Top Five Things You Should Know About Open Enrollment

It’s that time of year—the season to make important Medicare and health insurance choices. Need some pro guidance? Josh Hountz and Alex Meer from HealthMarkets offer tips to help you navigate your options.

Inspired

While the West Chester and Liberty Township communities are full of role models, these community standouts have emerged as some of our inspirations. Each leader points back to the community as a source of inspiration and gratitude, proving that “it takes a village” to create a positive impact.

November 2019 Around Town

Vote for Readers’ Choice Awards Voting for the third annual West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Awards begins on November 1. We’re looking for your favorite picks across multiple categories, including food and beverages, services, medical, recreation, shopping and more. Readers nominated their favorite businesses, and the top nominees are now part of the final … Continued

Thank You for Four Great Years

As November rolls around, we enter a season of Thanksgiving. This is a time to reflect on all that we’re grateful for and remember our accomplishments of the past year. Each November we also celebrate the anniversary of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle, and today we are thrilled to recognize our fourth anniversary. I want … Continued

Motivational Fall Reads

What inspires us to become better people? Whatever the encouraging factor is, we as humans collectively search for ways to improve ourselves through words of wisdom from friends, sage advice from experts and the power of books.  If you want to walk away from a good read feeling a sense of comfort or inspiration, look no further. 

Bishop’s Visit and Blessing at Bethany School

Bishop Michael Curry visited the new Bethany School Academic Building on September 11th. He gave his blessing to the net-zero energy-use building, that is LEED Platinum certified and which features 250 solar panels and 108 geothermal wells. His visit to Bethany was welcomed by students, faculty and well-wishers alike. BethanySchool.org

WCL Foundation Hosts The Key Event

The roaring twenties were in full swing at the Key Event this September. The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty's annual fundraiser gala supports their Community Grants Fund. Excellent food and drink, auction items and a feeling of community made this evening truly special. Photography by Casey Burns Photography

Cozy Up Your Home

Take a cue from the Scandinavian concept of hygge and welcome the transition of summer to autumn with a relaxing refresh Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and a hot cup of cocoa. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer.  … Continued

Aftershocks of Love

When a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, it was a devastating shift in the earth’s plates. There was another shift later that year when three friends put their heads together for recovery efforts. Instead of destruction, this shift brought a monumental impact on a village of Haitian children. 

Humble Star

Lance Alexander is the quintessential boy next door. There’s a reason he plays a convincing good neighbor on television—it’s a role he’s been playing all of his life. Growing up in his West Chester neighborhood, he was known as a friendly, helpful and kind kid with a smile that lights up a room. Now, that same smile is lighting up…

Fall Family Getaway

With summer vacation two months over and winter break close to three months away, families may be getting antsy for a getaway. With the school year in full swing, leaving town for vacation isn’t always practical. We found the perfect solution—a family-friendly weekend escape to Dearborn, Michigan—less than four hours away. Dearborn is overflowing with American history, and I brought my…

A Taste of Fall

 Fall in Love with Wine   As the weather gets colder, it's time to enjoy some cozy indoor activities with your family and friends. What if you can also prepare for the holidays at the same time? Consider attending the Basil’s On Market fall wine event for a taste of California wines that could be the stars of your holiday table…

Beyond the Bottle

A nice bottle of wine makes a great gift for any occasion. However, if you want to think beyond the bottle, explore our picks for what to buy the wine connoisseur in your life. Visit our Facebook page in October to enter to win some of these items.

Blazing the Butler County Donut Trail

The Butler County Donut Trail has delighted visitors and locals alike with a scavenger hunt of sugary goodness for four years. Nearly 75% of the 21,000 people who have completed the trail are from outside Butler County, making it just as good for the area’s tourism economy as it is for the locals who snack on the tasty donuts.

October 2019 Around Town

2019 Home Expo The 3rd annual Home Expo at Carriage Hill is set for October 19th from 10am-4pm. This free community event is presented by West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle and Mason & Deerfield Lifestyle. The Home Expo begins in the Terry Gatehouse at 5116 Carriage House Blvd, near the main entrance to Carriage Hill … Continued

A Slice of Comfort

Are you hungry? We’re sure you will be when you read—or should we say devour—this issue, the most drool-worthy one of the year: the annual food and wine issue. We spent the last few months scouring the streets in search of the most delectable bites West Chester and Liberty Township have to offer. This year … Continued

Union Centre Food Truck Rally

About 10,000 people took time during their Friday afternoon and evening on August 9 to enjoy the nearly 40 food trucks assembled for the Union Centre Food Truck Rally. Organized by the Union Centre Boulevard Merchants' Association (UCBMA), this event provided live music, fireworks and fun while raising money for local charity Companions on a Journey. … Continued

Lakota Local Schools Go Back To School

Lakota Schools welcomed back their 16,700 students to Lakota's 23 buildings on August 15. The first two days of school were all about setting the foundation for a great school year by building relationships and having fun. The high schools created exciting aerial photographs portraying their students and their school pride. Photography provided.

