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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.”

Cheers to the Guys

Okay, gentlemen, it’s your turn. Last month was our annual “Women’s” issue and this month, we present our annual issue for the guys. Each June we spotlight men in our community doing amazing things, often seeking out locals whose names you may not have heard before. However, this year we changed things up and spoke … Continued

Comeback Coffee

The Fringe Coffee House is designed with a mission: to break down barriers for ex-felons as they re-enter society. With a nine-month customized job training program for ex-convicts, the unique café empowers and equips those on the fringes of society.

Golfing For A Cause

 3rd Annual Boehner Classic  Date: Monday, June 10  Time: Lunch at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. start

June 2019 Around Town

Tenth Annual Crazy Cardboard Regatta Registration Open The MetroParks of Butler County presents the 10th Annual Crazy Cardboard Regatta on Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Voice of America MetroPark. Do you think you have what it takes? Sign your team up to build your own cardboard boat and join … Continued

Dude Food + Craft Beer

Cincinnati has become known for its breweries, but you don’t have to go Downtown for good craft beer and tasty bites. West Chester’s Grainworks Brewing Company features 20 taps, delectable food and a comfortable indoor and outdoor space for sipping a cold one. Crafted from three local friends, Grainworks was built on the same soil from which Cincinnati’s greatest breweries…

I’ll Take Both, Please

 Year: 2019  Make: GMC  Model: Sierra Denali Crew Cab

Trailblazing Troop 1974

Chatter fills the room as Troop 1974 plans a campout. Like any other troop in town, they proudly wear their khaki-colored uniforms tucked and tied with kerchiefs and solemnly hold up three fingers to recite the oath. You have to look a little closer to see what’s so special about this small group of scouts—they’re girls. Troop 1974 is the…

Life Lessons From Leading Ladies

 Becky Wilber  President and owner of Cincinnati Taco Investments (CTI) Restaurants and President of the Union Centre Boulevard Merchant Association (UCBMA)  As the owner of CTI Restaurants, you own many local Taco Bells and an Uno Pizzeria. Tell us about your role.

Leading Ladies of West Chester and Liberty.

May brings the end of the school year, the opening of pools for the summer, Mother’s Day and of course—our annual women’s issue! This issue serves to recognize the powerful role women have in our community and beyond. (And don’t worry, gentlemen; you’ll have your moment next month.) Oprah Winfrey has said, “I’ve come to … Continued

Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School Gala

Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (MTCES) recently hosted their 2019 Extravaganza: Fire & Ice. Parents and other community members celebrated at the premiere fundraising event, which was held at Jungle Jim’s Oscar Event Center. Photos by Greg Griffin of Bradshire Technologoes.

May 2019 Around Town

Lyons & Lyons Adds Attorney West Chester law firm Lyons & Lyons Law recently announced the addition of a new attorney to their firm: Kathleen W. Adams. Kathleen provides personalized legal guidance for individuals and families in transition and handles all aspects of domestic relations and elder law, including pre-marital agreements, divorce, adoption, child custody/support … Continued

Shamrock Shuffle

Family and friends gathered, decked out in green, gathered to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the annual Shamrock Shuffle in Union Centre. The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty's annual event is a 5K/10K race and community block party, benefiting various local organizations. Photos by Casey Burns Photography.

Chamber Annual Celebration

The West Chester ▪ Liberty Chamber Alliance held their Annual Celebration on March 29. The Chamber awarded six individuals and organizations for their outstanding leadership, business success, volunteerism and community support. The evening also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Liberty Way Interchange and the decade of promise and progress that followed. Photos by Ali Wolfe Photography.

Serene Southern Escape

If you’re like most Ohioans, you’ve probably visited Hilton Head Island at least once. But if you’re looking for a Lowcountry experience that is more secluded, luxurious and intermixed with nature, you’ll want to visit Palmetto Bluff—just a few miles from Hilton Head.

All American Girl

When someone says pageant, you may picture swimsuit competitions, ball gowns, makeup and high heels. But pageants have received a makeover. Liberty Township native Taylor Small, 13, was just crowned National American Miss Pre-Teen Queen, a role coveted by young teens across the country. The competition prides itself on authenticity, building positive role models in young girls and women, and honoring…

Spring Break For Your Skin

Put your best face forward this spring with the help of the skin experts at Dermatology & Surgery. Dermatologist and founding physician Scott Grevey, M.D., and his friendly team are committed to bringing the latest technologies to their patients, offering cutting-edge treatments that eliminate the need to cut.

Flying With The Monarchs

If you’re not seeing as many monarch butterflies in your garden as you used to, there’s a reason for that. In fact, it’s become a problem in North America that many are trying hard to mend, including a local youth group at Christ the King Lutheran Church in West Chester.

Laundry…Reimagined

Imagine not having to do a load of laundry at the end of a long day. Cleaned, pressed clothes would instead be sitting on hangers, delivered to your home.

