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2016 Star Awards Winners

Future Leaders OTR, Taft's Ale House, OTR Community Housing, Mortar, Woodward Theater

Chairperson's Award; Mortar— They encourage non-traditional entrepreneurs by connecting gifts and talents with resources and knowledge, in order to positively participate in the rise of Cincinnati!

Norma Petersen Arts and Culture Award; The Woodward— This venue has continued to serve as a catalyst for the business district through diverse programming, where Greater Cincinnati residents and out-of-town music lovers can routinely travel to OTR for dinner in the neighborhood, followed by a show at the Woodward!

Property Development of the Year; Chatfield College— Chatfield searched for a new Cincinnati location, but chose to stay in OTR to remain central and to continue to serve the community. They opened their newly renovated OTR Campus in August 2015 which boasts modern classrooms, state-of-the-art science lab, and the most current technology available!

New Business of the Year; Sundry + Vice— In less than a year, the Sundry cocktail/bar has ascended the ranks of the top cocktail bars in the city, and has been named to the "Best Of" lists in CityBeat, Cincinnati Magazine, and Cincinnati Refined.

Business of the Year; The Transept— This historic German gothic church was fully transformed and opened its doors in October 2015. The combination of stunning design, classical significance, and reimagined purpose gives those who experience the Transept a truly unforgettable experience!

Individual Contribution of the Year; The Red Door Project— Barbara Hauser receives the Individual Contribution award for her work with The Red Door Project, which has been instrumental for promoting artists in Cincinnati. She has worked extremely hard on this project and has devoted countless hours to this community!

Nonprofit of the Year; OTR Community Housing— Their staff work tirelessly to create and manage quality, affordable housing units and to provide support for residents. They are a critical contributor to the diversity of OTR! 

Entrepreneur of the Year; Cydney Rabe— Her fitness center, Core, is an indisputable success with its clients around the clock; Her juice bar, Off the Vine, saw positive cash flow within weeks of opening. She is a passionate and effective entrepreneur who has given the neighborhood two businesses that help build OTR as a community! 

Restaurant of the Year; Taft's Ale House— They turned a church (built in 1850) into a one-of-a-kind brewery, bar, and restaurant that can seat a few hundred patrons at a time and has employed a staff of over 100 people! They opened their doors in April 2015 and have seen great success. 

Community Impact Award; Future Leaders OTR— They create an environment and an expectation of success for OTR youth by providing tools to help young men and women forge their futures through workshops, social events, mentorship and community service!

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Valentine’s Weekend in OTR

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Dojo Gelato - Head over to your favorite gelato joint for their limited edition Valentine's flavors! Barry White (Cline Zinfandel and Belgian Chocolate gelato), Rose Petal gelato, and Pear Brandy Sorbetto! All flavors are available by cup, cone, or fresh hand-packed pint!

Holtman's Donut Shop
- We all love Holtman's Donuts, and they love you too! Stop by for a heart-shaped donut during Valentine's Weekend (while supplies last)!


Revolution Rotisserie
 - Open from 11-3 for Brunch and bottomless mimosas on Sunday Feb. 14! Grab a few friends and join in a game of Cards Against Humanity! Reservations are encouraged; call (513) 381-0009.


Symphony Hotel – Enjoy a classy Sunday brunch with your darling from 10a-2p at this cozy lounge, restaurant and bar!

Taste of Belgium – Now accepting reservations for Saturday Feb. 13 and Sunday Feb. 14! Try the special dishes that will be served Valentine’s Weekend only!

Where to Shop

Another Part of the Forest - Take a trip down memory lane with your Valentine and enjoy albums and records that have never hit the floor before!

Brezel - Tell your crush that your heart’s twisted for them with these cute pretzel goodies from Brezel! Go for the heart-shaped pretzel pizza crusts for two, the “Sweet Cheeks” gift basket, or stop in the store for a heart-shaped pretzel (on Valentine’s Day only)! Yum!

Cincinnati Food Tours – Gift your loved one with a certificate so that they can enjoy any of these delicious (and fun!) Food Tours through Findlay Market and OTR!

