Meet some of our SpringBoard Entrepreneurs! These inspiring creatives represent a sample of the ideas and talent receiving training and mentorship through the program.
Diana Mueller, Owner
ART•A•Fact is a company created to expand the availability of the arts to all age groups. The business will travel to the populations that are not mobile, bringing hands-on educational projects for the preschool and school aged artists. Art•A•Fact will offer private lessons as well as a lecture series on art and artists for the “more mature” audience located in retirement communities.
Doug Meyers, Owner
30 Graphics Unit is a local design team that specializes in “show and tell illustrations” with a focus is in the legal field. Some of the top law firms outsource their work to design firms across the country. 30 Graphics Unit is a local company that works on local time to meet local deadlines.
Ali Calis and Ryan Little, Co-Owners
603 W. McMicken Ave., Cincinnati, OH
Brad Plogsted, Founder and Editor
We believe in stepping away from the screen and quieting our minds. Through essays, articles, fiction, poetry, illustration, and art, we seek perspective around how the Digital Revolution affects our thoughts, health and relationships. Abservd Magazine is available by subscription and at bookstores, coffee shops, and fine design and craft stores in Cincinnati and throughout the Midwest.
April Combs, Owner
An award-winning musician and teacher, April Eight writes and performs her interactive “Stories Full of Songs” for family audiences in theaters, festivals and arts centers throughout the US. April is also the creator of “April Eight Songs for Peace Music+Arts Camp”, sharing with children how their ideas and imagination can magically transform into songs during week-long summer camps. April also brings her “Songs for Peace” curriculum to schools nationally as workshops, creating collaborative community musical experiences for kids and their families.
Connect: Facebook / @AprilEightMusic
Dyah Kartikawening Miller, Owner
“arteologie” is a social venture whose mission is to transform used materials into arts and crafts that benefit the under served global population by providing access to sanitation and water, while building community locally through creative reuse.
Tanith Smith, Owner
Artscapade is an art studio that inspires children and adults to connect with their creative side. Our classes foster creative thinking and introduce students of all ages to new ideas and techniques in an environment tailored for unique experiences. Our series of courses designed just for kids will excite little minds with hands-on projects. Our mission is to nurture every child’s creative potential and let imaginations soar!
22 N. Shaw Ln., Fort Thomas, KY
Atomic Number Ten
Katie Garber, Owner
Located in historic Over-the-Rhine, Atomic Number Ten is filled with vintage goods for him, her & home.
1306 Main Street, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH
Connect: Facebook / Twitter
A Well Made Photograph
Crystal Lee Ridge, Owner
Crystal is an experienced photographer, editor and designer who offers reliable support to professional photographers. She seeks to enable them to have more flexibility in their workflow by providing them with high quality assisting, editing, and design services. Through A Well Made Photograph, Crystal gives photographers the freedom to focus on creating and selling their photographs without sacrificing the quality of their work, their customer, service, or their personal lives.
Bach and Boombox
Nat Chaitkin, Owner
Bach and Boombox – great music in a casual setting. I play classical pieces on my cello, and we listen to recordings from Miles Davis to the Beastie Boys. All good musicians use the same tools, and hearing different styles side by side helps introduce classical music to new listeners. We also talk about what we hear, and I tell funny stories about the music world and my own career, including playing at the White House.
Betty Hatchett Designs
Elizabeth Hatchett, Owner
Elizabeth, of Betty Hatchett Design, specializes in proactive listening and thoughtful image-making. She asks in-depth questions of brilliant small business owners, turning their values into a visual language which engages their target audience. When she’s not working with entrepreneurs, you can find Elizabeth recording fascinating stories from her neighbors and crafting images inspired by their words.
Butcher Betties Meats and Sweets
Allison & Patrick Hines, Owners
Butcher Betties is a female owned local butcher shop with a rock & roll retro vibe. We aim to please the palate by offering the highest quality locally produced farm raised meats from a friendly, highly skilled, and highly styled staff. In our shop we will also feature a gourmet culinary product line, and a complete lineup of fun and engaging cooking classes centered around getting to know your meat.
