Make your house a home.

What makes a house a home? I believe it’s the way it makes you feel when you enter. If it’s warm, welcoming and filled with love, it will feel like a home. This month we share tips on how to make your home feel more comfortable, stylish and warm.

Junior Achievement Breakfast

West Chester Hospital hosted Junior Achievement's annual breakfast event to raise 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 JAPartners.org.

Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity

The eighteenth annual “Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity” event to honor Martin Luther King Day began with the March for Unity in Our Community, after which all marchers enjoyed lunch, courtesy of local businesses, and then a program with speakers, music and students. Photography by West Chester Township.

March 2017 Around Town

Boy Scout Troop 947 of West Chester set a new record in the Fort Hamilton District of Dan Beard Council in 2016, with 12 boys earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Nationally, only 4% of Boy Scouts are granted this rank.…

The Art Of Furniture

Walk into BOVA Contemporary Furniture and your eyes are immediately met with an elegantly lit, open showroom with cool colors and unique designs. BOVA offers unique, high-quality designs at attractive prices. From the subtle to the edgy, the large Deerfield Township showroom caters to a variety of tastes. Trendy sofas, sleek accent tables and modern beds are featured throughout the…

Complete Kitchen Makeover

Step into George and Carol Hilliard’s new Liberty Township kitchen and you’ll feel like you’re walking into the pages of Better Homes & Gardens. Sleek white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances have transformed this kitchen from a small, dark space into a brand new, wide open and functional beauty.

Faithful Protection

You may not always think of an insurance company as a community-oriented organization. They often get a bad rap because they’re making decisions during some of our most difficult times. However, RiskSOURCE Clark-Theders of West Chester has been trying to debunk that myth since 1976.

Moving On Up

Thanks to our supportive families, fearless realtor and copious amounts of wine, my fiancé, Matt, and I just purchased our first home. Liberty Township–here we come!

A New View

A typical two-story, four-bedroom home has more than 20 windows. That much light pouring into a house can be a bright and beautiful thing, but it can also mean less privacy, faded floors and furniture and glares when you’re trying to watch TV.

Pillars of Support

The success of any construction project is based upon the strength of its supports. One local nonprofit is in the business of building pillars of support around low-income families in Butler County. By partnering with volunteers to make home repairs, Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families (SELF) builds up economically challenged families to withstand the storms of life.

Four-legged family member.

This year we had a new addition to our family. Our brand-new bundle of joy kept us up many sleepless nights, but she stole our hearts immediately. She walks on four legs and is covered in fur, but that doesn’t make her less important as a bona fide member of our family.

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Turns One

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle turned one in November! We want to extend a great big thank you to our advertisers, partners, supporters and staff who attended our one year anniversary celebration at the Hilton Garden Inn. We're looking forward to a wonderful second year of this community magazine!

Jamestowne Ribbon Cutting

Community leaders gathered in December for the grand opening of Jamestowne Inpatient & Outpatient Therapy in Hamilton. Jamestowne features 42 private patient suites, a 5,000-square foot therapy gym, a Hydroworx® therapy pool and best-in-class amenities. Parent company Community First Solutions will celebrate 100 years of caregiving in 2018. Community-First.org

February 2017 Around Town

Northern Cincinnati’s premier “eatertainment” district at the Streets of West Chester recently broke ground for several new restaurants and stores near Topgolf and Main Event. Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant was the first tenant to commit to the new project. Chuy’s will build a freestanding restaurant which will mark its fourth location in the region.

Happy Tails Of West Chester & Liberty Township

People love their pets. We asked readers to submit photos of their pets and expected to receive a small handful of cats and dogs. We never expected the overwhelming response of more than 60 submissions of cats, dogs, birds and rabbits. Thank you to the community of West Chester & Liberty Township for loving your animals! To ease into our…

Home Sweet Hotel

February doesn’t have to translate into snowy, cold nights at home. Quite the opposite. This Valentine’s Day, consider treating your significant other to a unique “staycation” at the warm and welcoming Hilton Garden Inn. As the glass doors part ways at the hotel’s entrance, you’re immediately met with a sincere smile, amazingly fresh scent and a cool, modern lounge. The…

A Furry Love For All

Roses are red, violets are blue, and homeless animals need love too. As you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day, one local organization wants you to consider sharing love with a new furry friend. My Furry Valentine is a Cincinnati non-profit organization that hosts an annual mega adoption event each February with the goal of uniting potential pet owners with adoptable…

Swim Like A Fish

If you don’t own a pet goldfish, at least your kids can swim like one. Goldfish Swim School is open in West Chester and this impressive local business is going swimmingly. Goldfish Swim School Owners Mandy and Joe Yackey jumped into our community with both feet to meet their goal–to be the best at what they do. Providing year-round swim…

Lovable Patients

Most of us know that chocolate is off limits to dogs; however, did you know about these other common food and beverage items that shouldn’t be eaten by your pet? Animal Hospital of West Chester shares the top human foods that cats and dogs shouldn’t touch (this list is not all-inclusive).

