode, Keidel is a smart move because of their knowledge and experience. “I would have to say that when it comes to Keidel, the best way I can describe them is that Photo by Brian Ambs they are a team. I think team is the operative word there. They are Patty Payne of Sibcy Cline a team of knowledgeable professionals who not only understand new construction from the standpoint of the builder and the developer, but also from the standpoint of the home buyer,” Payne says. “What people see when viewing the space has to be important because that’s where the emotion of the buying process comes in. When I walk in the door, it’s got to feel emotionally good and Keidel understands that too!” v Keidel Supply Company Inc. is located at 1150 Tennessee Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229. You can reach them at 513.351.1600 or visit their website at Visit their plumbing, lighting, appliances, and cabinetry showroom at the same location.
  • 186. FAVORITES Automatic Gates Plus Photography provided by Automatic Gates Plus Dr. Vincent Marino “I have an automatic gate that Automatic Gates Company services. Automatic Gates Company is a family owned and operated company who take their services to heart and treats their customers like family. They do very good work. I look forward to using them in the future for all of my automatic gate needs. I would absolutely recommend them to my family and friends without a question. They are reasonably priced and truly a good credit to the community.” Brenda Rood “They were highly recommended to us by other people. They were awesome. They are very attentive and always try to squeeze us in. They’ll walk us through how to trouble shoot things ourselves so that’s fantastic. They’re just a great company to work with. They really feel like a family business and make you feel important. They are attentive, responsive, and informative, which is great.” Automatic Gates Plus is located at 10866 State Route 774 Hamersville, OH 45130. You can reach them at 877.914.GATE (4283), or visit their website at 218 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
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  • 188. FAVORITES Palette Studios Written by Danielle Dean . Photography by Brian Ambs Shannon Carter “Palette Studios has been my go-to source for lamps and shades for the past four decades. Recently their creative team updated our dining room chandelier original to our older home and what a fantastic difference it has made to the whole room!” Maddie Gordon “Working with Palette is even more than a shopping experience; they became a team who helped me with an extensive remodeling of my home. I relied heavily on their thoughts and opinions when there was a decision to be made. I truly admire their attention to detail, whether it’s a finial on top of a lamp or a trim on a shade. I admire their patience, their professionalism, and their good taste. I worked both with Sarah and Jamie and I feel that they are true professionals.” Tim Cagle “We first went to Palette Studios for a lamp shade, and after we experienced their trademark personalized service, we went back for various lamp repairs and a couple of lighting purchases. Restoring a 1920s Hyde Park home, we wanted some of the ceiling fixtures and sconces to be old and in the style of the home so we looked all over town for vintage pieces in need of work. Every time we asked a storeowner for a rewiring and restoration expert, we were referred to Palette Studios. As one shop owner said, ‘Sure there are cheaper places but if you want it done right, and done well, there is no one in Cincinnati like Palette.’ In our home I counted 23 light fixtures and lamps that have seen the inside of Palette’s workroom. We trust Sharon, Tim Cagle Carla, Jamie, and Sarah with everything from fixing a short in the wire to complete restoration of big pieces like these lamps on the front of our home. These 1920s style lamps that we found in an antique store were similar to each other but not quite identical. They needed paint removal, metal repair and polishing, glass replacement, rewiring, and they had to be slightly reconstructed so as to match each other for the front of our house. Jamie managed the entire process. Now the finished lamps look as though they are original to the house; it’s amazing what he did! Over the last 18 months we have become friends with the Palette Studios staff.” Nancy Bahlman “I’ve used them since they were on McMillan when they first started out. I’ve dealt with them for 50 years at least. It’s wonderful. I bought my first lampshade from them. I have 22 lamps in my condominium and all but five are from Palette Studios. All of my lampshades are from Palette Studios. Palette Studios, Inc. is located at 2501 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH So, I have been shopping with them for a long time. Everything they do for 45206. You can reach them at 513.961.1316, by email, me is perfect, they listen to what I need, and we work very well together. or visit their website at I’m very fond of everyone who works there.” 220 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 189. When searching for the best in luxury appliances, look no further than the Living Kitchen exclusively at Rieman and Arszman Custom Distributors. CINCINNATI OFFICE 9190 Seward Road, Fairfield, OH 45014SHOWROOM HOURSMon. - Thurs. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 513.874.5444Fri. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.Sat. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.or by appointment For more information about our showroom and classes, DAYTON OFFICE visit us at 2040 S. Alex Road, Dayton, OH 45449 937.384.7804
  • 190. FAVORITES No Limits Landscaping Written by Danielle Dean . Photography provided by No Limits Landscaping Balancing a young family and a thriving landscaping business is no easy finished project that has been there. We don’t put small plants in that the feat, yet brothers-in-law Pat Jackson and John Smith, owners of No Limits homeowner has to wait and maintain for years before it actually looks like Landscaping, have managed to find the perfect equilibrium. a finished landscape,” explains Jackson. In 2004, the two men combined Smith’s design talent with Jackson’s When Smith and Jackson aren’t busy creating beautiful outdoor spaces horticultural experience to form No Limits Landscaping, Inc. Smith, who for customers, they can be found spending time with their families. As a has a degree in landscape architecture from Ball State University, brings father of four young children – Nicolas, Benjamin, Thomas, and Hailey are creative, unique and innovative designs to every project. Jackson brings between the ages of 2 and 8 – Jackson stays busy. On weeknights Jackson nearly 16 years of nursery and landscape installation experience with him can be found either on the baseball diamond coaching his sons’ baseball to each job. Together, they provide exceptional service for their customers. team or on the sidelines watching his children as they practice soccer. “It As a small business, No Limits Landscaping is able to ensure that each gives me a chance to be more a part of what they’re doing. In soccer, even customer receives the best possible service. An owner is guaranteed to though I don’t coach, I make it to about 95 percent of the practices and I be present at each job site, a service that is uncommon to find in other don’t think I have missed a game,” explains Jackson. companies. This guarantee eliminates any delay caused by the inability to Smith is equally as involved in his children’s lives. Smith and his wife get in contact with the owner, and therefore any problems that may arise Erin have three daughters – Alyssa, 7; Hannah, 5; and Samantha, 2. When are taken care of promptly. Smith isn’t working, he is busy being assistant coach for his daughter’s soccer With each design Smith creates he strives to keep practicality in mind. and softball teams. “I think now that I have kids it helps me with my outdoor living designs. Both men value their time spent with their families and hope they can Seeing all of the things that comes with having kids has helped me design continue to be there for every practice and game as their business continues outdoor spaces better. Before I had kids, I had no idea how much space a to flourish. “Sometimes it’s just as much work as being out on the jobsite,” swimming pool or a Playskool playhouse would take up. Just seeing how we Jackson jokes. use our backyard has helped me with designing for others,” Smith explains. For high quality, dependable service look no further than No Limits Whether he is designing an outdoor living space for a couple who plans on Landscaping for all of your landscaping needs. Whether you are interested enjoying their new space with their young children or a couple who plans in updating your outdoor living area, patio, or landscaping, Smith and on entertaining guests in their new outdoor space, Smith brings the same Jackson are sure to exceed your expectations. keen eye for creativity and practicality. It is important to Smith to create clean, appealing designs that require minimum upkeep. “When we walk away from a project it looks like a 222 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 191. Opposite page, front row, left to right: Hannah and Alyssa Smith, Thomas, Haley, Benjamin, andNicholas Jackson. Back row left to right: John, Erin, and Samantha Smith and Kelley and Pat Jackson. John and Gail Todd“We haven’t had any problems whatsoever everything has gone great. “We sought the landscape expertise of No Limits Landscaping to re- They are very conscientious workers. They do a good job! They keep in landscape around our entire home. Our experience with the company was contact with us on an hourly basis ... Is this okay? How would you like phenomenal. They were very professional, friendly and accommodating. this? It is by far the best contractor type of work that we have had in The landscape design was unique and they were able to create a design our lives. They’ve done an excellent job on every phase of the project. we were unaware could even be done. My wife and I are very happy with We have never been so happy with any work that we have had done. I’d the outcome and we would recommend their services to anyone.” v highly recommend them! We’ve never had such a pleasant experience!” No Limits Landscaping, Inc. is located at 3532 Irwin Simpson Road, Mason, OH 45040. You can reach them at 513.205.4960 or visit their website at Favorites
  • 192. FAVORITES Lisa Mills, Ph.D. and Kathleen Burklow, Ph.D. Bring New and EnlightenedL Insight to your Business Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Mark Bealer 224 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 193. Favorites Sprout Insight is located at 1776 Mentor Avenue Suite 428 Cincinnati, OH 45212. You can reach them at 513.708.4777. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 225
  • 195. 513.774.7856 BATHINSPIRATIONS.COM • TWO-YEAR WARRANTY • ONE COMPANY • PROFESSIONAL DESIGNERS FROM START TO FINISH • SHOWROOM • PROJECTS FOR EVERY BUDGET TRUSTED ADVISER WITH SUPERIOR CONSTRUCTIONSatisfied Client –The Wilson Family of Symmes Township“The entire process was excellent! Accurate budget, detailed design, and superior construction. Truly an enjoyable experience!”– J & E Wilson Photo furnished by Craig Weiglein – Mansion Hill Studio and Gallery HOT TRENDS FOR COOL BATHS SUMMER SAVINGS UP TO $1,000 OFF ANY COMPLETE BATH PROJECT!
  • 196. FAVORITES Favorites Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Photography provided by Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy shaped me into the man I am today. Not only did I receive an excellent education, I was also given life skills that have carried over into my professional life. At CHCA, I learned to be a problem solver, not simply an answer giver. In the classroom, I was challenged to think critically about my academic subjects as well as matters of faith, leadership, and life. Teachers gave every student encouragement because everyone has a unique ability or purpose in God’s eyes. They led by Christ’s example and believed in us just like He does. CHCA really felt like being part of a large, joyful family. The Christ-centered environment challenged me to explore my faith and created lifelong bonds with classmates. The focus on servant leadership prepared me for times in my life where I have been called to step forward. Growing and learning in an academically rich environment where we were encouraged to live like Christ was a fulfilling experience and shaped my positive outlook on life. Truly, it was part of God’s master plan. As an alumnus, I am proud to see that CHCA still challenges every student to ask tough questions, live curiously, and pursue all that God has made them to be. – Ben Beshear, Class of 1997 Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy is located at 11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249. You can reach them at 513.247.0900, by email at, or visit their website at
  • 197. FAVORITES Picture left to right: Adrienne Walton, Ricci Snell, and Mariyah Yisrael Cincinnati Country Day School Seniors S upported B y TraditionsC Written by Haleigh Miller . Photography by Brian Ambs Cincinnati Country Day School was established in 1926 and prides the younger students milestones to look forward to, and give the entire itself on being steeped in tradition. Particularly for the seniors, the an- community a reason to pause and reflect on the amazing opportunities nual events signify both rites of passage and an end to their time within they’ve had by attending Cincinnati Country Day School. the CCDS community. Those rituals mean more to the seniors than Perhaps the tradition students look forward to more than anything just the nearing date of their graduation, though. They are part of the else is the Clap-Out. For decades, springing from origins unknown, Country Day experience, things they remember watching, and events Cincinnati Country Day School seniors have been “clapped out.” Every they waited to experience when it was their turn. year, after their last exams are finished, members of the graduating Favorite traditions such as decorating lockers, the balloon drop, class march from the theater through the entire school, proudly sport- graduation, and the Clap-Out mark the senior year for CCDS students. ing their collegiate gear, proclaiming their successful culmination of Every year, the seniors decorate magnetic paper with the emblems of their high school education, and announcing the next phase of their their chosen colleges, which then hang on their lockers. “It’s a way for lives. “We’re clapping you out on the outside, but hopefully you’re (the students) to be individuals as a group,” said Assistant to College clapping yourself out on the inside, and we’ve prepped you pretty well Counseling Yvonne Green. At the end of their last day of classes, the for the next phase,” Mapes says. seniors gather on the stairs over the Upper School, count down the The point of the Clap-Out is similar to many of the CCDS tradi- seconds until the end of the day, and release a few hundred balloons tions, but for many it’s the favorite for one simple reason: it’s all about as the bell rings. the seniors. In some respects, it’s similar to graduation, as it marks the “They want to count down their last moments, and the thing I like culmination of the school year, bids the seniors adieu, and celebrates the best is that they stay for an hour after the balloons drop,” Upper School beginning of the next phase of the seniors’ education. The very similar Administrative Assistant Andi Mapes explains. Other traditions give events take place only two weeks apart. However, where commence- 230 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 198. Kathy Winter “All of the students at Country Day assemble for special events throughout the year, but the ‘Clap Out’ is my favorite. The whole school comes together as one community for the sole purpose of focusing on the seniors. We’re congratulating them for all of their hard work and wishing them well as they leave for college. It’s always a treat for me to see some of the students I taught as second graders who have developed into great young men and women. Ten years later they are well prepared to take on the world!” v Kathy Winter, Grade 2 teacher, and former student, John Olmstead III ment is full of pomp and circumstance, the Clap-Out is informal and shows off more of the personality of the members of the graduating class. As each student marches through life, be it in college gear or a graduation gown, their memories of CCDS go with them. Particularly for students who have been at Country Day for their entire academic career, the “lifers” as they’re affectionately called, leaving CCDS behind can be incredibly difficult. “I cannot adequately describe the influence and role this school has in my life,” said graduating senior Hannah Stewart.“CCDS is my third parent and second home … and there is no way CCDS is getting rid of me, even after graduation! I will still be lurking in the halls!” While each student is ready for the next phase of their lives, their Country Day experiences linger, reminding them of the community that Top, left to right: Henry Pease, Timothy Macrae, and Bradley Hammoor valued, loved, and supported them until they were ready for the world. Bottom, left to right: Lily Cohen, Sirena Isadore, Sadie Lindner, Ari Kbue, and Audrey McCartney Favorites Cincinnati Country Day School is located at 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243. For more information contact Aaron Kellenberger at 513.979.0220 or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 231
  • 199. FAVORITES Transition into Pictured above: Dr. James Lentini, Dean of the School of Creative Arts at Miami University visits an Creativity art studio during a Craftsummer workshop session. Written by Carly Behringer . Photography by Mark Bealer Additional Photography provided by Miami University Communications Art has been a human tradition and practice since the beginning of time: from in innovative creation of video games and programming. Other programs that cave paintings to the Impressionist era, to contemporary and modern art. It is will be expanded include Arts Management, which is now an optional minor an important facet of our existence as humans and continues to grow and evolve for both arts and business students. If you’re interested in being involved in an with technology and advances in society. The School of Fine Arts at Miami arts field, but in a different capacity other than a hands-on artist, performer, University is also transitioning into a new artistic stage. or designer, this opportunity gives you that edge. An Arts Management minor Starting in July, the School of Fine Arts will be rebranded as the School of could help graduates find jobs in museums, art galleries, artist management, Creative Arts. The new name encompasses an expanded set of programs being symphonies, dance companies and even community arts councils. Essentially, introduced to students, in addition to existing degree offerings in Architecture this program creates a connection between the arts and business. & Interior Design, Art, Music, and Theatre. Some of these include a new de- A lot of the popular collaborations are still available for young minds. Mi- gree in Interactive Media Studies with courses like video game design and web ami’s Over-the-Rhine Residency Program was recognized with the Outreach design. The School of Creative Arts is an important addition to the artistic com- Scholarship and the national C. Peter Magrath University Community Engage- munity at Miami. President David C. Hodge declared the 2011-12 school year ment Award. Another expanding staple is the Miami Design Collaborative. the “Year of the Arts.” Every year, the School of Fine Arts strives to inspire and “Design is a huge area in the world right now, it’s exploding with all this educate students by presenting more than 200 performances and exhibitions, digital technology. Design could involve graphic design, interior design, engi- and this designation celebrates the history, present dynamism, and the exciting neering and anything you could think of,” Lentini explains. “The collaborative new future for the arts as they embrace their new namesake. involves both instructors and students. They’ll take on a project, try to solve a Dr. James Lentini, Dean of the School of Creative Arts, explains that the problem that they have, and then decide how to deliver the product. We expect name change isn’t so much a revamp as it is an extension of what they already do. to develop it further.” “This name change is a part of a transformation to the future that not only in- The Performing Arts Series at Miami, which presents artists and entertain- volves art making and arts education, but also connections with all disciplines. ers from around the world, is also here to stay. Past performers include the likes The arts are important – not only to arts majors – but to what every student of Philip Glass and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. The School of Creative Arts needs to know about cultural awareness, education about different areas of the is also home to the Miami University Art Museum, which houses more than world, and to learn how to do your craft better, no matter what it is,” Lentini 16,000 pieces of art that students study and observe. says. “This is a big change for us and an exciting change. Changing our name “The arts have been part of human existence since the beginning, so a lot of to the School of the Creative Arts offers us a bridge across the gap to the other the things we do, like playing the violin or painting, won’t change that much. disciplines here at Miami.” Those traditions are important to us,” Lentini says. “Along with those tradi- Miami’s undergraduate video game design program, Digital Game Studies, tions, it’s about embracing the new opportunities we can give to our students, has already been recognized by the Princeton Review and GamePro Magazine faculty, and society that involves the arts. With the School of Creative Arts, as one of the “Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Programs” in the United we can be the catalyst to understanding how to utilize the arts to make better States. The School of Creative Arts partners with other disciplines on campus communities and better education for everyone.” to offer Digital Game Studies, giving students the opportunity to engage more Favorites
  • 200. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was when I was in high school. I knew thatwhen I looked at certain things, they would bother me, like crookedpicture frames. I did yearbook in high school and made some T-shirtdesigns then and realized that meant that I was already doing graphicdesign. My experiences made me seek out schools with good graphicdesign programs and Miami was one of them. I loved it. I got a lot outof it. As a result, I secured a job, even before I had graduated. I choseMiami because I knew I was going to get a great education overall, andI think that as I went into the real world, people were impressed. Theysaid that they could tell that I had a great education in general. I wasn’tjust going to an art school, but I had a great educational backgroundoverall, and that’s one of the biggest advantages of the School of Cre-ative Arts here. It will be fun to see it grow and change. v – Erin Beckloff Graduated in 2006 with a BFA in Graphic Design and will be a Visiting Faculty member in the fall at Miami University The School of Creative Arts is located at 104 Center for Performing Arts, Oxford, OH 45056. You can reach them at 513.529.6010, by email at, or visit their website at