Connect: Facebook / @ButcherBetties
Shalini Latour, Owner
Chocolats Latour is an artisan chocolate business. Our delicious treat are hand crafted with fair trade chocolate, local ingredients and earth friendly packaging in Shalini’s home kitchen. We produce filled chocolates, unique chocolate bars and specialty items for each holiday. These intoxicating chocolates can be found at several locations around town or by contacting her through her directly.
Christie Goodfellow, Owner
Cgceramics creates functional pottery with an appreciation of modern design and material reference. Wheel-thrown by Christie Goodfellow, CGceramics specializes in tableware, serving pieces and décor.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Missy Miller, Program Coordinator
Clifton Cultural Arts Center is a regional arts center encompassing and preserving over 53,000 square feet of historically significant space in Gaslight Clifton. We serve as a dynamic, collaborative civic hub—a bustling hive of artistic activity and personal expression where people of all ages and backgrounds, from all over Greater Cincinnati, come and go from morning through evening. CCAC’s mission is to strengthen the critical link between participation in the cultural arts and successful, healthy children, adults and communities.
Connect: Facebook / @CCACCincinnati
Daphney Thomas, Owner
CoaCoa Goddess offers networking events, event planning consulting, marketing/promotions consulting, jewelry, and self-help workshops.
1218 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH
As seen in: Soapbox
Steven Ramirez, Owner
Community SPARC is a community development start-up focusing on enabling young professionals to live a life of purpose, from sun up to sun down, that is both practical and rewarding. The initial project is to provide clean, updated, rental living spaces which offer opportunities and incentives for community involvement. Residents pay rent based on how active they are in events in their direct community, how much they volunteer with organizations which focus on developing affordable housing, and how sustainable/eco-friendly their lifestyles are. Via this incentive-based approach, Community SPARC hopes to create positive habit-changes in its consumers to benefit the communities they live in!
Laura Davis, Owner
Core Clay is Cincinnati’s centrally located resource for clay artists, hobbyists, teachers, students and anyone clay curious. Core Clay is located in Walnut Hills.
2533 Gilbert Avenue, Walnut Hills, Cincinnati OH
Sara Cormier, Owner
Cormier Creative is a smart design studio offering print + web design for inspired entrepreneurs with an added dose of awesome!
Connect: Facebook / @CormierCreative
dan merhar design
Dan Merhar, Owner
dan merhar design helps businesses struggling in an era dominated by technology through the use of personalized lesson plans, coaching sessions, and a blog with information on current trends. Through collaborative process, businesses are able to gain an understanding of graphic design, social media, blogging, online marketing, and search engine optimization. Rather than being bogged down by technology, businesses will instead be able to focus on what’s truly important to them while building a solid foundation for the future.
Connect: Facebook / @DanMerhar
Dear Liza Magazine
Margot Madison & Jennifer Sult, Owners
Dear Liza is a quarterly printed magazine dedicated to professional and aspiring artists of all disciplines. It is a moment away from a computer or digital device to establish a quieted atmosphere where creatives can be thoughtful and explore their own challenges, critical voices and fears that prevent their creative ideas from surfacing, progressing or soaring. Dear Liza then motivates the reader to push away their own obstacles and practice their most fulfilling creative life.
Will Ross, Owner
Decibel Audio is a local DJ business that provides music services for special events in Cincinnati. Specializing in alternative weddings, Decibel Audio also performs at art openings, bars, and clubs.
John Dixon, Owner
John Dixon is a graduate from University of Cincinnati’s Design, Art, Architecture and Planning program. Dixon Branded is John’s furniture and product design and production businesses, operating out of Losantiville in Over-the-Rhine, a co-working space and storefront he co-founded in 2009.
1311 Main Street, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH
DJ Spencer Cormier
Spencer Cormier, Owner
DJ Spencer Cormier is the alternative to the cheesy wedding DJ. With nearly 15 years of experience, he is a professional who can curate a selection of songs perfectly tailored to every occasion. If you value exceptional sound quality and service, contact DJ Spencer Cormier for your next event!
Ryan Ball, Travis Hope and Joe Kinzelman, Owners
529 East 13th Street, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH
Liz and Samantha Herrmann, Owners
Elizabeth Designs creates custom wall and ceiling finishes to transform and glamorize familiar spaces. Working in homes and businesses through out the Tri-state area, we pride ourselves in creating unique, hand painted surfaces.
