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Cincy eastsiders really love the east. Eight hundred people attended our inaugural Best of the East party and thanks to their votes, we now have a list of the best restaurants, retail and recreational activities from the Eastside. Go ahead and bask in their greatness. Cincy Magazine partnered with the Clermont Chamber of Commerce to host this event, which was sponsored by TriHealth and the Miami Valley Christian Academy. Proceeds benefited Beech Acres Parenting Center.

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FOOD BEST BAGEL

Everything Bagels Bagels aren’t just for breakfast. While this local favorite does have bagel breakfast sandwiches, they serve lunches and snack foods, too. And, true to their name, everything is indeed bagels. Even the salads are served with bagel chips on the side. 792 Eastgate South Dr., Ste. 200. 513-947-2245. BEST BAKERY

Becknell’s Bakery You’ll be fighting with yourself over whether to eat or just look at Becknell’s custom cakes. Mother-daughter duo Paula and Cory Becknell make everything to fit each individual client, so no two cakes are the same. Cakes shaped like guitars, army tanks and iPhones have all rolled out of this bakery. If you don’t love traditional cake, they also make custom cupcakes, cookies and their specialty cake balls. 960 Kennedys Landing, Ste. 1. 513-947-2253, becknellsbakery.com. BEST BREAKFAST

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pancakes and eggs, they also serve food for the more adventurous eater. Try the Chickichanga (eggs with chicken, chorizo and green chilies in a flour tortilla) or C’est La Vie omelet with zucchini and goat cheese for a special start to your day. Multiple locations. firstwatch.com.

BEST CHEF

Sean Daly, The National Exemplar Sean Daly is man who is not afraid to get greasy and dirty behind the kitchen line. A chef for 13 years, he has worked in places such as Magnolia’s in Charleston, S.C.; owned his own restaurant, Hugo; and is now general manager and executive chef at The National Exemplar, where he enjoys working with fresh fish and making simple yet creative items that are different every week. For example, he uses carrots, cauliflower, spinach and grilled lemon to make the menu staple of swordfish into an outstanding dish. 6880 Wooster Pike, Mariemont. 513-271-2103, nationalexemplar.com. BEST BBQ

BEST BURGER

Terry’s Turf Club Having been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Terry’s Turf Club is known for their monster burgers. With gourmet options like foie gras on the menu, it’s easy to be intimidated. One look around at the charmingly kitschy décor and peanut shelllittered floor, and you’ll immediately relax. It’s a burger joint through and through. 4618 Eastern Ave. 513-533-4222.

Just Q’in Barbeque Some may say eating barbeque is a religious experience and Just Q’in Barbeque would have to agree. They aim to serve God while serving barbecue, even naming their dishes after biblical people and events. Order the Goliath (beef brisket with two sides) for yourself or the Not the Last Supper (two slabs of ribs, two pounds of pulled pork, two side items and more) to feed eight to 10. 6901 Valley Ave., Newtown. 513-827-0722, justqin.com.


BEST CHILI

Eastside Café With an old school chili parlor feel, Eastside Café offers atmosphere with its great tasting chili. They serve their slow-cooked chili the Cincinnati way: on coneys and spaghetti. But you can also special-order it on a burger to try something new. 671 Ohio Pike. 513-752-3300, eastsidecafecincy.com. BEST CHINESE CUISINE

Sizzling Wok Chinese immigrants Tom and Nancy Kwong opened Sizzling Wok in 1985 and have produced tasty Chinese food ever since. Order their Sizzling Wok Steak or beef tenderloin sautéed in their special sauce with baby corn, snow peas, water chestnuts, carrots and mushrooms. Or go for the buffet and get a taste everything. 8257 Beechmont Ave. 513-474-0080, sizzlingwokbeechmont.com. BEST DELI

