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If the ole saying rings true: April showers bring May flowers, then we are sure to have a month of beautiful bountious blooms! Yes, this month has been very gray. However, we hope that this issue of Creative Living will shine a little light back into your life. Inside you’ll find a variety of articles about local businesses that are able and ready to help you with your home, your health, your every need. Also be sure to check out our feature about the value of video games.

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Video game benefits Study reveals that video games offer kids developmental and social benefits.

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Contact Page 8 Creative Living is a monthly advertising-sponsored magazine published by the Specialty Publications Department of The Community Press/ The Community Recorder.

Topics 3 Health & Fitness Mind • Body • Spirit

5 Gardening

Flowers • Vegetables

6 Dental Care Gums • Teeth

7 Kid Care

Health • Socializing

& Entertaining 9 Dining Recipes • Restaurants

10 Senior Living Care • Home

10 Gifts for Mom Mother’s Day

11 At Home Remodeling • Decorating

Questions and comments can be sent to Editor Melissa Stewart c/o The Community Press/ 394 Wards Corner/Loveland, OH 45140 or e-mail mjstewart@communitypress.com. For advertising call 578-5501.


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Helping women in difficult times The people we surround ourselves with in difficult times can make a difference in our attitude and determination. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers occurring in women and the second most common cause of death after lung cancer. The loss of a woman’s breasts to cancer can affect her self-esteem, her sex drive, and just how she feels about herself as a woman. “No one cries here alone,” said Karen Murphy, a 15-year certified mastectomy fitter at Burlington Pharmacy Health Care. Murphy and

Melissa Morris are used to giving and receiving lots of hugs. They’re used to sharing tears as well. Many women needing post-mastectomy devices, wigs and scarves as a result of surgery, receiving chemotherapy or for other medical reasons have come to Burlington Pharmacy Health Care because of the outstanding support and care of the professional fitting specialists there. Burlington Pharmacy Health Care carries a wide assortment of post-mastectomy products, wigs, scarves, sleep caps and other headpieces. They offer personalized and

private fitting appointments with their professional fitting specialists. “It is a very private atmosphere. We like taking time with each customer to get to know them as a person before we begin the fitting,” said Morris. “It’s very important to us that it be a pleasant and comfortable experience.” Burlington Pharmacy Health Care also encourages their customer’s friends and family to come and support women as they choose wigs, scarves, and other headpieces while they receive treatment. “We invite them to

come with our customers,” said Murphy. “Getting opinions from friends and family that they know and love is very reassuring and helpful,” she said. Karen and Melissa are honored to support, encourage, and advise women who are looking for post-mastectomy devices and head coverings. “It is an emotional time. It’s important for them to have a support team that cares. Our personal care and quality customer service set us apart,” said Murphy. “At the end of the day, we are making a difference in a life,” added

Morris. Serving the tri-state since 1976, Burlington Pharmacy Health Care has the area’s largest home medical equipment showroom filled with a variety of top quality, state-of-the-art medical equipment and supplies. Whether you are looking to purchase new, used or simply renting, we have it all. Stop by and let our experienced and knowledgeable staff show you why we say “large enough to serve, small enough to care!” For more information call 859-586-6700 or visit www.burlingtonpharmacy.com.

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Container gardening done the ‘Rightway’ Think your green thumb is out of place in your tight space? Think again. Rightway Nursery, located at 5529 Highway 237 in Burlington, has the solution: Customized raised container beds. No matter the space or lack there of, Rightway Nursery can build a container bed that’s the perfect fit! “The great thing about raised container beds is that you can amend the soil to make an ideal environment for your vegetables,” explains Tori Buechter of Rightway Nursery. “In our customized raised container beds we use top soil, composted manure, and pinesoil conditioner.”