  • 201. FAVORITES Pictured left to right: Kathryn Hook, Kelly Cutter, Robyn Kerley, and Emma Beyer Mount Notre Dame Written by Danielle Dean . Photography by Brian Ambs Since first opening its doors in 1860, Mount Notre Dame has strived to empower young women to recognize and develop their unique talents. Through the guidance of Catholic values, students are encouraged to live, lead, and serve in a society that is constantly changing. Here is what students from the class of 2012 had to say about their four years at MND: Emma Wahl Emma Beyer “I chose MND because from the moment you walk in you feel a sense of “You find who you are at MND; whether you are academically gifted or a community. I think that programs like the Capstone Project show that good athlete, MND helps you find your niche.” we are good at not just academics and sports, but we are all-around good people.” Kathryn Hook “I feel like there is a strong sense of community here. MND offers a lot of Robyn Kerley unique opportunities. The fact that we are an all-girls school allows you “MND really prepares you for the future. It prepares you academically and to step out of your boundaries. I loved taking the weird classes because makes you an all-around good person. I think MND really wants you to they gave me a new view on the world. I feel like I am ready to take on strive as a whole person, and when you graduate, you are an empowered the world because I have experienced so many different things at MND.” young woman. I feel very prepared for college.” Kelly Cutter “I chose MND because of the sense of community. I can honestly say that Mount Notre Dame is located at 711 East Columbia everyone in my class is an empowered young woman especially after the Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45215. You can reach them at Capstone Projects.” 513.821.3044 or visit their website at Favorites
  • 202. Mount Notre Dame’s class of 2012 was the first to be introduced to Through the Capstone Project, seniors demonstrated how they have the Senior Capstone Project, a new component of the My Action grown in the characteristics of an MND empowered young woman. Plan Program (MAP). The MAP Program was designed to engage Here is what a few students had to say about their Capstone experience: students in experiences that will help empower them in all areas of their lives. Each year students are encouraged to concentrate on a Robyn Kerley different component of the program. “I taught a vacation bible school class at my parish of St. Columbian in Loveland. Through the vacation bible school, we ran a clothing and toy drive for Truly Blessed (resale shop for mothers who need clothing– As freshmen, students transition into the Mount Notre at moderate prices); all of their proceeds go to Birth Right of Greater Dame community Cincinnati, which is a pregnancy center. We ended up getting three carloads during the week at vocational bible school and dropped those– As sophomores, students learn to LIVE as an empowered off. Since then I have continued to work with them and ran a diaper driveyoung woman for Birth Right. We called it diaper wars. I coach a volleyball team at St. Columban, and we have a rivalry with St. Margaret of York, so we had a competition to see who could raise the most diapers, and we raised– As juniors, students learn how to LEAD as an empowered 3,000 diapers. Now I continue to volunteer at Truly Blessed on ayoung woman weekly basis.”– As seniors, students learn to SERVE as an empowered Kelly Cutteryoung woman “Everyone was overwhelmed at first. It was challenging, but it was rewarding. We had to become leaders. My Capstone Project was with The Wesley Chapel Mission Center in Over-the-Rhine.  My aunt is the For the first time in MND’s history, seniors were challenged to religious director there. I have a passion for swimming, and the kids create a manageable service project that demonstrated leadership and that live there don’t have the opportunity to take swim lessons or learn initiative while benefitting a nonprofit organization. Students were water safety. I decided to combine my two passions, and for a week in asked to identify a specific need at the agency of their choice, develop a plan to meet the need, and implement the plan. the summer I taught the kids that went to their camp water safety. I still continue to volunteer there, it was such a great experience.” v Pictured left to right: Kathryn Hook, Emma Wahl, Justine Betz, Kelly Cutter, Robyn Kerley, Emma Beyer, and Leticia Mejia
  • 203. Favorites Thomas More College Written by Danielle Dean . Photography provided by Thomas More College As a small liberal arts college founded in 1921 by the Benedictine Sisters, origi- nally Villa Madonna College, Thomas More serves 1,900 full- and part-time students from around the world. Located minutes from downtown Cincinnati in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, Thomas More has built a strong reputation among both educators and experts. Students benefit from small class sizes that allow professors to give individu- alized attention. The low faculty to student ratio creates numerous opportunities for students such as leadership development and co-op job experience. v Thomas More College offered me the best scholarships of all the schools I applied to. The relationships you build here and the small class sizes really set Thomas More apart and make it special. — Mike Burns, Senior Biology Major (Pre-Dental), Cold Spring, Kentucky Thomas More College is located a 333 Thomas More Parkway Crestview Hills, KY 41017. You can reach them at 859.341.5800 or visit their website at VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 205. Pursue your Passion in the Arts!School of Creative Arts at Nationally recognized degree programs in* Theatre Architecture + Music Art Interior Design Witness performances and exhibits by the world’s leading performers and artists through our Performing Arts Series and Miami University Art Museum. *Miami University and School of Creative Arts programs are nationally ranked and recognized by the Fiske Guide, DesignIntelligence, U.S. News & World Report, Smart Money, and The Princeton Review. 513.529.6010 • 104 CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS • OXFORD, OHIO 45056 • ARTS.MUOHIO.EDU
  • 206. RESTAURANTSMISCELLANEOUS Honey Baked Ham 12170 Mason Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 513.583.8792 “We have been buying Honey Baked Ham products since the late ’80s when we moved to Cincinnati, and it’s the same great quality and value today. We love the ease of the products and it’s just like homemade. We have en- joyed Honey Baked Ham for much of our lives at the holi- days, and now that they are in Kroger stores and offer a Linnie Kern, Shaklee Key Coordinator full line of products, they’ve become a staple year round.” 513.777.5737 or 800.245.5911 Referred by: Ray and Barb Siegel “A little over a year ago I called Linnie Kern for an appoint- ment to learn more about a nutritional product line. Linnie immediately started working with us on an individual basis to create a wellness program using Shaklee supplements. After a short period of time we felt a difference, known as has the “Shaklee Difference,” in our overall health and en- ergy level. It just made sense to us to tell other people about our new found results. My husband and I decided to start our own Shaklee business and Linnie has been instrumen- tal in helping us build it. She has worked one on one with us, and through monthly group meetings provides us with the information and guidance that is essential in building a successful business. Her vast knowledge of 30 years and training leads clients like ourselves to become entrepre- neurs in the health and wellness industry. We feel extremely fortunate to have been introduced to Linnie of Kern and As- sociates in West Chester, Ohio.” Referred by: Sandy Borke
  • 207. We invite you to experience the premier Japanese dining, GEISHA provides you with a broad and exotic variety of Japanese foods, including: Hibachi Grill, Fresh Sushi, Kobe Beef, Filet Mignon Carpaccio, Mango Shrimp, Miso Chilean Sea Bass, Pad Thai, Lemon Pepper Roasted Duck and Italian Desserts.GEISHA Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar 7691 Voice Of America Centre Dr Happy Hour Every Day 4:30 - 6:30pm West Chester, OH 45069 All draft beers 1/2 price Tel: 513-777-3888
  • 208. FAVORITES Favorites Pictured left to right: Todd Margolis, Jan White, Maury White, and Dennis Hackett Bella Luna is located at 4632 Eastern Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45226. You can reach them at 513.871.5862 or visit their website at 244 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 209. Bella Luna Written by Jamie Rogers Photography by Claudia Susana Jan White and her husband Maury White joined friends Todd Margolis and Dennis Hackett for a cock- tail at the bar while enjoying the tunes of a live band before dinner. The group was kind enough to take a moment to share their thoughts about their favorite dining spot. “Bella Luna is easily one of our favorite restaurants in Cincinnati. The entire staff is incredible. You feel very welcomed and cared for from the time you walk into the door and are greeted by the hostess, to the ac- commodating, knowledgeable, and friendly wait staff, to owner Harry (Stephens), who is an absolute joy. They all truly make you feel as though you are family. When we visit, they know our names and it is such a fun place to come. The food is exceptionally good. My husband and I have our favorites. The eggplant la- sagna is phenomenal. Bella Luna also has a great wine list and on Wednesdays they have half-price bottles which is fantastic!” Jan exclaims. “The atmosphere at Bella Luna is tremendous. Whether sitting at the bar or in the dining area, you are guaranteed to always have a fun and enjoyable eve- ning. I am a huge fan of the make your own pasta, with your pick of a variety of incredible choices,” Todd says. “Harry takes such extraordinary care of his custom- ers. When we come to Bella Luna, we do not feel like patrons of a restaurant, but instead feel as though we are going out to dinner to see our friends. Harry has truly become our friend, he knows about our family and he shares stories about his own family,” Maury says. Jan adds, “Harry visits every single table. If he hasn’t met you before, he will make sure that during your visit he gets to know you.” Todd agrees, “the thing that sets Harry apart from other restaurant owners is his genuine care for his customers. He doesn’t talk to every table because he feels it is his job or is putting on a show, but instead, he wants to get to know people and cultivate friend- ships. Bella Luna is extremely warm, cozy, and invit- ing, and this is a result of Harry and the staff.” “We love the live music entertainment, especially when Harry joins the band and sings,” Jan says. “You can be having a horrific day and be in a ter- rible mood upon entering the restaurant,” Todd says, “but I guarantee by the time you leave Bella Luna, you will be leaving happy!” vPhoto Provided by Aaron Conway V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 245
  • 210. FAVORITES VIEW Cucina Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Aaron Conway Michael Powers and his lovely wife Kathy Muldowney took a moment to share their thoughts and feelings about one of their favorite restaurants in Cincinnati. “The ambiance at VIEW Cucina is fantastic, the food is absolutely delicious, and they offer a lot of my favorite dishes. It is the perfect place to relax, have a couple cocktails, enjoy appetizers, and then move into an incredible dinner,” Powers says. Muldowney adds, “We find it is a great place to visit regardless of what mood we are in that day. If it is beautiful outside, we can come to VIEW Cucina and relax on their marvelous patio which provides an outstanding view of the river and sur- rounding landscape. It is the perfect place to de-stress and unwind from the day. If we are going out to dinner with another couple, it is optimal because it is quiet enough to have a conversation and enjoy the company.” “VIEW Cucina offers several fantastic events, such as wine tasting dinners. In fact, my wife and I were here last Thursday with three other couples for a wine tasting dinner. It is the perfect time to explore new wines paired with spectacular food. Sunday evening has also become one of our favorite nights to dine at VIEW Cucina and listen to the jazzy tunes of the Bluebirds,” Powers says. “The dining is wonderful. I am personally a huge fan of seafood and they have a great selection that never disappoints. One of my favorite dishes is their scallops. I also enjoy trying their nightly specials.” Muldowney shares, “I am more of a meat and potatoes person myself, but even though our tastes are different, VIEW Cucina offers a variety of choices to please both of our palates. While my husband loves the seafood, I am a huge fan of their pork and chicken dishes, and I absolutely LOVE their macaroni and cheese ap- petizer! The menu varies and they are always preparing new creations for their guests. Owners of VIEW Cucina and Bella Luna, Harry and Gay Stephens are incredibly receptive to their guests’ wants and needs. If they offer a nightly special and it is given rave reviews, they will add the dish to the menu. Chef Alfio, who is the chef at Bella Luna and also oversees the cuisine at VIEW Cucina, is a culinary sensation and always creates delectable cuisine. We often bring friends out to dine with us at VIEW Cucina and they always leave talking about how sensational their meal was and how they were impressed by the unique pairings created by the chef.” Favorites 246 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E Kathy Muldowney and Michael Powers
  • 211. “Gay and Harry are like family. They are both marvelous and Harry, and the staff could not be more helpful and accommodat-down to earth. They have been the same open-armed and wel- ing,” explains Powers and Muldowney.coming people we met from the first time we visited Bella Luna, “It is not just the location or the food that makes the restaurant,when we were initially impressed by Harry who walked around to but more importantly, it is the atmosphere and the people. Myeach and every table to make sure everything was terrific. When husband and I both feel that VIEW Cucina has the full combina-we arrived this evening at VIEW Cucina, Gay greeted us with tion of what goes into making a successful and welcoming restau-a hug. This is the type of relationship we have grown to know rant with a warm environment,” Muldowney says. vand love from Harry and Gay; they truly welcome you into theirrestaurants as though welcoming you into their home. This supe-rior hospitality transcends through their entire staff. Everyone is VIEW Cucina is located at 2200 Vicktory Parkwayextremely friendly and they make you feel as though you are fam- Cincinnati, OH 45206. You can reach them at 513.751.8439ily. We have held special event parties at the restaurant and Gay, or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 247
  • 212. A BOTTLE OR TWO... “Come wine with us!” Sit, Sip, Relax Sit and relax or sip and shop at A Bottle Or Two, it’s up to you. Select from 15 wines to try before you buy, or enjoy a cold craft beer. Browse our store with its unique layout of wines arranged by style. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is always available to assist you in selecting the perfect wine for any occasion. Don’t have time to come in and shop? Consult our online wine advisor and pick up your order in the store. 11920 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45249 p. 513.583.8163 f. 513.583.8191
  • 213. FAVORITES A Beautiful Collaboration of Art, Entertainment, and Dining at the Dayton Art Institute Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography provided by the Dayton Art Institute 250 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 214. There are countless places to visit on a day out. One might consider tak- special events. Come, relax and enjoy jazzy musical tunes on Jazz Thurs-ing a lovely stroll through the park, catch a newly released movie, or have days. Or for a tasty midmorning meal, visit DAI for brunch. The muse-a pleasant lunch at a local café. But when is the last time you took the day um will be hosting themed prime-time parties for all to enjoy. Whetherto enlighten and enrich your senses with a dose of true beauty teamed looking for a great venue for your next nonprofit event, to take in a fea-with history and delight? At The Dayton Art Institute (DAI), you can tured art exhibit, or a gathering place with friends to share a meal in aexperience the essence of art in a rich history that has brought awe and newly renovated and themed café, DAI is the perfect destination.wonder to countless minds for more than 90 years. Whether it’s spend- DAI was founded in 1919 and modeled after the Villa d’Este nearing a Saturday afternoon, viewing a favorite exhibit, or celebrating the Rome and the Villa Farnese at Caprarola in Italy, both examples of 16thbest day of your life marrying your loved one, you can always expect a century Italian Renaissance architecture. Listed on the National Registerglorious art-filled and elegant ambiance. And though you may not gener- of Historical Places, DAI is truly a unique piece of our region’s past andally associate a museum with decadent and delightful dining, you should continues to find its relevance in its present. DAI exudes character andexpect nothing less at DAI. Regardless of the occasion, this institution vitality with the goal to sustain the museum for another hundred years,is dedicated to providing its guests with the preeminent experience in allowing people the opportunity to discover art and so much, beauty, and dining. This is why Elegant Fare has been chosen as theexclusive caterer for The Dayton Art Institute. Experience DAI in ways you have never considered before. The mu-seum has expanded far beyond preconceived notions of your typical art Michael Roediger, Executive Director of the Dayton Art Institutemuseum. In conjunction with offering a splendid array of history and “We are incredibly excited to offer a vast amount of art and entertainmentart, DAI is the perfect venue for a wedding, prom, corporate or charity for the community to enjoy. To enhance our guests’ experience, weevent. And if you are looking for the closest thing to a New York or LA have partnered with regional catering company Elegant Fare to createstyle party the region has to offer, you need look no farther than DAI’s dynamic menus for all of the museum’s dining fare. We will be launchingannual Art Ball. an art-related theatre season complete with drinks and hors d’oeuvrves. Each year, every room is flush with tables, boasting an array of deli- Our café renovation will create one large open space and will include acious cuisine, set in splendor, surrounded by magnificent works of art. wine and coffee bar with retail. We are introducing extended café hoursThis year’s black-tie gala hosted a French theme, complete with authentic for people to enjoy for lunch, meeting, or a tranquil place to study orand delectable French cuisine. More than 850 guests enjoyed live mu- gather with friends. The café will offer themed dining coinciding withsic, exquisite art, and specialty cocktails while admiring Francois-Raoul the art exhibits. We are thrilled to have a caterer with the ability to createLarche’s sculpture Loie Fuller as the centerpiece of the evening. artistic dining who shares our vision for the much beloved DAI. We look If you haven’t visited DAI in some time, you are in for a superb sur- forward to showing the endless possibilities DAI has to offer.”prise. Michael Roediger, the Executive Director, is determined to make Elaine Bruening, Chief Executive Officer at Cincinnati Tennis LLCthe art museum the premiere destination for a slew of occasions. DAIoffers an array of events including Oktoberfest, music and concerts, and V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 251
  • 216. Photo by Brian AmbsElaine Bruening “Elegant Fare became involved with the Western & Southern Open in the late ’90s, catering for the suites and VIP dining. In 2006 we decided to consolidate catering for the entire tournament, and after carefully considering a number of caterers, we were enthralled to announce that Elegant Fare had won the job. They now cater for every aspect of the nine-day tennis spectacular. It has been delightful working with this incredible company. They are very service-oriented. We have only heard an array of compliments from our sponsors about the high quality of food and service Elegant Fare provides. This company always seems to anticipate the sponsor’s needs before a sponsor even recognizes the need. I personally work very closely with Anne (Lisbin, owner of Elegant Fare) and she has been instrumental, working with any special needs that may arise. In recent years, we have worked more closely with Nigel (Chalkley, Chief Operating Officer at Elegant Fare) and he has been fantastic. He goes above and beyond what is expected Elegant Fare is located at 2575 Commerce or asked. I can always expect everything to be timely and run smoothly. Between the two of Boulevard Cincinnati, OH 45241. You can them, they run a fantastic operation. I would recommend Elegant Fare to anyone looking for a reach them at 513.552.1340 or visit their high quality catering company. It has been a pleasure to work with them.” v website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 253
  • 217. Geisha Sushi and SteakhouseFAVORITES Favorites Joe Hinson, West Chester – President & CEO, Liberty Chamber Alliance “The atmosphere at Geisha is incredibly inviting and quiet enough to conduct business over a lunch meeting. The interior is very appealing. There are a lot of dining selections. You can enjoy something you are familiar with or try something completely new. The location is at a key Geisha Sushi and Steakhouse is located at corner for the West Chester community: the intersection of Cox and 7691 Voice of America Centre Drive West Tylersville Roads. Geisha is one of West Chester’s best-kept secrets Chester, OH 45069. You can reach them because many people do not know that they are open for lunch. It is a at 513.777.3888. great setting for business as well as family. Everything was hot, tasty, and very enjoyable.” Kevin Joseph – President & CEO, West Chester Hospital Photo provided by Nico DeBarmore “Geisha offers excellent customer service and hospitality to their patrons. Joe Hinson, Kevin Joseph, Allison Miuccio, Dr. Karen Mantia The food was a great fusion of Asian cuisine with an excellent variety.” Alison Miuccio, West Chester – Marketing Director, Liberty Chamber Alliance “The customer service is excellent. As soon as you walk in the door, you are treated very well. The food was exceptional; I had a meal that was probably one of the best meals I have ever had. It was delicious. This restaurant is a great addition to West Chester.” Dr. Karen Mantia, Lakota Local Schools Superintendent “If you are a sushi connoisseur, this is the place to come. They offer a wide selection of dishes, so you are sure to find something you’ll love. The hospitality is great, and the atmosphere is good for conducting business or to relax and enjoy a fantastic lunch or dinner.”
