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  • Member Spotlight: Appointments

    Sep 18, 2016
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    At Appointments you'll find a selection of pens along with the camaraderie of fellow pen enthusiasts. At PenFest on October 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. get expert advice from the staff along with representatives from your favorite pen companies.

    PenFest is a unique opportunity to find complete offerings from more than 25 fine pen brands including new, special, and limited edition pieces - fountain pens, rollerball pens, ballpoints, and mechanical pencils. The options offered will more than double the store's stock, which already has one of the largest selections in the United States. Only at PenFest can you see, touch, and buy from such a large selection all in one place, all with expert guidance to help you choose the perfect piece for your budget and quality needs. 

    Throughout the year, Appointments sells more than three dozen lines of fine pens including ACME, A.T. Cross, Aurora, Bexley, Delta, Diplomat, S.T. Dupont, Fisher, Graf von Faber-Castell, KaWeCo, Lamy, Giuliano Mazzuoli, Montegrappa, Monteverde, Omas, Parker, Pelikan, Pilot/Namiki, Retro 1951, Sailor, Sheaffer, Visconti, Waldmann, Waterman, and Yard-o-Led.

    In addition to writing instruments, Appointments also carries a selection of fine leather goods, bags and accessories from such brands as Bellroy, M Clip, Johnston & Murphy, Scully, Bosca, Stewart/Stand, and Chiarugi.

    The store's selection of gift items has been specially chosen to be perfect for any occasion, from groomsmen presents to business thank-yous. You'll find contemporary as well as vintage pieces from Cincinnati's historic Rookwood Pottery, Caswell-Massey soaps, Edwin Jagger shaving accessories, stationery from Crane & Co and Rhodia, Bulova clocks, Legere pocket watches, and glass works from Glass Eye Studios.

    Appointments strives to stock only quality, long-lasting products designed to provide customers with many years of service and enjoyment.

    Appointments is conveniently located at 441 Vine Street in the heart of downtown Cincinnati on the second floor of the Carew Tower. Convenient parking can be found in the Fountain Square garage, as well as the Mabley Place garage. We can also be reached at (513) 421-7430 and www.411pens.com.
  • DePaul Cristo Rey High School

    Aug 08, 2016

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    “Heidi shows work ethic, enthusiasm, initiative to reach out to staff for additional work, and confidence.

    She is a hardworking and self-motivated individual and we are so happy to have gotten to work with her.” 

    That’s an employee evaluation done by MSA Architects. The employee? A 14-year-old DePaul Cristo Rey High School student. DPCR is not only a college-prep high school; it has a unique Corporate Work Study Program that’s a source of reliable, emerging talent for Greater Cincinnati businesses.

    You didn’t read that wrong. There is a high school in Cincinnati that not only prepares students for college, it puts them to work in entry-level positions at more than 100 local companies. DPCR offers businesses a solution to the perpetual challenges of finding and keeping reliable entry-level workers. DPCR’s innovative “education that works, work that educates” model is transforming young people.

    The Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) is one of reasons DPCR calls itself a school of transformation. It serves low-income students offering them a path to college and the opportunity to break a cycle of generational poverty. Through the CWSP, students in grades 9-12 are earning part of their own education costs while immersed in an academically challenging, college-focused, faith-based culture of learning, accountability and achievement.

    The schoolwide goal is all students will graduate from high school and college. DPCR’s first two graduating classes (Classes of 2015 and 2016) achieved 100 percent college acceptance. DPCR is a member of the nationally recognized Cristo Rey Network of 32 Catholic schools whose graduates are enrolling, persisting in and completing college at two and a half times the rate of their low-income peers.

    To learn more about hiring DPCR students and DPCR’s transformational program, visit www.depaulcristorey.org or call (513) 861-0600.

  • WesBanco Bank

    Jul 19, 2016

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    Why did WesBanco Bank, Inc. choose to support Downtown Cincinnati Inc.?

    That’s simple, WesBanco is proud to be a small part of “Downtown Cincinnati” with our newly re-located office at 250 East Fifth Street, Suite 400 in the Central Business District, and are excited to do our part in making sure our beautiful downtown area prospers and grows.

    Founded in 1870, WesBanco, Inc. is a multi-state, bank holding company with total assets of approximately $8.6 billion (as of March 31, 2016). WesBanco is a diversified and well-balanced financial services institution, with a community bank at its core, built upon a strong legacy of credit and risk management. WesBanco has meaningful market share across its key geographies maintained by its commitment to dedicated customer service and solid fee-based businesses. It also provides wealth management services through a century-old trust and wealth management business, with more than $3 billion of assets under management, and serves as registered investment advisor to a proprietary mutual fund family, the WesMark Funds.

    WesBanco’s  banking subsidiary, WesBanco Bank, Inc., operates 141 financial centers in the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. In addition, WesBanco operates an insurance agency, WesBanco Insurance Services, Inc., and a full service broker/dealer, WesBanco Securities, Inc.

  • Philippe Haas Bespoke Tailoring

    Jun 28, 2016

    ph-enquirer-pic_crop2Philippe Haas Bespoke Tailoring's vision is make custom clothing for men and women who want a one-of-a-kind, European influenced, luxury product for an affordable price. 

    My goal is to serve my clients to the best of my ability. The extent to where this service can go is endless. Consultations for dress-code for special events, wardrobe updates, and outfit combinations are in our expertise. Special fittings at home, office, and after-hours are available upon request. We want to build lasting relationships with our clients, and serve you to the best of our ability."


    Core values in our product are quality, design, and fit.

