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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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Oh, the places you'll go: Shops and events spring up along Cincy streetcar line

From The Banks to the Brewery District and everywhere in between: Soapbox's must-see streetcar roundup features a growing list of cool eateries, beloved Cincinnati icons, shop local spots and much more.

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Soapdish: Revisiting 1313 Vine, from beer hall to night club to entrepreneur hub and beyond

In an example of adaptive reuse at its most challenging, 1313 Vine has played host to a number of entertainment venues over its 170-year history. Now home to Cintrifuse’s Union Hall, the building’s still intact lagering cellars foretell a future that echoes Cincinnati’s fun-loving past.


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Who says print is dead? Literary culture alive and well in Cincy bookstores

Greater Cincinnati celebrates its long history as home to a wealth of independent bookstores, each occupying a special place in the hearts of readers across the region.

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Is Cincinnati's longtime struggle with downtown retail finally ending?

Discerning professionals are returning to the urban core in droves, bringing a clear demand for the charm and ambient luxury of downtown retail. Organizers hope it’s enough to support a comeback in the age of online shopping.

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OTR's Play Library offers toys and games on loan, helps Cincy settle into global sharing economy

In the so-called "sharing economy," everything from cars to clothes and kayaks are available to rent or borrow. OTR's new Play Library applies the concept to toys and games, with side effects that include more fun, less waste and a closer-knit community.

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Coming Clean: 5 questions with Elias Leisring

Local food innovator Elias Leisring, of the popular Eli's BBQ, shares his thoughts on local entrepreneurship for a new series designed to showcase the individuals who are moving Greater Cincinnati forward.
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