The result? A beautiful, bountiful crop. Rightway Nursery’s customized raised container beds can carry a variety of vegetables from heirloom tomatoes to broccoli, cabbage and herbs to name just a few. Grow whatever your inner-farmer desires! Rightway Nursery also has small collapsible vegetable containers available in a rectangular shape for any vegetable and a shape specifically for strawberries. These are good for patios. For more information on collapsible containers or customized raised container beds call Rightway Nursery at 5866422.

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The Gentle Dental Care team understands your fears Spring is finally here! To call or not to call, that is the question! We know month after month... spring after spring you convince yourself not to call the dentist, but Dr. Tara Dallmann and the Gentle Dental Staff truly understand your fears. If you are a terribly fearful patient and feel like no one understands; Dr. Dallmann and her team want you to know that in their office you will feel normal. They do understand the fear you experience in anticipation of what the doctor will find. Many patients think they are the worst, but no, you are not the worst mouth they have ever seen! Even if it has been

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Whiten your teeth and help a child Not often, but once-ina-while, a great opportunity comes along to: • do something for yourself. • do good for someone in need. • put a big smile on your face. • put a huge smile on the face of a child who needs it! From March through June, Dr. Curtis Zimmerman and the whole team at Mortenson Family Dental is providing professional teeth whitening services at a significantly reduced fee – 100 percent of which will be donated to children’s charities in Kentucky and throughout the country. Professional teeth whitening is easy, comfortable and only takes a few minutes in the dental chair. You or someone you know can have whiter teeth in as little as just three days! The office is donating all of their services for the campaign. All they ask is

call the office today at 525-7586 to schedule your appointment. During your visit in our office, the doctor will do an exam to make sure you are a good candidate for whitening and then we can get startMortenson Family Dental offers deeply ed. It only takes a few discounted, professional smile whitening minutes. What if you have already whitened your with all proceeds to kids’ charities. teeth? You can still particifor you to make a donapate by giving the gift a tion of $99 for Take-Home whiter smile to a friend! Whitening or $299 for Just give our office a call ZOOM! Whitening to The and we’ll make arrangeSmiles for Life ments for a friend or famiFoundation when you ly member to have their come in to get your teeth teeth whitened as a gift whitened. Half of your from you. It’s a win-win-a donation will go to Kosair gift to the kids and your Children’s Hospital and friend as well! the other half goes to the The Mortenson Family Smiles For Life Dental team is ready to Foundation to be distribprofessionally whiten uted to worthy and teeth and benefit a great approved children’s charicause at the same time. ties across the United They’re inviting you, the States. Professional teeth people you know, and all whitening can cost as the members of our commuch as $600 or more, so munity to join with us in this is a great opportunity making a difference the to whiten your smile and lives of kids who really make a charitable donaneed our help. Give them tion that will do a lot of a call today at 525-7586 to good for a lot of kids. whiten your smile and All you need to do is help a child smile for life!

Foster care holds open house St. Joseph Orphanage/Family Ties Foster Care, a non-profit agency, located at 221 Main Street in Florence, has been serving the Northern Kentucky area for many years. “Changing lives everyday is what we do, and we want people to know they can, too,” said Cathy Morris, licensing specialist. “We want to get the word out that we are here, and we really need you to

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help us help children.” Because of myths that swirl around the subject of foster care, a lot of people are reluctant to foster children. Morris would like people who have questions to come in and talk to her, and a perfect opportunity will arise on Monday, April 25, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the open house held at 221 Main street in Florence. “Our open house last month went very well,” she said. “We want to get

the word out that we are here, and we will give you the truth about foster care. You can be any faith, married or single, and you don’t have to own your own home.” Each child will have their own medical card, and foster parents will receive a per diem amount for caring for a child. “We have many foster homes in Northern

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ideo games offer kids developmental, social benefits, study shows

ears about video games often grab headlines, but a growing body of research shows that video games can actually be beneficial to your child’s development. Kids can learn academics, social interaction and cooperation and even history from video games, a new report shows. The study, spearheaded by Cheryl K. Olson, a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Mental Health and Media in Boston, indicated video game benefits can include: • Providing an outlet for creativity; • Allowing children and teens to try on roles (from new sports to different personalities or profes-

