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CVG lauded for excellence at Travel Weekly's Magellan Awards

For the third year in a row, CVG received a number of accolades from Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards, and was the only airport to receive a gold award.

The airport received two gold awards — one for its #ProjectGratitude social media campaign and the other for its miniature therapy horse program. It also took home a silver award for its terminal videos.

The gold award in Social Media highlights CVG’s dedication to its mission to provide passengers a positive experience. To celebrate its 70th anniversary, CVG is performing 70 acts of gratitude throughout the year to surprise and delight travelers, as well as thank them for choosing CVG. All is documented on CVG’s social media channels (@flyCVG on Facebook, @CVGairport on Twitter and Instagram).

Winning the gold award in the Special Needs category is a nod to CVG’s partnership with Seven Oaks Farm to bring miniature therapy horses to the airport’s terminal twice a month. The program helps ease passengers’ anxiety and puts smiles on their faces.

The third award, silver in Special Needs, recognizes CVG’s effort to make travel by air stress-free and available to all. The terminal videos are located on CVG’s website to allow travelers to watch the videos prior to their flight in order to easily navigate various areas of the airport. The videos have a special accessibility feature for visual and hearing impaired individuals.

Each year, Travel Weekly receives entries from around the world, and awards those projects that represent the best in the travel industry in a broad range of industry segments, including hotels, online travel services, airlines, airports and more.

Click here to check out the other winners.

Queen City cracks top 10 best cities for jobs

Cincinnati has jumped from the top 25 to the top 10, sitting comfortably as the eighth best city to get a job in the U.S., according to a study by Glassdoor.com.

The ranking is based on hiring opportunity, cost of living and job satisfaction. Cincinnati's overall score was 4.3 (out of 5), based on almost 80,000 job openings in the area with a median base salary of $44,637. The city’s median home value is $152,600, with a job satisfaction rating of 3.3.

Some hot jobs in Cincy are data engineer, medical assistant and account executive.

Pittsburgh came in at no. 1, followed by Indianapolis, Kansas City, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, Memphis, Columbus, Cleveland and Louisville, respectively, rounding out the top 10.

See the full ranking here.

Six area colleges earn nods for nation's best, top business programs

Miami University and the University of Cincinnati once again ranked highly on U.S. News & World Report's list of top colleges.

Miami came in at no. 78, up one spot from last year, and UC came in at no. 133, up two spots from last year.

The study is based on things like retention, graduation rate and how that graduation rate meets U.S. News' own predictions for the school. The next greatest factor are the opinions of college presidents and provosts, as well as high school guidance counselors. It also looks at faculty resources, class size, faculty pay, the percentage of faculty with the highest degrees in their fields, student performance, financial resources and alumni giving.

Miami received an overall score of 55/100, with high marks in retention (91 percent) and graduation rate (78 percent). UC received an overall score of 43/100, with a retention rate of 87 percent and a 67 percent graduation rate.

Three other area schools also received recognition from U.S. News:
  • Xavier ranked no. 5 among regional universities in the Midwest
  • Mount St. Joseph University ranked no. 87 in the Midwest
  • NKU ranked no. 73 among Southern regional universities
  • Thomas More College ranked no. 80 in the South
  • Miami's Farmer School of Business ranked no. 45
  • UC's Lindner School of Business ranked no. 91
  • Xavier's Williams School of Business ranked no. 128
Click here to see the full list.

Nine Cincy restaurants are experts at the social media game

Illumen Media recently examined the social media accounts of 100 Greater Cincinnati restaurants, and came up with nine whose social marketing and online customer interaction are on-point.
  • Buzzed Bull Creamery: The relatively new alcoholic ice cream shop posts photos of its food, which sells — both the food and the business. Plus, they regularly interact with their customers on all social media platforms. @buzzedbullcreamery
  • Mac Shack and other 4EG-owned restaurants: This new restaurant concept is constantly changing its menu, and its social media game. @macshackclifton
  • Grand Central Deli: This New York-style deli has everything: a great concept, great food, strong graphics and excellent digital marketing. Everything ties back to the 1920s vibe. @gcdeli
  • Mac's Pizza Pub: This bar/pizza joint manages social media for all four of its locations, with a separate social presence for each spot. No matter the location, they're always promoting the game of the day and their events. @macspizzapub
  • Arnold's Bar & Grill: As the oldest tavern in town, it's had to adapt to the changing digital landscape. Event updates and unique local partnerships consistently receive high audience engagement. @arnolds_cincinnati
  • Bard's Burgers: A small, single-location dive in Covington that posts multiple times a day. They've created a community around their restaurant and regularly feature customers and competitions. @bardsburgers
  • Injoy Street Food: As a mobile food stand, digital marketing is super important. The images place Injoy's colorful food front-and-center, and their social channels consistently update customers on where to find them. @injoystreetfood
  • Court Street Lobster Bar: A one-of-a-kind concept in Cincy, Court Street Lobster uses that to its advantage. Specials and regular updates are super important too. @courtstlobster
  • Che: This Argentinian spot frequently changes its menu, and its social media accounts let customers know to come get its limited-time offers. @che_cincinnati
To read more about the restaurants that are playing the digital game right and for some takeaways from each, click here.

