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!

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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.

Big Dreams On The Big Stage

It has been seven years since David Baur left West Chester for New York City to pursue a career in theater. Since then, the Lakota East graduate has gone on to perform in some of the most well-known shows and musicals to ever grace the stage, including Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, and countless others. However, there’s…

From Broadway To Cincinnati

In New York City’s theater district, the marquis are aglow with displays of the current Broadway shows. One can find the hot new musical just down the block from tried and true favorites. But you don’t have to travel to The Big Apple to see a Broadway show. The Fifth Third Broadway in Cincinnati series, presented by TriHealth, brings some…

Red Carpet Couple

The Brent Maez story reads like the lyrics to a classic country song. The catchy tunes on their 2015 extended play (EP) record, Brent Maez, chronicle the fun, love and musical dreams coming true for Brent and Erica Maez, married singer-songwriters of Mason.

Swing On In

“I miss my players. I loved making sure they were all better people when they left, but the flip side is now I’m spending time with and teaching my own kids,” Joe reflects. In January 2017, Joe and Lauren opened Swing 365 near Union Centre, offering the first indoor golf simulator in Cincinnati and tying for the largest in the…

Taking the Reins

A cluster of young women leads horses from a barn to a field of green laced with wooden fences. They are decked out in riding gear: jackets, helmets and tall, black boots. It could be a scene from 19th century England, but it’s a modern-day weekend in Butler County. The young women of the Honey Tree Stables Interscholastic Equestrian Association…

Modern-Day Multigenerational Living

Sixty years ago it was not uncommon for kids to ride their bikes to their grandparents’ house. Children played outside, in creeks and along trails. Grandma and Grandpa were present for every milestone, weekly family dinners and nearly everything in between. Families stayed close to each other and multiple generations grew up together.

Summer In The City

YOU don’t have to travel to New York, Las Vegas or Chicago just to find summer fun in a big city. While those cities offer a unique atmosphere, so does Cincinnati. Whether you’re looking for family fun, date night, or a night out with the girls, Cincinnati offers a plethora of events, experiences and sites. This summer, travel about 25…

Lending A Hand In The Community

When you think of philanthropy, you may not think about a financial institution. However, Emery Federal Credit Union centers itself around giving back to the community. Emery, with branches in Liberty Township, Blue Ash and Western Hills, just celebrated its 78th anniversary of providing financial services to both businesses and individuals in the Cincinnati area. Emery went from being a…

Driving Toward Faith

Nearly two years ago, Mike Campbell took a leap of faith by moving his family to West Chester to open the newest Christian Brothers Automotive franchise, located on Cincinnati-Dayton Road. After many years of working in service industries, Mike and his wife, Flo, were seeking a business opportunity that represented the highest standard of integrity and business ethics. They became…

The GMC Terrain

Let’s admit it, there are some monsters on the road. I’m not talking about the people who cut you off or the semis that always seem to be in front of you when you’re in a hurry. I’m talking about some of the giant SUVs that seem more like a small bus than a vehicle that will fit in my…

Good Guys, Great Work

Not only does Nick Brandenburg Jr. dream big, he knows how to make his dreams a reality. His entrepreneurial spirit sets him, an 18-year-old recent Lakota West graduate, apart from others his age. Brandenburg is founder and CEO of Forever Green Lawn & Landscapes.

Brewing The American Dream

In the vast world of Cincinnati craft beer, West Chester holds one of the area’s best kept secrets, and this secret is meant to be shared. DogBerry Brewing is the only brewery in the West Chester and Liberty Township community to date; however, it is a standout in the industry thanks to the unapologetic passion of its founders, Chris Frede…

Women to Watch

Being able to impact the life of one person is an accomplishment; Carol Lucio gets to impact the lives of approximately 7,000 Butler County students each year. Lucio serves as Executive Director for the Butler County Junior Achievement Program, an organization that educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade on its three pillars: work preparedness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Women to Watch

Where others see trash, Jamie Beringer finds worth. Beringer is co-founder of Bicycle Recycle, a local nonprofit business that fixes up bicycles, scooters, tricycles and skateboards and gives them to local kids in need, for free.

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

Women are given the ability to give the gift of life, but in order to do so they must first care for the life that they live. The physicians at Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology understand the complexities of women’s health and strive to provide every woman with the personal care she deserves.

Breakfast In Bed

Although Mom probably loves anything you cook her, don’t just settle for toast and orange juice. This Mother’s Day, bring her a few of these tasty treats from the kitchen of Melanie Cedargren, owner of The Spicy Olive. Cedargren shared a few of her favorite Mother’s Day Brunch goodies for all to enjoy.