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sions) in a safe environment; • Providing practice in planning and recognizing consequences; • Helping manage difficult emotions; • Promoting interest in exercise and sports; • Improving visual/spatial skills; • Nourishing self esteem, pride and socialization skills. So how can parents ensure their children are reaping benefits from game playing, while avoiding possi-

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ble negatives for their emotional and physical well-being? Experts agree on several points:

Get educated “One reason parents may be concerned about video games is that they don’t feel comfortable with the controls,” says Olson, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “A mom who’s not sure whether a comic book or a movie is appropriate for her

child can flip or fastforward through it. If she’s worried about a video game, but lacks the skill to play it, she’s left frustrated and a bit embarrassed.” Fortunately, parents can find plenty of resources online to help them better understand a particular game and the affect it might have on their child, including: • ESRB.org, the home page of the Entertainment Software Rating Board. The website allows

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parents to search for a specific game by title or publisher, learn its ESRB rating and why the board awarded that rating. The ESRB assigns ratings to help parents determine if a game is appropriate for their child. • Grandtheftchildhood .com, Olson’s website with information drawn from her book by the same name. The site explores a variety of issues relating to VIDEO see page 10

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Elegance blossoms at StoneBrook Winery Spring is finally here and where better to celebrate this glorious season than StoneBrook Winery, a small farm family winery located in Camp Springs, just 20 minutes south of Cincinnati. Camp Springs region was once commonly known as the “Rhine of America.” It was the premier area for grape growing and wine making before the onset of prohibition. StoneBrook Winery is reclaiming the proud title. StoneBrook offers magnificent vineyard views, a renovated 130-year-old farm house converted into a cozy wine tasting room,

StoneBrook winery offers an opportunity for fun, elegant gatherings.

old country charm and a little bit of history. It’s a romantically breath-taking place to visit. StoneBrook is family

owned and operated. The Walter family is dedicated to producing high quality, award-winning grape and fruit wines. StoneBrook

has been tending to their estate vineyards since 2000 and producing unique varieties of Kentucky wine since 2004.

The wines produced here have won both regional and international recognition. You can also experience a romantic atmosphere and the quality StoneBrook wines at the B&B Riverboats. StoneBrook sponsors four cruises a year, one for every season. The cruises include live music, dinner, and wine tasting. The first will be held Friday, May 13. For more information about the cruises or StoneBrook Winery visit www.stonebrookwinery.c om or call 635-0111.

VIDEO from page 9 video games and offers perspective backed by Olson’s own research and the work of many others.

Establish boundaries

Experts agree that it is a parent’s right and responsibility to set boundKeep an open mind aries for children and teens, including Research has shown that video healthy limits on video game play. As games can have many benefits for chilwith other media, parents need to dren, from building eye-hand coordina- choose video games wisely. Parental tion, to teaching important math, readcontrols for game consoles and computing and spatial skills, to providing a ers help parents restrict what games means of socialization and an outlet for their children play based on age-based negative feelings. Children play video ESRB ratings. They may also consider games for many reasons, Olson’s latest limiting where their child can play. research shows. “It’s just fun” was the Moving the video game console out of primary reason cited by both boys and the teen’s or child’s room and into a girls for playing video games, but other common area of the house keeps parents reasons included the challenge of mastuned in to what their child is playing, tering the game, the joy of learning and makes it harder for a child to choose something new, and the desire to relax. games over sleep. With games that pro“Parents may worry about the appeal mote social and interactive play, and of violent content in games, but our encourage fun physical activity, parents research suggests that children enjoy might find themselves drawn into their video games more for the chance to figchildren’s games. ure out problems, express creativity, “Allowing your child to teach you compete with friends, and even teach how to play a video game is a great way friends how to play,” Olson notes. to build your relationship and share “A game doesn’t have to be labeled interests.” Olson says. ‘educational’ to benefit children. For “As with any activity a child is interexample, recent games such as Bakugan ested in, parental involvement and guidand the Professor Layton series build ance can help a child get the greatest problem-solving skills, and sneak in a benefit from it.” fair amount of reading.”

