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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.

 

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.

 
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