    Fabrics range in color, pattern, texture, composition, and weave. They also change with the seasons, and trends do come and go. We offer a full range of casual, formal, and business fabrics sourced from the best mills in Italy and the United Kingdom. The mills such as Loro Piana, Cerruti, Vitale Barberis Canonico, Reda, Guabello, Dormeuil, and Scabal are represented in our swatch collection. Narrowing it down to just one fabric can be overwhelming at times, but with our expertise, the decision will become manageable and fun.

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    The construction of garments are of such great quality, that you will be be wearing them for 10+ years. The inner linings, buttons, padding, canvas, and fabric will be top of the line. The only reason to buy again is because fashion is constantly changing, and you know we will be always up to date with the latest fittings, designs, and fabrics. 

    Designing a garment for the public is not what we do. Our Bespoke Tailoring line means that each order is unique, derived from a one on one consultation of our clients specific needs, wants, requirements, shape, complexion, and schedule. Everything is tailored to optimize look, performance, feel, and fit. We look forward to guiding you along the way, offering professional recommendations.

    Fitting a customer for a suit can be very challenging. However, our method of using try-on garments, measuring tape, digital imaging, and personal garments gives us more information than we need to get the preferred fit.  We guarantee our product, and will work with you until you are 100% satisfied. 

    Membership with Downtown Cincinnati Inc.

    Being in the fashion industry, choosing a location downtown was a very important part of my business plan. Fashion is a statement, and thrives on other people’s energy and style. Downtown Cincinnati has a new and invigorating energy, that I am excited to be a part of. Downtown Cincinnati Inc. has given me the opportunity to express my commitment to the city of Cincinnati,  DCI’s mission, and all its fabulous members.

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  • Forza Marketing

    Jun 15, 2016
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    For the moment, we are Forza Marketing (I’ll explain in a minute). Forza is an Italian word that means “Let’s Go.”  We’re not all Italian, but we chose the name because it is a great description of our agency’s attitude and how we approach marketing and public relations for our clients. After the appropriate level of planning and strategizing, at the end of the day, it comes down to momentum, getting real work done and delivering proven results. Day in and day out, we push ourselves and clients to make our work more effective and their businesses grow.  

    Forza’s team has over 60 years of marketing and public relations experience, with former corporate marketing leaders, seasoned reporters used to busy beats in Washington D.C. as well as local media outlets and digital and social media experts.

    carol-and-jill-Now to the explanation. On July 1 Forza Marketing is joining forces with Northlich, the top ad agency in town, to become one company. Although we’re leaving behind our name, we’re not giving up the Forza spirit. Leading our clients to greatness with a bias toward action is our mantra now and forever.  

    We’re committed to the downtown community and have been thrilled to see the positive changes in the city core over the past few years. You’ll see other members of our team out exploring the city at lunch. Look for us enjoying our proximity to so many fabulous restaurants for lunch or happy hour, or simply taking in the scenery at one of Cincinnati’s beautiful riverfront parks.    

    Though we do have international and out of state clients, we’ve also made an effort to keep the love close to home, and over the past four years have grown our local client base significantly. We’ve supported iconic, historical Cincinnati businesses such as Rookwood Pottery, worked with acclaimed local chefs such as Jean Robert De Cavel and Steven Geddes, and have a variety of healthcare clients serving the Tristate area, including The Urology Group, one of the largest Urology practices in the U.S. We also manage everything from public relations to event management and social media for The Center for Addiction Treatment.  

    We get our clients noticed by local and national press, assist them in writing bestselling books, distributing and publishing monthly magazines and newsletters, planning, marketing and managing corporate conferences and events. We manage their voices, content and presence on social media, concept and implement marketing plans, and are constantly on the lookout for ways the help our clients exceed their business goals.     

    It’s great to be recognized for success, as we learned when we were named 2015 small business of the year by the Cincinnati Regional Chamber, but when it comes down to it—the biggest reward is being able to do what we love—good work for good people.  

    Forza Marketing makes a consistent effort to give back to the community. From our involvement in Cincinnati Chamber events, Business Courier Workshops, Mentoring Mondays and time invested contributing to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE Lead program, to having local chapters of the PRSSA tour our office and get the low down on working in the industry, we love to help others and share our expertise and experience. Our upcoming merger with Northlich complements our expertise, and adds to our experience and capabilities. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by to see our new digs at 720 East Pete Rose Way and say hello.
  • Boxcar PR

    May 18, 2016

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    Boxcar is a boutique public relations and communications agency that began in 2011 in Louisville. The company opened its Cincinnati office in January 2015 in the heart of downtown, and recently added a Lexington location. Boxcar is a boutique firm that specializes in public relations, public issue advocacy, graphic design, branding, crisis communications, and more thus living up to our motto of “[more than pr].”

    Boxcar's goal is to provide clients with a customized communication strategy that is executed by a team that’s willing to do whatever it takes to deliver for our clients. Whether it is a media placement at the top of the hour, a buzz-worthy launch event, or a fresh, modern design for collateral, Boxcar is there to be an advocate for clients and their company.​The firm is “small by design” and works fluidly and quickly to achieve client goals. ​Clients range from 1-2 person firms to Fortune 500 companies, and they have a flexible fee structure that employ monthly retainer or project fees.

    Downtown Cincinnati is a vibrant and ever-changing landscape. We are proud to be situated in the central business district that is experiencing incredible redevelopment. The energy in Cincinnati is palatable and Downtown Cincinnati Inc. is a key player in seeing the downtown area realize its full potential to live, work, and play.

