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Whether she is downtown in the offices of Strive or coaching track at Clark Montessori, Nia Williams understands the power of a challenging, encouraging mentor. Without hers, she says, she wouldn't be where she is today.
Join Soapbox and Joseph-Beth Booksellers as we welcome former Procter & Gamble Chairman and CEO, A.G. Lafley, to launch his new book, "Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works," on Thursday, Feb. 7.
A Books by the Banks veteran shares insider secrets about what to look for at this year's literary festival.
After a decade away from Cincinnati, Kate Zaidan has returned to reshape her family business, Dean’s Mediterranean in Findlay Market. She’s not just selling fresh-roasted nuts to other local businesses, she’s staking her claim on the family brand.
Regina Russo, the marketing director at the Cincinnati Art Museum, has seen two record-breaking attendance years since she left her post at FOX19 to promote art for a living. Now she's stepping out, literally, for the sixth annual Dancing for the Stars competition and fundraiser. In the process, she's living out "a dream deferred."
From digital pros to sleep-deprived StartUp Bus riders, Cincinnatians at SXSW Interactive staked a claim at the country's premier showcase of new ideas and cool technologies destined to shape the way we live, work and play. Soapbox gives you exclusive insights from five attendees about what it was like to live the SXSW Interactive experience.
In Sandy Kesner and Sasha Hart's Cincinnati homes, five-course meals become works of art. But as for the menu? "It's a Secret." The two friends welcome guests to their "underground restaurant," and share an evening of fine dining and unexpected treats for a palatable fee.
The numbers don't lie: while most areas across the country are watching young, talented professionals move away, a new study says zip codes like downtown Cincinnati's 45202 are seeing an increase in college educated professionals seeking urban amenities and the opportunity to make a difference.
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.
Argentine-born architect Jose Garcia's Cincinnati firm designs eco-friendly architectural projects that draw heavily on local materials and methods, whether in the Andes or Hyde Park.
Catch an award winning Sundance documentary, enjoy big bands and bigger beers in Ault Park, get literary for Final Friday at the Writer's Salon, catch a movie and an exhibition downtown, or tailgate in style at Fountain Square, all in this week's Soapicks.
This week Soapdish columnist Casey Coston goes back to school and dispels the myth that Cincinnati's best educational bets lie outside city limits. With a wealth of opportunities in Cincinnati's urban core - from nationally ranked high schools to innovative montessori and science and technology programs - Coston finds there's more than meets the eye when considering educational choices in the Queen City.
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.
90 years after its outdoor debut, Cincinnati Opera makes a return to the Zoo for a free show. Join Watch This for A Clockwork Orange viewing, or take a spin at Studio S in Hyde Park. Head north with the Cincinnati Pops to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park for a little Gershwin in the summertime, learn how to urban garden at Park + Vine, or visit downtown for one of your last chances to channel design inspiration from Inspired by Anne at Landor & Associates.
Darren Phan's childhood journey to the United States began tragically with an escape from Vietnam that ultimately took his father's life. Now the 33 year old Cincinnati restauranteur invokes lessons learned from his family's sacrifices and a lifetime of sharing food across the dining table into his restaurants.
Check out what UC's creative kids have been up to all year at DAAPWorks 2010. Hop on the bus for Views & Vines and help spread the word about the Big Gay Roller Party. Get down to Country Club Cincinnati to see Pictures & Statues.
The first Downtown skyscraper in 20 years gets her crown, a contemporary theatre group creates Cincinnati's first LGBT Theatre Festival, a pioneering vegetarian eatery gets a new life and the completion of the nation's first K-12 arts school are just some of the things Soapbox will be watching in 2010.
Catch best-selling author, Walter Mosley, discuss Heaven, Hell, books and plays at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park or show your support during One More Girl On A Stage. For a Better World is the latest opening at Kennedy Heights Arts Center and Soapbox's managing photographer Scott Beseler focuses his rock and roll voyeuristic eye in A Shot in the Dark at Fabricate all month.
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.
Cincinnati's suburbs could use a facelift. Nationally, sprawl and declining family populations are leaving behind outmoded and vacant strip malls and underutilized buildings and the midwest is no exception. By using urban design solutions developed by national experts to recycle these underperforming spaces and implementing innovative ideas developed locally in UC's Niehoff Urban Design Studio, Cincinnati has a great opportunity to revitalize its aging, inner ring suburbs and turn these spaces into the focal point of walkable communities.
It would seem the coffee shop business is nearly recession-proof. At least that's what Tony Tausch is finding as the owner of three Cincinnati Coffee Emporium shops and a growing wholesale business for his own roasted coffee beans. Tausch is beating the recession one cup at a time while giving the big chain roasters a local lesson in coffee craftsmanship.
