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Green Umbrella reveals master trails plan and app for locating trails

Green Umbrella recently unveiled the Tri-State’s first master plan for the countless trails that cross Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. The plan was first shown to about 150 trail builders, leaders and advocates during the recent annual Trails Summit.
 
The master plan is the result of the effort to catalog the region’s trail system and get input on what it can become; 13 meetings were held across nine counties to gain input. The plan was funded by a $70,000 grant from Interact for Health, and Human Nature oversaw the plan’s mapping and helped facilitate community outreach.
 
During the summit, Green Umbrella also debuted MeetMeOutdoors.com, the first local tool to connect residents to the region’s trails, parks and other recreational assets.

The website includes a mobile-phone friendly app of regional trails that stretch from the Great Miami River Trail south of Dayton to the Connector Trails in Northern Kentucky. It also includes links to recreational events, destinations, retailers and volunteer opportunities.
 
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Eli's Barbeque, Maverick Chocolate opening at Findlay Market

Two new businesses, Eli’s Barbeque and Maverick Chocolate, will soon be opening on Elder Street at Findlay Market. Both businesses signed three-year agreements for their respective spaces.
 
Eli’s BBQ got its start at the market years ago, and the new permanent location will be open until 9 p.m. six days a week. Maverick Chocolate is a craft chocolate maker that produces product direct from cocoa beans. It will be the first bean-to-bar chocolate company in Ohio.
 
The market’s main goal is to increase foot traffic and business activity on the south side of the market, and improve visibility for existing businesses like Saigon Market. In the coming months, additional storefronts will be built out on the south side, and all storefronts on that side are expected to be occupied, except Luken’s cold storage building and the Mr. Pig building.
 
There are also plans to bring in a café for one of the market’s more prominent spaces at the corner of Race and Elder.
 
The two new businesses follow a months-long renovation of three storefronts, 129-133 Elder St., on the south side of the market. Each space is about 1,000 square feet, and were made possible by a $500,000 contribution from the city’s Department of Trade & Development.
 
Findlay Market is still looking to fill the third storefront. If you’re interested in leasing it, please contact Joe Hansbauer or call 513-604-7567.
 
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Kintimate Costumes expands in owner's Northside home

Lucia Jackson, a busy mother and corporate retail consultant, went to school to design wedding gowns. But somewhere along the line, her love of costumes turned into a business she runs from her Northside home. On June 14, Kintimate Costumes is holding a mod-themed open house to celebrate its expansion.
 
Jackson’s three-bedroom home at 1522 Knowlton will soon be full of costumes. Since its founding in 2011, Jackson has operated Kintimate from the house’s attic, but her inventory has grown exponentially since then.
 
“The costumes started to burst the seams of the attic, and I knew it was time to expand,” Jackson says. “No matter how much inventory I have, this house will be able to store it.”
 
With so much growth in Northside, Jackson says she’s in a prime location. Twenty new apartments will soon be built next door to her, and another 80 are going in across the street. “I hope that those 100 people will need costumes,” she says.
 
Jackson has something new in store for costume lovers and party-goers. Kintimate will now be offering a party planning option, with parties held at Jackson’s house or with Kintimate throwing a party at another location.
 
Although she hasn’t done any advertising for the party planning, she has already hosted a number of gatherings, from bachelorette parties to baby showers to a wedding reception for 500 guests.
 
“My friends and I recently dressed up as Disney princesses for a 4-year-old’s birthday party,” Jackson says. “We showed up, had cake and read the kids stories. It’s probably the most beautiful thing I’ve ever done.”
 
For the 2014-2015 school year, Kintimate is partnering with Cincinnati Public Schools through School Aids. Jackson wants to work with schools’ theatrical departments to teach kids how to find costumes, research them and make them rather than hiring a company like Kintimate to make them. With that, when a school is finished with a costume, Kintimate will then rent or sell it, with the proceeds from each sale or rental going back to the original designer.
 
“I would love to see us working with students from DAAP and independent designers,” Jackson says. “They could use the program as a great jumping off point. And I would love to see my costumes attached to a number of designers.”
 
Jackson has big dreams for Kintimate—in a few years, she would love to see a number of locations, each with a team of designers busy making costumes.
 
“When I was a teenager, my dad told me that I couldn’t party the rest of my life,” she says. “I think that’s the only thing he’s ever been wrong about.”
 
For starters, Kintimate will be open three or four days through the weekend, from noon to 6 or 7 p.m. It will always be available for appointments, and parties can be booked any time. 
 
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German cafe opens in Newport

When Elena Williams moved to the United States from Germany in 2005, she didn’t think she would open a café. But after working as a manager at Panera and a barista at Starbucks, she realized she wanted to own a restaurant. On April 9, Katharina’s Café and Konditorei opened on Overton Street in Newport.
 
