Movers & Shakers

Article Laura Leavitt & Tera Michelson | Photography Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography

Alison + her mom

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Provided  Amazing Grace fragrance by philosophy

Putting The Miles In Smiles

 Article Maria Eilers | Photography Len Kaltman & Kimheart Moeung  Her strength of character combined with her physical strength is what sets this Lakota West senior apart. Ali Hausfeld is currently preparing to break the Guinness World Record for Fastest Half-Marathon Dressed as an Emoji in order to raise awareness and funds for The Dragonfly Foundation.  The Dragonfly Foundation provides support…

How To Be A Girl Boss

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Ali Wolfe Photography  What is a “girl boss”? Think of a strong, confident, poised woman who balances work and family life, juggles soccer practice with board meetings, and who leads others to do just the same. She’s not perfect, but she strives to be her best self and recognizes that life is a balancing act.…

A Local Mother’s Day Brunch

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Eric Thomas Photography & Provided  Blueberry Basil Limoncello Martini  Whether you’re looking for a place to have Mother’s Day Brunch or plan to create your own, Matt the Miller’s Tavern in West Chester is serving up some tasty treats. Offering an upscale tavern atmosphere, Matt the Miller’s features a chef-driven menu of tavern favorites made…

Makeover Magic

 Article Tera Michelson | Photography Ali Wolfe Photography  Melody Fields hasn’t put herself on the top of her own to-do list for years. In 2017, after binging on the traditional unhealthy snacks that mark Super Bowl Sunday, Fields decided to finally put herself first. With the support of her friends and co-workers, she made some lifestyle changes that put her…

The Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever

May is one of my favorite months. The flowers are in bloom, the weather gets warmer, pools open, school lets out and it’s abundant with special celebrations in my family. One of my fondest May memories was awaiting the arrival of my first child with a due date set for Mother’s Day of 2005. How … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

New Playground at Keehner Park A new playground has come to town. Located on the east side of Keehner Park, near the basketball/tennis courts and ball fields, the new playground broke ground in early 2018. The playground includes four slides, monkey bars, a climbing pole, a balance beam and an “Xcelerator” spinning feature designed for … Continued

Shamrock Shuffle

Guests paraded in green at the 12th annual Shamrock Shuffle on St. Patrick’s Day. Benefiting the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, the Shamrock Shuffle raised $85,355 and featured a 5K/10K race, beer obstacle course, kids fun run and a community block party. Charity teams received a total of $13,320 in grants to support their causes. Photography … Continued

Chamber Alliance Annual Dinner

The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance hosted its annual celebration in the theme of “Wild About West Chester/Liberty” on Friday, March 9. Guests enjoyed dinner and keynote speaker Mark Fisher, Vice President of Facilities, Planning and Sustainability at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Photography by Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography.

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

Grow Your Garden

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or planting your first flowers, spring is the best time to put on some gloves and start digging. Local experts at Berns Garden Center in Middletown share a few of their favorite gardening items for spring, including the best vegetables to plant in our area during April and May. If you’re a fan of organic…

Room to Grow

Perfect for those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “gardening-inclined,” but also like to keep live decorations in various parts of the home, succulent plants are generally low-maintenance and come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Grow them in unique containers—from coffee tins to books or shoes—for eco-themed decor you actually have to put in some effort to…

Spring is in bloom!

April is Earth month, so this issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle is packed with stories that celebrate nature and opportunities to step outdoors.

April 2018 Around Town

The Power of the Purse (POP) Fund is a women's giving circle dedicated to strengthening the community by providing grant funds to non-profit organizations serving the interests of women and girls. Members of POP seek to educate and inspire others and increase the number of women committed to philanthropy. 

Coming Up Roses

At the West Chester Post Office, it’s coming up roses…and daisies and creeping phlox and hydrangeas. The blooming flower beds of the Post Office are in the gifted hands of the Grapevine Garden Club of West Chester, which has adopted the space at 8730 Cincinnati-Dayton Road as its ongoing gardening project and gift to the community.

