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Restaurants All Around The Tristate



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Quality, delicious food can be found close to home no matter where you live in the region. By The Editors

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Letter 4 Editor’s BY CORINNE MINARD 5 Contributors 6 Web Exclusives Cincy 7 Inside Blink returns to the Tristate,

33 Midwestern Traveler

COMMUNITY on Leadership 60 Reflections A century of trying to shut down debate. BY DAN HURLEY

62 Another View

four questions with Michelman CEO Steve Shifman and behind the numbers of the Tristate’s fall attractions.


22 A Giant Leap for Mankind Fall is the ideal time for a quick trip to Indiana, Kentucky or Tennessee. BY CORINNE MINARD

Our city’s biggest mistakes are in the eyes of the beholder. BY DON MOONEY

64 Bronson-At-Large

39 Dining

“Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” takes center stage at the Cincinnati Museum Center, plus calendar listings. BY CORINNE MINARD 2

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Hathaway’s Diner still going strong after 63 years. BY WILL JONES

Major League Soccer was almost defeated by minor league politics. BY PETER BRONSON

66 A Local Connection

First Watch and its national chain of restaurants have deep roots in the Cincinnati area. BY CORINNE MINARD

to Private School 68 Guide Open Houses

BUSINESS Homebrew to Hard 78 From Seltzer


106 Women’s Health

The true story behind Braxton Beer, the brewery’s family ties and VIVE. BY LIZ ENGEL

Digital Assets 80 Protecting GBQ Partners’ Doug Davidson provides insight into the importance of cybersecurity in today’s world. BY KEVIN MICHELL

Event Planner 83 Holiday Guide

Local doctors are working to improve outcomes for breast cancer patients. BY DEBORAH RUTLEDGE

of the North 111 Doctors Meet four doctors who provide quality health care north of Ronald Reagan Highway. BY THE EDITORS

Vast, Unmet Need 118 ALindner Center of HOPE helping

to provide access to mental health care. BY ERIC SPANGLER

Local entertainment and venue options are helping companies bring something new to the annual holiday party, plus listings. BY CORINNE MINARD

a Hospitality 100 Leading Renaissance

Superior Package 120 ASuperior Dental Care has grown

into the premier provider of dental benefits and more for companies in the region. BY KEVIN MICHELL


124 Building Trust

High school open houses offer families an opportunity to find a private school that fits their needs. BY KEVIN MICHELL

76 Meeting the Needs

Great Oaks Career Campuses adapts to train students for today’s businessess. BY ERIC SPANGLER

The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel offers large-scale amenities with a neighborhood feel. BY KEVIN MICHELL

in Business 102 Best Calendar & Directory

Area roofers give tips for those considering adding a new roof. BY DAVID HOLTHAUS

128 Love Cincy

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Editor’s View

A Diner’s Paradise I

would definitely describe myself as an adventurous eater. Not a foodie per se—I think I love Cheetos too much to ever describe myself as a foodie—but someone who’ll try almost anything. Raw seafood preparation? Sounds great. Ingredients I’ve never heard of before? Sign me up. Spicy beyond belief? Yes, a thousand times yes. For many years it felt like the only place in the Tristate that could challenge my daring palette was downtown, but that’s no longer the case. There are exciting, different and new restaurants throughout the region. From a West Side Cambodian restaurant to an East Side Italian takeout, from authentic Mexican in the North to Southern comfort food in Northern Kentucky, there is no shortage of options for those who want to try something new. In this issue’s Best Eats Close to Home feature, we tried to find great food in each of the five regions of the Tristate: the North, East Side, West Side, Northern Kentucky and Central. No matter what side of town you live on, there is some good eating to be had. Even those who are less adventurous than I can find something new to try. Are there any restaurants we need to try? Please reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter (@cincymagazine) or Instagram (@cincymagazine) to let us know what we should try next. We’re always on the lookout for our next good meal.


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Locally, veteran and family owned Editor & Publisher Eric Harmon Managing Editor Corinne Minard Associate Editors Kevin Michell, Eric Spangler Contributing Writers Peter Bronson, Liz Engel, Bill Ferguson Jr., Janice Hisle, David Holthaus, Dan Hurley, Will Jones, Don Mooney, Deborah Rutledge Creative Director Guy Kelly Art Director Katy Rucker Digital Content Coordinator Danielle Cain Photographers Mike Dorris, Joe Simon Associate Publisher Rick Seeney Custom Sales Manager Brad Hoicowitz Advertising Director Abbey Cummins Account Executive Neena Vazquez Inside Sales Katelynn Webb Advertising & Circulation Manager Laura Federle Audience Development Nakya Grisby Operations & Finance Manager Tammie Collins Events Director Stephanie Simon Events Coordinator Amanda Watt Production Manager Keith Ohmer Work-Study Students Aixa Velazquez, Comar Watson Cincy on the web: Cincy Co. LLC Cincinnati Club Building 30 Garfield Place, Suite 440 Cincinnati, OH 45202 Contact Cincy: or call (513) 421-2533. Go to to get your complimentary subscription to Cincy.


Cincy Magazine contributing editor Peter Bronson is an author, editor, publisher and owner of Chilidog Press LLC. He is a former reporter, columnist and editor at The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Tucson Citizen and other newspapers in Arizona and Michigan.

Mike Dorris is a photographer, the CEO of 4 Snaps Productions and a Cincinnati native. He began his journey in media because of his passion for the community, and the desire to bring communities together through arts and conversation.

Liz Engel is a business writer, runner and once-upon-a-time volleyballer who found her way back to the Queen City following stints in North Carolina and Tennessee. She’s spent more than a decade covering topics like health care, transit and entrepreneurship.

Bill Ferguson Jr. is a writer/editor/communications consultant who has spent 40-plus years as an editor and reporter for six newspapers, beginning at age 14 as a sports reporter for his hometown daily.

Janice (Morse) Hisle was a Cincinnati Enquirer reporter for 15 years, mostly covering suburban public safety, and has done freelance work for the Associated Press. She recently finished writing her first truecrime book.

David Holthaus is an awardwinning journalist with more than 20 years experience in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky covering business, public affairs and writing commentary.

Dan Hurley is a local historian and the president of Applied History Associates, which works with museums and historical societies throughout the Eastern U.S.

A marketing communications professional born and bred in Cincinnati, Will Jones enjoys telling the stories behind brands and making them appeal to any and everyone.