Dojo Gelato - Tell your crush you're sweet on them with a gift card from Dojo Gelato!

The Little Mahatma
– Surprise your special one with the gift of jewelry this Valentine’s Day. Options for both men and women!


Mannequin Boutique – Still on the hunt for that perfect gift for your sweetheart? Stop in today and check out some accessories or any of the other great vintage pieces in store! Plenty of options for Valentine’s Day!

OTR Candy Bar –Get your sweet thang a Mini Candy Bouquet for just $9.99, or go all out for the 1lb Box of Locally Made Assorted Chocolates (which also comes with 1 Single Red Rose) for $32.99!

The Rookwood Pottery Store – Grab your sweetheart and come out on Saturday Feb. 13 from 10a-6p and Sunday Feb. 14 from 10a-4p—Rookwood Pottery is partnering with a local florist to create unique floral arrangements in their beautiful vases while supplies last! They will only have 24 totally unique arrangements to choose from, so come early for your pick!

Sweet Petit Desserts – Make your Valentine feel extra special with a custom-made box of goodies! Sweet Petit is taking pre-orders now until February 10th for Valentine’s Day gift boxes, so get on it! Email or call the store at 513-443-5094 to place an order.

Taste of Belgium –Your sweetie is sure to love any of TOB's new Valentine’s Day pastries! (We think they would especially enjoy the 4-pack of Red Velvet waffles!)

3 Sweet Girls - Pre-made cake pop arrangements, chocolate covered pretzels, Red Velvet Oreo Brownie Truffle Cupcakes, oh my! (Advance orders are welcomed and can be called in to 513-984-1100.)

Where to Play

Cheers to Art! – Kick off your Valentine’s Weekend with with a fun night of drinking and painting on Saturday Feb. 13 at 7p! You can customize the “Love Always” painting with your own colors and dates, and it can be painted on one canvas or two. Makes for a great date night!

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra - Make a date with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra this February at Music Hall! Select the “Sweetheart Package for Two” for only $99—this package includes 2 CSO concert tickets, 2 glasses of wine and a box of chocolates!

Cincinnati Food Tours – Not interested in a cliché dinner date? Join Cincy Food Tours for the Cincinnati Sweet Stroll, which takes place on most Saturdays including Feb. 13 at 10 am!

Findlay Market - Love is in the air... So show Findlay Market some love during their pre-Valentine's Instagram contest with the hashtag: #lovefindlaymarket! 1. Snap a picture that shows what you love most about Findlay Market (We suggest Dojo Gelato!); 2. Post your pic to Instagram, tag Findlay Market, and be sure to use the hastag #lovefindlaymarket; 3. Promote your post and get your friends to like what we all know you love! The most likes wins! (Contest ends at 11:59pm Feb 12. Must be 18 years or older to participate. Winner will be announced Feb 13, as well has have their post promoted on Findlay Market Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.)

Park + Vine – Join in for the Urban Hike: Winter Edition Feb. 13 at 10a! The trail will begin at Park + Vine and span across the Roebling Bridge and into Covington, KY’s Devou Park! All ages are welcome (regardless of relationship status)! Register online.

Sweet Petit Desserts – Show off your baking skills or learn a new skill together in Sweet Petit's baking class on Saturday Feb. 13 from 10a-12p! It only costs $110 per couple!

Symphony Hotel – Are you looking for the perfect spot to propose? Symphony still has rooms available this Valentine’s Weekend, from Thursday Feb. 11 – Sunday Feb. 14! They are offering a package deal to include other amenities in your stay as well! (Contact innkeepers for more info.)

For a Cause

Park + Vine - Join in celebrating Quirkyalone Day on Saturday Feb. 13 from 10a-6p and Sunday Feb. 14 from 10a-5p! Stop by the shop, make a donation to the TriState Noah Project and get a special Quirkycard to write or draw a loving, compassionate message.

Pet Wants - The “GIVE. MATCH. LOVE.” Matching Donation Program goes until Sunday Feb. 14! For each pound of cat food that you purchase for donation, Pet Wants will match that donation to benefit the Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic (OAR).