Battelle’s Grocery and Catering Family-owned and operated since 1977, Batelle’s is all about classic sandwiches done right. When deciding between the corned beef and ham salad sandwiches, don’t forget to add Fred’s signature potato salad or cole slaw for a complete American lunch. 652 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike. 513528-3007, battellescatering.com. BEST DESSERT

sweetFrog If frozen yogurt is your thing, then sweetFrog has you covered. With 40 nonfat flavors, 16 low fat, three supreme, eight reduced sugar, seven sorbets and 62 toppings, the possible combinations are endless. For those looking for something more, yogurt can be added to waffles or used in banana boats and parfaits. 4450 Eastgate Blvd., Ste 220. 513-947-1777, sweetfrogyogurt.com. BEST FAMILY DINING

HWY 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries HWY 55 offers everything a family needs for a nostalgic diner meal. Hamburgers, shakes and fries are even in the name. Thrill-seeking diners can try the Big “A” Burger challenge, where you can earn a free meal if you can eat a 50 oz. burger—with at least four toppings on a bun, plus fries and a 24 oz. drink—in less than 30 minutes. 4450 Eastgate N. Drive. hwy55burgers.com.

BEST CATERING

Tano Bistro & Catering Be it catering for a corporate, in-home or special event, Tano Bistro provides excellent food for all occasions. “Our dedicated catering staff works with clients to develop a menu that fits their vision and budget,” says Manager and Owner Gina Williams. “Our menus are creative, flexible and, of course, delicious!” Tano’s offers a wide range of delectable appetizers, such as grilled prosciutto-wrapped asparagus with Romano cheese and roasted pepper, and tasty entrees like the pulled pork with a tomatillo cream sauce. They have something for everyone. 204 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland. 513-683-8266, foodbytano.com.

BEST FARMERS MARKET

BEST FRESH CATCH (SEAFOOD)

Anderson Farmers’ Market

Lobsta Bakes of Maine

Lovers of local produce can count on the Anderson Farmers’ Market to be open every Saturday, June through October, rain or shine. The Market features 22 producers that have to meet the market’s standards of little to no processing to be included. From locally grown fruit and vegetables to coffee and fresh pasta, it can all be found at this local market. 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Twp. 513-688-8400, andersonfarmersmarket.org.

Whether selling from the case at their market or cooking at an event, Lobsta Bakes of Maine aims to serve the freshest seafood in the area. All fish is delivered to the market daily. Lobsta Bakes of Maine also caters, steaming and grilling the food at the event to guarantee quality. 3533 Church St., Newtown. 513-561-0444, lobstabakes.com.

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BEST ICE CREAM

Graeter’s What Cincinnati “Best of” list would be complete without Graeter’s? Their creamy ice cream is still made through the traditional French Pot Process, where two gallons are made at a time. Try the black raspberry chip ice cream in a chip wheelie for a twist on a favorite local flavor. Multiple locations. graeters.com. BEST ITALIAN CUISINE

Bella Luna The phrase “traditional with a twist” defines every aspect of Bella Luna. Its traditional storefront mixed with a jeweltoned interior sets the scene for a fun, tasty meal. Try the Italian Style Barbeque Ribs and the Mystery Wine Bucket for a night of surprises. 4632 Eastern Ave. 513-871-5862, bellalunacincy.com. BEST MEXICAN CUISINE

El Coyote Making its own particular brand of Tex-Mex in Cincinnati since 1983, El Coyote is all about great flavor and quality ingredients. Try their Tex-Mex stuffed peppers stuffed with their own homemade chorizo sausage or their seafood enchiladas filled with shrimp, sea scallops, king crab and halibut. 7404 State Rd. 513-232-5757, elcoyotecincy.com. BEST PIZZA

A cup of coffee here isn’t like every other cup of coffee. At Luckman Coffee, the beans are roasted in small batches according to the type of bean to get optimum flavor. Luckman also develops its own blends for a truly special coffee experience. 5200 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Twp., and 8298 Clough Pike, Anderson Twp. luckmancoffee.com.

