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Interview with Jake Baker and Jake Gerth, Owners, Frameshop

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

 

We want people to know our business hours. We’re open Sat & Sunday from 10-5 pm. We’re also open on Final Fridays around 7. We use that time to showcase some of our work and interact with the community. We were open during the week but we found that we needed time to work on projects. Because we do custom work, we’re always working on something.

 

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

 

We saw all the growth and potential in the community. There is definitely an audience here for our business, that’s what is important. We want to engage people who come here to shop/explore and also the residents. When we’re not here we try to make sure our storefront is engaging. Right now we have Mr. Red’s moustache in one window and a mirror in the other.

 

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

 

Nothing really shocks us. We came to OTR for the surprises and the interactions.

 

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

 

We’re always out in the community but we do frequent a lot of the businesses on Main Street. Some of our favorite places are Salazar, MOTR Pub, Park +Vine, Findlay Market and Rhinehaus.

 

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

 

To make it bigger, larger but still the same vibe or atmosphere. We would add more affordable housing for students, young professionals, etc. We want to add to the neighborhood without changing the identity of the neighborhood.

 

 


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Interview with Sara Bornick, Owner, Streetpops

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

 

We are fun, friendly and love being a park of the OTR Community.

 

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

 

It was one of those opportunities that just sort of fell into our laps. We were originally looking for a warehouse space to produce our pops, but when our building became available and it offered a kitchen and a storefront, it was an easy decision to stay here. Besides that, I live just a couple blocks away and it's great to be within walking distance to the office!

 

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

 

The way the business owners treat each other, and support each other has been so great. 

 

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

 

Just one?! I literally find myself frequenting such a wide variety of places. I love to eat out...whether it be diner food at Tucker's, or the Monday night neighborhood special at Nicola's and everything in between. There are so many places to name nowadays that I Iove. Of course, then I like/need to work off all that yummy food and drink at FitNext on Vine Street! The passion and creativity that has happened in the past couple years in our neighborhood has been amazing.

 

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

 

 I would love to see everyone doing their part to make and keep OTR beautiful. The planters and flower beds that were recently added on Main Street and in front of our shop have been a nice, and welcome addition. I'd like to see more of the garbage being picked up and placed in proper bins as well.

 


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Interview with Jack Weston, Co-Owner, Rhinehaus

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


That Rhinehaus is a neighborhood bar/hangout. We want everyone to feel comfortable here and we want to be part of the community.
 

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


As residents of the neighborhood, we were excited by the revitalization and wanted to be part of it. We also wanted to fill a niche that we as consumers and neighbors felt needed to be filled.
 

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

 
The number of people in OTR and the amount of energy invested in the neighborhood.  People’s lives revolve around the neighborhood. We have people that come into Rhinehaus everyday and they’ve become part of our family.
 

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

 
My favorite place to eat is Senate. I love their Croque Madam hot dog and also their fries. I love hanging out at The Lackman, Neons and Rhinehaus. I also really enjoy Findlay Market.

 

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

 
I would add a grocery store south of Liberty with more local offerings and variety. A convenience store somewhere on Main Street would be great. It would be nice to have a trash machine that picked up trash every night, or a way to educate the neighborhood on why it is important to throw trash away. More affordable housing would be great as well.