[Not] Home for the Holidays

As we turn our calendars to the holidays, our thoughts turn to hearth and home. While most of us are able to press pause to gather with our families and friends, the first responders in our community don’t get to close the office and head home for a break. No matter what the day or hour, our police and fire…

Mending Hearts

Seniors at Chesterwood Village Senior Living in West Chester are using their hands to help mend grieving hearts across the nation. And grief is not new to this group of retirees, as several are dealing with their own losses in life, but the common goal that they all share is to give back and to help others any way they…

5 Ways To Give

Looking for a way to give back to the community around us? Whether you gather a group of friends or make it a family project, here are five ways you can donate or volunteer to local organizations making an impact.

Reach By Number

Right in our backyard is the 26-year-old Reach Out Lakota, an organization that is rapidly expanding its footprint with new partnerships and initiatives, all in an effort to help more families when they need a hand-up. Learn why the organization is thriving and how you can help.

Festive Fall Treats

 FOR YOU  The Spicy Olive Pumpkin Cupcakes  Nothing says fall quite like the smell of a fresh-baked pumpkin dessert. This delicious recipe from The Spicy Olive has all the flavors we love about pumpkin pie, packed into a personal cupcake.

Living the dream.

It was exactly three years ago when the first issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle arrived in homes. When I was in high school, I was editor of our school’s newspaper and dreamed of one day being a professional writer, but I never imagined I would have my own magazine. As I reflect on … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Lakota Seeking Internships for Students One of Lakota Local Schools’ goals is to prepare all students for their future by getting them to be college-, career- and innovation-ready. Lakota is committed to partnering with area businesses to offer students real world learning experiences through internships, project based learning, expert visitors, tours and more. This approach … Continued

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Home Expo

The second annual West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Home Expo at Carriage Hill provided an opportunity for our readers to meet some of our business partners, tour the model homes at Carriage Hill, enjoy live music, win fabulous prizes, paint a bowl for Empty Bowls and much more. Thank you to all who participated, attended and donated to … Continued

Key Event

Guests enjoyed a fantastic culinary experience, auction items and celebrated our community at The Key Event in September. The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty’s premiere annual fundraising event supports the Community Grants Fund and ongoing operations of the Foundation. This year’s event honored the Foundation's 25th anniversary and recognized founders Patti Alderson and Debbie Boehner. Photography by Casey … Continued

Caring Like Karen Awards

The fifth annual Caring Like Karen awards were held to honor outstanding caregivers in our region. Congratulations to the winners: Dr. John M. Miller, Dr. Charles L Hageman, Alison Garland, Connie Edwards, Vicki Kalberer, Walt Schaefer and Phyllis Rudokas, RN. Photography by Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography.

The Fetchington Grand Opening

The Fetchington Pet Hotel recently celebrated its grand opening in Olde West Chester. Guests toured the luxury hotel and enjoyed food, entertainment, games and more. The Fetchington is now open and features 16 luxury suites with individualized attention for your pups. Fetchington.com

Lakota First Day Of School

Following a festive district-wide kick-off, staff at Lakota Local Schools welcomed back students in a very unique way, following Superintendent Matthew Miller’s encouraging words to spend the first two days strictly on relationship-building. The first day was also underlined by a photo contest that swept social media under the district hashtag #WEareLakota.

Pasta With A Purpose

If you love a bowl of cheesy pasta or fresh spaghetti and marinera, you don’t want to miss the second annual Pasta With A Purpose on Thursday, October 18 at Liberty Center. The annual fundraiser benefits the Caring Community Collaborative (C3) of West Chester and Liberty Township while serving up delicious pasta from our area. Guests can enjoy samplings of…

Cooking With Bestsellers

Patrons at Liberty Center can soon add one more item to their shopping bags: library books. MidPointe Library will open a new location at Liberty Center this fall. While MidPointe has partnered with Liberty Center for years to hold storytime programming, the new location will be its first brick-and-mortar presence. Patrons can request books from any library branch at the new…

A Family Business

When the real estate market crashed 10 years ago, real estate professional Remi Jones knew he needed to make a job change in order to support his family.

Food, Glorious Food!

I love food! I know that sounds like a silly statement, but those who know me would agree that I REALLY love great food. I’m the person who will get a doggie bag even if I only have a few bites left because I don’t want to see a single bit of a delicious meal … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Lakota Strives to Increase Student Access to Mental Health Services A new partnership between Lakota Local Schools and MindPeace will increase student access to high quality and affordable mental healthcare this school year. MindPeace is a nonprofit that connects its network of professional mental health providers with schools. Their model involves a needs assessment in … Continued

Food Truck Rally

West Chester and Liberty Township foodies gathered August 10 for the annual Kingsgate Logistics Union Centre Food Truck Rally, where more than 35 food tucks brought their best dishes to our neighborhood. Country music star Jordan David headlined the event, which benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County. Photography by Eric Thomas Photography.

