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Family Business Celebrates Growth with Open House

WEST CARROLLTON – Brenda Stansfield of Kettering originally opened A Muse Sings aromatherapy shop in Waynesville, Ohio in 1993. Four years later she became a certified aromatherapist under the Australasian College of Herbal Studies and began developing her own formulas marketed under the name Clear My Head.

According to Brenda, “Aromatherapy is a branch of herbal medicine which makes use of the medicinal properties of plants through inhalation.” “I invented Clear My Head herbal inhalation after moving from Florida to Ohio,” said Brenda, who has since developed a complete line of herbal products from soaps to roll-ons. “I couldn’t take over-the-counter allergy medications so I found an herbal inhalation solution that other people liked as well.”

When she became a licensed massage therapist in 1999, she moved A Muse Sings and Clear My Head from Waynesville to Oakwood and, five years ago, to Kettering. The pairing of massage with aromatherapy seemed an obvious marriage to Brenda and her instincts have been proven right.

Eventually Brenda’s popular aromatherapy products caught the attention of several notable publications including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Health Magazine, Enlightened Practice and Herbs for Health. In November of 2005, Clear My Head was honored with the Most Innovative Product Award for the Organic/Natural division at the EX-TRACTS Essentials for Spa, Home  amp; Travel Show in New York City.

Clear My Head rapidly became popular with resorts and hotels all over the world. “We supply many 5-star resorts including the Luxor in Las Vegas,” Brenda noted. “But we have lots of mom and pop shops too.” Paula Cimprich is a customer service specialist with Clear My Head.

“I love working here,” she said. “It’s really relaxing.” Their customers must agree. Clear My Head ships approximately 300 to 500 products daily and that number is growing so Brenda was forced to relocate once again.

With her son Will and husband Craig she decided on West Carrollton as the new location. “We found the perfect building,” she said. “The people of West Carrollton were great to work with and now we have everything under one roof in a much better space.” In the new location, a manufacturing and processing space has been set up for Clear My Head products while massage and aromatherapy services have been combined into The Spa at Clear My Head.

At the Spa, clients can enjoy deep tissue massage, a sauna or bathing ritual experience. Surrounded by a décor that features the work of local artists, a copper and mosaic bath tub provides a relaxing space to decompress while the sauna offers aroma and light therapy. No cell phones are allowed in the spa area and clients can even request extra time just to unwind before and after their treatments.

Next door to Clear My Head, Brenda’ son, Will Stansfield owns and operates Laser Wolf Engraving. “While at Oakwood High school I was part of the Industrial Engineering Technology prep program where I attended Centerville High school and Sinclair at the same time,” Will explained. After working in manufacturing for some time Will purchased a laser engraver and began developing a product line.

Will opened Laser Wolf Engraving in March of 2008. Their high-tech process can put a design on just about anything from a wall plaque to a pillow cover. Custom engraving can be done on glasses and accessories, trophies, wooden bottle corks and sand carved and painted wine bottles.

In addition Will’s geek-themed laser-etched bar glasses earned the attention of Imbibe Magazine in May of 2008. “Binary Bar Ware,” as Will calls it, features geekish looking sequences of 1’s and 0’s in binary code etched onto each glass translating into words like “Chablis” or “Merlot” on wine glasses and “Beer” on mugs. Custom binary coding, like a name or phrase, can be added as well.

As Will told Imbibe, “Entertaining friends these days often involves interactive technologies through gaming systems and computers, so shouldn’t you be using appropriate glasses?” All of the engraving work at Laser Wolf Engraving is done in-house. Will originally opened the business in the same building with Brenda’s shop on Woodman Dr. but moved to the new location as well. Now the three family ventures are under one roof in a more functional space.

The open house for the new facility, located at 420 East Dixie Drive in West Carrollton, is free and open to the public from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday July 10 and spotlights all three businesses. The event will include entertainment and free catered food by Beef O’Brady’s and deserts by Ele, while supplies last. “I think it’s important to buy and promote locally,” Brenda noted. “We are a family-based business and we enjoy helping others succeed.”

Besides showcasing their new location, the open house will also help to raise money for a local charity. “A portion of the proceeds from any scheduled massage or sauna appointments, as well as the sale of products, during the open house will go to The Wellness Connection.”

The recession may rage onward, but the Stansfield family is clearly not going to take it lying down. For more information call (937) 847-2222 or go online to


Instilling the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Children

Our children need to be brought up having an entrepreneurial spirit. The entrepreneurial spirit is what will take someone to the heights and allow them to fulfill their dreams. We don’t have a society that is appreciative of the entrepreneurial spirit; for that is something which is “scary” due to the fact that it has risks attached to it.

However, we need to teach our children, from the youngest age possible, that the entrepreneurial spirit is what they need. They need to learn to not be afraid of taking risks, provided that those risks are calculated and not crazy. Thoughtful risk-taking is what is vital to anyone’s individual success. Are there times when our risks don’t pay off, and we fall on our faces? Yes, there are such times. Nevertheless, fear of falling down or having momentary setbacks or failures is what prevents people from growing up and moving into the world that they have imagined should be. We have to teach our children that the world they think should be is a world that can be, and that their efforts are the very power that can drag their dreams into existence and change the world for the better. If you change even just one person for the better, even if that one person is yourself, you have changed the whole world for the better.

