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Beer is rebooting Cincinnati neighborhoods


"Beer is bringing back our neighborhoods." Mayor John Cranley, 2017 State of the City address

Food & Wine recently dived into this statement, and found that Cranley is right. According to numbers from the Brewers Association, which represents the interests of small and independent breweries nationwide, craft brewing contributed about $68 billion to the economy last year, and created nearly half a million jobs.

Cincinnati is currently home to over 40 breweries, and another 11 are in the works. It's evident that neighborhood breweries are helping boost the city's economy — brewery owners are renovating buildings, hiring local workers and boosting the local economy.

Food & Wine highlighted four breweries — Brink, Rhinegeist, Urban Artifact and Woodburn — that are doing all of the above.

Click here to read more about Cincinnati's booming brewconomy.
 

Affordability makes Cincy hotbed for tech talent attraction


According to a new report from CBRE Group Inc., Ohio has some of the lowest living expenses in the U.S. for attracting tech talent, with Cincinnati among the leading cities.

The report shows that Cincinnati is the sixth-most affordable tech market in the U.S., with the Midwest home to four of the top six markets. The results are based on the rent-to-tech wage ratio in 50 U.S. cities.

Columbus came in at no. 1 with a ratio of 11.3 percent, followed by Oklahoma City (11.4 percent), St. Louis and San Antonio (12.6 percent each), Indianapolis (12.7 percent) and Cincinnati (13 percent).

Those six cities are also among the top 10 markets for the most affordable apartment rents. New York has the least affordable tech market (35 percent), followed by Long Island and Los Angeles.

To read the full report, click 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.

 

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.
 

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!
 

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.


 

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.



 
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