Appointments in Carew Tower…it’s PenFest time

appointments Penfest 2015Come spend an afternoon with us in the heart of downtown Cincinnati!

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 is PenFest! 11 am – 5 pm at Appointments!

PenFest is your unique opportunity to experience the complete offerings of sixteen fine pen brands including new, special, and limited edition pieces. Fountain pens.  Rollerball pens.   Ballpoints. Mechanical pencils. The store countertops will be covered with so many pens it will more than double the variety typically in stock – already among the largest selections in the United States. Only at PenFest can you can see, touch, and buy from a selection of this size all in one place and know you’ll get expert guidance in choosing the perfect piece for your budget, practical, and quality needs! We hope to see you there!

Appointments is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati across from Fountain Square on the 2nd floor of the Carew Tower. Convenient parking can be found in the Fountain Square garage as well as the new Mabley Place garage, adjacent to Appointments in the Carew Tower.

Come enjoy the selection of pens and camaraderie of fellow pen enthusiasts! You’ll get the same expert advice at PenFest from the knowledgeable staff at Appointments, and company representatives from all over for PenFest….as you’ve come to expect every day of the year!


It’s all about Kentucky at Village Gifts

village gifts makers markYou don’t have to go far from Cincinnati to get a Kentucky fix. Just across the river, in Covington’s historic MainStrasse Village, you’ll find Village Gifts KY – where they’re “Everything Kentucky & Proud of It”. If it’s made in Kentucky, or has a Kentucky theme, you’ll be sure to find it on the shelves of Village Gifts KY.

Do you “love the Cov?” Then their line of I Love Covington mugs, stickers and gift baskets will definitely please you. If you’d like to support the sprucing up of Goebel Park, you can buy a t-shirt featuring the Goebel Park Goat and all proceeds will go back to the park. Have a hankering for Bourbon? Well, who doesn’t? Village Gifts KY has a complete line of Bourbon Barrel Food products, from desserts and seasonings to BourbonQ sauce and other delicious marinades and sauces, as well branded Kentucky Bourbon Trail products.

Some of the most popular Kentucky-made products at Village Gifts KY include Yankee Doodle Deli Pretzels and gourmet jams and jellies by Made by Mavis, both made right in Covington, Kentucky. The pretzels come in sweet and spicy varieties and the jams and jellies are not the everyday, put on your PB&J spreads; with flavors like Blueberry Lime, Apple Jalapeno and Honey, Pear and Vanilla, you’ll be going above and beyond the usual sandwich!

Village Gifts KY is open Wednesday through Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-7pm; and Sunday, 12pm-5pm. Why only go home with just Cincinnati delicacies? Take home a full taste of the Tri-State area from Village Gifts KY.village gifts makers mark

Business of the Month: Eddie Lane’s EDB Diamond Showroom

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For many generations, Eddie Lane’s EDB Diamond Showroom has been providing Cincinnati with the highest quality and best selection of diamonds and gold from their convenient Montgomery Road location. Eddie Lane himself travels the world over to find the perfect diamonds and gold to offer in his store, and at prices that are as attractive as the gems on display.

Eddie Lane’s EDB Diamond Showroom carries more bridal jewelry than anyone else in town, and is happy to custom design any piece for you, not just for your wedding needs but for any jewelry desire you have. Rings, necklaces, bracelets…Eddie Lane’s has the inventory and talent to create the perfect accessory for you or a precious loved one. Their diamonds are certified and Cindy Lange, daughter of Eddie Lane and Vice President, says “we can outsell anyone.” She is proud of the great relationships they’ve maintained with their vendors and diamond dealers and it has allowed them to offer the best prices in town – no one can sell for less. Recently named “Best Fine Jeweler” in Cincinnati by their consumers, Eddie Lane’s is there to guide you through your purchase, from how to select the right diamond or gold to design and finished product.

Now is the time to drop by the showroom and see what amazing diamonds and gold await you at Eddie Lane’s EDB Diamond Showroom.

Flying can be relaxing and fun again!



Commercial flying can be relaxing and fun again when you use Ultimate Air Shuttle!

