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Fiona: A social media superstar


Fiona the hippo is now a household name, thanks in part to the communications team at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, which kept followers up-to-date on the premature baby hippo's progress through social media.

Her story is everywhere, and fans the world over come to Cincinnati just to catch a glimpse of her bobbing in the water at Hippo Cove.

Fiona's story has inspired a local brewery and T-shirt company; a seven-episode Facebook series; a limted-edition ice cream flavor; countless mentions in national news; and an entire nation. Next year, Thane Maynard, the zoo's director, is releasing a children's book called "Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo," which will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

“People tell us all the time that Fiona is something everyone can agree on,” says Amy LaBarbara, the zoo’s coordinator for marketing and events. “We have heard from countless people online that Fiona has been uniting the United States. We hear from people going through chemo that tell us she is the only bright spot in their day.”

Read more about our local superstar here.


 

Carabello Coffee voted best local coffee shop in Kentucky


Buying local is becoming an ever more regular part of daily life. Citizens are looking to buy locally grown produce and locally made goods, and eat and drink at locally owned establishments. Mic.com, with the help of Yelp, rounded up the best local coffee shop in each state, and Newport's own Carabello Coffee came out on top in Kentucky.

The philanthropic craft coffee roaster serves responsibly sourced coffee from the world's leading coffee-producing countries. Justin and Emily Carabello have personal relationships with each farmer, and they donate proceeds directly back to those farmers, and to organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The pair recently expanded their venture, and now have a craft analog coffee bar for true coffee geeks, as well as a cute little cafe where you can sip a hot drink and have a conversation, work or people watch.

Discover the other 49 top local coffee shops in the country here.
 

UC entrepreneurship program receives award from GCEC


Since 2006, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers has given out yearly awards to entrepreneurial programs across the country. This year, the University of Cincinnati's Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization received an award for Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines.

The awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the very best of university entrepreneurship. Each year, the GCEC recognizes the top entrepreneurship programs in eight categories:

  1. Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center
  2. Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation
  3. Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines
  4. Exceptional Contributions in Entrepreneurship Research
  5. Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education
  6. Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation
  7. Outstanding Student Engagement & Leadership
  8. NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence
See the full list of winners here.

 

Cincinnati redevelopment efforts serve as example for Springfield leaders


Leaders in Springfield, Ohio, are looking to redevelopment efforts in Cincinnati to jumpstart its own revitalization. One of the biggest takeaways is that organizations like SpringForward and the Turner Foundation need to work together, or redevelopment efforts will fall short.

SpringForward, a new nonprofit in Springfield, is targeting the redevelopment of existing properties downtown to attract new businesses and investments.

Since 2009, more than $320 million has been invested in Springfield, from projects like the $275 million Springfield Regional Medical Center, the NTPRD Chiller ice arena, Veteran’s Bridge Streetscape and historic Bushnell Building renovations.

More recently, additional investments are in the works, including the restoration of the McAdams Building, 31 E. High St., which will be turned into 56 market-rate apartments. SpringForward is also working with the city on a potential plan to develop a year-round marketplace at the former Myer’s Market downtown.

Read more about Springfield's plans here.
 

BLINK not the only draw in Cincinnati


This October brought BLINK to the Queen City, a free, walkable, light and art festival that spanned from The Banks to Findlay Market and included 60 large-scale installations and projections. Over one million people attended, putting it on the radar of people all over the region, and the country.

While in town for BLINK, travel blog Cool Hunting uncovered a myriad of other can't-miss options in town, including the 21c, Findlay Market, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Arts Museum, the Lucky Cat Museum, Taft's Ale House, brewery tours in Over-the-Rhine, the American Sign Museum, Rhinegeist's new restaurant, Music Hall and drinks at Sundry and Vice.

Click here to read more about Cool Hunting's four days of Cincinnati discovery.


 


Report: Streetcar boosting regional access to jobs


A report by Access Across America: Transit ranks Cincinnati first among cities with the greatest increase in job accessibility by transit — and local experts believe that’s thanks in part to the introduction last year of the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar.

General rankings for job accessibility by transit remained unchanged from the previous year, according to research published by the University of Minnesota, but new data comparing changes within each of the 49 largest U.S. metros over one year helped data analysts identify Cincinnati and Charlotte (with increases of 11.23 percent and 11.02 percent, respectively) as growth leaders in that segment.

The top 10 cities with the greatest increases in job accessibility by transit are as follows. (Click links for map view):

1.     Cincinnati (+ 11.23%)
2.     Charlotte (+ 11.02%)

3.     Orlando (+ 10.83%)
4.     Seattle (+ 10.80%)
5.     Providence (+ 10.65%)
6.     Phoenix (+ 7.51%)
7.     Riverside (+ 6.59%)
8.     Milwaukee (+ 6.53%)
9.     Hartford (+ 6.44%)
10.  New Orleans (+ 6.18%)

Get a big-picture look at where Cincy ranks in jobs by transit here.
 


Behind closed doors: Cincinnati's most beautiful restaurants


Many of Cincinnati's best restaurants are hidden behind unassuming doors. Only in Your State rounded up the top eight local spots that you have to see for yourself.
 