    Check out Boxcar online at www.boxcarpr.com or in person at their offices

    BOXCAR
    652 Main Street
    Cincinnati, OH 45202

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  • Divine Services

    May 12, 2016


    Valet Parking is now a Divine Experience

    logoA drop of a pin on a map alerts a valet to meet you to pick up your car anywhere you have designated. Your car will be parked in a safe parking garage. When you are ready for your car to be returned, it will be delivered back to you at any other desired location, or the same location, also at the drop of a pin on the map. The service area currently includes most of downtown and Over-The-Rhine. The convenience, safety, simplicity and professionalism of this service is truly magical. Suddenly, you’re no longer confined to inconvenient and time consuming parking garages. Now can drop your car off with one of Divine’s courteous and experienced employees right at your destination, just as you would with a hotel or restaurant valet service. Go out on the town and get your car back wherever you want with no waiting on lines or fighting the weather!

    Download the Divine Services app from the iTunes store (Android is coming soon).

    The service is excellent for the business crowd as well. If you’re running late for a meeting and don’t have time to find parking, give Divine 15 minutes notice through the app and designate where you need a Divine valet to meet you. You will be greeted elegantly by a professional, neat, and friendly valet. We’ll pick your car up right at your meeting destination. When your meeting is coming to a close, you drop a pin wherever you are and a Divine employee will deliver it to you in minutes. If you’re a regular commuter who needs to drop his or her car off at the office every day, simply set your work address in Divine’s app and you can activate your valet driver with a single click while you’re en route. Your Divine valet will be waiting at your office when you arrive. Discounted monthly contracts are coming soon as well.
     
    Real-time push notifications and round the clock customer support make this service safe, friendly and reliable. The $10 service fee + $1.00/ per hour parking fee makes this service user-friendly, time-saving and an exceptional value. Valet Parking, now at your fingertips, has never been so easy.
     
    Watch how it all works​ below. 

     
  • 84.51°

    Apr 05, 2016

    84.51° is proud to be a part of Downtown Cincinnati, a diverse community that’s energizing, encouraging, and fun. Even the name, 84.51°, represents something unique – it’s an ode to our pioneering spirit and also happens to be the longitude of our headquarters at the corner of Fifth and Race streets in Downtown Cincinnati. So what do we do at 84.51°? We turn data into knowledge and help our clients think about how to help their customers in new and innovative ways. Our passion lies in making people’s lives easier—that includes our customers, our partners and our community.

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    We Love Cincinnati

    Supporting the members of DCI is a natural fit for 84.51° because we share love for the community and passion for continuing its advancement. There’s a long overdue revolution taking place in business, and we’re proud to be a part of the Cincinnati community that is leading the way. 84.51° was founded on the principle that building the bottom line should be a result, not the primary objective. Focusing on analytics and customer insights, every decision made is about each individual and what he or she wants, and we strive to extend that philosophy into the community.

    We Love Startups

    84.51° is committed to ensuring the Cincinnati region continues to be an innovative leader in the Midwest, aiming to prove that places like Silicon Valley and New York City aren’t the only innovation hubs. Our Startups in Residence program supports the community’s startup ecosystem by offering dedicated workspace in the 84.51° headquarters, including mentorship sessions and access to highly experienced people and technology. Providing these opportunities not only encourages growth of new companies that will create more jobs for the area, but it also gives 84.51° employees the chance to collaborate with other innovative minds.  

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    We Love Non-Profit Organizations

    Making life more rewarding for our community and associates is an essential part of the 84.51° culture. We’ve grown to know and love the community of Cincinnati by engaging in a range of activities to get together and serve the community while having fun as a team. A big initiative within the company is the Degrees of Giving program, where employees identify non-profit organizations for which they are passionate, and then a company-wide voting process determines which of the selections the company will support each year.

    We Can’t Wait for the Future

    These are just a few ways we’re rewriting best practices within the Cincinnati community while enjoying the adventure, support and diversity it has to offer. We are creating deeper, more meaningful relationships and we are excited about achieving extraordinary success in the Cincinnati community and beyond. 

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  • Eagle's Locksmith Cincinnati

    Feb 17, 2016

    Locally - and family- owned and operated - Cincinnati Locksmith, Eagle’s Locksmith Cincinnati has proudly and professionally served the ​Greater Cincinnati area since 2012. The team at Eagle’s Locksmith Cincinnati is happy to watch the metropolitan area thrive and grow - and provides service to the bustling and energetic Downtown area, as well as throughout the entire urban landscape. We provide every imaginable locksmith service for both commercial and household properties - including key copying, lock replacement, lock repair, lockout service, master key systems, and high security lock systems. Eagle’s Locksmith Cincinnati is a mobile operated - meaning that we drive directly to customer’s locations, to serve them on the spot. We are proud to serve the Cincinnati area - our mobile technicians happily travel throughout the entire metropolitan district - we cover every neighborhood in between.

    We offer the following Locksmith ​service to ​businesses and ​homes

    • Emergency Lockouts
    • Lock Installation
    • High Security Locks
    • Lock Repair
    • Security Door Locks and Bar 
    • Key Copying / Duplication
    • Key Replacement
    • Lock Re-keying Installation
    • Door Closer Installation
    • Master Keying System

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    Types of Locks we carry
    : Mortise Lock, Combination Lock, Office Lock, Shackle Projector, Sliding Bolt, Removable Lock, Double-Sided Deadbolt. Jimmy Proof Deadlock, Mortise Lock, Deadbolt Handle Set for Home Front Door. Sliding Door Locks and Handles, Mechanical Push Button and Digital Keypad Locks, Schlage Deadbolt, Electronic Keyless locks, Password Keypads Lock, Alarm System Installation, Panic Bar Installation, Lever Commercial Grade Lock, Mul-t- Lock.