“I had this location in mind for a café, along with a few others,” Williams says. “When it became available, I knew it was perfect.”

Williams did some remodeling of the space, including painting, adding walls and a breakfast nook, as well as purchasing new tables and chairs and installing free Wi-Fi.
 
Katharina’s, which is named for Williams’ grandmother, serves breakfast and lunch with items made fresh daily by her mother and cook Christine Hambuch. The menu is made up of soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as a few main dishes like Tortellini in Rahmsosse (tortellini in a ham and cream sauce).
 
Williams says the chicken salad baguette and Belegte Brötchen (your choice of Black Forest ham, smoked ham, salami and cheese on a roll with sandwich fixings) have been customer favorites so far, as well as the potato soup.
 
Katharina’s also serves coffee and espresso with beans from Newberry Bros. Coffee, which is down the street. The restaurant resembles traditional German cafés, and has the atmosphere of gemutlichkeit, which is a coziness that inspires a cheery, peaceful mood.  
 
Katharina’s is open Tuesday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
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BLOC Ministries to own, operate restaurant in Lower Price Hill

In May, BLOC Ministries will open a community-centered restaurant in Lower Price Hill. Blochead Pizza, which will be located at 712 State Ave., will be owned and operated by BLOC, but with local staff and management.
 
The 1,200-square-foot restaurant will employ about 13 people, and is slated to open the first week of May.
 
“We want to bring a community space that people can walk to, and gather and eat,” says Rev. Dwight Young of BLOC.
 
BLOC is also looking to bring two or three more businesses to State. It is starting a print shop and T-shirt printing company, and has its sights set on a building for the arts and training, and another for a new-businesses incubator.
 
“We’re interested in bringing jobs and training to the community that will ultimately help the community,” Young says. “There are great people who live here, and we want to partner with them and other investors to make a difference here that will affect the city.”
 
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Covington community improvement projects receive federal money

Covington is looking to attract additional funding to further investment in the community from existing and potential stakeholders through programs like HUD's Community Development Block Grant and HOME. For Covington and other HUD-funded areas, the city’s Programs and Strategic Projects division hosted a series of public input forums during 2013 and early 2014 where citizen feedback was gathered, considered and used to determine which projects needed funding.
 
HUD funds focus on improving green space, neighborhood revitalization and economic development opportunities, plus public improvement, residential programs and public service. Federal CDBG and HOME programs concentrate funding on projects that enhance public infrastructure and residential properties. Regulations for these programs do allow for a more creative use of funding, depending on local decision-making, public input and community need.
 
Feedback supported recommendations that include allocating $50,000 to improve amenities in Mainstrasse’s Goebel Park and a playground improvement for Latonia Elementary School. The community raised $60,000 for the playground, and the city is contributing $20,000 for the project.
 
The public also wanted access to homeowner repair incentives, so the city created the Code Enforcement Hardship Program that provides grants to homeowners who were cited with code violations but couldn’t afford to address problems. The new Homeowner Repair Program will focus on providing grants for emergency repairs like furnace replacement and plumbing issues.
 
Money allocated to the Homebuyer Assistance Program increased due to a heightened interest in purchasing homes in Covington. Last year, the city allocated $148,162, and this year, the program will receive $205,553.
 
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New Braxton Brewing Co. will combine beer, education, technology

Evan Rouse has been brewing beer in his dad’s garage for the past six years. After a visit to Upland Brewing Co. when he was 16, he fell in love with craft beer. Evan’s success in brewing competitions caught the attention of Richard Dubé, former vice president of brewing and quality at Christian Moerlein.
 
Later this year, Evan and his brother, Jake, and father, Greg, along with Dubé, will open Braxton Brewing Co. in Covington. They will start off with local production, and then expand to other areas of the Midwest.
 
“Looking across the industry and what’s happening in Over-the-Rhine, we saw the number of craft beer fans out there,” Jake says. “We’re looking to bridge the gap between Ohio and Kentucky, and prove that the river isn’t an ocean between us.”
 
Although Evan and Dubé will handle the brewing, Jake will be behind Braxton Brewing’s digital branding, and Greg is working on the brewery’s educational approach. Jake, a manager at ExactTarget, plans to launch a mobile app that will leverage what technology can provide in the craft beer industry.
 
“We want to help revolutionize beer, and we hope this app will do that,” he says.
 
Braxton Brewing partnered with Miami University for the digital branding aspect of the company, and Neltner Small Batch worked on the company’s physical branding.
 
The group also wants to focus on educating their customers. “We want to put the customer at the center of our brewery by creating an atmosphere around craft beer and learning about craft beer,” Greg says. “We think it’s important to keep people as close to the product as possible.”
 
