Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell – A story of “delight”

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It is now year five since Mercedes-Benz of  Fort Mitchell (MBFM) opened in Northern Kentucky, and it didn’t take long to recognize that the dealership was significantly impacting the entire region.    Where once stood a former hotel, turned a destination for drug abusers and prostitutes, the upscale neighborhood Fort Mitchell Police and residents enthusiastically welcomed the luxury Mercedes-Benz brand to their community.  Now, Mercedes Benz automobiles are everywhere, and MBFM is leading their region of some 90 plus dealerships in sales and client satisfaction, or “delight” as their vision statement, displayed in their showroom, reads.

The strategy was simple.  Open and “love thy neighbor” first – give before getting.  MBFM immediately stepped forward to support their community – on both sides of the river.  But, their commitment to their community and to their clients – including free life-time car washes, complimentary manicures at the “Nail Bar,” Country Club “test drive” memberships, CVG Airport Valet Discounts, a huge Mercedes-Benz courtesy loaner fleet, pick-up and delivery – anywhere, and so much more, clearly presented a dealership truly driven to be the luxury dealership that does it right. And it is working.

Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell is the only local Mercedes-Benz dealership to be awarded Mercedes-Benz USA’s highest distinction – The “BEST of the BEST” – not once, but four years in a row, and every year since opening.

Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell is located just 5 minutes from downtown Cincinnati.  But, look around, they are everywhere.  MBFM is the brand of “delight.”  It’s evident why Greater Cincinnatians and people across multiple states are visiting Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell and

Shop for a Cause with Portaluca


Portaluca is the downtown destination for new and new-ish women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories located at 209 W. Fourth St.  All proceeds support Dress for Success Cincinnati.

Shop our beautiful new spring arrivals all month, and don’t forget to check out the annual spring designer sale. The Designer sale kicks off on April 19, 2018; shoppers can find top brand designers and contemporary labels at deeply discounted prices.

We are the first in more than 128 Dress for Success affiliates worldwide to have an earned income venture, with all store proceeds supporting Dress for Success Cincinnati’s services to empower disadvantaged women.

Shoppers can also drop off your Dress for Success donations at Portaluca during store hours.

Donations are utilized to support the Suiting program and the job readiness and personal development programs of our Career Center. Business professional wear means our women have great “interview” and employment clothing.  Good quality and condition non-business clothing and accessories stock the racks of Portaluca.

Portaluca opened to the public as 4th Street Boutique in 2002 to sell women’s new and gently used clothing, shoes and accessories at affordable prices. In 2014, we rebranded as Portaluca.  Portaluca is the port of light or beacon for women in their journey toward self-sufficiency. It takes good qualities and multiplies them giving so many women the gifts of confidence, optimism, and warm kindness.

Portaluca is extraordinary fashion giving back to sisters in need.

Portaluca is located at 209 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery Presents ‘Victory of the Spirit’

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Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery   in conjunction with the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University invite you to attend a special solo exhibition, ‘Victory of the Spirit’, on Sunday Apr. 29, 2018 from 2 to 5 pm. This exhibition will showcase 12 paintings by Nevo Afek, a 19 year old visually impaired artist on the autism spectrum visiting from Eilat, Israel. The exhibition will run until May 25, 2018.

Nevo Afek creates his paintings without the full perspective of his canvas. His dedication to painting stems from his desire for personal expression and to become an inspiration for other artists with disabilities. Nevo will also showcase his work at the United Nations in New York on Apr. 26, 2018.

Join us at Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery to experience the original art and meet the featured artist. Wine and lite-bites will be served. Admission is free with valet parking at Lightborne on 212 E 14th St. Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Art Beyond Boundaries provides a professional, mainstream fine arts exhibition venue for artists with disabilities, located at 1410 Main Street in the historic Over-the-Rhine arts district. With your support, we can continue providing a gallery, workshops, programs, and services for our artists and people with disabilities. For more information, “friend” or “follow” the gallery on FaceBook , Twitter, Instagram, and/or contact the gallery.

Five Years. A dream come true.


I started in the world of publishing at the ripe young age of 22. From my beginning at the Cincinnati Business Courier, selling subscriptions first and promoted quickly to ad sales, then being a lucky 1 of 13 to start the Greater Cincinnati Business Record, I did not realize then how much this would impact my future. I LOVE print… The selling, the editing, the people I worked with…. everything! So many amazing connections, so many dear friends (still to this day!), so much knowledge.