Don Mooney is a Cincinnati attorney, a past member of the Cincinnati Planning Commission and active in local politics.

Deborah Rutledge is a freelance feature writer, originally from Northern Ohio, who has lived and worked in Cincinnati for nearly 20 years.

Joe Simon is a Cincinnati native but travels back and forth from Cincinnati and Chicago. He’s a freelance photographer and been shooting since 1997. He’s been a regular contributor to Cincy Magazine and The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Web Exclusives TOP 5 ONLINE STORIES 1 Homes for Empty Nesters by Eric Spangler 2 Best Schools 2019 by the Editors 3 Prost! It’s Oktoberfest Time! by Corinne Minard 4 Cooking Up an Urban Home by Kevin Michell, Photos by Guy Kelly 5 Teaching the Future by Harry Snyder


DIALOGUE Forest Hills School District @FHSchools Turpin and Anderson are named in Cincy Magazine’s list of the BEST schools in southwest Ohio! #WeareFHSD @AndersonRedskin @TurpinSpartans @CincyMagazine KCSD @TheKCSD Check out the latest edition of @CincyMagazine! EIGHT #TeamKenton teachers are featured in the ‘Best Educators’ section! Wood Herron & Evans @woodherronevans Wood Herron & Evans was recently featured in a @CincyMagazine article. The article features Kate Smith and details how the firm is taking advantage of the entrepreneurial upswing in the Cincinnati area.


Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati @FriendsCincy We are having a great time here at @cincymagazine #BestOfTheWest2019 event. A big thank you to Lenora for her help this evening! #community #westsideisthebestside #voteforus

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TOP INSTA POST “Happy Sunday from the @cincinnatizoo! Fiona is having a snack while her momma takes an afternoon nap in the cool water! #LoveCincy” Want to be featured in our Instagram stories? Follow us at @cincymagazine and use our hashtag #LoveCincy! Show us what makes you love this city!



Architects of Air, who brought the interactive luminarium Katena to Blink in 2017, are bringing a new air sculpture to this year’s event.

By Kevin Michell


n the weeks following Oct. 15, 2017, Cincinnatians were aglow with city pride following the first-ever Blink light and art festival. Over a million people visited downtown that weekend and the buzz throughout the city continued long after the event had ended. That may seem a tough act to follow, but the second edition of Blink Cincinnati, Oct. 10-13, is all planned out with brand-new art, projection mapping and light installations along many of the same streets of downtown and Over-the-Rhine, as well as seven blocks of Covington’s Madison Avenue for the first time. The light shows and art fixtures will stay in place throughout the weekend, so visitors can experience the city-spanning event at their own pace and in whichever order they’d like. “You can pretty much come downtown and park anywhere in Over-the-Rhine or downtown or Covington and you will be able to walk around and experience Blink and experience all that those neighborhoods have to offer,” says Brendon Cull, senior vice president and chief operating

officer of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, which is handling event production in concert with local organizations Agar, ArtWorks, Brave Berlin and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. Foundation. However, the one have-to-be-there event is the Blink Light Parade presented by Skyline Chili, which kicks off the weekend with around 85 different participating performers and legendary local chef JeanRobert de Cavel as grand marshal. “It’s going to be so creative and beautiful that I think people are going to remember it for decades,” Cull says. Blink 2019 also promises the return of the Architects of Air, whose interactive luminarium Katena was a massive hit in Washington Park during the 2017 edition. This year’s giant air sculpture, Dodecalis, is being kept a tightly guarded secret until festival time but promises another one-of-a-kind experience. Dodecalis will be the only ticketed event at Blink, as the sculpture will have a maximum capacity that needs to be monitored and adhered to. But the coup-de-grace of Blink 2019 will be the lighting up of the Roebling Bridge

through the weekend, serving as a gleaming symbol of the city itself and the collaboration between Cincinnati and Covington for this year’s event. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Vincent Lighting of Erlanger and Brave Berlin worked together to make this centerpiece possible. Oggo will provide free rides across the bridge for attendees moving from one side of the river to the other. Covington’s Madison Avenue will be the focal point of Blink on the Kentucky side, with the blocks flanking Braxton Brewing Company and Hotel Covington alight with art. There will also be a free concert by Grouplove on Saturday night in the RiverCenter parking lot. Cull personally looks forward to the spontaneous way Blink makes connections between visitors to the city during the event. “The art and showcasing our region is fantastic,” he says, “but there are these moments where as a community we come together, we are around people who we may or may not be around on a day-to-day basis as we are having a shared experience together. And that is, I think, the true beauty of Blink.” n w w w.

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4 Questions with Steve Shifman S

teve Shifman, CEO and president of Michelman, a Blue Ash-based developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly materials, was chosen to lead the United Way of Greater Cincinnati earlier this year. He has been a United Way volunteer since 2012 and has worked 28 years at Michelman, 16 of them as CEO. He describes how his corporate philosophy dovetails nicely with his role at United Way.

WHAT DO YOU THINK MOST PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT UNITED WAY? Historically, most people think of United Way as an organization that raises a bunch of money. But I don’t think they realize that money goes to help 330,000 people every single year. So, whether we realize it or not, we all know somebody who has been touched by the work of United Way. The best way to solve big, intractable community problems—such as poverty—is through organizations like our United Way

IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR ROLE AT MICHELMAN FIT WITH YOUR ROLE AT UNITED WAY? Giving is one of our core values at Michelman. Every year in September, we have a “global day of giving,” where we shut down all of our offices—from here in Cincinnati to Mumbai, India, and Shanghai, China—and we turn people loose to go do volunteer work; the employees still receive their usual pay. It’s a great opportunity to give back. I enjoy participating personally. In years past, I have done things like packing food at the Freestore Foodbank. 8

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE WORK THAT MICHELMAN DOES? We work in the area of g r e en c he m i s t r y a nd tech nolog y for big indust r ia l appl icat ions. One thing most people are familiar with is the “Sha re A Coke Ca mpaign,” which has special labels with people’s names printed on them. A ll of t hose labels are printed with Michelman technology. We do a lot with digital printing and packaging solutions. Our technology also is used in cars and air planes. We don’t m a k e  t ho s e parts. But our chemistry is used to make the parts lighter and stronger. And, along with the movement around the world to make packaging more sustainable, we’re actively engaged in the packaging industry to continue to take more waste out of the waste stream.  


