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

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…

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

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

Movers & Shakers

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

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…

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

Room to Grow

Perfect for those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “gardening-inclined,” but also like to keep live decorations in various parts of the home, succulent plants are generally low-maintenance and come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Grow them in unique containers—from coffee tins to books or shoes—for eco-themed decor you actually have to put in some effort to…

Coming Up Roses

At the West Chester Post Office, it’s coming up roses…and daisies and creeping phlox and hydrangeas. The blooming flower beds of the Post Office are in the gifted hands of the Grapevine Garden Club of West Chester, which has adopted the space at 8730 Cincinnati-Dayton Road as its ongoing gardening project and gift to the community.

Hueston Woods: A Hidden Gem

The rainy months are almost behind us with summer peeking around the corner. If warm weather makes you want to kick off your shoes, smell the fresh air and fully immerse yourself in nature, then you’ll want to make the short trek up to Oxford, Ohio this season.

Reading on the Road

There are days when the thought of leaving home to get a book may seem like a long trek; for some people, transportation challenges make such a journey nearly impossible.

Step Up Your Curb Appeal

It’s spring! Top your “to do” list with these tips to step up the curb appeal on your home. Tony Knutson and Randy Wolf, the experts at Titan Siding and Roofing, a locally owned and operated company in West Chester, suggest these four fabulous spring upgrades.

2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Think about one color to sum up your entire year. Tough task, right? In an annual tradition, the color authorities at Pantone have selected the 2018 color of the year: Ultra Violet 18-3838.

Welcome Home

A beautiful brick home sits atop a perfectly manicured lawn in West Chester Township. The sun’s rays shine through every large window, filling the open home with warm light along the walls and wooden fixtures. Mike Weghorst, award-winning realtor with Move to West Chester Liberty, shares just what makes this home so unique (hint: there’s an elevator!) and how it…

Transforming Dreams Into Realities

Close your eyes and think about every detail of your home. Picture your living room and your kitchen. Could you imagine what it would be like if those rooms switched places? Now, imagine a porch or a patio that may be attached to your home. Imagine that space being transformed into a fully functional, aesthetically pleasing bathroom and laundry room.…

Spotlight On Lakota

Want the chance to laugh, cry and interact with a group of talented performers? You don't have to go far to find great entertainment. Right here in West Chester and Liberty Township, Lakota schools have fun, creative shows coming up this spring, showcasing a variety of young talent. Check out the upcoming season of local musicals and sketch comedy.

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Sweet Treats

Photos of these mouth-watering sweets probably had you craving a bite before even reading the first word on the page.

Pupcasso

Like other painters, Chloe has developed a style all her own. She carefully selects colors from her artist’s bag and with brisk strokes of a paintbrush, fills each canvas with beautiful abstract art. She even marks each original work with her unique signature—a paw print. Chloe is a black and white border collie—West Chester’s painting dog.

The Picture Of Health

When Rita McCormack had her first medical thermography scan, she thought she was supporting a friend. She had no idea that the images taken during her thermogram would reveal information that would save her life.

5 Ways To Spin Your Workout

Pedals are flying, sweat is dripping, hearts are racing and the music is blaring. This isn’t just any spin class. It’s one at CycleBar.