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Quality caring is foundation of Baptist Towers Baptist Towers, located at 800 Highland Avenue in Covington, has a sturdy foundation rooted in two distinct but interwoven philosophies known as quality and caring. Baptist Towers contains both independent living units and personal care within one building. The studio and onebedroom apartments include housekeeping services, as well as meals available in the dining area. There’s also a fulltime activities director on staff and various outings planned throughout the month. Barber and beauty-shop services, and a store staffed by a community pharmacy are also available. The personal care areas provide a friendly, 24hour staff that offer more

personal assistance according to the various needs of the resident. Baptist Towers is decorated in a glorious Victorian style. An open chapel on the second floor and the Baptist Chaplain program serves the spiritual care needs of residents with regularly scheduled religious services. Baptist Towers is operated through Baptist Life Communities, a ministry of Northern Kentucky Baptists whose mission is using the ministry of Jesus as their model, providing quality of life options to assist adults 55 and over to remain fulfilled by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For more information call 491-3800 or visit www.blcnky.com.

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Some things never change, but others can Do you remember your first encounter with makeup? Did your mother guide you, your favorite aunt, or a good friend? How did you know what colors to choose and how to apply them? And what are beauty basics? My mother took me to Merle Norman when I was a young girl and they showed me how to take care of my skin and taught me about makeup application. Mom let me choose two items that day and I chose a lavender eye shadow and a soft pink lip gloss. I felt so pretty and special that my mother did that for me. Well, skincare and makeup products have evolved since grandma’s generation, and Merle Norman has kept pace and lead that evolution. Many women see bringing their daughters to Merle Norman for their first skincare and makeup lesson as a right of passage since that’s what their mothers did with

them. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, this is a perfect outing idea and special treat for mothers and daughters no matter your age! Mothers and daughters may not always agree, but two things will always bring them together, and that’s makeup and handbags! Spring is a time of renewal and we all want to turn over that newer, fresher leaf in our looks and accessories. Merle Norman’s Miche Bag collection with interchangeable purse covers is extensive and perfect for women of all ages and personalities. No more changing handbags, just change the cover! The choices are endless, and you’ve just solved all of our future giftgiving dilemmas! Perfect makeup. Perfect handbag. All in one place.

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This one’s for all the moms out there... Andy Venneman, owner of Regal Maid Cleaning Service, says: “My mother has done so much for me, our family, our customers, and this business over the years that I wanted to honor her effort in a special way this year. In fact, thank you to all mothers and those that have ever “mothered” us in our lives. Thank you for all of the scraped knees you have bandaged, bed time stories you have read, songs you have sang, outfits you have bought, tears you have wiped, sleep you have sacrificed, and all the love you gave us when we were at our worst. All the little and big moments mean more than you know.” Connie Venneman, Andy’s mother, was a stay-at-home mother and caregiver to Andy and his brother, John, for a large

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part of their lives while their father worked. Once the two boys became more self-sufficient and active in school and matured, she decided it was time to explore working outside the home. “She still says getting into the cleaning industry was her calling. She valued what she was able to do as a stay-at-home mother and felt compelled to help other women who were working outside the home so that they could enjoy other things in life like their children and husbands and hobbies. Even if she was only giving an hour off from housework to someone, she felt it mattered a lot,” says Andy. Andy recalls that when his mom was building the business and working outside the home, that she made special effort to

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remain influential in building character and developing him into the well rounded man he has become. “She would leave notes and instructions on what to make for dinner, how to prepare it, what daily tasks needed to be done and overall, how to run the household,” he says. Eventually, Andy came on board to learn and help with his Mother’s business. She groomed and taught him first hand to do the job. More importantly, she helped him to understand why the job was so important. “My mother dealt with her customers directly and was able to connect with them on a personal level. She understood why they needed our help and was able to provide the right services with the right personal touches

