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March
13

How to Celebrate Pi Day in Cincinnati? With Pie, Of Course

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March 14th is National Pi Day! The mathematical constant π, which numerically begins with the digits 3.14, is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the third month in the United States. How can you celebrate Pi Day in the Queen City? Indulge yourself in sweet and savory pies! We're doubling down this Pi Day by exponentially increasing our happiness — we're diving into a fresh pizza pie then taking down a tasty bakery pie for dessert. Here are a few perfect pizza parlors and bakeries in Cincinnati, where you can celebrate National Pi Day in style.


Pizza Party on Pi Day

Harvest Pizzeria OTR

1739 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Local tastes better, and Harvest Pizzeria proves it with their locally sourced all-natural ingredients. Get a true taste of Cincinnati's local farms in every bite when you create your own pie. You can also let them whip up one of their signature pies like the Geary Street with clams or the Ohio Double Bacon with mozzarella and roasted red pepper. Be sure to ask which farms they source their ingredients from — you may be eating a pizza from your community farm!

Catch-a-Fire Pizza

3301 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209

 
 
 
 
 
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Rated one of the Hot 100 Independent Pizzerias by Pizza Today, you may know Catch-a-Fire Pizza from their humble beginnings as a food truck. Their brick-and-mortar pizzeria within MadTree Brewing Company pairs custom wood-fired pizzas with craft beer. Serving up tasty-titled pizzas named after Bob Marley songs, the Buffalo Soldier, Natural Mystic, Goettup Stand Up, and Soul Rebel absolutely rock. Trust us, "every little thing gonna be alright" at Catch-a-Fire Pizza.

A Tavola

1220 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Gather together with friends and family at A Tavola, a modern interpretation of the timeless Italian trattorias. Family recipes pepper the menu, including their delicious pizzas. Choose a traditional Gorgonzola or Margherita pie, unless your taste buds desire a unique blend of ingredients, such as the EVOO, fontina, caramelized onions, and shaved brussels sprouts on the Brussels Sprout pizza or the fig jam, Parmigiano Reggiano, and arugula on the Fig & Prosciutto pizza.  

Via Vite

520 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine prepared in classic Tuscan tradition at Via Vite. Using only the finest local and imported ingredients, Via Vite offers favorites like Sausage & Onion, Bianca, Margherita, Calabrese, and Pizza Regina. We suggest that you pop-in mid-day to take advantage of their $7 pie special.

Taft's Brewporium

4831 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45232

 
 
 
 
 
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Local beer and New Haven-style "apizza" are on tap at Taft's Brewporium. This unique pizza is a hotter and crispier version of Neapolitan-style pie, using imported dough and tomatoes straight from Italy. They have seven specialty pies to choose from, or you can add any of their 30 toppings to create your own delicious pizza. Pair a pie with one of their award-winning beers like Gustav Vienna lager, and you'll have yourself a presidential Pi Day.


Sweet Pie in the Swine City


O Pie O

1527 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206

 
 
 
 
 
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Torn between sweet and savory pies for National Pi Day? O Pie O is ready to serve you the best of both worlds. Bite into savory offerings like the Greek Quiche or Quiche Lorraine, or sweeten up your day with their Honey Vinegar Pie, Lemon Bar Pie, or Dark Chocolate Pie. Each day, they also prepare a variety of signature hand pies in sweet and savory options, but be sure to visit early as these special daily pies are sure to sell out!

Brown Bear Bakery

116 E. 13th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? Thoughtfully made baked goods at Brown Bear Bakery! Chess pies, cream pies, fruit pies — every type of pie is available and made from scratch at this scrumptious bakery. Cooking up classics and innovative creations with unbelievable flavors, Brown Bear Bakery invites you to enjoy National Pi Day with a slice of pie and a freshly brewed coffee.

Fork and Pie Bakery

6836 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45244

 
 
 
 
 
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Fork and Pie Bakery take farm-to-table seriously — they use natural ingredients that they've grown themselves in their own gardens and farms. Their made-from-scratch offerings change daily, serving up delicious yet healthy pies that you won't regret trying. They also have a signature gluten-free crust, so those with gluten allergies can enjoy their amazing seasonal pies throughout the year.

Bluebird Bakery

29 Village Square, Cincinnati, OH 45246

 
 
 
 
 
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Bluebird Bakery has been a Cincy favorite since 1996. Owner Jenny Dennis dreamed of opening her own bakery since she began baking as a child in Sharonville. Today, Bluebird Bakery & Café and their newest location Bluebird ToGo continue to feature her made-from-scratch pastries. Jenny's pies are second to none, especially her award-winning Apple Crumb Top. This scrumptious treat joins her Triple Berry, Coconut Cream, Peanut Butter, and Key Lime creations that are available all year. She will also bake Egg Custard, Cherry Lattice Top, Chocolate Cream, and Southern Pecan pies by request. However, some of her best offerings are available only by the season, such as her Peach Lattice Top, Old Fashioned Pumpkin, and Apple Cranberry pies. Taste any of her pies just once, and you'll find yourself coming back throughout the year to try the rest!  

The Brewhaus Bakery

6927 Miami Ave., Madeira, OH 45243

 
 
 
 
 
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What's better than celebrating Pi Day with your best friend? Celebrating it with your four-legged friend, too! The Brewhaus Bakery is a not-for-profit organization that provides learning and work opportunities for young adults in the community with disabilities. Together, they prepare handcrafted baked goods for people and pets alike. Bring your pup in for a treat while you dive into one of their fresh pies.
  

Pi Day Never Tasted So Good

Where is your favorite place for pie and pizza in Cincinnati? Let us know where you're celebrating National Pi Day in the comments below!

February
21

Where to Go for Great Food Fast Around Cincinnati

Local Fast Food - Cincinnati - Cutler Real Estate

Cincinnati is an amazing place to call home, thanks in part to the city's wonderfully unique arts, entertainment, sports, and culture. Whether you've enjoyed a morning at the Duke Energy Children's Museum, spent the afternoon at The Great American Ball Park, or experienced a stunning performance at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, you'll have surely worked up an appetite for great quick-service eats that aren't from the traditional fast-food chains. Satisfy your hometown hunger at one of these local Queen City restaurants.

 

Forty Thieves Gang

1538 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Believe it or not, there's one place in the Midwest where you can get the best Mid-East street food — Forty Thieves Gang. Located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, Forty Thieves Gang brings Arabian and Israeli dishes like shawarma and falafel to Cincy. Choose between grilled chicken, beef shawarma, and falafel on a sandwich, over hummus, or over couscous. Add a side of soup, Za'atar fries, or roasted beets and don't forget to ask for a little bit of their delicious Habibi sauce.

 

Poke Hut

1509 Race St. Unit #104, Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Another delicious destination in OTR, Poke Hut serves up fast-casual Hawaiian-Asian fusion using fresh, real ingredients. Try a signature chef-inspired poke bowl like the Honolulu with veggies and seaweed salad or the Luau with BBQ pork and soy-marinated egg. You can also build your own bowl with a modern Midwest twist with a variety of rice, greens, noodles, raw fish, cooked meats, toppings, and sauces. Top it off with a tasty customized bubble tea, and your day will be propelled forward like a perfect North Shore swell.

