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Price Hill Will receives creative placemaking grant, creates new position

As part of LISC’s national creative placemaking initiative, Price Hill Will and the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation each recently received a $100,000 two-year grant from The Kresge Foundation. LISC Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky is one of five pilot sites participating in the first round of the grants, and PHW will use the grant money to further its focus on using the arts for Price Hill’s physical transformation, economic benefits and cultural growth. 
“We’ve been working for a long time on community revitalization, and have always had an arts component to our community engagement,” says Ken Smith, executive director of PHW. “We want to use the arts to create a sense of space as well as a sense of place in the neighborhood.”
PHW will use a portion of the grant money to fund a new position, director of creative placemaking. They’ve hired Laura Jekel, who founded the youth orchestra group MYCincinnati, to spearhead PHW’s creative placemaking initiatives.
“Our long-term goal is to make Price Hill an arts destination in the city,” Jekel says. “There’s lots of arts-related things going on already, and we want to make connections between what’s already happening and build a capacity for the artists living in the neighborhood to be leaders within the community.”
The rest of the grant money will be used for programming, either existing initiatives or ones that are still in the works. PHW currently works with neighborhood residents and community artists on a number of ventures, including MYCincinnati concerts and Holiday on the Hill in December.
The Queen City Chamber Opera performs at the Dunham Recreational Center in Price Hill, and MUSE Women’s Choir recently relocated to St. Michael’s in Lower Price Hill.
Smith says that the community will play a large role in developing PHW’s new creative placemaking initiatives, whether that will be an art exhibit, festival or artist co-op.
Since this is a new venture for LISC, the neighborhoods will help measure the effectiveness of the creative placemaking initiative and if it can be replicated elsewhere.
“We want to become a model for other communities that want to use the arts as a revitalization tool,” Smith says. “We’re not trying to turn Price Hill into something it’s not, but rather change the lack of perception in the neighborhood and get the artists and organizations working together collectively.”

Dojo Gelato opening stand-alone shop in Northside

Dojo Gelato, a Findlay Market staple for six years, plans to open a stand-alone location in the old J.F. Dairy Corner building at 1735 Blue Rock St. in Northside. Owner Michael Christner says he hopes to open by early spring next year and be the first place in the neighborhood to serve ice cream.  
“I’m really excited about the new location,” Christner says. “I like to say that I bought myself a job when I started Dojo six years ago. So far I’ve far succeeded the goals I set out to accomplish with my business and can’t wait to see what’s next.”
When Christner and his wife moved to Cincinnati about seven years ago, they settled in Northside. He looked for locations in the neighborhood for Dojo then but didn’t find the perfect spot. Now that he and his family have moved elsewhere, he’s bringing the business to where it all began.
“It’s very serendipitous,” he says. “Plus, the building was an old soft-serve stand.”
Not only will the new Dojo location serve gelato, but Christner plans to put his own spin on traditional ice cream treats such as sundaes and soft-serve. He also wants to expand the menu he offers at Findlay Market, which he can’t do right now because of space constraints there.
The Findlay Market location is only 210 square feet, and much of that is used for production, which is done on a rolling cart. With a larger space, Christner will be able to develop new treats and flavors.
Even though Dojo won’t open in Northside until 2016, Christner plans to move all of his production work to the new location as soon as possible.