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Opened by Scott and Jamie Gordon 10 years ago in a historic 1905 building, The Works makes more than 15 different types of pizzas in its traditional brick oven. “I think the combination of our unique atmosphere, good food and, most importantly, our amazing staff is what makes The Works special,” says Scott. While there, don’t forget to enjoy the great view overlooking the Loveland Bike Trail or the 24 different craft beers. 20 Grear Millitzer Lane, Loveland. 513-697-8408, theworkspizza.com. BEST SANDWICH SHOP

Beacon Food Mart Serving the area for more than 100 years, Beacon Food Mart specializes in great butchering and great service. An oldfashioned grocer, they cut your meat to order while also taking the time to learn your name. 1348 Beacon St., Anderson Twp. 513-231-8220, beaconfoodmart.com. O C TO B E R / N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3 : : w w w.

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Founded in 2006, Butterbee’s is all about serving quality grub while being a great place to watch a game. Track your favorite team on their HD televisions or with their complimentary wireless Internet while dining on their baby back ribs, Saratoga chips or their Green Monster burger. 390 N. High St., Mt. Orab, 937-444-1900 or 4022 Mt. Camel Tobasco Road, Beechmont, 513528-5800. butterbeesgrille.com.

tive sushi they offer. 7991 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Twp. 513-386-9900, theforeignexchangeonline.com. BEST STEAK

Jeff Ruby’s Precinct The Precinct’s addition of a new bar is a draw, but the restaurant’s main attraction will always be its steak. They offer 13 different steak entrees with eight different toppings to make every meal delicious and unique. 311 Delta Ave. 513-321-5454, jeffruby. com/precinct.

BEST SUSHI

The Foreign Exchange

BEST VEGETARIAN

Making 45 different types of sushi rolls, the Foreign Exchange offers a range of sushi that starts at typical and ends at the exotic. The Sexy Black Roll (eel, tuna, salmon, cucumber and avocado on top with crab and black tobigo) and the Exchange Maki (scallop, cucumber, masago and crab on top with diced tuna and honey wasabi sauce) are just two examples of the inven-

And they say healthy fast food can’t be done. The Veg Head calls its specialty “low impact, ecological food service carry out.” They don’t exclude chicken or beef, but their curry hummus za and black bean veggie burger are so good you won’t even miss the meat. 920 B Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland. 513-697-7090, imaveghead.com.

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Specialty care and diagnostics now have the same address. TriHealth Anderson is open. TriHealth Anderson brings testing and specialty physicians under one roof for East Side residents. Our diagnostic and lab services use the latest equipment, operated by highly trained specialists. And located in the same building are TriHealth Heart Institute and Surgical Institute physicians, with TriHealth Cancer Institute physicians and infusion therapy services joining them in February 2014. At one convenient address, you’ll find us working together to help you live better. That’s the power of the TriHealth system. TriHealth Heart Institute | TriHealth Surgical Institute Coming February 2014: TriHealth Cancer Institute

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clean and dry car. Otherwise, they’ll do it again. Most packages include an interior vacuum while detail packages are also available. 7901 Beechmont Ave. 513-4746603, johnnyswash.com.

BEST AC/HEATING COMPANY

Jacob Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning Jacob Bros. is a locally owned and operated full service air conditioning and heating contractor that offers maintenance packages as well as new products, ranging from geothermal heat pumps and humidifiers to high efficiency air cleaners and duct cleaning. For owner Gary Jacob, it’s all about the service. “You can’t make someone do a good job. You have to have people that want to do a good job and enjoy helping people,” says Jacob. 3754 Beechmont Court. 513-533-3600, jacobbros.com.

BEST CAR REPAIR

BEST CAR WASH

BEST FLORIST

Johnny’s Car Wash It’s not just a car wash at Johnny’s Car Wash. Using only the best products, tools and even water, Johnny’s guarantees a

Ulmer’s Auto Care Ulmer’s Auto Care has been serving the area since 1936, with the goal to offer the best customer and repair service in the area. To make your experience the best it can be, they offer complimentary loaner cars, a free shuttle service to work or home and free vehicle pickup and delivery service. 6389 Salem Road, Anderson Twp., 513-624-2641 or 700 Lila Ave., Milford, 513831-7499. ulmersautocare.com.

Amelia Florist Wine & Gift Shop Amelia Florist Wine & Gift Shop has all the bases covered for any occasion. Customers can order flowers, wind chimes

BEST DRY CLEANER

Appearance Plus Cleaners There’s something so decadent about having your dry cleaning delivered to your home. At Appearance Plus Cleaners, this is just one of the services they offer everyone at no extra charge. Customers can request same day of drive thru service if they wish from this dry cleaner that never cuts corners. Multiple locations. appearanceplus.com.