  • 218. Delicious Moments Start with HoneyBaked. You love us for our famous hams, now fall in love with our healthy fresh summer sandwiches, tantalizing barbeque ribs and roast. Allow HoneyBaked to make all of your summer occasions even more memorable.Check out our website or visit one of our seven locations today!
  • 219. FAVORITES A Community Dedicated to Helping Others Written by Danielle Dean Photography by Nico DeBarmore and Mark Bealer The Heritage Club has a solid reputation for offering a challenging world- Nearly six years ago The First Tee of Greater Cincinnati and North- class golf experience, spectacular landscape design and excellent dining, ern Kentucky was founded by a group of men who wanted to bring the as you’d expect from a first-rate club of its kind. It also has a rare and mission of the organization to young people in their community. The precious feature that wasn’t part of any blueprint or designer’s plan: A First Tee’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing special mix of members who know how to have fun, appreciate each educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, other, and generously support terrific causes all at the same time. And a and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. couple of recent events made that very clear. The First Tee of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky teaches Kindervelt 19’s annual Lunch at the Links began in 2005 when a programs at Reeves Golf Course, The Golf Courses of Kenton County, small group of girlfriends decided to try something. Rita Armentrout and Meadow Links Golf Course. Participants progress through four pro- was one of the neighbors and friends who felt like they could create a grams: Par (beginners), Birdie, Eagle, and Ace. Programs are offered in fun event – maybe even make it an ongoing one – to make a difference the summer, spring, and fall free of charge. in something that mattered. One of the neighbors had a connection with In order to continue offering the program to participants for free, Kindervelt, an organization that raises money for Cincinnati Children’s First Tee of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky host a number Hospital Medical Center, and the party started to take shape. of fundraisers throughout the year. “I joined KV 19 to give back to a nationally ranked hospital dedicated One of the biggest is The First Tee to saving the lives of children, instrumental in finding cures for every- Golf Outing held every other year thing from cancer to cystic fibrosis to asthma to orthopedic surgery and at Heritage Club. Through the out- rehabilitation and teaching our future doctors and researchers. I am ing, the organization is able to raise passionate about helping fund research to save children. That’s what a third of its annual funding. “We Kindervelt is all about to me – let’s do what we can so that someday no have received tremendous support parent will have to endure the unspeakable devestation of losing a child,” from the community and Heritage says Sue Smith, Kindervelt 19 member. Club,” says Chris Virgulak, Presi- On May 19th, Kindervelt 19 hosted its fifth almost – annual Lunch dent of the Greater Cincinnati and at the Links – a gathering of girlfriends that’s grown into a true save-the- Northern Kentucky chapter. date event. Each participating member hosts a table, creatively decorated For members of Heritage in a unique theme of her choosing. “It’s always a real highlight to walk in Club, giving back to the commu- and see 10 or 12 tables elaborately decorated in designs that set the tone nity is a priority. The work done by for a great party”, Armentrout says. The hostesses invite guests, includ- Kindervelt 19 and The First Tee of ing friends who aren’t Kindervelt members to join them at their tables. Greater Cincinnati and Northern Throughout the luncheon, attendees are able to bid on exclusive si- Kentucky is only a small glimpse lent auction items, purchase from a wall of handbags, enter raffles for of many outstanding humanitarian jewelry, and porch-party-makings, and visit with friends over a dream efforts made by the Heritage Club ladies’ lunch. With the help of sponsor support and profits generated community. v from their activities, Kindervelt 19 has raised an average of $18,000 per year for the last seven years. This year the presenting sponsors were Dr. Masood Ahmad of the Allergy and Asthma Specialty Center and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Members involved in The First Tee Golf Outing are equally as dedi- cated to making a difference in the lives of children. The First Tee is a national organization that was founded in 1997 by the World Golf Foundation. The organization was created to introduce the game of golf to children who otherwise wouldn’t be involved in the game or learn its values. Picture left: Chris Virgulak. Pictured below, left to right: Gary Abyad, Mark Coghlin, Jacob Hagedorn (First Tee Student), Chris Virgulak, and Dave Schellin.
  • 220. 1. Across the Happy Birthday to You table, left to right, Cheryl Frey, Carol 1. Pecord, co-hostess Carol Hammons, Judy Wernecke and Pat Gastreich. 2. Place setting for Mexican Fiesta table. 3. Centerpiece at the Run for the Roses table. 4. Guest buys $20 of tickets “as long as your arm” for the Portable Patio Party. 5. Team USA back row left to right Peggy Keeter, Cindy Sommers, Presenting Sponsor Dr. Masood Ahmad, Sue Martin, Jill Stein, and Connie Musuraca. Front row left to right Kay Hillman, Shakila Ahmad, hostess Rita Armentrout, and Darleen Thomas. 6. Mason High School Symphony String Quartet provided background music for the event.2. 3. 3. 4. 5. Heritage Club is located at 6690 Heritage Club Drive, Mason, OH 45040. You can reach them at 513.459.7711 or visit their website at 6.
  • 221. FAVORITES Funky’s Catering and Event Services Written by Danielle Dean . Photography by Marie Meyer Planning an event can be an overwhelming experience even for the most experienced of hosts. Finding the right help can make all the difference in transforming an event from ordinary to extraordinary. Funky’s Catering and Event Services works closely with each client to do just that. The staff at Funky’s approaches each event with an attention to detail that allows them to customize everything to fit the client’s needs. Funky’s outstanding service and attention to detail was demonstrated at a Cincinnati Preservation Association Gala hosted on May 11 at the newly renovated Pinecroft Mansion. As the exclusive caterer for Pinecroft Mansion, Funky’s Catering & Event Services worked closely with the planning committee for this event to make sure all aspects of the event were organized and addressed. Much of the planning starts months prior to the event, Funky’s team of event specialists works closely with the hosts to design the perfect menu, organize timelines, create floor plans, and provide years of experience to ensure the best possible guest experience. As the day of the event approached, Funky’s event captain and lead cook met with hosts and the event planner to ensure that each had the same plan in mind. During this meeting, each detail was discussed, from the way the napkins should be folded to the way the food would be presented. Having a meeting this far in advance allowed not only Funky’s, but the hosts and event planner to identify any potential problems and develop solutions. This attention to detail ensures that the event is executed flawlessly when the guests arrive. The evening of the event, Funky’s team of servers, cooks, and bartenders were prepared to execute their plan that was written by the event captain, in conjunction with the event planner. This plan ensures that every staff member has the same information and is able to provide the quality of service that Funky’s is known for. The cooks in the kitchen had the information needed to properly time each course, the bartenders know what time to have glasses ready for cocktail hour and the servers know what time everyone would be seated inside the tent so they could begin dinner service. The talented staff at Funky’s Catering and Event Services brings the same attention to detail to every event they cater, whether it is a small get together at a client’s home or a large wedding. No detail is overlooked. For your next catering event, be sure to contact Funky’s Catering and Event Services. 258 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
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  • 224. Janice“Thanks for a wonderful event. The food and service were perfect. Thanks for being flexible with the weather. We will be highly recommending you.” Michelle & Alex“We are still basking in the glow and warmth of our wedding day and settling in to being ‘Mr. & Mrs.’ Thank you a million times over for sharing this magnificent day with us. I cannot tell you how many RAVES we have gotten about every aspect of our wedding – food, cake, flowers, photography, music, paper, wood, and more! Every one of you played such an important role in our wedding and we cannot thank you enough for the amazing job you did! We all know the event was beautiful.” Kendra and Brandon“Thank you so much for helping make our wedding reception so perfect! Funky’s was absolutely outstanding! The food was terrific and the service was over the top. Everything by far exceeded our expectations. Thank you! We will definitely recommend people to you and use Funky’s again!” v Funky’s Catering and Event Services is located at 1761 Tennessee Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229. You can reach them at 513.841.9999, or visit their website at
  • 225. FAVORITES Favorites Destiny Yacht Charters Photography by Deogracias Lerma Carol Glenzer “For a prom it’s wonderful, because most of the students have not had an experience like that before. It provides a secure venue, which is important for a prom. The staff is very hospitable and flexible in helping us make the space work for us. I would recommend Destiny’s Yacht for any event. They’re always very professional and willing to work with us.” Barbara Haller “We have used them at least 10 times for my large functions for my husband’s company, for student and staff functions for my company, and for staff only functions. It’s always been a really good experience and I would highly recommend them.” v Destiny Yacht Charters is located at 3653 River Road Cincinnati, OH 45204. You can reach them at 513.921.3210, or visit their website at Mike and Dawn Krollmann 264 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 226. Wetherington Golf & Country Club Photography by Brian Ambs Theresa Liguzinski“Since we moved here from another city we definitely wanted to join a very fun and friendly club. We wanted to find a club that we could acclimate to quickly. We began looking at clubs right away, but there wasn’t a lot of distinction from club to club. What we found when we went to Wetherington was that the people were having a great time with each other. Everyone was having lunch together and telling jokes. It was enjoyable and fun. The people were really friendly, they didn’t know who we were or that we were on a tour, but they just came up and introduced themselves. I thought, “Wow I could get to know people here.” Upon becoming members, we found that sentiment to be true. We joined the ambassador program, where the club pairs you with another family, golfer or tennis player. The couple that we were paired up with invited us to the club for dinner and golf. When we met for dinner, the couple had also invited their friends, so we not only got to meet them, but their friends as well, which was great. It made us feel instantly welcomed.” Kevin Plank Kevin Plank “It’s a typical country club, except it is a very friendly, family oriented club. I would say the best thing about our club is the people. Most of the people who I consider to be very good friends now I met at the country club. The golf course is veryTheresa Liguzinski good, it’s fun for people of all handicaps and ages to play. As far as the club itself, we have everything that you need in a country club. We have good dining, a good golf course, a goodBarry Strasser staff, good facilities, and we have great people. It is also a nice community to live in.” Barry Strasser “Wetherington is not a stuffy old country club. It has a friendly and family oriented atmosphere where you don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy its ambience and where members are warmly welcomed by all.” v Wetherington Golf and Country Club is located at 7337 Country Club Lane West Chester, OH 45069. You can reach them at 513.755.2582, or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 265
  • 227. FAVORITES The Pet Spot Quality Dog Care for Quality People Written by Carly Behringer . Photography by Mark Bealer Kathleen Maynard wasn’t a dog enthusiast until a few years ago, thanks to her daughter’s dogs whom she lovingly refers to as her “grand-dogs.” Her beloved orange mixed-breed, Sophie, is a rescue, although Maynard insists Sophie rescued her. Whatever the case, their bond is apparent. Sophie’s excitement when they pull into the parking lot of The Pet Spot is just one of the many reasons Maynard loves bringing her dogs here. “Sophie’s enthusiasm says it all. She’s trying to jump out of the car before the car comes to a stop. A good business gives you more than you expect and The Pet Spot always exceed my expectations.” Kim Mills, owner of two gray Pet Spot regulars, Baxter and Cooper, have deeply rooted connections to The Pet Spot and its owners. Mills met co-owner Jeff Voelpel when he owned a dog daycare called K-9 Kamp in Hyde Park many years ago. When Jeff and Terry Rath opened The Pet Spot, Mills followed them to their new location. “Cooper was one of Jeff’s very first dogs, so there’s a really tight connection.” Like Maynard, Mills was not always a dog person, but today her two fluffy-faced boys have changed all of that. “The Pet Spot’s groomers are the best. It is evident that everyone cares about all of the dogs here. The fact that they know Baxter and Cooper as soon as we walk in makes it feel like family. That means a lot to me.” v Kim Mills with Baxter and Cooper Kathleen Maynard with Sophie Favorites The Pet Spot’s groomers are the best. It is evident that everyone cares about all of the dogs here. The fact that they know Baxter and Cooper as soon as we walk in makes it feel like family. That means a lot to me. The Pet Spot is located at 2503 Norwood Avenue, Norwood, OH 45212. You can reach them at 513.351.7768, by email at or, or visit their website at
  • 228. riemont • Mariemont • Mariemont • Mariemont • Mariemont • Mariemont • Mariemont • M FAVORITES Mariemont Inn and The National Exemplar Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Mark Bealer and provided by Mariemont Inn In the heart of the charming village of Mariemont are two community staples Twenty-nine years of being involved in Mariemont and its historical com- that capture the essence of the historical richness of the village as well as its com- munity has given The National Exemplar a phenomenal opportunity to be a mitment to family. Both Mariemont Inn and The National Exemplar are family part of something incredible. They are a neighborhood restaurant with a re- owned and operated businesses (Mariemont Inn, owned by J.D. Spinnenweber, gional feel and the goal of providing guests with fresh, fast, and simple food and The National Exemplar, owned by Ken and Paul Pendery), that are dedicated while incorporating high quality and local ingredients. Seafood and beef are to creating traditions and memories for their customers and the community. hand cut and received fresh. The dining is food forward as they are constantly One of the greatest attributes of the Mariemont Inn is its location in the bringing in new ingredients and unique menu items to continuously give their unique one-of-a-kind village in a historic setting. In the village of Mariemont, guests the opportunity to try new dishes. Recent additions offered regularly there are a multitude of things for guests to enjoy, all within walking dis- include the mouth-watering lobster, bacon, and chorizo taco made with de- tance, including a movie theater, historic museum, a walking tour highlighting lectable butter-poached lobster, smoked bacon, chorizo, guacamole, and sour Mariemont’s rich history, and so much more. cream. House favorites never fail to please the pallet. Two of The National The Inn recently underwent a renovation to become an upscale boutique Exemplar’s signature items are the Veal Suzanne and the Steak KP. property, while maintaining affordable prices for guests. Entering the Inn, the The National Exemplar offers an expansive craft beer menu, and one of charming, comforting, and historical atmosphere gives guests the feeling of be- the most extensive wine programs in the city – 22 wines by the glass. Every ing transported back to a different time. Each room is complete with a cozy fire- weekend the restaurant prepares a fresh feature including unique items such as place and beautiful artwork. Mariemont Inn has done an exemplary job of com- wild game and seafood. bining history with modern amenities. With the push of a button, the artwork A recent patio addition is the ideal way to enjoy a beautiful afternoon lunch is displaced with a state of the art television. Lay back, de-stress, and enjoy a or summer evening dinner. For special events or parties, the Tudor Room is restful night’s sleep on their Tempur-Pedic beds dressed with high thread count the optimal choice to host up to 65 guests while enjoying incredible food with linens. Then enjoy a relaxing shower complete with multiple showerheads, and friends and family. Southerby’s, the neighborhood bar and grill inside The Na- curl up afterward in a plush, gigantic bath sheet. tional Exemplar, is the perfect place to relax after a long day of work and enjoy Prepping for an important business meeting? The Mariemont Inn has you great burger and beer specials Monday thru Friday, or listen to live music on covered; their business center is equipped with the newest technologies. And no the weekends. Regardless of your dining needs, if you are looking for stellar need to skip your daily workout, the Inn offers a fitness center furnished with food and impeccable service, visit The National Exemplar. high-end equipment. The warm and welcoming Mariemont Inn team strives to create an atmosphere for guests to feel as comfortable at the Inn as they would in their own home. 268 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 229. • Mariemont • Mariemont • Mariemont • Mariemont • Mariemont • Mariemont • Mariemont Troy DeBord, Managing Director / Complex Manager at UBS Financial Services “I have had the pleasure of knowing Kenny (Ken Pendery) since the early 1980s. In 1983, The National Exemplar Restaurant opened inside of the Mariemont Inn. My wife, Carol, and I were here on opening night. Our second set of children – twins – were born in 1983 and we had an older son born in 1980. For the entirety of their lives we have been very fortunate to be patrons of Mariemont Inn for a variety of events, birthdays, celebrations, both casu- al and formal, and everything in between. Ken, Lisa, Tim, and Mike, and everyone else on staff have been extraordi- narily hospitable. The menu at The National Exemplar has stayed current. When our family is trying to make a deci- sion where to go out to eat, invariably more often than not, we choose The National Exemplar. Everyone in our fam- ily has their favorite dishes, whether we are dining in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I often utilize the restaurant for business purposes and have done so for the entire 29-year period. It is a great spot for a breakfast meeting or after-work dinner. Our family has celebrated a number of milestones at The National Exemplar including gradu- ations and most recently, a wedding celebration. In ad- dition to being great friends with Kenny, his wife Jenny, and their family, this restaurant has never disappointed. It has been absolutely the friendliest place to be, with consistently great food. This is where my wife and I come on a Wednesday evening for a casual dinner, and gather on Sundays to celebrate when the family is here. The re- cent renovation of Mariemont Inn has been exceptional. I have our business guests here; whether early morning or late night, they are always able to accommodate all of their needs. It has become an integral part of the com- munity for the past few decades. There are lots of great restaurants in Cincinnati, and Kenny has been a part of a number of classics including First Watch, The Phoenix, and The Golden Lamb. For our family, Mariemont Inn and The National Exemplar are more than just a hotel and res- taurant; they’ve become a family tradition.” v Troy DeBord The National Exemplar Restaurant is located Mariemont Inn is located at 6880 Wooster at 6880 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227. Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227. You can reach You can reach them at 513.271.2103 or visit them at 513.271.2100 or visit their website at their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 269 Favorites
  • 230. •Shops of Mariemont •Shops of Mariemont •Shops of Mariemont • Shops of Mariemont •S A FAVORITES Sara Benjamin’s Written by Jamie Rogers Photography by Claudia Susana As a mother, Lori Tanzer found herself disenchanted by the fashion selections offered for teens and tweens in Cincinnati. To bring about resolve Tanzer opened Sara Benjamin’s, fondly named after her own children, offer- ing fashion forward, age appropriate, and quality cloth- ing. Upon opening her doors, she realized the styles were not limited to a younger generation, but instead transcended to the tastes of multiple generations. Anna Davis, Barb Lane, and Tracy Davis “We were seeing a lot of mothers, daughters, sisters, and grandmothers shopping together. Our demographics truly range from ages 13 to 75,” Tanzer says. The store permeates a West Coast, LA vibe and offers over 50 different fashion lines, from Tibi and Halston Heritage to Joie and AG. Tanzer and her team strive to provide customers with wearable, quality, and fashionable styles. “We are not trend driven, we are trend aware,” Tanzer says. Tracy Davis, her mother Barb Lane, and daughter Anna are ardent lovers of Sara Benjamin’s and the epitome of the unique multi-generational dynamic common to the boutique. “When I shop, I shop with a purpose and Lori and her team can always find me something that I love. I am difficult to fit and they go out of their way to find beautiful things for me. I feel cute when I am wearing their clothes, and that is not easy at my age,” Barb Lane says. “I originally stopped into Sara Benjamin’s because it is a neighborhood boutique. What I found after stopping in, is what keeps me coming back. The atmosphere is incredibly warm and friendly. I always receive one-on-one attention and honest feedback. You know when you walk out of here, you will look great. My style is more laid back and they carry sophisticated and casual designs that fit my look perfectly. And when I need something dressy, I can always find that here too. They carry incredible brands (including JBrand, Hudson and Velvet) and have ideal staple items for your wardrobe. Their jeans are fantastic! They have great accessories such as purses, clutches, and jewelry to complete any outfit. I love to shop here for gifts for friends and family,” Tracy Davis says. “The customer service is incredible. They accommodate shoppers of all ages. Whether I’m shopping, my daughter Tracy, or granddaughter Anna, they treat everyone very well,” Barb Lane explains. Lauren Carr, Manager, “The clothes are beautiful, but what really makes this shop so special are the girls (Sara and Lori Tanzer, Owner. Benjamin’s team), they care about their customers and become your friends. I never feel pressured to buy anything. They have great style ideas and know what works well for your body. I love that they are located in Mariemont,” Anna Davis says. Tracy adds, “It makes for such a fun and relaxing day, we can stop into Starbucks for a coffee or Sara Benjamin’s is located at 6810 Wooster Pike Cincinnati, OH latte, and jet over for a fun filled shopping trip, it makes for the perfect afternoon. Sara Benjamin’s is 45227. You can reach them at 513.272.2280, visit their website a feel good place where you always leave happy, especially if you leave with a purple bag in hand!” v at, or friend them on facebook.
