Posts in Arts + Culture
Stories Behind The Booze: Renee Webeler

The main thing I took away from meeting with Renee Webeler is her love for her family and community. Her family’s warmth is shared even with strangers, displayed as soon as I pulled up to meet her at the greenhouse during a particularly nasty downpour and her husband raced out to escort me in. The humidity and technicolor of the lush greenhouse is almost transcendent; I forget I’m even in Cincinnati.

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Scenes From the City: Laurie Lambert

I always feel strange about reading up on a woman I have never met but will meet soon; I feel like a sleuth. But, after reading Laurie Lambert’s story, I didn’t need a detective wool hat to decide who owned this specific car. The mothering, bold, poetic Laurie Lambert opened the third entrance door to Women Writing for a Change moments later and confessed to the triplet bumper sticker, a-ha!

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Stories Behind the Booze: We Olive Cincinnati's Leah Jones

We Olive Cincinnati is destined to be a local neighborhood spot where you can dine, drink, shop, and have a full culinary experience — and that includes enjoying cocktails made with balsamic vinegar. Leah Jones, who owns the shop with her husband Coby, chatted with Women of Cincy about her love for Cincinnati, the We Olive franchise, cocktails, and turning passions and inspirations into careers.

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Amy Vaughan: Above the Noise

I met Amy, managing creative director at Epipheo and city champion for the Cincinnati chapter of Women in Digital, at her office in Longworth Hall. She wasted no time introducing me to her friendly, easygoing team who immediately made me feel at home. It felt right to lounge on the big leather couch in the airy office space and dive deep into what drove Amy to where she is today. It was easy to sense how much her colleagues admired her as they passed by and smiled.

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8 Female Filmmakers: C. Jacqueline Wood: Making Film a Community

C. Jacqueline Wood is an important part of the Cincinnati film community. Her work supports not only independent film and filmmakers, but also the audience who’s looking for a different moviegoing experience. She wanted to build a space that would honor the hard work of the filmmaker and to combine it with wide-ranging programming that needed a home. And she’s done just that with the Mini Microcinema in Over-the-Rhine – whether it’s an abstract experimental film, a classic masterpiece, or even an award-winning kid’s cartoon, you can see them all, for free, in a friendly space with the best in sound and picture quality.

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Stories Behind the Booze: The Listing Loon’s Beth Harris

“Is it ever too early in the day to enjoy a glass of rosé?” This is the question we kept posing to ourselves as we sat at the bar in The Listing Loon, with Beth Harris graciously filling our glasses as lunchtime crowds passed by outside the Northside staple. Normally a nighttime visitor, I took advantage of the sunlight peeping in to observe the beautiful artwork and items adorning the walls. I honestly could not think of a more fitting spot for the courageous and eclectic spirit that is Beth Harris. Wine glass in hand, we chatted away about growing up on a small children’s theater stage in Arkansas, opening up The Listing Loon six years ago, and touring the country with a bunch of badass, musical females.

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Heather Britt on DANCEFIX, Ballet, and Breaking the Rules

We sat down with Heather Britt on a hot afternoon in July. Heather Britt is an entrepreneur and artist with a knack for bringing people together. As a professional dancer, dance educator, and choreographer, she connects communities through dance. Nowhere is this better illustrated than through DANCEFIX, a high energy dance workout that is, hands down, my favorite place to sweat away stress. Aptly named, DANCEFIX is known by students as both a drug you crave and a therapy you need.

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8 Female Filmmakers: Audrey Berteaux on ‘Too Like the Lightning’

The first thing you notice about Audrey is her glowing smile as she enters the Rohs Street Cafe on a bustling summer weekday. She is almost effervescent with her energy as we move to a space outside for the interview. With her easygoing nature, she wouldn’t strike the average person as being a driven powerhouse of creativity who has returned to Cincinnati from an ambitious journey throughout the country. But she is, and we’re lucky to have her back as she gears up to showcase her directorial debut with “Too Like the Lightning” during the Cindependent Film Festival this month.

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On Realism and Healthy Roots: Yelitsa Jean-Charles

I love people who cut to the chase: This is who I am; take it or leave it. Yelitsa Jean-Charles is one such woman. In the few months I’ve known her, I’ve grown to love our short-and-sweet exchanges at Union Hall: two tired-but-happy entrepreneurs with big dreams, high expectations, and serious sweet tooths. We finally got a chance to sit down for an interview, and the artist-turned-entrepreneur was everything I knew she’d be: snarky (her words), unapologetic, honest. Read on to meet the founder of Healthy Roots Dolls, a budding company dedicated to bringing diversity and empowerment straight to the toy aisles of America.

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