    Please watch this client review of Eagle's Locksmith

    Being a Member of Downtown Cincinnati Inc.
    Eagle’s Locksmith Cincinnati remains dedicated to the thriving bustling community of Cincinnati. This is our city - and we're proud members of a community that's developing and growing every day. We value Downtown Cincinnati Inc. for its commitment to the collaborative approach to living in an urban environment. By providing infrastructure for local businesses to thrive, and encouraging business owners to work alongside each other, DCI highlights the importance of community in the revitalization of Cincinnati. Downtown Cincinnati I​nc. fosters and encourages a sense of thriving community - creating exponential growth throughout Downtown Cincinnati and its outlying neighborhoods. By reinforcing commercial stability, DCI, and all its partners, are helping to build up a dynamic community.

    Special Locksmith offer for Downtown Cincinnati Residents:

    1.  10% Off For Downtown Cincinnati Residents (Home & Business.
    2.  Re-key 6 locks or more and get a Free service call. Mention Code  
    3.  Up to 15 Free keys duplication when you replace/re-key 10 locks or more

    Mention Code:DowntownCin513

    Special Terms

    • Only 1 offer can be purchased and redeemed per person.
    • Valid for New Clients
    • Not valid with other vouchers, certificates, or offers.

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  • Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association

    Feb 17, 2016



    For more than 30 years the Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association (GCADA) has operated the Downtown License Bureau, located in the County Administration Building at 138 E. Court Street in Room 100. The location is perfect for downtown residents and employees as it’s just a few short blocks from nearly any office building or location in downtown Cincinnati. 

    What started out as a members-only service ultimately became a full-fledged agency offering the full array of deputy registrar services. Our services include issuing driver’s licenses and state photo identification cards, BCI and FBI fingerprinting (Webcheck), out-of-state inspections, vehicle registration for license plates, renewals, transfers and 30-day tags, accepting payments for license reinstatement fees, and notary service.

    Most importantly, this office is staffed with qualified individuals who collectively have more than 90 years of experience assisting the downtown community with their licensing and vehicle registration needs. There’s hardly a scenario in which they cannot provide people the service or guidance they need to complete a transaction.

    About GCADA

    The Downtown License Bureau’s operator, the GCADA, is a professional trade organization representing franchised automobile retailers in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. We and our members are active in the community – promoting public safety, and supporting charitable activities. The two public outreach programs in which the Association are most active are the Safe Travel for Kids!!™ Program and the CPR Manikin Donation Program. 

    The Safe Travel for Kids!!™ Program was inspired by the GCADA’s longtime relationship with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s (CCHMC) Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center (CCIC).  Year-round the GCADA and our partners Cincinnati Children’s and Evenflo, engage in numerous giveaways, initiatives, and events to promote car seat and booster seat safety!

    Our Association is also an Ambassador of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation (NADCF) through which we conduct our CPR Manikin Donation Program.  This program allows our automotive retailers to assist in distributing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) manikins to non-profit organizations in the area that provide CPR training.  These are just a few examples of the things automotive retailers do in their communities.

    The Cincinnati Auto Expo 

    The GCADA also presents the Cincinnati Auto Expo which is the region’s largest retail automotive event drawing car enthusiasts, and soon-to-be buyers from the Tristate area. This annual event kicks-off on Wednesday, February 17 at the Duke Energy Convention Center from 5 - 9 p.m. with the REV IT UP!! Sneak Peek Preview which is open to the public. For this one night, admission is only $1! All night long there will be $1 hot dogs, $1 soft drinks, $3 domestic beer, and a great time!  Thursday and Friday afternoon, there will be matinee prices, giving early comers a discount, and everyday children ages 12 and under will be FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.  We’re also bringing back our hit Safe Travel for Kids!!™ Family Zone which will include activities the entire family can enjoy - face painting, goodie bags for kids, a swing set, trampoline, and more.

    Mark your calendars for the extravaganza, February 17-21, 2016; this is an Auto Expo that you won’t want to miss!

    The GCADA has been proud to be a part of the fabric of the downtown community for more than 30 years, providing licensing and registration services, and presenting one of the largest consumer events each year in the heart of the city.  It’s for these reasons that we’re honored to be a supporting member of Downtown Cincinnati Inc.

  • Booksellers on Fountain Square

    Dec 09, 2015

    I'm Kimberly, and I work part-time at The Booksellers on Fountain Square. I've lived in Downtown Cincinnati for 10 years. The transformation the city has gone through in those 10 years amazes me, as does the love I have for Cincinnati. I've lived in and traveled to bigger cities, but there's something about Cincinnati that has my heart. The recent and continued growth builds upon our history and gives us so much – so many things to do and see, classic architecture mixed with new, modern buildings, a variety of beautiful outdoor spaces, and an incredible sense of pride that we all share. Longtime residents, recent transplants, and even those just visiting for the weekend all have stories and wonderful experiences to share about Cincinnati, and everyone I meet seems to feel the same way I do​ – Cincinnati is home.  
     
    I've worked at The Booksellers on Fountain Square since it opened in September 2013. Two years later, customers are still discovering us and telling how glad they are that we are here. The city needed a bookstore like ours – a place to peruse new, notable and classic titles, gifts, and stationery, a cafe to grab a quick cup of coffee or a leisurely lunch, and a place to have a conversation with a fellow book browser or our store and cafe staff.   
     