Come Home to Skally’s

 Timeline  1961 Ephraim and Odette Skally moved to Cincinnati from New York City.  1977 The Skallys founded Old World Bakery in Cincinnati, introducing pita bread to the area.

Gather Round

Autumn brings us together, with crisp weather drawing us inside to share meals and great conversation. Fall is the perfect time to refresh a dining room with perfect furniture pieces.

Art Meets Fashion

 Page 2  When the world of art progresses, fashion progresses with it, taking beautiful elements from the past and showcasing original ideas and combinations. Bright colors, striking poses and a few perfect high heels completed our looks at this year’s fall fashion photo shoot at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, where we let art and fashion meet to showcase…

3 Basics For Every Wardrobe

As the autumn months draw near, it is time to shift into clothing options that keep us stylish and warm. Stocking up on a new wardrobe can feel daunting, but Sherry Armstead is here to help make it easier.

Gala Season

Fall is the unofficial “gala season” for our region, with an event for a different charity almost every weekend. Each festive affair is a major fundraiser for a worthwhile beneficiary and a great opportunity for a special night out with members of our community. Many of these parties request specific attire, whether it’s black-tie formal … Continued

Regional Business Expo

The 2019 Regional Business Expo had record-breaking numbers at the new venue at Lakota West High School. The day kicked off with The “Taste” Luncheon, featuring food and beverages from 43 restaurants and caterers and 400 attendees. The Expo opened its doors to over 2,000 people and the 121 exhibitors made connections all day. TheChamberAlliance.com

September 2019 Around Town

West Chester Gets New Logo and Brand West Chester Township rolled out a new logo and brand in August which speaks to the community’s many strengths and amenities that afford residents and businesses valuable opportunities and a high quality of life. The investment is part of a larger effort to enhance communication and refresh the look and feel … Continued

EDGE Golfing Outing

The tenth annual Linkinnati Golfs for EDGE Teen Center event raised $18,500. Linkinnati is a networking group with chapters in West Chester and throughout Cincinnati. EDGE serves over 700 Lakota teens each year, giving them a safe place to connect, serve and grow.  Proceeds went towards the newly opened EDGE@Cornerstone, a teen center serving the west side of Lakota. EdgeTeenCenter.com

24 Hours With Miss Ohio

A few years ago, Kelsey Retz left West Chester to attend college in LA and work in fashion PR. Her co-worker took one look at her and said, “You should do pageants. Your presence is strong, you take care of yourself and you look incredible!” Kelsey recalls.

Design Your Dream Closet

Planning a luxury master closet is no easy feat. From custom shelving and lighting to a unique island, it’s a huge project for any homeowner to tackle, but one that will produce the closet of their dreams.

2 Looks for The Key Event

Our town’s most glamorous fundraiser of the year is just days away. Each year, The Key Event raises an average of $100,000 for the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty. Since 1999, the Community Foundation has been the primary resource for philanthropy in our townships. 100% of proceeds from The Key Event are reinvested into the community through grant awards. 

The Pets We Love

“Over the last 35 years, working both as an assistant and then as a veterinarian, I have collected many wonderful memories regarding families and their pets. I do have the best job in the world, to witness daily the special and unique bond between humans and their pets... A pet’s unconditional love and interaction truly awaken one’s soul in a…

August 2019 Around Town

Seeking Readers to Spotlight  Do you know someone in this community who goes above and beyond to give back in the West Chester & Liberty area? Do you know a local resident who has conquered a unique challenge and has a great story to tell? Do you have a holiday recipe with a great family … Continued

Kids and Pets 

For many of us, August is a bittersweet turning point in the calendar year. Summer is drawing to a close, and the school bells will be ringing any day now. While the lazy days of sipping cool beverages poolside may be numbered, this month brings a sense of renewal. New routines, new clothes and new … Continued

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Partnership Appreciation Party

West Chester and Liberty Lifestyle gathered our partners together at Grainworks Brewing Company in West Chester to thank those people and businesses that make this magazine possible. We expressed our sincere appreciation for our advertising partners, community partners, townships and staff. Grist Bistro offered tasty morsels which were washed down with local beer from Grainworks. Photos by Richard Alexander Photography.