 

Tickle Pickle

4176 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

 
 
 
 
 
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At Tickle Pickle in NorthSide, they have one rule to live by: Life's short, lick the bowl! This music-themed gourmet burger and shake shack has a rocking menu full of meat and vegan options. Those craving a traditional burger should consider the Meatallica, the Breadzepplin, or the Nom Petty. Vegan options include the Buns N Roses burger, When Buns Cry sandwich, and Coney Bennet vegan dog. Kids can also rock out with their own menu items like the Melton John Jr., Fleetwood Mac N Cheese, or Bun Jovi. The Oreo Speedwagon, Flan Halen, James Brownie, and Goobie-Brother shakes area available as both dairy and vegan options, giving meat-eaters and those with diet restrictions the chance to turn their fast-casual dining experience up to 11.

 

Delwood

3204 Linwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226

 
 
 
 
 
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Introducing amazing Latin American flavors to Cincinnati, Delwood puts their own spin on favorite classics. Bring the family, and even your four-legged friend, in for a sharable plate of tostones, yuca fries, and shishito peppers before digging into a classic burger, fried chicken sandwich, or a fresh chopped salad. As huge soccer fans, Delwood is the perfect place to root for FC Cincinnati while enjoying craft cocktails and great food.

 

Chicago Gyros and Dogs

201 W. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45219

 
 
 
 
 
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Greek food and Chicago-style cuisine converge at Chicago Gyros and Dogs. For over 35 years, Chicago Gyros and Dogs has delivered an extensive menu of fantastic Mediterranean and Midwest meals. From a traditional falafel pita and gyro to Chicago Style hot dogs and Cincy chili cheese dogs, there are enough mouth-watering options to satisfy your craving for greasy goodness.

 

Himalaya Restaurant

7810 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45239

Himalaya Restaurant believes that the best way to make your day better is with traditional foods from Nepal, India, and Bhutan. Take your taste buds on a journey through South Asia as you enjoy tandoori, shorba, aloo matar, vindaloo, and sukuti prepared with lamb, chicken, salmon, beef, or served as vegetarian options. Just short of crossing the Himalayas on foot, Himalaya Restaurant is the best place to savor the diversity of the region.

 

Mazunte

611 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45227

 
 
 
 
 
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Take-out and tacos go hand-in-hand which is why Mazunte makes it easy to enjoy a night out in Swine City without having to wait in line for dinner. As you head to a Bearcats or Cyclones game, grab some Mexican munchies to go at Mazunte Centro. Tacos, tostadas, tortas, and tlayudas are all perfect hand-held treats perfect for strolling the streets. Many of their items include gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options, and while you can't take a tequila shot to-go, you can slide into a booth and enjoy all of the margaritas and cervezas you want before you hit the town.

 

Waggle

3440 Burnet Ave. Suite 100, Cincinnati, OH 45229

 
 
 
 
 
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Have you heard the buzz about Cincinnati's newest breakfast spot? From the owners of the Sleepy Bee Café comes Waggle Breakfast and Bowls. These busy bees forage for seasonal, sustainable local ingredients to use in their made-to-order dishes. Try their made-from-scratch pancakes and grain bowls for breakfast or stop by for a fresh salad bowl during lunchtime. Build your own bowl by choosing a base of egg, tofu, greens, or quinoa, add your favorite protein, mix some veggies in, blend it with cheese, throw a little sauce in, and top it with avocado or kimchi for a healthy meal that'll get your morning buzzing.

 

CityBird

1344 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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For a quick chicken tender fix, there's none better in Cincinnati than CityBird. Cage-free, all-natural chicken made to order, CityBird offers the tenderest of chicken tenders with made-from-scratch sauces that are too tasty to believe. While most add a side of City Sauce, we suggest either the sweet Lemon Thyme Ranch, Honey Dijon, or Thai Chili BBW. If you're hoping to turn up the heat on flavor, definitely order the Hot Honey or Jalapeno Hot sauces. Trust us, eat at CityBird once, and you'll never choose chicken from another fast-food chain again.

 

Mad Mike's

6900 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247

 
 
 
 
 
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Quality over quantity is what makes Mad Mike's a Cincinnati favorite. All meat is 100 percent black Angus beef, cut and prepared on-site. You won't pay an arm and a leg for their high-quality burgers either—nearly every gourmet burger and chicken sandwich are less than seven dollars. This includes the Rockefeller with blue cheese and beer-battered onion rings, the Pride of Zeus with gyro meat and tzatziki, and the What The Cuck chicken sandwich with avocado slices and cilantro mayo. Make sure you order your fries "MAD" style with nacho cheese and grilled onions.

 

Wild Mike's

4498 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211

 
 
 
 
 
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Let your taste buds run wild at Wild Mike's. An American eatery offering the classic grub that hits the spot every time. Mozzarella sticks, wild nachos, and potato skins set the stage for as many wings as you want. Order between five and fifty wings, tossed in your favorite flavor and served at your preferred level of hotness. If mild, medium, and hot are too tame for you, we dare you to try their Xtra Hot! or Stupid Hot! temperatures. With other favorites like burgers, hoagies, chicken sandwiches on the menu, Wild Mike's never disappoints.

 

Local Food Fast

Where is your favorite Cincinnati eatery to chow down at? Let us know in the comments! 

January
29

Sweeten Up Your IPA at These 10 Cincinnati Area Breweries

Craft Breweries Around Cincinnati - Cutler Real Estate

On the list of the most popular US cities for craft beer, Cincinnati may not top the list — and that's the way we like it. With dozens of breweries on both sides of the Ohio River, we're happy to keep these hoppy hotspots a secret for Swine City residents only.

Are you looking for the coolest, craziest, and most creative beers Cincy has to offer? From milkshake IPAs to stouts brewed with peppers, peaches, and pies, you'd be surprised at just how tasty beer with beets or bacon actually is. Let's see what excitingly eccentric brews are on tap around The Queen City.

 

Streetside Brewery

4003 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226

 
 
 
 
 
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Kicking off our list is Streetside Brewery, a newer brewer that's already claimed their share of awards. When we're craving a milkshake IPA, they're our first stop! The John Lemon is a lemon meringue, while the Yowie Wowie is a sour with pink guava. I Drink Your Milkshake is bursting with blueberry, and the Trouble In Paradise is a fruity blonde that's anything but problematic. Leave room for other tasty taps, like the Interstate Pastry Flight chocolate cream donut stout, the P.U.C. It pineapple upside-down cake Berliner, the Robe red velvet donut stout, or the Doodlebob snickerdoodle coffee brown.

 

Brink Brewing Company

5905 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224

Speaking of Darkness Brewing, they partnered with Brink Brewing Company to birth Damocles — a black milkshake IPA. Sweeten things up a little more with the Brink Tiramisu Stout, the Pillow Case Candy cinnamon coconut chocolate stout, and the Moozie chocolate milkshake stout. This College Hill brewery has plenty of other brews — like the Kickin' Wing mango habanero IPA — but nothing beats a freshly tapped pint of dessert.

Grainworks Brewing Company

7790 Service Center Drive, Suite B., West Chester Township, OH 45069

Still thirsty? How about a glass of Old Motor Oil or Defroster? If you've ever wanted to taste a Rusty Bumper or a Haybale, Grainworks Brewing Company has a pint ready for you. Their uniquely named beers, such as the Mom Claude Van Damme, are brewed with a range of different hops and malts to deliver full flavors that you won't soon forget.