Businesses like ours, purpose-driven, have an ability to change the world. We like to say we manage our business with “a triple bottom line:” people, planet and profit. You must stay profitable to stay in business;

2019 is our 70th year in business. At the same time, you also need to care about the way your business affects people and the planet. We have fabulous people who work in our organization, and they know it’s about something bigger than just running our business. If we create the right culture, maybe they go home a little better than they were when they came into work that morning. Then maybe that makes them happier at home; maybe they’re a better parent, and maybe they’re better at whatever they do outside the workplace. I really think that companies like ours can be a force for good in the world. n

By the Numbers

Fall Fests:

Something for Everyone


It’s fall—and time to have some festival fun on the weekends. Greater Cincinnati entertainment venues, parks and farms offer an array of activities. Some provide a few hours of eating, drinking and entertainment, while others are themed and large enough to give visitors a full day of taking in everything. (Research by Bill Ferguson Jr.)


Acres dedicated to a Corn Maze during Fall on the Farm at Blooms Stages for entertainers at the Renaissance Festival, a re-created

and Berries Farm Market, 9669

16th-century English village on 30 acres at 10542 E. Ohio 73, Harveysburg,

South State Route 48, Loveland.

Ohio. More than 130 merchants and demonstrating craftsmen also dot

Also hayrides, cow train and other

the landscape. Weekends through Oct. 27.

activities, daily through Oct. 31.


Projection mappings for Blink, a walkthrough festival of lights, art and projection displays happening Oct. 10-13 that will span 30-plus city blocks in downtown Cincinnati and Covington, Ky.


Vendors at the Weekend of Fire Oct. 5-6 at Jungle Jim’s International Market, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, where about 3,000 people are expected to try and buy several hundred hot sauces, salsas, mustards, rubs and marinades, and enjoy various entertainers.


Tons of sauerkraut served each year to about 350,000 visitors at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival on North Main Street in Waynesville. Begun in 1970, this year is the 50th festival, occurring Oct. 12-13.


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Best of the West

Cincy Magazine hosted the third annual Best of the West Aug. 22 at the Nathanael Greene Lodge in Green Township. More than 40 businesses gave out samples of their best dishes, coupons, gift bags and more to the guests who attended the event. The event was sponsored by Sunrise Treatment Center and Nathanael Greene Lodge. The nonprofit partner was Healthy Moms & Babes. 1 Sally Rosiello, Mary Sue O’Donnell, Mike O’Donnell, Tony Rosiello and Bill Ferguson 2 Michael Stecz and Sara Ritchie 3 Todneesha DeBruce, Stephanie Satterwhite and Queen Smith 4 Cathy and Tim McComas 5 Jerry Kyles, Sarah Simonson and Troy Simonson



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Belterra Park’s Dog Days of Summer: Weiner Dog Nationals Belterra Park Cincinnati hosted the sixth annual Dog Days of Summer: Wiener Dog Nationals. Hundreds of guests stayed at the track after the conclusion of live thoroughbred racing on Aug. 31 to witness the running of the wieners. Dachshunds from all over the region broke from the starting gate and raced down the track to the finish line vying for the giant trophy with the wiener dog on top.


1 The dog owners kept the racers back until the race started. 2 The wiener races happened on the horse track. 3 All racers, even if they didn’t complete the race, received plenty of pats and treats afterward. 4 This year’s trophy was awarded to Bucky. 5 Dachshunds raced at Belterra Park.



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RiverBlast More than 230 people joined Gateway Community & Technical College at the 10th annual RiverBlast celebration at Great American Ballpark on Sunday, Sept. 1. Attendees enjoyed a luxurious evening in the Fox Sports Club meeting Mr. Red, a behind the scenes tour of the stadium, a buffet dinner and a private viewing for the Western & Southern/WEBN fireworks. 1 Big Dave of B105, emcee for RiverBlast, and his family with Mr. Red 2 Chuck Session, secretary of the Gateway Board of Directors, with wife and guests taking a photo with Mr. Red 3 The C-Forward table at RiverBlast 4 Brent Cooper, president and CEO of the NKY Chamber of Commerce, with Mr. Red

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Scene CPS Back to School Address, Launch of District Strategic Plan The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education and Superintendent Laura Mitchell publicly announced the district’s three-year strategic plan at a community event Aug. 9 at the Cintas Center. The district’s strategic plan focuses on five key areas of focus: student-centered decision making, health and safety, community engagement, better systems, and growth.


1 The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education 2 CPS Superintendent Laura Mitchell announced the district’s new strategic plan. 3 Board member Eve Bolton spoke at the event. 4 The community was invited to attend the event.





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Middletown’s Hops in the Hangar Hops in the Hangar, a fundraiser for Downtown Middletown Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to the ongoing revitalization and preservation efforts in the downtown district, returned for another year Aug. 10 at the Middletown Regional Airport. Over 90 different types of craft beer were featured from over 30 breweries, including many local favorites. Over 1,000 attendees were entertained with aerobatic airshows, skydivers, historic planes and other aircraft onsite. New attractions this year included airplane rides during the event and a grand finale at the close of the event featuring a pyrotechnic show presented by Team Fastrax and Start Skydiving. 1 A perfect way to end the night was a sparkler salute to all of the hard working skydivers, pilots and organizers. 2 Over 90 different types of beer were offered and served as a perfect opportunity to make your own flight. 3 Attendees got to sip and stroll, seeing historic planes, helicopters, hot air balloons and more up close.





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Scene Rockin’ at Riverfest Rock in’ at Riverfest, The Children’s Home’s largest annual fundraiser, was held alongside the annual Labor Day f ireworks on the Ohio River Sept. 1. The event consisted of a gala, live and silent auction, premier fireworks viewing and live entertainment. More than 600 attended including over 200 at the Carousel Deck Party, which is geared to accommodate individuals who want to attend the party but cannot purchase whole sponsorships. 1 Those who attend the Carousel Deck Party were invited to enjoy the carousel. Cris Collinsworth was also in attendance. 2 The event has increased in popularity every year and has consistently sold out sponsorships from community partners and business organizations t hat support children and families. 3 The event raised nearly $577,000 this year. 4 More than 200 people attend the event party held on the deck of Carol Ann’s Carousel. 5 The event supports the nonprofit’s presence in 176 locations in the Greater Cincinnati region. 6 The Children’s Home continues to explore ways to meet the challenges of mental health, poverty and access to quality health services. 7 The event fuels the 30 programs provided by the organization that served 14,273 children and families just last year.



