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  • 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

     Gary and Kelly
     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.

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