    All of us at The Booksellers love what we do – we love books & we love the city! We don't just recommend and sell books, we also recommend and sell the city! We share our favorite restaurants, shops, things to do, places to see, ​and the history of the city with locals and tourists alike. What we don't know can be found in our Local Interest section, which features books about the city and the region, architecture, industry, culture and arts, sports, food and cooking, as well as locally made souvenirs & culinary treats.  
     
    The Booksellers on Fountain Square is proud to be a member of Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. DCI continues to preserve our city's history and showcases all we have to offer. Their support of businesses, culture, and a variety of activities and events contributes to the growth of the city and the overall region. Like DCI, we love Cincinnati – the people, the transformation, everything there is to see and do, the history of what it was and the future of what it will be...And we are excited to be a part of it!    

    If you haven't had a chance to meet us yet, or if you just need a reason to stop in again, here's a coupon for 20% off any book in stock, good through December 31st. We hope to see you soon! 

  • School for Creative and Performing Arts

    Dec 08, 2015
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    When you think of the School for Creative and Performing Arts what comes to mind? The nation’s premier pre-professional arts training school? The crown jewel of Cincinnati’s Public Schools? Home to some of the most talented students and alumni in the nation? If you guessed any of the above, you are correct!

    As one of our region’s greatest arts and education assets, the School for Creative and Performing Arts exemplifies all of the best that Cincinnati has to offer. And with a new leadership team in place, there has never been a more exciting time at the school.

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    December 3 to 6 
    Now is your chance to experience the magic firsthand by kicking off the holiday season with a performance of The Nutcracker at The School for Creative and Performing Arts featuring some of Cincinnati’s most talented young dancers.Journey to the land of sugarplum fairies, giant mice and life-size soldiers and experience an evening that promises to make your holidays merry and bright.Celebrate this beloved tradition with family and friends December 3 to 6. To purchase tickets, please visit
    http://scpa-cps-k12.org/news/box-office or call 513.363.8100.

    For more than 40 years, The School for Creative and Performing Arts has been committed to providing a world-class artistic and educational experience for students. This dual mission paves the way for students to reach their fullest potential as lifelong learners and passionate artists.The school’s ongoing commitment to wholly educating students provides for an academic experience unlike any in the area. A robust academic curriculum, professional faculty, and state-of-the-art resources consistently place The School for Creative and Performing Arts in the top-tier of Cincinnati’s Public Schools, as well as acclaim as an internationally renowned arts school.

    Make a donation today  
    But the school is not without its challenges. What you may not know is that each year, The School for Creative and Performing Arts must rely upon the generosity of donors for operational support, to maintain important academic and artistic programming, and allow our students to reach the levels of artistic excellence that characterize a world-class institute like The School for Creative and Performing Arts.The critical need for additional financial support is underscored by that fact that more than half (53%) of The School for Creative and Performing Art’s students are below poverty level. That’s why the school relies so heavily on the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations to help The School for Creative and Performing Arts maintain its important legacy in Cincinnati.

    Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the SCPA and help foster the creative spirit of Cincinnati’s young artists for many generations to come!

    For more information, visit scpa.cps-k12.org/.

  • Bromwell's

    Dec 01, 2015

    Be a Part of History 

    Experience a living piece of Cincinnati history. Bromwell’s is Cincinnati’s oldest retailer - a feat we don’t take lightly. We have been bringing unique and beautiful products to Cincinnatians since 1819, when Jacob Bromwell founded the Bromwell Wire and Brush Goods Company.While we have certainly evolved a lot in almost 200 years, we remain committed to Jacob’s vision of presenting authentic goods that make the lives of Cincinnatians better and more beautiful.

    Discover How We Have Evolved

    Bromwell's has living roomevolved in the past several years from a fireplace retailer to a complete design resource. Walking into the upper level of Bromwell's is like walking into a beautiful urban home. Chandeliers glitter overhead, while room settings, anchored with working fireplaces and beautiful custom upholstery, give you a glimpse into the style that is uniquely Bromwell’s.

    Bromwell’s is your downtown destination for the perfect gifts. We travel extensively to find the most creative and unique finds to share with our guests. We offer complimentary wrapping to make it easy to show up at your even with the best gift.

    Bromwell’s sells, installs and services best of class fireplace products. Our specialists can work with you to design the perfect focal point for your home. Using our home furnishing resources, we can help you realize the complete room of your dreams. We stock a wide range of fireplace accessories and tools. We are also the Downtown stockist for the Big Green Egg, one of the best outdoor cooking systems you will ever find.

    Committed to the Urban Community

    While we have changed a lot in our history, we remain committed to the outstanding, personal service that we are  know for. We see part of our mission to be a urban connection point. showroom displayWith our beautiful showroom, we are a respite in the busy work day. We invite our guests to relax, spend a few moment savoring a serene setting. We host events throughout the year to welcome our neighbors.

    We are proud of our long-time association with Downtown Cincinnati Inc. We have seen the impact of this organization in marketing and promoting the urban core that we are so pleased to be a part of. We appreciate their efforts in making Downtown safe, clean and enjoyable for all that visit. We are committed to making our downtown a unique place filled with the best in local retail. Downtown is in our DNA and is what allows us to offer Authentic Goods for the Hearth and Home.

  • Nicholson's Pub

    Nov 04, 2015

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    If it isn’t Scottish…

    Located across from the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub serves fine food and drink in a genuine Scottish tavern setting. Inspired by the inviting warmth of public houses in the UK, we strive to provide each and every guest with a brilliant experience.  We offer a wide variety of beer, wine, bourbon, and craft cocktails; we also feature a selection of single malt scotch whiskies unlike any other. Our unique menu and authentic atmosphere have made us a must-try spot for visitors, as well as a popular destination for lunch, dinner and drinks among locals.