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Scene Blue Ash YMCA 50 Years Celebration The Blue Ash YMCA celebrated 50 years of providing recreational opportunities to the community with a free pool party and open house Aug. 9. Attendees were able to enjoy the YMCA’s pool, a performance by Grammy-nominated children’s recording artist Zak Morgan, a carnival, pool games and group exercise demos. Food trucks were also on hand for those craving a bite. 1 The party featured plenty of pool games. 2 The YMCA also provided balloon animals to those who attended. 3 Families were invited to enjoy the free event. 4 Children’s recording artist Zak Morgan 5 Guests were also invited to tour the YMCA. 6 The party featured activities both in and out of the pool.





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Beacon Orthopaedics High School Walk-in Event Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine spent the summer preparing high school athletes for a safe and healthy 2019-2020 school year. With walk-in weekend events at four Beacon locations and evening clinics at several local high schools, Beacon staff performed over 1,600 sports physical exams for local students in the Tristate. Many of these events were fundraisers for the high school athletic departments, raising over $12,000 to purchase medical supplies and training equipment. Beacon serves as the official medical provider for more than 30 high schools, club, college and pro teams and has partnered with The Christ Hospital Health Network, Drayer Physical Therapy, Rohlf’s Chiropractic Care and TriHealth to offer these specialized, sports physical exams.



1 Walk-in weekend events were held at four Beacon locations. 2 Student athletes were invited to get a physical before the school year started. 3 Students met with therapists from Beacon Orthopaedics and Drayer Physical Therapy. 4 Students from throughout the Tristate received a physical. 5 A Mt. Notre Dame student stopped by for the event.

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The command module Columbia is just one of the artifacts on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center during “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission.”


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By Corinne Minard


veryone knows the story of the first moon landing. We know that Ohio’s own Neil Armstrong made the first step, that he made that now-famous quote and that the world didn’t seem to be the same afterward. But how much do we really know about the historic trip itself? “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission,” a traveling exhibition that will open at the Cincinnati Museum Center Sept. 28, looks to fill in the gaps and provide new details to those who watched the landing live and others who only know of the moon landing as a historic moment. “[The exhibition] is on the one hand a celebratory look back at the Apollo 11 mission,” says Kathrin Halpren, project director, Smithsonian Institution Trav22

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eling Exhibition Service, “and [on the other hand] to spark the imagination of the American public into thinking about what might be in the future.” The exhibition will first show visitors what was happening in the country and the world at the time of the mission, introduce some of the 400,000 people who worked on the mission and describe the impact of the mission on the space program and the American public in the years following. “We’re hoping that visitors, even those who weren’t alive 50 years ago when the mission took place, can feel the enormity of what took place during the mission. It was such a huge effort by thousands of people to pull this off; it wasn’t just the three astronauts that landed on the moon,”


Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon. Neil Armstrong can be in seen in the reflection in Aldrin’s helmet.

From left: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins says Dave Duszynski, vice president of featured experiences for the Cincinnati Museum Center. The traveling exhibition was created jointly by the Smithsonian’s National Air


ABOVE: The interior of the command module Columbia RIGHT: Buzz Aldrin’s gold-plated extravehicular helmet

pen here and I can stick that in the switch and lever the switch up into the on position,’” says Halpren. “There’s actually a dent on the side of the pen where the fulcrum of the lever point was.” After walking through “Destination Moon,” visitors can learn even more about the moon and the Apollo missions thanks to several other exhibits and attractions. “A New Moon Rises,” a photography exhibit at the end of “Destination Moon,” will feature contemporary photography of the moon’s surface, taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. “So we have both a historic look and then also a reminder that we are actively exploring the moon, in this case it’s via robotic cameras as opposed to human exploration,” says Halpren. A new permanent exhibition in the Cincinnati Museum that opened in May will also be open at the same time as “Destination Moon.” The Neil Armonstrong Space Exploration Gallery allows visitors to learn more about Armstrong and his connection to the Cincinnati community. And in the Omnimax theater, visitors


and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Thus, many unique and special items are included in the exhibition including the crown jewel, the command module Columbia. The module is the only portion of the spacecraft that took the astronauts to the moon that returned intact to Earth. It has not left the National Air and Space Museum since the ‘70s and Duszynski says it is unlikely to travel again after it’s placed in its new, reimagined gallery at the National Air and Space Museum. “That was the astronauts’ home after the mission and so that’s really exciting to have that here. It’s so rare to be able to have that in Cincinnati,” adds Duszynski. While the command module is certainly the star of “Destination Moon,” there are many more items in the exhibition that Halpren and Dusynski say are equally fascinating. Visitors will be able to see Michael Collins’ watch (which he had to wear on the outside of his spacesuit), lock boxes for moon samples, star charts, a medical kit, a survival kit in case they splash downed off course and even Buzz Aldrin’s gold-plated extravehicular helmet and gloves. Halpren advises visitors to take the time to look through the magnifying glass that is set up on the side of one of the gloves as otherwise they’ll miss Aldrin’s moon to-do list. “You can actually look through that magnifying glass and read all the various lines of instruction. One of them is to photograph the boot print. So that iconic photograph we have of the first boot print on the surface of the moon, we might not have had [it] if somebody hadn’t made sure to include a gentle reminder,” she says. Another interesting item that visitors may miss is a small piece of plastic and an aluminum pen. The items are on loan from Buzz Aldrin himself and remind us that quick thinking when things go wrong is always appreciated, even in space. When Aldrin and Armstrong returned to the Lunar Module (LM), they found that piece of plastic on the floor—it was part of the switch to initiate the launch sequence for leaving the moon. “Although mission control said, ‘We have the engineers working on a workaround, please don’t worry,’ Buzz Aldrin and his fighter-pilot can-do attitude said, ‘You know what? I have an aluminum covered

will be able to see a special film called Apollo 11: First Steps Edition. “This to me is a phenomenal film in that there is no modern overlay trying to describe what happened during the Apollo mission. It’s all archival footage and archival sound, so you’re kind of reliving the moments leading up to the launch and the mission and the mission itself,” says Duszynski. The traveling exhibition “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” and the Omnimax film Apollo 11: First Steps Edition open at the Cincinnati Museum Center Sept. 28. n w w w.