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and throws for any holiday or event. They can even create arrangements based on a swatch of fabric. Specializing in plants and plant care, they also offer classes on floral design and planting gardens. 1406 Ohio Pike, Amelia. 513-753-5111, ameliafloristandgifts.com.

and installation to any home improvement project along with quality customer service. 8400 Beechmont Ave. 513-474-6190, jcands.com.

BEST GARDEN CENTER

Creative Scapes wants to make sure that every landscape is done the way customers want it done. Owner Zachary Williams speaks with every customer and oversees all work to ensure quality. Working with both residential and commercial properties, they even provide customer walk-throughs upon request. Serves Anderson Twp., Pierce Twp., Amelia, Batavia, Newtown, Eastgate and Mt. Washington. 513-407-8185, creativescapes.us.

Burger Farm & Garden Center BEST PLACE FOR A SPA DAY

Valenti Salon & Spa Valenti has more than the East’s Best Master Stylist. The Aveda salon offers the classic Swedish massage as well as other services like facials and hot oil manicures. “We pride ourselves on maintaining continued education for both our stylists and customer service so we can continue to deliver superior experiences and personalized attention and appreciation,” says Pilger. 7159 Beechmont Ave. or 7459 Wooster Pike. 513-232-0774, valentisalon.com.

Family-owned and operated since 1904, Burger Farm & Garden Center covers 64,000 square feet with its greenhouse and shopping area. Annuals, perennials, trees and more are available for anyone who wants to try out their green thumb. 7849 Main St., Newtown. 513-561-8634, burgerfarms.com.

BEST LANDSCAPER

Creative Scapes Lawn & Landscaping

BEST HOME REMODELER

Jim Carver & Sons Home Improvements Jim Carver & Sons Home Improvements does it all: kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, siding, roofing and even exterior design. Their goal is to bring expert design

BEST MASTER STYLIST

Stephanie Pastura – Valenti Salon & Spa With 28 years of experience and a long list of clients, it’s easy to see why Stephanie Pastura was voted Best Master Stylist.

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October 24, 2013 Xavier University’s Cintas Center 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Registration, Networking & ATHENA Expo 12:00 pm: Lunch & Program

Emcee Keynote Speaker Laura Brunner, Sheree Paolello, President/CEO, WLWT – TV News 5 Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority Sponsors:

Julie Bauke, The Bauke Group Janet Chambers, I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation Carol Silver Elliott, Cedar Village Retirement Community Crystal Faulkner, Cooney Faulkner & Stevens, LLC Ruby Crawford Hemphill, UC Health University of Cincinnati Medical Center Lyn Hogrefe, Happy Hormone Cottage Laura Cook Kroeger, Gateway Community and Technical College Beth Schneider Naylor, Frost Brown Todd LLC Kristi Nelson, University of Cincinnati Cheryl Saylor, Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope Janice Urbanik, Partners for a Competitive Workforce

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As executive director of education at the Valenti Salon & Spa, she also trains the next generation of stylists. “Stephanie is a mentor to all our staff, guiding them to follow her footsteps down the path of success,” says Vanessa Pilger, marketing manager. 7159 Beechmont Ave. 513-2320774, valentisalon.com. BEST PLACE TO HAVE A WEDDING

Receptions Banquet and Conference Center – Eastgate Weddings are hectic to plan. Luckily, Receptions can help happy couples plan their big days down to the smallest details. With 21 years of experience in the industry, Receptions offers wedding parties a variety of options and provides excellent service and great food. So all you have to worry about is making it down the aisle. 4450 Eastgate S Drive. Ste 350. 513-943-3600, receptionsinc.com. BEST PLUMBER

Anderson Hills Plumbing Anderson Hills Plumbing is more than just fixing leaky faucets and broken toilets. They’re

BEST BED & BREAKFAST

1861 Inn Bed & Breakfast For those needing a quick getaway, the 1861 Inn offers a relaxing vacation close to home. It takes more than proximity to make it a great place to stay. “I think it can be summed up with genuine, warm hospitality, good food and attention to detail,” says Carol Cottrill, co-owner and innkeeper. Each of three spacious rooms has its own special details, be it a private screened-in porch or a claw-foot tub. 300 N. Riverside Dr., Batavia. 513-735-2466, 1861inn.com.

