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Facebook recommendations reveal that Montgomery Inn is best restaurant in Ohio

USA Today teamed up with Facebook to discover what restaurants its users recommend in each state, and in Ohio, Montgomery Inn came out on top.

Montgomery Inn has three locations in the region: one in the heart of Montgomery, one in the iconic boathouse along the Ohio River and one in Ft. Mitchell. It's known for its award-winning ribs, and many of the restaurant's products (think sauces) can be found in grocery stores around the Tristate.

The data collected from Facebook recommendations showed that users were suggesting famous Texas barbecue and New York's iconic deli, but there were some surprises, including pastry spots, breweries and eateries inside tourist attractions.

See the full list of recommended restaurants in each state here.

Four area colleges named best higher education institutions

Every year, Forbes compiles its list of best colleges and universities in the country, and this year, four local institutions made the list. Take a closer look at the 660 top colleges in the country.

District 3 police headquarters showcased in sustainability design magazine

The new, 39,600-square-foot, District 3 police headquarters that serves about 95,000 people form Price Hill to Riverside to Westwood was completed in 2015. It's the first LEED platinum and net zero police station in the world, and was recently featured in Net Zero Buildings magazine.

A net zero building means that the total amount of energy used by the building annually is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on site.

The old police station was split between two historic buildings, and was inefficient for many reasons. When designing the new station, the goal was threefold: Maintain building security, insure occupant comfort and create a welcoming space that enhances the relationship between the public and the police.

Community engagement with neighborhood committees factored into the design process, as well as public art within the building and on the surrounding site.

Messer Construction was the general contractor, and emersion DESIGN was the architect.

To read more about the new District 3 headquarters and what it means for sustainability design, click here.

Cincinnati ranks fifth best city for startups in Midwest

It's no surprise that Cincinnati's bursting at the seam with startups, which is why it's landed at no. 5 on Midwest Startups' list of the 50 best cities for startups in the Midwest.

Midwest Startups looked at three criteria:
  1. Startup activity — how active the startup community is and the size and quality of the available network for new startups; looked at the number of startups and their success rates
  2. Access to resources — how supportive the city's environment is and what value-add it can provide to help the startup grow; considered quality of talent, investor activity and public and private support
  3. Economics and demographics — how conducive the city's economic environment is to attract and scale a business; factored in cost of living, population and GDP per capita
Cincinnati came out on top of other Ohio cities, including Cleveland and Columbus, which both placed in the top 10 overall. Smaller Ohio cities like Dayton (no. 21), Akron (no. 26) and Athens (no. 30) also made the list.

See the full ranking here.

Vote for your favorite Cincinnati attraction for USA Today's top 10

Five Cincinnati attractions are on the short list for USA Today's 10 Best Reader's Choice. The top 10 spots will be chosen by readers via online vote.

The Cincinnati attractions that are up for the award are the Cincinnati Museum Center (which is open during construction), Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Smale Riverfront Park and Spring Grove Cemetery

Cedar Point is currently in the no. 1 spot.

You can vote once per day until noon on Aug. 28. The 10 winning attractions, chosen by your vote, will be announced on Sept. 1.

Food & Wine editor praises restaurants like Please for putting Cincy on the food map

In February, Food & Wine editor Jordana Rothman had the chance to try some of the local food here in Cincinnati, including a meal at Please

Please is an extention of chef Ryan Santos' pop-up dinner concept, which he had been doing since 2011. He opened his restaurant in Over-the-Rhine last year. The isn't a central theme or regionality to the menu, but the majority of it is influenced by French, Scandinavian and Japanese cooking.

Rothman (in an "Ask Me Anything" Reddit thread) said that Cincinnati's food scene is putting it on the map.

Read a bit more about Santos and Please here, and in our story from 2015.

Five NKY bourbon bars considered among the nation's 99 best

Five of the 99 best bourbon bars are right across the river in Northern Kentucky. According to The Bourbon Review, Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, Bourbon Haus 1841, Wiseguy Lounge, Tousey House Tavern and The Prohibition Bourbon Bar at Newberry Bros Coffee are top-notch places to drink bourbon.
  • Bourbon Haus 1841, 522 Mainstrasse, Covington: Relatively new to Kentucky's bourbon scene, Bourbon Haus 1841 showcases a "Bourbon of the Day" and offers specialty bourbon flights and bourbon-infused cocktails.
  • OKBB, 629 Mainstrasse, Covington: With over 300 bottles of domestic bourbon and whiskey, you're sure to find what you're looking for. Oh, and OKBB is owned by Molly Wellmann, so you know it's good.
  • The Prohibition Bourbon Bar, 530 Washington Ave., Newport: Nestled within a coffee shop, this Prohibition-style bar has the largest collection in the world of bourbon and rye whiskeys.
  • Tousey House Tavern, 5963 N. Jefferson St. Burlington: Tousey House recently released a new bourbon list featuring staff favorites and rare finds.
  • Wiseguy Lounge, 603 Mainstrasse, Covington: Envisioned after a 1920s speakeasy, Wiseguy Lounge has over 100 bourbons and features a Bourbon Conessieur Club as well as tastings and educational events throughout the year.
See the other Kentucky bourbon bars that made the list.