Fresh & Affordable

In a four-month, million-dollar renovation, Basil’s On Market has transformed the grand 15,000-square-foot space on a busy Mason corner. With its fresh vibe and from-scratch kitchen, it brings fare fit for foodies to the suburbs—all at affordable prices.

Sustainability For Spring.

When the spring flowers begin to bloom and the muddy winter landscape returns to a lush green, it naturally makes one start to think about the beauty of our earth. Whether you’re someone who has their own personal compost pile or considers it a “win” when you ask for your drink without a straw, there … Continued

Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital Celebrates 40 Years

Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital turned 40 this year and celebrated by unveiling a substantial 56-foot donor wall, which recognizes philanthropic partners and their lifetime giving. Those who have donated to Mercy Health's North market initiatives since 1978 appear on the wall, including the wall’s major sponsor, John and Linda Planes of Planes Companies. Mercy.com/fairfield

April 2019 Around Town

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month “Teens learn risky driving habits from parents,” says a recent insurance study. Distractions inside and outside of the auto can be dangerous, especially to inexperienced drivers. Butler County Safe Communities encourages parents to discuss the expectations of their young driver(s) behind the wheel, but, more importantly, to model … Continued

Wilderness Exploration At Red River Gorge

Host of one of the most impressive networks of mountains, tunnels, natural bridges and canyons in the area, Red River Gorge stands apart as an example of untamed natural beauty. What’s even better is that this unexpected oasis is practically in our backyard; a quick jaunt of two and a half hours, Red River Gorge makes for a great short…

The Art Of Recycling

Welcome to the studio of local artist Carolyn McGowan, an alternate galaxy of glossy discs of all sizes, swirling with color. Hiding underneath the twists and cells of paint lie unlikely canvases—old-school record albums, compact discs and wood tabletops, given a second chance as unique works of art. Using a technique called paint pouring, McGowan brings new life to discarded…

Home Is Where The Heart Is.

“Home is where the heart is.” It’s a common phrase we’ve all heard, but if you stop to think about it, there’s quite a bit of truth to those six words. Our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies and make fond memories with loved ones. It’s … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Chamber Alliance Hosts Annual Dinner and Awards The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance will host their Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner on March 29. This year’s event is celebrating Liberty Way: A Decade of Promise and Progress. This annual event provides Chamber members and guests with networking opportunities as they celebrate the previous year’s accomplishments and … Continued

On Trend

Mason’s Cincinnati EntryPoint can transform your entire entryway and add significant curb appeal. Owner Bruce Carden shares three trends that make a big impact and can even increase the value of your home.

Home Away from Home

Vacation Your Way and Book a Luxurious Vacation Rental for Your Next Getaway Photography provided by HomeAway When you’re determining where to go for your next trip, it can be difficult to decide among sights to see, food to eat and adventures to have. From wine country to the mountain state, we’ve rounded up a … Continued

Readers’ Choice Awards

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle hosted the second annual Readers' Choice Awards celebration, where we honored winners announced in the February issue. Lifestyle readers voted for their favorites last fall and the winners took home plaques at the party, hosted at Cooper's Hawk. Photography by Richard Alexander.

Design For Living

When Helen Wright walks into a room, her eyes immediately begin seeing its potential. She can envision modified furniture, new window treatments, fresh art—all while making sure the room stays functional and livable for its owners.

Color Of The Year 2019

This time of year it can look a little muddy, dark and dreary outdoors. To help bridge the gap until the vibrancy of spring has arrived, how about adding a pop of color to your life? In an annual tradition, the color authorities at Pantone have selected the 2019 color of the year: Living Coral 16-1546.

Better Bedtime in Butler County

Two to three percent of children in the United States don’t have beds. In Butler County, that’s at least 8,000 kids, sleeping in makeshift spots each night. Local activists are uniting around a motto that is changing those statistics: “No kid sleeps on the floor in our town.”

Power Up

You’ve seen them; you have them; you know them well. Phone and tablet chargers can quickly become a source of clutter in any home. Local blogger Sarah Jacob created a DIY charging station (using an old breadbox) and has shared her step-by-step process for easy replication.

Reader Favorites Revealed

 PAGE 1:  The wait is finally over. The West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle 2018 Readers’ Choice winners have been finalized. Nearly 3,000 votes were cast online this fall, and the winning businesses represented here were chosen by you, our readers. If you missed your chance to vote, be sure to visit our website next fall to make your opinions known.…

Double Feature.

This month we bring you the first ever dual issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle. February is our annual Arts issue, but it’s also time to reveal our Readers’ Choice winners. So, this month we have a packed, double issue for our readers. I’ve always loved the arts, and I’m excited to see that … Continued

Lights On Lakota

Enter the exciting world of local youth theater with upcoming performances from classic and contemporary musicals at these Lakota schools. Go online or call the schools for tickets and details.

Raising The Barre

Since she began classes at three years old, West Chester's Emma Krusling has dreamed of doing what she loves most—pirouettes, pliés and arabesques onstage as a professional ballet dancer. Now, she is dancing her way to her dreams in a unique program at Cincinnati Ballet's Otto M. Budig Academy.