Locally owned and operated Reputation of quality work We provide Service Contracts Jacob Bros. is conveniently located in the Greater Cincinnati area. Our 20 trucks service the tri-state area and we have 24-hour emergency service. Jacob Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning 3754 Beechmont Court Cincinnati, Ohio 45226 Tel: (513) 533-3600 Fax: (513) 533-8978 Email: GJacob@Jacobbros.com

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experts at that, but they do much more. They also specialize in everything from water heaters and hard-to-find plumbing repair parts to bathroom remodels. 6229 Beechmont Ave. 513-232-3821, andersonhillsplumbing.info. BEST PLACE TO PAMPER YOUR PET

Anderson Township Family Pet Center This unassuming building has everything your pet could want. They carry over 50 different brands of dog and cat food, have a large selection of limited ingredient treats, and even toys from across the country. 6666 Clough Pike, Anderson Twp. 513-2317387, familypetcenter.com.

ENTERTAINMENT BEST FESTIVAL

Frontier Days Started with a canoe race, the Frontier Days festival is now a weekend of carnival rides, food and games in downtown Mil-

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BEST GOLF COURSE

Legendary Run Golf Course For Legendary Run Golf Course, it’s all about making every game an experience. The front nine was inspired by great courses in Scotland while the back nine was influenced by championship courses in the United States. It’s the only golf course in the city that offers a real golf hole as the 19th hole. After a game, guests can enjoy the 8,000-square-foot clubhouse with its full-service bar and big-screen TVs or enjoy the highly recommended Black Angus Burger. 915 E. Legendary Run. 513753-1919, legendaryrungolf.com. ford. The four days of family summer fun include a parade to kick off the event and

live local music. 800 Victor Stier Drive, Milford. 513-831-2411, frontierdaysmilford.com.


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BEST HAPPY HOUR

Latitudes Café and Martini Bar Latitudes is a family affair. Operated and owned by local brothers Sammy and Cory Khoury, the café and bar pairs great food with a jazz club feel for its happy hour. Try the Hot and Dirty Martini, swirled with pickled jalapeno pepper stuffed olives, for a cocktail adventure after work. 7454 Beechmont Ave. 513-827-9146, latitudescafe.com. BEST HISTORICAL SITE/MUSEUM

Promont House Museum BEST WINE STORE/TASTING

Jungle Jim’s International Market Jungle Jim’s International Market takes the idea of “variety is the spice of life” to the extreme. Offering 12,000 different labels of wine and 1,200 different beers, there is always something new to try. “But what makes us so special is the culture that we seem to create. We are truly a place for everyone,” says Todd Wiggs, operations manager of the beer and wine department. “Our customers can immerse themselves in a beer and wine retail experience that encourages quality over quantity and true value over aggressive marketing strategy.” 4450 Eastgate S. Dr. 513-674-6000, junglejims.com.

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Some things do stand the test of time. The Promont House Museum is a Victorian mansion built circa 1865. The former home of Ohio’s 43rd Governor, John M. Pattison, it has not been altered. The house’s three levels and tower are filled with period furnishings and changing exhibits. On Oct. 27, the house will hold its first paranormal investigation. 906 Main St., Milford. 513248-0324, milfordhistory.net.

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BEST LIVE MUSIC

Pirate’s Cove Part of having good live music means having lots of it and Pirate’s Cove has live music seven nights a week. The combination of the open air floating restaurant, tropical drinks and island inspired fare also make it a favorite hangout for boaters and everyday adventurers looking to “get away” without leaving town. 4069 Kellogg Ave. 513-871-1820, piratescovecincy.com. BEST MOVIE THEATER

Pierce Point Cinema 10 Part of the fun of going to a movie is the movie theater itself. Luckily, Pierce Point Cinema 10 understands this. With stadium seating in all theaters, soft highback chairs and DLP Digital Cinema in all rooms, quality is never an issue. 1255 W. Ohio Pike, Amelia. 513-947-3333, ourshowtimes.com/pierce_point.