Connect: Facebook / @lizzyfaux
Patricia Feghali, Attorney At Law
Pat Feghali is the owner of a solo law practice in a historic building in Over the Rhine, and loves working with small businesses and entrepreneurs. Her practice deals with many aspects of life for small business owners, including business formations, contracts, wills, and estate planning.
Frances Kroner, Owner
Feast is an innovative Food Event Design company specializing in a range of thematic dining experiences. From pop up restaurants for you and your friends – to edible installations – to creative caterings. You should call Feast when you want to have a custom meal for you and your loved ones. When you have a wedding or party you want people to remember. Or when you want help creating a unique dining experience. Watch a video about Feast created by Golden Hour Moving Pictures.
As seen in: Soapbox
Geri is an illustrator of curious characters, quiet narratives and awkward situations. She is looking to enter the children’s book illustration market and intends to expand the merchandising of her creations.
Get Down, Give Back
Kathleen Pepmeyer, Director
Golden Hour Moving Pictures
C. Jacqueline Wood, Owner
Golden Hour Moving Pictures is a small video production company, dedicated to the art of the moving image. Our creativity transcends all subject matter, creating content for small businesses and non-profits, as well as filming events and weddings. We offer services at every step of the production process, working one on one with you to create the perfect video. Bring a touch of the golden hour to your next project… and see your ideas come to light.
David Allen, Owner
GreenBird designs and produces green products for wild birds. Its products include a biodegradable paper-board bird house, Seed Pies, Nesting Material Box and Milk Paint kits. GreenBird’s goal is to help educate people to the things they can do to help our feathered friends and the earth.
Connect: Facebook / @GreenBird4164
As seen in Columbus Dispatch/ Jacksonville.com
The Happy Groundhog Studio
Melissa Bracken, Owner
The Happy Groundhog Studio are makers of everything handmade, including unique plush critters, monsters, and sugar skull pillows. We also specialize in Day of the Dead themed wall plaques of your favorite rocker or celebrity. All items are hand-stitched and crafted from eco-friendly, upcycled fabrics. The Happy Groundhog Studio also paints custom wall murals for your home or small business.
Adam Jonovski, Owner
Mobile guitars for mobile lifestyles. Designed and manufactured in Cincinnati, OH, Hatchet Guitars is providing a quality playing experience in an ultra portable package. Guitars small enough to fit in a backpack, but loud enough to rock the stage.
Connect: Facebook / @HatchetGuitars
Sarah Lockwood-Taylor, Owner
Imprint will use personalized screen printing to produce high quality, premium bedding, cushions, throws and other accessories. Sarah has a BA in textile design and worked the industry for the last 23 years.
Iris Book Cafe
Julie Fay, Owner
On Main Street in historic Over-The-Rhine, Iris Book Cafe offers dining and coffee service and free wi-fi until 10pm nightly. Browse an eclectic collection of used books, CDs and video rentals.
1331 Main Street, Over-the-Rhine, 45202
As seen in: Cincy Magazine
Irish Leather Works
Michael Burke, Owner
Irish Leather Works is your source for custom handcrafted leather products. All of our goods are handmade using only vintage equipment and methods to insure that the end result is a top quality original product. Irish Leather Works creates handcraft leather mugs, cuffs, watch cuffs, belts, guitar straps, and many other custom leather goods.
Leah Joos and Jen Lile, Owners
Kitchen 452 is a unique dining space serving creative casual food. For Kitchen 452, food and community go hand-in-hand. Join them for lunch, themed-weekend dinners, or your own private celebration.
2714 Woodburn Ave, Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, OH
As seen in: Cincinnati Enquirer
Laura Elaine Photography
Laura Ghory, Owner
Laura Elaine Photography offers on-location, customized portrait sessions for newborns, children, families, seniors, engagements and maternity. On-location portrait sessions take place at a local destination of your choice (your home, park, urban setting, etc.). Along with portrait sessions LEP also photographs weddings, events and commercial projects. Laura specializes in producing fine art images from the memories she captures.
