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Rauh House, Woodlawn

The 10 Most Interesting Houses in Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s rich and varied architecture often compels the use of superlatives, not unjustly as the city is home to 28 historic districts, icons like Music Hall and Union Terminal, and modern works by some of the most famous architects in the world (including Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry).

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An uncommon bond: Black-owned barbershops help promote cardiovascular health in the region

Health, specifically cardiovascular health, continues to quietly impact lives in the Black community. Local organizations are teaming up with Black-owned barbershops to help promote health in and out of the shop.

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Place Matters gives residents tools to transform their communities

Place Matters has spent the last decade giving residents the tools they need to transform their communities because they know the places we call home matter.


Video: Building a better Covington, but first, coffee

Soapbox caps off its 12-story embedded journalism project, On the Ground: Covington, with a community engagement event and screening of a new original short film called "Covington On the Rise."

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Soapbox presents: Building a Better Covington on Oct. 21

On Oct. 21, Soapbox On the Ground invites community members to Covington’s Hellmann Creative Center, where we’ll enjoy local coffee and pastries, community conversation and a screening of an original short film, “Covington On the Rise.”


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.


Land of second chances: Covington puts lifelong education within reach

In this final regular installment of On the Ground: Covington, Soapbox continues exploring the intersection of poverty and education, shining a light on initiatives like the Lincoln Grant Scholar House and the Life Learning Center that support education and skills training for adult learners.  

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Minding the gap: Poverty meets a fierce enemy in Covington's public education system

Poverty is a multi-faceted and widespread challenge to learning in Covington's public schools. But far from lamenting, leaders are tackling the problem head-on, with strategic programming and a passion for student success.


Great ideas surface at Soapbox's "Sink or Swim" speaker series

On July 27, Soapbox readers and Covington leaders gathered at the NKY Innovation Network for a light-hearted debate about what it takes to make it in Covington's fast-evolving entrepreneurial climate.


40-year growth spurt: Covington business then and now

The past four decades have brought many changes to Covington's economic landscape. Fiercely committed residents like Rev. William H. Mertes and former mayor Chuck Scheper have been there providing support and community organization through it all.


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.


The 'third place': Covington's changing pub scene reflects citywide growth

Whether it’s Covington’s brewery heritage or the quaint appeal of Mainstrasse Village, the city has long been synonymous with pub culture. Now, as Covington grows by leaps and bounds, its bar scene is keeping pace with business, food, retail and other attractants.


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.


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.


Pride of ownership, diverse housing stock keys to welcoming Covington influx

With the Center for Great Neighborhoods and the Catalytic Fund at the helm, Covington is preparing to manage an influx of new residents through smart historic renovation and support for programs that put homeownership within reach.

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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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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.


Urban ecologists hit paydirt in Covington's evolving, partnership-driven economy

Covington neighbors, nonprofit groups and city leaders are making plans to improve their shared green spaces. Explore a host of outdoor projects making the city a model for the region and beyond.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Beyond the coffee shop: Cincy co-working scene diversifies to meet growing demand

With a growing workforce percentage shifting to freelance and contract bases, cities across the country are creating diverse co-working spots to meet the demand. How do Cincinnati's offerings stack up?


St. Elizabeth 'saves Christmas' with new Simulation Center

Regional healthcare giant St. Elizabeth Healthcare introduces state-of-the-art center to prepare staff by simulating rare, real-world health emergencies.


CPA lauds projects preserving the urban fabric, identity of Cincinnati

At its annual meeting on Nov. 13, the Cincinnati Preservation Association announced the winners of its 2016 Preservation Awards. Twelve commercial and residential projects around Greater Cincinnati received awards.

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Innovative philanthropy focus of Dec. 8 IDEALAB

On Dec. 8, leaders from three national foundations that are revolutionizing philanthropy through innovative initiatives are coming to Cincinnati to participate in Issue Media Group's IDEALAB.

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IDEALAB to showcase Cincinnati's talent and innovation

On Dec. 8, the Haile Foundation, People's Liberty, Issue Media Group and Soapbox will host IDEALAB. The event will focus on funding talent-led initiatives, and some of Cincinnati's most innovative projects.


Soapdish: Top 5 mean streets for pedestrians

Columnist Casey Coston tackles the problem of walkable, bikeable cities and picks the five most hazardous pedestrian intersections.