Darkness Brewing

224 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073

Darkness is sweeping over Bellevue's brewery scene, bringing a storm of dark beers for your enjoyment. Darkness Brewing prides itself on mixing up new brews with uncommon ingredients. There's a batch of beets in the Witch Head Nebula red IPA. Maple syrup is mixed into the Ike Ike Baby vanilla brown ale. Cold-brewed coffee gives the Coffee Anomaly a smooth taste, while the bananas and cloves of the Beach Park After Dark lend a malty flavor to this dunkelweizen. Don't be afraid to wander into the Darkness — it's delicious.

Listermann Brewing Company

1621 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207

 
 
 
 
 
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Listermann Brewing Company was founded in Cincinnati long before the craft beer craze hit the city, and you'd better believe that they spent the last 30 years honing their craft. Vanilla, hazelnuts, peanut butter, and chocolate are just a few of the sweet ingredients featured in their bottled brews. We suggest you start with a Shamrock Shake Irish cream stout, a Give Me Something To Bake imperial pastry stout made with raisin pie filling, or a Half Moon Cookie imperial brown ale. Do you need dinner before dessert? Try the Cincinnati Style Stout; it's made with chocolate, spices, and spaghetti!

Braxton Brewing Company

27 W. 7th St., Covington, KY 41011

Head across the river to Covington and taste the concoctions cooked-up at Braxton Brewing Company. Their year-round and seasonal beers are fantastic, but their limited-release offerings and Braxton Labs exclusives really take the cake. The Braxton Labs Cherry Turnover and Peach Cobbler are fantastic. Braxton's brewers also use Graeter's irresistible ice cream to make their Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Stout. Beer that tastes like ice cream and pie? We know where we're going for a late-night sip.

Taft's Brewing Company

4831 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45232

Fibonacci Brewing Company

1445 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231

You'd be forgiven for missing this small nano brewery in Mt. Healthy, but trust us, they're brewing up something big every day! If you're daring, try a pint of The Tollhouse Caps, a stout infused with the hottest chili peppers on the planet, or The Tollhouse Soma infused with curry powder, cayenne, and cumin. For a sweeter sip, try the Pepo Acer pumpkin porter aged with maple and bacon donuts from Holtman's Donuts or The Tollhouse Mentha chocolate peppermint stout that tastes just like a peppermint patty. Fibonacci Brewing Company's unique nano brews offer global ingredients in every pint-sized pour.

Bircus Brewing Company

322 Elm St., Ludlow, KY 41016

 

Is it a circus inside of a brewery or a bar beneath the big top? Find out as you step into the surreal world of Bircus Brewing Company just across the river in Kentucky. Take your taste buds for a ride on Unicycle No.3, an oak-aged sour with grilled peaches. Behold the Cosmic Walrus, a golden ale featuring a crisp cranberry snap and a ginger finish. Sip on one of their other thirteen taps and enjoy live performances from jugglers, fire-breathers, and trapeze artists who take the stage in the recently opened Ludlow Theatre.

Rhinegeist Brewery

1910 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

No list of Cincinnati breweries is complete without an appearance from Rhinegeist Brewery. This local favorite produces dozens upon dozens of beers in nearly every style imaginable. Get your fruit fix with the pomegranate, blueberries, and limes in the Slangria, their hoppy Y'all Peachy made with peaches and Lemondrop hops, the UME Farmhouse Ale with plums, or the Centripetal Cherries Wild Ale. Stop into their taproom and seek out Truth, Knowledge, and their other year-round beers. Better yet, take your pint up to the roof and watch the sunshine Over-the-Rhine.

Sweet Deal

Which Cincy brew is your favorite? Let us know which round we should order next in the comments below.

November
5

11 Shops Where You Can Buy Holiday Gifts from Local Cincinnati Makers

Here at Cutler Real Estate, we are very passionate about supporting the work of talented artists and makers, whether that's through visiting a neighborhood flea market or shopping at a local small business. And with the holidays coming up, we can't wait to scour the city for locally made gifts to give our loved ones!

This year, support both local businesses and local makers in one fell swoop at these Cincinnati shops! On this list, you'll find trendy boutiques, eclectic home decor shops and local markets—so that you can find the perfect gifts for your friends and family members this year. Enjoy!

 

Coda Co.

400 Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue

Locally Made in Cincinnati

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Kelti and Tanner Ziese, owners of Coda Co., are lovers of anything upcycled and refurbished. They take things that are no longer in use—like bourbon barrels and burlap coffee sacks—and turn them into furniture and home decor. So not only are they crafting stunning home creations, they're also minimizing local waste! You can take a look at some of their unique products (and even purchase a few!) at their adorable storefront in Bellevue.

 

Elm & Iron

1326 & 1411 Vine Street, Cincinnati 

For statement-making home furnishings, accessories and decor, you can't do better than Elm and Iron. The gorgeous store features an eclectic collection of pieces—each offering a new perspective, and reflecting a passion for design. Inside their Cincinnati location, you'll be bombarded with locally made gifts, furniture, and art along with some new, classic finds so you won't have a hard time finding that special something for your someone.

 

Handzy Shop + Studio

15 West Pike Street, Covington

Locally Made in Cincinnati

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Handzy Shop + Studio truly is the most adorable shop in town. They carry women's clothing, lifestyle accessories, paper goods, gifts and handmade, watercolor greeting cards that they make in house. So stop into their shop in Covington and pick out a gift for a coworker, your best friend or a family member—just don't forget to get a card to go with it!

 

Indigenous

1609 Madison Road, Cincinnati

Nestled in East Walnut Hills, Indigenous is a bright and open gallery full of handmade art and crafts. While they offer a small selection from artists all around the country, the gallery's main focus is on local and regional makers. Their collection includes hot-worked glass, metal works, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, prints, woodcraft, mosaics and so much more—all from creators in our own backyard.

 

MiCA 12/v

1201 Vine Street, Cincinnati

Locally Made in Cincinnati

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This independent, design-driven gallery and gift boutique is a beloved gem in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The shop has been around since 2007 when husband and wife team Mike and Carolyn Deininger chased their dream straight into the raw storefront space on Vine Street. Since then, business has blossomed, and the shop is known far and wide as one of the best places to pick up a unique gift for a loved one (or for yourself).

 

Queen City Alchemy

1808 Race Street, Cincinnati

Voted as one of the best boutiques in Cincinnati by Beat Magazine in 2019, Queen City Alchemy is an enchanting apothecary nestled in Over-the-Rhine. They hand make a variety of skincare, home goods, bulk herbs and herbal products for all of your therapeutic needs. And if you're looking to put more of a personal touch on your gift—they also have a DIY Bar where you can craft everything from facial masks to beard oil for the spa-minded person on your list!

 

Rivertown Inkery & Apparel

3096 Madison Road, Cincinnati

Locally Made in Cincinnati

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When you're shopping for a Cincinnati-enthusiast there's only one place to go: Rivertown Inkery & Apparel! Owned by locals who love our amazing city, this eclectic store features a variety of vintage-style clothing all centered around—you guessed it—Cincinnati. And the best part? One dollar from every tee, tank or sweatshirt goes directly to two Cincinnati-based organizations, Aruna and Citylink.

