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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.
 

Kroger and other grocery chains embracing technology, growth


Something that has been missing from the traditional grocery shopping experience is convenience. Grocery chains like Kroger and Whole Foods (which was recently purchased by Amazon) are working to change that.

We know of services like Kroger's Click List and Walmart Grocery Pickup that allow customers to shop from the comfort of their home, adding items to their vitural shopping carts. Workers do the "shopping," and customers schedule a time to pick up their groceries from their nearest store.

But what other advances are coming our way?

New and remodeled Kroger stores around the Tristate now have beer and wine bars, complete with the option to purchase a pint to enjoy while you shop, a glass of wine to sip at the bar or a growler to take home. The recently announced downtown Kroger will include a two-story shopping experience with a bar on the second floor, a food hall and terrace and a number of restaurants and ready-to-eat options operated by outside vendors.

This Forbes article examines six other ways that grocery stores are working to improve the shopping experience.
 

Two local startup accelerators place among 30 best in national study


Two local startup accelerators were recently ranked among the best in the nation by Seed Rankings.

Over-the-Rhine's The Brandery was placed in the Silver category and Covington-based UpTech in the Bronze category. 

Seed Rankings looked at a number of data points, including Qualified Fundraising, Survival, Founder Satisfaction (which was obtained from a survey of entrepreneurs who have graduated from the pool of 150 accelerator programs) and Alumni Network.

The ranking provides information for entrepreneurs who are looking to join an accelerator and are in search of more information, including total dollars funded and the success rate of the accelerators.

Other startups that made the top 30 include Denver-based Techstars (Platinum), California's 500 Startups (Gold) and the nonprofit Lighthouse Labs (Bronze).

People's Liberty continues to make waves


People's Liberty is at the halfway point of its five-year mission. To date, it's funded 50 Cincinnatians to bring innovative ideas to the city — and it still has 50 more projects to fund.

PL has two rounds of applications a year; once projects are chosen, grants are given in three categories: $10,000 art installation grants, $15,000 storefront grants (the grantee sets up shop for six weeks in the Dept. of Doing, PL's first-floor retail space) and two $100,000 Haile Fellowships.

The philanthropic foundation's goal is to fund creative projects that lead to social engagement or change.

Read more about PL in this article from Forbes.
 
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