Food & Wine: What is Skyline Chili?

Is it chili or is it a sauce? Whatever it is, Skyline Chili is quintessentially Cincinnati.

In 1949, a Greek immigrant named Nicholas Lambrinides started Skyline Chili after previously working at Empress Chili, another local chili parlor. He created his own Cincinnati-style chili, a recipe that's still used today.

Skyline's signature chili is known to contain chocolate and cinnamon, and is traditionally served over hotdogs or spaghetti noodles. Both are topped with a huge handful of cheese, which customers can order "extreme" (also known as hot).

If you've never tried Skyline and find yourself in Cincinnati, grab a bowl. And while you're at it, attempt to settle the age-old local chili debate: Skyline or Gold Star? 

Kroger launching restaurant concept in NKY store

Kroger is getting ready to launch its first restaurant concept, Kitchen 1883, out of it's Union, Ky., store. The restaurant's menu will feature comfort food with made-from-scratch dishes and a bar with hand-crafted cocktails.

With Amazon's recent purchase of Whole Foods and inexpensive alternatives like Aldi, this new enterprise is a way for Kroger, which is the largest grocery chain in America, to raise the bar and get ahead of the competition.

Grocery chains owning and operating restaurants isn't a new thing — Hy-Vee is a franchisee owner of 26 Wahlburger locations, making it the largest franchisee of the burger chain.

You can read more about Kroger's restaurant here.

Covington named the best small town in Kentucky

Covington was recently named the best small town in the state of Kentucky by Thrillist. 

With a population of just over 40,000, Covington is often referred to as Cincinnati's little sister, but it has a charm and a claim to fame all its own. It has a multitude of local restaurants, whiskey bars and small businesses. It's home to 12 historic districts and more redeveloped buildings than you can count. To top it off, Covington hosts a number of yearly festivals, including the Mainstrasse Oktoberfest.

Click here to read more about the best small towns in the U.S.


Cincy recognized as one of the top destinations for design this fall

Architectural Digest sought out the top five travel destinations this fall for those interested in design, and Cincinnati made the list. Other cities include Mexico City; Washington, D.C.; Shenzhen, China; and New York's Hudson Valley. 

October is a busy month for Cincinnati, with events like the first-ever BLINK festival (Oct. 12-15) and DesignBuildCincy (Oct. 28 & 29). Design-lovers can also appreciate the historic buildings like those designed by Samuel Hannaford (Music Hall, City Hall, the Cincinnati Observatory and the Mutual Building in NKY, just to name a few). 

AD suggests staying at the 21c Musuem Hotel and checking out the Contemporary Arts Center, which was designed by Zaha Hadid. 

La Soupe is on the fast track to help reduce the number of food insecure children in Cincinnati

Suzy DeYoung is perhaps best known for being the chef at La Petite Pierre, but she's now tackling something else that she's passionate about: food waste.

In 2014, DeYoung founded La Soupe, a nonprofit that seeks to feed the hungry with "leftover" food from local grocery stores, farms and restaurants. She takes all of that food and turns it into flavorful and inventive soups, which are then frozen and distributed to those in need.

On average, America wastes about 40 percent of the available food. In Cincinnati, this statistic is staggering because the childhood poverty rate is about double the national average, leaving many kids — and families — food insecure.

Last year, La Soupe saved about 125,000 pounds of produce from the landfill, and served 800 quarts a week through 47 participating agencies around the city during the school year. By July of this year, they’d already surpassed that amount of salvage, and expect to double it by the end of the year.

Click here to read more about La Soupe and DeYoung's efforts to reduce food insecurity and waste in Cincinnati.

Possible Cincinnati uses Tinder to attract new hire

Local marketing firm Possible Cincinnati was looking to attract Daniel Mashburn to the region, so they did what any employer would do: they turned to Tinder.

Find out more about Possible's efforts to bring Mashburn to Cincinnati.

Two Cincy-based companies crack Inc.'s top 500

Every year, Inc. releases its list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. And this year, two Cincinnati-based companies ranked in the top 500, with 49 others making their way onto the full list.

MTS Nutrition, which aims to help people reach their goals through information on proper diet and training, and by providing the highest quality, innovative and trusted supplements, came in at no. 116 on Inc.'s list. Downtown's own The Garage Group (innovation and growth strategy firm) came in at 307.

