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Tiger Dumpling relocates to The Banks, continuing parade of new tenants

Tiger Dumpling closed its original location in Clifton Heights several weeks ago and plans to open downtown in the fall next to Tervis at The Banks Phase I.
Tiger Dumpling, which had been located next to The Brass Tap at U-Square across from the University of Cincinnati since early 2015, is known for its edamame, soups and dumplings, which are served steamed or pan-fried with a spicy or mild sauce.
The original location was fairly small, with an ordering counter and a few tables for dining in. The new location will be three times larger and will allow Tiger Dumpling to expand its menu. New machinery will be added as well and will automate the last step of dumpling making, quadrupling what the restaurant was able to produce each hour.
Tiger Dumpling is the eighth new retailer announced for The Banks since December. Other new tenants include Tervis, which opened in April; Taste of Belgium and Pies & Pints, which are scheduled to open in Phase II of the development later this summer; and Howl at the Moon/Splitsville, The Stretch and BurgerFi, which all plan to open by the end of the year.

myNKY nano grants to fund creative placemaking projects in Northern Kentucky

A partnership between the Center for Great Neighborhoods and Skyward (formerly known as Vision 2015) will soon yield nano grants for creative Northern Kentucky placemaking projects that will be available for those who live, work or study in Dayton, Florence or Pendleton County.
Vision 2015 changed its name to Skyward last year to better reflect Northern Kentucky’s current five-year work plan, myNKY, the purpose of which is to make Northern Kentucky thrive by connecting education, wellness, business and culture in innovative, inclusive and productive ways.
The grants, which will be available in amounts up to $250, are part of Skyward’s vibrancy goal. The organization wants to help build a region where people from all backgrounds feel included, connected and welcome.
Project ideas could include art walks, music making, bicycle tours, art installations or community parties. But projects can be anything that will incite community building through creative placemaking.
Workshops were held in Pendleton County and Dayton on June 6 and 7, respectively, to provide more information regarding the grants. There is still a workshop for Florence residents on June 21 before the city council meeting in the Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd.
Applications and full eligibility details can be found here.

Riverfront bike center offers tours, rentals and other services

Since opening in 2012, the Cincinnati Bike Center has signed up about 30 commuters who ride their bicycles to and from downtown on a daily basis. That number continues to grow and has allowed the CBC to educate the public on its services.
The CBC is underneath the Schmidlapp Event Lawn at Smale Riverfront Park, just at the base of the Walnut Street Steps. There’s a bike runnel so bicyclists can get from the top of the park to the bottom easily. Originally built as a commuter station for downtown workers, the CBC also serves tourists and locals who want to ride along the riverfront or to other neighborhoods.
Members have 24-hour access to a secure, camera-monitored space with bike racks and locker rooms as well as discounts on repairs, apparel and other services. Memberships are available on a daily, monthly or yearly basis and are a great way to try living a less car-dependent lifestyle.
A variety of bicycles are available to rent by the hour or for the day, including cruisers, road bikes, electric assist, kids’ bikes, tandem bikes and bikes that can be driven by a hand-powered crank for the disabled. There are also small, large and extra-large “Quadcycles,” which have four wheels and can seat up to nine people.
The CBC also offers daily bicycle and Segway tours that run along several routes throughout the downtown area and even into Northern Kentucky. Bike tours are 2-3 hours and are $30 for adults, $25 for kids and free for kids 12 and under. Segway tours are 2-2.5 hours long and are $60 per person.
In the near future, the CBC plans to host monthly group bicycle rides, which will be open to the public. Stay tuned to the CBC on Facebook and on Instagram.
If you’re interested in reserving a bike or taking a tour, send an email to info@cincinnatibikecenter.com.

