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Sugar Creek Arts Festival

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The Sugar Creek Arts Festival is here! This Saturday, June 8th from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, June 9th from 11 am to 4 pm 128 extremely talented artists will be showcasing their original creations on the streets of Uptown Normal. Jan Brandt from Jan Brandt Gallery and Melinda Barry from Pomona66 will be setting up shop at OhmFit. They will have completed works for you to shop and will also be accepting custom orders all weekend.

Melinda (Mindy) Barry is the owner of Pomona66, a small online based jewelry business. Mindy’s frustration from not being able to purchase bracelets in stores that fit her dainty wrists pushed her to start making her own, which she has been doing for about 20 years now. While discussing her journey to becoming an entrepreneur she stated, “My mom always loved beaded jewelry too, particularly Native American, so I started making pieces for me and my family. I would sometimes get stopped on the street and asked where I got what I was wearing, and eventually started making jewelry to sell.” As a California native, Mindy draws her inspiration from colors, textures, and shapes in the natural world. Her love for nature and minimalist style are apparent in her rustic, detailed designs. You can shop Pomona66 at The Yoga Studio/Julie Muelemans Gallery (1106 E. Bell St, Bloomington, IL) and Main Gallery 404 (404 N. Main St, Bloomington, IL).

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Jan Brandt, the founder of Jan Brandt Gallery (JBG) is a woman of many talents. She is an accomplished fiber artist, printmaker, author, and painter whose work has been printed in multiple publications and shown across the United States. Jan holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, both from Illinois State University. Her work combines science and art, with biological and intricate aesthetic detailing. JBG is located in the former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Bloomington, which houses several other artist studios. We are honored to sell her Art of Where collection in our boutique, which includes leggings, headbands, tops, and shorts with her whimsical paintings printed on them. She will be offering a free gift with every purchase of her work, so don’t miss out on all of the amazing goodies that we will have at OFA this weekend!

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This festival is one of the most popular gatherings of arts and crafts vendors in the Midwest, so you don’t want to miss it. There will also be live performances, kids activities, touch-a-truck, a bike safety event, climbing wall, and bounce houses all for free. OhmFit will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 2 pm on Sunday. Join us for a day of family fun, beautiful art, hand crafted works, and of course lots of shopping!

To learn more about Pomona66 visit: https://www.facebook.com/pomona66/
To learn more about JBG and shop Jan Brandt’s apparel collections visit: http://www.janbrandtgallery.com/

-Tamia Little
OFA Blogger

Mamm and Glam

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We will be attending the Pink Partners of the Community Cancer Center’s Mamm and Glam event on Thursday, May 11th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This free event is an area-wide initiative to educate women about breast health and to raise the mammography rate in our community. There will be pampering services ranging from hand massages and manicures, to make-overs and up-do’s, food provided by Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, and of course shopping! You can shop our lovely apparel, as well as jewelry, handbags, accessories, and skin care from other vendors.

There will also be 2 speakers at the event. Dr. Woodhouse, from the Community Cancer Center, will be speaking at 6 pm on the topic of Making Decisions from a Position of Strength Not Fear. Lifestyle coach Mattie Scott will speak at 6:45 with a talk on positivity titled “Less stress, More glam!”. In addition, there will be door prizes drawn at 7:15 that have been donated from some of the vendors in attendance. While pampering, shopping, and prizes are nice, the highlight of the evening is having each of BloNo’s mammography facilities in attendance with the ability to schedule a mammogram for those ladies who haven’t had one in the last year.

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We were able to speak with Lisa Lowry, a Breast Health Navigator at the Community Cancer Center. On the topic of reaching more women in the BloNo area, she stated, “We decided who better to join our movement than local beauty shops. We had a focus group with several salons to discuss how we could all work together to reach the women of our communities, especially minorities. There is a large amount of minority women that do not get mammograms whether it is due to a lack of insurance, access to transportation, or lack of knowledge. Mamm & Glam was actually the idea of one of our salon partners, Rosie Smith, who owns Rosie’s Hair Gallery. The whole focus group thought her idea was excellent and we ran with it.”

Included in the Pink Partners, aside from the Community Cancer Center, is Advocate Bromenn, the Gale Keeran Center for Women, and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. Throughout the year, this group of healthcare providers participates in different events to help spread the word on the importance of women receiving their annual mammogram. They are dedicated to spreading knowledge and increasing the use of this preventive health measure. We hope that you join us this Thursday in our fight against breast cancer!

To learn more about the Community Cancer Center visit: http://cancercenter.org/
Follow the Pink Panthers on Facebook: @PinkPartnersMammogramsSaveLives

-Tamia Little
OFA Blogger

Spring Pop-Up Boutique

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OhmFit will be at Julie Meuleman’s Gallery (JMG) for the Spring Pop-Up Boutique this Friday from 2 pm to 7 pm, as well as Saturday from 12 pm to 5 pm! We will be joined by other boutiques and small businesses from our community, so you can shop for all your Mother’s Day needs. There will also be live music performed by Leah Marlene and coupons for the first 25 people in the door!

Julie has always had a passion for creating something from nothing. She states, “The challenge of layering color, texture, and visual interest is ingrained in everything I do. Fashion, art, writing, food…it’s all the same to me”. This event is the perfect mixture of her greatest interests.