Rachel Mecklenborg, Owner
Legacy Letters is an online marketplace for sorority members and alumni to buy and sell their uniquely created and vintage sorority t-shirts. Legacy Letters connects sorority women across generations and the nation through the sale of a simple t-shirt.
Lentz & Company
Leigh Ann Lentz, Owner
Lentz & Company is a Cincinnati-based retail space that offers a pop-up shop location to artists and craftsmen. A perfect short-term option for selling merchandise and reaching savvy shoppers looking for unique, local handmade goods in an exciting, ever-changing environment. A great opportunity with no fear or a huge commitment.
lily in flux
Lizz Godfroy, Owner
Lily in Flux is a Cincinnati-based artisan jewelry company creating adventurous jewelry for curious people. Materials are salvaged, repurposed, and reinvented from sustainable & vintage stock and transformed into one of a kind wearable art. Handmade for the masses.
Loose Parts Project
Leslie Kochanowski, Owner
The Loose Parts Project is a non-profit organization that inspires community involvement in early childhood education through community conversations, experiential learning, and creative reuse of materials. Our goal is to strengthen learning opportunities for Cincinnati’s youngest citizens through re-imagined educational environments and collaborative facilitation
Matt Anthony, Co-Founder
Losantiville is a design collective, a place where a diverse group of people share space, tools, and a storefront showroom. As individuals we have different interests but they coalesce around commercializing unique and creative ideas in Cincinnati. Their work space allows us to share creative energy as well as collaborate on larger projects.
1311 Main Street, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH
Jeanne Mam-Luft, Director
MamLuftCo&Dance strives to educate and serve the public through modern dance, affecting our communities and its members while challenging pre-conceived notions about dance. Rather than think of dance as a vocabulary of actions, the company approaches movement as an act of investigation and research. The company is engaged in performances, outreach, professional and pre-professional training, and adult and youth dance education.
Connect: Facebook / @mamluftcodance
Hart Neely, Owner
Modern Relics offers a curated collection of only the best in vintage modern design in housewares, objects & furniture. Modern Relics has been featured in Cincinnati Magazine, The Cincinnati Enquirer and on blogs like Apartment Therapy and deedee9:14. Shop Modern Relics at their online Etsy shop.
Sarah Miller, Owner
Nate Wessel is a freelance designer with expertise in cartography, urban planning, computer programming, fashion, graphic design and data visualization. He takes a holistic approach to design problems that incorporates knowledge from all of these fields and delivers clean, nuanced and subtly tailored results.
Chef Julie Francis, Owner
Nectar Restaurant is a chef owned bistro in Mt. Lookout Square. Chef Julie Francis serves delectable, farm focused cuisine with the seasons in mind.Nectar offers dinner Wednesday through Saturday, a Tapas menu on Thursdays, and a popular Sunday brunch. Once a month, Nectar hosts a five course dinner club featuring a theme ingredient. Launching this fall, Chef Julie will offer hands on cooking classes at the restaurant.
1000 Delta Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45208
Once Blind Studios
Leisa and Randy Wilcox, Owners
Once Blind Studios is a boutique graphic design studio located in Over-the-Rhine. Randy and Leisa specialize in getting local businesses noticed by elevating their brand identity with thoughtful design and consistent messaging. In addition to logos, their services include print design (like business cards, brochures and catalogs); website design; and photographic services. Their goal is to strengthen their community by equipping local businesses with the visual tools to succeed.
Connect: Facebook / @onceblind
Over-The-Rhine Community Housing
Every heart deserves a home and there are not enough affordable places for the 90,000 Cincinnatians who live at or below the poverty line to call home. This lack of affordable housing is the number one reason why people in our city become homeless. Over-the-Rhine Community Housing has been developing and managing affordable housing in OTR since 1978 and today over 500 people call our 93 buildings home. You can be a supporter of affordable housing through purchasing a locally made, practical item that shows you too believe every heart deserves a home: a reusable OTR canvas tote bag!
Connect: Facebook / @otrch
Laura Chenault, Owner Pallet23 is a private, flexible event space located in the community of Northside. This open, converted warehouse can be rented by the week, the day or the hour for private parties, weddings, commercial/photo shoots, etc. The space will also feature a beautiful noncommercial kitchen that will be home to private dinners with chefs and cooking classes on weekends.