The brewery will be housed in an 11,000-square-foot space on Seventh Street in the Pike Street Corridor. There will be between 15-20 beers on tap at any given time, with Braxton’s core brands and rotating seasonal and specialty beers as well.
 
Evan and Dubé designed the brewery’s 20-barrel, three-vessel system, and are now working with manufacturers on the actual product.
 
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Last segment of Ohio River Trail to connect Anderson with East End

A 2.2-mile shared-use trail will be constructed adjacent to Kellogg Avenue between Salem and Sutton roads. The new segment of the Ohio River Trail would connect the existing trail at Salem Road, near Magrish Nature Preserve, to a piece at Sutton Road near Coney Island in Anderson Township.
 
Once finished, the trail will connect Five Mile Road at Kellogg to Corbin Street in the East End. The conceptual design for the trail includes a 2-foot wide grass strip between the trail and property line, with a 12-foot wide asphalt trail and a 6-foot wide buffer space between the trail and the street.
 
When completed, the Ohio River Trail will span 23 miles along the north bank of the Ohio River from Coney Island through downtown to Sayler Park. It will connect neighborhoods to downtown and the park, and complete the connection from downtown to Little Miami Scenic Trail, which will eventually extend to Lake Erie.
 
Construction is still a few years away, but city officials are gathering feedback from residents and property owners along the route. Feedback can be given here.
 
The plan will be presented to the public in October.
 
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NKU to build Health Innovations Center

Northern Kentucky University will soon build a $97 million Health Innovations Center. Although plans for the center are still in the early stages, it will likely include classrooms and research labs.
 
The Center’s goal is to help improve the region’s health care in the short-term and help transform how medical care is delivered in the long-term.
 
St. Elizabeth’s Healthcare helped lobby for the new center, but hasn’t committed to placing clinics or other operations inside the building to cater to patients. They also haven’t said if they will pay for the programming.
 
The new center will likely include input from NKU’s Health Informatics and Big Data programs; training for nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other growing professions; and recruiting by innovative health care companies to link with students.
 
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Cincinnati Public Library will open three new locations in 2015

On April 21, the The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will break ground on three new branches in Clifton, Reading and St. Bernard. The locations are expected to open spring or summer 2015.
 
All three locations will have expanded collections, computer labs, meeting/program rooms, individual study rooms, maker space and self-check stations. Staff will serve customers using mobile devices, and the buildings will be designed for energy efficiency.
 
The new Clifton branch, which will be located at 3400 Brookline Ave. in Parkside Manor, will be 10,000 square feet, and will replace the current 2,500-square-foot storefront on Ludlow. It will feature on-site parking and the library’s first outdoor lockers for after-hours hold pickups.
 
Reading’s new location will be situated on Reading Road across from Southern Avenue. The new 12,000-square-foot space will replace the current 2,000-square-foot storefront, and will have drive-up services and on-site parking.
 
The new 8,000-square-foot St. Bernard location at the intersection of Vine Street and McClelland Avenue will replace the current 2,000-square-foot space in the St. Bernard Municipal Center. Although there won’t be on-site parking, the library did purchase a nearby lot for customer parking.
 
The new branches are part of the library’s $11.7 million facilities plan.
 
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NKY park to undergo improvements, growth in 2014

The A.J. Jolly Community Development Council is working with the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program to develop plans for improvements to A.J. Jolly Park in Northern Kentucky.
 
The council will apply for federal grants in August to help put the plans into action.
 
In the past year, the council has had the lake evaluated, which should help increase the natural vegetation on the perimeter, develop a lake kiosk by the boat docks and improve the fish habitat of the lake.
 
This year’s improvements include more team sports, including sand volleyball, dodge ball, youth co-ed softball and adult co-ed kickball. The stage, which is planned for this year, will be built near the former beach and boat ramp. It will be unveiled at Pack the Park on Aug. 16.
 
Money for the stage was donated by Alexandria resident Steve Stapleton from the Stapleton Family Trust.
 
Plans for the park include a stage for movie nights, concerts and potentially a theater, in order to promote a park where technology-immersed people can participate in a modern-day scavenger hunt with a GPS app.
 
A.J. Jolly is one of the largest county-owned parks in the state, and has a 200-acre fishing lake, the A.J. Jolly Stables, which were built in 2012, the A.J. Jolly Golf Course, baseball and soccer fields and sand volleyball.
 
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Newport on the Levee now home to Dick's Last Resort

On March 11, national restaurant chain Dick’s Last Resort opened at Newport on the Levee. It’s located at the corner of Third and Saratoga streets, and is open for lunch, dinner and late night.
 