 

Rockwood Pottery

1920 Race Street, Cincinnati

From the quaint to the quirky, Rockwood Pottery is a great place to find your loved one a special holiday gift. Charcuterie boards, platters, wall hangings, tile and other unique pottery pieces are just some of the things you'll find here. And for a special treat, you can take a guided tour of the company before you browse!

 

Ten Thousand Villages

2011 Madison Road, Cincinnati | 610 Main Street, Covington  | 11316 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati

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Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items settled in the O'Bryonville Business District. This adorable shop features products from more than 130 makers in more than 38 countries so you can support small creators all over the world!

 

Treasured Friends Gifts and Decor

3564 Blue Rock Road, Cincinnati

Locally Made in Cincinnati

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Located in a cozy, two-story farmhouse built in the 1860s, Treasured Friends Gift and Decor has been providing unique gifts, jewelry, and home decor items since its inception in 2005. Stop in and browse plenty of refurbished and upcycled gifts from Cincinnati locals and make sure to take advantage of their complimentary gift wrapping to add an extra special touch to your present!

 

Wooden Hill

3036 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati

Offering Cincinnati-made artwork for every taste and budget, Wooden Hill is basically an art fair that lasts all year long! Here you'll find paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry, body products, toys, candles and so much more—all made by local creators. Gift possibilities are endless at this eclectic and artsy store in the heart of Westwood!

 

Happy Holidays!

Where are you planning to shop for gifts this year in Cincinnati? Let us know in the comments below!

October
22

14 Cincinnati Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

While podcasts have been around for a while, over the past few years they've gained more popularity, with news outlets, journalists and small business owners delving into the audio-blogging world. Podcasts make it easier to get your news on the go, and since you can download them straight to your phone, you can listen whenever you have time.

Because of the DIY nature of podcasts, they can actually flourish in places other than media hubs like Los Angeles and New York—and Cincinnati is no exception! Our amazing city has seen an abundance of local podcasts popping up as of late, which is why we decided to round up some of our favorites. No matter what you're interested in, there's a podcast for you on this list.

 

The 90 Second Naturalist

The 90 Second Naturalist is just that—a podcast where Thane Maynard, president of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, gives a 90-second, daily glimpse into the natural world. If you're new to podcasts and an hour-and-a-half-long audio-blog seems intimidating, the 90 Second Naturalist may be the perfect, bite-sized podcast to help you get into the media and appreciate nature a little bit more along the way.

 

Around Cincinnati

It's no secret that Cincinnati has a vibrant and thriving arts scene, so much so that it can be hard to keep up with everything that's going on in the city. Each week, host Lee Hay is joined by prominent local contributors that will introduce you to the cultural and arts organizations and events that make our city so special.

 

Art Palace

Russell Ihrig, host of Cincinnati Art Museum's Art Palace podcast | Photo courtesy of Hailey Bollinger, CityBeat via the Cincinnati Art Museum

Carefully curated by the Cincinnati Art Museum, Art Palace is a podcast where interesting people talk about art. In their biweekly episodes, host Russell Ihrig, who is the Associate Director of Interpretive Programming at the museum, interviews different guests from all walks of life from local artists to famous television chefs.

 

April Eight Songs & Stories 

Who says podcasts are just for adults? April Eight is a charming fairytale podcast series focused on the whole family that features heartfelt tales and magical songs for you to sing along to. This lovely pod is hosted by April Combs Mann, who has been an alt-rock musician and a college professor at a design school and now spends her time crafting original fairytale stories for children of all ages, all over the world.

 

Cincinnati Edition

For those who love getting their news in podcast form, make sure to check out Cincinnati Edition, an NPR podcast that covers a wide range of topics from regional government to technology. This podcast is hosted by journalist and newscaster, Michael Monks, and updates every weekday so you can stay informed on what is going on in Cincinnati while you're on the go.

 

The Cinema Guys

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Wanting to see that new, hyped-up movie at the theater, but aren't sure if it's worth your time? Listen to The Cinema Guys—a podcast that reviews sequels, prequels, summer movie blockbusters and old favorite films from their past. From time to time they'll also doll out recommendations, top lists and the occasional trailer talk.

 

Communication Junkie

If you're fascinated by the way humans communicate or are just looking to become a more powerful communicator, you've found the right place. Using research, humor and personal stories, host Professor Steven Fuller from the University of Cincinnati shares practical communication skills that will help you improve your interpersonal relationships.

 

Craft Brewed Sports

Craft Brewed Sports is the #1 followed independent podcast in Cincinnati for a good reason—it combines some of Cincinnatians' favorite things: beer and sports. Every week, hosts Scott Kyser and Mike Berlon sit down and drink a new craft beer as they discuss the most recent sports news, focusing on obscure headlines and stories from the sports world that will make you laugh.

 

Fanfare Cincinnati Podcast

Brought to you from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Fanfare Cincinnati Podcast provides an opportunity for you to explore our region's vibrant art scene through conversations with performers, conductors and the people behind the scenes who make the music possible. The podcast is hosted by Chris Pinelo, the Vice President of Communications for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra who is an avid music lover. You can catch episodes every couple of weeks on Sound Cloud.

 

Looking Up

Cincinnati Podcasts

This out-of-this-world podcast follows Cincinnati Observatory's Dean Regas and Anna Hehman as they bring you the latest astronomical discoveries in a fun, quick-paced conversation. They upload episodes about twice a month that focus on space and technology with a bit of pop culture. Plus, Dean and Anna also answer questions from kindergartners and interview experts in the field of astronomy—including William Shatner, Scott Kelly and James Hansen.

 

Person of Interest with Jeff Thomas

Behind every good story is a person of interest, and that's exactly what makes Person of Interest with Jeff Thomas a great podcast. Every episode you'll get to hear Jeff Thomas of Q102 talk to some of greater Cincinnati's most fascinating people—from Lindsay DeWalkd of the City Flea to Jake Rouse of Braxton Brewery.

 

Redleg Nation Radio

In a sea of Reds-focused podcasts here in Cincinnati, one of our favorites is Redleg Nation Radio. This podcast features Cincinnati Magazine writers, Jason Linden and Chad Dotson, as they discuss the most recent Cincinnati Reds news, key players and plenty of other Reds related topics.

 

That's So Cincinnati

Cincinnati Podcasts

This podcast is all about you: the Cincinnatian. Each week, hosts Jason Williams and Sharon Coolidge of The Enquirer fame will make complicated local issues that affect you on a daily basis a little easier to understand—and throw in a little humor while they're at it.

 

What Up, Cuz?

What Up, Cuz? is a podcast that "dissects the minutiae of the mundane and the triviality of the extraordinary." The popular pod follows cousins Tyler and Kasey Williams as they discuss their respective past, present and future and interview special guests with plenty of humor, music and interesting banter.

 

Happy Listening!

Did we miss your favorite local podcast? Let us know in the comments!

October
8

The Best Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating in Cincinnati [Interactive Map]

'Tis the season to dress up as your inner hero or villain and get free candy! The most committed of trick-or-treaters are already forming their routes and strategies for a successful night of trick-or-treating. When it comes time to knock on doors, there are several fail-safe methods for filling your bag with sweets. Of course, part of it has to do with wearing the perfect costume, but choosing a route that is safe, walkable and full of friendly, candy-bearing houses is just as important.