When you were learning to walk, you fell down all the time. You smashed your head on the coffee table. You bruised your knees. You cried a lot. But, you did not quit. You knew that you had to keep gong and learn how to walk. Now, you make walking look easy. Indeed, you barely even think about it.

The entrepreneurial spirit says not to conform and not to decide that you have to spend the rest of your productive days working for somebody else who makes more money and has more success and freedom than you ever will. The entrepreneurial spirit also says use your creative powers to bring something new into the world, and let this creativity be rewarded with freedom and abundant wealth in time. The entrepreneurial spirit is bold and imaginative. The entrepreneurial spirits says that fantasy should and can become reality.

The educational and socialization systems that we have put in place, sadly, mitigate this spirit of boldness. Children are taught by the school system to be conformists who should not presume to think for themselves, and they are taught by their parents to be afraid of any way of doing things that strays from the tried and true, already-beaten path. We need to begin un-teaching this to our children. And the best way for parents to do that is simply for them to act more entrepreneurial their selves. We as adults have to pursue our dreams, and never give up until we have dragged those dreams into existence. We need to write the novels and the poetry, or learn the musical instrument, or take the journey across the country that we have always desired. In this way, we teach our children by our own example, and instill the fearless and creative entrepreneurial spirit in them.


Peaceful World Conservation Club at the Red Vic in the Haight Ashbury

The Red Vic is open to travelers and social entrepreneurs for constructive conversations about world peace. Many people who have visited the Haight Ashbury over the years have stayed at the historic Red Vic.

Sami Sunchild, the owner of the Red Vic and a social entrepreneur, hosts Peaceful World Conversation Club, every Sunday morning. Dr. Sunchild invites all to come to the historic bed and breakfast and engage in constructive dialogue. (The Red Vic was a polling place during the recent elections.) Discussions take place around a round table with simple guidelines and a host. Ideas based on personal experiences are especially appreciated.

If you are not a local, the Red Vic is located in the middle of the historic Haight Ashbury, and all the rooms are individually decorated, and there is a Peace Cafe downstairs.

Peaceful World Conservation Club

Tips for Finding a Murfreesboro Home: What to Know When Looking at Homes For Sale in Murfreesboro

The following post is a guest post from Houston, Texas area real estate developer and entrepreneur Tracy Suttles. Tracy can be best contacted for questions, comments and concerns on Twitter at @tracydsuttles.

Murfreesboro is a booming city of 100,000 people located just south of Nashville, TN in Rutherford County. It is the geographic center of Tennessee and it is home to the state’s largest university, Middle Tennessee State University. There are two malls, many popular restaurants, green ways, high performing schools, a new hospital slated to open soon, and it is an easy commute to Nashville. There are many things to consider when shopping for the perfect Murfreesboro home.

Murfreesboro Schools

There are two school systems. The Murfreesboro City Schools District contains most, but not all of the elementary schools located within the city limits. All middle, high, and some elementary schools are part of the Rutherford County School System. Some of the city schools are on the modified year round calendar, which is slightly different from the county and the other city school’s calendar. A buyer might want to take into consideration if their children will be in different Murfreesboro schools. Also, some of the homes located in the higher performing school zones can be a little more expensive. For a list of schools and their performance grades, visit their websites.

Nashville Commute

Murfreesboro is an easy commute to Nashville, which makes it an ideal place to buy a home. Nashville commuters might consider buying a Murfreesboro home in an area close to I 24. There are several nice, affordable subdivisions off of Church Street, and off of Highway 96 or Manson Pike in the Blackman community. If north Murfreesboro is more appealing, look at some of the neighborhoods that are off of Sulpher Springs Road or Jefferson Pike. Both of those roads have an interchange for I 840, which leads to I 24.

Floods and Sink Holes

Stones River flows throughout Murfreesboro. Insurance companies usually require homes close to the river to be covered by flood insurance which is more expensive.Also, like much of Middle Tennessee, Murfreesboro is prone to sink holes. If a home is being built and a sink hole is discovered or develops, many builders will simply repair the sink hole and continue building the house. Be sure to ask about the possibility of having to buy flood insurance and if there are any sink holes on the property or any adjoining properties to avoid extra costs in the future.

Murfreesboro Shopping, Restaurants, and Entertainment

If close proximity to good shopping, restaurants, and entertainment is a factor, consider look near The Avenue. The Avenue is a new mall located off of Medical Center Parkway. It is full of popular shops such as American Eagle, New York and Company, Carters, Belk, Ann Taylor Loft, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, plus restaurants. Murfreesboro’s movie theater is located off of Cason Lane near Old Fort Parkway, and any home close to the interstate is just 40 minutes away from all of the fun downtown Nashville has to offer.