Treat Yourself

Spruce Nail Shop – Use the promo code "BE MINE" when you book a combination Staple Manicure and Pedicure, and you will get 10% off!

The Yoga Bar OTR - This Valentine’s Day, experience the subtle yet powerful, positive effects of the practice of Ayurveda in the Mindful Self-Compassion Class with Lisa Marie Snowden!

From Our Members

Taft Museum of Art – Perfect for the Wine-lover in your life, the Perfect Pairings event (which takes place on Saturday Feb. 13 at Taft) will allow you and your date to sample 6 French Wines paired with delectable hors d’oeuvres!

Wordsworth Communications - Fill out this survey between now and Monday Feb. 8 to WIN a professionally written poem for your loved one!

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Valentine's Weekend in OTR



Looking for love in all the wrong places? Head down to OTR this Valentine’s Day and explore all the places to eat, shop, and play with your sweetheart. With tons of fabulous restaurants, amazing boutiques, and exciting events, it’s a match made in heaven for a perfect Valentine’s weekend
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Where to Eat

Bakersfield, Krueger's and The Eagle – Looking for the perfect place to celebrate with a group, or perhaps you’re in the market for a party of two? Either way, enjoy special Valentine’s Day only reservation services at 
BakersfieldKrueger’s, and The Eagle!

Symphony Hotel – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special five course dinner and live music. Flower arrangements and homemade chocolates are available per request. Need to celebrate a day early? No problem! Revel in a Folie à Deux Wine/pairing Dinner starting at 7pm!

Quan Hapa – Now taking reservations for the Valentine’s weekend!

OTR Graeter's – Take a step back into the 50’s and enjoy an authentic soda fountain this Valentine’s Day at Graeter’s! Indulge in Cincinnati’s finest chocolates packaged in heart shaped boxes or spoil your special someone with a Valentine’s Day themed sundae.

Holtman’s Donuts – Nothing says love quite like a donut, especially when it’s shaped like a heart! Don’t worry, there are plenty of red and pink sprinkles to go around.

The Mercer – Come join us for a special Valentine’s Day offering featuring foie gras, lobster bisque, Berkshire pork chops, halibut and much more! Be sure to book your table fast!

A Tavola – Wine and dine your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with a special on Prosecco pours!

Macaron Bar – Looking for a little spice this Valentine’s Day? Try a Maverick Fahrenheit 513 macaron available through Valentine’s Day.

Sweet Petit Desserts – Surprise your Valentine with a sweet treat gift box! And while you’re at it, enter to win a 2 hour photo shoot, full dessert table styling, and party desserts!

Happy Belly – Grab a sweet treat for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day and enjoy 25% off!

Brezel – Mix the salty and the sweet this Valentine’s Day with heart shaped pretzels and special dark chocolate pretzel poppers!

Where to Shop

Mannequin Boutique – Still on the hunt for that perfect gift for your sweetheart? Stop in today and take a look at our accessories! Plenty of options for Valentine’s Day! Also be sure to check out our special Valentine’s sales rack!

Edgy Pooch Pet Boutique and Spaw – Spoil your pooch this Valentine’s Day with 50% off grooming.  Special Valentine themed clothing and accessories as well as a free treat for  pet guests!

Venue 222 – Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating your one and only. No better way to do that than marveling at one-of-a-kind pieces from local artists! Viewings are by appointment.

The Little Mahatma – Surprise your special one with the gift of jewelry this Valentine’s Day. Options for both males and females!

The Rookwood Pottery Company – Don’t miss out on a special, one-of-a-kind, Valentine’s Day Honey Bear! These hand-painted pieces were first created in 1934 and have been adorned with charming designs ever since. No two are the same!

Urban Eden – Special savings on select artwork just in time for Valentine’s Day! Also, new Laurie Hughes items are in stock! All are unique and one of a kind handcrafted by local artist

Another Part of the Forest - Take a trip down memory lane with your Valentine and enjoy albums and records that have never hit the floor before! Also specials on all 45's!