Artichoke cookware store hosting series of cooking classes, demos

Artichoke has been open north of Findlay Market for only about 12 weeks, but owners Brad and Karen Hughes have already had an overwhelming number of inquiries about cooking classes. But they’ve offered only demonstrations so far, not structured classes.
“We’ve done a number of different demos, including brunch, ice cream and strawberry pie,” Karen says. “All of the demos have featured the products we sell and talked about the basics of preparing the dishes, but nothing real in-depth.”
On June 25, Artichoke will host its first summer school cooking class, which will be taught by Chef Anthony Jordan of Invito Personal Chef. Jordan worked under Jean-Robert de Cavel for a few years and then started his own company to focus on healthy eating and tailoring menus and meals to his clients’ dietary needs.
“Findlay Market is a resource no one else in the region has, and it’s so great to be able to partner with the vendors and show it off for this class,” Brad says.
The class will meet at Artichoke and then walk over to Findlay Market, where Jordan will introduce students to market vendors and talk about ingredients. Then the class will go to Market Wines, where they will learn how to select a wine pairing for the menu and purchase a bottle to go with their meal. Back at Artichoke, Jordan will lead the cooking demo around a four-course light summer menu.
The cooking class will be held 4:30-8:30 p.m. and is $65 per person. If you’re interested, contact Brad and Karen at 513-263-1002 or visit Artichoke, 1824 Elm St., to reserve your spot. The class is limited to 10 people.
The goal is to host one cooking class per month, Karen says. But there are a number of other opportunities to come in and see something being prepared in Artichoke’s demo kitchen. A free Father’s Day demo and tasting of bulletproof coffee, which is made with coconut oil and butter, is scheduled for 11 a.m. June 19.
Artichoke partnered with concert:nova for a demo of Julia Child’s Le Gateau au Chocolate, which is being featured in the organization’s one-woman opera Bon Appetit! The demo is at 4 p.m. July 17; tickets are $30 and are available here.

Center for Great Neighborhoods to launch food-based creative placemaking initiative in Covington

The Center for Great Neighborhoods is known for its creative placemaking initiatives in Covington, and in the next few months it will begin a food-oriented creative placemaking initiative.
The Center received a $75,000 Kresge Foundation grant — Fresh, Local & Equitable: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization, or FreshLo — to support project management, partnership development, community engagement, strategic communications and policy development related to the project. It was one of 26 organizations chosen to receive the grant out of 500 applications.
As part of the FreshLo community, the Center will create and enhance paths to opportunity for people in low-income urban neighborhoods. The project will focus on Covington’s Westside and include a four-step planning process to increase resident engagement.
The first step in the process is a series of food mapping events that will identify the priorities of Westside residents and business owners. As a community development tool, food mapping is a way to creatively map out food sources as well as start conversations about personal healthy, community, economic and ecological impacts of food systems.
After that, the Center will launch pilot projects that will incorporate artists into the food system to help tackle the priorities identified by the community. Projects could include cooking classes, place-based marketing or training youth in gardening and agriculture.

ArtWorks adding 23 more murals to Cincinnati this summer

ArtWorks staff and youth apprentices will work on 23 mural projects around Great Cincinnati this summer. A project kickoff will be held on June 20 on Pleasant Street in front of the future home of the Rosemary Clooney mural.
New murals coming to a wall near you this summer include:
Annie “Little Sure Shot” Oakley Mural, 3211 Madison Road, Oakley
The mural will pay homage to Annie Oakley, who performed in a number of sharp shooter contests in Cincinnati (though Oakley is not named for her). It’s supported by Voltage Furniture and Vandercar Holdings, and the community can donate to a matching funds campaign with Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell here.
Female Legend Vote Mural, 1606 Pleasant St., Over-the-Rhine
This mural will honor singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, who was born in Maysville, Ky., and won a spot to sing on WLW radio with her sister Betty back in the 1940s. The mural will be part of the Cincinnati Legends Series, is in partnership with 3CDC and is supported by School Outfitters. The community can donate to a matching funds campaign with 1919 Investment Counsel here.
Kennedy Heights Art Center Annex Mural, 6620 Montgomery Road, Kennedy Heights
Lead artist Casey Millard and 14 youth apprentices will create a multi-medial mural on the facade of the new Carl, Robert, Richard and Dorothy Lindner Annex at KHAC. The community can donate to a matching funds campaign with American Scaffolding here.
Prost to Cincinnati Installation Series
ArtWorks once again partnered with the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation on this series of six murals that will help drive development along the Brewing Heritage Trail. The multi-media pieces will depict love and honor for the city’s brewing history and will be installed by a variety of artists. The community can donate to a matching funds campaign through Power2Give here.
Walnut Hills “This Is 5 Points” Mural, 2429 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills
This is the final mural in a series of five wayfinding pieces that identify and enliven the redeveloped Five Points Alley. It will be completed in partnership with BLDG.
Winsor McCay Mural, 917 Main St., OTR
McCay moved to Cincinnati in 1891 and created the first comic strip for The Enquirer in 1903. Panels from his most famous cartoon, “Little Nemo,” will be recreated on the Main Street building in partnership with 917 Partners. The mural is part of the Cincinnati Masters Mural Series, along with work by Charley Harper, John Ruthven and Tom Wesselmann.
Other mural projects this summer include a new Cincinnati Heritage Series that honors Kenner Products and the city’s toy design history; an art installation in the main lobby of Duke Energy Convention Center that will explore the theme of Cincinnati or the Ohio River; and a mural by local artist Jim Effler that will span two walls on Central Parkway to depict the creation of Ohio’s canal system.
Through a partnership with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, ArtWorks also plans to create 12 new murals — New Lines OTR Alleyways Project — in Over-the-Rhine alleyways in an area bordered by Main, 13th, Sycamore and Liberty streets. The goal is to transform the more neglected spaces into works of art while making the alleys safe and more walkable.