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to each unique individual client. I still get customers asking how she is and wanting to speak with her if she stops in when they call,” says Andy. “She instilled the core values in the business. These values and the compassion for customers continue to separate Regal Maid from any other cleaning service in the area. She is largely responsible for my personal success and the success of Regal Maid even today. We are celebrating our 25th year Anniversary this year because of her ‘calling’ and eagerness to help. Thank you mom .” Let them show you what mom taught us! Call or visit Regal Maid online today to schedule your first clean or to purchase a

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Is it a New Roof Time for your home? A record snow-fall winter is being followed by a windy, record-breaking rainy spring, and roofs everywhere are showing the effects. Jim and Sandy Krajceck of Florence knew that this was the year they would need a roof, so they called A New Roof Time. “I had read about Roof Time in the Recorder, and thought, boy, if I ever need a roof, I’m calling them!” said Jim Krajceck. “So last month, we noticed a stain on one of our ceilings and I thought, I better call. “I phoned at night, expecting to get a machine, and was pleasantly surprised when

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A Roof Time crew member works on a copper roof.

Missy answered the phone. We set up an appointment, and danged if they didn’t get here a little before scheduled! “The estimator went into our attic with a thermal camera and quickly found our leak. He then went up on the roof and took pictures and meas-

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installation. Krajceck went on to say that the Roof Time crew were extremely neat and clean as they took off two roofs, worked on the chimney, cleaned the old gutters and added new leaf guards. “I had checked them out on Angie’s List and the BBB and learned they had no complaints and the highest ratings,” he said. “About two weeks after the roof was put on, we learned why so many of their customers spoke so highly of them. My wife discovered water all over our floor. Naturally, we called Roof Time, thinking it had to be the roof. Dale Shoemaker

arrived within minutes of our call, and climbed up onto the roof in a driving rain to check it, then crawled all through our attic to be sure it was dry. The roof was fine; no leaks. He didn’t want to leave us with the problem, so he kept hunting until he finally helped us find that the refrigerator had a broken line and was leaking. You don’t find that kind of old-fashioned dedication to customer service too much anymore.” A New Roof Time roots began in 1995, when Rick and Sandy Feltner operated a small family business from their home. Fifteen years later, Sandy’s daughter Missy answers the calls and grandson Justin is a project estimator. Estimates are free, and include an attic inspection, as well as color digital pictures of what they find. Today’s best technology, such as thermal cameras are utilized in order to pinpoint hidden leaks and decay. Satellite measuring ensure ‘to the inch’ measurements, for ‘to the penny’ pricing. “I don’t think I’ll ever need a new roof, because I’m 68 and this is a 30year roof,” said Krajceck. “But I have recommended A New Roof Time to everyone I can, because I couldn’t be happier with the work they performed. They were prompt, very clean, very professional, and perfectly precise.” For a free quote on roofing, gutters or insulation, call their offices at 513-753-8463 or 859-3418463.

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unrest around the world . . . tired of winter blahs? Right now may be the perfect time for you to take a side trip to one of Bellevue’s best-kept secrets and begin to emerge from winter hibernation to take a fresh, new look at the world. You never know what you are going to find in this interesting warehouse showroom! The Lasting Impressions Design Center at 241 Grandview Ave. in Bellevue is just the place for a wonderful visit to a world of unique and beautiful home décor. Lasting Impressions continues to receive the best in silk floral stems and

greenery, swags, garlands, twigs, and everything you need to bring the outdoors into your home or office. Need an idea for Mothers’ Day? Don’t forget that Lasting Impressions has original floral arrangements in all sizes . . . guaranteed to please Mom on her spe-

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cial day. Maybe she would like a piece of pottery, a special picture, or a beautiful candle! New Bernhardt furniture (sofas, end tables, occasional tables, bedrooms, etc.) will probably

have arrived by the time this article prints. The showroom continues to take shape featuring furniture that is not only beautiful but also comfortable and very func-

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Advantages of owning a fiberglass pool A Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pool is known as the “permanent pool.” Not only does fiberglass never deteriorate, it actually strengthens with age! Fiberglass is 17 times stronger than concrete with a flexible strength of 54,000 psi, allowing up to 12 inches of flexibility. That’s movement that destroys most pools. These pools also carry a 35-year limited warranty against leaking caused by structural defects in the laminate.

