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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Backyard Living

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Ali Wolfe Photography & Provided  1 The Ultimate Patio  A perfect outdoor oasis, this cozy family room lies just outside the back door. This Liberty Township residence features a covered patio with the works: a couch, fireplace, TV, mini-fridge and grill. The space offers this family of four a perfect area to kick back and relax.

Movers + Shakers

Article Abbey Bradley & Tera Michelson | Photography Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography

Back Stage With SNL’s Luke Null

 Article Katie Bray | Photography Provided  Luke Null has always been a funny guy.  

Friends In Finance

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography  Contact the Experts  Gage Hemmelgarn

Think Outside The Closet

 Article Mark Moody | Photography Provided    Father’s Day is a time to honor dads and thank them for a job well done. Looking through my closet I see an assortment of ties and t-shirts that my wife and kids have gifted me each Father’s Day over the past decade. While I greatly appreciate the gesture, I have all the…

Let’s Hear It For The Guys.

June is known for long summer nights, vacations, weddings, baseball . . . and of course, Father’s Day. In honor of this special holiday, we turn our attention to the men this month with an issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle that’s all about guys. This month you’ll meet six upstanding local men, several … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Thank You to Photo Location Partners Behind every great photo shoot is a great location. The May women’s issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle was shot at the Holiday Inn Centre Park and Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse in Union Centre. We greatly appreciate their efforts in making the photo shoot a success. JohnnysItalianSteakhouse.com The men … Continued

Leadership Through Philanthropy

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty hosted its second annual Leadership Through Philanthropy luncheon on Thursday, April 26 at the Cincinnati Marriott North. Keynote speaker Marvin Lewis, head coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, discussed the Marvin Lewis Community Foundation and importance of giving back to the community. Philanthropists and educators were recognized for their work. … Continued

West Chester Hospital Spring Gala

West Chester Hospital’s seventh annual Spring Gala was held Friday, April 20 at the Cincinnati Marriott North. The event brought together UC Health physicians and employees and community partners in support of West Chester Hospital’s maternity services unit and to support the community through C3: Caring, Community, Collaborative. The theme of the event was “Storybook.” … Continued

Movers & Shakers

Article Laura Leavitt & Tera Michelson | Photography Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography

Alison + her mom

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Provided  Amazing Grace fragrance by philosophy  Philosophy.com

A Local Mother’s Day Brunch

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Eric Thomas Photography & Provided  Blueberry Basil Limoncello Martini  Whether you’re looking for a place to have Mother’s Day Brunch or plan to create your own, Matt the Miller’s Tavern in West Chester is serving up some tasty treats. Offering an upscale tavern atmosphere, Matt the Miller’s features a chef-driven menu of tavern favorites made…

Putting The Miles In Smiles

 Article Maria Eilers | Photography Len Kaltman & Kimheart Moeung  Her strength of character combined with her physical strength is what sets this Lakota West senior apart. Ali Hausfeld is currently preparing to break the Guinness World Record for Fastest Half-Marathon Dressed as an Emoji in order to raise awareness and funds for The Dragonfly Foundation.  The Dragonfly Foundation provides support…

How To Be A Girl Boss

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Ali Wolfe Photography  What is a “girl boss”? Think of a strong, confident, poised woman who balances work and family life, juggles soccer practice with board meetings, and who leads others to do just the same. She’s not perfect, but she strives to be her best self and recognizes that life is a balancing act.…

Makeover Magic

 Article Tera Michelson | Photography Ali Wolfe Photography  Melody Fields hasn’t put herself on the top of her own to-do list for years. In 2017, after binging on the traditional unhealthy snacks that mark Super Bowl Sunday, Fields decided to finally put herself first. With the support of her friends and co-workers, she made some lifestyle changes that put her…

The Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever

May is one of my favorite months. The flowers are in bloom, the weather gets warmer, pools open, school lets out and it’s abundant with special celebrations in my family. One of my fondest May memories was awaiting the arrival of my first child with a due date set for Mother’s Day of 2005. How … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

New Playground at Keehner Park A new playground has come to town. Located on the east side of Keehner Park, near the basketball/tennis courts and ball fields, the new playground broke ground in early 2018. The playground includes four slides, monkey bars, a climbing pole, a balance beam and an “Xcelerator” spinning feature designed for … Continued

Shamrock Shuffle

Guests paraded in green at the 12th annual Shamrock Shuffle on St. Patrick’s Day. Benefiting the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, the Shamrock Shuffle raised $85,355 and featured a 5K/10K race, beer obstacle course, kids fun run and a community block party. Charity teams received a total of $13,320 in grants to support their causes. Photography … Continued

Chamber Alliance Annual Dinner

The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance hosted its annual celebration in the theme of “Wild About West Chester/Liberty” on Friday, March 9. Guests enjoyed dinner and keynote speaker Mark Fisher, Vice President of Facilities, Planning and Sustainability at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Photography by Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography.

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

Grow Your Garden

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or planting your first flowers, spring is the best time to put on some gloves and start digging. Local experts at Berns Garden Center in Middletown share a few of their favorite gardening items for spring, including the best vegetables to plant in our area during April and May. If you’re a fan of organic…