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Local movie-themed bar makes list of top pop culture phenoms of the year

A number of food crazes hit cult-classic status in 2017: unicorn Frappuccinos, sushi burritos and the Whole30 diet. These food trends kept our minds off what was really happening in the world, if only for a moment. Food & Wine rounded up its top 50 food-related trends to go viral on Instagram and make a dent in our wallets last year — and get this, one of them is a bar in Walnut Hills.  

The Video Archive is the secret behind the unassuming wall of DVDs in the storefront's small video rental store. The Quentin Tarantino-themed bar features a cocktail menu inspired by cult-classic films — the Jackie Brown is made with bourbon, elderflower liqueur, blackberry-cucumber puree and salted honey, and the Royale with Cheese is a mix of yellow chartreuse with lemon juice and simple syrup. Owner Jacob Trevino is known for his pop-up bars, and closed out 2017 with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme at The Video Archive.

Check out the other food phenomenons of the year here.

Mystic Timbers coaster named Top 10 amusement park attraction

Kings Island's newest ride, Mystic Timbers, was recently named one of the top 10 new amusement park attractions by USA Today.

The rollercoaster opened in the spring, and features 16 "airtime" hills, an extreme S-turn and a tunnel. The ride reaches speeds of up to 53 mph.

USA Today readers were able to vote for their favorites, and the winners were officially chosen by a panel of amusement park experts.

See the country's other nine top new attractions here.

Queen City job market ranked eighth best

When people relocate for a job, they tend to gravitate toward millennial hotspots like New York and San Francisco. But if you’re looking for a change of scenery, a midsize city with working-class roots may be the best option.

New data from Glassdoor reveals the 25 best U.S. metro areas for jobs, based on affordability, job openings and job satisfaction. Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Kansas City topped the list, with Cincinnati coming in at no. 8.

The top three cities, all rapidly-evolving destinations for tech talent, have over 80,000 job openings each, and a cost of living that puts big cities to shame. Other Midwestern cities on the list, like Minneapolis and Detroit, have well over 100,000 openings a piece.

Cincinnati has about 80,000 job openings with a median base salary of just over $44,000. Job satisfaction rating is 3.3, and the median home value is $152,600.

Click here to see the complete stats from the top 25 best U.S. metro areas for jobs.

Rhinegeist's Dad makes best winter beers list

Winter isn't just about eating too much food and spending time with family — it's also a time when breweries step up their game with winter warmer beers. These beers are typically Scotch ales or ambers, and feature pie spieces like cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. USA Today rounded up 28 of the country's best winter beers, and it's no surprise that Rhinegeist's Dad made the list.

Dad is a flannel-inspired beer, and is a nod to Rhinegeist's founder’s own flannel-wearing father, complete with notes of pine, citrus and caramel. 

Dad joines other mouth-watering beers from around the U.S., including Bourbon Barrel Aged Gingerbread Imperial Stout from Moody Tongue Brewing in Chicago, Three Cranes from Mystic Brewery in Massachusetts and an EggNog IPA from Evil Twin Brewing in Brooklyn.

See the full list here.

Cincinnati ranks as the 12th best college town among cities of its size

University of Cincinnati and Xavier University students live in the 12th best college town among mid-size cities, according to a recent WalletHub study. Cincinnati ranked 50th over all cities in the country.

Oxford, home to Miami University, boasts the 29th best college town overall and the 15th among small cities.

The ranking is more than football tailgates and fraternity parties. WalletHub compared more than 400 U.S. cities and 28 measures for students, from average student loan debt to breweries per capita.

The three key factors include:

  • Wallet friendliness, which considers the adjusted cost of living for young people
  • Social environment, which weighs nightlife options, crime rate and students per capita
  • Academic and economic opportunities, which looks at the quality of higher education

Data was collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Center for Education Statistics, Numbeo, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, TransUnion, TripAdvisor, Areavibes, Yelp and WalletHub research.

Check out the full ranking here.

Documentary featuring new District 3 police headquarters airing on Dec. 24

A new film showcasing the redevelopment and sustainability efforts of the City of Cincinnati will air again on Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. on CET (PBS).

Filmmaker Laure Quinlivan documented the construction of the new Cincinnati Police District 3 West Side headquarters over two years. The building is the city's first LEED Platinum building, the first time including public art and the first time engaging citizens. The new police headquarters is also the first Net Zero Energy police station in the country. 

View the trailer here, and tune into the documentary on Dec. 24.

PLCHC wins Five-Star Library award for fifth year in a row

For the fifth year in a row, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County was designated a Five-Star Library by the Library Journal.

The ranking compares libraries based on the services they deliver — per capita library visits, circulation, program attendace and public Internet use. 