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3 [10/3] Xanadu the Musical brings roller disco fun to the Taft Theatre.

4 [10/4] AC2 Live: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen comes to the Aronoff.

5 [10/5] The 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will bring thousands of people together for this annual walk.

1 [10/1] See Tony Awardnominee Mary Bridget Davies perform classic songs during A Night with Janis Joplin at the Aronoff. 8


10 [10/10-13] Blink, the citywide light and art festival, returns bigger and better than ever.

11 [10/11-11/2] The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company brings the bloody Titus Andronicus to life.

12 [10/12] Support local charities that focus on women by running the Queen Bee Half Marathon.



17 [10/17] The folksy, allfemale bluegrass band Della Mae stops at Memorial Hall for the night.


19 [10/19] Get a head start on your holiday shopping with the last City Flea of the fall.

25 [10/25] A heat wave will hit the Lawrenceburg Event Center when 98 Degrees takes the stage.

26 [10/26] Support the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at its first-ever Monster Bash.

[10/2] Lee Ann Womack brings songs from her newest album The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone to Memorial Hall.

6 [10/6] What Moves Us 7 fuses belly dancing with modern dance at the Aronoff.

7 [10/7] See your favorite competitors in person at MasterChef Junior Live at the Aronoff.

13 [10/13] The fourth annual Stadium Stride supports the work of the Ken Anderson Alliance.

14 [10/5-27] Trick or treat among the animals during Hall-ZOOWeen at the Cincinnati Zoo.

20 [10/20] The Emmynominated Billy Gardell performs a night of standup at the Taft Theatre.

21 22 [10/22] Twenty One Pilots brings its global Bandito tour to the former U.S. Bank Arena.

23 [10/23] Best of the North celebrates the best food, retail and more in the North at the Manor House.

24 [10/24] Ben Folds will play songs from throughout his career during a show at the Taft Theatre.

27 [10/27] Joshua Radin & The Weepies play Memorial Hall for the night.

28 [10/28] Catch a holographic performance featuring Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly at the Taft Theatre.

30 [10/30] Head to Music Hall for Spooky Tunes with the Spine Tingling Mighty Wurlitzer.

31 [10/31] Happy Halloween!


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Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park will present its take on the acclaimed 2018 Broadway play, The Lifespan of a Fact, during October and November. During this play, the audience will be forced to reconsider what makes a fact as the fact-checking process for a magazine story gets out of hand. Oct. 19-Nov. 16. Times vary. Prices vary. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati.

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1 [11/1] The Grammywinning Asleep at the Wheel will be joined by the Quebec Sisters for a show at Memorial Hall.

2 [11/2] Bluegrass folk artists Jonathan Edwards and Jon PousetteDart share the stage at Memorial Hall.

3 [11/3] John Cusack joins an audience at the Taft Theatre for a special showing of Say Anything.

4 [11/4] The Japanese House brings songs from her debut album Good at Falling to the Taft Theatre.


6 [11/6] Visit Memorial Hall to hear timeless classics like “MTA” performed by The Kingston Trio.

7 [11/7] Chamber Music Cincinnati brings Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan to Memorial Hall.

8 [11/8-9] Violinist Gil Shaham joins the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for Petrouchka + Tchaikovsky.

9 [11/9] Support the work of Matthew 25: Ministries by participating in the Hunger 5K.

10 [11/10] The Wood Brothers, who recently were nominate for Best Americana Album at the Grammy Awards, perform at the Taft. 17 [11/17] The Dover Quartet, a string ensemble, brings its award-winning talent to Memorial Hall.

11 [11/11] Incubus celebrates the 20th anniversary of its album Make Yourself with a show at the Taft Theatre.

12 [11/12] Two Beverly Hills 90210 stars join forces for Jennie Garth & Tori Spelling Live at the Taft.

13 [11/13] Chris Thile, who also performs with Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, plays a solo show at Memorial Hall.

14 [11/14] American Idolwinner Ruben Studdard Sings Luther Vandross at Memorial Hall.

15 [11/15] The Commonheart, a nine-piece rock ‘n’ soul band, performs at the Taft Theatre.

16 [11/16] See The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical at the Taft Theatre for one night only.


19 [11/19] Elvis Costello & the Imposters bring their Just Trust tour to the Taft Theatre.


21 [11/21] Dustbowl Revival plays Memorial Hall as part of the American Roots series.

22 [11/22] The CSO is joined by pianist Timo Andres and cellist Inbal Segev for CSO Proof: American Perspective.

23 [11/23] Wild Kratts Live 2.0: Activate Creature Power brings the show to life at the Aronoff Center.

24 [11/24] Christian hip-hop artist TobyMac stops by the Taft for the evening.



27 [11/27] We Will Rock You – The Musical uses the music of Queen to tell a story of freedom at the Taft.

28 [11/27-12/29] The classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol returns to the Playhouse in the Park.

29 [11/29] Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold comes to the Aronoff.

30 [11/30] Sierra Hull mixes mandolin, bass and vocals at Memorial Hall.


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For amazing piano playing mixed with hilarious comedy, stop by Playhouse in the Park for a performance of 2 Pianos, 4 Hands. Based on the true story of two pianists, the show includes songs from artists as varied as Beethoven and Billy Joel. Nov. 9-Jan. 5. Times vary. Prices vary. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati.

Calling All Cooks! Inside America’s Test Kitchen with Julia & Bridget A FUNdraiser in support of CET Thursday, November 21, 2019 with Chefs Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster 12:00pm and 5:30pm Hosted by Cincinnati State Technical & Community College and Midwest Culinary Institute Purchase Tickets and More Information: (513) 345-6582

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The final stop of the exhibition’s national tour

September 28, 2019 to February 17, 2020


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Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission is organized by the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibit is made possible by the support of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, Joe Clark, Bruce R. McCaw Family Foundation, the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, John and Susann Norton and Gregory D. and Jennifer Walston Johnson. CMC is grateful for the support of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, the Farmer Family Foundation and the Harold C. Schott Foundation.

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ummer may have ended, but that doesn’t mean the time for a vacation is over, too. Fall is the ideal time for a quick trip to many locations in the Midwest—including Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee—thanks to the cooling weather, changing leaves and autumn flavors. In fact, fall fun is just a short car trip away.