  • Boca
  • Sotto
  • Mita's
  • Restaurant L
  • Metropole
  • Taft's Ale House
  • The Mercer OTR
  • Abigail Street
Click here to see the photos.

 

Cincinnati is the eighth best city to live in if you love beer


In honor of International Stout Day (Nov. 2), Zumper.com evaluated the cities with the best bang for your buck, when it comes to beer.

Rankings were based on the number of breweries and brewpubs per capita, the number of bars per capita, the number of medals won at the Great American Beer Festival since its founding in 1982, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment, the state's beer tax and the average price for a pint of beer.

The results are in, and Cincinnati is the eighth best city in the U.S. to live in if you're an avid beer drinker. Local breweries have won 13 medals at GABF, and on average, beer is about $3.50 a pint. There are also 66 bars per capita, which gives residents a ton of options.

See the full ranking here.
 

Cincinnati, Hamilton lead the way for startup development


Cincinnati, Columbus and Hamilton have landed themselves on the list of the top 100 cities to start a business in the U.S., according to a new survey from the company How to Start an LLC.

The top five cities in which to launch a startup are New Braunfels, Texas; San Antonio; Jacksonville; Cincinnati; and Arlington, respectively. The states with the most highly-ranked cities are, in order of the amount of cities, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Colorado and Ohio.

Columbus ranks no. 16 and Hamilton ranks no. 28 on the list.

Metrics that factored into the ranking included cost of living, unemployment, university data and the Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, which focuses on new business creation activity and people engaging in business startup activity.

To read more about the ranking and see the full list, click here.
 


Five local favorites recognized by Food & Wine


Five local spots on both sides of the river were featured in Food & Wine's Cincinnati City Guide.
 
  • The menu at Carabello Coffee's Analog Coffee Bar has eight different brewing methods on it, and is the place for coffee geeks.
  • Artichoke, located across the street from Findlay Market, is stocked with every cooking gadget you'll ever need.
  • Longfellow is known for its cocktail menu, but there's also a small bites menu that leaves customers wanting more. 
  • Chef Ryan Santos' new restaurant Please is known for its ambitious and tasty dishes.
  • Downtown's 21c is more than just a hotel — it's an art gallery too. 
Read more about Food & Wine's top Cincy stops here.
 

Please Cincinnati jumping on pink trend


The color Millennial Pink is all over the place, from social media to food. It's a shade that restaurants are embracing, including Cincinnati's own Please.

Inside, customers can find locally made light-pink ceramic bowls, pink wine books and checkbooks and Please's Instagram-famous pink-flecked bathroom tile, which was handpainted by Chef Ryan Santos and his girlfriend, Jessie.

Check out other pink restaurant trends here.
 

Cincinnati named the most hipster city in the country


Hipster trends are popping up all over the place: craft coffee, craft beer, local art galleries, etc. Cincinnati has a plethora of all of these, and was recently recognized by Jetsetter.com as the most hipster city in America.

Cincinnati has 19th-century and Art Deco architecture, historic breweries and European-style neighborhoods. But we're also experiencing a cultural revival, with buzzy storefronts, boutique hotels, standout restaurants and hip bars cropping up all over the city. Jetsetter highlighted Over-the-Rhine, which is in the midst of an $80 million revitalization, has cool shops like MiCA 12/V, local art galleries and cafes.

Holtman’s Donuts has taken the city by storm, topping its donuts with maple bacon, cereal or coconut. The Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center is the first freestanding American museum designed by a woman (none other than Zaha Hadid), and it's full of cutting-edge photography, film and performance art; and downtown's 21c Museum Hotel features a free contemporary art gallery, rooftop bar and restaurant.

Read about the other six hipster cities here.
 

Nation's burgers a cut above the rest


Even though most every restaurant menu seems to include a burger, it's hard to come by a true burger joint these days. Thrillist rounded up its top 31 burgers, and Nation's signature burger landed it on this list.

The Nation is a six-ounce Avril Bleh brisket patty topped with smoked cheddar, onion strings, horseradish aioli and whiskey BBQ sauce on a toasted challah bun. Yum.

If you're hungry for a burger, see the rest of the list.

 

Catch-a-Fire named a best pizza in the Midwest


Thrillist ate its way through the best pizza in the Midwest, and Catch-a-Fire came out on top in Cincinnati.

It was first introduced to the Queen City as a food truck, and opened a brick-and-mortar pizza counter two years ago inside MadTree Brewing in Oakley. Its menu features creative wood-fired pizzas like the Hangover Pie, which is topped with sausage gravy, sausage and a cracked egg; or the Berries & Cream, a dinner pizza with strawberries as an actual topping. There's also a German pizza called the Goettup, Stand Up, which has garlic, a cracked egg and a Cincinnati staple — goetta — on top.

Click here to read more about Thrillist's pizza list.
 

Photographic Fiona lands herself in proposal photo


Fiona loves the limelight: she's been all over local and national news "dancing" and chasing her parents at Hippo Cove. This time, the Huffington Post is recognizing Fiona's impeccable timing.

On Oct. 8, a Cincinnati couple was visiting the Cincinnati Zoo when a man got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend. Fiona swam up between the couple as he popped the question.

Maybe she'll be a bridesmaid?

To see the proposal photo, click here.
 
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