Cincinnati talks sex in city planning during recent Speaker Series

The Oct. 12 urban planning Soapbox speaker series at UC's Niehoff Urban Studio focused on community efforts to make the city's shared public spaces more friendly, accessible and conducive to mingling.


Going Green: Collective Impact connects at-risk residents to cleaner air and healthier food

Green Umbrella unites more than 300 businesses, nonprofits and governmental agencies to improve Greater Cincinnati sustainability efforts, thanks to the Collective Impact model.  


Stronger Faster: How Collective Impact puts Cincinnati at the forefront of social change

Collective Impact is championed by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation working closely with seven independent "backbone" organizations to reinforce each other's efforts and get everyone rowing in the same direction.


Wig Out: Innovative L-A Stopa replaces hair and restores confidence

Through her mobile wig shop, L-A Stopa is providing a boost in confidence and encouragement (and fabulous hair) among women struggling with hair loss.


Point Perk serves much more than fresh coffee

Covington's new community coffeeshop is the latest business from The Point Arc nonprofit to provide employment opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


My Soapbox: Natasia Malaihollo, Founder & CEO of Wyzerr

As Natasia Malaihollo refined the business plan for her consumer research startup at The Brandery, a strange thing happened: She fell in love with Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. And now she wants to give back.


A year of bringing abandoned buildings back to life

Over the past year Soapbox followed local redevelopment projects at historic buildings and abandoned sites, including efforts by a countywide program to target new housing. Here’s a roundup with updates.


2015 was a huge year for Cincinnati innovation

We recap Soapbox’s 2015 innovation and entrepreneurship coverage in order to stand back and marvel at the startup community's collective accomplishments while getting ready for more to come.


ArtsWave: Arts are "an absolute necessity" for Cincinnati growth and vibrancy

ArtsWave's new Blueprint for Collective Action is aiming to ensure that Cincinnati's amazing arts will support the vibrant regional economy and enable a more connected community.


Northern Kentucky FAME partners with educators, manufacturers to drive jobs

Northern Kentucky leaders are betting on an education-based jobs push from the local Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) chapter, a partnership among 18 area businesses, allied groups and academic institutions.


Neighborhood Heroes: "Super Friends" fight crime together in Covington

Replace superhero characters with a nonprofit leader, a police chief and a grandmother and you have Covington's Super Friends, using the power of teamwork to create a safe and vibrant Westside neighborhood.


How to activate your neighborhood in 5 steps this weekend

Kevin Wright and Joe Nickol believe in the power of pop-up biergartens in alleys and pop-up festivals in parking lots to transform neighborhoods, and they want to help you do it in your own neighborhood.

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Large renovation projects taking shape in Northside, Covington and OTR

The fifth installment of a Soapbox series focusing on building redevelopment looks at three large projects in Greater Cincinnati's urban core: new housing in Covington and Northside and a new innovation hub in Over-the-Rhine.


All eyes on All Star Game events and activities

The nation's eyes turn to Cincinnati as we welcome the Major League Baseball All Star Game back to town. Here's a rundown of the official ASG events as well as related baseball activities and general festivities.


Northern Kentucky planning leaders turn their vision skyward

Northern Kentucky faced a choice as Vision 2015 wound down its 10-year mission: add incremental goals or go for a fresh, new collective vision for regional planning. Community input pushed the creation of a bold "myNKY" plan and Skyward organization.


Renovated housing developments bring new residents to Evanston and Covington

The fourth installment of a Soapbox series focusing on building redevelopment looks at creative residential rehabs in long-ignored sections of Evanston in Cincinnati and Shotgun Row in Covington.

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Top 10 transportation stories for 2015 and beyond

As winter slowly recedes and potholes reappear, can spring flowers and infrastructure updates be far behind? Here are 10 transportation stories we’re following that will impact Greater Cincinnati throughout 2015 and beyond.


Soapdish: A taproom tourist surveys Cincinnati's craft beer options

Shortly after the new year arrives, so do Cincinnati Beer Week, Cincy Winter Beerfest and the almighty Bockfest, which can mean just one thing: It’s Beer Season! To celebrate, I offer a highly subjective sampling of what our region has to offer in the burgeoning world of craft beer and taproom tourism.

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All Hands on Deck: Covington is making waves in 2015

The City of Covington has seen and delivered significant changes over the past year, with many more to come just in time for its 2015 bicentennial. Can they get a high five?

