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.

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.”

Golfing For A Cause

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.…

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.

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…

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…

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.

Countdown To Christmas

Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa is back to kick off the holiday season at Liberty Center.

Getaway At The Greenbrier

Nestled among the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia is one of America’s most historic and luxurious hotels. The Greenbrier is a living piece of history, wrapped in old world elegance. Just a five-hour drive away, The Greenbrier is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway this winter.

The Ultimate Holiday Playlist

The holiday season is officially upon us and there’s no better way to get in the spirit when you’re wrapping presents or baking cookies than to listen to the ultimate winter playlist. We asked music directors at Lakota East and Lakota West High Schools for their favorite selections, all from the schools’ upcoming holiday concerts. 

Holiday Mantel Makeover

Is your mantel begging for a holiday makeover? Design expert Helen Wright, owner of Interiors Plus in Mason, shares three ways to spruce up your mantel for the holidays. Find these items and more at Interiors Plus.

[Not] Home for the Holidays

As we turn our calendars to the holidays, our thoughts turn to hearth and home. While most of us are able to press pause to gather with our families and friends, the first responders in our community don’t get to close the office and head home for a break. No matter what the day or hour, our police and fire…

Mending Hearts

Seniors at Chesterwood Village Senior Living in West Chester are using their hands to help mend grieving hearts across the nation. And grief is not new to this group of retirees, as several are dealing with their own losses in life, but the common goal that they all share is to give back and to help others any way they…

Reach By Number

Right in our backyard is the 26-year-old Reach Out Lakota, an organization that is rapidly expanding its footprint with new partnerships and initiatives, all in an effort to help more families when they need a hand-up. Learn why the organization is thriving and how you can help.

Festive Fall Treats

 FOR YOU  The Spicy Olive Pumpkin Cupcakes  Nothing says fall quite like the smell of a fresh-baked pumpkin dessert. This delicious recipe from The Spicy Olive has all the flavors we love about pumpkin pie, packed into a personal cupcake.

Pasta With A Purpose

If you love a bowl of cheesy pasta or fresh spaghetti and marinera, you don’t want to miss the second annual Pasta With A Purpose on Thursday, October 18 at Liberty Center. The annual fundraiser benefits the Caring Community Collaborative (C3) of West Chester and Liberty Township while serving up delicious pasta from our area. Guests can enjoy samplings of…

One-Stop Organic Shop

Follow a quaint gravel driveway to Liberty Farm Market, a one-stop shop for all things fresh and organic. Three family-owned businesses merge under the roof of a converted barn to make safe foods and products available to locals. This charming market may be the area’s best kept secret.

Sip Across The Spectrum

 White Wine Introduction:  Bringing a bottle of white wine with you to a party is always a crowd-pleaser, especially when chilled to its optimum temperature. Appreciating the intricate elements of wine, Village Wines of Glendale owner and Liberty Township resident Kate Eberlein offers some excellent recommendations for your next event, dinner, or evening with friends. Whether you’re looking for a…

Kitchen Time Savers

We tested some of the newest, most innovative kitchen gadgets and found the must-haves for any cook.

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…

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…

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…

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