Ask the Expert: Kara Lyons

“It’s never too early to plan ahead.” That’s the message Kara Lyons has for anyone thinking it might be time to set up a will or trust. Lyons is a third-generation attorney who concentrates her practice on wills, trusts, estate planning, and probate administration at Lyons & Lyons Attorneys at Law in West Chester. She’s a life-long resident of West…

Girls Run The World

Since 2009, Mary Gaertner has worked for the Cincinnati chapter of Girls on the Run, a running program that inspires young girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Gaertner has seen many girls participate in the unique program, and at the finish line of each season’s 5k race, she always sees something…

Illuminate The Night

Spring is here and summer is near which means it’s time to gather all of your outdoor entertaining gear. As warmer temperatures roll in and parties on the patio begin, we often think about tables, chairs, grills and more. It’s easy to forget about the one thing that keeps the party going: outdoor lights.

Put A Spring In Your Step

Dr. Kristin Titko is a local podiatrist with more than 20 years of experience in foot and ankle medical treatment and surgery. She followed in her podiatrist father’s footsteps to become one of Greater Cincinnati’s most trusted specialists. She celebrates two years of practice in Liberty Township this month.

The Salsa Guy

What do math and salsa have in common? Lakota teacher and salsa aficionado—Kevin Carlin. You may know him as The Salsa Guy. During the school year, Kevin enjoys his job as a Lakota East math teacher. When summer break begins, his alter ego emerges as he transforms into The Salas Guy, creating fresh salsas to sell at the West Chester…

The Art Of Furniture

Walk into BOVA Contemporary Furniture and your eyes are immediately met with an elegantly lit, open showroom with cool colors and unique designs. BOVA offers unique, high-quality designs at attractive prices. From the subtle to the edgy, the large Deerfield Township showroom caters to a variety of tastes. Trendy sofas, sleek accent tables and modern beds are featured throughout the…

Complete Kitchen Makeover

Step into George and Carol Hilliard’s new Liberty Township kitchen and you’ll feel like you’re walking into the pages of Better Homes & Gardens. Sleek white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances have transformed this kitchen from a small, dark space into a brand new, wide open and functional beauty.

A New View

A typical two-story, four-bedroom home has more than 20 windows. That much light pouring into a house can be a bright and beautiful thing, but it can also mean less privacy, faded floors and furniture and glares when you’re trying to watch TV.

Pillars of Support

The success of any construction project is based upon the strength of its supports. One local nonprofit is in the business of building pillars of support around low-income families in Butler County. By partnering with volunteers to make home repairs, Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families (SELF) builds up economically challenged families to withstand the storms of life.

Happy Tails Of West Chester & Liberty Township

People love their pets. We asked readers to submit photos of their pets and expected to receive a small handful of cats and dogs. We never expected the overwhelming response of more than 60 submissions of cats, dogs, birds and rabbits. Thank you to the community of West Chester & Liberty Township for loving your animals! To ease into our…

A Furry Love For All

Roses are red, violets are blue, and homeless animals need love too. As you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day, one local organization wants you to consider sharing love with a new furry friend. My Furry Valentine is a Cincinnati non-profit organization that hosts an annual mega adoption event each February with the goal of uniting potential pet owners with adoptable…

Swim Like A Fish

If you don’t own a pet goldfish, at least your kids can swim like one. Goldfish Swim School is open in West Chester and this impressive local business is going swimmingly. Goldfish Swim School Owners Mandy and Joe Yackey jumped into our community with both feet to meet their goal–to be the best at what they do. Providing year-round swim…

Lovable Patients

Most of us know that chocolate is off limits to dogs; however, did you know about these other common food and beverage items that shouldn’t be eaten by your pet? Animal Hospital of West Chester shares the top human foods that cats and dogs shouldn’t touch (this list is not all-inclusive).

Habitat For Healing

If healing is an art, the artist is Jamestowne, the brand new rehabilitation facility for inpatient and outpatient therapy in nearby Hamilton. The rock and glass structure features five-star accommodations, but it is all about healing with comfort and quality of care.

The Iron Woman

Heroes come in many different packages with many different messages. One local West Chester woman is heroism personified. She is powerful, smart, determined and full of compassion. Meet Renee Zegar, West Chester’s very own “Iron Woman.”

Hands Against Hunger

If you’re looking for a way to accomplish that New Year’s resolution to make a difference, look no further. Down the road in Sharonville, a local non-profit organization offers a chance to do just that. A Child’s Hope International (ACHI) seeks to mobilize the community to help care for vulnerable children around the world by sending them healthy meals and…

A Yuletide Interior Guide

It’s no secret: although the Christmas season is deemed to be the most wonderful time of the year, it tends to sneak up on us and bring even more busyness into our lives. Parties are hosted, gifts are opened and each year we hope to leave a lasting impression on our holiday guests. From wreathes with bows to trees that…

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season, you don’t need to travel far to find a unique gift for the special people in your life. We’re fortunate to have a variety of locally owned businesses in town, overflowing with items that are perfect for gift-giving. Scroll through our gift guide to get inspired. A visit to these nearby shoppes will reveal even more fabulous…

Add Tick Tock to Your Clock

In this “most wonderful time of the year,” 24 hours and two hands simply aren’t enough. Providing concierge and personal assistance services to households and small businesses, Cincy Concierge chases down even the most daunting tasks on your to-do list. The innovative brainchild of owner and founder Trip Topken, Cincy Concierge’s Santa bag is brimming with the gift we all…