Third annual Taste of OTR adds new experiences, "best of" contest

Tender Mercies will host its third annual Taste of OTR event Aug. 29 in Washington Park, with a lot more in store for foodies this year. The event showcases craft beer, local restaurants and food trucks as well as the art, music and shopping in Over-the-Rhine.
Tender Mercies created the Taste of OTR in 2013 as a way to contribute to OTR’s culture and its future. The nonprofit serves homeless adults with mental illness, and each year more than 200 men and women benefit from Tender Mercies’ programming and support.
“Taste of OTR has quickly become popular and is now a must-attend summer event,” says Jackie Baumgartner, development director at Tender Mercies. “The event is a celbration of Over-the-Rhine’s growth, vibrancy and cultural engagement. It’s a popular celebration of the continued revitalization of the neighborhood that we’re proud to be a part of.”
About 25 local and OTR restaurants will be featured at Taste of OTR, and drinks will be provided by Rhinegeist, Angry Orchard and Sam Adams. There will also be live music, with Sphynx as the headliner. Food truck alley will be set up on 14th Street with a number of Cincinnati favorites represented.
Taste of OTR is scheduled for 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 29 with free admission, and tastings ranging from $1 to $6. New this year are separate VIP tickets, limited to only 200 guests. The VIP experience will allow guests to enjoy Taste in a more private setting with special tastings throughout the day.
Also new this year is a “Best of Taste” contest, with the featured restaurants competing to be named a crowd favorite. Winners in each category will be recognized at the event and awarded a plaque to display in their restaurant.
“Our hope is that with continued growth Taste will bring unity and an increased cultural understanding and awareness of how many homeless are in need in Cincinnati,” Baumgartner says. “Taste shows the city that Over-the-Rhine is welcoming, engaging and a vibrant place to live, play and work that also helps those with nowhere else to turn.”
VIP tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door; drink tickets are included in the ticket price. To purchase VIP tickets and for restaurant information, visit the Taste of OTR website.

Findlay Market, community stakeholders plan for pedestrian-friendly Pleasant Street

A number of community stakeholders are exploring different options for a pedestrian-friendly walkway that would link Washington Park and Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine. Two events have been held to gather community input and demonstrate options, with suggestions including seating, lighting, a playground, murals, interactive art, food trucks and musical installations.
Pleasant Street, which is parallel to and between Elm and Race streets and crosses Liberty Street, runs north/south from Findlay Market to Washington Park. Right now there are crosswalks, but the area isn’t heavily traveled by pedestrians or bicyclists. With the increased focus on development in and around Findlay Market, a pedestrian walkway would only add to the sense of community the neighborhood is attracting.
A community block party was held June 5 to start the conversation and get community members involved in the planning process. A follow-up event was held July 11 to showcase some of the improvements and designs that were developed by UC’s MetroLab with help from other planning, public art and ethics classes.
An ongoing public art project entitled “Alternate Steps” was installed, which follows the proposed walking path. The installation combines interviews with community members and photos of their feet, which were placed along the street to create a “walking path” of stories.
Another addition to the area is the Field of Greens, a wiffleball field in the 1500 block of Pleasant. It’s also serving as a working garden that will operate alongside Findlay Market’s production gardens and help supplement what’s produced there.
Seats made from old tires have been added along the path, and MetroLab has also designed an outdoor kitchen made from recycled plastic baskets that will be installed soon.
The ultimate goal is close Pleasant Street to cars at least some of the time. Elder Street, which borders Findlay Market on one side, is closed to cars during market hours and reopens after market hours. Closing Pleasant wouldn’t be tied to market hours, though — the idea is to make the area a safe, friendly place for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Join the conversation: What do you want to see on Pleasant Street?

Low-income senior housing complex planned for Northside

Northside currently does not have dedicated senior housing, but Episcopal Retirement Homes (ERH) is about to change that. They’ve partnered with Model Group on a $10 million project at the corner of Knowlton and Mad Anthony streets to provide housing for low-income seniors.
Knowlton Northside will have 56 units in a four-story building: 14 one-bedroom apartments and 40 two-bedroom apartments that will be LEED Silver certified and handicap accessible.
“We really want to build a community in Northside for our residents,” says Bryan Reynolds, integrated marketing director for ERH. “We plan to offer a number of amenities, including transportation, health and welfare counseling and a community area for events.”
ERH was formed in the 1950s under the name Memorial Homes Foundation, with the mission of providing care and housing for seniors. To date, ERH has three assisted living facilities and nine affordable housing complexes and, in addition to Knowlton Northside, is developing new facilities in College Hill and in Springdale.
“Northside is one of the communities that the city is targeting for its Core 4 program, and for us it made sense to create a new development here,” Reynolds says. “It’s also an up-and-coming neighborhood, and we want to provide affordable housing that is within walking distance of a number of shops, restaurants and other amenities.”
Construction on Knowlton Northside will begin by the end of August and should be finished by September 2016.

