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Soapbox's "Sink or Swim" invites entrepreneurs to test the water in Covington

On July 27, entrepreneurial-focused residents and leaders will gather at the NKY Innovation Network headquarters for a gameshow-style conversation about what it takes for businesses to survive in Covington's growing ecosystem. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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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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Get the picture: Visual art is everywhere in Covington

Arts enthusiasts will find much to write home about in Covington, from small street-front galleries and edgy design firms to the beloved Carnegie and Baker Hunt — with plenty of Frank Duveneck history to go around. It's a scene with history, and it's still growing.

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Leaders of the pack: Covington empowers residents for good

Building on a long tradition of inspiring residential leadership, Covington organizations like The Center for Great Neighborhoods are boosting support for community-led beautification efforts, learning initiatives and more.


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Covington revives a commercial artery, one small business at a time

As the 12th Street/MLK corridor emerges as one of Covington's most important economic centers, thanks to renewed investment and fierce civic pride, On the Ground takes a look at the residents and leaders who hope to sustain the district's viability well into the future.

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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.

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New generation of entrepreneurs underpins Covington's bold future plans

A can-do spirit shared by residents and leaders alike is fast making Covington a regional destination for entrepreneurs. On the Ground looks at three small businesses doing big things across the city's changing business scene.

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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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Leaders, residents and businesses join forces for good health in Covington

Covington residents face a variety of unique challenges when it comes to accessing healthy food and patterns for behavior. Organizations like Skyward and The Center for Great Neighborhoods are taking a synergistic approach, engaging everyone from city leadership to local corner stores to ensure a brighter, healthier future.

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Reclaiming a birthright: Covington doubles down on history to spark smart growth

Despite being the region’s second-largest city and closer to downtown than most Cincinnati neighborhoods, Covington remains something of a mystery for many locals. The first story in our second On The Ground neighborhood series takes a closer look at the city colloquially known as “Cincinnati’s Brooklyn.”


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Coming Clean: 5 questions with Handzy

Our Coming Clean series continues with Brittney Braemer and Suzy Strachan, founders and designers at Handzy in Covington. They're girl bosses with a creative eye, and they're not afraid of a challenge.

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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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