Ultimate Air Shuttle is a VIP travel experience, offering daily shuttles out of CVG and Lunken Airport to such locales as New York City, Chicago and Charlotte, North Carolina. On their 30-seat jet you’ll enjoy what feels like your own personal ride, complete with all the key amenities: drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), snacks and best of all, your baggage – that’s right, there are no additional baggage fees! Ultimate Air Shuttle has a flat rate, taxes included, so when you purchase your ticket what you pay is ALL you’ll pay. Parking is also free at both CVG and Lunken, right up close; at CVG you’ll appreciate having covered parking so even in the winter your car is out of the elements. Plus, there is free transportation between Lunken and CVG.

Another great plus to Ultimate Air Shuttle is the convenience. For most flights, you need to be at the airport at least an hour in advance. With Ultimate Air, you only need to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. And there are NO cancellation or change fees if done 24 hours in advance. Currently, the shuttle flies Monday through Friday, to different cities on different days. They also offer charter flights over the weekends. The convenience of free parking and easy arrival time and the lack of hidden costs is a great time and money saver for both the business and leisure traveler. Plus, when you’re flying often, the crew gets to know your name and face, and then it’s like you’re flying with friends!

Right now, Ultimate Air Shuttle is offering a special, limited-time package for people who travel often to Chicago; you can fly as much as you want for the month for just $1497. No other costs, no “surprise” fees. Just the ease of knowing you have a convenient, luxurious flight awaiting you whenever you need to get to the Windy City.

Take the time to check out Ultimate Air Shuttle – and fly the truly friendly skies!

Sila at Salon Lofts Montgomery

businessofthemonthfeb2015Looking your best can help make you feel your best – and with Sila at Salon Lofts in Montgomery, you’ll always leave knowing you’ve got both those covered!

Sila is a hair stylist, master colorist and GreatLengths Hair Extensions specialist, located just north of downtown “Olde Montgomery”, across from Montgomery Kroger. Her services include women’s and men’s shampoo, cut and style as well as highlights, color retouch and full color processes. If you are looking to straighten your hair, Sila offers Keratin smoothing treatments; she also does special occasion hair (dances, formal events) as well as bridal design. In addition to hair services, Sila also provides waxing services for eyebrows and lips.

Nothing can make you more confident than a quality cut and style. Sila will go above and beyond to be sure you walk out with the exact look you want, so you feel on top of your game.

Montgomery Inn… The crowd! The ribs! The view!


When visiting Cincinnati, it’s tradition to dine at Montgomery Inn. When you choose The Boathouse location, no doubt you’ll be greeted by Dean Gregory himself, the man in charge, always with a gracious smile and a warm handshake. Dean IS The Montgomery Inn Boathouse…and for visitors to Greater Cincinnati who may not know, Montgomery Inn is THE place for BBQ ribs. Bob Hope was so fond of ribs from Montgomery Inn, he made free TV commercials for the ribs, promoting them far and wide. No surprise that celebrities, dignitaries, sports figures and teams, and even presidents of the United States have made Montgomery Inn a must-visit in order to enjoy the famous ribs whenever they came to Cincinnati. The first Montgomery Inn opened in 1951, and has since grown to include locations in downtown Cincinnati, Fort Mitchell, KY, Dublin, OH, and the original in Montgomery, OH. It has been named one of the top 10 BBQ restaurants in the United States. A long list of celebs have stopped in over the years, including Eric Clapton, Bill Cosby, Tommy LaSorda, James Brown, Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, Andre Agassi, and every U.S. president since Gerald Ford.

A new sauce has been “invented” by the Montgomery Inn family, a chipotle version….and it’s spicey goodness! The original sauce was the personal creation of Matula Gregory, matriarch of Montgomery Inn’s fantastic success. Husband Ted, later known as The Ribs King, ran a bar back in 1951, and asked his wife to cook up some ribs for him and a few of his buddies one night. That’s how things started—everybody loved them, and that sauce! “That sauce is great!” was the consensus of all who tried it.

In the family tradition, Tom Gregory, son of Matula and Ted, created the new version in the kitchens of Montgomery Inn. He did it the hard way, through trial and error, using only quality, natural ingredients. The new sauce is billed as a perfect marriage of the original’s sweet and spicy flavor, combined with the warm heat of smoked jalapeno peppers.

You can enjoy the new chipotle sauce at any of the Montgomery Inn locations, on ribs, chicken and more. Also, the sauce is bottled for purchase and use at home. Ask at the restaurant, or find Montgomery Inn sauces in regional Kroger stores, and other grocers. The sauce is available for shipment worldwide at In 2013, Montgomery Inn sauce was recognized as one of the top mail order items ever, topping 30 million bottles shipped worldwide.