10th annual Ride Cincinnati raises money for breast cancer research

Ride Cincinnati is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and the June 12 event promises to be the best yet, with a number of updates to celebrate. To date, Ride Cincinnati has raised more than $2 million for breast cancer research at the Barrett Cancer Institute at the UC Cancer Institute.
The event includes a number of different routes: 63-, 45-, 26- and 18-mile routes along Route 8 in Northern Kentucky and an 8- and 16-mile route on a closed-road loop course along Eastern Avenue in Cincinnati. All routes begin at Sawyer Point, and helmets are mandatory.
New this year is a 3-mile Fun Walk, a non-competitive walk for friends and family who aren’t avid riders but who want to support the cause. The course takes walkers around Yeatman’s Cove into Friendship Park, ending at an after-party where Fifty West will be selling its beer.
“Fifty West is a very passionate support of local cyclists, and with the opening of its new cyclery across from the brewery it’s a natural partnership,” says Allison Brinkman Schroeder, spokesperson for Ride Cincinnati.
There will also be honor miles along the bike routes to celebrate the strength and story of those who have been impacted by breast cancer. Each sponsored mile is a $500 donation and includes a large photo of the honoree and brief background information about his/her fight with cancer. Friends, family and coworkers are encouraged to meet at that mile to celebrate their honoree and cheer on riders. If you’re interested in an honor mile, contact Kathryn Macke at Kathryn.braun@gmail.com.
Like last year, Ride Cincinnati has partnered with Cincy Red Bike. A day pass for Red Bike on race day is $8; if you email randy.evans@cincyredbike.org right after the event stating that you participated, any overage fee will be waived. Bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis — the nearest stations are at Sawyer Point, Fountain Square and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Ride Cincinnati starts at 6:30 a.m. June 12 with the 63-mile ride, and riders can sign up online until June 10 and can register in-person that morning. The cost is currently $40 for adult bikers, $30 for adult walkers and $15 for kids 12 and under.

Cincinnati State continues beer industry class as local craft tradition grows

Last fall, Cincinnati State added a beer brewing industry class to its curriculum, which it will offer again this coming school year due to demand. The class is geared toward those who are interested in pursuing a job in the region’s growing craft beer industry.
BREW 100 teaches students the brewing process and the different styles of beer. The class tours a brewery and works with that brewery to develop a class beer — in the fall, the class will team up with Urban Artifact in Northside. Urban Artifact will then brew the beer and tap it in December during the last week of the semester.
Last fall, two sections of BREW 100 worked with Rhinegeist and Christian Moerlein. The Rhinegeist class beer was an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie stout called Gramma, and the Moerlein class beer was a black IPA called Brewschool 100 or Curve Ball. This past spring, the class worked with MadTree on a strawberry rhubarb American Hefeweizen, which will be brewed soon and should be tapped in July.
Cincy State is also offering BREW 160, or the Sensory Evaluation of Beer, for the second time. Jeremy Roza, assistant quality assurance manager at the Boston Beer Company in Cincinnati, will teach the class.
The college is currently seeking approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to offer a certificate program in Brewing Sales and Marketing, which would start this fall, as well as an associate degree in Brewing Science.
Registration is currently open for the 2016-17 academic year, and students can sign up for classes online. BREW 100 is also available for non-degree seeking students but is not intended for hobbyists or homebrewers.