Center for Great Neighborhoods awards grants to eight creative Covington projects

The Center for Great Neighborhoods recently awarded $38,000 in Creative Community Grants to eight Covington residents and organizations. The grants are made possible through the Kresge Foundation, which works to implement creative placemaking activities in Covington.
Five of the eight awards were given to projects in Covington’s Westside neighborhood, which has a strong "maker" identity. Like the first round of grants, this round focuses on projects that commemorate Covington’s bicentennial and will help create arts opportunities in the neighborhood.
AJOYO, Baoku Moses: $4,000
AJOYO will focus on creating a series of community events in the style of African musical celebrations.
Bicentennial Time Capsule, CVG Made, Steven Sander, COV200: $5,000
CVG Made and COV200 are partnering with Sander, a local maker, to create a time capsule of Covington-inspired material to installed at the Hellmann Lumber Mill, which the Center for Great Neighborhoods is redeveloping. The community will vote on what goes into the time capsule, and Sander will design it. COV200 plans to host a ceremony in the fall to present the time capsule and its contents to the public before it’s locked up for the next 100 years.
Community xChange, Julia Keister: $5,000
The program will help establish an arts- and nature-focused internship network for those with disabilities.
Covington Story Project, Covington Youth Commission: $4,000
CYC will collect stories about the past, present and future from kids growing up in Covington. Local photographer Katie Woodring and writing instructor Roger Auge of Wallace Woods will help the kids put their thoughts into words and pictures, which will then be made into a booklet as well as displayed at the Kenton County Public Library.
Dougherty Claywork Architectural Ceramics, Patrick Dougherty: $5,000
Dougherty will create a piece of ceramic art that combines the influences of the Westside’s past and present. The public will have input into the project and will even get to work alongside him in his studio.
Past & Present Fashion, Annie Brown: $5,000
The B Visible team will offer six-week sewing classes to students at Holmes Middle School and Prince of Peace School. Students will combine the needlework of the past with the technology of the future to create wearable art, which will be displayed at Holmes, Prince of Peace and the Covington Library.
Try Together Fly Together, Jim Guthrie: $5,000
A large-scale mural will be created and installed through a partnership with Matt Hebermehl, an artist from Savannah, Ga. The mural will celebrate Covington’s 200th birthday as well as express optimism about the future.
Welcome to the Westside, BLDG: $5,000
BLDG will create a gateway mural that invites residents and visitors to the Westside.

