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Cutting edge: Cincy Sharp keeps local chefs in fine form

Like a surgeon with his scapels, chef Chris Weist knows the value of a well-sharpened knife. His business, Cincy Sharp, caters to the city's top chefs as well as any food enthusiast in search of the perfect blade.

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My Soapbox: Aaron Rubinstein, artist

One artist has been a part of Cincinnati's Summerfair since its inception. This year, Aaron Rubenstein's daughter, also an artist, joined him to continue the family tradition.

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Locals set off on #besomebody world tour

What does it take to #besomebody? Three locals set off to share an international message of self-determination and positivity, fueled by branding expertise and creative street cred. 

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Fringe's tin anniversary filled with heart

Find out what Cincinnati's Fringe Festival really needs as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. Producing Artistic Director Eric Vosmeier gives Soapbox's Elissa Yancey the scoop.


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Women in the kitchens, part 2

Last week, Soapbox's Andrew Welsh introduced you to Take the Cake's Melissa Mileto, whose fashion background contributes to her artistic references in the kitchen. This week, he talks food, art and inspiration with the chef-owners of Nectar, Eat Well Cafe & Takeaway and Honey. 

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Soapdish: Rhinegeist taps into history to build future

Over-the-Rhine brewery Rhinegeist, set to open this year, embodies a 21st century spirit of creativity and adventure in the neighborhood with roots in beer and city-building.

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Women in the kitchens, Part 1

Melissa Mileto grew up in Baltimore's Little Italy. Today, Take the Cake's chef and joint-owner oversees one of the city's busiest and most creative kitchens. She kicks off Soapbox's series that spotlights Cincinnati's female chef-owners.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
 
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