  • 231. •Shops of Mariemont •Shops of Mariemont •Shops of Mariemont •Shops of Mariemont • ONE MODE Written by Jamie Rogers Photography by Claudia Susana When contemplating the vision for One Mode, owners Robin Goldberg and Rose Tilford wanted to bring fashionable evening wear Meriel Vigran and Monica Vigran from designers you normally would not find in Cincinnati to their shop. They had found there were few places to shop in the city that offered evening wear found in larger fashion forward cities such as New York. The two were eager to fill this niche in the Cincinnati market. In addition to their exquisite women’s fashion, they are thrilled to offer a men’s line by designer Scott James, who offers a fun and contemporary American/European look. Meriel Vigran “The dresses are gorgeous and it is very easy to shop here because the ladies are great at helping to find styles that fit and flatter your figure. It is often difficult to find fashionable and quality dresses in Cincinnati, so it is great to come here where they offer a large variety of dresses by designers you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the city. Robin and Rose are very pleasant, accommodating, and helpful; they make the shopping experience enjoyable.” Monica Vigran “I love the selection at One Mode. They carry unique and reasonably priced items for a variety of occasions, particularly dressier occasions. I have two daughters and it is often hard to find age-appropriate dresses for occasions such as a school dance or bar mitzvah, but we can always find great dresses for those occasions here.” Frank Leggio “I like shopping at One Mode because the line they offer fits my style and has great items such as button-downs in a variety of colors.” Conner Hempel “One Mode carries a line that is current and trendy. These styles are hard to find at other local stores. They carry the new trends and I like that their men’s line offers nice fitting, quality jeans. This is the place to come to find great styles.” Above: Conner Hempel and Frank Leggio. Below: Owners, Robin Brock Maitland with Style Edit Goldberg and Rose Tilford. “Marsha (Ashley) and I are the personal stylists for One Mode boutique. They recently added Scott James, which we are thrilled about because it is very difficult to find a trendy and tangible men’s wear line. They are about the basics, it is easily accessible which is exactly what a man wants; no frills, but the line incorporates a wide range of colors, too. It is very exciting One Mode is located at 6860 Wooster Pike, to work with a boutique that has as urban city feel and carries all of the Cincinnati, OH 45227. You can reach them trends you see on the red carpet. When shopping at One Mode you can feel at 513.979.4056 or visit their website at www. confident knowing that you won’t be wearing the same dress as everyone else and you will look great too.” v
  • 232. •Shops of Mariemont •Shops of Mariemont •Shops of Mariemont • Shops of Mariemont •S FAVORITES Lolli’s Photography by Nico DeBarmore “I am always asked how I decided on the name Lolli’s…in short, Lolli is someone I aspire to be … someone who has classic style with just a bit of an edge. A woman who takes comfort in the traditional, but is not afraid to twist it into something that is uniquely her own.” – Leah Osgood, Owner of Lolli’s Amie “I live in Mariemont and one of the things I love best about living here is having access to all Mariemont has to offer, including incredible shopping, dining, and entertainment. One of the greatest conveniences is being able to walk to one of my favorite shops, Lolli’s. Every time I go there, I am always enthralled by the wide variety of gifts and accessories. Personally, I am addicted to jewelry, and Lolli’s offers an incredible selection of one-of-a-kind pieces that perfectly appease my need for accessories. In addition to great finds, the atmosphere is always warm and inviting. Leah Osgood (owner) is fantastic! She has gotten to know me and is perceptive to my taste and style. This enables her to expertly navigate my husband toward the perfect gifts when shopping for special occasions such as Mother’s Day or my birthday. Leah carries unique lines and pieces rarely found anywhere else in Cincinnati, such as jewelry from Ronda Smith Designs, Shannon Kozak, and Mark Edge Jewelry. I absolutely love all Lolli’s has to offer! But you won’t only find a marvelous selection of jewelry; Leah carries a wide gamut of fun and unique items including old fashion tumblers and a vast selection of fantastic vintage pieces that stir recollections from childhood. Lolli’s offers an eclectic mix perfect for any shopper’s tastes. Leah is super sweet, outgoing, and extremely personable. She has a real passion for her store and takes pride in providing impeccable customer service. The community holds great importance for her, and she is dedicated to making a positive impact to the village of Mariemont. From the moment you walk into Lolli’s, you can feel the commitment Leah has for her store, her customers, and her community.” v Lolli’s is located at 6936 Madisonville Road, Cincinnati OH 45227. You can reach them at 513.561.5054, or visit their website at Favorites
  • 233. •Shops of Mariemont •Shops of Mariemont •Shops of Mariemont •Shops of Mariemont • Pomegranate & Lime Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Aaron Conway When owner Jennifer Degerberg was asked how she came up with such a unique and inter- esting name as Pomegranate & Lime, she explains that it originated from a tradition com- mon to her Greek heritage. In Greece, pomegranates are given as housewarming gifts to represent abundance and good luck. This married beautifully with the concept of her new beloved shop, classic and inviting. But her shop also exudes fun and zest, like a twist of lime; hence, Pomegranate & Lime. Karen Herkamp “I love coming here because of (Owner) Jennifer Degerberg. She is incredibly warm and friendly, and this is reflected in the inviting and cozy atmosphere at Pomegranate & Lime. She is very smart and knowledgeable about her retail business. Nothing about her or her store is pretentious, she is real and honest, and I love that about her. Jennifer carries great inventory including women’s jewelry, scarves, purses, and great gifts for men. I can do so much shopping in one stop and all in a fantastic and friendly environment. My husband and son love the ties, and my daughter and I are crazy for the jewelry and purses. We, as of yet, have little need for baby items, but once we do, this will be the perfect place for adorable baby clothes and accessories.” Kelly Herkamp “I love shopping at Pomegranate & Lime because it has so many unique pieces at an affordable price. You can find things here you won’t find anywhere else. Jennifer has great style and a knack for helping you to find that perfect accessory to complete an outfit. I love the jewelry; they have the classic pieces for formal wear, and the statement pieces that you can wear with basic black that make an outfit pop with color and unique shapes. I love all of the decorative accessories such as the picture frames and pillows. Their collection of precious stuffed animals is ideal for a baby shower gift. The ambiance and décor is classic and makes you feel comfortable and at home while shopping. You never feel pressured to buy anything, and Jennifer is at hand to help with any questions or advice.” v Pomegranate & Lime is located at 6804 Wooster Pike Cincinnati, OH 45227. You can reach them at 513.271.1012. Karen Herkamp, Jennifer Dergerberg, and Kelly Herkamp Favorites
  • 234. FavoritesFAVORITES Eddie Lane’s Diamond Showroom Eddie Lane Robert Rogers “When looking to buy my wife jewelry, I shop at Eddie Lane’s. They carry beautiful pieces that are of the best quality and at the best deal. I originally shopped at Eddie Lane’s because they came highly recommended. If looking for exquisite, well priced diamond jewelry, I would strongly suggest visiting Eddie Lane’s. I have felt confident in their ability, and trusted them to point me in right direction on something I knew very little about. They consistently provide impeccable customer service and are very attentive. Most importantly, my wife has always been very happy with the gifts she has received, and if she is happy, I am a happy man.” Dee Rogers “Eddie Lane’s sells only quality jewelry that any person would be happy to Eddie Lane’s Diamond Showroom is located wear. The pieces are beautiful and timeless. When my son was looking to at 9301 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH buy his (now) wife’s engagement ring, it was a no-brainer to instruct him in 45242. You can reach them at 513.793.4111 or the direction of Eddie Lane’s.” v visit their website at 274 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 235. MISCELLANEOUS Michael Bambino & Co. 8Village Square Cincinnati, OH 45246 513.771.0010 “Michael has great zest and enthusiasm for what he does and it shows in his work. He is creative and made our photo shoot fun and romantic at the same time.” Referred by: KellyWolf Massage Envy Locations in Hyde Park, Mason, Kenwood,West Chester, and Bridgewater Falls “I love Massage Envy and would recommend getting a membership here. There are so many great benefits to having one including member dis- counts and a customized message every month. Upon entering the spa, I am immediately greeted by name and escorted to the relaxation room. The massage therapist does a wonderful job every time and the service is at the level that you would expect.” Referred by: Marilee Strohmenger The Jorge Gurgel Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness Academy 6088West Chester Road,West Chester, OH 45069 513.889.5851 “This is the best fitness facility I have ever been to in my life! I work out hard and feel amazing after. I take classes here four times a week and look forward to going hours before they even start. They have so many different classes to choose from, but my personal favorite is the cardio kickboxing. There are men and women there of all shapes, sizes and experience levels, and you can really see the changes in people’s bodies. The trainers are some of the best trainers in the country. They are so motiva- tional and you feel such a sense of camaraderie with everyone in there.” Referred by: Nigel Chalkley James Free Jewelers 9555 Main Street, Montgomery, OH 45242 513.793.0133 “Whether I am buying a gift or treating myself, James Free is my only choice. The selection is amazing, the experience is exceptional, and I will not buy jewelry without them.” Referred by: Julie Baker, Sibcy Cline Cincinnati V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 275
  • 236. FAVORITES Best for Babies Big Kids Too & Written by Rick Bird . Photography by Mark Bealer 276 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E Favorites
  • 237. Stella announces that she’s going to be a big sister with a custom Best for Babies appliqued T. Best for Babies & Big Kids Too is located at 7225 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236. You can reach them at 513.793. BABY (2229) or visit their website at www. Levin and Sydney Warm Tasner V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 277
  • 238. Making it a Bella Notte at Music HallWhen Jeannine Winkelmann and Melanie Chavez team up in thename of philanthropy, the stars align. The pair started making magicin 2006 when they co-chaired the Amazon Ball for the CincinnatiOpera. The success of that event led to an invitation to co-chair the90th Anniversary for the Opera. Currently, the dream team is deepin the throes of preparations for their third gala event together – theCincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s annual Opening Night Gala. “We absolutely love working together,” Chavez said. “The planningand execution of events of this magnitude takes extraordinary team-work and coordination, and with Jeannine, it just comes naturally.” This year’s Opening Night Gala, centered around the CSO’s Sep-tember 18th performance with the world’s reigning soprano, RenéeFleming, takes on the theme Bella Notte, invoking the spirit of the vin-tage Italian jet-set. Think prosecco on the piazza with Vespas zoomingpast. “We wanted a theme that reflected the operatic nature of the per-formance, and since so many of the classics of opera were born inItaly, it made sense to start there,” Winkelmann said. “Our CreativeChair, Joe Rigotti, has lent his incredible artistic vision to make thissomething that truly bridges vintage with modern, helping guide ev-erything from color schemes to catering decisions.” As co-chairs of the Opening Night planning committee, Chavezand Winkelmann are charged with leading the extensive planningprocess for one of the CSO’s biggest fundraisers of the year. “We are so excited for the CSO’s Opening Night. The eveningwill begin with cocktails and classic Italian cuisine in the Music HallBallroom, which will be completely transformed to feel like a vintageItalian piazza. Then, of course, we will be treated to the stunninglysmooth magic of Renée Fleming and the CSO. Our evening will closewith our La Dolce Vita dessert reception. And certainly, there will bea few surprises along the way,” Winkelmann said. “This year we will also be honoring Vicky and Rick Reynolds fortheir extraordinary leadership and support of the CSO. Their long-standing commitment, tireless volunteer work and love of the Cincin- Above: Gala Co-Chairsnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra is truly an inspiration,” Chavez said. Melanie Chavez and Jeannine Winkelmann. Left: Gala “Renée Fleming is considered the quintessential lyric soprano in honorees Rick and Vickythe world. She is renowned for the quality of her voice, superb control Reynoldsand inspired interpretations. It will be an exquisite night of beautifulmusic as we welcome her to Cincinnati,” Winkelmann said. Everything about this year’s gala promises to be warm and invitingwhile incorporating an air of elegance. In fact, it’s a lot like Renée inthat way (See opposing page for more about this consummate artist). v Tickets for the CSO’s Opening Night Concert and Gala are now on sale. Visit or call 513.381.3300 for more information and to purchase tickets to this not-to-be-missed affair.278 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 239. The People’s DivaShe has performed for presidents, kings, and sultans. She has sung atlandmark events such as the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the Olym-pics, inaugurations, and jubilees. You’ve seen her on stage and onscreen with the Metropolitan Opera and Live From Lincoln Center.But perhaps the most important accolade soprano Renée Fleming canclaim is her nickname – “the people’s diva.” Ms. Fleming has graced the grandest opera halls and stages withher sumptuous voice and consummate artistry, and on September 18,she makes her local debut performing at Music Hall with the Cincin-nati Symphony Orchestra. The program ranges from operatic favor-ites and symphonic songs to arrangements of popular American music.For a city as rich in choral history as Cincinnati, it is only fitting forthe Queen City to host the reigning soprano of our day. Her dedication to new music along with her iconic interpretationsof classic operatic roles have earned her legions of fans around theworld, but it is her behind-the-scenes persona that seals her reputationamong artists as one of the premier soloists with whom to perform.Known for being the first to arrive and the last to leave a rehearsal,her hard work and determination infects those around her. She oftenmentors up-and-coming singers who are pleasantly surprised by herdown-to-earth personality. That unassuming air translates into transparent, silky perfor-mances which, paired with the world-class CSO, will certainly reso-nate for years to come in the form of “Were you there? Were you inMusic Hall when Renée Fleming sang with the CSO?” v The opportunity to be able to say “Yes, I was there,” is still within reach. Tickets for this one night only event are now on sale, starting at $45 (CSO subscribers may receive free tickets to this concert). Paired with the annual Opening Night Gala (see opposing page), this year dubbed “Bella Notte,” September 18 at Music Hall with the CSO will surely be just that – a beautiful evening. Visit or call 513.381.3300 for more information. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 279
  • 240. FAVORITES Camargo Trading CompanyF Written by Paula Andruss Photography by Brian Ambs Fashionable shoppers have been enjoying the beautiful items and exception- al service of Camargo Trading Company for more than a decade. From the fabulous selection of exclusive clothing, gifts and home décor to the personal touches offered by owner Meggan Sulfsted and her staff, it’s a shopping experi- ence that’s unparalleled in this area. Here are just a few of the reasons why loyal shoppers love Camargo, and you will too. Nellie Ison “Camargo is the only place I know where I can get really nice gifts for anyone, from baby gifts and hostess gifts to jewelry and other fantastic items. The variety is constantly changing; I come from week to week and I know it’ll be a different shopping experience every time. The staff is wonderful; they know you by name and can suggest the perfect item, whatever the occasion. And they do such a fabulous job of displaying the merchandise; it’s always so beautiful in the store. Sally Langenbahn and Nellie Ison The Christmas Open House is a tradition for my daughter and me; we look forward to it every year!” Sally Langenbahn “Everything about Camargo is beautiful, starting with the lovely pink building when you arrive, and then absolutely everything inside is just gorgeous. And everyone is so friendly! There’s definitely something for everyone at Camargo; I shop for myself, my daughter, and now my new grandson. There are a lot of unique items, so you don’t see the same things you see in other stores. If I have someone in from out of town, I send them to Camargo because it’s such a charming place to bring people. My daughter registered here when she was engaged, and the staff was so wonderful and helpful with the wedding. And she was always so excited to see the beautifully wrapped gifts arrive. Everyone loves to get a gift from Camargo!” Francie Gunning “I was a bride last year and Meggan and her staff were so fabulous with my bridal Francie Gunning registry, especially the beautiful Juliska and Mariposa lines. They have so much to offer, from beautiful clothing and jewelry for myself to gifts for every occasion – and the gift packaging is phenomenal. The personal service is amazing; everyone Camargo Trading Company is located at 7744 in the store is so nice, and everyone always seems to be smiling. I just love it there! Laurel Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45243. You can Through my wedding I brought a lot of people in to the store who had never been reach them at 513.561.0842, or visit their website there, and they absolutely fell in love with it, too!” v at Favorites
  • 241. Chez Renée European Boutique 513.271.2689 8181 Camargo Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45243Store Hours Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 242. FAVORITES Pizazz Photography by Brian Ambs Pam Greenburg “I have lived in Loveland for 18 years and I was absolutely thrilled when Pizazz Studio opened here 10 years ago. It is a fantastic addition to our cozy town, and the perfect place to shop for all kinds of occasions, friends, parents, grandparents, the man in your life, and when I buy myself a treat! The moment I walk in the door I am welcomed with a smile and embraced in a warm, friendly, and inviting atmosphere. Jan Ranard (owner) and her staff are incredible and their customer service is impeccable. They have full and extensive knowledge of all the products they carry. I never feel pressured, but instead am left to my own devices to explore all of the lovely things. When I need assistance, they are ready and willing to guide me to the perfect gift and offer helpful suggestions. Jan carries unique items that are beautifully displayed and are ever changing, so there is always a surprise and it makes shopping at Pizazz an adventure. Jan and her staff are always excited to show off the new additions. Every niche and vignette in her shop is designed and displayed with intention and purpose. I will see a table set complete with dinnerware and accessories and I will want to bring the entire setup exactly how it is into my home. This is a reflection of Jan and her staff’s artistic talents and ability. The shop exudes cheerful merriment. Jan decorates for every holiday and season, and she consistently keeps her shop current and relevant. I love the Mariposa platters paired with cocktail napkins that are themed for every season and holiday. My father-in-law loves hamburgers, and Pizazz had the ideal gift for him: a fusion glass hamburger plate, and a wine and cheese one for me! The gourmet kitchen section carries Stonewall products, sauces, and mustards; they make for the best hostess gifts. Pizazz is the perfect place for my husband to shop with our children for gifts for me. Jan and her staff make the buying experience for him easy and comfortable. It is hard to go into Pizazz and buy only one thing because I love everything. Simply put, shopping here makes me feel happy!” v Pizazz Studio Inc. is located at 122 West Loveland Avenue, Loveland, OH 45140. You can reach them at 513.683.3333 or visit their website at Brad and Pam Greenburg Favorites 282 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