Cincy Summer Streets back for second year, adds event in OTR

Cincy Summer Streets return car-free one-day festivals to Walnut Hills and Northside starting July 18 — after drawing about 4,200 people last year in the two neighborhoods — and will introduce a third version in Over-the-Rhine.
“We looked at many neighborhoods and there are so many options for expanding,” says Margy Waller, co-founder of Summer Streets. “This gives people a chance to play in their own neighborhood in a space that’s typically used by cars.”  
The areas in Walnut Hills and Northside are slightly different from last year — Walnut Hills will be focused on McMillan Street between Victory Parkway and Chatham Street, while Northside will use Hamilton Avenue between Pullan and Spring Grove avenues. OTR’s event will be held on Pleasant Street, which connects Washington Park and Findlay Market, between 14th Street and Glass Alley.
The majority of activities will be held on sidewalks, leaving the streets open to walkers, bicyclists and skateboarders. Many of the same organizations will be back for this year’s events, featuring events like climbing walls, double-dutch jump roping, lawn bowling, mini golf, jousting, hula hooping, yoga, dancing, belly dancing, art and crosswalk painting.
With the streets free of cars, people can walk, run, bike, skateboard and roller blade up and down the event space.
“Cincy Summer Streets is a celebration of the communities’ largest public spaces, the streets,” Waller says. “We turn the streets into parks for a day and we help connect neighborhoods with their people, while getting those people to enjoy healthy activities and art-making right in their own neighborhoods.”
In OTR, Summer Streets is partnering with Findlay Market, which is working with a number of community partners to further activate Pleasant Street to benefit the community. They’re planning to involve Market vendors in the event, which is different from the events in Walnut Hills and Northside.
Other community partners include Interact for Health, US Bank/Haile Foundation, Topic Design, Walnut Hills Area Council, Walnut Hills Business Group, Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, Northside Community Council, Northside Business Association, Over-the-Rhine Community Council, Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, Art on the Streets and Cincinnati Development Fund.
“These events help foster civic pride as well as stimulate economic development and help to represent the community’s businesses and government investments,” Waller says. “The city has amazing parks, vibrant local business corridors, arts and artists and active community organizations. Summer Streets provides a chance to highlight all of these assets during safe, fun and free community events.”
The first Summer Streets event is July 18 in Walnut Hills. Northside’s event is Aug. 23, and OTR’s is Sept. 26. All three events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Make sure to keep tabs on the Summer Streets website for each event's specific activities and organizations.

Ohio announces recipients of state historic tax credits, including six Cincinnati projects

Six Cincinnati projects recently received $7.1 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits. Statewide, 19 projects were chosen to receive funding, totaling more than $27.5 million. The projects range from new apartments to commercial space and are expected to leverage about $280 million in private investment.
512 E. 12th St.
Total cost: $700,000; tax credit funds: $76,800
Two Over-the-Rhine residents acquired the building from OTR A.D.O.P.T. and plan to renovate it into seven one-bedroom market-rate apartments.
Abington Flats, 33 Green St.
Total cost: $4,855,059; tax credit funds: $482,999
The four-story, 105-year-old building near Findlay Market will be converted into 18 fully accessible apartments and one commercial storefront. Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity, Model Group and 3CDC are partnering on the project.
Baldwin Piano Company, 655 Eden Park Dr.
Total cost: $39,233,265; tax credit funds: $4,840,000
The eight-story building served as the home of the Baldwin Piano Company until it was converted into offices in 1987. Neyer Properties plans to rehab it into 176 market-rate apartments.
Market Square A, 1808-10 Race St.
Total cost: $2,585,377; tax credit funds: $249,999
As part of the larger Market Square development near Findlay Market, the two buildings are over 11,000 square feet. Model Group plans to rehab the space into nine apartments and about 1,500 square feet of commercial space.
Market Square B, 101 W. Elder St. and 1812 Race St.
Total cost: $2,568,088; tax credit funds: $249,999
Another part of the Market Square development, the building at 1812 Race and the John and Henry Kruse Dry Goods and Notions Building at 101 W. Elder will become nine apartments and just over 1,500 square feet of commercial space.
Merchants Building, 34 W. Sixth St.
Total cost: $9,921,186; tax credit funds: $982,295
Ashley Commercial Group plans to turn the 103-year-old building into 62 market-rate apartments with first-floor commercial space.
Warner Brothers Pictures Building, 1600 Central Parkway
Total cost: $1,310,665; tax credit funds: $184,000
Built in 1940, the building has been vacant for a number of years. Grandin Properties has acquired the property and plans to convert it into office space.