AN ARTY GOOD TIME Brown County, Indiana, which started as an arts colony in the early 1900s, has become a destination for those who appreciate art and the beauty of the outdoors. “We still have a lot of the art as far as like art galleries and handmade items all throughout downtown (Nashville),” says Aubrey Sitzman, public relations coordinator for the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We also are a really big outdoor destination… We have Indiana’s largest state park, state forest and part of the national forest.” This mix of art and nature can be enjoyed together during the Back Roads of Brown

County Studio Tour Oct. 1-31. During this month-long event 19 local artists will open up their home studios to visitors. “People can get out and drive around and stop by their different studios and houses and kind of talk with the artist face to face, a lot of times see them working. It’s a great way to kind of explore the whole county,

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Nineteen local artists will open up their home studios during the Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour Oct. 1-31. see a lot of foliage (and) hit those back roads that you usually don’t see when you’re here,” says Sitzman. And those back roads offer quite a sight. Sitzman says that the county is in the south-

ABOVE AND RIGHT: The pinnacle overlook in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park gives visitors views of the changing colors, the historic gap and even North Carolina on clear days.

ernmost tip of the Maple Belt, which is why the region’s trees have such vibrant colors. “We have a lot of places like overlooks (and) vistas for people to park their car and go get pictures and admire. We have a lot of back roads kind of off the beaten path—places that people can just drive around and be surrounded with the leaves and everything,” she says.

When not taking in the trees, visitors can enjoy live music at the new Brown County Music Center, tastings and tours at Bear Wallow Distillery and Hard Truth Distilling Co. and visiting the 54 businesses that make up the Arts Village. “It’s a fun place to come in the fall just because of all the leaves and the hustle and bustle. Everywhere you go there’s fall

decoration, fall flavors, people having apple cider and pumpkin flavor everything,” adds Sitzman.

AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Those looking to immerse themselves in the outdoors can head south to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. The park’s 24,000 acres include land in Kentucky,

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The Cumberland Gap was used by many to cross the Appalachian Mountains and is considered to be the first gateway to the west. Virginia and Tennessee and feature 14,000 acres of managed wilderness, 85 miles of hiking trails and about 40 caves. The park is also historically significant to many Americans.

“Cumberland Gap is the very first doorway to the west. It’s the route that Daniel Boone and 300,000 pioneers journeyed through as they headed out west,” says Carol Borneman, chief of interpretation and education at the park. As a natural path in the Appalachian Mountains, migrating animals, Native Americans and westbound pioneers used the gap to safely cross the mountains. Later, the area’s minerals and resources were used to make charcoal and iron and Civil War soldiers traveled its path. Today, the park continues to honor its history. For example, Oct. 18 and 19 the park will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Iron Furnace, the oldest manmade object in the park. In its heyday, the furnace produced three tons of iron a day, most of which was sent down the Tennessee River to Chattanooga to make iron goods. While no longer in use today, the park will be looking back at its impact on history with reenactments showing the lives of workers (who were mostly slaves), an actual iron pour and a charcoal making demonstration.

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Cumberland Gap also gives visitors the chance to take in its natural beauty. “What most people do is drive the 4-mile long road to the top of the mountain to the pinnacle overlook,” says Borneman. “That (Cumberland Gap) passageway is located right below the viewing platforms and on really clear days we can see the Smokies and North Carolina, so that’s a good 100mile view.” Through the end of September visitors can take guided tours of Gap Cave. “ (It’s) a cave that is still very much alive with a tremendous amount of water flowing through it. We see cave salamanders that are bright red with black spots and now as the days have become more cool bat sightings are starting to increase as they prepare for hibernation,” adds Borneman. And on Oct. 26 visitors can take a guided hike to what are known as the White Rocks. The white rocks are a significant landmark located 3,500 feet above the valley floor. The white rocks signified to pioneers that they were only a day’s journey from the

Cumberland Gap, she says. The hike will also stop by Sand Cave, a rock shelter that features a waterfall during rainy seasons.

A FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRIP In Chattanooga, Tennessee, families can enjoy the changing colors of the season while taking in events and attractions of a major city. “Chattanooga is laid back but we have so many things happening and so many different things to do,” says Candace Li-

tchfield, director of public relations and advocacy for the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau. To take in the fall leaves visitors can walk around the city or across the Walnut Street Bridge, take a short trip out of the city to Signal Mountain or Missionary Ridge, cruise down the Tennessee River on the Southern Belle riverboat, or ride a train through the mountains at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. “It’s beautiful and you have a lot of different vantage points that you can see

LEFT: Visitors to Chattanooga can enjoy big-city attractions and outdoor recreation. ABOVE: The Southern Belle riverboat offers tours of the Tennessee River, with views of the changing colors of the trees. the colors,” adds Litchfield. In town, visitors can take advantage of ChattaBOOga all October long. Families can enjoy the Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo in the Zoo, Lake Winnepesaukah’s WinnpeSPOOKah! and the Tennessee Aquarium’s ODDtober while those looking for something a bit scarier can take a Chattanooga Ghost Tour or visit Dread Hollow.

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The Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo in the Zoo brings Halloween fun to the animals.

Chattanooga also hosts about 50 festivals in the fall, including the new Big Nine Roots Festival in the MLK District on Oct. 5. “MLK Boulevard used to be called Ninth Street. It’s where a lot of our musicians got their start, legendary musicians from Chattanooga.


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And that festival will be a daylong music festival for families, they’ll have food and it’s free to the public,” says Marissa Bell, public relations manager for the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau. While the temperatures are dropping at

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Hathaway’s Diner still has the same look and feel as it did 63 years ago.