We rounded up the neighborhoods in Cincinnati that are the most ideal for trick-or-treaters. If you are new to the area or want to try some new locations to maximize your trick-or-treating loot, these are the spots where you want to ring doorbells!

Use our interactive map to find the best trick-or-treating neighborhood near you! 

Hyde Park

This upscale neighborhood located just east of town is known for its popular shopping district, safe streets and beautiful homes. The spacious front yards are always filled with crowd-pleasing decorations, and residents of the homes will generously dole out candy to those who approach their door. Regardless of what route you take, you will surely be met with friendly faces and other fun-loving families taking part in the candy hunt. For some extra fun before Halloween, make sure to stop by Hyde Park Square on October 29 for Halloween on the Square!

 

Mt. Lookout

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This Halloween, make your way to Mt. Lookout, located on the east side of Cincinnati next to Hyde Park, for a warm, welcoming atmosphere, extravagant Halloween decorations, and (most importantly) plenty of candy. Known as an accessible, family-friendly neighborhood, the streets of Mt. Lookout are filled with children of all ages on Halloween night. Make a day of it and check out the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in costume before trick-or-treating starts!

 

Deer Park

Known as a safe, family-friendly community with plenty of small-town charm, Deer Park is a prime location for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. The streets in this area are well-lit, very walkable and incredibly festive. Because the area is such a well-kept secret on Halloween night, a huge candy haul is inevitable—so don't forget to bring an extra bag!

 

Oakley

The well-lit, decorated streets in Oakley make it an ideal location for trick-or-treaters. On Halloween night, expect the neighborhood to be teeming with foot traffic! The residents welcome locals and visitors alike with open arms, doling out generous amounts of candy and other goodies. And if you happen to be a little too old for trick-or-treating these days—no problem! Several businesses around the area are planning on hosting Halloween parties this year, including the 20th Century Theater who will be hosting their annual Oakley Masquerade on November 1st.

 

College Hill

College Hill is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Cincinnati, welcoming anyone and everyone to their park-like streets on Halloween. The residents go all-out every year, slinging pumpkins, fake spiderwebs, eerie skeletons and spooky lights on every surface they can reach. The area also happens to be home to Mark Wiechman, a Halloween enthusiast who has been putting on a massive haunted house to scare families for more than 50 years. So put on your costume and head to 6791 Marvin Avenue, Cincinnati in North College Hill to start your spooky night off right. The haunted house experience is completely free, but they do accept donations for the Pray, Hope and Believe Foundation.

 

Mt. Washington

If you're a resident of the Mt. Washington neighborhood, make sure to get extra treats! This area transforms into a Halloween stomping ground for little monsters and their families on All Hallow's Eve. Also make sure to come back to the area the weekend after Halloween for the neighborhood's annual Pumpkin Chuck, where they'll launch leftover pumpkins from trebuchets and enjoy live music, craft beer, kids games and more!

 

Wyoming

Located about 15 miles from downtown Cincinnati, Wyoming is a quiet suburb full of tree-lined streets and historic sights. This year, the community is planning on handing out goodies from 6-8 p.m. on the 31st. If you're lucky, you might even snag a cup of hot apple cider or a bag of freshly popped popcorn.

 

Price Hill & West Price Hill

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Just west of Cincinnati lie the Price Hill and West Price Hill neighborhoods, a candy-hunter's haven on Halloween night. An estimated 500+ trick-or-treaters gather in the area on the spooky holiday to beg for candy, popcorn and other tasty treats! Important note: Residents of Price Hill turn OFF their lights if they are giving out candy and turn ON their lights if they are not.

 

Pleasant Ridge

Located in Northeast Cincinnati, Pleasant Ridge is a charming neighborhood and very popular among families. The residents take their Halloween festivities seriously, hosting several Halloween events—including an annual pub crawl and Ghoul Fest—prior to October 31, and decorating their homes to the nines for trick-or-treating shenanigans.

 

Have a Great Halloween!

Did we miss your favorite spot to go trick-or-treating in the Cincinnati area? Tell us all about it in the comments or on Instagram using #CutlerExplores!

October
2

18 Fall Events in Cincinnati to Look Forward to This Season

Fall is officially underway! The leaves are changing colors, pumpkins are back on the menu  and you've probably already started thinking about this year's Halloween costume.

But the season will be over before you know it, so take advantage of autumn before it ends by attending one of these events happening in the Cincinnati area this fall!

To help you get started on your seasonal calendar, we rounded up some of our most anticipated fall happenings in the area. Here, you'll find everything from fun harvest festivals to must-attend 5K races and artisanal markets. Enjoy!

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Donauschwaben Oktoberfest 2019

Where: Donauschwaben Park

When: October 4-6 | Friday 6 p.m-12:30 a.m.; Saturday 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sunday 12-8 p.m.

Cincinnati Fall Events

The Donauschwaben Oktoberfest is hosted by the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of German language and culture. The society's authentic Oktoberfest is held at Donauschwaben Park in Colerain Township, where you'll find over 25 beers on tap, live entertainment and delicious, homemade food.

 

Wizard Pub Crawl

Where: 16-Bit Bar+Arcade

When: October 5 | 3-10 p.m.

All wizards, witches and non-magical folk in Cincinnati are invited to the 3rd Annual Wizard Pub Crawl! Join hundreds of other Cincinnatians and celebrate wizardry, drink potions and party the night away. This year, a general admission ticket includes a signature wand, a completion certificate at the end of the crawl, a wizard wand box, a house colored wristband, exclusive themed drinks and so much more. There will also be a best-dressed competition, so be sure to wear your best robe and witches' hat for the occasion!

 

The 22nd Annual Sunflower Festival

Where: Gorman Heritage Farm 

When: October 5-6 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Make a trip to Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale for the Sunflower Festival, a two-day celebration of all things related to the beautiful sunflower. Enjoy fall fun for all ages, including farm animals, food trucks, hayrides, arts and crafts, pumpkins, live music, pick-your-own sunflowers, a sunflower maze and much more. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, free for members and kids under 3.

 

HallZOOween

Where: The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

When: October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27 | 12-5 p.m.

Each weekend throughout the month of October, take a walk on the wild side with the Cincinnati Zoo's special HallZOOween event. Activities include trick-or-treating, special animal encounters, a Hogwarts Express train ride, a Scare-ousel, and much more! There is no additional charge beyond zoo admission to attend this event. You can help the zoo go green by bringing your own treat bag.

 

Operation Pumpkin

Where: Downtown Hamilton

When: October 11-13 | Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Make a trip to downtown Hamilton for this exciting annual tradition! Operation Pumpkin is a three-day festival featuring live music, a zip line, crafts and lots of food and drinks. Popular events include the Lil' Miss Punkin beauty pageant on Saturday and the Pet Parade on Sunday with a costume contest for various dog size categories.

 

2019 College Hill Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival

Where: Town Hall Park

When: October 12 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The College Hill community hosts an exciting pumpkin patch and fall festival each year, featuring lots of fall activities and games, live music, storytelling, food trucks and vendors, pony rides and much more. Plus, the massive pile of pumpkins in the middle of Town Hall Park will make a perfect photo opportunity for you and your family!

 

Trunk 'R Treat Fall Festival

Where: Beech Acres Park

When: October 12 | 2-4 p.m.