S.I. Pool Care can drop a pool in your backyard.

Unlike concrete or vinyl liner pools, fiberglass pools never have to be drained for liner replacement, acid washing, remarciting, replaster-

ing, or painting. This can save the pool owner thousands of dollars! Fiberglass pools have a smooth, non-porous surface that doesn’t harbor resident algae, making cleaning 90 percent easier. In addition, they do not require large amounts of chlorine, algaecides or other sanitizer, therefore resulting in up to 66 percent less cost in chemicals. These pools are built in

a modern factory under a strict quality control standard, with constant supervision, not in a backyard like concrete and vinyl pools. They can be installed quickly with a minimum of disruption to your home and neighborhood. Fiberglass pools are also swimmer friendly – no more skinned knees or torn bathing suits due to a rough plaster surface. You also save money

on pool heating costs. Fiberglass pool walls act as an insulator allowing you to cut back the time your pool filter pump has to run, reducing your pool heating and electric cost. For more information on fiberglass pools contact S.I. Pool Care at 859-3314110 or visit www.sipoolcare.com.

oped, it is her desire to offer the very best to her patients. Please, call them today. They want you to “Experience the Difference.” You can take it slow or get it all done at once while you snooze. They will do as little or as much as you choose. If you are still apprehensive, listen to what other patients have said about Gentle Dental Care:

They really care about your teeth and health.” M. G., Erlanger

GENTLE from page 6 tist in more than 46 years. As the patient sat in the chair; she stated in no uncertain terms she would probably not be back for her treatment. However, the team made it their priority to make her feel welcome and safe. Today, that patient has a new smile and a new attitude about dentistry. To help you make the call, Dr. Dallmann is offering $150 off sedation for the month of April. Don’t let another Spring go by with the stress of your oral health hanging over your head. Dr. Tara Dallmann attends continuing education on a regular basis to stay on the cutting edge of what is happening with sedation dentistry. With new medications and procedures constantly being devel-

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“I felt really comfortable with Dr. Tara. She was up front and told me what needs to be done. I was nervous at first but I never felt that way after I left. The woman that did my X-rays was very polite and was always asking me if I was OK. This is one dentist that I recommend anyone to go to.

“I want to thank you all for the work you have done for me on my teeth. You and your staff made me feel so comfortable that I recommended you to everyone I have talked to. The whole experience I went through made it possible to get my bottom dentures and made my life change in ways I can’t express. I am so grateful for everything and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate it. God Bless you all!” R.C., Erlanger

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A T LASTING from page 13 tional. If you haven’t visited Lasting Impressions, give yourself a treat and make plans to visit soon! Everyone needs a lift occasionally, and Lasting Impressions can help with large and small needs. You may want to sign up for an “InHome Consultation” to get Linda’s expert advice on paint selection, accessories, window treatments, furniture, room arrangement, or just a brainstorming session during a walkthrough. The $100 fee will repay you many times over with Linda’s unending supply of creative new ideas, colors, and décor. You will enjoy working with her to create just the right style and atmosphere for your home or office. Call 655-8187 for more information or to schedule an appointment. What else is new? Linda and Nancy had a very successful trip to market in April and found lots of new items that should begin arriving in a few weeks. “The Attic at Lasting Impressions” is also beginning to transform from a “warehouse” into part of the Design Center showroom. There will be a clearance section, but this area is also taking on a “new” look as there are now some new room settings as well as a “garden area” in this part of the store. The new Tile Design Area featuring Florida Tile is nearly complete and “it is beautiful.” Linda can help you with tile selections and design as you remodel your existing bathroom or design one for your new home. The friendly folks at Lasting Impressions take pride in excellent customer service! It’s a shopping experience you are going to enjoy and repeat again and again! The direct phone line to the third floor is 859-655-8187. You may call when you arrive if you need elevator service, and someone will be glad to come down and give you a lift.

