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Soapbox recommends: A guide to this fall's jam-packed events schedule

Brandemonium. DesignBuildCincy. Startup Week. And, of course, the highly anticipated unveiling of iconic Music Hall post-$135M restoration. These are just a few of the exciting things Greater Cincy has in store in the coming weeks. Check out a roundup of Soapbox's favorite forthcoming events.

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Cincy Sets the Stage: Get ready to experience the "new and improved" Music Hall

Iconic Music Hall will reopen to sold-out crowds the first week of October, and visitors are in for a pleasant surprise, with strategic efforts to optimize intimacy, comfort and audio-visual experience.

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DesignBuildCincy is back to shine a light on our best design and architectural talent

The annual DesignBuildCincy architectural and design fair returns Oct. 28 and 29, with events across OTR and an expo connecting more than 100 architects, contractors, fabricators, artisans and everyday design lovers in the dazzlingly renovated Music Hall.

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Cincy Sets the Stage: Amid $135 million renovation, volunteer tours keep Music Hall in view

When Music Hall re-opens this October, following an 18-month, $135 million renovation, visitors will experience a noticeable step up in programming and the icon's public-facing persona. Meet the docents and tour guides putting its best face forward.

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Coming Clean: 5 Questions with Allen Woods of MORTAR

This month, Soapbox talks with MORTAR co-founder Allen Woods about faith, perseverance in the face of adversity and why Cincinnati's startup scene beats out those of much larger markets.  

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Take a bite out of Cincy: 9 great locally made snacks

Food innovators are making things happen in Greater Cincinnati. From decadent sweets to savory somethings, here's a roundup of some of the best locally made snacks the city has to offer.

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Cincy Sets the Stage: Arts 'level up' with newly renovated Music Hall

This October, the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall welcomes residents back to a dazzlingly renovated Music Hall. Here's what to expect, plus a look at why our local arts scene is the envy of much larger markets.

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Here's what we learned about scaling Cincinnati's food innovation economy

Visitors gathered June 28 at Findlay Market to sample wares by a number of local food innovators. Proprietors of Pho Lang Thang, LaSoupe and others offered insight on what it takes to successfully scale a restaurant venture in Cincinnati.

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Soapdish: Meet the modern "pioneers" of OTR's Wade Street

Pat McCafferty and Vada Hill are two urban pioneers whose newly renovated houses on OTR's once-embattled Wade Street are anchoring a wave of development bookended by institutions of public service.

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A look at how food incubators are helping entrepreneurs scale their businesses

For the past decade, "eating local” has become a trend in both restaurants and in customer’s shopping habits. Findlay Kitchen and the Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic, along with Soapbox, are teaming up for a food innovation event June 28.

Happy Memorial Day!

Soapbox will break this week to spend time with loved ones, enjoy the Taste of Cincinnati and reflect on the service of those who have worked to keep our communities safe and prosperous. To our readers: have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend, and we'll see you all again next week!

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Coming Clean: 5 Questions with Aaron Sharpe of WNKU

Many listeners are still reeling from the recent news that WNKU will soon be no more. But longtime fixture Aaron Sharpe has weathered the blow and is moving on with a new project to celebrate his love of music, food and life in Cincinnati.

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Take one, leave one: Free Little Pantries nourish 10 Cincy food deserts

Nutritionist and Pleasant Ridge resident Lisa Andrews believes no one should go to bed hungry. With help from People’s Liberty and local residents, she’s following through on her vision to install free “little pantries” across the city.

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Neighborhoods across Cincinnati take steps (and pedal) toward post-automotive future

Much of Greater Cincinnati's infrastructure was built before cars became the preferred mode of transportation. Now, with help from elected officials, groups of cycling and walking enthusiasts are making a concerted move back to a pedestrian-friendly reality.

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Lobster bar, distillery and others breathe new life into Court Street

Home in recent years to a sparse handful of solid lunch spots, Court Street is now in the midst of a flurry of new activity that could grow its potential as a main commercial artery between the Central Business District and Over-the-Rhine.
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