Cincinnati Fall Events

Photo courtesy of the Anderson Parks District

The Anderson Parks District invites you to one of the community's favorite annual events: the Truck 'R Treat Fall Festival at Beech Acres. Enjoy a car show, music, games, prizes and lots of candy distributed from the trunks of classic cars decorated for Halloween. Costumes are encouraged for children participating in "trunk 'r treat" and $5 tickets can be purchased at the event.

 

The Great Pumpkin Fest

Where: Keehner Park, West Chester

When: October 12 | 2-6 p.m.

This free family-friendly festival at Keehner Park in West Chester features endless fun and entertainment, including a puppet show and the Primrose School costume contest for ages 0–12. Plus, guests can enjoy a not-so-scary haunted trail, a petting zoo, a pony carousel, horse-drawn wagon rides and face painting—all absolutely free!

 

HallowEve Brew Bash

Where: Ault Park Pavillion

When: October 18 | 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Craft beer and costumes? Count us in! This Halloween bash will feature beer tastings from some of Cincinnati's best microbreweries along with delicious food from Family Treats & Grill on Wheels. Live music, including some hit 1970s Halloween songs, will be provided by Gee Your Band Smells Terrific. Tickets are $20 until October 16 when they will go up to $25. You can purchase tickets through the Ault Park website—and don't forget your costume!

 

Zombie Ball: The 5th Annual Dance of the UnDead on Pyramid Hill

Where: Pyramid Hill Grand Pavillion

When: October 19 | 7-11 p.m.

Head to the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum in Hamilton for the Zombie Ball! Dress as your favorite undead character, such as a zombie, vampire or mummy  and enjoy an evening filled with DJ music, a haunted hayride, a zombie photo booth and much more. Tickets to the Zombie Ball start at $30 per person or $50 for a couple and includes access to the horror-themed buffet and an open bar of beer and wine from 7–9 p.m. and a cash bar from 9–11 p.m.

 

The 2019 Weber Family Pumpkin Festival

Where: Weber's Farm Market

When: October 19-20 | Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Since its inception as the Minges Pumpkin Festival in 1984, this annual event now held at Weber's Farm Market in Harrison has evolved into a massive celebration of autumn and all its glory. The Weber Family Pumpkin Festival features live music, more than 150 arts and crafts exhibitors, delicious food, live demonstrations and many activities for kids. The event showcases many elements of the farm and encourages visitors to develop a deep connection with both agriculture and their community. Admission is $5 and free for kids 12 and under.

 

Findlay Market Fall Food Fest

Where: Findlay Market

When: October 20 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Savor the rich flavors of fall at the Fall Food Fest at Findlay Market in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. This annual event features pumpkin painting, cooking demos, a children's scavenger hunt, live music, craft cocktails and seasonal beers, merchant specials and more. Admission to the Fall Food Fest is free.

 

Autumn Color Walking Tour

Where: Spring Grove Cemetary & Arboretum

When: October 20 | 1-3 p.m.

Cincinnati Fall Events

Join the Spring Grove horticulture staff as they highlight the very best of Cincinnati's autumn colors in the arboretum on this unique, seasonal walking tour! Reservations are required and space is limited, so make sure to get your tickets as soon as possible.

 

Fall Fest Weekend

Where: Washington Park

When: October 26-27 | 12-6 p.m.

Head to Washington Park for a weekend filled with fall family fun just before Halloween! Fall Fest Weekend offers a jam-packed entertainment lineup for all ages—including a pumpkin patch, kid's activities and a variety of local vendors selling crafts and homemade items, baked goods and so much more.

 

November

Our Creative Harvest

Where: Kennedy Heights Art Center Lindner Annex

When: November 8 | 6-8 p.m.

All throughout the season, the Nancy Gamon Studio will hold workshops—including hand embroidery, wearable art, a clothing swap and more. The fruits of these unique workshops will be on display at the Lindner Annex for one November evening. Come out and enjoy light bites, mingle with workshop participants and view the "creative harvest" that they worked on all season!

 

Art on Vine

Where: Rhinegeist Brewery

When: November 10 | 12-7 p.m

Cincinnati Fall Events

Photo courtesy of Art on Vine

Art on Vine evolved from a college project created by James Jenkins and started as an eight-vendor market settled on Vine Street. Today, the event features more than 75 vendors and fills Rhinegeist Brewery every year with hundreds of arts and crafts lovers. For a unique, fun, one-on-one shopping experience, you won't want to miss this one!

 

Cincinnati Hungry Turkey Half Marathon & 5K

Where: Otto Armleder Park

When: November 30 | 7:15 a.m.

Before you dig into your Thanksgiving feast, consider starting your holiday off with a festive 5K!  The Cincinnati Hungry Turkey begins at Otto Armleder Park and winds through picturesque terrain. Participants will be rewarded with locally made and absolutely delicious Holtman's Donuts at the finish line. Plus, brownie points will be awarded if you show up in a turkey costume!

 

Holiday Artisan Market

Where: The Carnegie Center

When: November 30 | 12 p.m.

Kick off your holiday shopping this year at the Holiday Artisan Market! This one-of-a-kind artisan market features handcrafted gifts and unique finds made by local artists you can feel good about giving to your loved ones. Tickets cost $5 per person and $15 for a family of four.

 

Have a Great Fall!

Let us know what fun things you're planning to do this season in the comments!

September
3

How to Spend a Full Day in Cincinnati's Hyde Park Neighborhood, Mapped

Named after the fashionable neighborhood in New York City, Hyde Park in Cincinnati oozes charm and luxury from every vantage point. The neighborhood was established in 1892 by several prominent Cincinnati businessmen who wanted to create a community exclusively for the city's wealthy citizens. Initially, only those deemed worthy by the gentlemen were able to purchase homes here, but the area has gained a lot of diversity since the early 1900s.

Today, Hyde Park is home to delicious restaurants, incredible boutiques, award-winning wineries and stunning parks—the only challenge is deciding what to see first!

Our guide includes the best ways to spend your day, starting with a visit to The Echo for breakfast and ending with stargazing at the Cincinnati Observatory and a nightcap at Dutch's. Enjoy!

9 a.m. — Breakfast at The Echo

Before you truly start your Hyde Park adventure, you'll need to fuel up. The Echo is one of the hottest breakfast spots in Cincinnati and has served the neighborhood for decades. Due to the friendly staff and comforting fare, the eatery has established itself as a local institution that people return to week after week. We love classics like the Oktoberfest omelet (featuring Glier's goetta), the corned beef hash, and the Belgian bird breakfast sandwich (with chicken tenders, a fried egg, cheddar and syrup).

 

10:30 — Go Shopping in Hyde Park Square

 
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It isn't a day in Hyde Park without shopping. Located in the center of the neighborhood is Hyde Park Square, a two-block area on Erie Avenue that is full of one-of-a-kind shops. Spend a few hours exploring the streets and stopping into interesting stores. A few of our favorites include Cincy Shirts, Alligator Purse, 45/46, Soho Boutique and Fazel Rug Gallery.

 

1 p.m. — Lunch at Arthur's Café

For one of the best burgers in Cincinnati, you have to check out Arthur's Café. This casual and laid-back spot is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat during your Hyde Park adventure—or pretty much any other time. They have a great selection of local craft beers on tap, as well as some carefully crafted cocktails. Everything on their menu is especially good, but we highly recommend the black bean burger with a side of their homemade pink salsa!