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Police-community partnerships offer way to improve neighborhood safety

Communities across the U.S. have formed effective, ongoing partnerships with the police that have stopped basement break-ins in Covington, slowed drug dealers in Walnut Hills and generally improved safety and trust between residents and police.


8 Cincinnati area buildings are coming back to life

A new Soapbox series focuses on building redevelopment. In part 1, writer Caitlin Koenig dives into Greater Cincinnati’s past and offers a peek at what these eight buildings are blossoming into.


Greater Cincinnati's 10 Most Anticipated Development Projects

Today it seems that construction is everywhere. Developments are popping up overnight, and long-time residents and recent transplants are breathing life back into the city, while new projects are being announced every day. Here's a field guide to good things coming to Cincinnati.


Meet four locals who are living the dream in Cincinnati

From the founder of a local food startup to parents who chose to adopt internationally, find out about four Cincinnatians who are living the dream right here in the Queen City — and how you can, too.


Co-working options grow thanks to Cincinnati's expanding pool of independent professionals

Co-working has had a foothold in Cincinnati for many years, and the options for workers looking for collaborative office space have continued to grow. Here are 6 co-working shops for independent workers who still want to drink from the proverbial water cooler.


For startups, money changes everything

Making Cincinnati a place where entrepreneurial dreams are realized is the goal of seed-stage funders like CincyTech, the Brandery and Cintrifuse when they match startups with crucial investment dollars. Financial backing and venture capital hookups from these organizations helped local startup Ahalogy become a wildly successful Pinterest marketing agency.


Incubators help new startup businesses take root and grow

Startup incubators offer both resources and connectivity for small startups with big potential. A shared culture of entrepreneurship among risk-takers helps nurture the seed of a business plan into a flourishing company.


Accelerators vs. Incubators: Cincinnati's red hot startup scene

As Cincinnati grows into one of the nation’s premier technology startup hubs, accelerators and incubators have become an important part of the business landscape. But what’s the difference, who are the key players, and how do they serve the business community?


Original Soapbox series tells story of what's reshaping Cincinnati's neighborhoods

If you missed one of the community profiles featured in our Hot 'Hoods series, here's your chance to find out more about the five neighborhoods set to flourish in 2014. You might be surprised by our picks.


Hot 'Hoods: Covington

This week we continue our spotlight on neighborhoods that are poised for growth in 2014. We asked key community members from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to share their insights on how they expect their communities to develop this year.


Dual enrollment makes college more affordable by giving kids a head start

University tuition just got a little bit cheaper. Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky high schools have partnered with local colleges to offer broad catalogues of free and reduced-cost dual enrollment courses to high school juniors and seniors.


Shannan Boyer balances a business, a blog and two boys

Whether writing a blog post about a great pizza joint or helping a client boost her business through social media, Shannan Boyer—founder of Family Friendly Cincinnati and Scooter Media—defines success as a happy client.


Local banks and schools partner to teach kids financial responsibility

As the senior class of 2014 prepares to be the first graduating under Ohio’s new economics and financial literacy curriculum requirements, banks in Cincinnati are partnering with schools and nonprofits to push financial education further than ever for students as early as preschool and through to 12th grade.


How technology, health care and community partnerships are transforming local education

As the evolution of culture and society influence learning, the way forward for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky public schools is through creative thinking about where to form partnerships and how to steer trends.


"Die Empty" author Todd Henry hosts local event

If you want to learn how to reclaim your passion, find your voice and unleash your brilliance every day, join Soapbox Thursday for a special event with Todd Henry, author of the new book "Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day."


UpTech offers unique opportunity for informatics-fueled startups in NKY

UpTech, Northern Kentucky's newest startup incubator, is on a mission to establish a place where graduates from NKU’s College of Informatics can find employment or start their own businesses built on managing the massive amounts of data being collected by companies, social media sites and health care providers.


Nights out Cincinnati

One weekend. Two nights of Cincinnati. Soapbox's managing photographer Scott Beseler tours the Art of Food in Covington and the Platter Party in Brighton. The result? A taste of fashion, music and fun in the city. Video by Scott Beseler.


Success by Six jumpstarts learning for youngest students

From prenatal care to kindergarten and at every milestone in between, Success By Six guides Greater Cincinnati's youngest learners on their journey from cradle to career.