Dick’s is known for its outrageous and sarcastic servers, who push boundaries with tongue-in-cheek conversations. They also don guests with bibs and two-foot-tall hats with humorous slogans.
 
The menu includes drinks such as the Killa Rita—Milargo silver tequila, Bols blue curacoa and lime juice, which is served on the rocks. Food favorites include gator tail and nachos, plus comfort food staples like fish 'n chips, steaks, burgers, sandwiches and homemade desserts.
 
Nashville-based DLR Restaurants owns, operates and licenses the 14 Dick’s Last Resorts. DLR is jointly owned by Triton Pacific Capital Partners and DLR Partners LLC.
 
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Cincinnati landmarks receive state money for renovations, updates

Every two years, the state of Ohio issues bonds for its capital budget in order to support the renovations and updates of local buildings, schools, roads, sewers, prisons and parks. Earlier this winter, the Cincinnati Business Committee recommended projects that would help educate and train the state’s workforce to the governor.
 
Due to the recession, the state wasn’t able to issue these bonds fromm 2007-2012, but resurrected them for colleges and universities in 2013-2014. This year is the first since 2006 that the state has been able to allocate money to community projects.
 
Cincinnati’s Music Hall and the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Union Terminal are to each receive $5 million of Ohio’s $2.4 billion capital budget to get renovations underway, if the legislature approves the governor’s request to issue long-term bonds for money to improve universities and community buildings. The decision is going before the General Assembly this spring.
 
But state money won’t come close to covering the $275 million needed to update both Music Hall and Union Terminal. Music Hall, which was built in 1878, is in need of $95 million worth of renovations; Union Terminal, which is 80 years old, uses an outdated heating and air conditioning system, and needs $180 million in repairs.
 
In all, the state’s capital budget includes $675 million for local school buildings; $454.4 million for renovations at public colleges and universities; $369 million for road and sewer improvements; $574.3 million for state-owned buildings at prisons and parks; and $100 million for the Clean Ohio program to preserve farmland, trails and green space.
 
The state-owned Aronoff Center for the Arts theater and Hamilton County Memorial Hall will each get $2 million for renovations. Another $4 million will go to the future parking garage south of Freedom Way at The Banks. The University of Cincinnati will get $28.8 million for its ongoing Medical Sciences Building project, and Miami University will get $21 million to renovate Shideler Hall.
 
Cincinnati Zoo will get $2 million, and West Chester’s Voice of America MetroPark will get $1 million to build an athletic complex for regional and national tournaments.
 
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CoSign project headed to Covington

On March 27, the American Sign Museum launched its second round of its CoSign project in Covington. The project area is the 400-900 blocks of Madison Avenue, and Seventh and Pike streets between Madison and Washington.
 
The project will last six months, with the unveiling of the new signs on Art off Pike’s 10th anniversary on Sept. 28.
 
CoSign offers a unique opportunity for artists and designers to create new, handcrafted signs for local retailers. It enhances economic activity in neighborhood business districts by pairing artists, small businesses and professional sign fabricators to design and install unique, handcrafted signs for local retailers.
 
Any artist, designer or local business interested in participating in CoSign must attend one of the two workshops, which will be held on April 28 and May 6 at Covington Arts.
 
CoSign, which was launched in Northside in 2012, was developed by the American Sign Museum and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. In 2013, ArtPlace America granted the Haile Foundation $150,000, which allowed CoSign to expand its efforts in Northside, and repeat in Covington this year. The National Endowment for the Arts also granted Covingotn Arts $50,000 to support the project.
 
Businesses located within the project area are encouraged to apply to the competition. The deadline is April 10.
 
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Workshops to help with ins and outs of OTR homeownership

A series of workshops on homeownership in Over-the-Rhine will take place this spring. The series aims to bring together relevant resources and expertise to better educate potential homebuyers.
 
Owner-Occupied Over-the-Rhine, which is sponsored by the OTR Foundation, will cover everything from selecting the right property to financing to navigating the specific needs of a historic property and historic district.
 
The Foundation’s goal is to make it easier for individuals and families to rehabilitate buildings in OTR, the Brewery District or Pendleton by educating them about what redevelopment in a neighborhood entails, and helping them make connections to successfully complete a project.
 
The workshops will be held at 8 a.m. on April 12, May 10 and June 14 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in OTR. Registration is $50 for all three sessions. You can register for the series here.
 
April 12’s session is titled “Learning from those who have gone before you.” Attendees will learn from other owner-occupants who have successfully renovated buildings, and tour completed or in-process projects. The second session, “You have a property, where do you begin?” will deal with choosing and purchasing a building, preparation for renovation, choosing a team, preserving historic properties, and laws and regulations. The final session, “Do the numbers add up and if they don’t, what do you do?" will touch on financing options that are available to owner-occupants.
 
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