One-Stop Organic Shop

Follow a quaint gravel driveway to Liberty Farm Market, a one-stop shop for all things fresh and organic. Three family-owned businesses merge under the roof of a converted barn to make safe foods and products available to locals. This charming market may be the area’s best kept secret.

Sip Across The Spectrum

 White Wine Introduction:  Bringing a bottle of white wine with you to a party is always a crowd-pleaser, especially when chilled to its optimum temperature. Appreciating the intricate elements of wine, Village Wines of Glendale owner and Liberty Township resident Kate Eberlein offers some excellent recommendations for your next event, dinner, or evening with friends. Whether you’re looking for a…

Kitchen Time Savers

We tested some of the newest, most innovative kitchen gadgets and found the must-haves for any cook.

Lights, Camera, Fashion

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography  PAGE 1  Designer Diane von Furstenberg once said, "Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it." And it’s true. A good outfit can help us feel confident, powerful, elevated. Combine that with styled hair, fresh make-up and a whimsical location, and you…

Insta-Inspire

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Provided  Local mom, teacher, style blogger and Instagram influencer Shannon Bowling knows a thing or two about juggling a busy schedule —and she does it with style and flair. The first grade teacher at Fairfield South Elementary has lived in Liberty Township her whole life and has always had a knack for stylish, affordable fashion.…

High-Impact Closet

 Article Katie Bray | Photography Provided  A great wardrobe needs three things, according to local fashion expert Felisa Insignares: investment pieces, items that will make an impact, and a few that are “on trend” for a season.  And no need to travel the globe for these elevated fashion pieces. You can find new, gently-used and vintage couture at Designer Items…

Lights, Camera, Fashion.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it also takes a village to assemble our annual fall fashion issue. Our fashion spreads this month couldn’t have been possible without the help from many people, so I’d like to take a moment to thank them. The Clothes: It’s challenging to assemble a … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Lakota West Senior Elected VP to National Organization Amitoj Kaur, a senior at Lakota West High School, has been elected the 2018-2019 National Vice President of Membership of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Kaur was one of 10 national officers elected during the 2018 National Leadership Conference this past summer. Being elected … Continued

Home Expo

 Article Michelle Moody | Photography Snappy George & Josh Beeman  We all know how busy weekends are this time of year. Between fall sports, errands and home projects, the “to-do list” can start to feel never-ending. If you know this feeling, then we have the perfect event for you. The second annual West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Home Expo at…

Chamber Business After Hours At Center For Foot Care

Business After Hours is an event that provides the opportunity to network and socialize with fellow members of the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance. Dr. Kristin Titko at the Center for Foot Care in Liberty Township recently hosted a Business After Hours, giving attendees the chance to build new business relationships and strengthen established ones. Photography … Continued

A Closet Filled With Hope

 Article Shawna Taylor | Photography Eric Thomas Photography  While clothing means fashion for some, for others it’s merely a necessity and basic clothing is sometimes hard to come by. It can serve as a source of comfort and instill confidence in its young wearer. Sarah Coleman knows this to be true. As Executive Director of Hope’s Closet, a children’s clothing boutique…

10 Pieces, 1 Wardrobe

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography  One of the best parts about buying a new piece of clothing is when you know you can wear it with multiple ensembles. Symmetry Boutique and Gallery in Fairfield builds a fall wardrobe by mixing and matching fluid silhouettes with fall’s hottest colors. Layering timeless pieces in various ways to…

The Takeover on The Square

You know it's summertime when The Takeover on The Square is presented each Thursday evening. Throughout the summer the West Chester and Liberty Township community came together for good food, cold beer and lots of music. Fans rocked out at Union Centre's clock tower with some of the region's best musical acts. Photography courtesy of … Continued

Adorable Animals, Heartwarming Humans

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Eric Thomas Photography  Nicole + Moo, Tessa, Austin & Calvin  West Chester’s Nicole Briggs started Peaches Bully Rescue in September 2017. She wanted to help one or two dogs a month find their forever home. Instead, Briggs has helped adopt more than 100 dogs in just 11 months.