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  • 244. FAVORITES La Silhouette Photography by Brian Ambs Colby Chapman “Britt (Cruikshank, owner of La Silhouette) is a wonderful person who really cares about her customers. She wants everyone to be happy with their shopping experience. The items that Britt sells are very unique and sophisticated. You can come here and feel comfortable. She really goes out of her way to be honest and tell you what looks good and what doesn’t look good on you. It is nice to know that someone is going to be honest about what you should and shouldn’t wear. Britt makes sure that everything fits you correctly and that it is comfortable. I think my husband was the first one who came here ... My husband loves shopping here for me. Britt is great with working with both men and women. Britt is so good that you’re always happy with what you purchase. I tell people about the (La Silhouette) store a lot, because people drive pretty quickly down this hill (Miami Avenue in Madeira. You really want to get the word out about such a fine place.” v La Silhouette is located at 6914 Miami Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45243. You can reach them at 513.272.8100, or visit their website at 284 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E Favorites
  • 245. A store that makes achild’s room extraordinary EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE AT... Tri-County Marketplace Shopping Center 35 Tri-County Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45246 Phone #: 513-671-7750 • Toll Free #: 866-571-1143
  • 246. FavoritesFAVORITES York Vision Photography by Mark Bealer Dr. Cari Ogg, MD “I believe my style is very different from other peoples and I love having fun, stylish, and exceptional glasses. Because of my career, I am often in the public eye, and professionally, having a unique look is very important for me. But I found it was difficult locating eyewear that I really liked, that was until I discovered York Vision. They carry a vast selection of fantastic eyewear. Their customer service is excellent. My face is a unique shape and it can be a challenge to find glasses. Cliff (York, owner of York Vision) is marvelous at working with me and finding frames that flatter my face the best. He even goes the extra mile to tailor the frames to fit my face. It has been a great experience and I have found a number of frames that perfectly reflect my personality. I haven’t been able to find this type of high quality service and great selection of eyewear anywhere else. Cliff goes out of his way to make sure you have the right fit and the right style. He spends the time with you to ensure that you are 100 percent happy with the eyewear you are purchasing. It is obvious that Cliff is passionate about what he does and really cares about providing customers with the ideal eyewear. I really enjoy coming into York Vision, with great customer service and unique and extraordinary styles, I have no reason to ever shop anywhere else.” v York Vision is located at 7599 Kenwood Road Cincinnati, OH 45236. You can reach them at 513.891.2020 or visit their website at Dr. Cari Ogg, MD
  • 247. Monkee’s Photography by Kristen Dunlap Kim Lauch “A friendly atmosphere with an excellent group of beautiful items of clothing and accessories. There is something there that meets everyone’s budget. They carry everything from jewelry, shoes, something to wear to a wedding, to clothing to run around in. The staff is always very friendly and personable. There is always someone available to help.” v Monkee’s is located at 6828 Miami Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45243. You can reach them at 513.271.0038, or visit their website at
  • 248. Treehouse KidsFAVORITES Margo Rapp “Most importantly, it is a personalized business. The customer service is outstanding! The people they have there really know about the different products and can really help you. They Treehouse Kids Co. is located at take the time to help you understand the different products, opposed to a big box store where 35 Tri-County Parkway, Cincinnati, they don’t really give you a lot of attention. They have always made me feel like a VIP while I’m OH 45246. You can reach them at there. The associates help me compare different products, telling me the pros and cons of each, 513.671.7750 or visit their website at so I feel like I am finding the right product for my needs. For designing my child’s room I went in with an idea of what I wanted and they really went above and beyond. They helped me find exactly what I wanted!” v Favorites 288 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 249. piz·zazz or pi·zazz or piz·zaz (p-zz) n. Informal 1. Dazzling style; flamboyance; flair. 2. Vigorous spirit; energy or excitement.Pizazz Studio Gift Shop · 122 West Loveland Avenue · Loveland, Ohio 45140 · (513) 683-3333 ·
  • 250. Make your ownMitchell’s Memory EXPERIENCE CLIENT’S SPECIAL MOMENTS… Since I found Mitchell’s, I have had a massage on almost a monthly basis and their work is Before I went to Mitchell’s phenomenal!! It has helped me create a balance I never had a haircut that I truly with issues that I have not found could be resolved loved. After a particularly bad with physical therapy or other options. They have cut, I decided to try Mitchell’s JUST the right massage methods to reduce and I instantly got a my complaints. My recommendation is a 10+!! haircut that I loved. VICKY I will never go anywhere else to get my hair cut from now on. Mitchell’s is my “go to” MELISSA, Client since 2009 anytime I need recalibrated! MARYLove Mitchell’s Salon!! Everyyear I host a Girls’ Weekend formy sisters-in-law and my nieces.The events department always I went to Mitchell’s for a facial during chemo last year. It was one of the happiest eventsmanages to make sure we all get the during chemo and radiation...I felt good when it was over and my face was no longer dry.manicures, pedicures, massages, and I’d like to go back for a more fun time in my life and no stress about chemo and radiation.facials with the techs we like at thetimes we want!! Thanks, Mitchell’s!! STEPHANIELESLIEI started going to Mitchell’s in 2005. I had botched a home coloring and could NOT go down the aisle looking like that. My stylist toned downmy color so I looked great on my wedding day. I can’t imagine going anywhere else now. I am not the type that fussesand primps over my looks, but I will invest in my hair now. No more bottle colorings. CARLA Hair by Mitchell’s Salon I got my hair, makeup, and nails done all at Mitchell’s for my wedding. It was truly a part of the unforgettable experiences that relate with your wedding day. My hair was perfect and exactly what I wanted, my nails were GREAT and lasted my entire honeymoon, and my makeup was superb. The stylists at Mitchell’s are so talented! Ever since then, I’m a loyal client of Mitchell’s! AMY, CLIENT SINCE 2009
  • 251. 513.793.0900 Kenwood • Hyde Park • Tri-County Northgate • West Chester I have been going to Mitchell’s for years and I hands down will not go anywhere else for any services. I love the Salon and the people that work in it. It is an amazing salon with amazing attitudes. I would highly recommend anyone to go here.Hair by Mitchell’s Salon MANDI2012 Best Hair Salon 2010 Best Spa Pedicure Paris Fashion Week4 years in a row City Beat Magazine 7 years in a row City Beat Magazine 2010 Hair for Armani’s“Best of Cincinnati 2012” “Best of Cincinnati 2010” Privé Couture Show with Oribe2012 Best Day Spa Milan Fashion Week NYC Fashion Week9 years in a row City Beat Magazine 2011 Hair for Emporio Armani 2010 - 2012 Hair for Rad“Best of Cincinnati 2012” and Giorgio Armani Shows by Rad Hourani with with Oribe Ramona Ershbach for Oribe2011 Best Facial AWARDSFox19 AList Cincinnati V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 291 Bride by Mitchell’s Salon
  • 252. FAVORITES Let Lumineux Teeth Whitening Spa Give You a Brighter Smile Written by Carly Behringer . Photography by Aaron Conway Paula Faulhaber and Lisa Seipelt 292 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
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  • 254. FAVORITES NVogue Medi Spa and Wellness Centers Skin & Body Care for the Health Conscious Written by Carly Behringer . Photography by Brian Ambs Favorites Wouldn’t it be a dream come true if you could get rid of years of aging in literally a couple of weeks – and without plastic surgery? It may seem hard to believe at first, but amazing things happen to bodies and skin at NVogue Medi Spa and Wellness Centers. Rhonda Sternberg, a licensed RN, LME, and LMT, and her husband, Dr. Richard Sternberg, the founders and owners of NVogue Medi Spa and Wellness Cen- ters, started with a vision of helping people get healthy, inside and out. The Streets of West Chester welcomed her first location around seven years ago after she resigned from her position as an intensive care unit nurse. She has since expanded her practice to two other locations in Liberty Township and Northern Kentucky. The list of services is more than eclectic, with everything from therapeutic mas- sage to “VI Peel,” facial peels that rid the skin of acne scars and even rosacea. Exciting new therapies; such as Ulthera which is used to lift and tighten the skin, with amaz- ing results, using deep thermal ultrasound; while other medical products help keep skin healthy and younger looking for the long term. There are even holistic therapies available, such as “cupping,” which uses glass cups that suction the skin and tissues to work deep muscle tissue; and Craniosacral therapy, which is thought to help correct imbalances in the body, among other problems. While Sternberg utilizes lasers at her facilities, she stresses that a quick fix doesn’t really fix anything. “Here, we try to prevent and correct aging. Our focus is to improve how the skin functions and cor- rects the imperfections!” NVogue Medi Spa and Wellness Centers have truly changed lives, especially with HCG hormone diet therapy. The HCG hormone is naturally found in women’s bodies during pregnancy and stores itself in body fat. One client, who had suffered from weight-related ailments most of his life, experienced a true transformation due to Sternberg’s passion: “I have lost 70 pounds now, feel better than I have in years – maybe decades – and my cardiologist, Dr. Kereiakes, said I have virtually eliminated my threat of heart disease and should be the poster boy for the program. Last week my family physician took me off my blood pressure and cholesterol medications for a trial period. I cannot overemphasize this because I have been on blood pressure medication since I was 18 … Although (my wife) is not able to follow as closely as I do, she is also losing weight and her family physician has cut her diabetes medication in half.” – F.B., Cincinnati In the end, Sternberg is content with helping others. “It’s rewarding because not only are you getting healthy, but people walk out feeling so much better about them- selves. Ultherapy is an amazing technology that has had significant impact on clients’ lives. All of our knowledge and technologies come together using therapies such as Ultherapy, laser, peels, and body work with a medical skin care line help to correct Rhonda and Richard Sternberg the mind, body, and soul, holistically.” v NVogue Medi Spa and Wellness Center is located at 6770 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45044. You can reach them at 513.755.8509 or by email at Visit their West Chester location at 9443 Civic Center Boulevard, Cincinnati, OH 45069, or call 513.779.9200. Visit their Crestview Hills location at 2853 Town Center Boulevard, Crestview Hills, KY 41017, or call 859.291.9777. Visit their website at 296 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 255. HOME &GARDEN Bath Inspirations 807 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 45140 513.774.7856 “From start to finish everything progressed beautifully. Every detail was laid out beforehand and the construction went exactly as planned. The installers were very professional and cleaned the job site at the end of every day. They really paid attention to all of the particulars and we are 100 percent satisfied with our new bathroom. “ Referred by: JohnWilson Hyde Park Lumber 3360 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 according to website 513.271.1500 “Hyde Park Lumber strives to be customer driven. In addition to offering Location, Location, Location (close to the city and our market), they also offer great service at competitive rates. As a contractor, we strive to provide our clients the best value in all things. Hyde Park Lumber consistently part- ners with us to deliver that value. Great service, an outstanding location, and fair pricing – we can’t ask for more.” Referred by: John Dallman Mansion Hill Custom Floors 324 East Fourth Street, Newport, KY 41071 859.581.1800 “At Stewart and Jervis Builders, we have worked with Bill Walz and Jeff Rose for several years now. They are extremely knowledgeable and detail-oriented while creating custom floors for each client. The Mansion Hill showroom is wonderful with a large variety of products that will cater to any customer. They are very reli- able and always take care of business, standing behind their work 100 percent.” Referred by: Joe Stewart Amy Schuermann Interiors 3774 Broadview Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513.807.8870 “Amy’s strength is that she is a really versatile designer. She is able to work with clients no matter where they are in the design process. Whether she is starting a room from scratch or working with pieces you already have, the end result will be beautiful. Her strong creative vision combined with excel- lent customer service makes her the whole package in the design world.” Referred by: Jackie Roberto V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 297
  • 256. FAVORITES Tanya’s Image & Wellness Salon Can Satisfy Your Every Beauty Need Written by Carly Behringer Photography by Brian Ambs Tanya’s Image & Wellness Salon is not hard to miss, whether you’re Holly Collinsworth has been a dedicated client of Tanya’s since visiting their Hyde Park location or the one in Crestview Hills a friend first recommended Holly to Tanya 15 years ago. Since then, Town Center. Their logo, a larger-than-life blue anthropomorphic Holly has followed Tanya to every location where she has worked, butterfly seemingly frozen in motion above the door, immediately and now is a loyal face in the Hyde Park salon. Holly spoke highly catches your wandering eyes. And though it looks unusually quiet of the facility and the workers of Tanya’s. “... They’re nice and on the outside, the lobby is packed with anxious people clambering they’re professional. I’m well taken care of when I need to make an to get an appointment. appointment, whether it be the same day or weeks out. The clients Sheree Paolello of WLWT Channel 5 News is an avid customer, are treated in a way that keeps them coming back.” who has been seeing her blonde-haired bubbly stylist Caitie Mix Tanya is incredible at reciprocating clients’ love. “Holly is fun, for the past few years, “I love this salon because it’s a family atmo- down to earth, and a great role model; I just love styling her amaz- sphere. When I come here, we laugh and you get to forget about ing hair. She is as kind as she is beautiful.” everything else and then you come out looking good. I get a great Both parties truly speak volumes of each other. It would be dif- cut and the color is always beautiful, and the people are wonder- ficult to find a salon with as much personality and compassion. v ful. I never leave here like ‘uh, I don’t really like this or I need to go back. And to be honest, the prices are really reasonable; you’re not going to a salon where you’re spending an absolute fortune.” Discovering Tanya Tieman and her salon was a bit of happen- chance when she started doing the Channel 5 teams’ hair and makeup several years ago. After that, Paolello was so happy with her treatment that she kept coming in regularly even after Tanya’s contract with WLWT ended. A large part of why Paolello trusts her stylist 100 percent is because she works personally alongside her with regards to her reporting job on TV, “for me, I might look good here, but under the lights [on TV] my hair can change differ- ent colors. Caitie will watch [the broadcast] and say, ‘hey, I think we need to work on this or try something else.’ And maybe I won’t notice it, but she will.” Tanya’s Image & Wellness Salon is located at 2883 Town Center Boulevard, Crestview Hills, KY 41017. You can reach them at 859- 578-9400 or by email at Visit their Hyde Park location at 2716 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208 or call 513.533.9400. Visit their website at Favorites
  • 257. FavoritesFAVORITES Weight Loss and Regaining Health as easy Phase 1, 2, 3, 4 E Photography by Brian Ambs and Mark Bealer 300 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 258. Wendy Walker, WGRR FM’s Radio Personality Tom Paquette, Chief Financial Officer Unique U Medical Weight Loss and Wellness is located at 4760 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 238, Cincinnati, OH 45227. You can reach them at 513.984.2700 or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 301
  • 259. FAVORITES West Chester Family Dentistry Written by Danielle Dean . Photography by Aaron Conway At West Chester Family Dentistry, Dr. Phuoc Tran, DDS, understands patients to ensure they are fully aware of what to expect from their chosen that visiting the dentist for your semi-annual checkup can be a daunting treatment plan. experience. For many, the thought of not knowing what to expect during New technology is utilized at West Chester Family Dentistry to not each visit can be overwhelming. Dr. Tran and his experienced staff have only improve patients’ comfort level, but the quality of the work being found innovative ways to help patients feel relaxed when they come to visit. done as well. Dr. Tran recently purchased a revolutionary Cadet iTero, The unique care received at West Chester Family Dentistry begins which uses lasers and optical scanning to capture every detail of each when you arrive. Patients are immediately welcomed by a friendly staff tooth. The technology then transforms the images into a 3D image. With member, who makes visitors feel welcome. As patients wait in the lounge the use of this technology Dr. Tran is able to send the 3D image to a lab to they find more than just magazines to keep them entertained; Dr. Tran have an impression of the patient’s teeth made. The use of this technology has adorned his waiting room with a large salt water fish tank, a children’s improves the way many procedures are done. play area, and a number of televisions. “The advantage is when we make a mold we have to send it off to the Patients will find that the high level of service doesn’t stop in the location so we are eliminating all of the errors that may happen. Now waiting room. As patients enter the examination room they are seated in we send it electronically through the Internet, so we eliminate all of the a luxurious massage chair. While the dental hygienist begins her work, the errors in between. This gives us a better accuracy,” says Dr. Tran. patient never sees the instruments being used. During the examination Dr. Tran is utilizing laser dentistry to make treatments more patients are provided with access to wireless Internet, a television, a DVD precise and less painful for the patient. The use of dental lasers has been player, and wireless headphones. incorporated into several procedures to reduce bleeding, anxiety, need Dr. Tran and his staff want to ensure that the patient is not only as for stitches, risk of bacterial infection, and post-treatment recovery time. comfortable as possible, but that they receive top of the line treatment as West Chester Family Dentistry has truly transformed what is well. Providing individualized care is a priority at West Chester Family traditionally an undesirable experience into a pleasant one. From the Dentistry. Dr. Tran and his staff consult with each patient to develop welcoming environment to the state-of-the-art technology, patients truly a treatment plan that is specialized to the patient’s needs. Educational receive the best possible care from Dr. Tran and his staff. videos are used to help explain different techniques and procedures to Why West Chester Family Dentistry? Lee Wong, Trustee, West Chester “West Chester Family Dentistry is truly a first class dental practice. The friendly staff puts me at ease. Dr. Tran is very knowledgeable in dentistry, and he is able to articulate his knowledge to his patients extremely well. His dental team is warm, friendly, and professional. I was immediately greeted as I walked in through the front door. The office is modern, clean, and beautifully decorated. I have received so many good vibes after every visit. I was invited back for an unbelievable Halloween party; not too many dental offices have done that before! As a trustee of West Chester, I highly recommend Dr. Phuoc Tran and West Chester Family Dentistry to everyone.” Karri Perry “I come here because it is convenient to where I live, but beyond that they’re fabulous! It’s clean, they have the latest and greatest advanced technology that helps your dental work, and your teeth look fantastic. The staff is friendly, they’re great with my kids. My whole family comes and we have always had a great experience. What sets them apart from other dentist offices is that it’s the whole package . . . it’s the level of professionalism, it’s Dr. Tran and how he handles not only the adult patients, but my kids who are little and intimidated about coming, and it’s how fantastic the office is. He talks to my children at their level, he doesn’t talk down to them, he talks to them and explains their teeth and asks if they have any questions about what’s going on in their mouths. His staff is the same way. My son has an aversion to the flavored toothpaste that they use to polish his teeth, and they’re so sweet, because they will open up and try different flavors and ask ‘How’s this?’ There has never been one that he has really liked, but they try to help him through the experience and make it a good one.”