pen for over 63 years, Hathaway’s Diner has been a staple for those who work in Carew Tower and throughout downtown for decades. “Hathaway’s is an iconic place, and a historic place,” says Kate Hempleman, marketing manager for Hathaway’s Diner. Originally started by Lloyd and Vera Hathaway in 1956, the diner has fed many guests and notable celebrities throughout the years including Frank Sinatra, President Dwight Eisenhower and Elvis Presley and even contemporary figures such as Colin Farrell and the band Alice In Chains. Even today, guests may spot professional athletes coming to enjoy a good meal before playing on the field. Hempleman says it’s simply word-ofmouth advertising, as well as guests falling in love with the space while enjoying their meal experience, that brings people to the restaurant. Although Hathaway’s is widely known for its ‘50s-themed atmosphere, another beloved aspect is its family focus. “It’s a huge and complete family affair—from everyone there working behind

the counter and in the kitchen to beyond. The energy seeps out to the people as they come in, and customers enjoy that feel. They definitely take that seriously,” Hempleman says. While the diner is now owned and operated by Danny and Sally Holbrook, they still maintain the family-oriented ambience, as their son works at the restaurant along with his wife. Hempleman further adds whether someone has worked there for years or only a matter of weeks, they are treated like blood relatives. Regardless of whether guests come in taking a break from work or just wanting to get some great food, Hathaway’s has plenty of options for breakfast and lunch. “Goet ta is honest ly a huge thing here and people from all over come for the goetta dishes. We’ve got that in the breakfast wrap. We have a goetta omelet and also the GLT; you can

add it to anything here,” she says. Guests can also enjoy homemade foods such as the restaurant’s milkshakes, various breakfast items and filling deli sandwiches. The restaurant has had some light renovations and updates to the dining area that include flooring, countertops and seating (from the original company that provided the same materials during the restaurant’s inception). Su-Th 8 a.m.-2 p.m., F-Sa 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 441 Vine St., Carew Tower, First Floor, downtown. 513-621-1332. n

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Close to Home While Cincinnati is still known for its chili, barbecue and ice cream, that’s not

all we have to offer. The Tristate has seen a restaurant explosion over the last several years and hungry diners can now find ramen, Cambodian cuisine and southern comfort food whenever they desire it. Diners don’t have to travel far either. New restaurants are popping up all over town, from the East Side to the West Side and from the northern suburbs to northern Kentucky. Quality, delicious food can be found close to home no matter where you live in the region. In this feature, we offer just a taste of what the Queen City has to offer by introducing 15 restaurants scattered among the Tristate’s five regions—the North, East Side, West Side, Northern Kentucky and Central. We hope you already have your knife and fork ready as you read on to learn more about some of the Tristate’s best eats.

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Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey

1201 Broadway, Pendleton • 513-381-2666 A little over a year-and-a-half into its existence, Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey now represents one of the veteran destinations in the blossoming Pendleton neighborhood east of Over-the-Rhine. When it opened, Nation Kitchen and Bar directly across the street was the only other eatery in Pendleton. The restaurant—which specializes in hearty plates of biscuits and gravy as well as chicken sandwiches and thoughtful vegetarian options—created its mantra of “stake your claim” to reflect its nature as an early dining attraction at 12th and Broadway. “It fits with the gold rush [theme],” says Britney Fields, general

manager, “but it also reflects how PJ [Neumann, owner] felt about Pendleton and kind of being the ones that took the first step to bridge this gap [between] Pendleton and Main Street. “You can definitely see the growth,” adds Fields, noting that the residential-heavy nature of Pendleton has allowed Boomtown to provide a quality neighborhood joint for residents and a great introduction to it for new visitors. Fields recommends first-timers start with the Yukon sandwich (pictured above)—a hunk of fried chicken draped in sawmill gravy, smoked cheddar and bacon between two halves of a fresh-made biscuit—and try the flagship cocktail, the Boomtown Gold Rush, which is made with rye whiskey, fresh lemon juice and honey and served in a glass rimmed with bee pollen. - Kevin Michell w w w.

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Tano Bistro

204 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland • 513-683-8266 Tano Bistro in Loveland uses the finest seasonal ingredients to create its delicious menu. “We’ll move into each season and whatever the season brings we’ll continue to craft specifically, not the whole menu, but a portion of the menu,” says Chef Gaetano “Tano” Williams. Summer, for example, brought the panzanella salad that featured a summer tomato from the local Blooms & Berries farm, he says. “That taste of summer’s tomato is what we’re about,” says Williams. “So that’s the seasonality of it.”


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Of course Tano Bistro in Loveland—which just recently reopened after a fire in 2017 gutted the upper floor of the building in Loveland’s historic Downtown where the restaurant is located—doesn’t take all the items off when it changes the menu with the seasons. “We do have our core items that we can’t take off the menu or else we’ll get burnt down again,” jokes Williams. That means the popular crab-bacon-brie-stuffed salmon entrée and the Sprout and Snout appetizer—fried Brussels sprouts and pork belly sauté—are available all year, he says. There’s also the water buffalo burger that Williams says is delicious. “It’s very lean, it’s got great nutritional value, it doesn’t taste gamey … it’s a phenomenal product and I’m really, really proud to have it on our menu.” – Eric Spangler


Station Family + BBQ

400 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming • 513-679-6797 While Station Family + BBQ in Wyoming certainly has good food on its menu—it features two chefs who’ve competed on Bravo’s Top Chef TV show, Caitlin Steininger and Brian Young—the atmosphere is equally as good. And that’s just the way it was planned—a fun place for families to come and hang out. “We want it to be laid back, comfortable, but [provide] anything you could ever need at the best block party of your life,” Steininger says. “So cold beer, great meats out of the smoker, delicious sides, even homemade desserts to finish off your meal.” The meats are slow-cooked overnight on a giant smoker and include the familiar such as brisket and pork butt, along with new twists on barbecue like pork belly that’s rolled, dredged “aggressively” in salt and pepper and then smoked. It turns out crisp, moist and delicious, says Steininger. The restaurant also makes its own sausage with a Cincinnati twist. “It is actually flavored to taste like Cincinnati chili, so if you have some smoked sausage with some of our mustard barbecue sauce it’s like the best, breadless cheese coney you’ll ever have in your whole life,” she says. – Eric Spangler


Fairfield Market

700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, Ky. • 859-360-0110 Bellevue’s Fairfield Market is only months old, but the neighborhood has quickly embraced the fast-casual eatery and bar. The owners of the building at 700 Fairfield Ave. approached Katie Reeder and Brandon Moore about opening a food and drink establishment, knowing the two shared a passion for entertaining and feeding people. “Brandon and I are actually neighbors and best friends,” says Reeder. She and Moore, who are the owner-operators and active partners of Fairfield Market, have hosted many dinner parties together at their respective homes for groups of friends. Now they have a dedicated, welcoming space to entertain visitors from all around while being receptive to guest feedback. “We just want everyone to feel like they have an investment in what we’re doing here,” Reeder says. First-time visitors can expect a surprisingly diverse array of experiences. During the day, the deli counter up front offers prepared foods and made-to-order sandwiches for eating in or carrying out. During evenings, the bar becomes the focal point with its many unique beers, bourbon options and shareable charcuterie and snacks. Saturday and Sunday brunches at Fairfield Market allow for the delightful dishes and the communal atmosphere to really shine. There’s plenty of room to grow in Reeder’s mind, with opportunities to expand carryout options and market offerings. Visitors can already buy a bottle of wine to go from the repurposed bank vault behind the dining room and will soon be able to purchase coffee, gifts and other wares as well. - Kevin Michell w w w.

