First in our series:
Spotlight On Cincinnati, Ohio
Located in the Midwestern region of the USA on the Ohio River, Cincinnati was founded in 1788. Known as the Queen City and Gateway to the West, the city is the site of many famous firsts and celebrity births so there’s a firm foundation, plenty of history, and gravitas. But for the purpose of this tour, we’re focused on Cincy (as the locals lovingly call it) as a new magnet for talented 20-30-40 somethings.
Big city culture in a convenient affordable small city package, Cincy also has: lots of character expressed via singular architecture and art, a legacy of breweries, a walkable-bikeable city center, surging job market, convenient in-town pro baseball, football, soccer stadiums, distinctive museums-theater, dance, shopping, food-nightlife-music scene, top universities with great events, innovation and research.
Travel & Leisure, Forbes and Vogue magazines have all written about Cincy recently. To find out why, let’s take a fast trip around town.
10 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered here including Proctor & Gamble, Kroger Food Markets, Macy’s Department Stores, and the Fifth-Third banking group. It’s an entrepreneurial start-up environment with lots of potential for investors.
Cincy was the venue for 10 major feature films in 2016. In just two years, the local film industry generated $54 million for the city’s economy, and created almost 9,000 jobs. Last year — 2016 — was the locale for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” with Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, “The Life of John Gotti” with John Travolta, and “Marauders” with Kathy Bates and Bruce Willis. The year 2014: saw filming of the Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead” with Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor, as well as “Carole” with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Hip, epicenter neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine, has four companies generating quality rehabs and affordable housing with hundreds of apartments in development now. And that’s just one area.
Food and Beverage
Excellent food with a wide range of affordable choices such as: Skyline Chili, Tucker’s, Queen City Radio beer garden fare, Graeter’s ice cream. Other Cincy faves: “goetta,” poutine, pig tails.
Jean Robert de Cavel’s new French Crust Cafe at Findlay Market and fast food Frenchie Fresh. Salazar and Mita Restaurant (owner worked for Manhattan top chef Thomas Keller at Per Se!).
Craft Beer and Wine
Moerlein Brewery, Market Wines near Findlay Market, Rheingeist Brewery (a revamped former Moerlein brewery and coopering facility), and Taft Ale House in a beautiful rehabbed 1850 church.
Mixologist Molly Wellmann shakes it up at a former wig shop called Japp’s located at the Art Hotel.
Fine bourbon is plentiful in Cincy, just across the river from Kentucky.
Music and Festivals Short List
Cincinnati Music Festival, Jul 28-29,
OTR’s Midpoint Music Fest, September 23-25
Bunberry Music Fest, June 2-4
Taste of Cincinnati: limited menu items, the region’s finest food, craft beer and bourbon. With 500,000+ attendees, this is the biggest street festival in the country on Memorial Day weekend.
Books about Cincinnati Ohio
All books are available at amazon.com. Click title to order.
Cincinnati, For Pete’s Sake!
by Pete Bronson
Gapper’s Grand Tour:A Voyage Through a Great American Ballpark
by Joel Altman
Life is So Daily in Cincinnati
by Mary Pledge Peterson
The Taft Museum: It’s History and Collections
by Edward J. Sullivan
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