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Montgomery Cyclery Montgomery Cyclery says its goal is to “serve our community by providing people of all ages, skill levels and experience with quality bicycles and fitness equipment, as well as related accessories and service.” They do this by providing excellent service with a large selection of bikes. Along with your quality bicycle, you’re also given free maintenance for a year, adjustments, parts warranty and professional assembly. Multiple locations. montgomerycyclery.com. BEST CHARITABLE RACE

Bethel Bolt 5 & 10 K A walk through the countryside sounds like a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. The Bethel Bolt takes that to another level with its 5k and 10K races.

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Participants can walk or run through Bethel and the surrounding area while raising money for the Bethel-Tate Scholarship Fund and the Bethel Ministerial Association. Burke Park. 513-652-6225, runningtime.net/Races/Bethel10K. BEST PERSONAL TRAINER

Brian Simpson Local TV exercise personality Brian Simpson takes workouts to a whole new level with his Beechmont Fitness Club classes. Each class incorporates boxing, cardio and weightlifting designed to torch up to 900 calories a class. If that seems too intense, look in on the class and see for yourself— inquisitive spectators are welcome. Beechmont Racquet and Fitness Club, 435/463 Ohio Pike. 513-528-5700, beechmontfitness.com. BEST FITNESS CLASS

Spinning Class – Anderson Healthplex All group cycling classes offered at Anderson Healthplex are for all ages and abilities.

BEST FITNESS CENTER

Beechmont Racquet and Fitness Club Beechmont Racquet and Fitness Club’s focus on quality is just one reason owner Lance Atkins loves it. “The same family has owned it since 1977 and it has a ‘small company feel,’ as the members constantly talk to the family members and see them working around the club to keep it nice,” he says. The club is also equipped for all workouts, with everything from tennis courts to a kids’ gym. 435/463 Ohio Pike. 513-528-5700, beechmontfitness.com. The classes are free for members, with at least one class offered per day. Most have more than one class, making it easy to fit

this fun and invigorating workout into your schedule. 7495 State Road. 513-624-1871, emercy.com/healthplex-anderson.

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Smoothie-licious

Susan’s Natural World Owner Susan Parker knows natural and healthy foods. Her 25 years in the natural products industry means she has stocked Susan’s Natural World with the best food and supplements around. “My commitment is to seek and provide the finest natural products available and to share them with our community in the spirit of wisdom, safety and love,” says Parker. 8315 Beechmont Ave. 513474-4990, susansnaturalworld.com. BEST YOGA STUDIO

Yoga Alive Health and peace of mind are key to Yoga Alive’s instructors. Whether you’re a beginner looking for an introduction to yoga or an advanced yogi looking to maintain your skill, Yoga Alive has classes to fit your needs. Depending on the location, the studios also offer pilates, barre, zumba and cycling classes. Multiple locations. yogaalive.com.

Offering 28 different types of smoothies, Smoothie-licious offers a filling, tasty smoothie for everyone. “We have supplements to add to the smoothies, per customer preference, including protein, energy and immune system boosters. I think Smoothie-licious offers something no other business of its type offers, which is the ability to customize a smoothie beverage to a customer’s specific order,” says Owner Toly Suttschenko. He also recommends his vegan chili. He says, “Customers who are not vegetarians often remark that my chili is the best they have ever tasted.” 4450 Eastgate S. Dr. inside Jungle Jim’s. 513-469-6221, smoothielicious.net. BEST PLACE TO BUY FITNESS GEAR

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Bob Rockner’s is the place for Cincinnati runners, period. Its four locations offer the largest and widest selection of running shoes in the Tristate. The shop is even the official running store of the Flying Pig Marathon. Multiple locations. runningspot.com.