 

2:30 p.m. — Peruse Some Great Art at the Miller Gallery

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Photo courtesy of the Miller Gallery | Featuring Work From Robert Mars, 40" x 60" Mixed Media

Established in 1960, the Miller Gallery is Cincinnati's oldest operating art gallery, specializing in contemporary art and sculptures. Their renowned exhibits actively promote over 40 artists in the global art market, featuring everything from photography to traditional painting. Take a breather and stop in to peruse some incredible artwork from local artists (and maybe purchase a piece) before heading on to your next destination.

 

4 p.m. — Refuel at the Coffee Emporium

Need a midday pick-me-up? We've got just the place! The Coffee Emporium has gained quite the reputation over the years—and with the gorgeous Victorian touches, outdoor patio and tasty bites, we're not surprised. This stop is a must for out-of-town guests and remains a local favorite. While you can't go wrong with any of the signature sips, we go wild over the cold brew aged in bourbon barrels.

 

5:30 p.m. — Marvel at the Mushroom House

 
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When you leave the Coffee Emporium, you'll notice something across the street. While you might feel like you've just been dropped into a Cincinnati-fied version of Alice in Wonderland, don't worry—it's just the Mushroom House! This architectural wonder was created after a local architect allowed his students to redesign one of his properties. While you can't go inside this adorably whimsical home, it's still definitely worth walking by and snapping a few pictures.

 

6 p.m. — Dinner at Forno Osteria+Bar

When you're looking for some seriously good food in Cincinnati, there's no better place to go than Forno! This incredible, rustic and approachable Italian restaurant offers some of the most delicious dishes around, from Gorgonzola Tortelloni to Spaghettini Arrabbiata. If you're in the area on a Tuesday, you won't want to miss their Bolo Tuesday special where $12 will get you some pasta with Bolognese sauce, bread and a few trips to the salad bar.

 

8:00 p.m. — Stargaze at the Cincinnati Observatory

Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Observatory

In 1842, Cincinnati professor Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel had a dream: to build a local observatory in the heart of Cincinnati that would help expand astronomy research. He went door to door, soliciting $25 a person to invest in his endeavor. Eventually, he was able to make his dream a reality, with the observatory building coming to fruition in 1843. The building served as a strictly research-focused center until 1999, when it was resurrected into a center for astronomy education. While you're in the area, a visit to this exquisite historic building is a must. And if you happen to be exploring on a Thursday or Friday—you'll definitely want to stop in for their weekly public stargazing sessions, just don't forget to RSVP online before you go!

 

9:30 p.m. — Late Night Bites at Dutch's

This intimate local favorite is the perfect place to finish off the night. Not only do they offer the widest selection of refrigerated beer in the region, but you can also order an incredibly delicious charcuterie board made with locally sourced ingredients—all for a great price!

 

Happy Exploring!

Do you have a suggestion on what we should add to our itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

August
22

9 Speakeasies + Hidden Bars in the Cincinnati Area You May Not Know About

It's no secret. Cincinnati has one of the finest restaurant and bar scenes in the country. But you may not realize that the city is home to a multitude of lesser-known hotspots, many of which are completely hidden from view. Let's take a behind-the-scenes look at some of the mysterious speakeasies and hidden bars in the Cincinnati area, from one concealed behind a secret door in a video shop to a classy, rooftop terrace with hidden elevator access.  

The Blind Pig

24 West 3rd Street Cincinnati Speakeasies

Photo courtesy of The Blind Pig

If you've been in Cincinnati for a while, chances are that you've already visited O'Malleys in the Alley, the area's second oldest bar. But recently it hasn't been the bar's old-world charm and friendly bartenders that have been attracting new patrons—it's the new "hidden" speakeasy in the back. While The Blind Pig isn't the most subtle secret bar, with a rooftop patio visible from 3rd Street, there are no signs directing you to the entrance. The trick is to locate the door in a back hallway of O'Malleys. Through it, you'll find a sleek bar that mixes the roaring '20s with a classic sports bar vibe serving delicious cocktails and traditional American bar fare.  

Plum Court Wine Room

241 West Court Street If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing spot to enjoy a glass of wine and a few bites—you're in luck. Head to the southeast corner of Plum and Court Streets, where you'll find nothing but a door hand-painted with a bunch of grapes. While the door may look plain, on the other side lies a cozy wine bar full of leather couches and antique shelves bursting with bottles. The bar is owned by Tom and Dollie Moore, who quietly opened the shop in 2010, and offers paired wine tastings on Friday nights.  

Wiseguy Lounge

1211 Main Street Cincinnati Speakeasies

Photo courtesy of Victor Sizemore via Wiseguy Lounge

Wiseguy Lounge is located above one of our favorite spots for New York-style pizza in Cincinnati, GoodFellas, and features the classic speakeasy low lighting, dark reclaimed wood, rich leather sofas and carefully crafted cocktails. While you don't have to give a password to get into this classy bar, you do have to pass by cheesy, handmade pizza—and doesn't that seem harder?  

Sundry and Vice

18 West 13th Street Opened in 2015 and located in Over-the-Rhine, Sundry and Vice has quickly established itself as a neighborhood favorite. This striking cocktail spot is nestled in an old building that is decorated to look like an old-timey apothecary. Enter through the super-secret back door entrance and take in the walls covered in old doctor's notes, phosphate cocktails being poured from the vintage soda fountain, and all the period furniture. Every part of Sundry and Vice, from the drinks to the ambiance, is meant to transport you to another time and place—which it does beautifully and extremely effectively.  

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati Cocktail Terrace

609 Walnut Street The cocktail terrace at the 21c Museum Hotel is definitely a hidden gem. The rooftop bar provides one of the best views in the city along with comfortable seating and a speakeasy-esque ambiance. You can find the entrance by taking a slightly obscured elevator located down the alley from the 21c Museum Hotel. The terrace is open seasonally and usually has a wait, but we promise it's worth it.  

Mecca

1429 Walnut Street Cincinnati Speakeasies

Photo courtesy of Louis Rideout via Mecca

Mecca is one of our favorite bars that has set up shop in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in recent years. Full of Instagram-worthy decor—including backlit murals, neon lights, hanging plants and tables covered in doodles—Mecca is a great place to spend an evening with friends and a few drinks. The entrance can be found through a small breach in a brick wall on 15th Street, which you'll probably pass by a few times the first time you visit.  

The Blind Lemon

936 Hatch Street While The Blind Lemon isn't exactly a secret—in fact, it's one of Cincinnati's most famous bars—it is pretty hard to find if you don't know where to go. Hidden right next to the historic Mt. Adams Bar and Grill (which actually was a speakeasy during Prohibition), you'll find a fairly small and simple sign followed up by a long, narrow passageway that will lead you to a lush garden and then finally, the bar. Inside, you can order a delicious drink and listen to some of the best live music around while surrounded by antique memorabilia.  

Newberry Brothers Coffee and Prohibition Bourbon Bar

530 Washington Avenue, Newport, KY During Prohibition, it was normal to wander into the back of a local bakery or grocery store and find a hidden meeting space where people ignored the 18th amendment completely. That's exactly the kind of atmosphere Peter and Kim Newberry were going for when they decided to open up a bar in the back of their Newport coffee shop. Visit the shop, grab a cup of Joe and relax with a friend or follow the glow of hundreds of Kentucky's finest bourbon around the corner to the bar. They offer an exquisite bourbon selection, including a few extremely rare bottles, along with fantastic Scotch, Irish and Japanese whiskeys.  