Hueston Woods: A Hidden Gem

The rainy months are almost behind us with summer peeking around the corner. If warm weather makes you want to kick off your shoes, smell the fresh air and fully immerse yourself in nature, then you’ll want to make the short trek up to Oxford, Ohio this season.

Season Your Palate

Any chef knows the best ingredients are locally grown, fresh and seasonal. Chef Jared Whalen of The Coach House in Hamilton shares two recipes featuring in-season ingredients from our area: asparagus and rhubarb. Whether you grow your own or purchase from a local farmer’s market, seasonal ingredients can add flavor and nutrients to any meal.

Reading on the Road

There are days when the thought of leaving home to get a book may seem like a long trek; for some people, transportation challenges make such a journey nearly impossible.

There’s No Place Like Home.

Whether you’re living in your dream home or dreaming of its potential, our home is our oasis. Our annual “Homes” issue is packed full of ideas to inspire you to spruce up your space.

March for Unity

Community members of West Chester and Liberty united to formally honor and commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. The 19th annual Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity remembered the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Junior Achievement Breakfast

Junior Achievement’s annual breakfast event raised awareness about empowering young people to own their economic success. Partners, students and teachers shared success stories from programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. To learn more about how to volunteer or donate, visit

March 2018 Around Town

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle’s annual “Great Guys” issue will be out in June, as a follow-up to our women’s issue in May. But before we can publish, we need your nominations. Know of a great guy in West Chester or Liberty Township who is making waves in the community through philanthropy, education, arts, sports or another avenue? Tell us…

Step Up Your Curb Appeal

It’s spring! Top your “to do” list with these tips to step up the curb appeal on your home. Tony Knutson and Randy Wolf, the experts at Titan Siding and Roofing, a locally owned and operated company in West Chester, suggest these four fabulous spring upgrades.

Spring Into Piccolo Wine Room

As the warm weather approaches, you can almost taste spring in the air. Crisp vegetables, colorful fruits and cool drinks keep our palettes wanting more. Head Chef Nick Wahle of Piccolo Wine Room at Village Wines of Glendale shares two of his favorite spring recipes for you to try at home.

2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Think about one color to sum up your entire year. Tough task, right? In an annual tradition, the color authorities at Pantone have selected the 2018 color of the year: Ultra Violet 18-3838.

Finding A Safe Landing Space

When children are abuse victims in juvenile court cases, they can have a hard time speaking out for themselves. They need someone to make sure they have a safe landing—a bit like a parachute.

Home Organization Tips

An organized home is a happy home. I have found that when my kitchen is clean, laundry is folded, papers are filed and drawers are closed, our house (and everyone in it) seems to function better. Unfortunately for my husband, these simple tasks aren’t my second nature. I am a queen of procrastination, and more often choose Netflix® over organizing.

Welcome Home

A beautiful brick home sits atop a perfectly manicured lawn in West Chester Township. The sun’s rays shine through every large window, filling the open home with warm light along the walls and wooden fixtures. Mike Weghorst, award-winning realtor with Move to West Chester Liberty, shares just what makes this home so unique (hint: there’s an elevator!) and how it…

Transforming Dreams Into Realities

Close your eyes and think about every detail of your home. Picture your living room and your kitchen. Could you imagine what it would be like if those rooms switched places? Now, imagine a porch or a patio that may be attached to your home. Imagine that space being transformed into a fully functional, aesthetically pleasing bathroom and laundry room.…

8 Tips to Better Health for Entrepreneurs

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do it yourself

 Stylist Katelyn Hutson   We're in love with Ben Uyeda, creative director/genius of #HomeMadeModern. He has an entire website ( full of modern design projects that don't break the bank. Here's one of our favorite, a simple stool. Perfect for any room in the house, durable and affordable. Music to our ears.    (A single 48” dowel is all you need to make three…

Power of the Purse

The Power of the Purse (POP) Fund, operating under the West Chester-Liberty Community Foundation, is a women’s giving circle dedicated to strengthening the community by providing grants to non-profit organizations serving women and girls. Members recently gathered for a holiday fundraiser and presented $10,000 to Family Promise of Butler County.