My Soapbox: Cate Yellig, Art Director, City of Covington

Cate Yellig knows how to build things. And how to use a blowtorch. The City of Covington's new art director talks economic development, world travels and how the region has become a magnet for talented, smart entrepreneurs and artists.


My Soapbox: Duru Armagan, organizer, Rise of the Cool Kids

You may know Duru Armagan as the owner of OTR's Sloane Boutique. This month, she styles Rise of the Cool Kids (ROCK), a projection fashion show and performance that highlights streetwear and Cincinnati's growing fashion scene. She shares the details with Soapbox's Robin Donovan.


My Soapbox: Sherry Carran, Covington's mayor-elect

Covington's first female mayor, Sherry Carran, takes office next month. The alum of the University of Cincinnati’s architecture program and long-time Northern Kentuckian shares her thoughts on her election, her goals, and bikes in Covington with Soapbox’s Hannah Purnell.


Soapdish: At 21C Museum/Hotel, 'c' stands for 'cool'

Clearly the “c” in 21c stands for “cool.” In fact, sitting where it is, adjacent to the Zaha Hadid-designed Contemporary Arts Center, we may have one of the more potent, one-two combinations of cool in the greater Midwest, not to mention another notch in our impressive belt of cultural tourist attractions.


Entrepreneurs on a roll: Food trucks navigate complex elements

In Cincinnati’s gritty food truck subculture, there are few avenues of support and even fewer guarantees. Tom Acito of Cafe de Wheels and his food truck brethren have chips on their shoulders, real skin in the game and a cult-like following.


Bike Month events celebrate city's progress, potential

Grease up your chain, pump up your tires, roll up your right pant leg and hop on your bicycle--it's nearly Bike Month in Cincinnati. Get ready to roll.


My Soapbox: Rodney D'Souza, founder, INKUbator

Rodney D'Souza is building a hive in Northern Kentucky. His new INKUbator at Northern Kentucky University is designed to help students turn their ideas into feasible business proposals and prepare them for the competitive world of startup accelerators. He explains his brainchild to Soapbox's Elissa Yancey.


My Soapbox: Jack Heekin, co-founder, Unplugged

A bicycle built for 15 hits the streets of downtown Cincinnati next month -- Soapbox gets the scoop from Pedal Wagon pusher and Unplugged co-founder Jack Heekin.


Art of Hair teases crowd with talent

Hair designers and models transformed the Carnegie Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky, into a wild world of wonderful, not to mention hairy, art. Soapbox's Scott Beseler documented it all.


'Johnny Walker' blends roles to build communities

He's been a stockbroker and lived in a flop house, but the most audacious experiences for University Hospital's chief psychiatric resident stem from his life as Johnny Walker, a punk blues rock guitarist who has toured with the White Stripes and the MC5. His newest gig? Helping build an artists' collective in an old Masonic Lodge in Dayton, Kentucky.


Time to tweducate

Urban school teachers have a daily impact on our most important community assets -- our children. When they succeed, we all succeed. Today marks the launch of Together We Educate, tweducate.org, a website dedicated to attracting, supporting and retaining the best and brightest teachers to work, live and grow in Greater Cincinnati.


State of the arts

Steel drums and sculpture. Photography and modern dance. With passionate, eclectic leaders and a host of talented supporters, Cincinnati's local community arts centers deliver an array of classes and concerts designed to bring neighbors together. Soapbox tours a few of our region’s growing, vibrant cultural gathering spots.


Soapbox offers 'arts lessons' Tues., Aug. 30

Sign up today for the next Soapbox Speaker Series event, an engaging discussion about community arts centers as catalysts for creativity.  When: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Where: Niehoff Urban Studio  


Social Innovation Fund charts course from cradle to career

As grade-schoolers play in the "Energy Zone" filled with bright-colored balls at the Duke Energy Children's Museum, they learn about simple machines the fun way. Training teachers to guide students through field-trip science activities expands the reach, and impact, of every lesson. At Cincinnati's Social Innovation Fund, which supports a wide range of educational programs including teacher training, creating lasting learning makes for measurable successes.  


Slideshow: A Night At the Races

The official Derby of Rats, a unique new installation by Higher Level, and Southgate House's three floors offer up art, music, collaborations and more on a Friday night in Northern Kentucky. Managing photographer Scott Beseler has a slideshow to prove it all happened. Say cheese.

The Year In Photos

Managing photographer Scott Beseler takes a look back at the photos from our top stories of 2010, showcasing some of the people, places and things that define our region.