Creature Comforts

In a lower-level business plaza off Snider Road, practically hidden from view, Kitty Brew Cafe allows customers the opportunity to eat and drink alongside cats available for adoption. Owner Jenni Barrett started the business in 2017 after years of volunteering with Animal Friends Humane Society, a rescue partner for the cafe’s cats.

Portraying Pets

Michelle Staub doesn’t just embroider pet pictures; she makes memories for pet parents around the world. A self-taught artist who originally embroidered video game characters, Michelle found she loved showcasing animal subjects when she created a piece featuring her own cat, Purrl.

More Than a Break

For some local students, summer was all about adventure and making an impact. Here’s proof that summer can be more than a break.

Planting Hope

One’s teenage years can be thrilling, but the pressure to achieve can make those years stressful. In response to rising mental health needs, Lakota Local Schools has adopted a proactive strategy, one that works to plant seeds of hope for students experiencing loneliness, depression or desperation.

Meet the Editor

 Who Laura Leavitt  What New Editor of West Chester and Liberty Lifestyle    

Ninjas in the Nati

Cincinnati will be in the national spotlight as the city’s qualifier episode of American Ninja Warrior (ANW) airs on NBC on July 1. ANW descended on downtown Cincinnati over Memorial Day weekend to film its eleventh season.

Float Your Boat

It’s sink or win at the 10th Annual Crazy Cardboard Regatta at the lake in Voice of America MetroPark in West Chester.

Art Adventure

Everywhere you look at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, there’s something beautiful to see. It offers sweeping vistas of nature and clusters of modern art installations in its outdoor gallery with more than 75 sculptures of all shapes, sizes and colors. This summer, take an art adventure like no other in our neighboring Hamilton.

Making Summer Memories

Summer evokes fond memories of my childhood—sleepaway camps, our annual family vacation and neighborhood games of kickball and tag that lasted until long after the sun went down. Now I work to build new summertime memories with my children, which I hope they’ll look back on fondly when they’re adults. In this issue of ​West Chester … Continued

Lyons & Lyons Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

On May 5, friends and well-wishers gathered for the twentieth year of the Cinco de Mayo

July 2019 Around Town

Emery FCU Celebrates 80 Years of Service With a location right here in Liberty Township, Emery Federal Credit Union is celebrating 80 years of being in business. Emery is a full-service, not-for-profit financial cooperative, known for being “your credit union with heart” here in the Greater Cincinnati area. Chartered in 1939 to serve employees of … Continued

Lyons & Lyons Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

On May 5, friends and well-wishers gathered for the twentieth year of the Cinco de Mayo tradition with the Lyons family of Lyons & Lyons Law to celebrate another great year. Guests included Sheriff Jones as well as a wide variety of community leaders. Guests enjoyed the fiesta theme and had a wonderful time.

Dermatology & Surgery Open House

Dermatology & Surgery of Southern Ohio recently hosted an open house at their Liberty Township location. Attendees were able to learn about the latest skin and body care treatments and technologies available at Dermatology and Surgery. Visit their website to learn more. DermatologyandSurgery.com

Food Truck Flavors

As the summer air swirls around The Square at Union Centre, on one particular day, you’ll be able to catch a new delicious smell with every change of the wind. That’s right: it’s Food Truck Rally time again.

Pop Into Summer

When searching for a snack, nothing beats the convenience of microwave popcorn. However, dozens of reports point to the health risks associated with ingredients used by many manufacturers of microwave popcorn. We discovered an alternative that is safer, healthier and less expensive than a traditional bag of microwave popcorn.

Lessons In Life From Local Leaders

 John Boehner  Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives  Even in his retirement, John Boehner travels in the fast lane. Three years after resigning from Congress, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is still prompting news headlines. His prominent career has taken him all around the globe, but Boehner calls West Chester “home.”

Len’s Pens

Len Kaltman is known locally as a corporate photographer; you’ve probably seen his photos regularly in this magazine. But in his spare time, he enjoys creating high-quality wooden pens in his home wood shop.