The Fetchington: A Luxury Pet Hotel Of A Different Breed

 Article Shawna Taylor | Photography Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography  In Olde West Chester sits a charming home, built in 1901, that is a place like no other. The Fetchington, a luxury boutique hotel for dogs, offers a true five-star experience for pets and owners alike. Owner Tonia Wheeler and her husband, Josh, have converted the home into an exquisitely…

24 Hours At Animal Hospital Of West Chester

 Article Tera Michelson | Photography Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography  Humans aren’t the only greeters at the cozy door of Animal Hospital of West Chester (AHWC)—a dog’s wet nose and the gaze of a ginger cat come alongside the smile from behind the reception desk. It’s clear that animals come first here.  “We are here for the animals. I am…

A Space To Be, A Place To Grow

 Article Laura Leavitt | Photography Richard Alexander  Instead of having a teenager return to an empty home after school, imagine if you could create an ideal alternative: a safe place with adult supervision, peer interactions and homework help. A place where teens learned healthy eating habits, career exploration and had volunteer opportunities. No need to imagine; such a place exists at EDGE…

Presents For Pet Lovers

 Article Michelle Moody | Photography Ali Wolfe Photography  If you or someone in your life loves a pet, you don’t need to travel far to find a unique gift. We visited Pop Revolution in Mason, Symmetry Boutique & Gallery in Fairfield, and Designer Items and More in Olde Wester to find the purrrfect presents for pet lovers.  1) Charlotte Olympia…

Two legs or four?

Whether you have children at home at or not, it’s hard to escape the constant reminders that back-to-school is right around the corner. For many of our readers, the nest is empty of kids and full of fur- or feather-covered children. So, we’ve come up with the perfect compromise this August—our first combined “Pets and … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Shiver Security Systems Donates K9 Shiver Security Systems has donated another K9 through The Matt Haverkamp Foundation. Rexo, a 17-month-old German Shephard will be donated to Drug Strike Force, which is a task force committed to making Northern Kentucky a safer community through aggressive investigation of drug traffickers and by providing training and educational resources … Continued

Movers & Shakers Celebration

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle recently celebrated everyone who was featured in the May and June “Movers & Shakers” issues by hosting a release party at the Pendragon model home in Carriage Hill. Matt the Miller’s Tavern catered the event while Grainworks Brewing Company and Village Wines of Glendale provided cool beverages. Photography by Richard Alexander.

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

Al Fresco Dining

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Ali Wolfe Photography & Provided  Summer's here and the patios are open. Check out these eclectic outdoor spaces in and around West Chester and Liberty Township. Be sure to look online for happy hour specials and hours of operation at each location.  1. Grainworks Brewing Company

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

 Article Tera Michelson | Photography Provided  West Chester and Liberty Township are overflowing with good neighbors. A partnership of three compassionate organizations under one caring umbrella, Caring Like Angels & Heroes is designed to strengthen our community by offering help for our neighbors in need. Together, they honor those who often get overlooked: caregivers for the ill and aging; struggling individuals…

Sweet Summertime

Summer is in full swing, and Cincinnati is overflowing with outdoor activities to fill the long July days. This month’s issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle is packed with ideas for how to get more enjoyment out of your summer. Over the past three years we’ve had a lot of amazing and memorable photo … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

Local Residents Set Records in Flying Pig In May’s issue we featured Lakota West senior Ali Hausfeld, who was preparing to break a Guinness World Record in Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Half Marathon by completing the fastest half marathon run in an emoji costume. Hausfeld’s record time of 1:59:15 will be verified by Guinness later this … Continued

Lyons & Lyons Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

May 5 was the nineteenth annual Cinco de Mayo Party hosted by Judge Rob Lyons of Lyons & Lyons and his family at their West Chester home. Guests included Congressman Warren Davidson and many other local and regional community leaders. The fiesta provided a fun atmosphere for all.

Chamber Alliance Business Expo

Local business leaders attended the West Chester & Liberty Chamber Alliance Regional Business Expo Tuesday, May 8. Attendees gathered for networking, vendor booths and a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Toney Kenney, CEO of Speedway. The luncheon was a “Taste of West Chester and Liberty Townships” and 42 local restaurants and caterers donated their signature dishes. … Continued

A Day At The Zoo

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography  Whether you are eight years old or 88 years old, there is truly something for everyone at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. And that’s not just a marketing slogan; we saw it firsthand as West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle was granted behind-the-scenes access to four of the coolest exhibits.…

Left Hander For Life

 Article Laura Leavitt | Photography Snappy George Photography  As you venture outdoors this summer, don't forget to look up and explore all that our region has to offer. Just down the road in Hamilton are many murals painted across buildings. The mural-painting non-profit StreetSpark has been brightening walls in Hamilton since 2016. They are responsible for memorializing Joe Nuxhall, a Southwest Ohio native, broadcaster…

Catwalk For A Cause

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