A Healthy New Year.

Happy New Year from all of us at West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle! As we kick off 2017, we are given 365 new days and a chance at a fresh start. It’s tradition to take this time to focus on making positive changes in our lives. This Healthy Living edition of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle is packed full of…

Second Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser

The Caring Community Collaborative, along with the Liberty Center Foundation, held its second annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at Liberty Center. The event benefited Reach Out Lakota and the Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Program. Those attending selected a handcrafted bowl to take home, and enjoyed a meal prepared by area chefs.

Boys & Girls Club Dinner Event

Olympic medalist and four-time world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield spoke to guests at the annual 
West Chester-Liberty Steak & Burger Dinner on November 2. The event is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club, 
which helps children in the Lakota School District.

January 2017 Around Town

Seven local women were honored on November 18 at the West Chester ■ Liberty Chamber Alliance’s annual Women of Excellence Awards Dinner & Gala. Through their careers or volunteerism, these women have enhanced business, education, culture, philanthropy, and provided outstanding service to our region. The honorees included Tina Cartwright, Jimmie Lee Cheek, Kerry Hendel, Sheila A. Mixon, Dr. Sharon Phillips,…

Habitat For Healing

If healing is an art, the artist is Jamestowne, the brand new rehabilitation facility for inpatient and outpatient therapy in nearby Hamilton. The rock and glass structure features five-star accommodations, but it is all about healing with comfort and quality of care.

Financial Fitness

The New Year often prompts a look at the scale and a visit to the doctor for a physical check-up. But we don’t always think about having a financial check-up––learning where we stand when it comes to our home and financial situation. Guardian Savings Bank’s Senior Loan Officer, Wally Bates, shares tips on how to tailor a “Mortgage Check-Up” to…

A School For All

If you’re from Cincinnati, you’re no stranger to the question, “Where did you go to school?” While in other cities the answer is that of a college or university, it’s often asked in our hometown with expectation of hearing the name of a local elementary or high school.

A Healthy 2017

Betsy Brothers and Janet Nash, co-owners of Gracetree Yoga & Growth Studio in West Chester, offer simple suggestions to spark healthful changes for your new year. Keeping health resolutions can be challenging, but these ladies share their best tips to help you stay on track in 2017.

The Iron Woman

Heroes come in many different packages with many different messages. One local West Chester woman is heroism personified. She is powerful, smart, determined and full of compassion. Meet Renee Zegar, West Chester’s very own “Iron Woman.”

Hands Against Hunger

If you’re looking for a way to accomplish that New Year’s resolution to make a difference, look no further. Down the road in Sharonville, a local non-profit organization offers a chance to do just that. A Child’s Hope International (ACHI) seeks to mobilize the community to help care for vulnerable children around the world by sending them healthy meals and…

Cozy’s Cafe & Pub Grand Opening

A cozy good time was had by all at the Grand Opening of Cozy’s Cafe & Pub, the newest creation from Cozy’s restaurants. Cozy’s Cafe & Pub utilizes the best in farm-to-table cooking, paired with specially chosen wine, craft beers and cocktails, 
and offers guests a comfortable and cozy atmosphere.

Holiday traditions.

It’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner. Each year as I unpack my boxes of decorations, memories from Christmas’ past come flooding to my mind. One of my favorite holiday traditions dates back to my very first Christmas. Every year my mom would give me a new Christmas ornament. When I moved out on my own,…

Reach Out Lakota Celebrity Dinner

The Celebrity Waiter Dinner is the largest annual fundraiser hosted by Reach Out Lakota and truly was a night of great fun for an even greater organization. Guests enjoyed dinner served by local celebrities, raffles, auction items and more! 
Thank you to the generous attendees, waiters and volunteers who made this event possible.