“Hahana” means “hot” in Hawaiian, and Hahana Beach lives up to its name. With beach volleyball courts, an extensive food and drink menu and private party rooms, Hahana Beach serves up a great time. 7605 Wooster Pike. 513-272-1990, hahanabeach.com.

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SHOPPING BEST MEN’S FASHION

Jos A. Bank Clothier’s This suit superstore has everything you could want: pants, shirts, sportcoats, shoes, socks, golf apparel and more. Not to mention, they also run huge sales on their clothing, making it more affordable to get high quality office attire. Tuxedos are available to rent or buy for those special occasions, and the ‘big & tall’ line expands the selection for customers. Multiple locations. josbank.com. BEST PLACE FOR HOME ACCESSORIES

Pizazz Studios Pizazz has a little something for everyone. The eclectic shop has a wide array of gift options, kitchenware, baby clothing and accessories, décor and more. Much of the merchandise is unique and handcrafted, and with reasonable prices, it’s hard to resist this funky shop. “We work very

hard to find lines that are introduced first in the area at Pizazz, or found only at Pizazz,” says Owner Jan Ranard. Craft nights are available for those who want to have a girls’ night out or attend crafting camp, and demonstrations are sometimes set up at local farmers’ markets. 122 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland. 513-683-3333, pizazzstudio.com. BEST WOMEN’S FASHION

Pink Tulip Club Shopping is supposed to be enjoyable, something the Pink Tulip Club always keeps in mind. “At Pink Tulip Club we believe fashion should be fun, affordable and service should be friendly,” says Boutique Manager Sarah Brooks. “I truly believe that our customers refer friends and relatives time and time again because they enjoy their shopping experience.” By offering clothing as inexpensive as $15 and wellknown brands like French Connection, the store offers something for every woman. Multiple locations. pinktulipclub.com.

BEST JEWELER

Markus Jewelers Want to pop the question, or did one of your stones pop out of its setting? Whichever ‘pop’ you fit into, Markus Jewelers can help. With a wide selection of jewelry, three onsite jewelers and prices to fit any budget, Markus caters to virtually all of your jewelry needs. In business for more than 20 years, they also offer custom design services and buy gold, silver and coins. 2022 8 Mile Road. 513-474-4950, markusjewelers.net.

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American Eagles Gymnastics Currently in its 32nd year of gymnastics instruction, American Eagles offers classes to students as young as 18 months. Students are put into classes based on their abilities, and those who have proven themselves as able gymnasts are welcome to join the advanced competitive teams. The center, however, recognizes students are children first, and ensures that they have the room to express themselves and have fun. Safety is a priority, and the Olympic grade equipment helps the center keep all of their students practicing in a safe environment. 693 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike. 513-752-2003, americaneaglesgymnastics.net. BEST DANCE/THEATER INSTRUCTION

Just Off Broadway Just Off Broadway offers dance instruction in hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballet and more. Because students have a wide range of goals in their

BEST HORSEBACK RIDING

Bridle Path Stables Bridle Path is equestrian nirvana, providing stabling and horse training and give riding lessons to adults, children and special needs students. There are services for Scouts looking to earn their horsemanship badges, and birthday party facilities . Its proximity to East Fork State Park gives riders the opportunity to take two-hour nature excursions. “I am proud and blessed to offer you something different and unique,” says owner Mar y Rapp Huddle. 2633 Williamsburg-Bantam Road, Bethel. 513-202-4277, bridlepathstables.com.

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dance careers, the school offers two different programs. One is for the more casual dancer, which offers basic training and equips students with important techniques such as poise and coordination. The second program is more intense and is geared toward students interested in pursuing a career in dance. There are classes available for all levels of dancers, and the environment is fun, ensuring an enjoyable experience for children and young adults alike. 4286 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Rd., Ste D. 513-528-1214, justoffbroadway.net. BEST MUSIC INSTRUCTION

Angel’s House of Music This small studio houses all the music instruction you could want. With lessons available for a variety of instruments like French horn and violin, children and adults alike can pursue their music goals in an individualized setting. And a multitude of certified instructors and lesson times make it easy for students to get exactly what they need. 180 Cemetery Rd., Milford. 513-831-1191, angelshouseofmusic.com.

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