What better way to explore Over-the-Rhine and its revitalization than with the annual GO OTR 5K Walk/Run that tours participants in and around the urban neighborhood. Work up an appetite and check out Taste of the NFL with host, Andrew Whitworth. Eden Park gets steamy with Some Like It Hot, the first film of the Cinema in the City series, and Mad Hatter hosts a one big Reggae Release Party, while the Cincinnati Art Museum steps Outside the Ordinary.
One entrepreneur's spirit of commitment helped to launch a new concept combining online retail and philanthropy, as well as pulling her through her bout with cancer.
Margy Waller recently took a job at the Fine Arts Fund's Arts and Culture Partnership which meant she would need to leave her D.C. apartment and find a new place to live in Cincinnati. We asked if she would write about her search for a new home here on the pages of Soapbox.
Cincinnati is the home of 52 individual and unique neighborhoods that, some say, serve as the the "key to city's success." But how did we come to have such a rich, quilted patchwork of localities and how will these 52 different personalities work to create a charged and united region? Soapdisher turned explorer, Casey Coston takes us on a quick tour...
Whether it’s 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.
While parks have often had wooded hiking trails -- along with ball fields, golf courses and picnic groves -- paved walking/cycling paths are a relatively new phenomenon. But they're becoming increasingly popular in Cincinnati, as residents look for new and varied ways to enjoy healthy walks. Even including labyrinths.
Millennials, those twenty-something’s from Generation Y, are causing a stir in Cincinnati’s workforce. Bringing a whole new set of ideals, goals and skills, Millennials are making their mark on Cincinnati businesses.
This weekend, the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati chapter of the Urban Land Institute open convene the Building Valued Neighborhood Conference, a two-day open exploration of how form based codes can attract talent and develop "places that matter."
Ladies Night in Cincinnati isn’t 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.
"Clothes make the man," Mark Twain once said. With the advent of the metrosexual, this quip is truer than ever. Or is it? Cincinnati's fashion savvy debunk this convenient catch-phrase and shed new light on the male makeover taking place around town.
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.
So much going on in the city this summer. Here are a few to check out that are off the beaten path...CAC's letting the architects rule the roost this week while Sawyer Point hosts a rowdy bunch of comics and over 70 different varieties of beer. Cincinnati World Cinema is showcasing a documentary about race and gardening and FUNKe is setting you up with a glass of wine, a chuck of wet clay and a humming wheel... What could be better?
There’s more to being a vegetarian than veggie burgers. From dining to shopping to community meetups, Cincinnati vegetarians are creating a community in the heart of Porkopolis.
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.
Charm and allure flow through the tree-lined avenues of Hyde Park, peppered with gourmet eateries, imaginative boutiques and unparalleled architecture. A close knit community with open arms to visitors from Cincinnati and lands far away, Hyde Park is the perfect neighborhood for a relaxing afternoon, an energetic night out or perhaps a permanent residence.
There's so much happening in the 'Nati, the Soapbox staff has added a new feature that highlights events you should know about. So take a look each week at these two or three things you should know about your great city on the river.
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.
From the comfort of your laptop, you can explore people’s bona fide opinions, their favorite eateries, their fears and their passions all through the power of Cincinnati’s far reaching blog-o-sphere. But beware – it may be more addicting than reality TV.
As more and more Cincinnati entrepreneurs start their own businesses, the face and place of the typical work day is changing radically. Gone are the Dilbert style cubicles as small business owners place flexibility and mobility over traditional bricks and mortar. These days, business is just as likely being conducted from lap tops and smart phones in coffee houses than from downtown high rises.
Summer in Cincinnati means locals can dig into fresh berries bursting with flavor, or plump and juicy tomatoes plucked straight from the vine. But where does the food come from and how can we take advantage of the local stuff rather than importing food from far away lands? The answer may be closer than you think.
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.
Soapbox is proud to sponsor the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby “Build-A-Box” 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.
Some rockers in the Cincinnati area are truly born to run, countering the popular image of the slacker musician. At least three well-known Cincinnati musicians will run the Flying Pig Marathon Sunday saying the running-rocker culture is a a lot more helpful for the creative process than a bottle of Wild Turkey.
Besides Great American Ballpark, where do Cincinnatians go to find a robust red? Christine Mersch explores some of the best places in the area to find that perfect bottle of wine as well as how our sellers are keeping up with national wine trends.
Cincinnati's local fashionistas live in an expanding universe of stylish delights as a galaxy of indie boutiques take hold in Cincinnati. Julie Mullins recently spent some time perusing the latest trends around town and offers her highlights in Soapbox's first look into what Cincinnati's wearing.
There's a rumor that Cincinnati suffers from chronic self-esteem issues. If so, the staff at Soapbox asks, "What are we going to do about it?"