'Play Me I'm Yours' Comes to Cincinnati

This week, Cincinnati welcomes British performance artist Luke Jerram and his brightly colored, outdoor pianos. Brought to the Queen City by Cincinnati Public Radio in celebration of their anniversary, Jerram and a team of talented local artists will paint playable pianos in public spaces over the next month.

Soapicks August 3-9

August begins in Cincinnati with another hot week of events that prove our city is Queen: energized events in Over-the-Rhine, an art exhibition in Northside, a BBQ benefit at Neons, the second annual Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week and more.

Soapicks June 22-28

Summer in Cincinnati means Mt Adams Cinema in the City is back, bringing classic films to the big screen. Red, Pink and Blue combines charity and fashion 140 feet above the Ohio river while The Little Voyageur takes you on a journey through the artist's mind.

My Office Is Cooler Than Yours

A day at the office takes on a whole new meaning for local businesses who are taking unconventional office spaces, transforming them into architectural gems, and enhancing their corporate culture along the way. This week and next, Soapbox writer Alyce Vilines spotlights six area companies that do business in the coolest spaces.

A Regional Education Initiative Worth Striving For

You could consider Strive, the region's four year old public education reform initiative, like a trapeze artist's net - there to catch anyone who slips or missteps along the way. But dig deeper and you'll find Strive does more than just work to eliminate the myriad of 'cracks' kids can fall through while trying to get a decent education.  This innovative, holistic approach wants to take students from "cradle to career," by empowering not only the educators who teach them, but local community and corporate partners as well. Soapbox writer Michael Kearns takes a first look at Strive's efforts to transform our region's public education system into a national model.

Soapicks March 16-22

Catch The London Police Ride Again exhibit at The BLDG gallery to see what renowned-international artists Bob and Chaz have to say about Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky or see Olive Dance Theatre's tribute to a breakdancing legend in Swift Solos: The Reconstruction of Ken Swift's 20th Century Breakin. Get chit-chatty with Pecha Kucha Cincinnati V, and wrap up the weekend with a Sustainable Sunday stroll through the city.  And register early to secure your seat at the Cincinnati Ballet's final Ballet & Beer event of the season.

Soapicks December 1-7

Be awed by more than 60 gorgeously decorated pines during CelebriTrees or catch Chuck Prophet's all-American performance. The Santaland Diaries takes to the stage while Miracle on MainStrasse has a little something for everyone. Don't miss the never before seen works of the Art for the People's Sake: Historic Soviet Era Propaganda Paintings and Posters exhibit.

Soapicks November 17-23

Cincinnati supports locally owned and operated retailers with BuyCincy's Unchained day of shopping. Pieced Together opens at the Collector Art Group and the 2009 Opera Ball is going Parisian. The 13th Annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards honors 19 categories worth of talented local musicians.

Soapicks November 10-16

Christmas is creeping up fast so get in the spirit early with Broadway Across America's newest creation, White Christmas, or get some gift ideas at The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market. The rebellious Brits of PREFAB77 storm Covington with their first solo exhibition this side of the Atlantic, Shot at from Both Sides. Catch pint-sized starlet Kristin Chenoweth as she joins the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for a special performance.

Soapdish: Dog About Town

It's a dog's life. Or is it? As Downtown Cincinnati starts to swell with new residents, odds are many of them are pet owners. And as urban amenities increase for mankind downtown, what about man's best friend?  Soapdish's Casey Coston takes a look at some surprising options for city dwellers and their pooches, and makes the case for a little piece of grass our canine companions can call their own.

Soapicks October 20-26

Zahara's Bellydance Fusion & Gothic Bellydance is bringing sexy back to monsters this weekend with Carnival Noir 2009's production Horreur Classique. Cedric Cox opens his latest exhibit Soul Within Structure at the UnMuseum while the Covington Screen Test Film Project tells unique stories through film. Don't forget to prance your pooch around at the MainStrasse Village 8th Annual Dog Costume Pawrade.


Disciples of Dirt

The Cincinnati Off Road Alliance keeps local trails open for nature lovers of all walks - or rides.  If you've been hiking or biking in a local park, you may want to thank a mountain biker. There are more than 50 miles of trails in the region's parks and forests, thanks to the volunteer efforts of Cincinnati Off Road Alliance's members.

