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Rise of the rest: Creativity loves company

Startups aren't just for Silicon Valley anymore. As entrepreneurs find expected pleasures—and great quality of life—in cities like Cincinnati, a new kind of energy is building. Read about the rise of our startup sister cities, from Boston to Denver.


My Soapbox: Jason Langdon, Cincinnati Mini-Maker Faire

Louisville had a fire-breathing pony. New York had 3-D printers and makerbots galore. Cincinnati Maker Faire Founder Jason Langdon looks forward to seeing what the local science, DIY and art community has to offer in the city's first all-ages, all-genres celebration of maker culture this October in Washington Park.


Seeing stars: Innovative collaboration brings top performers to school stages

Bringing local, national and international artists to work with students at Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts does more than whet their appetite for the arts. It builds disciplined, savvy learners with deep bonds rooted in Over-the-Rhine.


My Soapbox: Lucia Jackson, Kintimate Costumes, Etc.

Need a kid's, guy's, marching band, Viking, witch doctor or Santa costume? Lucia Jackson has you covered, all from her Northside attic.


My Soapbox: Nick Shah, UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence winner

Nick Shah, who will graduate from the University of Cincinnati later this month, has already proven himself a 21st century Renaissance man. With a degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in Spanish, he'll start med school at UC this year, but he's already a fixture at the Ronald McDonald House, where he shares his talents as a pianist every week. Shah chats with Soapbox about his plans for the future and what he hopes to contribute to the world of medicine.


Raw music in a digital age: Young Heirlooms find beauty in folk traditions

After years of work and an expansive list of side jobs, Christopher Robinson and Kelly Fine illustrate the value of dedication to their music with the release of the first Young Heirlooms' studio album, a self-titled collection born and brought to life in Cincinnati.


Bridging the gap: Enjoy the Arts streamlines path to arts patronage

In its 32nd year, Enjoy the Arts may be older than most of its target audience members, but its new website doesn’t show it. With a fresh look and a new approach to its high-value services, the audience-growing nonprofit is planting serious roots in the digital age with some help from local startups.


Shades of Grayscale: historic brewery revives to showcase local culture, spirits

On the site where the first brewery in Over-the-Rhine began operating in 1829, a new generation of artisans is redefining the boundaries of the historic neighborhood’s 21st century renaissance.


Flights of fancy: A toast to OTR wine bars

Wine purveyors in Over the Rhine share "a community of love and attention," says Joanna Argus, joint owner of 1215 Coffee Lab & Wine Bar. As that community grows, Soapbox's Andrew Welsh tours what aficionados have dubbed "Wine" Street and beyond.


My Soapbox: Chase Whiteside, New Left Media

Chase Whiteside wasn't setting out to start a YouTube sensation. But when he and filmmaking partner Erick Stoll documented a Tea Party rally in Washington, they started a documentary-making partnership that has now taken root in Cincinnati. He shares his love of film and his hatred of the Internet with Soapbox's Elissa Yancey.


Modern Makers: The Big Dinner with Chef Frances Kroner of Feast

Soapbox's Scott Beseler shares a visual feast of the latest Modern Makers event, a celebration of food and art at the Niehoff Urban Design Studio in Uptown. Music by Maria Carrelli.


My Soapbox: David Le, Pho Lang Thang group

David Le and his restauranteur partners want to make Cincinnati an easy place for Asian Americans to live—and eat. Through Pho Lang Thang and Quan Hapa, he's sharing familiar recipes, with a healthy dose of culture, to an ever-growing fan base. He chats with Soapbox about his inspiration, his strategies and his goals for the future.


From Guatemala with love: Deeper Roots partners with growers for richer roasts

What do a dairy barn in Mt. Healthy and this year's TED conference have in common? A shared love of top-quality coffee from a Guatemalan village that locals know thanks to relationships nurtured with Deeper Roots, a local roasting company and coffee consultancy. 


My Soapbox: Kyle Neyer, University of Cincinnati

When 23-year-old University of Cincinnati track star Kyle Neyer considered his senior year at his hometown college, he knew he had a chance to make a difference. He wanted to make it easier for other gay and lesbian athletes to feel supported and welcome among their peers and fans. So, he spearheaded the production of an inspiring and inclusive video: "You Can Play."


Bayer Becker symposium awakens Cincinnati neighborhoods

The Urban Awakenings series looks at redevelopment projects in four Cincinnati neighborhoods—Walnut Hills, Northside, Over-the-Rhine and East Price Hill—that are focusing on revitalization, and what developers can do to help.
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