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How Fiona became a social media star


It's been almost six months since she was born, but baby Fiona has already made a name for herself all over the internet.

The hippo was born premature and only weighed 29 pounds, when full-term baby hippos weigh 55-120 pounds at birth. From the minute she was born, a care team at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden gave her round-the-clock care, and she pulled through. 

They started posting daily updates on Fiona, and when she was past the critical point, the zoo made an announcement that they would stop giving daily updates. Almost immediately, people started commenting on the social media posts that they wanted those daily updates, so they continued.

It seems Fiona came at just the right time, both for the nation and for the zoo. She arrived just after Inauguration Day, and it was just last year that the zoo had to make the decision to shoot and kill one of its Silverback Gorillas, Harambe, after a child fell into the gorilla enclosure and was in danger.

The country's favorite little hippo is now over 350 pounds, and she's finally reunited with her parents, Bibi and Henry. Although she's still not on a regular viewing schedule, it's highly likely you'll see her during your next visit to the zoo. 

Read the full NPR story and take a peek at some of Fiona's social media posts here.

 

Thirteen area restaurants lauded by Wine Spectator for wine programs


In 2017, Wine Spectator is honoring 3,592 restaurants from all 50 states and more than 75 countries for their dedication to wine. The awards are given across three categories: Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award.

Nine Cincinnati restaurants landed themselves in this year's Award of Excellence category:

The Best Award of Excellence is given to restaurants with a wine list of about 350 or more selections with vintage depth or breadth in one or more regions; it was awarded to 1,168 restaurants. Four Cincinnati restaurants received this award: Boca and three owned by Jeff Ruby — Carlo & Johnny, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse and The Precinct.

To read more about Wine Spectator's award winners, click here.
 


Ohio ranked as 16th best state in which to do business


According to a survey from CNBC, Ohio is in the top 20 best states in which to do business, coming in at no. 16. This is a five-spot jump from last year.

The survey examines 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from an array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council, YPO and the states themselves.

States receive points based on their rankings in each metric and are then separated into 10 broad categories (workforce, infrastructure, the cost of doing business, economy, quality of life, technology and innovation, education, business friendliness, access to capital and cost of living), weighted based on how frequently each is used as a selling point in state economic development marketing materials.

Ohio ranked as follows:
- Workforce: 31
- Infrastructure: 5
- Cost of Doing Business: 22
- Economy: 17
- Quality of Life: 40
- Technology and Innovation: 15
- Education: 15
- Business Friendliess: 37
- Access to Capital: 14
- Cost of Living: 18

For more information regarding the survey and to see the other states' rankings, click here.

 

Kroger is one of the nation's most loved brands


Kroger landed itself at the top of The Morning Consult's list of Most Loved Brands. It came in at the top of the grocery store category, edging out Whole Foods, Safeway, Albertsons and Publix.

The local brand received 53 percent of the vote from about 200,000 consumer votes. Kroger even edged out Whole Foods, which built a national brand by having the highest-quality organic foods on the market.

But Americans seem to like Kroger more than they like Whole Foods, and the majority of that stems from the fact that more people have an unfavorable opinion of Whole Foods — 13 percent to Kroger's 9 percent. Whole Foods was recently purchased by Amazon, which will likely bring about some changes for the health food chain.

Kroger is making a name for itself in the grocery store world by launching its new Click List grocery pick-up program and starting a meal kit service that you can pick up in store, take home and prepare. 

Check out the full list of the nation's Most Loved Brands here.
 

 


Nation's BBQ burger named best bacon burger in the state


Cincinnati Burger Week kicked off yesterday, and there are over 50 restaurants participating. We're sure you already have your must-have burgers planned out, but Delish thinks you should give Nation Kitchen & Bar a try.

Delish recently profiled the top bacon burger in each state, and Nation's Whiskey BBQ Bacon Burger took the cake in Ohio. It's a 6-oz. beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, apple slaw and of course, bacon — all served on a perfectly toasted challah bun.

Stay tuned to Nation's Facebook page for its Burger Week special.

Check out the other 49 burgers, and maybe plan a burger road trip.

 

Orchids at Palm Court up for USA Today's Readers' Choice best restaurant of the year


Orchids at Palm Court, located inside the Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, holds many distinctions. Among these is a AAA Five Diamond rating and an award-winning executive chef.

Now, Orchids is in the running for the Readers' Choice Best Restaurant of the Year award, as voted on by USA Today readers.

You can vote now through Aug. 1. As of publication, Orchids was at no. 6 on the leaderboard. 

Click here to vote!
 

Two Cincy universities make Money's best value list


Each year, Money releases its study of colleges and universities that yield the best bang for your buck. This year, the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University made the list.

Xavier came in at no. 438 and UC was ranked at no. 583.

Xavier's cost of tuition is estimated at $52,700 for the 2017-2018 school year, and about 56 percent of applicants receive need-based grants and 9 percent receive merit-based grants. After financial assistance, tuition is estimated at about $29,800.

The cost of an education at UC is estimated at $29,300 for the 2017-2018 school year, and about 24 percent of applicants receive need-based grants and 21 percent receive merit-based grants, with an average cost of tuition after financial aid of $21,800.