  • 260. Favorites Dr. Brad Evans , UC Health, West Chester Hospital“Since we’ve been going there, which is a little over a year now, the service is phenomenal. Right when you walk in there are friendly faces, always smiling, from the receptionist to the dental hygienist and of course Dr. Tran. Great service, family oriented, and really does a nice job of educating his patients too; being in health care I can really appreciate that. He does a nice job of prevention and education for his patients. I have also been very impressed with his community ties. He does a lot of fundraising activities in the Greater West Chester area. I think he is doing a good service for the dental care of West Chester.”Michelle Evans“You can definitely tell that he is the father of four because right away he puts the kids at ease. He is very funny; he is always asking them what they are involved in. One of the best things about him is he is always explaining what he does from an educational standpoint. Before he even attempts a procedure he tells the kids exactly what he’s doing. So it’s a great atmosphere for them. The kids think it’s fun to go there!” Troy Evans, Owner, LBS Busing and Super Bowl XLIV Champion “He’s great, you walk right in and you see the aquarium and the kids eat it up. Not only is the staff very nice and helpful, but they get you right in and then Dr. Tran comes in to see you and he is the same way. Even when we bring our little kids in he will take them back into his office to show them his lizards. It’s just a great environment, not to mention what he does for the community and all of the events that we come out to.” Jill Evans “He is great, our eldest is 6 years old so she’s been going there, and our middle child is 3 years old so this is her first time there. She didn’t have any problems, he was very warm, His staff is so amazing, the girls there are very motherly, nurturing, and calm. The girls know him from the Halloween event, so they just think of him as just a guy, he’s not the dentist, he’s not scary or anything. So when they see him at the office it isn’t a big deal to them. He’s just very warm and easy to talk to. I always brag about the office because it just looks so perfect and clean. We have never seen such a fancy dentist office before. Everything is just so up to date and high tech.” v Dr. Rick Sternberg, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Associates “I met Dr. Tran through a professional relationship. My wife and I are owners of a medical spa and we are very service oriented business owners. I had heard a lot of excellent things about Dr. Tran in terms of his care, compassion, and knowledge. So I started using him for corrective teeth care and I have been very impressed with the entire operation. At West Chester Family Dentistry they are friendly, knowledgeable, they go the extra mile, and they’re a hard working, conscientious group of people. I think what sets them apart is their ability to go the extra step to make you feel comfortable. They make you feel like you are apart of their family. West Chester Family Dentistry is where I’ve chosen and my family is now going to start coming here too.” West Chester Family Dentistry is located at 9000 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite 200, West Chester, OH 45069. You can reach them at 513.755.2118, by email at, or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 303
  • 261. Ford-EllingtonFAVORITES Wedding and Event Design Written by Danielle Dean • Photography provided by Ford-Ellington For 15 years, Kevin Ford, owner of Ford-Ellington Wedding and Event Design has been working closely with brides, grooms, and their families to bring their visions to life. “I really like the interaction of working with a bride and her family and the groom and his family in creating a wedding that when they see it not only is it what they were hoping for, but that it exceeds what they thought they would get,” Ford explains. Ford’s commitment to exceeding clients’ expectations begins at the couple’s initial consultation. Ford and his team sit down with each couple to not only get to know one another, but to discuss the couple’s vision, style, and expectations as well. From this point forward, Ford works closely with the couple and their families to tweak the initial design until it is truly perfect. From the first consultation to the day of your wedding, Ford- Ellington Wedding and Event Design truly pays attention to every last detail to ensure that your big day is beyond your wildest dreams. v Favorites Ford-Ellington is located at 16 North Fort Thomas Avenue #2 Fort Thomas, KY 41075. You can reach them at 859.781.0700, by email at, or visit their website For information about any of the photos in this spread, please contact Ford-Ellington. Brittney Schonhoft “Kevin takes the flowers to the next level in terms of design. We handed over the whole design to him and we really trusted him with not only how the flowers looked, but the whole design of the room. We had it at the Hall of Mirrors and everything down to the table linens, the silverware we used, how everything was placed, and the lighting was handed all of that over to him. He managed the whole design. I basically told him that our colors were purple and silver and that I wanted absolutely gorgeous flowers and he ran with it. We were so confident in him. He is just fabulous!”
  • 262. Maggie Kuhn“I didn’t cry during the wedding but I cried when I saw the room. My daughter and the groom were just blown away by the room. It was just stunning; it really was. He has a wonderful gift and it was worth every penny.”
  • 263. SALONS Amanda Kelly Salon 1010 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 513.621.4271“Amanda is a color genius. She is so accurate with theresult of her clients’ color and you can always expect avery personalized experience. Amanda really cares aboutwomen, both personally and professionally, and wantsyou to feel really great about the way you look. She makesyou feel like more than just a client, she is a friend andalways listens to what you want while sharing her profes-sional opinion.” Referred by: Meghan Lawson 513.602.9809
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  • 265. WEDDINGS Beth Baldner Andrew Ciafardini Over the weekend of July 4th, 2011 Andrew planned a weekend Chicago getaway for the couple. On Saturday, July 2nd Beth and Andrew had dinner plans with friends at Sixteen, located in the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Unfortunately, their friends “had something come up” and had to cancel. “He acted super-upset about the change in plans, which is totally out of character and made me more suspicious about what was going to happen that evening,” Beth explains. Shortly after arriving at the restaurant, Andrew suggested that they go up to the balcony. The couple found a somewhat private area to enjoy one another’s company. Andrew suddenly got down on one knee and asked Beth to marry him! “I was traumatized about creating a scene, so I said, ‘Yes, yes, yes! Now, please, get up off the ground! Get up, get up, get up! Not super-romantic, but totally me,” Beth gushes. On January 28, Beth and Andrew were united as husband and wife at St. Xavier. Beth looked absolutely beautiful as she walked down the aisle with her father wearing, a stunning ball gown. From the first dance to the beautiful reception, their wedding was truly the perfect beginning to the rest of their lives. v – Danielle Dean RECEPTION Bell Event Centre FLORIST Kim Wilson (Private Florist Affiliated with Mariemont Florist) ENTERTAINMENT Airwave Band PHOTOGRAPHER Varland Photography CEREMONY St. Xavier Church HAIR Cura Bella Salon MAKE-UP Cincy Makeup
  • 266. A Bride’s Mafia is a one stop shop to wedding planning! With our four divisions - A Bride’s Mafia(Online & Card), A Bride’sSocial, A Bride’s Gala, and A Bride’s Gallery; we have everything covered for you! A Bride’s Mafia is a listing of our preferredpartners. These partners have been carefully hand selected for their demonstration of impeccable service, dedication, andpersistence to go above and beyond and exceed expectations. Everything a bride needs for her special day can be found onone site: Exclusive deals can be obtained through contacting the website or showing your Mafia card.If you have already begun your planning; visit A Bride’s Gallery and receive a complimentary consultation where we helpcreate a customized timeline to your day. At A Bride’s Gallery we will not only customize your timeline free of charge, we willalso provide detailed information on Cincinnati’s finest wedding vendors, offer additional Mafia vendor discounts, and answerfrequently asked wedding planning questions. When you stop by A Bride’s Gallery, be sure to pick up your exclusive Mafiamembership card. The membership card allows for complimentary admission to our Bride Socials and Galas which includefabulous, can’t miss, cocktail parties and bridal shows! Our services are offered to everyone. Whether contemplating planning for a wedding, have recently become engaged, or are on your way down the aisle and need last minute help tying everything together, we are here to facilitate however we are needed. A Bride’s Mafia vendors understand the pressure and stress associated with wedding planning and they are dedicat- ed to being there every step of the way to help. Through the aid of A Bride’s Mafia partners, services are customized to meet your needs, allowing your wedding and reception to be as unique and special as you have ever dreamed! It’s not about what you know... It’s about who you know Visit A Brides Mafia at and view a complete list of their preferred partners!A Bride’s Gallery is located at 266 East Sharon Road, Glendale OH 45246. You can contact them via email at
  • 268. Destiny Yacht ChartersContact Mike & Dawn Krollmann at (513) 921-32103653 River Road, Cincinnati, OH,
  • 269. WEDDINGS Christel cousino Mike skorup In 2008, Christel Cousino and Mike Skorup celebrated their long awaited first date with dinner and a haunted house that quickly turned into a long-distance romance. Two years later, Mike moved from Chicago to Cincinnati to be closer to Christel, and on July 31, 2011, Christel came home one afternoon to find rose petals strewn across the floor. “At first I thought the dogs had gotten into something,” says Christel. “But as I walked over, I saw they spelled ‘Will you marry me?’” and she found Mike on one knee. For a couple whose relationship began with distance, it’s fitting that they decided on a destination wedding at Christel’s favorite vacation destination in Seabrook Island, S.C. On May 4, friends and family gathered for an unforgettable ceremony and reception. “The ceremony was on a stone patio that overlooked the ocean,” says Christel. “There was this fabulous breeze and, by luck, we had a military fly-by.” Since all of their friends and family weren’t able to join in that celebration, Christel and Mike held a second reception on May 28 at the Metropolitan Club in Covington. “We truly had the wedding of our dreams in South Carolina and yet still were able to celebrate with all of our friends and family in our hometown. We had the best of both worlds,” Christel exclaims! v CEREMONY Ocean Terrace at the Seabrook Island Club in South Carolina RECEPTION Ocean Terrace at the Seabrook Island Club, South Carolina and Metropolitan Club, Covington FLORIST Linda Collins PHOTOGRAPHER 808 Studios Photography VIDEOGRAPHER Hart to Heart Media WEDDING DRESS Mori Lee 312 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 270. WEDDINGS Jenna kereiakes Tad Debord It’s rare to already have a love for your husband’s family before you even meet him, but that is exactly what happened for Jenna Kereiakes and Tad Debord. The two grew up five minutes from one another, went to the same high school, and Jenna was friends with Tad’s siblings. However, the two never officially met one another due to their four-year age difference. This all changed when the couple met through a Cincinnati contingent in Chicago that met every Sunday at a local bar to watch the Bengals’ games. In January of 2011 Tad proposed to Jenna over brunch. Tad surprised Jenna when he asked, “Will you marry me, and what would you like for breakfast?” Jenna was shocked and responded, “Which question do you want me to answer first? Yes!” Jenna explains, “The idea of us getting married was not a surprise – we’d been together more than four years, but the fact that he chose to make such a casual moment so special is authentic to who we are as a couple. It was perfect!” When it came time to plan their wedding day, Jenna and Tad agreed that they wanted their day to be formal, but not pretentious. Jenna worked with her mom and a team of vendors to bring the couple’s vision to life. One of the vendors the couple worked with was Kevin Ford of Ford Ellington Wedding and Event Design. Kevin understood the look the couple was going for and helped incorporate casual and rustic textures to the design. “The tent was jaw- dropping, but my favorite part was how Kevin made the vision for the ceremony come to life,” Jenna says. The couple celebrated their wedding day with their friends and family on May 26. It was truly a magical day for the couple. – Danielle Dean v WEDDING CEREMONY, RECEPTION AND FLORAL DESIGN Ford-Ellington Wedding and Event Design WEDDING PLANNER Brigid Horne-Nestor PHOTOGRAPHER Tine Hofmann with TM Photography VENUE Greenacres Arts Center BAND Airwaves STATIONARY Poeme
  • 271. Designs by Dawson 6929 Miami Avenue in Madeira Across from Coffee Please513.827.9100 Custom Designed & Personalized Paper Boutique Offering... Laser Services Ulthera Ultrasound Hair Botox/JuvedermAge 40 Resurfacing Chemical Peels Vein removal HCG Diet Therapy Sun damage Age 50 Streets of West Chester Crestview Hills Town Center Mercy Health Center – Liberty Falls 9443 Civic Centre Boulevard 2853 Town Center Bloulevard 6770 Cin-Day Road – Suite 207 (513) 779-9200 (859) 291-9777 (513) 755-8509
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  • 273. An Outfit for Every OccasionOpposite page: Diane Firsten Etro Fourth of July Silk Blouse, $625; Etro Fourth of July Silk Shorts, $630; Shoes Style Edit. Model: Sarah Attalah.Photographer: Claudia Susana. Stylist: Marsha M. Ashley and Brock Maitland of Style Edit. Makeup: Kelly Ledford, assisted by Trista Campbellof Cinci Makeup. Hair: Samantha Maloney of Tanya’s Image and Wellness Salon. Location: Alms Park.
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  • 275. 2. 1. 4. 3. 5. 6.Opposite page: Sara Benjamin Eva Franco Vivica Dress, $374; The Wardrobe Jenni Kayne Vero Cuoio shoes $395; James Free Jewelers Ippolita brace-let, $595; Style Edit Hat. 1. Camargo Trading Company Count Me Healthy Gold Bracelet, $165. 2. Sara Benjamin Eva Franco Liberty Dress the Keys,$263. 3. Diane Firsten DL1961 Premium Denim 4 Way Stretch Jean 1966 Katniss, $178. 4. Monkee’s Bujibaja Chunky Straw Tote, $106. 5. Sacksteder’sInteriors Customizable Floral Arrangement, $129.99. 6. Lolli’s Princess and Butch belt $25, buckles $40.
  • 276. 3. 2. 1. 4. 5. 6. 7.Opposite page: The Wardrobe Harvey Faircloth Hedge Print Sailor Skirt, $350; The Wardrobe White Blouse, $285; The Wardrobe Gold Necklace,$198; Style Edit Shoes. 1. Eddie Lane’s Diamond Showroom 1.9 Carat Black and White Diamond 14K White Gold Ring and White Gold Bracelets,Price Available Upon Request. 2. The Wardrobe Marc by Marc Jacob Micro CDC Handkerchief Dress Blue Streak, $398. 3. Pizazz Sticks ActivityBoard, $994.95. 4. Sara Benjamin Jenny Bird Ruched Clutch, $365. 5. Pizazz Coton Colors Canister Set, $99.95. 6. The Wardrobe Jenni KayneVero Cuoio, $395. 7. Pear Tree Interiors Handmade Artisan Pottery Lamb Handpainted in Cream and Tan with a Natural Paper Shade, $2,675.