Cincy Stories launches new community-building project through storytelling

Cincy Stories storytelling producers are launching a multi-media website project, Street Stories, to feature stories from each of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods, starting in Walnut Hills in partnership with Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation and LISC.
“When Cincy Stories started, our plan was to build community through story, which has given us room to grow and evolve and innovate in ways we didn’t originally anticipate,” founder Shawn Braley says.
Cincy Stories originated as a series of live events in order to get people together to share stories. As it has grown, Braley has been cataloging stories of the city in short, documentary-style segments for the website. Cincy Stories also recently launched a podcast, and now Street Stories will expand the program’s reach even further.
“We’re hoping that we can gather more stories from more people, especially those who maybe aren’t going to find us but still have stories to share,” Braley says. “We see this as continuing to get our hands dirtier, digging deeper into the exploration of how story and community are intricately connected.”
The Walnut Hills portion of Street Stories will feature an interactive Story Gallery at 961 E. McMillan St. It will be an art gallery for storytelling, complete with video gallery, timeline of the history of Walnut Hills and a place where people can get together and share stories.
The gallery is being made possible through a LISC placemaking grant, and Model Group is providing the gallery space.
The Story Gallery is a way for Cincy Stories to engage the community on the ground and invite them into the space for events and to share stories.
Cincy Stories will capture Walnut Hills stories over the next few months, and then in July there will be a party to unveil the website. The next neighborhood hasn’t been announced yet, but it needs to be a partnership between Cincy Stories and the community.
Braley says it made sense to team up with the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, which is working to connect people and build a diverse, inclusive and vibrant community, and doing it creatively.
“We have this crazy notion that if we all just shared our stories, any tension or wall or misconception that hinders the community would fall, and empathy and understanding would be built in its place,” he says.
The gallery will open on June 1, with regular hours of 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. There will be a Street Stories gallery opening party from 6-10 p.m. on June 10.

Hellmann Creative Center receives grant for outdoor community space

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced more than $82 million in grants awarded to help fund local arts projects and partnerships, and three Cincinnati area organizations, including the Center for Great Neighborhoods, received a total of $45,000.
The Center received $10,000 to help design the public space outside of the Hellmann Creative Center, a new creative placemaking hub in Covington. Hellmann Creative Commons will be a gathering space for the community that will further help tie the arts and the neighborhood together.
Not only did the Center preserve and repurpose a vacant building, but it’s also working to make the arts a more prominent part of the conversation in Northern Kentucky. Covington is a city of makers, which the Center wants is celebrating through business mentoring and a May 21 public event.
The Hellman Center grant will go toward the first phase of the project, which includes gathering community input and working with design professionals. Once fully funded, Hellmann Creative Commons will feature sculptures designed and installed by local artists from a new apprenticeship program that will collaborate with established artists doing a one-month residency in Covington.
Work on the Hellmann Creative Center is to be completed this summer. Stay tuned the Center for Greater Neighborhoods’ Facebook page for ways you can give your input into the design of the outdoor space.

Adaptive reuse development helps promote bicycle-centered lifestyle in Pendleton

With the addition of bicycle lanes around the city, ride services like Lyft and Uber and the coming streetcar, more people are turning in their car keys for bike helmets. Many local businesses are jumping on board too and are teaming up with organizations like ArtWorks to help design bike racks.
A new Pendleton apartment building — designed, developed and rehabilitated by BiLT Architects — is the first to be named an official “Bicycle Friendly Destination” by Queen City Bike. Located at 512 E. 12th St., Abigail@512e12 has a number of amenities that make it bicycle-friendly.
Dedicated bicycle lockers are available for tenants, and there is also a fully outfitted bicycle workstation complete with bicycle stand, pump and repair tools. Tenants can also purchase a membership to Cincy Red Bike for half price.
Abigail@512e12 is a member of Queen City Red Bike, and tenants can enjoy the organization’s membership benefits as well.
There are no dedicated on-street parking spots for tenants, which helps promote a more bicycle-centered lifestyle.
The seven one-bedroom apartments began pre-leasing in April and should be move-in ready within a few weeks. Rent ranges from $840 to $880 per month, or $1.50-$1.60 per square foot.

Outdoor bar and beer garden to be first along Central Parkway bike lane

Queen City Radio will open this summer in the former automotive service and repair shop at the corner of Central Parkway and West 12th Street. But it’s not a radio station — it’s an outdoor beer garden.
The auto body shop also installed car and satellite radio systems, and the new QCR will celebrate that history by keeping the name.  
Louisa Reckman and Gabriel Deutsch, her brother and business partner, think another outdoor dining and drinking space in Over-the-Rhine will do well, and they want to pay homage to their German heritage.
“Both Gabriel and I have dual citizenship, and I lived in Germany for over 12 years,” Reckman says. “I actually had my first sip of beer in a Dusseldorf beer garden.”
Environmental remediation on the property began last June, and historic and building permits were issued in March. Reckman and Deutsch have been working on the building ever since.
QCR will feature gas fire pits, wooden tables and benches, lots of greenery and garage doors that will open when the weather permits. Reckman says it will be a place to tailgate or watch a game as well as enjoy a pint with friends, family, coworkers and pets.
“We hope to bring a sense of community and celebrate Cincinnati’s beer culture while restoring a local landmark,” she says.
QCR also plans to dedicate one day each week to help promote and support local charities, nonprofits and other causes. It will also be the only bar/beer garden located directly on the Central Parkway protected bike lane.
“I hope we are an integral oasis and rest stop for the local bicycling community as well,” Reckman says.
As for the menu, there will be a rotating list of local, regional and national best-selling beers as well as a full bar with wine, cocktails and boozy slushies. Beers will include 50 West, Blank Slate, Braxton Brewing, Listermann’s, MadTree, Moerlein, Rhinegeist, Rivertown and Taft’s Ale House as well as national brands.
Beer and wine will also be available to go, and QCR is also working with 53T Courier to offer a beer and wine delivery service.
Keep tabs on QCR’s Facebook page for updates.