The Video Archive

965 East McMillan Street Cincinnati Speakeasies

Photo courtesy of Heatherlyn Stickle via Gorilla Cinemas Present

The Video Archive has everything 21st Century bar-goers usually expect from a modern speakeasy: a secret entrance, a catchy theme and to-die-for cocktails. Created by the same masterminds behind the Overlook Lodge, the Gorilla CinemaLonely Pine and Tokyo Kitty, the Video Archive masquerades as a video rental store. While stumbling upon a Blockbuster-like shop nowadays is super exciting, it isn't the best part about the Video Archive. That would be the secret door that leads to a hidden bar in the back. Inside, you'll find a unique, intimate speakeasy full of Quintin Tarantino references and delicious drinks.  

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The 15 Best Antiques Stores in the Cincinnati Area

Unbeknownst to many, Cincinnati just happens to be an antiquing destination—home to some of the largest yard sales, antique stores and vintage shops in the nation!  People from all around the country come to our area just for our amazing selection of antique shops. That's why we rounded up a few of our favorites in the area. On this list, you'll find everything from small shops to massive antique malls—all of which offer a trove of hidden treasures for you to explore!

Every Now & Then Antique Furniture Mall

430 West Benson Street, Reading Antique Stores in Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of Every Now & Then Antique Furniture Mall

Get lost hunting for incredible bargains in this locally owned and operated antique mall located in a historic building in Reading, Ohio. With three floors of antique furniture and a staff full of knowledgeable experts—we guarantee you'll find what you're looking for and, of course, a few hidden gems along the way!   

Riverside Centre Antique Mall

3742 Kellogg Avenue Riverside Centre isn't your grandmother's antique mall, but rather a fun and funky vintage experience like no other. They sell everything from salvaged items like fireplace mantels and bikes to mid-century modern furniture in their 30,000-square-foot treasure trove. On the weekends, enjoy a coffee, a cookie and a bottle of water provided by the helpful staff!   

West Chester Antique Center 

4924 Union Center Pavillion Drive, West Chester Township Conveniently located in Butler County, the West Chester Antique Center offers a large variety of items to choose from. With over 250 vendors and a regularly changing inventory, you won't have a hard time finding that crucial item you've been searching for. Plus, their staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, always ready to help you with any and all of your antiquing needs.  

Wooden Nickel Antiques

1410 Central Parkway Antique Stores in Cincinnati Wooden Nickel Antiques sells antique furniture, bars, lighting and stained glass among many other things. Their top-selling items, though, are their antique saloon back bars which they've restored to their former beauty. Whether you're looking for a new statement piece for your home, want to pick out a unique souvenir, or just want to learn more about history, the knowledgeable staff at Wooden Nickel will be able to help.   

Broadway Antique Mall

15 South Broadway Street, Lebanon Settled in Lebanon, this adorable shop is bursting with antique and vintage items to help you decorate your home. With over 30 vendors, no matter what item you're looking for, you'll have a good chance at finding it at this quaint shop. To get a small sample of the treasures this shop holds, check out their Facebook page and start shopping!   

Treasure Alley: Yesterday Revisited

3034 Harrison Avenue This local favorite is located in Westwood and is chock full of unique items from a mishmash of different eras. Here, you'll find beautiful and unexpected upcycled decor, fun gift pieces, vintage items and handmade jewelry. Plus, they also do kitchen cabinet makeovers, so make sure to follow them on Facebook to keep up with their current inventory and before-and-after photos of their cabinet transformations!   

Ohio Valley Antique Mall

7285 Dixie Highway, Fairfield Antique Stores in Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of Carly Martin via Ohio Valley Antique Mall

With more than 550 dealers, the Ohio Valley Antique Mall offers the largest selection of antiques in the greater Cincinnati area. At this 85,000-square-foot mall, you'll be able to get lost for hours sorting through antique furniture. And if you get hungry, don't worry! Stop by their in-store Café and Customer Lounge for burgers, sandwiches and more.   

Waynesville Antique Mall

69 South Main Street, Waynesville  Waynesville, Ohio is known as the Antique Capital of the Midwest, and there's no better place to experience the area's antique scene than at the Waynesville Antique Mall! This shopping destination is located in an old brick building that was built in the early 1880s and features more than 50 dealers selling all types of antique collectibles and historical memorabilia.   

Florence Antique Mall

8145 Connector Drive, Florence, KY  Nestled in Florence, just 10 minutes from Cincinnati—the Florence Antique Mall features a 50,000-square-foot showroom packed full of antiques, collectibles and furniture! Whether you're looking for Civil War memorabilia, antique razors or vintage toys, or you just want to experience a different time period for an hour, you can find almost anything at this massive mall.  

Flamingo Haven Antique Mall

4530 West Mitchell Avenue Antique Stores in Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of Flamingo Haven Antique Mall

This unique antique shop is changing how Cincinnati does vintage by only presenting the highest quality dealers to their customers. Each booth is full of quirky, unusual ever-changing items that will make each visit to Flamingo Haven a new experience. When you visit, make sure to look out for Winton, the fluffy shop cat who can often be found hunting for a cozy place to curl up.   

Covered Bridge Antique Mall

7508 Hamilton Avenue, Mt. Healthy Located in the heart of Mt. Healthy, Covered Bridge has been selling quality vintage and antique items at great prices for over 25 years. Their large inventory from 30+ vendors features items that will fit any taste, passion or style. Make sure you keep up with their ever-changing inventory by visiting their Facebook page, which is updated almost daily.   

Ferguson's Antique Mall

4937 Glenway Avenue When it comes to shopping for antique items in the Cincinnati area, you can't go wrong with a visit to Ferguson's. This Cincinnati institution opened in 1951 and has become incredibly popular with antique dealers over the years. Not only do they sell antique and vintage finds, but you can also purchase collectibles, jewelry and political memorabilia at their quaint shop on Glenway Avenue.   

Bloodline Merchants

131 Est McMicken Avenue

Located in Over-the-Rhine, this eclectic spot is more than an antique shop. Owned by husband and wife team, Thomas and Maria Jackson, Bloodline Merchants is full of unique, carefully curated pieces that each has a story to tell. Plus, they have free (yes, free!) coffee available for you to sip while you peruse the shop!   

Hanover House Interiors & Antiques

2701 Observatory Avenue This antique and furniture store is one of the best places for shopping around. They not only offer fantastic antiques and vintage goods, but also a comprehensive selection of period furniture, accessories, ceramics and fine art. They even provide several different services, including conservation framing, re-caning of chair seats and backs, and repair services, to help you restore your favorite antique piece back to its former glory.   

Grand Antique Mall

9701 Reading Road  This one-of-a-kind treasure trove promises the "greatest antiquing adventure ever" when you visit their 27,000-square-foot antique mall. Here, you'll find everything from unusual, rare goods to never-before-seen items that would make the perfect addition to any collection. The Grand Antique Mall's specialty is furniture, but they're also home to a plethora of China, glassware, vintage and new clothing, jewelry and much more!   

Happy Hunting! 

Did we miss your favorite antique shop in Cincinnati? Let us know in the comments! 

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