    Private Dining and Event Space

    There’s no place in the city quite like downtown for celebrating the holidays, and with three venues in the heart of the theater district, we have the perfect places to party: Nicholson's Tavern & Pub, with private dining rooms for large and small groups; Horse and Barrel Bourbon Bar, where you can entertain friends with private tours or a specialty tasting experience; and The Backstage Event Center, our newly renovated, loft-style event space overlooking the city with room for up to 150 guests. The experienced team of culinary professionals at Nicholson’s will help you plan an event to remember. Book an event at The Backstage Event Center by Dec. 31 and receive $50 off the room charge.

    Corporate Meetings and Business Use

    Break free from the office! The Backstage Event Center can be booked daily for creative sessions, team building or work functions of any kind. The open loft space and terrace walkout allow for different room configurations based on your company’s needs. Our staff can arrange the setup, audio-visual requests and catering. When the work is done, move the group to a happy hour downstairs in the Horse and Barrel Bourbon House. Special room rates apply 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Longtime DCI Partners

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     Kelly Schneider, Events Manager & Gary Smith, General Manager


    As an active Downtown Cincinnati Inc. member for the past 17 years, we have witnessed the many ways that DCI’s advocacy and outreach help local businesses succeed. Their efforts have shaped the Cincinnati metro area into what it is today. We are proud to be an ongoing DCI partner and member of this vibrant community.

    To book an event or take a tour, call Kelly Schneider at (513) 550-1869. For menus and pricing, visit us online at www.nicholsonspub.com  or www.backstagecincinnati.com.

  • Cincy Brew Bus

    Aug 12, 2015

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    Family owned and operated since 2013, Cincy Brew Bus grew out of Cincinnati’s brewing renaissance. Owners Mike and Jen Stokes joined DCI because they felt that doing business downtown was essential to building their company. “We wanted to have a presence downtown because of the tremendous energy found there every day,” says Mike.

    According to Mike and Jen, Cincinnati’s beer history remains unfamiliar to even its most loyal patrons. The Queen City was once one of the country’s top beer producers from the mid-1800's through Prohibition. The local beer industry accounted for almost 40% of the economy, producing nearly 1,000,000 barrels of beer per year at its peak. 

    “At Cincy Brew Bus, we want to share these facts, and many more, with the finest people and the finest beverage we know,” says Mike.

    Being a Part of DCI

    brewbus_ownersWhen my wife and I started Cincy Brew Bus, we wanted to combine our passion for locally made craft beer and the history of our great town into a tour that everyone could enjoy. We now entertain between 150 to 250 people each week, from corporate outings to birthday parties to bachelor(ette) events with four unique, fun and educational brewery tour experiences.

    Joining DCI was an easy decision for us because we want to be a part of what makes downtown thrive. DCI creates tremendous awareness and helps us succeed by reaching more customers. We love doing business downtown because of the support we have received from Fountain Square, the surrounding hotels and restaurants, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and many other local businesses.

    If you are new to craft beer, we will help you find something to please your palette. If you are an expert, you can sample the special seasonal brews from local breweries, as well as all your favorites. At Cincy Brew Bus, we plan the day, so you can relax as we guide you through the breweries and beer that celebrate not only Cincinnati's past, but the bright brewing future ahead. 

    Cheers to Cincinnati and we hope to see you soon on a tour!

     – Mike and Jen Stokes, Cincy Brew Bus

  • Baker & Daboll, LLC

    Jul 16, 2015

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    Todd Uterstaedt, President and CEO & Co-Founder; Amy J. Katz, Ph.D., Chief Learning Officer & Senior Executive Coach; K. Alan Steele, Chief Project Officer & Co-Founder

    We LOVE having our company HQ in downtown Cincinnati.

    The success of our little company is also due to the success of Downtown Cincinnati. As the city has grown in its reputation and impact, so too have our clients learned about our executive coaching services. It is a real pleasure to call Downtown Cincinnati our home. 

    Our company has been growing. We recently launched www.daughtersincharge.com; ​an online platform and consultancy that helps family business daughters grow personally and professionally, and www.fromfoundertoceo.com; a ​podcast and online resource that helps great Founders become superb CEOs.

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    Downtown’s rebirth can also be attributed to the growing positive impact that DCI has on the community. When I decided where I wanted to spend my volunteer time, I chose the membership committee for DCI. I wanted to give back to the organization that does so much and has such an impact. When I accepted a place on the DCI Board, I did so because I truly believe that DCI’s mission is so incredibly important to our entire Greater Cincinnati community.

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  • Covenant First Presbyterian Church

    Jun 03, 2015

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    Covenant-First Presbyterian Church; 717 Elm Street at 8th Street

    Covenant-First Presbyterian Church has been a part of downtown Cincinnati since its founding 225 years ago. This is a year of anniversaries for the congregation: the church was founded October 16, 1790 (225 years ago); the gothic stone building was first dedicated on April 11, 1875 (140 years ago); and, the church’s large, Austin Pipe Organ was first played in worship in November 1915 (100 years ago)! The building is known for its large, beautiful sanctuary, historic furnishings carved by Cincinnati artist Henry Fry, and for the numerous stained glass memorial windows. Neighbors will recognize the warm ring of the Paul Revere bell in the steeple. And, history buffs may even have noticed the plaque in the sidewalk on Main Street just north of Fourth Street, which marks the congregation’s original log cabin location.