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  • 278. 3. 1. 2.4. 5. 7. 6. Opposite page: Monkee’s Ali Ro Lobster Stripe Dress, $298; Eddie Lane Tri-color Gold with Diamonds Long Dangle Fashion Necklace, Price Upon Request; Ring Style Edit; Shoes Style Edit; Hat Style Edit. 1. Khakis Lilly Pulitzer Bikini Keene Wire Bandeau, $78; Surfs Up Bottom, $68. 2. Monkee’s Bird Necklace, $36, Rain Jacket Water Repellent Turquis, $145. 3. Amber Glass Ball Fixture Custom made at Palette Studios, Inc. featur- ing hand blown glass balls in amber and brown tones with 3 lighted clear balls and 3 additional spots at ceiling. Available to order in other colors. fixture is 22” diameter and 29” long $799.00 4. Chez Reneé Aventures des Toiles Art and Pret - a - Porter - Multicolour Bag, $240. 5. Pomegranate & Lime Kiel James Patrick Blake’s Yacht Club Bracelet, $40, Jack and Bobby Bracelet, $38. 6. Khakis Smathers and Branson Needle Point Belts and Accessories Reds Belt, Price Available Upon Request. 7. Chez Reneé Aventures des Toiles Art and Pret - a - Porter - Multicolour Wallet, $59.
  • 279. 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 5.Opposite page: Khakis Tory Burch cover-up/bathing suit top, Price Upon Request; Diane Firsten White J Brand skinny jeans, $175; Eddie Lane’s Dia-mond Showroom 12 ct. Inside-Outside Fashion Diamond Hoops, Price Upon Request; Shoes Style Edit. 1. Palette Studios Smoke Glass Lamp withClear Rope detail and a 14” white drum lampshade and a matching glass finial, 30” overall height $389 as shown, pair available. 2. One Mode MikcelAghal Silver Dress, $332. 3. La Silhouette Francis Smiley Chemise, $175; Francis Smiley Robe, $175. 4. James Free Jewelers Pink Tourmaline and Dia-mond Ring, $24,280. James Free Jewelers David Yurman .75 Carat White Gold Pearl and Diamond Ring, $2,300; Ippolita: Diamond Hammered BangleBracelet .06 Carat, $395; Rock Candy Lollipop Bangle Clear Quartz, $950. Wonderland Stone MOP Bangle, $550. 5. Diane Firsten Rock 10 InfraditoNapasilk Alba GZ Crystal Embellished Thongs, $695. 6. One Mode Mona Sequined Purse, $437.80.
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  • 281. 1. 3. 2. 5. 4. 6. 7. 9. 8.Opposite page: Chez Reneé, Aventures des Toiles multicolor dress, $338; Earrings; Shoes Style Edit. 1. Tree House Kids Co. Under the Nile Baby Buddywith Blanket, $36, Reversible Hat $9, and Side Snap Baby Buddy, $18. 2. Pomegranate & Lime Bird Dog Bay Man’s Best Friend Sail Away Bowtie, $50. 3.Lolli’s Catstudio Ohio Edition Pillow, Price upon request. 4. Best for Babies and Big Kids Too Personalized Canvas Rocking Chair, $66. 5. Tree House KidsCo. Kidsline Monkey Nap Mat, $24.99. 6. Camargo Trading Company Coton Colors Butter Dish Roka Dots, $30. 7. Best for Babies and Big Kids Too ValcoBaby Zephyr Portable Crib, $189.99. 8. Pear Tree Interiors Custom Covered Books in Lightly Antiqued Parchment, $34 each. 9. Sacksteder’s InteriorsUrban Trends Collection Ceramic Vase Open Cut Antique Red, 4 inches by 9 inches by 15.5 inches, $66.99; 9.5 inches by 4.5 inches by 12.5 inches, $48.95.
  • 283. Make Us Your Choice For Home Health Care Services offered through Care Care Connection of Cincinnati offers a comprehensive Connection of Cincinnati: spectrum of home health care services in the comfort of a patient’s own home. The services are designed to reduce • Skilled Nursing health care costs while increasing the quality of life for our • Physical Therapy patients. Our services are covered by Medicare 100 percent • Occupational Therapy with no co-pay’s or deductibles, as well as most insurance. • Speech Therapy Our service area includes the Greater Cincinnati Area in • Medical Social Workers Hamilton, Clermont, Butler, Warren and Brown Counties. • Home Health Aides • Dietitians Our Specialty Programs Include:Wound Care Program: Pulmonary Rehab Program:The nursing services include a Certified Wound Care Nurse who This program helps to provide patients and families with a bettermanages complex wounds and who acts as a consultant to our understanding of the pulmonary disease process. We assist thenursing staff. Our full spectrum of wound care includes surgical/ individual in developing methods to cope with their disease;trauma wounds, pressure wounds, diabetic ulcers, and peripheral promote and maintain improvements in physical endurance;vascular wounds. This promotes healing of wounds in a timely, improve the patient’s sense of well-being and independence;successful, and efficient manner in a home setting. and decrease the number of exacerbations resulting in hospitalizations. This management process includes homePalliative Care Program: nursing, physical and occupational therapy visits.Our Palliative Care Program helps manage the symptoms of ourpatients, such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, Fall Prevention Program:nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. All of these symptoms This program strives to increase awareness and knowledge bycan be caused by various serious and chronic illnesses. Our program partnering with Hamilton County Fall Prevention Task Force byfocuses on maximizing the patient’s quality of life, supporting and educating patients concerning the risk factors and preventioneducating our patients and their families regarding care options, and strategies associated with falling through home health services.coordinating care with the patient’s medical team. Our program strives The physical therapist and occupational therapists also developto integrate the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care. home exercise programs for strength and gait training as well as making recommendations for home modifications andVitalStim Therapy: informing patients on home hazards.This therapy helps treat dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, whichcan be common among the elderly. This is a non-invasive therapythat uses an electrical current to stimulate the muscles responsiblefor swallowing while our Speech Therapist’s help patients work themuscles with special exercises. Care Connection of Cincinnati is oneof few agencies certified in this type of speech therapy. Care Connection of Cincinnati is located at 7265 Kenwood Road, Suite 363, Cincinnati, OH 45236. You can reach them at 513.842.1101 or visit their website at
  • 284. Extending HOPE Lindner Center of HOPEHEALTH Written by Danielle Dean . Photography provided by Lindner Center of HOPE Learning a loved one is suffering from a mental illness is never easy. The thought of supporting a family member during this difficult time is often daunting. Finding the right treatment facility is one of the most crucial ele- ments in an individual’s recovery. Historically, families in search of mental health and addiction treatment options beyond the services available at a local hospital believed that they were limited to facilities located out of state. This changed in 2008 with the opening of the nationally renowned Lindner Center of HOPE. This not only marked the opening of one of the top five treatment facilities in the country, but also the opening of Sibcy House, a unique assess- ment and short-term residential private pay unit. 332 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 285. Through a generous contribution made to Lindner Center of each patient. “We have a variety of choices of treatment and sometimesHOPE by the Sibcy family, a specialized 16-bed comprehensive as- people will start early treatment with us, but they still need two orsessment center and short-term residential unit now known as Sibcy three more months of treatment. We can help them with confidence,House was formed. The opening of Sibcy House marked the beginning and say here is what we believe is going on, here is what we believeof a bold new approach to patient care. “I think first and foremost one your next step is, and we can pick up the phone and call our treatmentof the biggest differences is that Sibcy House is a voluntary residential partners from around the country to make a seamless transition. Im-program, which is very different from what we have seen traditionally proving the overall outcome, not just the outcome of the diagnosis, butin the community prior to the opening of Lindner Center of HOPE,” the overall outcome of better treatment. I think that is a real strengthsays Dr. Todd Palumbo, Medical Director of Sibcy House. for us,” explains Tom Parker, Director of External Relations. Prior to the opening of Sibcy House, patients seeking treatment Sibcy House is not only an excellent first step for an individualwere limited to a more traditional acute inpatient program. Dr. Pa- who is experiencing mental health issues for the first time, but it canlumbo explains, “acute care is where someone would come in (to the also be beneficial for those who have received help in the past with-facility) in a crisis and would need some kind of treatment resolution out results. With beautiful surroundings, the latest innovations inin a short period of time. It may be something that is so acute that the research, and a team of nationally known doctors, Lindner Center ofperson is in such a critical space in their illness or condition that they HOPE’s Sibcy House is one of the best mental health and addictionrequire an intervention with or without consent.” facilities in the nation. v Patients who are 18 and older with mental health needs receivetop-notch care from Sibcy House’s team of multi-disciplinary special-ists who use a combination of state-of-the-art-science technology andmedical expertise to diagnose and treat patients suffering from com-plex problems. “At Sibcy House you’re getting an entire team: a psy-chologist, psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, and access to the specialists(OCD, eating disorders, mood disorders, and addictions) here at theLindner Center. You have a full team working with you to understandwhat’s going on,” Dr. Palumbo says. The first step to a patient’s recovery is a 10-day comprehensive Residents at Sibcy House at Lindner Center of HOPE participate indiagnostic assessment or 360 degree assessment. During this evalua- groups led by skilled clinical staff.tion, specialists work together to analyze the individual’s psychologicalconcerns, physiological issues, and social stressors to develop a cleardiagnosis. “At Sibcy House everyone is sitting at the table. You have apsychologist asking, ‘what are the correct modalities of therapy?’ Youhave the psychopharmacologist there saying ‘OK, well what medica-tion regimens are we looking at? Are we looking at alternatives tomedication?’ You have access to a neurologist and internist right thereasking, ‘what are we looking at from a underlying anemia? What arewe looking at from a underlining history of Parkinson’s disease?’ Agroup of expert clinicians is collaborating together as your treatmentteam, all focused on improving your quality of life,” Dr. Palumbo ex-plains. This type of collaboration between specialists is almost unheardof at other treatment facilities. Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, the team of special- Residents at Sibcy House benefit from the expertise of a multi-disciplinaryists form an individualized blueprint or treatment plan. The patient treatment team. Pictured are staff members who enhance the Sibcyand their loved ones are invited to a feedback session, where the pa- House experience. Pictured, back row, left to right: Justin Parcell, MSW,tient’s treatment team explains their findings from the 360 degree LSW; Mark Dallas, PsyD; Brett A. Dowdy, PsyD; Kristopher Riffe, MA, LPC;assessment. “You have this feedback session with the individual after Chris J. Tuell, EdD, LPCC-S, LICDC. Middle row, left to right: Ellen Young, RD, LD; Heather Connor, MSW, LSW; Tracy Cummings, MD; Jennifer L.their diagnostic assessment piece, and that is the hour where we talk Bellman, PsyD. Seated, left to right: Stacey Reese, MSW, LISW-S; Todd a team with the individual and their support system to really go Palumbo, MD, MBA, Medical Director; Penny Herr, RN, BSN.through the 360-degree assessment and layout the blueprint with whatwe recommend. Sometimes we recommend a longer stay here at SibcyHouse, sometimes we recommend collaborating with our network ofhope, and other times we recommend something outpatient. So when Lindner Center of HOPE is located at 4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040. You can reach them ata patient leaves, their blueprint can be activated and they can follow 513.536.HOPE (4673) or 888.536.HOPE (4673), or visitthrough with that blueprint,” explains Dr. Palumbo. their website at Sibcy House has access to countless treatment partners throughoutthe nation who they work with to formulate the best treatment plan for V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 333
  • 286. Pictured: Joshua Hardin, Dr. Porras, and StaffHEALTH Clear Skin Just What the Doctor Ordered Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Mark Bealer When we are teenagers, we expect to suffer from a bout of acne. Acne in adolescence is viewed as the norm, something most of us go through. But as we mature into adults, begin our careers, and enter the professional world, acne can prove to be an incred- ible embarrassment. It can cause feelings of insecurity, discomfort, and be a mitigat- ing factor for low self-esteem. In reality, whether you are in your teenage years or an adult, acne can occur, but luckily acne can also be treated. Regardless of your age, you should not have to put up with the negative ramifications of this condition. When Joshua Hardin was 25 years old he began to develop severe adult acne. In an effort to rid himself of his condition, he tried a number of different products sup- ported by television and magazine advertisements. Hardin was left disheartened by the lack of positive results. He had become increasingly self-conscious and embar- rassed by his skin. He was not sure how to proceed, and after three years of dealing with his condition, suffering from whiteheads and blackheads, scars, and bruising from the acne, he finally found help. His family doctor referred Hardin to Dr. Beatriz Porras of Skin Diagnostics Laser & Rejuvenation. Dr. Porras recognized that Hardin exhibited oily skin and severe cystic acne. She recommended a specific cleansing process including topical and oral prescrip- tion medication. Within a short few months, Hardin was delighted to see a drastic difference in the appearance of his skin. Within a year, he saw a miraculous change. His acne was gone. 334 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 287. “Joshua was the perfect patient; he was very compliant and dideverything I asked of him. As a result, his face began to improve ina short period of time, and now his skin is flawless,” Dr. Porras says. “Dr. Porras was extremely open and friendly. She explainedstep by step what we were going to be doing. She kept me positivethroughout the entire experience. Dr. Porras was always straight-forward and honest. She gave fantastic direction, and her confidenceinstilled confidence in me,” Hardin says. He continues, “I now feel personally and professionally confi-dent. Soon after, I met my soul mate and we were married. Thisentire experience has been life changing for me and I couldn’t behappier. I will always have Dr. Porras to thank for making such animpactful difference in my life. I have and will continue to refer herto anyone struggling with acne.” Dr. Porras stresses the importance of understanding that acne Joshua with Dr. Porrasdoes not only occur in the teenage years, but also can severely af-fect adults. Acne can beeasily treated but treatmentshould be sought immedi-ately in order to reduce thelikelihood of scarring whichmay warrant laser treat-ment. Treating early onsetacne is much less expensive,less aggravating, and mucheasier on your skin. “I believe diet can alsohave an effect on a person’sskin. When working withpatients, I take a person’sdiet into consideration whenmapping out a skin care regi- Joshua before treatmentmen,” Dr. Porras says. She continues, “Acnecan also be very common in women during perimenopausal years.Genetics play a role in the cause of acne, but it is not the only factor.Hormones can play a key part, too. For those who suffer from severe,treatment resistant acne, we offer Photodynamic Therapy which haspresented remarkable results. Most importantly, I want to stressthat you shouldn’t allow acne to rule your life and affect your self-esteem. If you do suffer from acne, it can be treated. Parents shouldalso be aware that acne could have a negative emotional impact ontheir children. They need to be proactive about seeking help for theirchildren’s acne immediately; no one should have to suffer from thiscondition.” v Joshua with his wife after treatment Skin Diagnostics Laser & Rejuvenation is located at 9200 Montgomery Road, Building E, Suite 17 A, Cincinnati, OH 45242. You can reach them at 513.631.0059 or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 335
  • 288. Do you want a healthier looking smile? Dr. Bonomo and staff’s high quality services include... • Recessions • Gum Grafting • Dental Implants • Gum Disease Treatement • Deep Cleaning • Periodontal Surgery www.bonomoperiodontics.com424 Ray Norris Drive Cincinnati, Ohio 45246 Phone 513.671.0222 Fax 513.671.025634 Remick Boulevard Springboro, Ohio 45066 Phone 937.886.9940 Fax 937.886.9945
  • 289. An Angel HEALTH to Care for your Loved OnesHealth Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Brian Ambs Independence, peace of mind, and care from someone who wants only to do not administer medications, but they are there to make sure the correct make them feel comfortable and happy are the things we wish for those medications and dosage are taken at the appropriate times. In essence, the we love. When our loved ones grow older and require increased attention caregiver aids in all of their client’s daily needs and activities. and care, it can be devastating when we are unable to provide the neces- Whether the caregiver is needed one hour a day, or around the clock, sary assistance. Luckily, Visiting Angels is there to fill this essential void by Visiting Angels are there as needed. They fill a niche, allowing their clients providing kind, compassionate, and competent caregivers, also referred to stay in the comfort of their home and extinguish feelings of being a bur- to as “angels.” den on their families. “Caregivers are a special group of people who have “Our caregivers are the key element of Visiting Angels,” says Dick Mur- an innate ability and passion for caring for others. For our group, it is not gatroyd, Administrator/ just a job. They are lov- Marketing Director at ing, caring, and giving Visiting Angels. individuals who go out He continues, “We of the way to make sure look for only the best in the clients are expertly our people. Each candidate cared for. For them, it is put through an exten- is a heart-warming and sive interview process and rewarding experience,” background check. Visit- Murgatroyd says. ing Angels guarantee that Every month, a our caregivers are trust- third party company worthy; we would not hire will call clients and anyone we would not bring caregivers at random. into our own homes.” The company asks ques- Visiting Angels pro- tions and gives unbiased vides nonmedical in-home feedback to Visiting care. Upon taking on a Angels. This allows new client, they assess the them the opportunity client’s needs and prepare to track how the care- a care plan. The caregivers must either be a certified nursing assistant givers are doing and to make improvements where needed. A caseworker or equivalent or have two years experience in caring for elders. Visiting also makes monthly home visits. The goal is to ensure the client’s complete Angels strategically matches clients with the caregiver whose personality happiness and satisfaction. best fits. The caregiver will then meet with the patient and their family Winnie Plimpton is well versed on the attributes indicative of a great for an interview, ensuring that the patient is 100 percent comfortable with caregiver. As a caregiver herself, Plimpton is also responsible for schedul- their caregiver. If for any reason the personalities do not mesh, a different ing the angels (caregivers). caregiver is assigned to the client and the interview process is repeated. “It is so rewarding working with the elderly, listening to their stories The match is a vital aspect of Visiting Angels and they work extensively to and reminiscing with them,” Plimpton says. promise their clients complete satisfaction and comfort. Plimpton remembers, “one of my clients had Parkinson’s disease. Visiting Angels keeps in constant contact with the client and their fami- While working with this client I learned that his disease made it difficult lies. The caregiver is responsible for contacting Visiting Angels about any for him to walk forward, but when he would take one step backward, he changes with their client, and they will in turn notifiy the family. They act was then able to walk forward again. We would joke that (former Bengal as the eyes and ears to help bring serenity to the family members. Chad) Ochocinco didn’t have anything on his dance moves (Ochocinco Services offered vary depending on the client’s needs and wants. Care- competed on Dancing with the Stars). After my client had passed away, givers aid personal hygiene needs, help their clients dress in the morning I attended his funeral, and his children shared how deep of an impact I and get ready for bed in the evening, meal preparation, laundry, and light had had on his life. It was at that moment that I realized how important housekeeping. They can do their grocery shopping, run errands, or take we angels are. The most rewarding part is making a difference and bring- the clients wherever they need to go that day. They are a companion for the ing a smile to their face and knowing that they really want you there in client and can act as a safety net to prevent falls, slips, or accidents. They their lives.” 