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.”

Len’s Pens

Len Kaltman is known locally as a corporate photographer; you’ve probably seen his photos regularly in this magazine. But in his spare time, he enjoys creating high-quality wooden pens in his home wood shop.

Comeback Coffee

The Fringe Coffee House is designed with a mission: to break down barriers for ex-felons as they re-enter society. With a nine-month customized job training program for ex-convicts, the unique café empowers and equips those on the fringes of society.

Cheers to the Guys

Okay, gentlemen, it’s your turn. Last month was our annual “Women’s” issue and this month, we present our annual issue for the guys. Each June we spotlight men in our community doing amazing things, often seeking out locals whose names you may not have heard before. However, this year we changed things up and spoke … Continued

Golfing For A Cause

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

June 2019 Around Town

Tenth Annual Crazy Cardboard Regatta Registration Open The MetroParks of Butler County presents the 10th Annual Crazy Cardboard Regatta on Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Voice of America MetroPark. Do you think you have what it takes? Sign your team up to build your own cardboard boat and join … Continued

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.

Trailblazing Troop 1974

Chatter fills the room as Troop 1974 plans a campout. Like any other troop in town, they proudly wear their khaki-colored uniforms tucked and tied with kerchiefs and solemnly hold up three fingers to recite the oath. You have to look a little closer to see what’s so special about this small group of scouts—they’re girls. Troop 1974 is the…

Leading Ladies of West Chester and Liberty.

May brings the end of the school year, the opening of pools for the summer, Mother’s Day and of course—our annual women’s issue! This issue serves to recognize the powerful role women have in our community and beyond. (And don’t worry, gentlemen; you’ll have your moment next month.) Oprah Winfrey has said, “I’ve come to … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

Lyons & Lyons Adds Attorney West Chester law firm Lyons & Lyons Law recently announced the addition of a new attorney to their firm: Kathleen W. Adams. Kathleen provides personalized legal guidance for individuals and families in transition and handles all aspects of domestic relations and elder law, including pre-marital agreements, divorce, adoption, child custody/support … Continued

Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School Gala

Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (MTCES) recently hosted their 2019 Extravaganza: Fire & Ice. Parents and other community members celebrated at the premiere fundraising event, which was held at Jungle Jim’s Oscar Event Center. Photos by Greg Griffin of Bradshire Technologoes.

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.

Shamrock Shuffle

Family and friends gathered, decked out in green, gathered to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the annual Shamrock Shuffle in Union Centre. The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty's annual event is a 5K/10K race and community block party, benefiting various local organizations. Photos by Casey Burns Photography.

Chamber Annual Celebration

The West Chester ▪ Liberty Chamber Alliance held their Annual Celebration on March 29. The Chamber awarded six individuals and organizations for their outstanding leadership, business success, volunteerism and community support. The evening also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Liberty Way Interchange and the decade of promise and progress that followed. Photos by Ali Wolfe Photography.

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.

Laundry…Reimagined

Imagine not having to do a load of laundry at the end of a long day. Cleaned, pressed clothes would instead be sitting on hangers, delivered to your home.

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.

Sustainability For Spring.

When the spring flowers begin to bloom and the muddy winter landscape returns to a lush green, it naturally makes one start to think about the beauty of our earth. Whether you’re someone who has their own personal compost pile or considers it a “win” when you ask for your drink without a straw, there … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month “Teens learn risky driving habits from parents,” says a recent insurance study. Distractions inside and outside of the auto can be dangerous, especially to inexperienced drivers. Butler County Safe Communities encourages parents to discuss the expectations of their young driver(s) behind the wheel, but, more importantly, to model … Continued

Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital Celebrates 40 Years

Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital turned 40 this year and celebrated by unveiling a substantial 56-foot donor wall, which recognizes philanthropic partners and their lifetime giving. Those who have donated to Mercy Health's North market initiatives since 1978 appear on the wall, including the wall’s major sponsor, John and Linda Planes of Planes Companies. Mercy.com/fairfield

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…

Home Is Where The Heart Is.

“Home is where the heart is.” It’s a common phrase we’ve all heard, but if you stop to think about it, there’s quite a bit of truth to those six words. Our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies and make fond memories with loved ones. It’s … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Chamber Alliance Hosts Annual Dinner and Awards The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance will host their Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner on March 29. This year’s event is celebrating Liberty Way: A Decade of Promise and Progress. This annual event provides Chamber members and guests with networking opportunities as they celebrate the previous year’s accomplishments and … Continued

On Trend

Mason’s Cincinnati EntryPoint can transform your entire entryway and add significant curb appeal. Owner Bruce Carden shares three trends that make a big impact and can even increase the value of your home.

Readers’ Choice Awards

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle hosted the second annual Readers' Choice Awards celebration, where we honored winners announced in the February issue. Lifestyle readers voted for their favorites last fall and the winners took home plaques at the party, hosted at Cooper's Hawk. Photography by Richard Alexander.

Home Away from Home

Vacation Your Way and Book a Luxurious Vacation Rental for Your Next Getaway Photography provided by HomeAway When you’re determining where to go for your next trip, it can be difficult to decide among sights to see, food to eat and adventures to have. From wine country to the mountain state, we’ve rounded up a … Continued

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.

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.

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.

Lights On Lakota

Enter the exciting world of local youth theater with upcoming performances from classic and contemporary musicals at these Lakota schools. Go online or call the schools for tickets and details.

Double Feature.

This month we bring you the first ever dual issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle. February is our annual Arts issue, but it’s also time to reveal our Readers’ Choice winners. So, this month we have a packed, double issue for our readers. I’ve always loved the arts, and I’m excited to see that … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Register Your Business As Exhibitor at Lakota Summer Fun Fair Lakota will be holding its seventh annual Summer Fun Fair in March. The fair is a great way for parents to learn about the many local businesses and nonprofit organizations who provide summer programming for students in grades K-12. Vendors range from summer camps, learning centers … Continued

Empty Bowls

The C3 Caring Community Collaborative hosted the fourth Empty Bowls event at Liberty Center in December. Guests donated $20 per person toward hunger programs in our community. In exchange they selected a handcrafted bowl made my local artists and received soup, chili, bread, dessert, and drinks prepared by local chefs, fire departments, and restaurants.

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

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…

Financial Physical

As you evaluate your wellness at the start of the new year, don’t overlook your financial health. All adults can benefit from an annual financial physical. With thirteen years in the business, agent Michael Corna of American Family Insurance in West Chester offers these strategies for a hearty financial future.

Resolutions For A Healthy You

Making a New Year’s resolution is an annual tradition for many and can be a great way to make a positive change in life. However, most resolutions don’t last for more than a few weeks. According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February.

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…

Bring On The New Year.

January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year, but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer for a local organization. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, businesses and even pets featured in this issue will … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

WCPD SWAT Earned Top Awards at International Training Competition The West Chester Police Department SWAT team recently earned major accolades for its tactical training and professionalism among fellow law enforcement agencies from around the globe. West Chester SWAT received top marks at the 2018 SWAT Round-Up International in Orlando, Florida, taking home the gold for … Continued

Women of Excellence Awards

Twelve outstanding women, who have provided outstanding service to our region, were honored at the annual West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance's Women of Excellence Awards. The event honored Judi Boyko, Kathy Cook, Judy Horne, Samira Jaweed, Geetha Minton, Barbara Reisen, Julie Shaffer, Marquita Turner, Karen Welch, Joyce Wood, Brenda Yablonsky, and Megan Zahneis. Photography by Len Kaltman-West Chester … Continued