Other Cincinnati companies that ranked in the top 5,000 are:
  • No. 526: Cincinnati Asphalt
  • No. 624: Health Carousel
  • No. 726: Callibrity Solutions
  • No. 770: Stack Construction Technologies
  • No. 845: Everything but the House
  • No. 853: Smart Data Systems
  • No. 872: TruStar Talent Solutions
  • No. 999: E-Volve Systems
  • No. 1159: Oodle
  • No. 1311: InfoTrust
  • No. 1425: CardioSolutions
  • No. 1511: Nationwide Logistics
  • No. 1561: Festivals Unlimited
  • No. 1659: United Installs
  • No. 1796: RoundTower Technologies
  • No. 1916: Integrity Express Logistics
  • No. 2143: FirstLight HomeCare Franchising
  • No. 2216: Commonwealth
  • No. 2244: ODW Logistics & Transportation Services
  • No. 2299: Lithko Contracting
  • No. 2347: Clubessential
  • No. 2633: Vernovisl
  • No. 2753: Kingsgate Transportation Services
  • No. 2781: Sizemore & Co.
  • No. 2808: Curiosity Advertising
  • No. 2855: Trustaff
  • No. 3275: Forward Edge
  • No. 3369: Strategic HR
  • No. 3399: Proforma N & M Communications
  • No. 3577: Pure Romance
  • No. 3663: Tier1
  • No. 3667: Paycor
  • No. 3693: Sims-Lohman
  • No. 3816: Emerge Managed Services
  • No. 3929: Oasis Turf & Tree
  • No. 3997: Cold Jet
  • No. 3999: Phillips Edison & Co.
  • No. 4065: Triple E Partners
  • No. 4227: NextStep Networking
  • No. 4269: Pro Mach
  • No. 4377: BSI Engineering
  • No. 4386: TigerFitness.com
  • No. 4393: Centric Consulting
  • No. 4431: Stett Transportation
  • No. 4445: Proforma Albrecht & Co.
  • No. 4526: Finit Solutions
  • No. 4837: Afidence
  • No. 4916: Total Quality Logistics
  • No. 4992: Kona Ice
To see Inc.'s full 2017 list, click here.


NYT spends 36 hours in the Queen City

The New York Times recently spent 36 hours in Cincinnati, and boy, were they impressed.

Highligts include the Contemporary Arts Center, 21C's bar, dinner at Sotto, Cincy Red Bike, the views from the Purple People Bridge, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Findlay Market, the streetcar, beer from Rhinegeist and Taft's Ale House, Salazar, Music Hall, Ensemble Theater, the new Cincinnati Shakespeare Company theater, Sundry and Vice, Revel OTR, Maplewood Kitchen and Bar and the Queen City Underground Tour.

Check out your hometown from the NYT's perspective, and you just might discover something new!

Dog parks, patios and bars earn Cincinnati title of eighth most pet-friendly city

According to findings from WalletHub, there are about 85 million pet parents in the United States. And every owner wants to live in a city where their animals are accepted and their needs can be met, so WalletHub compiled a list of the most pet-friendly cities in the country.

The study looked at three areas: pet budget (vet costs, insurance, etc.); pet health and wellness (the number of vets per capita, the number of pet businesses per capita, the number of pet-friendly restaurants per capita, etc.); and outdoor pet-friendliness (the number of dog parks per capita, the number of pet-friendly trails per capita, etc.).

It's no surprise that Cincinnati ranked in the top 10 (no. 8, to be exact).

Many restaurants throughout the city have dog-friendly patios, including Arlin's in Clifton, The Littlefield in Northside and Eli's BBQ in the East End — just to name a few. Braxton Brewing allows dogs inside, and MadTree Brewing has a great patio that's dog-friendly; even the new Higher Gravity in Northside lets Fido come inside while you enjoy a beer or pick out a six-pack to take home.

There's also Yappy Hour at Washington Park at 6 p.m. on Thursdays; and of course, the dog park in Washington Park is always dog-friendly. 

Check out the other 99 cities that landed on WalletHub's list here.

Eli's BBQ considered best in state by foodie site Chowhound

Eli's BBQ is once again turning heads. This time, it's nabbed the attention of foodie website Chowhound as the best BBQ in the state of Ohio.

Eli's — which can be found at Findlay Market and in the East End — is known for its laidback, no-nonsense approach to its BBQ, and its locations. Although the Findlay Market location is takeout only, the atmosphere of the East End restaurant is that of a family picnic. 

On top of the two Eli's locations, owner Eli Leisring recently partnered with the Lang Thang Group to open The Hi-Mark (also in the East End), which is reminiscent of a roadhouse. He also recently opened Herzog Music downtown. Up next is a partnership with the Newport Kroger, where customers can purchase Eli's BBQ to-go or to enjoy while shopping.

Read the full post here.


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.

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