Park + Vine – This Valentine’s Day help us celebrate you! Join us for our Customer Appreciation Day and indulge in food and drink samples from local businesses, prize drawings, and music!

Ephemera Temp Tattoos – Show your love for OTR this Valentine’s Day with a temporary tattoo!  Limited quantities available at MiCA 12/v, Graeter’s OTR, Brezel, Art Beyond Boundaries, Urban Eden. *While supplies last so hurry down! 

MiCA – Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day with the new spring line for Matt & Nat. Also check out a sweet tie clip for him! Sending your love from afar? We’ve got you covered with a selection of adorable Valentine’s cards.

Rock Paper Scissors – Do you have a hard to shop for Valentine? We’ve got a selection of Field Notes notebooks that are always a crowd pleaser! Also be sure to check out our locally made crafts and jewelry!

Pain to Pleasure – Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with his and hers tattoos! For just $100 you and your loved one can get cute couples’ tattoos!

Findlay Market – Watch out for details on Findlay Market’s Valentine’s Day Instagram contest!

Where to Play

You Do Yoga - Love is in the Air for an Intermediate AcroYoga Workshop with Joe Barnett!

Know Theatre – Celebrate the season of love with a romantic comedy about the worst Valentine’s Day imaginable. Catch the one week only performance of Saturday the 14th at Know Theatre.

Iris BookCafe and Gallery – Savor a hot bowl of soup with the one you love while enjoying Andele!: Mexico in Plossu.

BRIDEface – Get dolled up for the big Valentine’s weekend and book a makeup and hair appointment today! Also be sure to pick up a gift certificate for the very popular FACEing makeup lessons.

Macaron Bar – Everything tastes better when it’s made with love so come learn how to bake macarons with your special someone! Reservations are required and are going fast!

The Yoga Bar – Give your man the gift of balance, strength, poise, and relaxation this Valentine’s Day and sign him up for our Beginner’s Yoga for Men!

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A Conversation with Jymi Bolden, Gallery Director of Art Beyond Boundaries


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


I have always advocated that art, artistic expression & creativity be the focus of Art Beyond Boundaries in spite of the importance of the gallery’s mission. Art Beyond Boundaries gallery provides a professional, mainstream exhibition venue for artists with disabilities.

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

It has been a positive experience for Art Beyond Boundaries to have been a part of the OTR Arts District. Eight years ago we made a conscious decision to locate in OTR and participate in the metamorphosis of the neighborhood.

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

No…my experience in OTR dates back to the late 90’s documenting, photographically, the progress and pitfalls of the neighborhood as photo editor of CityBeat.

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

Yes...several including Iris BookCafe and, of course, Art Beyond Boundaries.

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

I would remove or at least minimize all nuisance elements.


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Interview with Jonathan Railey, Owner & Founder of Integrated Workspace Solutions

IWS Jonathan Railey

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


We want people to know that we’re here and that we’re a growing small business. We have the ability to support all kinds and sizes of businesses. We provide a wide range of products to support commercial spaces and hospitality spaces as well. We’ve been here since 2009 and have had the opportunity to see the Renaissance start in OTR. We love to support other small businesses that are coming into the area.

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

I learned about our current space from Brandon Smith and the B2B Equities team. It was the size to fit our startup enterprise and it was close to downtown. Based on our discussions, I suspected that OTR would be a growing, thriving place for businesses. One surprise is I had no idea that the streetcar would also pass right by our showroom.

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

It has been surprising how fast the residential market has taken off. Also, I’m surprised with the number of restaurants/eateries that have popped up. OTR is a great place to eat and drink. It has been cool to watch the renovation of Washington Park…it has been a huge success. An unintended consequence is I don’t go to the CBD as much because OTR has become a convenient walkable neighborhood.

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

I try to spread my dollars around, so there are a lot of places that I frequent. I go to Bakersfield, Taste of Belgium, Mixx, Lavomatic (when it was open), 1215 Wine & Coffee, The Eagle and Washington Park to name a few. Really, I go to all of them, it is fun to pop into different places from time to time.