CincyLocals travel advice app launches for All Star Game test run

Jordan Axani posted a note on Reddit six months ago, looking for someone who had the same name as his ex-girlfriend to take her ticket and go on a trip with him. The story went viral, and the experiences of the trip helped him come up with the idea for Triplust, a mobile platform that asks locals for travel insight.
“Whenever Elizabeth and I checked our phones, we had hundreds of messages from locals who were giving us travel tips and ideas and inviting us out to dinner,” he says. “It was very cool to have this experience of seeing and doing things that not a lot of people get the chance to.”  
Unique, off-the-beaten-path places aren’t usually on Yelp and Trip Advisor. Those are the things the locals know about and want to help others find.
Axani and his business partners, Sebastien Filion and Andrew Vine, started their business mentoring class at The Brandery on June 16. Axani says they applied to a number of business accelerators but The Brandery really understood the opportunity of a product like Triplust.
“We’ve all been very fortunate to live all over the world, but we’re having an incredible time here,” Axani says. “There’s this amazing sense of hometown pride here, and we’ve been discovering so many things because we’re hanging with locals every day.”
Triplust launched last week as CincyLocals, a simplified version of the app designed specifically for the All Star Game.
“There’s so much more going on this week outside of the All Star events downtown,” Axani says. “The city wants to throw an amazing experience, and we want people to have that experience.”
Twenty locals are volunteering their time to give visitors free travel information. The volunteers specialize in food and beverage as well as baseball trivia and history.
“We hope that CincyLocals is as much a local thing as it is for visitors,” Axani says. “We want people to feel like they have a trusted friend with them everywhere they go.”
It’s a free app, but people are generous and willing to pay for insider travel information. For that, there’s a tipping functionality built in and users are given $10 of free tip money.
The app will be live through Wednesday, July 15, and then will be taken down to assess its success. It will be relaunched as Triplust in August, when it will go live in a number of domestic and international cities. At relaunch, the app will be available in the iTunes store and on the web, and it will have a personality matching algorithm that pairs users with a local with the same interests.

Local vintage outfits host popup shop at Brick OTR during All Star Game week

Two local vintage stores, Flying V Vintage and Mike’s Vintage Toys and Collectibles, will host a popup shop at Brick OTR during All Star Game week. The shop will be open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 13-14 to sell items from the ’80s and ’90s.
Up to this point, both operations have sold exclusively online and through direct sales models. Jason Helferich, owner of Flying V Vintage, says the popup shop is an experiment in the feasibility of having a permanent brick-and-mortar store in the future.
“Both myself and Mike Patterson (owner of Mike’s Vintage Toys and Collectibles) were looking for a way to engage customers in an offline setting and generate awareness of our businesses and the type of products we sell,” Helferich says.
The popup will feature vintage sports apparel such as T-shirts, jackets, jerseys and snapback hats, with an emphasis on baseball apparel since it’s All Star weekend.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Real Ghostbusters, GI Joe, WWF and WCW action figures and toy playsets will also be available for sale. Helferich says that the most desirable items might be be a Chalk Line Chris Sabo Fanimation jacket and the original prototype toys from the ’90s Jim Carrey The Mask animated series toy line. Items will range from $10 to $150.
“We hope to bring something unique and different to the weekend,” Helferich says. “We know that many are fond of the ’80s and ’90s, and I’m sure they will find something they remember or had as a kid. From the unique merchandise to the limited engagement, this isn’t something you see every day.”

Gilpin's opens third sandwich location, providing late-night dining option in Mt. Adams

Frequent visitors to Clifton Heights and downtown are sure to have visited Gilpin’s Steamed Grub for late-night food runs, but owner Brad Gilpin isn’t stopping at just two locations. He’s partnered with Quincy’s Bar and Lounge in Mt. Adams to open a third Gilpin’s.
“I’ve always wanted to be in Mt. Adams, and the timing is now right,” Gilpin says.

He says Gilpin's will offer something that he feels is missing in Mt. Adams, a late-night food option. A majority of the neighborhood’s restaurants stop serving food at about 11 p.m., and Gilpin's will cater to those who have the munchies beyond that.