The PLCHC is among the top two libraries in the country in the $30+ million expenditure category and is one of only five libraries in the U.S. to recieve a Five-Star rating. This year's rating was based on 2015 data, which libraries report to the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

To see the full ranking and learn more, click here.


MORTAR helps local entrepreneurs overcome business obstacles, one step at a time

MORTAR co-founders Derrick Braziel, William Thomas II and Allen Woods saw the need to provide resources for underrepresented entrepreneurs. 

Together, they help entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds build a business plan, launch their business, gain access to customers and funding and connect with other entrepreneurs and mentors. 

Watch this video from Forbes to learn more.

NKU recognized as a best school for students with military ties for the fifth time

For the fifth time, Northern Kentucky University has been ranked among the top universities in the nation for military veterans, according to Military Times.

The publication’s annual ranking lists NKU as no. 109 among four-year institutions for the service and support it provides to military veterans and their families. NKU serves more than 400 veterans, active family members, National Guardsmen, Reservists and ROTC students. The Veterans Resource Station, established in 2013, provides seamless assistance with applications, financial aid, VA education benefits, advising, registration, career services and more.

The annual Best Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to document an array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties, and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on campus. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

To see the full ranking, click here.

Two Cincinnati groups get GRAMMY nods

Tune into the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28th to see if two Cincinnati groups receive a coveted award in their category.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Louis Langrée, received a nomination for Best Orchestral Performance for the album "Concertos for Orchestra."  

Composer Zhou Tian (pronounced Jo-Tyen) also earned a spot in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for that same album.
The CSO has been here before — it was previously nominated in the Best Orchestral Performance category but has not taken home that trophy. But they have won Grammys related to production and engineering, most recently for a 2008 release.

The National, a Brooklyn-based, Cincinnati-bred group, also received a nod for its latest release, "Sleep Well Beast" in the Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package categories.

The National also received a nomination in the Best Alternative Music Album category for 2013's "Trouble Will Find Me."

See if your favorite artist is up for a GRAMMY here.

Rooftop bar at 21c named among the best bars in the country

The rooftop bar at downtown's 21c Museum Hotel is turning heads, and this time, the heads of the food-obsessed team at Food Network.

Rookwood tile, TVs hidden behind mirrors and a 100-year-old floor from the building’s previous life as the Hotel Metropole are a few of the unique features of the 65-seat rooftop bar. Not only that, but the rooftop vantage point gives guests killer views of downtown and beyond.

The bar's ever-evolving seasonal drink list contains options like The Admiral, which is made with bourbon, cherry liqueur, orange juice and house-made cherry bitters; or The Gidget — vodka and orange blossom-lemon syrup topped with club soda. In the warmer months, the menu includes slushie cocktails. There's also a food menu, complete with cheese, charcuterie and vegetable boards, and soft pretzels.

Check out the other bars on the list here.

Cincy's 10 most beautiful neighborhoods all have unique identities

Ten Cincinnati neighborhoods have been recognized by Only in Your State as the city's most beautiful. 

Here are the neighborhoods and the reasons these spots are so iconically beautiful.
  • Loveland: historic downtown and bike trails
  • Mariemont: European-inspired central business district
  • Hyde Park: estate homes
  • Columbia-Tusculum: "painted ladies" and views of the river
  • Clifton: Gaslight District
  • Over-the-Rhine: new shops, restaurants, small businesses and murals
  • Northside: unique business district
  • Glendale: train that runs through the heart of it
  • Wyoming: historic homes and parks
  • Westwood: "neighborhood" feel and resurgent business district
Read more about these neighborhoods here

Local anchor gets shoutout on "Live with Kelly and Ryan"

A few weeks ago, Ryan Seacrest talked about his recent visit to Cincinnati on his show, "Live with Kelly and Ryan." Seacrest came to town to meet with advertisers, likely for his radio station, Seacrest Studios, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. 

While talking about his trip, Seacrest says that he was mistaken for local celebrity Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees. He and Kelly Ripa go on to talk about "Cincinnati royalty," which includes WCPO anchor Ryan Houston and Lachey.

Watch the whole clip.

Two Cincinnati entrepreneurs named to Forbes 30 Under 30

Rithvik Venna and Michael Markesbery of Oros, a Cincinnati startup, were named to this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 list. They, along with 598 others, are considered among the brightest minds of 2017. 

In 2015, the two — who were still in college at Miami University at the time — successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their business venture. They raised about $600,000 to get Oros off the ground.

For about three years, Oros has been tinkering with and improving its garments, making them warmer, thinner, more comfortable and sleek, with an aerogel insulation foam they call SolarCore, which is inspired by NASA technology. Oros has a new line of high-tech jackets and cold-weather apparel, and this year, they've added fleeces and vests.

See the other 30 Under 30 members, or read more about Venna and Markesbery here.


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.

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