Madeira Schools' Energy Solution

Madeira city schools strive for greener energy pastures with a significant gift  from an anonymous donor and inspiration from a Northern Kentucky neighbor.

Serving it up local style

In the last 15 years, KHI Foods in Burlington has turned a humble honey sales operation into an innovative local foods powerhouse bringing Kentucky crops to the national market while feeding the region's manufacturing industry.

Soapicks July 14-20

Summer lovin' hits Cincinnati this weekend with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's Romeo and Juliet as part of their annual Shakespeare in the Park tour. Take in a double feature at Cincinnati World Cinema with a critically acclaimed exploration of public transportation and the dreaded killer of city centers - urban sprawl in Taken For A Ride and A Crack In The Pavement. Big Hair BINGO and Blue Wisp's Play It Forward PresentsÖ are two fine examples of local organizations creating unique entertainment right here in Cincinnati.

Soapdish: Of Parks and Platitudes

Soapdish columnist, Casey Coston takes a look at the Cincinnati Parks system and what the "Great Stimulus" could mean for Riverfront Park and The Banks projects.

Strive Education model makes a giant leap into national spotlight

Strive, the Cincinnati region's cradle-to-career education initiative, is in the midst of its own learning period as it carries out the mission of a $750,000 investment that will make Strive a model for four other cities across the nation.

Soapicks May 12-18

Cincinnati takes a step into the surreal this week when Surreal Escape: A Night of Absurd Reality hits the Cincinnati Art Museum. Hal Holbrook delivers his one-man interpretation of Samuel Clemens in  Mark Twain Tonight and the Cincinnati Acclaim Awards honor the best in Cincinnati theatre while MainStrasse Village helps usher in Spring with their weekend-long Maifest.

Kids in the city

One mother's quest to prove to her kids that city living can be even more fun than country living leads her to a number of discoveries about the Cincinnati children's scene including some not so obvious choices.

Soapicks February 24-March 2

Spend your Fat Tuesday with the Mardi Gras for Homeless Children or treat yourself to a night of Frost/Nixon at the Aronoff Center. Create a video for cash and prizes with Hype Up Cincinnati or swing by Music Hall for a touch of the Blues Friday evening as part of the Cincinnati Blues Festival.

Soapdish: Foodie Feudies

The much publicized breakup of Jean-Robert de Caval from financial backers Martin & Marilyn Wade and the subsequent closing of Pigall's restaurant have seen a furious storm of hand wringing and gnashing of teeth within the Cincinnati dining set. Will the closing mark the end of sophisticated dining in Cincinnati? Soapdish columnist, Casey Coston reminds us that, far from in decline, the Cincinnati culinary scene is just hitting its stride.

Soapicks January 27-February 2

January is coming to an end and with that we welcome February, featuring colder days and even hotter winter events in Cincinnati. This week catch a play about love at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, drink in the poetry of Richard Hague at InkTank, celebrate Obama's presidency with recycled trash at The Base Cooperative Gallery and listen to over 25 bands perform for the Winter Blues Fest.

CinciMedia, 3D tech, and the Pride of Cincinnati

What do Lithuania, a local university, and a poorly thrown Frisbee have in common? Find out what Karl Treier had in mind as he took the reins of CinciMedia, and as CEO, relocated its headquarters here.

Choosing Independently

Whether itís shopping for gifts, updating your wardrobe or choosing a great spot to dine, Cincinnati offers an ever-increasing choice of independent businesses that help citizens reengage with the social fabric of their community.

A different kind of lending institution

No one knows what the future holds for our economy but Cincinnatianís are rediscovering their local libraries as valuable resources when budgets are tight. Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati are home to some of the largest and most successful libraries in the nation with services that may just surprise you.

Rising Sun over Northern Kentucky

Japan is the largest source of foreign direct investment in greater Cincinnati.  However, itís not all business.  There is a thriving Japanese community that has grown up around the Toyota-centric northern Kentucky economic base, which has forged strong cultural ties between the Bluegrass State and the Land of the Rising Sun.

Soapicks October 28-November 2

Itís that time of year again when the scariest of scary come out to play: little ghosts, goblins and Sarah Palin look-alikes. Thatís right, itís HALLOWEEN in Cincinnati and weíve got a week of freakishly fun events. Get face-to-face with a T-Rex, listen to Souseís soothing sounds, chuck a pumpkin or meet your favorite author downtown.