    Cov First Memorial WindowThe congregation is committed to downtown Cincinnati, and while celebrating these milestone anniversaries, is focused squarely on the future, looking for ways to deepen the congregation’s engagement in downtown, Over-the-Rhine, and all of the center city neighborhoods. Covenant-First draws members from all around Greater Cincinnati, and because of our central downtown location, visitors from around the world who are in Cincinnati for work and play. Covenant-First is active in both international as well as local missions, working locally with the Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center, Hopefest (a health and education fair held annually in Washington Park, this year on July 18), City Gospel Mission, and the University of Cincinnati chapter of International Friendships.  

    Downtown Cincinnati Inc. members may know the church best through David Schroeder, the church’s building superintendent, who has been active for many years in the Northwest Sector meetings. Covenant-First Church joined DCI soon after the organization’s founding; the congregation and leadership appreciates the wide-ranging work of DCI, and has found the “safe and clean” work of the Northwest Sector team to be particularly helpful. The church has also often benefited from helpful insights from DCI staff, and is eager to show its support of DCI and its work by its membership.  

    Cov First Organ Pipes PictureCovenant-First Presbyterian Church offers two weekly worship services. Sunday morning worship is at 10:30 AM, followed by a time for coffee and conversation; Sunday School classes are offered at 9:15, and professional childcare for infants and toddlers is available through the morning. The worship service follows a traditional format, with choral music, congregational hymns, Bible-based preaching, and the 100-year-old Austin Pipe organ. Midweek, on Wednesdays, a 30-minute worship service is offered from 12 noon to 12:30, followed by an optional lunch available for $5.  



    June will be a busy month at the church, as the church celebrates Community Thursdays.  

    • June 11 – the Cincinnati Highland Dancers, a local Scottish dance troupe, will provide a 45-minute dance exhibition, starting at 6:30 PM. The program is free and open to all. The church building will be open from 6 PM to 8 PM for tours, and we’ll have plenty of tasty, light refreshments.
    • June 18 – The church hosts a Hoxworth Blood Drive from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Interested donors may schedule appointments for this event at www.hoxworth.org/groups/covenantfirst, or by calling Hoxworth at (513) 541-0910.
    • June 25 – Rodrigo Almeida, classical guitarist, will perform a 50-minute recital in the church sanctuary, starting at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to all. The church will again be open from 6 to 8 p.m. for tours, with plenty of tasty, light refreshments available.

    We invite everyone to visit the church’s website and Facebook page for more information on these events and others throughout the year, including anniversary events planned for October. We invite you to join us on any Sunday, Wednesday, or for any of these events. All are welcome!    

    Rev. Russell B. Smith, pastor
    Peggy Wolverton, Organist
    Yolanda Ortiz Parker, Choir Director
    David C. Schroeder, Building Superintendent
    Bonnie Richardson, Administrative Assistant

    (513) 621-4144
    Email: covfirstoffice@yahoo.com
    Website: www.covfirstchurch.org

  • DCI Member Spotlight: Cincinnati Museum Center

    May 20, 2015
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    As fans from around the world descend on Cincinnati for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the vibrancy of all that the city has to offer will be in the national spotlight. While much of the focus will be on downtown, Downtown Cincinnati Inc. has been an invaluable asset in showing visitors and residents that downtown is not defined by geographic boundaries but by the impact organizations have on Cincinnati’s quality of life and pride. DCI provides an avenue for collaboration between so many organizations fueled by a desire for collective success. Union Terminal was once a gateway to the city, a legacy that, with the support of DCI, Cincinnati Museum Center continues.

    Regardless of what you’re interested in, there’s something for everyone to do at Cincinnati Museum Center this summer during our 100 Days of Fun. SoS logo Museum CenterAspiring athletes and scientists will come together in our new exhibit Science of Sports that shows you how incredible feats of athleticism are really science at work. Race your friends in a 10 meter sprint, see if your fastball is worthy of the majors, test your balance on a 10-cm balance beam or step in front of a green screen for a game of basketball, volleyball, soccer or hockey. This exhibit, open through September 7, isn’t about breaking records, though, it’s about breaking down the intricate scientific processes that fuel the body as it runs, jumps, balances and throws.

    Holt declaration large Museum CenterHistory buffs can explore over two centuries of Cincinnati military history in Treasures of Our Military Past. Open through September 20, Treasures of Our Military Past honors those men, women and organizations who have turned the tides of war around the globe for over 220 years. Curated exclusively from objects in Cincinnati Museum Center’s collections, this exhibit uses uniforms, weaponry, equipment, photographs and documents to honor the contributions Cincinnatians have made to the defense our nation. Amongst the artifacts is a rare original copy of the Declaration of Independence, one of only four in the country and a piece of our collections since the 1870s.

    Ival Goodman c 1930s Museum CenterWhile two exhibits might keep you pretty busy this summer, we think there’s room for one more. Queen City Baseball: Diamonds and Stars uses items from our collections​ ​to tell the story of baseball in Cincinnati, from the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings to the 1990 World Series Champions and everything in between. Watch newsreel footage of the 1919 World Series, listen to Waite Hoyt’s play-by-play and see rare documents and artifacts from the city’s early amateur leagues and the Negro Leagues.


