Doesn't it seem like more restaurants and retail businesses have opened in Greater Cincinnati in 2015 than in previous years? Entrepreneurship is booming, due in part to organizations like Bad Girl Ventures
, The Brandery
, which have helped a number of local business owners get their ideas off the ground.
Here's a roundup of 11 high-profile businesses that just happen to be celebrating their one-year anniversary or will before the start of the new year.
, 1327 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine: Business accelerator Mortar started Brick as a way for business owners to host pop-up shops and expand on their ideas; the holiday pop-up opens on Dec. 12. Mortar recently opened a second pop-up shop
in Walnut Hills.
, 7865 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester: Since opening in January, DogBerry has had to expand its hours and days of operation due to demand. They’re celebrating their one-year anniversary on Jan. 8; you can purchase tickets for $25 at the taproom.
Folk School Coffee Parlor
, 332 Elm St., Ludlow: Folk School serves up Deeper Roots coffee and handmade foods and goods from local retailers and artisans. It also hosts workshops and classes for musicians of all ages and skill levels, plus casual concerts.
, 201 E. Fourth St., downtown: The son of the founder of Salzano’s barbershop opened a men’s grooming products retail store, where you’ll find everything from razors to cologne.
, 1211 Main St., OTR: With two restaurants in Lexington and one in Covington, the OTR location took over the former Mayberry space and serves up pizza in a 1920s speakeasy.
The Growler House
, 1526 Madison Road, Walnut Hills: This beer haven has been a huge draw in the burgeoning Walnut Hills area and boasts 40 taps, 20 of them with local beers.
, 129 E. Second St., Covington: Ever heard of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff?” Cross the bridge into Northern Kentucky for brick oven pizzas, but watch out for the troll!
Horse & Barrel
, 625 Walnut St., downtown: Owned by the same group as Nicholson’s, Horse & Barrel is all about the bourbon and small plates.
Tap & Screw Brewery
, 5060 Crookshank Road, Western Hills: Tap & Screw rebranded last December, started brewing beer and revamped its menu. They recently hosted TapFest, adding to Cincinnati’s growing beer scene and events.
The Weekly Juicery
, 2727 Erie Ave., Hyde Park: The Weekly Juicery features cold-pressed juices and a raw food menu. Even if you’ve never tried pressed juices, they want to make you a fan.
, 1404 Main St., OTR: MOTR Pub’s owners added to the local music scene last November by converting this 101-year-old building into a music/events center. The Woodward hosted its first wedding this summer and continues to book nationally touring bands.