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An Interview with Dan Schwander, Owner of The Little Mahatma


1)      What do you want people (the community) to know about your business?


We celebrate the various cultures from around the world here in our shop.

2)      Why did you decide to set-up your business in OTR?


The previous owner, Gloria McConnaghy, moved the store from the Carew Tower Arcade after 18 years because of the potential OTR offered with all of the redevelopment. It appeared to be the center for Over-the-Rhine.


3)      Is there anything that surprised you about working or having a business in OTR?


The breadth of individuals that come to Over-the-Rhine during the day and evening, there is a constant influx of people from everywhere. The draw for this area has become regional.  People from Louisville and other places are coming because they have heard about Over-the-Rhine. It is becoming a destination.


4)      Do you have a favorite place you like to go in OTR? (Restaurant, bar, shop, place to exercise, theatre, etc.)


I like to just walk between Main and Race and take in everything. I go into shops and restaurants from there. There is a lot to discover, it’s best to be on foot to see it all.


5)      If you had a magic wand, what would you change in OTR?


I would change the misconceptions that people have of what OTR is and isn’t. It’s a wonderful, welcoming place to be and spend a lot of time.


An Interview with Bertie Ray III, Co-Owner of Switch Lighting and Design

1)      What do you want people (the community) to know about your business?


We are dedicated to the city of Cincinnati and enjoy working with downtown residents and the design community. We carry well over 50 lighting lines and we match online pricing.


2)      Why did you decide to set up your business in OTR?


It was an Aha! moment. Drew Dearwester and I were touring OTR, looking at the architecture and lamenting the blight of the community. We wanted to be a part of the change, to be a “light” in the community, hence Switch.


3)        Is there anything that surprised you about working or having a business in OTR?


I have been surprised by the rapid pace of development in OTR.


4)       Do you have a favorite place you like to go in OTR? (Restaurant, bar, shop, place to exercise, theatre).


I selfishly say Lavomatic because we did the redesign and remodeling. We like to take our out-of-town clients to Abigail Street. Every Monday, I have my list (of restaurants in OTR) and plan my lunches for the week.


Second Sunday on Main is August 11

2013 marks the eighth year of Second Sunday on Main (SSOM), the eclectic neighborhood street festival of historic Over-the-Rhine. The third event of the season is Sunday, August 11 from noon to 5 p.m. and promises great entertainment and friendly competition with the Third Annual Hudepohl Bier Laufen and more. Expect wonderful local goods vendors, activities for the whole family, food trucks, live music, an outdoor beer garden by Christian Moerlein, and sales and specials from the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Main Street. Main Street between Thirteenth and Liberty Streets is closed to vehicular traffic each Second Sunday through October to showcase the event. SSOM is FREE and open to the public.


Sunday, August 11 Highlights:

Hudepohl Bier Laufen:

12:30 p.m.           Parade of Bier Laufens

1:00 p.m.             Timed Trials Elimination Round

2:15-3:30 p.m.   Heat Races and Championship Race

3:30 p.m.             Awards Ceremony Race

Bier Laufen, a “high speed” competition of makeshift racing carts through a hay bale obstacle course, makes its return to Cincinnati -- but this time to the middle of Main Street in Over-the-Rhine. The racing carts are designed by local bartenders and they compete for the title of Bier Laufen Champion. The shops and galleries on Main Street, and an outdoor Christian Moerlein beer garden, are also open on Second Sundays. Laufen contestants include Arnold's (Two-time defending champ), Bakersfield,  Cincy By The Slice, The Drinkery, Japp's, Kaze, Neons, The Lackman, Milton's Prospect Hill Tavern,  MOTR, Mr. Pitiful's, Washington Platform.


Art on the Streets Featured Performing Artists Schedule (two performance tents):

From noon to 5 p.m.

12:00 p.m.           Studio Kre8v of Elementz; and He, Him and Her jazz, Celtic, folk, rock trio featuring Olivia on vocals, Justin on guitar and Stephen on violin.

1:00 p.m.             Baby Money singer­songwriter; and Kimberly Spivey Hooping with Cincinnati Flow Arts and Drum Circle

2:00 p.m.             Juicy Jays Indie, Funk, Soul Music; and Queen City Dixie Cats Dixieland and Blues

3:00 p.m.             Kimberly Spivey Hooping with Cincinnati Flow Arts and Drum Circle; and Preston Charles new violin music

4:00 p.m.             Jon Evans of We Are Snapdragon; and Standards with Melisa duo keyboard and singer


Celebrity Chef Demonstration:

Chef Julie Francis (Nectar), and Richard Stewart (Carriage House Farm). Chef demos start at 2:30 p.m. inside Mr. Pitiful’s. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. FREE; No reservation required; seating is first-come, first-seated.


Live Music Main Stage:

12:30-1:30 p.m.                 The Hot Magnolias (Cincinnati)

2:00-3:00 p.m.                   TBA

3:30-5:00 p.m.                   John Michael Rouchell (New Orleans)

Save the Date for these upcoming Second Sundays on Main:

Sunday, September 8: Dance on Main featuring dance performances on three stages, including contemporary, modern, ethnic, folk and more

Sunday, October 13: Community with a non-profit fair and family friendly fun


2013 Second Sunday on Main is supported by the following sponsors:

3CDC, Below Zero Lounge, Christian Moerlein, MOTR Pub, Merchants of Main Street, Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, Rosemary and Mark Schlachter, Urban Sites, WNKU, Yelp