    Annual favorites also return this summer. BugFest crawls in on June 6 to give an exclusive look at those incredible creepy crawly creatures that are all around us. 1940s Weekend transports you back to the era of World War II, swing dancing, big band music and classic cars on August 15 & 16.  Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is back at Union Terminal on August 29 & 30 as innovation takes center stage with a spectacle of homemade hacks, inventions and crafts. And for an immersive experience like never before, be sure to catch Humpback Whales and D-Day: Normandy 1944 in the OMNIMAX® Theater. Cincinnati Museum Center’s 100 Days of Fun are sure to make this an All Star Summer for Cincinnati.

  • DCI Member Spotlight: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

    May 06, 2015

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    The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center reveals stories about freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today. The underlying theme of the Underground Railroad is that the path to freedom – historically and today – is a constant struggle requiring courage, cooperation and perseverance among people of diverse backgrounds who are willing to help one another. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 and is celebrating 10 years on the banks of the Ohio River.

    The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a proud member and supporter of Downtown ​Cincinnati Inc. It is of the upmost importance to us that we are part of an organization that brings together all of Cincinnati’s unique organizations, institutions and venues to make the experience of this city, whether they are visiting or are native Cincinnatians, a memorable and enjoyable one.

    Closing Weeks of Unlocking the Gates of Auschwitz 70 Years Later
    Experience the powerful exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Unlocking the Gates of Auschwitz 70 Years Later before it closes May 27. Through artifacts, incredible photographs and powerful personal stories, this exhibit gives voice to the survivors and eyewitnesses of Auschwitz. Follow the journeys of local Auschwitz survivors, Bella Ouziel and Werner Coppel and explore how life and the spirit of resistance continued amidst the horrors of Auschwitz.

    Bella, born in Greece in 1925, was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943, where she and her sister were separated from the rest of her family. Before liberation she was forced on a death march to Bergen-Belsen in Germany and was not liberated until April 15, 1945. Werner, born in Germany in 1925, was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943. Before the camp was liberated, he was forced on a death march, from which he escaped into the woods and hid until he heard news of the camp’s liberation on a BBC radio broadcast.

    Unlocking the Gates of Auschwitz 70 Years Later was curated by the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education with the guidance of Holocaust scholar Dr. Michael Berenbaum and features documents and artifacts on loan from the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the Klau Library of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, the Randolph family and the private collection of local collector Steven F. Cassidy. The exhibition uses never before seen artifacts to tell the history of the Holocaust from various perspectives: victim, collaborator, bystander and perpetrator.

    Closing Program, May 27 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    Join us in the Harriet Tubman Theater for the closing program of Unlocking the Gates of Auschwitz 70 Years Later, featuring a discussion with Holocaust survivors, Werner Coppel and Bella Ouziel. The program will also include special recognition of area liberators and veterans who served and sacrificed to further freedom and democracy. For more information about the program click here. To RSVP please call (513) 487-3055 or email kmorris@holocaustandhumanity.org.

    To learn more about the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center visit freedomcenter.org.

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    Unlocking the Gates of Auschwitz 70 Years Later is presented by The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education featuring The Steven F. Cassidy Collection and in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

  • DCI Member Spotlight: METRO

    Apr 23, 2015


    Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), providing 17 million rides per year on Metro fixed-route and Access paratransit buses in the Greater Cincinnati area. Metro brings approximately 20 percent of downtown Cincinnati’s workforce into the city.

         
    Dwight Ferrell
    CEO and General Manager 

    Metro is No. 1.
    The University of Cincinnati Economics Center has concluded, for two consecutive years, that Metro is No. 1 in operational efficiency out of the transit systems in Cincinnati’s 11 peer cities, as deemed by Agenda 360 and Vision 2015. It’s also No. 1 in operational efficiency out of the five bus-only cities from this same set. In addition, Metro receives among the lowest amount of state and local funding per capita among the transit services in peer and bus-only cities, demonstrating that, in spite of limited funding, Metro provides a well-run and efficient service.



    A Partnership That Makes Sense
    Metro is a proud member of DCI. As the transportation provider for 20 percent of downtown’s workforce, it is important for Metro that the metropolitan region is dynamic and thriving, which is DCI’s mission. This is important to the livelihood of riders, their employers and the community at large. A successful downtown benefits public transportation, and robust public transportation benefits the city core.

    The Green Route
    Going Metro means going green. An individual who rides Metro instead of driving a car will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 4,800 pounds each year. In addition to decreasing harmful pollutants in the air and cutting traffic congestion, Metro goes even greener by:

    • Using rainwater to wash buses
    • Burning waste oil to heat garages
    • Recycling and reusing motor fluids such as antifreeze, refrigerant and power steering fluid
    • Recycling paper, plastic and cans

    Metro has 27 hybrid buses and 115 mini-hybrids in its 357-bus fleet, and each one saves about 30 percent in fuel use over the 12-year lifespan of a bus and significantly reduces emissions. This results in improved air quality in Greater Cincinnati and reduced dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels.

    But, there is always room for improvement. Going forward, Metro is setting higher sustainability goals and will be taking aggressive steps to become an even greener organization.

    Improving Access to Jobs
    Public transportation is a key factor to the Cincinnati region’s continued growth. The easier residents can connect to school, medical care, entertainment, and especially jobs, the healthier the region becomes. Indeed, of the 17 million rides Metro provideseach year, more than half are related to employment.

    Metro is doing further analysis to refine its go*Forward plan to ensure, among other improvements, that it will better connect riders to employment. By increasing service to Uptown, Cincinnati’s second-largest employment center, with the opening of the Uptown Transit District, and increased service to other major employment centers along the Montgomery Road corridor – including downtown – with Metro*Plus, Metro is already well on its way to connecting more Cincinnati residents to jobs.

    To learn more about Metro, visit www.go-metro.com.