3932 Spring Grove Avenue, Northside, Cincinnati, OH
As seen in: Soapbox Cincinnati
paperwhites+whimsy bespoke event and florals
Courtnee Garr, Owner
paperwhites+whimsy bespoke events and florals is a floral and event design company that specializes in creating artful floral arrangements and creative events with our signature dose of whimsy. artful.charming.whimsical
Connect: Facebook / @paperandwhimsy
Professional Artistic Research (PAR) Projects
Jonathan Sears, Executive Director
Understanding the importance of creativity in flourishing communities around the globe, PAR-Projects’ mission is to engage the public in the arts through exhibitions, collaborations and practical educational processes.
Beyond creativity, we also have goals based in sustainability and look to broaden our community’s understanding of green design, up-cycling and creative problem solving. Together, we look to land all of this within a contemporary arts and education center, primarily constructed out of repurposed shipping containers.
Connect: Facebook / @parProjects
Ken O’Dea, Owner
PLACE Workshop is a landscape architecture firm that specializes in designing outdoor environments. We launched in response to the need for a comprehensive, design-first approach to landscape architecture, design and urban planning.
116 East 13th Street, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH
John Hogan & Ryan Santos, Owners
Please is a small prix-fixe tasting-menu restaurant and bar, serving locally and seasonally inspired meals and cocktails with a wholly modern take. Our focus is to provide a unique dining experience from start to finish, with a high level of service and detail in a communal environment; where cooks themselves serve and describe each dish, answering questions and explaining, in an approachable way, anything unfamiliar to the diner.
Robin Ewers, Owner
Robin’s custom shoes and necklaces keep alive the retro era of classic people, stars and art. She creates custom works of wearable art for a creative flair.
John Sebastian, Owner
John Sebastian is a Cincinnati-based illustrator who evokes the weird, intriguing, and fantastic spread across multiple media. His works are often seen in the form of event posters and fliers for print and web, commissioned studio pieces, art prints, live caricatures, cartoons, apparel design, and package design.
Connect: Facebook / Blog / Tumblr
Stephanie Lazorchak, Owner
SLL Design is a design independent utilizing line and color to create polished yet inviting work for print and web. Get it designed.
Dave & Debbie Behle, Owners
Spoonin’ Jewelry is an eco-friendly company that handcrafts unique, one of a kind pieces of jewelry from vintage silver-plated silverware. With an eye for unique and gorgeous patterns, some produced over 100 years ago, we make high quality jewelry that could last another 100 years.
The Spotted Magpie
Shannan Schmitt, Owner
Specializing in vintage goods, handmade gifts and local art, The Spotted Magpie is an urban boutique located in Main City Station on Main Street in Over the Rhine.
Christina Getachew, Owner
Substance is a ladies apparel and accessories retailer with a focus on sustainable fashion. Our design team produces a collection in studio space open to the public in our two storefronts so visitors get to witness the creative process. We carry many lines that are certified organic, fair trade producers and sell classic wardrobe staples that our customers enjoy wearing for years. We sell the clothes you keep.
Alex Aeschbury & Zach Darmanian-Harris, Owners
Such & Such is a design driven, full service, fabrication shop serving architects, contractors, furniture makers, artists and students in Cincinnati. They offer design, prototyping, CNC machining and small batch manufacturing services. Such & Such is focused on bringing a high level of craftsmanship to the next generation of digital fabrication tools.
1417 Main St, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH
As seen in: Cincinnati Enquirer
Sweet Peace Bakery
Mary Beth King, Owner, & Sheri Fuqua
Cincinnati’s 1st 100% vegan bakery, serving local coffee shops and providing the best products for birthdays, weddings, and other private events. Upon request we can accommodate gluten-free customers.
Connect: Facebook / @SweetPeaceBakes
That Old Brack Magic
Jeb Brack, Owner
Jeb Brack performs amazing, hilarious magic for almost any occasion: parties, banquets, corporate team building, festivals, trade shows, receptions and more.