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

People’s perception of OTR but that naturally takes time. Another thing would be finding that magical mix between the wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds of people that live work and play in OTR…but that’s a normal challenge. We have all these great businesses, residential options and overall investment… but with that comes some challenges.


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An Interview with Michael and Jill Carroll, Owners Cheers to Art!



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

 

Cheers to Art! offers ‘art as entertainment.’ Absolutely no experience is necessary

to have a great time. We combine canvas painting, music and beer or wine from

our bar for the perfect night out before or after dining at one of OTR’s fabulous

restaurants.

 

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

 

We had so many downtown companies coming out to our Madeira studio for

team building events that we decided to open a downtown studio. We loved the vibe

and wanted to be a part of the revitalization of OTR.

 

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

OTR?

 

Probably the perception of OTR. Although it’s getting better, people still ask us if

it’s safe to come down here. We see it changing, but the success of OTR depends

on people from the Cincinnati suburbs and surrounding areas visiting the neighborhood.

 

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

place to exercise, theatre).

 

We enjoy walking down to The Coffee Emporium on Central Parkway for a drink

or for a light lunch. Also, the margaritas at Bakersfield are fabulous when we can get in.

 

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

 

I’d get the revitalization done overnight! All the buildings would be beautiful, the

streets would be safe at all hours of the day and people would walk, ride bikes or

take the street car to work or home.

 


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A Chat with the Elementz Leadership Team: Abdullah Powell and Tom Kent

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

 

That Elementz is a place for creative youth. There are a lot of centers out there but not one that focuses on creative youth. We, in conjunction with volunteers from various backgrounds and ethnicities, use hip hop as a means to connect with inner city youth. We believe in our inner city youth and focus on their positive gifts.

 

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

 

We were located in the West End for 7 years before moving to OTR. We wanted to be close to the young people, and close to a bus route and where many of them live. It was important to be in the center of development and be a part of the wave of good things going on in the community.

 

(Tom): Part of our mission is “Don’t fear the unknown”. This means that we want to help the community get to know the youth in the community. We want to help introduce the youth to the community so there is no fear.

 

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

 

(Tom): The support from the local business community has been surprising. They have really reached out and made it clear that they want us here. They have worked with us to bring the Explore Over-the-Rhine initiative to fruition. This program invites patrons of the arts to explore OTR and receive discounts off other arts events or organizations. So this has become a partnership with the local business community.

 

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

 

(Tom): When my grandchildren are here, I love to take them to Washington Park. They love the fountains. I enjoy seeing all of the diversity in the park. It has become a very friendly, urban family and an extension of what we’re trying to do on a bigger scale.

 

(Abuddlah): I don’t get a chance to frequent many places but I have the ability to go to my place of worship here in the community. I also frequent Original Thought Required. It is more than a shop, it’s a center that is very relevant for the community.

 

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

 

(Tom): The streetcar construction would be done and parking would be open. The streets would be alive with people getting on and off the streetcar. I’m looking forward to it being completed.

 

(Abdullah): I would want to make sure everyone is able to find their place in the community. It’s important to make sure that the needs of the community are being addressed. 


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Interview with Kathleen Kern, Co-Owner, Churchill's Fine Teas

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

 

We used to be on 4th Street and we had tea room at that location. We wanted to focus on tea and also on educating our customers. We spend a lot of time with our customers educating them about tea. We have 265 + teas from around the world.

 

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

 

We were at Findlay Market shopping and my daughter suggested that we move the store here. Once she said it, we knew it was where we wanted to be. We found this space and realized there wasn’t space for a tea room. That’s when we decided to change our focus. Findlay Market reminds me of London. Markets are a natural thing in London but here it is an exception.

 

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

 

Everyone is so happy. People have made a conscience choice to be here. Our customers are unbelievable.

 

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

 

We’ve been going to Salazar. When our children visit, we like to take them to new places they haven’t been to yet.

 

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

I don’t think I would change anything, especially not the atmosphere. I support the efforts that are being made in OTR. I also love the architecture. That’s one of the things I miss about England. I love looking up at the tops of buildings. The best features are always at the top of the building.

 


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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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