Listermann partnering with Renegade Street Eats for permanent cafe within brewery

Renegade Street Eats has been rolling up to food truck rallies, festivals and other events across Cincinnati since 2014. Later this year, owner Kris Buening plans to open a brick-and-mortar cafe in the newly renovated Listermann Brewing across from Xavier University.
“When I started my truck, this wasn’t something I thought I would want to do,” Buening says. “I didn’t want to worry about attracting enough customers in a brick-and-mortar space, and being mobile means that I can go where the hungry people are.”
Renegade has partnered with Listermann for about one and a half years now for Wing Night on Thursdays, as well as Xavier basketball pre-games and festivals. When Listermann approached Buening about possibly having a kitchen in its taproom, she couldn’t pass it up.
The numbers work for both parties — having food keeps taproom visitors around longer, and the additional customers drum up more profit for Buening. With the added kitchen space, she plans to keep operating the food truck and using the kitchen for prep and storage space.
The menu will be much the same as on the truck, but where the truck can carry just four to five items per day, the taproom cafe will be much larger. Customer favorites like wings and the gyro burger will be there, as well as a number of new items. Buening plans to offer snack-type items too, plus more options for dinner. She also wants to have special menus for events like beer dinners and collaborations with other food trucks.
“I hope to bring another option for lunch eventually and dinner that isn’t a chain, with scratch-made food from quality ingredients,” Buening says.
There isn’t a concrete opening date yet, but Buening is aiming for anywhere between June and September. Plans are still being drawn up, and permits have been applied for.

As soon as the space is remodeled and inspected, Renegade will open with limited hours and then expand them once everything is established.

Panino food truck owner opening restaurant in OTR

Another food truck owner is adding the title of “restaurant owner” to his resume. Nino Loreto, who started serving charcuterie and artisanal sandwiches to Cincinnatians in 2013, plans to open a brick-and-mortar location for Panino in the Union Hall facility at 1315 Vine St. in Over-the-Rhine.
Loreto is committed to sourcing meat and produce locally, and his menu will feature handmade, cured meats. His food truck has had a presence at Taste of Cincinnati for the past two years and has also appeared at a number of events around the city.  
The casual deli/restaurant will feature a meat counter serving made-on-site salami and charcuterie. The menu will be small, with the option to dine at Panino’s patio or take it to go. There will also be a bar and dining room that will be open for dinner. That menu will include wine and craft beer as well as charcuterie plates, crostinis, bruschetta, paninis and a small selection of entrees.
Loreto hasn’t announced an opening date for Panino yet, since once the meat processing facility is set up a number of the meats will take several months to cure.

Covington event to give the public a look into "maker" culture May 21

The Center for Great Neighborhoods is hosting a “meet the makers” event in Covington’s Orchard Park from 1 to 4 p.m. May 21. The event will also serve as a launch party for Westside Makers, who are also releasing an independently published book, Westside Makers.
Over the past four months, Calcagno Cullen has interviewed and photographed about 30 local makers for his book, which includes neighborhood recipes, designs and instructions from Westside Makers as well as photos and portraits of those entrepreneurs.
The event calls for all residents who consider themselves makers to move their practices outdoors in order to interact with visitors and each other. Orchard Park will serve as home base for the event, but there will also be a map of the neighborhood so the public can tour the Westside and meet makers in their homes and studios as well.
Participants include DC Sonix, Gutierrez Deli, Lil’s Bagels, Pique, Skool Aid, Wunderbar, Yogi and the Farmer and more. Keep tabs on the event's Facebook page for more information.

The Center for Great Neighborhoods has been hosting a six-month small business training program for local makers, including some of those participating on May 21.
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