Post-recession home values on the rise in Cincinnati

According to data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (compiled and interpreted by Buffalo Business First), Cincinnati is among the top 50 markets for post-recession rebound in home values.

The FHFA converts each market’s home sale prices to a quarterly index, which is pegged to a 1991 value of 100 points. Any rise in the index corresponds to an overall increase in local prices; any drop indicates that values are declining. These findings are based on a 10-year range (2007-2017) of the 100 largest housing markets in the U.S.

About one-third of the top 100 markets are still underwater, with average house prices that are lower today than before the recession. But average home values are higher in the other 63 markets, led by Denver, which posted a 10-year gain of 68.7 percent.

Cincinnati ranked no. 46 in this report, with a 10-year gain of 6.5 percent.

View a slideshow of the top 100 markets and see how other Ohio cities stacked up.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati lands on September's must-do list

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is undoubtedly the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Germany, which earned it a spot on Travel + Leisure's must-do list for September.

The three-day celebration showcases an abundance of German heritage, beer and food. Lederhosen and polka music arrest the senses, and thousands descend on downtown to experience a culture that's still going strong in the area.

Oktoberfest features over 200 different German dishes and steins filled to the brim with traditional German beer. There are also a few can't-miss events over the weekend, including the Running of the Winers, the Beer Stein Race, the Beer Barrel Roll and the World's Largest Chicken Dance.

Check out other September events around the country here

CVG ranked best airport in the U.S. by SkyTrax

Even though CVG has drastically cut back its number of daily passenger flights, it is the highest ranking U.S. airport on this year's World's Best Airport list from SkyTrax. It landed itself at no. 26 worldwide, above larger, hub airports like Denver, San Francisco and Atlanta.

Cincinnati's Delta hub was cut back seven years ago — CVG had two empty terminals and super high landing fees for airlines that kept discount carriers out of the region. Those two terminals were demolished and replaced with one terminal.

Terminal 3, the airport's one remaining passenger terminal, was built in 1974 and upgraded in 1987 and 2012.

Passenger flights were cut from over 600 to today's 165, but by cutting landing fees, CVG has attracted discount airlines like Allegiant, Frontier and Southwest. Because of those discount flights, it's now attracting passengers at a rate well above the national average.

For more about CVG's success, click here. And stay tuned for our in-depth look at CVG's footprint in the world of freight carrier flights in our Aug. 15 issue.

Artichoke owners chosen as 2017 Impact Merchants by HomeWorld Business

Brad and Karen Hughes — the owners of Artichoke, Over-the-Rhine's only gourmet kitchen store — were chosen for this year's HomeWorld Business Impact Merchant awards.

The Hughes opened Artichoke in 2016 adjacent to Findlay Market, and not only does the couple stock every kitchen utensil and appliance you could possibly need, they also pay close attention to detail.

Artichoke's interior is asthetically pleasing, and is based on simple, modern elements of design. The store's inventory is kept in the basement of the small store rather than on the shelves, and everything down to the packaging of each product the Hughes carry is carefully considered.

The rest of the recipients are from big businesses like Target, Best Buy and Costco. Artichoke is the only locally-owned small business to make the list.

Read HomeWorld Business' full profile on the Hughes.

Say goodbye to Cincinnati being just a "fly-over" city

Our beloved Queen City just landed itself among the pages of Southwest Airlines' in-flight monthly, Southwest: The Magazine.

The feature spread shows off everything that we know and love about our city, including its rich beer heritage; locally owned and nationally acclaimed restaurants; the Star Wars costume exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center; its many attractions, including the Reds, the Bengals, Findlay Market, King's Island and the zoo; its rich arts history (P.S. Did you see the first story in our series about Cincinnati's arts heritage?); and the much-anticipated, new design festival, BLINK.

If you're taking a Southwest flight this month, make sure to check out, or access it here.

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.

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