338 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 290. Francis Allene Dirks gathered with her son, Richard Dirks, andher caregiver, Rita Ervin, to share their thoughts and feelings aboutthe impact Visiting Angels have in their lives. “Visiting Angels has allowed my mother to stay in her home whichis where she wants to be. She maintains a degree of independence,freedom, and happiness. If Mom is not happy, I’m not happy. If shehad to live outside of her home, her frame of mind would not begood. If she was constantly unhappy with her surroundings, thenher quality of life would suffer,” Richard says. Richard’s relationship with Visiting Angels started when his wifeSue began suffering from dementia. His wife’s condition progressedand she became in need of 24-hour care. That’s when Richard soughtthe help of Visiting Angels. He was impressed by how well his wifewas cared for, so when his mother was brought home after sufferinga stroke, Richard knew exactly who to turn to for care. Richard says, “My mother’s caregivers are fantastic and my moth-er and I have been very happy with the care she has received. Hercaregivers, Rita Ervin and Shirley, are excellent and, though theirpersonalities are very different, they both are able to accommodateher needs marvelously. Having the two caregivers keeps things newand fresh.” Francis Allene Dirks with her caregiver Rita Ervin Ervin explains, “Being a caregiver is about helping people thatcannot help themselves. It is difficult for families to provide 24-houra day care for their loved ones, but this is what we are here for. It iswonderful because we can help people stay in their homes.” She continues, “I love it. You have to have a good sense of humorand it can be a difficult emotional strain because you become veryattached to the people you care for. Francis was ill for a time and Iremember going to the office and crying because I was so torn upabout her condition. I do get extremely attached. They need love justlike anyone else. For me, that is what it is all about, giving love andcaring for others. I have the chance to do for them what they havedone their entire lives, caring for their children. I hope the biggestimpact I can have on those I care for is to help them emotionally andbring them peace of mind. I want to make them feel good aboutthemselves. If I do my job right, they will be happy and view me asa part of the family rather than someone doing a job. My clients arein charge, they are the boss, I want them to feel important and incontrol. I never want anyone to feel as though they are a burden. Ilove Francis and she knows that. I take care of her home as though Iwould my own and I take care of her as though she were my mom.” Rita and Francis share a bond and Francis’ “angel” has helped tomake her life better and fulfilled. Francis says, “Rita is terrific and is a great addition to my life. She Francis Allene Dirks with her son Richard Dirksmakes my life enjoyable and brings a lot of sunshine in. She fusses atme and it is adorable, we have a lot of fun. We smile and laugh and Visiting Angels has three locations. You can reachhave a great time and we understand each other.” Cincinnati East at 513.898.1440, Cincinnati West If you have a loved one in need of an “angel,” please contact Visit- at 513.598.6770, Cincinnati North/Butler/Warren/ing Angels at and let their “angels” be there Lebanon at 513.942.5600, or visit their website atfor you. There are three offices serving Greater Cincinnanti. v V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 339
  • 292. Bringing World Class Procedures to Cincinnati Written by Danielle Dean . Photography by Mark Bealer As a proud Cincinnati native, Dr. Alexander Donath, M.D., F.A.C.S., has brought the expertise he has gained from working with the best facial plastic surgeons in the world to his hometown. Born into a family of doctors, nurses, and surgeons, it is no surprise that Dr. Donath chose to follow in the footsteps of his family members. Dr. Donath attended Ohio University, where he earned his undergraduate degree as a summa cum laude graduate. Dr. Donath attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati. As a medical student Dr. Donath was very active in the program and dedi- cated his time as president of the school’s American Medical Student Association chapter, secretary of the surgery club, and was selected by his peers as recipient of a research scholars grant. “I always knew that I wanted to go into medicine. I knew that I wanted to do some- thing surgical when I started medical school and facial plastics was the perfect blend of aesthetics and the attention to detail that I find so gratifying,” explains Dr. Donath. While at UC, Dr. Donath was drawn to the anatomy of the face, neck, and head. This in- terest resulted in Dr. Donath choosing to participate in a challenging five-year residency program at St. Louis University, one of the strongest programs for facial plastic surgery in the country. As a resident Dr. Donath learned the latest techniques in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery from a faculty trained by Harvard Medical School. “When I was in residency I was very fortunate to explore facial aesthetic surgery even further, perform- ing nose reshaping, facelifts, and volume restoration (fat transfer), earlier than most of my peers, and that solidified my chosen career path. As a result, I sought out a fellowship that was very highly regarded for facial cosmetic surgery,” says Dr. Donath. A unique opportunity to attend a course in rhinoplasty arose while Dr. Donath was in residency. This course allowed him to learn the skill of nose reshaping from the best rhi- noplasty surgeons in the world. This experience led Dr. Donath to seek out the best pos- sible rhinoplasty fellowship training. In turn, Dr. Donath was selected to participate in a highly competitive fellowship in facial plastic surgery with the Glasgold Group. Surgeons in this prestigious group are recognized as among the best in the world in facial cosmetic surgery procedures, including facelifts, injectible fillers, and revision rhinoplasty. The Glasgold Group surgeons are also pioneers in the technique of complementary fat grafting (the use of the patient’s fat cells to naturally restore youthful volume in the face, in con- junction with traditional procedures such as facelifting). Dr. Donath is the only surgeon in the area who has been trained by the pioneers of this revolutionary technique and he has lectured and has been published internationally on the procedure. Since opening his practice, Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgery, five years ago, Dr. Do- nath has brought his years of outstanding education and experience to his hometown, where he specializes in a variety of services including: his exclusive LuxeLift SM , facelifts, browlifts, VolumeLift SM: fat transfer, Injectable Fillers, eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty), rhi- noplasty, Botox, and much more. Patients will find Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgery to be a relaxed atmosphere with state of the art technology. “We really are a zero pressure office. We are not afraid to tell someone that an area he or she thinks is a problem area is really quite natural appear- ing and doesn’t need to be addressed, and our patients say they find that refreshing,” Dr. Donath explains. At Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgery the goal is to create beautiful, natural looking results that optimize the patient’s anatomy. No matter what your concern, allow award- winning Dr. Donath and his talented staff to help you achieve your goal. v Cincinnati Facial Plastics is located at 7763 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236. You can reach them at 513.891.LIFT (5438), or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 341
  • 293. HEALTH Giving Grief Form – Expressive art therapy is used by Fernside – A Center for Grieving Children, to help children explore the feelings they have after experiencing a death. Fernside is sponsored by Hospice of Cincinnati. Hospice of Cincinnati Written by Danielle Dean . Photography by Mark Bealer Finding out that a loved one is terminally ill is never easy for anyone. What if there was a way to not only extend your loved one’s life, but improve their overall quality of life as well? You would want that for your loved one, right? Studies show that patients who chose hospice care lived, on average, 29 days longer than similar patients who did not choose hospice care. Living your final days comfortably, through aggressive symp- tom management, adds to a higher quality of life. Some may find, as there is a common misconception that receiving hospice care is giving up on life. However, receiving care from hospice is actually the opposite. Patients aren’t giving up, they’re actually speaking up and taking control of their end-of-life experience. Patients entering hospice care must be terminally ill with a life expectancy of six months or less, should the disease take its normal course. Too often patients who are terminally ill wait for their doctor to start the conversation about prog- nosis and end of life, and doctors commonly wait for the patient to bring up the topic. Sandra Lobert, President and CEO of Hospice of Cincinnati, says, “It is really important for patients to realize that they can speak up and take control. They can ask about hospice care and really be a little more empowered when it comes to directing how they want their end of life to be.” Hospice advocates believe the most important thing for patients to do is to express their end of life goals and wishes with their family and doctors before it is too late. “For a lot of patients it’s treat, treat, treat, and they haven’t really stopped to think ... is this treatment really going to help me, what is it going to do to my quality of life, and is this really what I want?” explains Lobert. “So one of the biggest things we advocate is for the patient and their family to talk about what is most important and 342 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 294. what they really want for the time they have left. That helps them to be camp programs, crisis response, community outreach and education, anda little more focused when they’re faced with choices about what options phone consultations.they have at the end of their life.” Very often, children and teens find it hard or impossible to express Imagine the burden for those who are left to make critical decisions their grief. Fernside uses art to help the children explore the feelingsin the final days of their loved ones life without truly knowing what they they have after experiencing a death. Using expressive arts can facilitatewanted. “A person trying to decide what their mother might want is only a healthy release of feelings such as anger, frustration, anxiety, sadnessgoing to be right 60 percent of the time and those aren’t great odds,” ex- and even joy. The arts provide an alternative to verbal communicationplains Janet Montgomery, BSN and Chief Marketing Officer for Hospice and can allow a grieving child to express feelings that might be too dif-of Cincinnati. ficult to talk about. They can draw it, paint it, sculpt it, or write it. An This anxiety and guilt felt by the patients’ loved one can be eliminated art piece created by a child can be a catalyst for communication amongby simply having an end of life conversation. Hospice not only helps pa- family members about their loss. The art conveys the range of emotionstients plan for their final days, but provides aggressive symptom manage- that are the reality for children who have experienced a significant death.ment as well. A team of specialists consisting of physicians, nurses, aides, Children meet with other children their age who have experienced a simi-social workers, pharmacists, volunteers, and many more provide care for lar death and together they can share their stories. Fernside uses themesthe patient. If the patient needs immediate assistance at their residence, such as, Telling Our Story, Feelings, Dreams & Nightmares, Family &they have access to a 24/7 telephonic or in-home registered nurse. Any Friends, Changes & Rebuilding, Memories, and Special Days. A varietymedical equipment that the patient may need is provided free of charge of mediums are used to help the children express hospice. “Sometimes we joke, ‘Gosh, would you want a service that The Goldstein Family Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Grief Cen-paid for all of your drugs and delivered them to your home for free, gave ter provides people of all ages with a place to share their feelings of loss,you access to equipment, social workers, volunteers…wouldn’t you want deal with their grief, and learn ways to bring joy back into their lives. Thethat?’ People say, ‘yeah, that sounds fantastic’ But if you mention ‘hos- services provided by The Goldstein Family Grief Center and Fernside arepice’ there is still a little bit of a barrier there. So we try to help people open to anyone in the community, even those whose loved one did notunderstand what a great benefit it is and that it’s paid for by Medicare, receive care from Hospice of Cincinnati. Participants can choose to joinMedicaid, and most private plans,” says Lobert. any of the following programs: grief support groups, one-on-one grief Hospice of Cincinnati is able to offer patients and the community a counseling, memorial services, and special interest seminars.number of unique services. Hospice of Cincinnati’s mission is to create The talented and diverse staff at Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernsidethe best possible and most meaningful end-of-life experience for all who is really dedicated to serving the Greater Cincinnati area. Whether theyneed care and support in our community. Through their nonprofit mis- are assisting a patient in having an end of life conversation with theirsion, Hospice of Cincinnati financially supports Fernside – A Center for family, providing comfort and pain relief or helping a child deal with theGrieving Children. grief of losing a parent, Hospice of Cincinnati is truly a unique asset to Fernside is a nonprofit organization offering support and advocacy the community. vto over 1,200 grieving children and families in the Tri-State annuallywho have experienced a death. Established in 1986 as the nation’s secondoldest children’s grief center, Fernside remains today a national leader Hospice of Cincinnati is located at 4360 Cooper Road, Cin-in providing grief support, outreach, and education. All services are of- cinnati, OH 45242. You can reach them at 513.891.7700, orfered free of charge. Programs include evening groups, school programs, visit their website at row left to right: Mary Rose, Jan Lutgen, Lynette Schwerdt, Deb Rehage, Beth Draper, and Christina Grismer. Back row left to right:Sandra Lobert, Janet Montgomery, Diana Camardo, Maurice Pugh, Lisa Ritter, Marian Powell, and Jackie Dorn V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 343
  • 295. HEALTH Dr. Scott Sayre
  • 296. Pain Free Dental Care Becomes a Reality Photo by Brian Ambs Ever since you can recall, you’ve been afraid of the dentist and your who don’t have enough time for multiple appointments. Sedation can apprehension kicks up a notch as your tooth throbs. What if you be an effective way to have a variety of procedures completed in one could be put to sleep for even a minor procedure and wake up without sitting, meaning less time away from work. having a single memory of your time spent in the chair? Well, at the Other patients who may experience discomfort are those with cutting edge practice of Advance Dentistry, you can. disabilities. Dr. Sayre describes one experience with a disabled pa- Advance Dentistry on Wooster Pike in Fairfax is a unique practice tient who had lost many teeth over the years due to the difficulty of that offers IV sedation. Traditionally, root canals and fillings were maintaining healthy dental hygiene throughout his life. His siblings performed while the patient was awake; a frightening proposition for wanted to see their brother smile again and asked Dr. Sayre to put in some; but today, these procedures can be performed while the patient dental implants. With the aid of sedation, Dr. Sayre and his team were is under conscious sedation. Sedating a patient for a routine procedure able to conduct the surgery without a mishap. “We sedated him a few may seem unusual at first, but many patients are too uncomfortable times to get through the procedure and when we finished, he hugged being awake during dental procedures. These patients may be fearful all the assistants all the way out the door. It was such a rewarding for a variety of reasons such as a strong gag reflex, physical or men- experience for him, his family and for the whole staff. There were big tal disability or previous traumatic experience. Whatever the cause, smiles all around.” It is that experience and others like it that drives their fear often makes them neglect routine dental check-ups; so when the goals for this practice and their caring staff. they finally succumb to tooth pain and visit a dentist, they require a Currently the staff is putting into action a plan for a day of free large amount of work, which translates to a long time in the dentist’s care. They are developing a day of service for Cincinnati aptly coined chair. This is the problem that Dr. Scott Sayre is seeking to address “Cincy Care To Share.” The idea is for local companies and businesses by offering sedation dentistry to his patients. around Greater Cincinnati to offer citizens a day of free service: den- Dr. Sayre of Advance Dentistry has been in practice for more than tists could provide free dental care, cardiologists could conduct free 30 years. When asked about his practice he explains, “There are only a scans, mechanics could do free oil changes, and lawyers could even few dentists that administer sedation for procedures and I feel strongly give free legal advice. The goal is to reach out to the community and that every patient deserves to have dental work done in a way that help those that don’t have the means to regularly see a dentist or other makes them feel comfortable. Few people realize that they have the service provider. This event is scheduled to take place Friday, Sep- option of being put to sleep to have a root canal procedure or even a tember 21. Dr. Sayre and his team are still very interested in getting cleaning. This is important to the fearful patient, the dental-phobic, other local businesses involved. “We truly do care about giving back and the patient with a strong gag reflex and patients with special den- to the community and hope to get others involved as well.” Watch for tal needs. We’re here for them.” upcoming details of this event. Different options for sedation are available, including oral seda- This event exemplifies the practice’s concern for their patient’s tion, nitrous oxide, and intravenous sedation. With a trained anesthe- comfort and dental health. By providing a convenient way to have siologist on staff, even general anesthesia is available. With Dr. Sayre’s dental work completed at a fearless visit in a pain free way, they are vast experience he is able to treat a large variety of patients. He is able hoping to restore their patients’ dental health. The doctors and staff to treat patients who, because of previous trauma, have not been to work to provide their best to you. So, if you have put off having your the dentist for as long as 30 years. Dr. Sayre takes special pleasure in pearly whites worked on because you need special consideration or“taking someone who is unhappy with their smile and giving it back to just don’t have the time for all those appointments, know that Ad- them so they can increase their confidence and possibly their ability vance Dentistry is here just for you. v for employment. Sedation is fabulous because it takes the fear out of repairing a smile that can be life changing.” Therefore, patients who have a strong fear of dentists can be put to sleep and awaken with, in many cases, all their dental work completed. They are left with no Advance Dentistry is located at 5823 Wooster memory or negative association with the procedure they just had com- Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227. You can reach them at 513.456.1297, by email at, pleted. This has the potential to change a patient’s perspective of their or visit their website at dentist forever. 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  • 301. HEALTH The Dermatology Laser and Vein Center is located at 10600 Montgomery Road, Suite 301, Cincinnati, OH 45242. You can reach them by phone at 513.985.9885, by email at, or visit their website at 350 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 302. Regain your health to look and feel betterUniqueU features a multiphase, physician directed weight lossprogram that is suitable for anyone, and offers Zerona, an FDAapproved laser for body slimming.Call today for a free consultation: (513) 984-2700Located at: Hours of Operations:4760 Red Bank Expressway #238 Monday – 3pm – 6pmCincinnati, OH 45227 Wednesday – 3pm – 6pm(513) 984-2700 Friday – 8am – Saturday – 8am – Noon
  • 303. HEALTH Memories Creating Lasting Written by Danielle Dean . Photo by Mark Bealer 352 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
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  • 305. HEALTH Hospice of Southwest Ohio is located at 7625 Camargo Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243. You can reach them at 513.746.1052 or 513.770.0820, by email, or visit their website at 354 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  • 306. It’s about living Just ask... Myth: It signals giving up Truth: It means taking control Myth: It’s a last resort Truth: It should be your first choice Myth: It’s a place to go to die Truth: It’s a service that maximizes living Myth: It’s for the “very end” Truth: It’s for the final six months V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 355