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A family business dream come true AE Door & Window Co. is the epitome of the family business dream. “Integrity,” says owner and president Bill Weber. “Longevity. Quality.” Those are the words that sum up their business practices. For more than 30 years, AE Door & Window Co. has been the leader in residential and commercial garage doors, entry and storm doors, garage door openers, windows and just recently awnings. AE Door & Window Co. provides top quality customer service and professional installation for every customer – all the while showcasing the values of family. Bill and his wife Rosemary started their business right in their backyard, naming it for their daughters Amy and Erin. In 1980, AE Door & Window was incorporated and moved to their first warehouse. In 1987, after outgrowing two smaller warehouses, AE Door & Window moved to their current site, a 24,000 square foot warehouse located on West Sharon Road in Forest Park, Ohio. In this same year, AE Door & Window also purchased a building in Florence to further meet the demands of their growing customer base. Sixty employees have joined

Bill, Rosemary, their two daughters and their son Adam, who help carry on the name and reputation for quality that was once started many years ago in a small garage. Many of the employees have been with AE Door & Window for many years. “We have a very low turnover rate with our employees,” explained Bill. “We’re a familyoriented company, we’re all very close and work toward a common goal – making sure each customer is 100 percent satisfied.” AE Door & Window works very hard to offer the best possible products at the most competitive pricing, along with the most professional installation and service departments possible. Some repeat customers include Kentucky Speedway, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cincinnati Reds. “We don’t gauge the customer and we’re not high-pressure and we have no gimmicks,” said Bill, recipient of the International Door Association’s Presidential Award. “We let the family make the decision that is best for them and we offer them a fair price” “Also, our longevity with our suppliers says something about our loyalty and quality suppliers.”

Like their 30-year-plus partnership with Clopay, which supplies AE Door & Window with their residential and commercial garage doors. Along with their lasting partnership with Provia entry doors and windows, and Aristocrat awnings. AE Door & Window works with many suppliers to provide them with their wide selection of rolling doors, shutters, fire doors, and grilles. For more than 30 years local homeowners have trusted AE Door & Window to help them increase the value of their beloved homes. In this time, the focus of home improvement projects have become less on inside of the walls, to more on curb appeal. Adding new doors, garage doors and windows can give a home a completely new unique look. This new look the entire family can take pride in. Whether a family is looking to sale their home or just spice up their living conditions, AE Door & Window has the power and willingness to help. For more information on AE Door & Window visit or contact one of their show rooms, 1260 West Sharon Road, Cincinnati, 513-742-1984 or 8430 U.S. 42, Florence, 859-283-1984 or visit aedoor.com.

that process. We offer classes to qualify people as foster parents, and we will walk you through every step. You will find out the rewards are great in fostering a

child.” For more information, call St. Joseph Orphanage/Family Ties Foster Care at 647-7220, or visit their website at www.sjokids.org.

FOSTER from page 7 Kentucky,” said Morris. “We work with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, so that if a foster child is available for adoption we help facilitate

MOM from page 11 gift certificate that perhaps your mom could really use this year. If your mom or a mother you know (even you) are in need of some help or a break, please send us your story. They will select one lucky mom to win a clean home based on your nominations and announce the winner in the June Creative Living issue.

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Limit one entry per household. All entries must be received by May 31 to qualify. Enter online at www.regalmaid.com or by faxing your story to 781-3329 or by mailing entries to Regal Maid, 4 Willow St. Southgate, KY 41071.

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