Prince Abunku & Yehao Ye, Owners
Themers is an electronic device case company that specializes in making cases that are both protective and stylish. Each case has a polished look that will keep devices looking fresh and most importantly safe from small damages. Protect your style!
Connect: Facebook / @Themerscase
Tracy Makanani Designs
Tracy Prestopino, Owner
Tracy Makanani Designs gives vintage ephemera a second chance at being awesome by transforming these treasures into one-of-a-kind greeting cards. #writemoreletters
Connect: Facebook / @TracyMakanani
UnCaged Bird Print & Design Studio
Jeni Jenkins, Owner
UnCaged Bird print and design studio offers graphic design services that are open and freeing. UnCaged Bird focuses on empowering non-profit organizations and local small businesses to do what they do best, by providing specialized and affordable design for agencies and businesses who cannot typically afford these services. Services include designing print and online publications, documents and graphics including posters, t-shirts, business cards, invitations, letterhead, brochures, reports, catalogs, magazines, and logos. In house studio is capable of providing screen-printed, woodblock printed and linoleum printed products. Uncaged Bird is your art, liberated- CLAIM THE SKY.
Felipe Morales-Torres, Founding Artistic Director
Underscore is a nonprofit creative agency that produces classical music for, by and with the public. Just as a movie score brings a story to life, Underscore brings life to music by performing where people live, work, and play. Public space performances are enhanced by interdisciplinary collaborations, educational resources, and interactive pedestrian events that personalize the symphonic experience and turn classical music into the city’s soundtrack.
Kelsey Kalnow, Owner
UnHoly hips exists to bring on-trend and hip clothing to those with curvy or burly frames. UNHH is body-positive, and proud. We are a lifestyle brand delivering to what we believe is an under-served lifestyle.
Connect: Facebook / @UnholyHips / Tumblr
Anne-Marie Herrera, Owner
Upcycology Lab re-designs, re-creates, re-imagines new up-cycled furniture, home and garden decor, home accessories, art pieces with old reclaimed materials. Re-using is our mantra. Making one of a kind, fun beautiful pieces for any homeowner is our business.
Maya Drozdz and Michael Stout, Owners
A Brooklynite and a Hoosier, Maya and Michael make things about places. Visualingual is a small design studio located in their adopted home of Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati. By keeping their operation compact and flexible, they are able to deeply explore the idiosyncrasies of hyper-localized cultural production, focusing on Cincinnati and beyond.
Connect: Facebook / Blog
As seen in: Cincinnati Enquirer/ The Queen City Project / Restoration Hardware
We Have Become Vikings
Jason Snell, Owner
We create everything: identities, motion graphics, videos, posters, websites, publications, broadcast packages, illustrations, photography, to name a few. We call Cincinnati home, and our clients range from companies on the Fortune 100 list to small coffee shops in our own neighborhood. Our creations happen through asking questions, working hard, and allowing for the discovery process to excite and inspire us.
1417 Vine St, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH
Connect: Facebook / @WHBV
As seen in: Business Courier
Justin West is a composer and sound artist who designs and builds experiential sound installation art for a range of spaces and purposes. Justin’s sound creations are designed to interact and change in relation to their audience, enhance and perform along side musical ensembles, and as “embodied music” designed for a specific space to create immersive sound and sculptural environments.
Connect: Facebook / @JWTweetsAtYou
DJ Corney, Owner
At Wool Shop, we believe that commodities, like clothing, shouldn’t be disposable objects that cycle from one season to the next. Our goal is to create beautiful, high quality yarn and knitwear garments that improve over time and with wear. Our luxury yarn is dyed with only the goods given to us by mother nature – plants, roots, and flowers – and is grown, processed, spun, dyed, and handmade in the U.S.
Connect: Facebook / @shopwoolshop
Work Flow Yoga LLC
Meredith Amann, Owner
What does your business have in common with Google, Facebook, Forbes, HBO and Nike? Yoga! Simply put, Work Flow brings yoga to your office. Any large space, whether it be a cafeteria or conference room can be turned in to our studio/class room. We even bring the mats! Let’s work together to cultivate happier/healthier corporate and social citizens.
Jeremy Crews, Fred Tudor & William Thomas, Owners