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.

New Year, New You

With the turn of the calendar page to January 1, many of us find ourselves reevaluating our lives and setting goals for the future. Lose weight. Save money. Get out of debt. Eat healthier. While the goals may vary, most strive for a healthier, happier, more confident self in the new year.

How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

This is a great way to repurpose ribbons from past Christmases, making an elegant decoration for your holiday celebration. Coordinate colors with your Christmas theme or with your home’s interior design to create a festive and stylish seasonal design. Have fun and be creative!

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Winners

 4877 Smith Road, West Chester  322 Reading Road, Mason  513.860.3206

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Winners

 8310 Princeton Glendale Road, West Chester  513.777.2222  LyonsAndLyonsLaw.com

Tasty Treats From Troy

Troy and Tonia Meyers started doing catering out of their home in 2007. Quickly the catering orders outgrew their little kitchen, and they found a location right down the street from their West Chester home that would allow them to not only cater, but also open a restaurant to the public. In the spring of 2009, Troy’s Café was born…

A Bridge To Prosperity

Each day 50,000 cars pass through the Union Centre interchange on I-75. Drivers fly past the large blue and yellow IKEA building and giant net surrounding Topgolf. They can see tall hotels and smell nearby restaurants during the dinner hour as they pass under the elegant “UC” emblems on the overpass gates. For many in our area, this drive is…

Running With Pride

People run for many reasons. For some it’s to train for races; others want to get in shape; some runners say the trail is like their second home; and others run to relieve stress. For members of Team Red, White, and Blue, regardless of what inspires someone to begin running, all agree that the camaraderie felt along tracks, streets and…

A Beautiful Thanksgiving

During the holidays, the only thing we want more than to enjoy a good meal with our loved ones is to gather around a beautiful table.

On A Course For Success

Big changes are no surprise at the Liberty Township Fire Department (LTFD). Since Paul Stumpf’s start as a firefighter there in 1972, he's seen it all change: locations, technology, stations, alert systems, gear, training and education. In September, Chief Stumpf made the biggest shift yet. After 45 years of public service, he hung up his helmet to begin his retirement.

It’s Party Time

The first invitation to your next party should be extended to Sara Pattison, owner of Cincinnati-based The Perfect Party Planner. With a passion for parties, Pattison has long been known as the go-to girl among her friends and colleagues when it is time to celebrate. Now marking one year of her successful party planning operation, Pattison delights in the business…

Elegance With A Capital E

When you enter the Capital Grille, everything is balanced: burgundy tones on the chairs and booths are counterpointed with dark wood walls. Beautiful portraits of local Cincinnati leaders mingle with classic hunting scenes below low golden lamps. Clean white tablecloths lay across every table and a soft, yet upbeat hum of jazz music can be heard from every corner. You…

Cocktail Concoctions

With crisp fall weather comes an opportunity to sit by the fire with family, enjoy a meal on the patio with friends or watch a football game with a cold one. Wherever your fall activities lead you, these cocktails from around town are sure to add a delicious splash to any meal or gathering.

A Pinch of This, a Splash of That

Using wine in cooking intensifies flavor and adds another level of uniqueness to your recipe. It gives a dish that extra something special to turn great-grandma's pasta sauce recipe into your own (and make your sister-in-law jealous). So grab that secret ingredient from the wine cellar and head to the kitchen.

8 Looks Of Fall

Art On Symmes: Simpli top, Simpli pants, Hardwear by Renee purple flapper bag, Patricia Locke earrings, necklace and bracelet

Fall Into The Perfect Coat

Designer Items and More: Dolce & Gabbana red coat Hair & Make-up: Jenna Leach at Pure Concept Salon + Spa

Behind The Scenes

Melissa Askren is a mom of three kids—two boys and a girl. Currently a West Chester resident, Melissa and her husband are getting ready to move their family to a beautiful farm in Butler County. She likes on-trend pieces during the day as an account executive for Buckeye Corrugated and prefers casual trends for home life.