Eric, please ask your coders, there has to be a way to include or exclude categories from showing. Maybe I just did not explain myself. because all of my Main categories are in my navigation Bar having them also show in the sidebar is redundant.
but we do get new items every month which are placed in a category called New releases August 2012 and September October etc. and these categories need to show in the sidebar.
I can do this manually, but what a long drawn out pain in the neck that would be