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.

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…

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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…

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

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

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.

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Register Your Business As Exhibitor at Lakota Summer Fun Fair Lakota will be holding its seventh annual Summer Fun Fair in March. The fair is a great way for parents to learn about the many local businesses and nonprofit organizations who provide summer programming for students in grades K-12. Vendors range from summer camps, learning centers … Continued

Empty Bowls

The C3 Caring Community Collaborative hosted the fourth Empty Bowls event at Liberty Center in December. Guests donated $20 per person toward hunger programs in our community. In exchange they selected a handcrafted bowl made my local artists and received soup, chili, bread, dessert, and drinks prepared by local chefs, fire departments, and restaurants.

Arts In Butler County

The performing arts are as expansive as they are expressive, and an important part of our city. Although downtown Cincinnati possesses many historical venues, you don’t need to travel far to experience the arts. Right in your own backyard, Butler County is rich with culture. Experience dynamic classical music with the West Chester Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy live theater and more at…

Bite Into Bliss

Want to get your sweetie something extra sweet this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than Karma in the Kitchen, a boutique in Olde West Chester that specializes in artisan chocolates, buttery caramels and life-changing fudge. Founder and chocolatier Karma Decker opened her store in 2016, and recently expanded in October of last year. “I always knew I wanted to create…

Financial Physical

As you evaluate your wellness at the start of the new year, don’t overlook your financial health. All adults can benefit from an annual financial physical. With thirteen years in the business, agent Michael Corna of American Family Insurance in West Chester offers these strategies for a hearty financial future.

January 2019 Around Town

WCPD SWAT Earned Top Awards at International Training Competition The West Chester Police Department SWAT team recently earned major accolades for its tactical training and professionalism among fellow law enforcement agencies from around the globe. West Chester SWAT received top marks at the 2018 SWAT Round-Up International in Orlando, Florida, taking home the gold for … Continued

Bring On The New Year.

January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year, but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer for a local organization. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, businesses and even pets featured in this issue will … Continued

Resolutions For A Healthy You

Making a New Year’s resolution is an annual tradition for many and can be a great way to make a positive change in life. However, most resolutions don’t last for more than a few weeks. According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February.

Bodybuilding Moms

Natalie Barger and Dana Raiford are neighbors, close friends and mothers. They both work jobs that impact the health and wellness of people within our community—Barger as a personal trainer at the Lakota YMCA and Raiford as the kitchen manager at Lakota’s Independence Elementary. However, in October 2018, the Liberty Township pair achieved a new commonality. They both competed in…

Women of Excellence Awards

Twelve outstanding women, who have provided outstanding service to our region, were honored at the annual West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance's Women of Excellence Awards. The event honored Judi Boyko, Kathy Cook, Judy Horne, Samira Jaweed, Geetha Minton, Barbara Reisen, Julie Shaffer, Marquita Turner, Karen Welch, Joyce Wood, Brenda Yablonsky, and Megan Zahneis. Photography by Len Kaltman-West Chester … Continued

Winter Fashion Show

West Chester boutique Designer Items and More recently held a Freeze Fashion Show at The Phoenix. The models donned stunning wintry looks, perfect for chilly nights. Photography by Jason Barth of JB Photography. 

Steak & Burger Dinner

The Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty hosted the fifth annual Steak and Burger Dinner event, featuring keynote speaker Kyle Schwarber, an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs. Schwarber is a Middletown-native who is passionate about youth development programs. All proceeds from the event benefited the Boys & Girls Club's operating fund. Photography by Len Kaltman-West … Continued

Home Sweet Home

Finding the right place to live after retirement can be a tough decision. Whether you’re searching for yourself or a loved one, you likely want to find a community that promotes aging with comfort and dignity. A new option for assisted living and memory care is coming to West Chester in February, and they live by this mantra: “Age fearlessly.…

Creating A Fluffy Connection

Most people love the excited, panting grin of a dog as it walks up to meet them. When people at our local hospitals see Bella coming, their faces relax even when they aren’t having a good day. The calming energy of this Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever mix breaks through the patients’ tough circumstances and keeps them present in the moment, just scratching…

Standout Student Athletes

High school athletics are at their finest in Lakota Local Schools. Whether on the course, field or court, these four Lakota athletes excel. Here are their stories, in their own words.

Curl Up With A Book By Local Author Eleanor Tremayne

Eleanor Tremayne’s passion for great literature and her love of the written word propelled her to both an extensive teaching career and, now, a successful career as a novelist. She published her first book in 2017, and her writing style is a mix of genres, combining historical fiction and romance with elements of psychological fiction and mystery.

Fill the Sleigh

When it comes to designer holiday shopping at an affordable price, look no further than the Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe. You will find a collection of 100 outlet stores from top designers and name brands at extraordinarily low prices. Here are some gift ideas to cross off your list.

Happy Holidays To All

I love this time of year! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Pancha Ganapati, the new year, or any other holiday, you can’t help but feel the excitement that the magic of December brings. This issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle is packed with ways to make your holiday merry and bright. Interiors Plus … Continued