Gilpin's partnership with Quincy's also allows customers to grab a bite to eat along with a beer.
The Mt. Adams location will serve Gilpin’s new late-night menu, which features sandwiches that can’t be found anywhere else, out of the window behind Quincy’s, 1101 St. Gregory St.
The menu includes favorites like the Doritos, which is turkey, steam melted cheddar and lettuce topped with crushed nacho cheese Doritos and a parmesan peppercorn ranch honey mustard, all on a pretzel bun; and the Pride of Porkopolis, smoked pulled pork, bacon, BBQ sriracha mayo and lettuce topped with crushed BBQ chips.
A new sandwich on the menu is the Nutella Fluffernutter, Gilpin’s first venture into a sweet sandwich. Nutella, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff are all steamed together to create a melty, delicious mess.
Gilpin’s in Mt. Adams opened July 3 and serves 10 p.m.-3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Depending on its popularity, hours could expand in the near future.

Newport Intermediate School to become 200 apartments in 2016-17

CRG Residential has plans to replace Newport Intermediate School, 101 E. Fourth St., with a development featuring about 200 apartments.
Based in Carmel, Ind., CRG specializes in the renovation and redevelopment of multifamily housing properties. The company worked on One Lytle Place on the Cincinnati riverfront.

The Newport project is still in the early design stages, but CRG Vice President of Development David George says that they’re excited about the coming development.

"We really like Newport, and it has lots of amenities with the movie theater, aquarium and Hofbrauhaus," he says. "It’s an exciting place to live. There’s also a growing job base, and all of those people need somewhere to call home."
The apartments will be one- and two-bedroom units geared toward millennials and empty-nesters who are looking to move closer to the urban core or out of busy downtown Cincinnati. Units will be similar in size and pricing to those at Monmouth Row, a Towne Properties project. CRG also plans to have first-floor retail space along Monmouth Street.
Newport School District will continue to use the Intermediate School building through the 2015-16 school year, and CRG will then purchase it for $2.6 million. The deal is scheduled to close Aug. 1, 2016.
An architect hasn’t yet been chosen for the project, which will demolish the school building and replace it with new construction. Barrett & Stokley will own and manage the apartments, and they should be move-in ready by the end of 2016 or early 2017.

Tristate celebrates 4th of July with variety of events, music and fireworks

Looking for a way to celebrate America's birthday? Check out the variety of events around town to honor the 4th of July.
Thursday, July 2
American Salute
6 p.m., Burnet Woods, Clifton
Music from the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra's Little Big Band and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s string quartet will be followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.

Northside Rock n’ Roll Carnival
Music, food and craft beer fills Northside’s Hoffner Park all weekend. The event itself is free, and you can purchase drinks and food from a variety of vendors.
Friday, July 3
Cincinnati Reds Fireworks Friday
Game at 7:10 p.m., Great American Ball Park, Downtown
Fireworks will follow the game, with a live soundtrack provided by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. If you don’t go to the game, you can still catch the fireworks from points along the river, including Smale Riverfront Park and Newport on the Levee.
Fireworks at Kings Island
10 p.m.
The park itself is open until midnight. Fireworks show comes with price of admission.
LaRosa’s Balloon Glow at Coney Island
10 p.m.
Head over to Coney Island for a day of nostalgic rides as well as LaRosa’s 15th Annual Balloon Glow, which begins at 8 p.m.; fireworks will follow the Balloon Glow. Tickets are $10.95 and up for Coney Island rides and the Sunlite Pool, but the Balloon Glow and Fireworks are free with the price of parking.
Independence Day Celebration on Fountain Square
9:45 p.m., Fountain Square, Downtown
After the MidPoint Indie Summer Concert Series, the fireworks show will begin from the roof of Macy’s downtown store.
Saturday, July 4
4th of July Jam
3-10 p.m., Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine
Enjoy live music from The Almighty Get Down, The Infinity Project and Ray’s Music Exchange as well as a simulcast of The Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field on a large LED screen. The free event will end with fireworks and will also include food, craft beer, carnival games and face painting.
Ault Park Independence Day Fireworks
11 a.m., Ault Park, Mt. Lookout
A children’s parade will begin the day of festivities, food and music. A fireworks show will end the day at 10 p.m.  
Cincinnati Reds Independence Day Fireworks Show
Game at 7:15 p.m., Great American Ball Park, Downtown
Fireworks to follow the game.
Covington Neighborhood Bicentennial Independence Day Parade
10:30 a.m.
Stake out a spot along the Peaselburg neighborhood parade route (Euclid to 16th Street and up Russell) and join the rest of Northern Kentucky for an after party at St. Augustine Church.
Fireworks at Kings Island
10 p.m.
The park itself is open until midnight. Fireworks show comes with price of admission.
Northside Fourth of July Parade
12 noon
Northside businesses, organizations and residents show off their creative sides with a variety of floats. The parade route is down Hamilton Avenue, beginning at the corner of Ashtree and Hamilton and ending at Hoffner Park.
Red, White and Blue Ash
4-10:30 p.m., Blue Ash Summit Park
Lots of free entertainment, including The Doobie Brothers at 8:15 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.
Red, White, and Boom!
8 p.m., Riverbend Music Center
The Cincinnati Pops will play patriotic favorites, accompanied by the May Festival Chorus and the USO Show Troupe. Tickets are $15-35; ticketholders can visit Coney Island for free on July 4 (excluding Sunlite Pool).

