Another Throwback Thursday with Women of Cincy
We're feeling ourselves so much we didn't want you to miss our past stories! Welcome to week two of Women of Cincy throwbacks! Since Women of Cincy began in January, we've grown leaps and bounds. We've spent the last two weeks re-releasing some of our earliest stories, just in case you missed them the first time around. Enjoy!
Libby Hunter is the founder of WordPlay, a Northside-based nonprofit organization that fights poverty through creativity and communication.
We felt that’s what’s missing: that safe, kind of non-judgmental place where kids can discover. Everyone has creativity in them and it’s so often quashed by the realities of a hard life.
Robin Sayers is a mom to three young boys and an entrepreneur with Trades of Hope, a fair-trade fashion company.
We really consider ourselves storytellers, as well, so we’ll tell the stories of the women that have made the products in a dignified way, because we always want to keep them at the center of what we do. A lot of times, charities and donations don’t bring dignity to the people that they’re helping. It’s kind of, “we’re rushing in to be the heroes of your story,” but it’s not empowering them to be the heroes of their own stories.
Izzi Krombholz is an avid concertgoer, musician, and the editor-in-chief of Women in Rock magazine.
We like to focus on the historical angle as well as current musicians, because I think the legacy of female musicians is very important. It’s been left out a lot. The reason I even started it was because I was taking a rock 'n' roll history class at UC (which was really cool and I loved it!), but I was amazed at the number of female musicians they just didn’t mention, or that they mentioned but passed over briefly and didn't really focus on. It was after that that I thought, "I need to do something. What can I do?"
Suzy King and Brittney Braemer
Suzy King and Brittney Braemer are designers, best friends, and the women behind Hello Handzy, a design studio and shop in Covington, Kentucky.
Basically, Handzy started as just freelance graphic design. We started printing cards and selling them at The City Flea once a month during the summer. Suzy came on board around October, bought a desk and a music speaker, and moved right in. It was somewhere around then that we secured our first monthly retainer client and that allowed us to have stability while we grew in other ways. In May of the next year, we saw this place in Covington up for rent, and I said to Suzy, “Hey, remember when we used to joke about having a really cute store? Let’s call this guy and see about rent.”