Jingle Mingle

The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance’s annual Jingle Mingle featured live music, drinks, appetizers and networking on December 6. Guests at the holiday event included Chamber members and non-members from West Chester and Liberty Township and surrounding areas. Photography by Dave Wendt Photography and Sherry Armstead.

Cultivating Creativity.

February weather often has us stuck inside, going a little stir-crazy as we eagerly await spring. So this month we’ve come up with some new ways to help you pass the time indoors by cultivating creativity.

February 2018 Around Town

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle’s annual “Women to Watch” issue will be out in May, but before we can publish the much-anticipated issue, we need your nominations. Know of a great woman in West Chester or Liberty Township who is making waves in the community through philanthropy, business, education, arts, sports or another avenue? Tell us about her, and she…

Spotlight On Lakota

Want the chance to laugh, cry and interact with a group of talented performers? You don't have to go far to find great entertainment. Right here in West Chester and Liberty Township, Lakota schools have fun, creative shows coming up this spring, showcasing a variety of young talent. Check out the upcoming season of local musicals and sketch comedy.

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Bright Building, Bright Future

When members of the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty resumed the school year in January, they walked into a brand new state-of-the-art building. Located on nine acres on the site of the former Union Elementary School, the club is a safe place for children to go after school who might otherwise go home to an empty house. The…

Our Contributors

 Home: Hamilton  Day gig: Writing Center Director at a local college  Joined Lifestyle team: 2016

Sweet Treats

Photos of these mouth-watering sweets probably had you craving a bite before even reading the first word on the page.


Like other painters, Chloe has developed a style all her own. She carefully selects colors from her artist’s bag and with brisk strokes of a paintbrush, fills each canvas with beautiful abstract art. She even marks each original work with her unique signature—a paw print. Chloe is a black and white border collie—West Chester’s painting dog.

New Year, New Look.

As we head into a new year, you’ll notice that West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle has a new look. We’ve switched our cover to a beautiful soft matte and modernized many of the editorial sections inside. You’ll still find the same great stories and photography you’ve come to expect every month, but in a more polished package.

Readers’ Choice Awards

The first annual Readers’ Choice Awards were announced on November 14. Attendees sipped on craft beer from DogBerry Brewing while enjoying food from Troy’s Café, dessert from The Cheesecake Factory and flowers from Petals & Things. Congratulations to all and thanks to everyone who voted! Photography by Eric Thomas Photography.

Boys & Girls Club Dinner

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles headlined the fourth annual Steak & Burger Dinner for the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty. The event received an outpouring of support from the community as they celebrated local youth and the opening of a brand-new facility. Photography by Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography.

Women of Excellence Awards

Outstanding women who have provided outstanding service to our region were honored at the Women of Excellence Awards on Friday, November 17. The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance's annual event was held at the Cincinnati Marriott North. Congratulations to all the winners! Photography by Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography.

January 2018 Around Town

West Chester Police Department’s K9 officers, Ciro and Blek, have each received bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Ciro and Blek’s vests are sponsored by Vikki Johnston of West Chester and are embroidered with the sentiment, “Bless and protect this K9 and their partner.”

The Picture Of Health

When Rita McCormack had her first medical thermography scan, she thought she was supporting a friend. She had no idea that the images taken during her thermogram would reveal information that would save her life.

5 Ways To Spin Your Workout

Pedals are flying, sweat is dripping, hearts are racing and the music is blaring. This isn’t just any spin class. It’s one at CycleBar.

Running The World

Who can say they’ve run a marathon on every continent and in all six major world marathons?