Kenwood-based bakery to open location in OTR

Lisa Ebbert comes from a long line of bakers, and the success of her homemade cupcakes led her to open 3 Sweet Girls Cakery in Kenwood in 2012. In mid-July she and her two daughters, Kristen and Lauren, will open their second location at 29 E. 12th St. in Over-the-Rhine.
Over the past few years, the bakery has had customers come out to the Kenwood location from downtown to pick up sweets for parties and meetings. It seemed like a logical next step to take the bakery closer to those customers.
“We’re very excited to see the growth downtown and want to be part of it,” Ebbert says. “We love Over-the-Rhine, the people and the energy and diversity of the neighborhood.”
Ebbert and her daughters are currently renovating the 500-square-foot space to be a mini version of their Kenwood location, with turquoise and pink walls and a whimsical mural. The OTR location is considerably smaller than the original and doesn’t have a kitchen, so they will be bringing everything to OTR from the main bakery.
3 Sweet Girls will offer a daily selection of eight cupcake flavors and about 15 flavors of cake pops, including their specialty Flying Pig Cake Pops. The bakery will also have custom decorated cookies, chocolate pretzels and Oreos, cake push-ups and cupcakes in a jar as well as homemade dog treats and pup cakes.
“We hope to bring a fun, creative energy to Over-the-Rhine and hope to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth and bring a little joy to people’s days,” Ebbert says.
The Ebberts are currently hoping to be open before the July 14 All Star Game and plan to have a variety of baseball-themed treats.

Red Bike becomes first public bike share in Kentucky

With the official opening of six stations in Covington this week, Cincy Red Bike became the first public bike share in Kentucky. Red Bike recently opened stations in Northside and near Cincinnati State, too, and there are plans to expand soon into Newport and Bellevue.

There are currently 50 stations across the city of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Red Bike opened 30 bike share stations in Cincinnati last fall with funds that totaled $1.7 million. Partners include the city of Cincinnati, UC Health, Interact for Health, Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation, Procter & Gamble, Duke Energy and the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.

Red Bike has 955 members to date, and the bikes have gone on more than 46,000 rides.
A Google map of the new Covington stations show the stations:

• W. Rivercenter Blvd. and Madison Avenue near the Northern Kentucky Convention Center
• Greenup and E. Third streets near the Roebling Suspension Bridge
• W. Third and Bakewell streets
• W. Seventh St. and Washington Avenue near Braxton Brewing Company
• E. Fifth and Scott streets near the Kenton County Public Library/Gateway
• MainStrasse Village near Sixth and Main streets
Passes are $8 for 24 hours of use, and annual memberships are $80. Each bike has a 60-minute limit and can be returned to any Red Bike station in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky.
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