View the full list here, and learn how Money came up with its ranking.

Travel + Leisure discovers the key places to visit in Cincinnati


Cincinnati is undergoing a renaissance, and it's been named one of the hottest places to visit in the country. Residents know why, but visits are just starting to learn about its history, top-notch bars and restaurants, museums, sports teams and great views.

Travel + Leisure thinks these are the top nine places to visit while in the Queen City: Click here to read more. 
 

Cincinnati Children's among best hospitals in the country


For the seventh year in a row, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has come in third on U.S. News & World Report's list of best children's hospitals.

The top 50 hospitals were ranked in 10 specialities: pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, pediatric diabetes and endocrinology and pediatric orthopedics. Cincinnati Children's is ranked nationally in 10 pediatric specialities; it's a 589-bed hospital that sees about 19,000 admissions per year. 

According to U.S. News & World Report, Cincinnati Children's placed no. 3 in pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery, pediatric nephrology, pediatric neurology and neurosurgery and pediatric urology; no. 4 in children's orthopedics and pediatric pulmonology; no. 5 in pediatric cancer; no. 6 in children's cardiology and heart surgery; no. 7 in children's diabetes and endocrinology; and no. 13 in neonatology.

To see the full list, click here.

 

Locally-owned plant design studio Fern recognized by Today.com


It's plant season, which means it's time to go out and buy new planters. But where are the best places to look?

Fern, a College Hill-based plant design studio, was recently included in a list of the best places to purchase planters by Today.com. The list also included Anthropologie, Home Depot Target and Wayfair.com.

Not only does Fern sell a variety of planters by well-known designers, it also sells a wide range of plants for you to put in your new planter. If you've never visited the shop, you should put it on your to-do list — it's located in a converted auto parts garage, and is a haven for those with green thumbs.

And if you're not based locally, you can shop via Fern's website.
 

These are the hottest startups in town


Cincinnati is one of the oldest cities in the United States, which means that the foundation of the city, its architecture and many businesses have been around a while. On top of that, the startup scene is booming, with investors, accelerators and incubators that are willing to cultivate these new businesses.

Geektime rounded up the top 10 hottest startups in the city. Some have been around a while — others are brand new or have evolved far beyond the original idea. Click here to read more about these 10 startups.



 

Queen City ranks in top 10 best cities for recreation


Cincinnati is known locally and regionally for its interconnected trail system, but now it's getting some national attention too. According to WalletHub, Cincinnati ranked no. 6 for its recreation amentities.

The study didn't just look at parks and greenspace — it examined a wide range of indoor and outdoor leisure activities that require varying levels of physical exertion and contribute to a city's well-being.


Neighborhood parks help build community cohesion, boost property values, improve public health and reduce pollution. The study examined 100 of the largest U.S. cities and compared 44 key metrics that speak to the benefits of public spaces and recreational activities. For each city, WalletHub looked at basic living costs, the quality of parks, the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities and weather.

To learn more about the best and worst cities for recreation, click here.
 


Tucker's named best breakfast destination in Ohio


Foodie site Extra Crispy must love breakfast — because they compiled a list of the best breakfast destinations in the country. While there are a few that are obvious to this list (Peppermill in Las Vegas, for example), many more will surprise you, including the spot from Ohio — Tucker's Restaurant.

Tucker's has been a Cincinnati staple since 1946, and you don't last that long in the restaurant biz without amassing something of a cult following.

The mom-and-pop diner nearly burned down after a grease fire in 2015, but the community helped raise the funds needed to reopen.

It serves all-day breakfast (well, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. breakfast because the place closes in the early afternoon), and is known for dishing up goetta, a native Cincinnati dish.

Check out the full list here to find a place to nosh on your next road trip.
 

P&G CEO David Taylor rated one of the top in the country


Glassdoor recently released its list of highest rated CEOS, employees' choice. Each CEO is ranked based on what employees have to say about them and the company, job openings and salaries at the company and company benefits.

David Taylor, CEO of P&G, once again made the list. This is the second year in a row that Taylor has been included in the ranking, although in 2016, he was ranked no. 11, and this year, he came in at no. 76 with a 90 percent employee approval rating. (For comparison, the CEO at the no. 1 spot, Benno Dorer of The Clorox Company, has a 99 percent employee approval rating.)

Other accolades for P&G include a top 25 spot on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work list in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

To see the full list of CEOs, click here.
 

Cincinnati a shining example for Erie biz group


In December, a group of representatives from the Erie Downtown Development Corp. in Erie, Ohio, visited Cincinnati. The group, dubbed the Cincinnati 8, were impressed with the strides that groups like 3CDC has made in its development efforts in Over-the-Rhine.

Since 2003, 3CDC has used investments of about $220 million to leverage more than $1 billion worth of development in previously blighted areas of downtown and OTR.

The EDDC wants to use the same model that has worked in Cincinnati — new market tax credits and money from the business community to develop and leverage outside investment — in Erie. The EDDC also plans to start in a small, targeted section of the city and work its way outward.

Read more about the EDDC's plans here and here.
 
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