Junior Achievement Fundraiser

The Greater Butler County Business Hall of Fame inducted five people as part of the Class of 2016 on October 20. The celebration is an annual fundraiser hosted by Junior Achievement. Inductees included Sherry Armstead, Charles Chappell*, Robert Ernst, George Adam Rentschler* and Stephen P. Wilson (*honored posthumously). Photography by Gina Breyfogle

December 2016 Around Town

There is a new spot in town for all the water-loving little ones in your life. Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages four months to 12-years-old in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes, shiver-free 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. Families with kids of different ages and skill levels can conveniently…

A Yuletide Interior Guide

It’s no secret: although the Christmas season is deemed to be the most wonderful time of the year, it tends to sneak up on us and bring even more busyness into our lives. Parties are hosted, gifts are opened and each year we hope to leave a lasting impression on our holiday guests. From wreathes with bows to trees that…

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season, you don’t need to travel far to find a unique gift for the special people in your life. We’re fortunate to have a variety of locally owned businesses in town, overflowing with items that are perfect for gift-giving. Scroll through our gift guide to get inspired. A visit to these nearby shoppes will reveal even more fabulous…

Reaching Out And Handing Up

“It’s a hand-up, not a hand-out.” That’s how Lourdes Ward describes the services she and her team have been providing at Reach Out Lakota for more than 23 years. Reach Out Lakota’s mission is to give a hand-up to those in need throughout West Chester and Liberty Township.

Home Grown Holidays

West Chester and Liberty Township have so much to offer residents, not the least of which are fond memories and family traditions during the holiday season. We asked a few of our partners to share their favorite holiday memories, and this is what they had to say.

Add Tick Tock to Your Clock

In this “most wonderful time of the year,” 24 hours and two hands simply aren’t enough. Providing concierge and personal assistance services to households and small businesses, Cincy Concierge chases down even the most daunting tasks on your to-do list. The innovative brainchild of owner and founder Trip Topken, Cincy Concierge’s Santa bag is brimming with the gift we all…

Happy Anniversary!

Welcome to the one-year anniversary issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle! It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since our first issue arrived in homes. Last November we launched West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle with a mission to engage and inspire our communities, raise awareness of local charities and help area businesses grow. We thank you, our…

The Key Event

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty’s premier annual fundraising event was a great success on September 10 because of the generosity of community members, sponsors and a dedicated committee of volunteers. The Key Event is a unique fundraiser where attendees enjoy meals from professional chefs at homes within the community.

Fall Gathering at Gracetree

Gracetree Yoga & Growth Studio welcomed the public to an open house at their Cincinnati-Dayton studio in September. Guests experienced yoga, wellness offerings and an astrology reading from the experts at Gracetree.

West Chester Hospital Golf Outing

West Chester Hospital's annual Fall Golf Outing successfully raised funds to support the hospital’s Innovation Fund, which allows for the development and implementation of cutting-edge technology and programs to enhance patient care. On 
September 23, teams enjoyed contests, prizes and creative costumes, in addition to a round of golf.

Faith Alliance Music Festival

Guests enjoyed music, food and fun at the first Sing Out Against Poverty, Annual Faith Alliance Music Festival in Union Centre. Five bands performed Christian praise music in an effort to raise awareness for local poverty and funding for Faith Alliance programs, which serve local neighbors in need.

A Voice For Veterans

For veterans, coming home after serving in the military or fighting in a war can be daunting. Re-entering civilian life and catching up on life’s missed events is challenging in itself, but adding an injury or financial hardship to the mix can make the adjustment that much more difficult.

Hamilton: A Hidden Gem

Hamilton celebrates a big anniversary this year—our neighboring city is turning 225. The second largest city in southwestern Ohio, Hamilton has the vibrant feel of a historical downtown, without all of the trappings of a trek into Cincinnati. Like the popular musical that shares its name, Hamilton is taking center stage in the landscape of the northern suburbs.

November 2016 Around Town

Full Throttle Indoor Karting is hosting a 24-hour race from November 12-13 to support Racing4Vets, a Cincinnati non-profit organization that races to raise awareness and support for combat-injured military veterans. During the event 16 teams will race against each other and a team of veterans. The event will feature 12 hours of racing on the Adrenaline Rush Super Track and…

Remembering A Hero

Corey Hood loved jumping out of airplanes. After serving five tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan with the 82nd and 101st Airborne, Hood, a Lakota West High School graduate, was selected to join the Golden Knights, the United States Army’s elite demonstration and competition parachute team.

Marriage Milestones

When we think of weddings we often limit our thoughts to white gowns, tuxedos, flowers and dancing. Though it is a celebration, a wedding represents something beyond a single event. When the images of cakes and candlelight fade and all of the guests have returned to their homes, the one thing that remains is the unconditional love that exists between…

40 Years Of Growth

The Chamber Alliance has grown from a small group of 12 businessmen in the mid 1970’s, to the region’s third largest Chamber with about 750 member businesses. Its mission is to help establish West Chester and Liberty Townships as the region’s business epicenter. As more businesses begin to call West Chester and Liberty “home,” The Chamber Alliance has been working…