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Fine fellows: Chelsea Koglmeier charts her own path

Chelsea Koglmeier never let other people's expectations deter her drive to learn, live and grow. The Mariemont native traveled the globe before returning to her hometown to start a career she never planned, in a company that barely existed. 

New owner, new design embrace traditions at The Little Mahatma

For more than two decades, shoppers happily shared close quarters at The Little Mahatma's 10-foot-by-10-foot space in the Carew Tower Arcade. So when Dan Schwandner bought the OTR business this year, he determined to continue the shop's densely merchandised history through a fresh renovation and an ever-evolving collection of international treasures.

Fine fellows: Roanne Lee creates 'awesome' life

West Coast native Roanne Lee moved to Cincinnati last year to learn all she could about startups and entrepreneurship. She immediately set about doing her part to make the city a more inclusive, progressive and awesome place to live.

Best of the fest: Bunbury's second year

Relive the magical musical weekend with this collection of images by Soapbox photographer Scott Beseler and Emily Hammerberg. Music courtesy of Walk the Moon.

Special Report: A place to belong

This special report, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, is designed specifically for young black professionals new to the city and anyone in search of new ways to live, play and engage here.

Fine Fellows: VFA first-class alum, Dan Bloom

Last year, Dan Bloom moved from the East Coast to Cincinnati to become a Venture for America Fellow. Now he has a full-time gig of his own and plans to soon launch his own startup, a new sandwich shop in OTR.

Putting polish on the Crown in OTR

The renovation of the much-admired but long-neglected Crown Building on the edge of Findlay Market is more than a story of timely real estate development. It's the tale of a creative and determined couple with a dedication to historic preservation and a deep belief in the value of living and working in the heart of Cincinnati.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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: Janelle Hopper, Contemporary Arts Center

Janelle Hopper, public programs manager at the Contemporary Arts Center, takes a holistic approach to connecting the community with art. In her three years on the job, she's showcased eclectic guests, from the Smithsonian's new media strategist to Sigur Ros. She shares her goals, her insights and her passions with Soapbox.

From cradle to career, creating new cycles of success

Whether she is downtown in the offices of Strive or coaching track at Clark Montessori, Nia Williams understands the power of a challenging, encouraging mentor. Without hers, she says, she wouldn't be where she is today.
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