Advancing technology through research

Universities are the perfect breeding grounds for revolutionary ideas that become medical and technological advancements. They have experienced researchers and teachers, and a continual infusion of new ideas from incoming students.  Existing and start-up businesses are looking for innovations to help them excel and know researchers have the necessary expertise. This relationship fueled technology transfers. 

The xYz's of Cincinnati's New Workforce

Millennials, those twenty-somethingís from Generation Y, are causing a stir in Cincinnatiís workforce. Bringing a whole new set of ideals, goals and skills, Millennials are making their mark on Cincinnati businesses.

From Cuba with love

Three years ago, professional dancers Cervilio Amador and Gema Diaz made the decision to leave their homes and families and defect to the US from Cuba. Their decision brought them to here where dancing for the Cincinnati Ballet has given them a new home.

Neigbhorhood Profile: A day on MainStrasse

Just across the Ohio River, nestled in the heart of Covington, sits the German descended MainStrasse Village. With over 30 different eateries, shops and galleries, the Village has it all. I invite you to spend just one day discovering this little slice of Germany which sets in our own backyard.

Soapicks September 23-28

With hurricane Ike gone and electricity back on, Cincinnati continues to bring a line-up of Fall events which you absolutely cannot miss. This week itís rock and rollís turn to blow into town as the MidPoint Music Festival takes over stages everywhere. Also sweeping in is the 20/20 Arts Festival which kicks-off Cincinnatiís arts season. Making smaller vibrations are short films from around the world and a radioís look at this yearís Presidential race.

Ladies night is back

Ladies Night in Cincinnati isnít just about free drinks. Retailers across the city are tapping into the power of the purse sponsoring Ladies Night Out events to create long lasting shopping relationships.

the sundresses released

On fire with the anticipation of their latest release, the sundresses is a Cincinnati band determined to make it to the top through a combination of great music, innovative business strategy and a fierce loyalty to themselves. While at it, they wouldnít mind bringing the modern recording industry to its knees.

Soapicks: September 9-15

There's more to do in this city than you can shake a stick at and with the National Baptist Convention in town this week, you can bet downtown is going to be hopping. Here are some events you might want to check out...

World travel served to you one bite at a time

A trip to India, Lebanon or Ethiopia may not be within your budget, but you can travel there by taste. With Cincinnati's wide selection of ethnic dining options, those looking to explore new culinary horizons probably won't even have to leave their neighborhood.

Soapicks September 3-8

September kicks off the changing of the leaves and a whole new set of events to take advantage of around town. There is no lack of festivals to be found this week as Cincinnati gets a little culture of the European and Latin American influence.

Soapicks for August 26 - September 2

As we approach the end of the Summer of '08, we thought we'd list a few events that are off the beaten path...An action packed Labor Day weekend awaits starting off with Final Friday on Main St. and night of smooth Jazz at the Blue Wisp.  And don't forget to buy your duck for the annual Rubber Duck Regatta, benefiting the FreestoreFoodbank.

Working the numbers on Agenda 360 and Vision 2015

The region's newest long-term planning strategies, Agenda 360 and Vision 2015, hold great promise to go beyond "plans in a binder" and generate real transformative momentum making the region a power magnet for talent, jobs, and economic opportunity.

Soapbox Picks: July 22-29

There's so much happening in the 'Nati, the Soapbox staff has added a new feature that highlights events that influencers like you need to know about. So take a look each week at these two or three things you should know about your great city on the river. 

Where coffee meets community in Cincinnati

Cincinnati has its fair share of fine coffee houses, but small independents have discovered that it's a good cup of coffee served with a strong dose of community involvement that spells success in this competetive business. 

Upcoming Soapbox Sponsored Events

Soapbox is proud to sponsor the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby ďBuild-A-BoxĒ competition at the BMW store in Silverton on May 18. Assemble your car faster than the other competing teams with the assistance of a helper from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati. Think you've got what it takes to challenge the Soapbox team? Find the details here.

9 Places to Commune with Nature

Who needs another story about how much snow we got this weekend? Instead, Soapbox brings you a taste of what's to come. That's right, the optimism shared by the staff at the Box is telling us that this freak March blizzard is the end of Winter and that Spring is just around the corner. Are you prepared? After reading this week's features we think you will be. Discover a couple of secrets about Cincinnati's park systems we bet you didn't know. You'll be sitting pretty just as the blooms start blossoming. Trust us.

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