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Interview with Ingrid Huang, Owner BoBa Cha Bubble Tea

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

 

That it’s fun and healthy. With every sip there is a new experience and it makes you want more and more. We offer fast and friendly service to our customers. We mix natural tea leaves, herbs, fruits and veggies to create a healthy and creative drink. We view ourselves as partners with our customers, employees, our community and the environment. We are located at 1606 Main Street, across from Rothenberg Elementary.

 

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

 

We saw it as a good opportunity. There is a lot of growth going on in OTR. It is also very accessible for our customers. We used to be located on UC’s campus, so it’s nice that customers from UC can still come and visit us.

 

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

The community is very close and supportive. Many of our neighbors have taken pictures of our shop and shared it on Facebook. They’ve also referred their customers and brought friends or family to try our tea. I was really surprised by all of the support.

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

 

So far my favorite places are: Street Pops and Holtman’s, but we haven’t had a chance to explore everything yet.


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Interview with Shawn Jenkins, Owner, The Garage OTR Home of Segway Cincinnati


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

 

We’re growing and rebranding. We have a new name: The Garage OTR- Home of Segway of Cincinnati.  Our vast selection of electric bikes, bike accessories and parts are now available online at thegarageotr.com .  We’re known for our Segway Tours but we offer maintenance services for everything we sell, as well as all types of bikes right next door.  

 

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

 

It was a great fit for us. We were the first business in this space and we’ve grown with the neighborhood.

 

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

 

How quickly the neighborhood has flourished in the past five years. There have been a lot of big projects completed: the Washington Park renovation, the new SCPA facility and Horseshoe Cincinnati, and Streetcar construction is underway.  They were lofty goals and I thought we would see the changes within ten years. It was a good surprise that it only took five years.

 

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

 

It used to be Neon’s and The Lackman. Now that we have children, it’s Washington Park and the Fire Museum, just a block from OTR.  There are lots of places to dine, which is a good thing. It’s hard to recommend favorites to our customers because there are so many.

 

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

 

I would add more services like dry cleaners, a shoe repair store, a laundromat, donut shops, a hardware store, etc. It’s an indicator of people moving into the neighborhood and a next sign of success.