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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.

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.
 

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.
 

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.

 

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.

 

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.



 

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.
 

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.
 

Ten places to eat for $10 or less in Greater Cincinnati


Everyone is on a budget these days, but USA Today hit the jackpot and dug up the best eats and drinks in Greater Cincinnati that are $10 and under.

  • Carabello Coffee in Newport features fresh roasted coffees to-go, to enjoy in its cafe or to sip at the Analog Slow Bar.
  • Chili is a Cincinnati staple, but according to USA Today, Camp Washington Chili has the best bang for your buck.
  • Che has a great happy hour, but its fritas are always only a few dollars.
  • The McCoppin's breakfast sandwich at Hotel Covington's restaurant Coppin's is $10 and is served with a side of potatoes.
  • A whole meal of mouth-watering smoked meats and picnic-ready sides is available at either Eli's BBQ location for about $8.
  • Turtles at Gomez Salsa are the perfect on-the-go food, and they don't hurt your pocketbook either.
  • The Globe, a new bar in downtown Covington, has some thirst-quenching drink deals.
  • Everything on the menu at Graeter's is under $10.
  • Housemade macarons at Macaron Bar are $2.50 a piece, or you can take home a box of six for $12.
  • Zip's Cafe in Mt. Lookout has been around for decades, and the prices haven't changed much.
 

The Video Archive gets visits from two entertainment powerhouses


The Video Archive is getting lots of press lately, including from Bon Appetit and Bravo! The Quentin Tarantino-themed bar is hidden behind a secret door in a small movie store.

Once you enter the bar, you enter the world of Pulp Fiction, where clips from the film play on TVs around the bar, and a wall of Uma Thurmans hang out over the jukebox. The $5 milkshake is a must-have, and just like at the video store, you can order your favorite movie snacks.

The Video Archive also hosts movie nights on its outdoor patio, and the staff of talented bartenders create themed cocktails for the events. 

Read more about The Video Archive here and here.

Graeter's Black Raspberry Chip named a summer staple


Graeter's has been around since 1870, and the company has stayed true to its artisinal, small batch, handcrafted roots for more than 145 years.

Its OG flavor, Black Raspberry Chip, was handpicked by People.com as one of the summer's must-have ice creams. And that's saying something (just check out the list)!

If you've never had Black Raspberry Chip, it's a creamy black raspberry flavored ice cream with huge chunks of chocolate smattered throughout. You can get a scoop of it at any of Graeter's Cincinnati locations or purchase a pint of it for about $6 at regional grocery stores.

Or, if you're like Oprah, you can ship six pints of it to your front door for $80.

Queen City tops list of 25 best cities for people under the age of 35


There are many reasons why Cincinnati attracts young professionals: locally owned and operated restaurants, great beer, rich history, affordable housing and a strong job market. According to CNBC, these are just a few of the reasons why the city made it on Growella's list of top 25 cities for people under the age of 35.

Cincinnati came in at no. 16, just ahead of St. Louis.

Cincinnati received an A-, and is considered a great place for millenials because it has the ninth strongest paycheck 17 percent more job openings than the average city.

To decide the top 25 cities, Growella, which is based right here in Cincinnati, looked at these criteria: 
  1. How many entry-level jobs are available in the city? (7.5 percent of score)
  2. How much time is spent commuting in the city? (7.5 percent of score)
  3. What's the public transportation situation like in the city? (10 percent of score)
  4. How many other young people live there? (15 percent of score)
  5. What's the after-work and weekend scene like in the city? (10 percent of score)
  6. How far does a paycheck get you in the city? (50 percent of score)
Cities that scored 90+ received an A.

Check out the other 24 cities.

 
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