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The journey to establishing JMG was a long and humbling one. She shares how she found the perfect location and partner to begin this adventure with: “Last summer I learned of a beautiful space in the old Coca-Cola Bottling Plant that was going to become available at the beginning of the year. I knew I couldn’t afford it on my own, so I reached out to my friend and yoga instructor, Sheri McCloskey. I knew she had aspirations of opening her own studio, so I sent her a text that said, “You need floor space, I need wall space. What if we opened a yoga studio in an art gallery…””

JMG, which houses the Yoga Studio, is not your typical gallery. The decor is eclectic and quirky with a tree in one corner and Julie’s art in the other. Her paintings line the walls, which are known for bold color, movement, and energy. Both Julie and Sheri are also committed to giving back to their community through their businesses. The Yoga Studio hosts regular charity events and 10% of all gallery sales go to charity as well. In Julie’s words, “I have always done things in a very unconventional way, and JMG is no different”.

She goes on to express, “In addition to art and yoga, I love the idea of collaborating with others to create a unique shopping experience. It only made sense to create a pop-up boutique made up of our community’s favorite shops under one roof. I am thrilled with the list of vendors that will be joining the pop-up this weekend! It will be the perfect shopping experience whether you’re seeking a Mother’s Day gift or just perusing new spring arrivals.” Experience the amazing ambiance for yourself while shopping all of the wonderful small businesses. We hope to see you there!

To connect with Julie follow her on Facebook: Julie Meulemans Gallery

For more information about JMG visit: http://juliemeulemans.squarespace.com/

To read our blog post about Sheri McCloskey and the Yoga Studio visit: http://ohmfitactivewear.com/2017/01/23/the-yoga-studio/

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-Tamia Little
OFA Blogger

Women’s Health Night

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OhmFit is excited to participate in the Illinois Heart & Lung Foundation’s 19th Annual Women’s Health Night on Tuesday, April 25 at the Illinois Weslyan Shirk Center. There will be free health screenings and booths from various health vendors who are dedicated to promoting and educating you about living a healthy lifestyle, making smart healthcare choices, and social issues within our community. You can take a sampling of our awesome active wear and play plinko for prizes!

Jackie Joyner Kersee, who was named the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated, will serve as the keynote speaker. Despite her diagnosis of severe asthma when she was 18, Jackie has won six Olympic medals and four World Champion Titles throughout her career as a professional athlete. She will share her inspiring story of overcoming adversity and will also lead the warm-up for the Fun Run/Walk. This event is all about remaining healthy and active, and we would love for you to be a part of the movement for women’s wellness!

jackiejoynerkerseeEvent schedule:

3:00 pm The doors will open
5:45 pm Presentation of the Nursing Scholarship
6:00 pm Keynote Speaker
7:00 pm Fun Run/Walk on the outside track

To learn more info about this event visit: http://ihlf.org/events/womens-health-night-2017/

Ladies Luncheon & Style Show

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We are excited to present some of our apparel in the Ladies Luncheon & Style Show on Friday April 7th to benefit the Children’s Discovery Museum (CDM)! This event will be held at the Marriott Hotel in the Conference Center Ballroom where you can shop a variety of boutique vendors from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm (the luncheon and style show begin at 12:00 pm). Tickets have sold out, but don’t worry because we will share our outfits live with our OhmFit family on Facebook!

Gina Mandros, the Director of our local Easterseals and a member of the CDM Foundation Board, will be our runway model. As a mother of two who is enthusiastic about fitness and dedicated to serving our community, Gina embodies woman power, so we are thrilled to have her as the face of our brand. We chatted with Gina about juggling her family and business lives, remaining physically active, and some of the work that she has done within the BloNo community.

In regards to finding the correspondence between being a wife, mother, and an executive, Gina states, “Someone recently told me that there is no such thing as “work / life balance”. Instead, we should be working to achieve “work / life harmony”. That struck me as incredibly relative to my life stage at this moment. With a full-time job, a wonderful husband and two awesome kids, plus several community extracurriculars, I find the days start to blend together, never creating a balance. So instead, I have been trying to find harmony in all things that I do and staying active is a key component to this.” She goes on to express that fitness provides her with energy, mental rest, and confidence within herself. Gina finds that strength and health are two components of her life that she has full control over and can improve on with practice and determination.

She gave us insight into the evolution of her workout regimen, stating “I spend my weeks dividing my time between the road (or dreaded treadmill) trying to run a specific pace and The Pit at Four Seasons Health Club, working on strength, performance and technique. I get the most satisfaction out of my workouts at The Pit. Every day that I go there, I walk away feeling as if I can take on the world! Because I just lifted A TON OF WEIGHT (not really) but in my mind – that’s what it feels like. My experience at The Pit this past year has given me the confidence to take on anything – so I’ve actively been seeking sporting or athletic opportunities to keep building my mind, body and soul. I recently took up tennis lessons, a sport I’ve always been interested in but too afraid to try. Why not? What have I got to lose? Doing the same old thing (running), plus something to improve myself (strength training) plus something I’m afraid to do (tennis) allows me to wake up every morning ready to take on the chaos of getting 2 kids dressed, fed, to daycare, then to work and hopefully empowering those around me to change the lives of children with disabilities. At the end of the day, my fitness regime makes me feel as if I am the best possible woman, wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend and community member that I can be – while never achieving perfect harmony, I know this life is the best one I could ever ask for!”

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-Tamia Little
OFA Blogger