So here I am, 30+ years later… Publisher and Owner of Key Magazine Cincinnati. Proving day in and day out that not only can I do it… I can do it successfully!

I have surrounded myself with great people. To my family, friends and my “him”… you are my world, and I thank you for supporting and listening to me during the hills and valleys of my life.

To my fabulous designer who I could not do this without every month….sometimes late into the night(she “gets” me).

To my editor who never fails to amaze me at her quick turnaround with great stories!

To my salespeople pounding the pavement.

To my amazing and loyal advertisers, and all of you who read Key Cincinnati each month, whether it’s online or the actual magazine in your hands…I THANK YOU.

To all the Hotels, hospitals, restaurants, and distribution points…thank you for putting Key Magazine Cincinnati front and center, and handing the heck out of it!

Key Magazine Cincinnati…in it’s FIFTH YEAR. Here’s to many more. Keep reading and watching for new ventures in the future!

Thank you all.

I Love KEY

Patty Youkilis


Key Magazine Cincinnati

Key Cincinnati gets results


Good Afternoon Patty;

I realized that I needed to contact you to tell you how much I appreciate you and the

wonderful results Trotta’s Steak & Seafood have received by being in KEY Magazine.
Your personal contacts and readers have dined with us recently and I cannot count how many times I’ve been asked if I know you.  I can only express my appreciation by wording back to these wonderful people with my head shaking up and down….“YES!  I Love her!”  Since being in KEY Magazine, it’s a fact, that I have received more business.  It’s a fact, that I have seen an increase in sales.   It’s a fact, and amazing that this one little magazine has so much POWER which has brought wonderful people not only into my business but also into my life.  And that includes you Ms. Patty Youkilis!  You have made a positive difference, a wonderful impact and change for the better

at Trotta’s Steak and Seafood.  You do an amazing job

and I most certainly Thank You!


Kathleen Trotta, Owner/Operator

Trotta’s Steak & Seafood

441 6th Avenue

Dayton, KY  41074


The 2018 Cincinnati International Wine Festival: Great Wine, Fabulous Food and Incredible Generosity


Since 1991, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival has been raising much-needed funds for Cincinnati charities, all through the celebration of the wine industry.  All types of organizations have benefitted from this event:  in fact, 36 Greater Cincinnati arts, education and health and human charities have been on the receiving end of this amazing fundraiser.

With Kroger as their presenting sponsor, the Wine Festival features over 700 wines from more than 200 wineries across the globe.  Attendees can experience wine tastings, winery dinners, education sessions, silent auctions and more, with half of every ticket purchased directly benefitting local charities.

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival kicks off on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30pm, with 18 fine dining restaurants across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky hosting winery dinners; each ticket includes food, wine pairing and gratuity.  Then on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10, the fun continues with wine tastings and education sessions about those tastings at the Duke Energy Convention Center; and concludes on March 10 with a charity auction and lunch at the Hilton Netherland Plaza.  You can buy tickets to all festival events at; tickets will also be available at the door for a higher cost.

“Our goal at the wine festival is to keep giving back locally, one glass at a time,” said Cincinnati International Wine Festival Executive Director, Debbie Dent. “There truly is something for everyone here, at nearly every price point. Whether you’re looking to enjoy an exclusive dinner at one of Cincinnati’s finest restaurants, or you want to just taste wines and learn about their origin, you are invited to join us. Come explore and sample our vast array of wines, all for a great cause. Not only will you have an incredible time, you will be helping us support the charitable needs of our community.”

This year’s honorary chair is Darioush Khaledi, an award-winning and industry-leading winemaker from Iran.  He and his wife founded Darioush Wines in 1997 in Southern Napa Valley, CA; Khaledi is a civil engineer and a lifelong entrepreneur, and the opening of his winery was the realization of his American Dream.

Want to help such organizations as Art Links, Children’s Home of Northern KY, Cincinnati Ballet, Dress for Success, Freestore Foodbank, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati, Special Olympics Hamilton County and Women Helping Women, amongst many, many others?  Come downtown, enjoy unique and rare wines, delicious food, and revel in the Cincinnati Skyline – and be a part of a world-class fundraiser that is second to none.