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Asian Spice

3474 North Bend Road, Cincinnati • 513-661-9500 Restaurant owner Dao Yee, known for Asian East Side staples Lemon Grass and Wild Ginger, has opened a third restaurant, this time on the West Side. “It was a good opportunity to expand to the West Side because I think [that in] Hyde Park and the East Side a lot of restaurants have opened up,” she says. “Maybe it’s a better opportunity here on the West Side.” And the West Side has embraced the new restaurant. Asian Bistro serves Thai, Chinese and hibachi-style cuisine as well as sushi rolls. Yee says that the traditional fried rice (rice stir-fried in soy sauce with egg, peas, carrots and onions), drunken noodles (wide rice noodles stir-fried in a chili sauce with broccoli, onions, carrots, bell peppers and Thai basil) and Yum Yum roll (a sushi roll with shrimp tempura, tuna, mango and cream cheese topped with a tempura crunch, spicy mayo and eel sauce) have proven to be particular popular. In fact, Yee says that sushi is becoming the restaurant’s top seller. In addition to the food, the West Side also seems to be enjoying the welcoming atmosphere at Asian Spice. “A lot of customers mention how homey they feel like when they come in. We are happy to see customers, we’re always welcoming customers,” Yee says. “We treat each other like friends and family.” – Corinne Minard







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Forty Thieves

1538 Race St, Over-the-Rhine • 513-818-9020 Daniel Wright and his wife, Lana, have been instrumental in shaping the resurgent dining scene through Over-the-Rhine and downtown, starting with Senate and Abigail Street almost a decade ago. Their most recent concept—Forty Thieves, inside of Holiday Spirits at Liberty and Race—was initially going to be a taco joint until Wright spent some time in Jordan and Israel eating authentic falafel and shwarma. “Shwarma’s sort of the precursor to where taco al pastor came from,” Wright says, explaining that many Lebanese immigrants helped start the rise of tacos when they arrived in Mexico. Thanks to the combination of that experience and noticing how prevalent tacos already were in Cincinnati, the Wrights shifted to serving great Mediterranean street food at Forty Thieves. Wright wanted to add something new to Over-the-Rhine’s food options instead of following the trend set by other restaurants. “I don’t feel like that’s expected of us, I feel like we can do so much more. Which is why we wanted to do this,” Wright explains, adding that Forty Thieves is a casual kindred soul to their Mediterraneanfocused Abigail Street. Visitors can enjoy the fresh flavors of Forty Thieves by walking up to the Liberty Street window during lunch hours or anytime while hanging out in the hot new OTR watering hole that is Holiday Spirits. -Kevin Michell

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Zundo Ramen and Donburi

220 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine • 513-975-0706 Zundo Ramen and Donburri, situated just to the west of Over-theRhine’s Washington Park, is the result of two men’s passion for serving excellent cuisine in an energetic setting. Former operating manager David Chao and Han Lin of Montgomery’s Japanese restaurant Mei were motivated to bring a true ramen bar to Cincinnati that evoked the vibrant and effortless cool of similar joints in New York City and other major cities. Together, they created an urban eatery that delivers on top-notch authentic ramen and one-of-a-kind guest experiences. From the David Beck-designed interior and the energetic atmosphere to the


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eclectic music and the classic anime playing on the bar’s television, Zundo holds a lot of uniquely attractive qualities before even taking a bite, sip or slurp. “The vibe of the place, we wanted that to be different,” Chao says. “We didn’t want cookie cutter.” But it’s not just about atmosphere. Zundo offers an array of savory and delectable Japanese soups, from the flagship miso ramen with roast pork and soft-boiled egg to the many variations on donburi that offer combinations of rice, meat, veggies or curry in Zundo’s 16-hour kitchen-made broth. Zundo is also looking to add new options to the menu like chilled ramen and seaweed salad that are perfect for hotter nights. Meanwhile, the bar will continue to boast the widest selection of sake—35 different bottles—in the Midwest and a plethora of Japanese beers and whiskey, making Zundo a great visit at any time of day or night. “We’re trying things that are different and it’s working,” adds Chao. - Kevin Michell

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702 Indian Hill Road, Terrace Park • 513-831-5678 Take a beautiful birch tree that grows in the middle of an inviting patio and add a welcoming staff and delicious food and you get The Birch restaurant in Terrace Park. Opened in 2017 by Terrace Park native Brett Tritsch and his wife, Aaron, the chef-driven restaurant features small plates, salads and sandwiches. “We don’t do entrees just because everything is crafted in-house,” says Aaron. “Simple but thoughtfully done.” One of the most popular items on the menu is the charcuterie and cheese board, she says. “Every time we change the menu that will be the one thing that will always stay,” Aaron says. Also popular is the Birch Burger made with Black Angus beef and the various tacos of the day, she says. “That’s been a fun, creative outlet for the chef to do different variations of tacos.” There are also plenty of healthy items on the menu, such as a quinoa bowl, Aaron says. “We change that up seasonally. Right now it’s a Mediterranean-style quinoa bowl and that’s definitely one of our most popular salads. I think people appreciate that we have some healthy yet hearty options to enjoy.” – Eric Spangler

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The Wheel

3805 Brotherton Road, Oakley 513-271-0291 To say that food and cooking runs in Chrissy Antenucci’s family would be an understatement. Antenucci’s grandmother hosted a live cooking show on WCPO in the ’50s called The Kitchen Show and her grandfather had a food market in Kenwood called the Big Tree Market, she says. “Food-focused entertaining has deep roots in our family,” says Antenucci, owner of The Wheel carryout restaurant. Her family still plays an important part of her life. “It is very meaningful to me to be able carry on the spirit and tradition here in Cincinnati,” she says. “We showcase her cookbook and hang his Italian Foods sign from the market in our carryout.” Everything at The Wheel is made in-house from scratch, Antenucci says. That means there’s plenty of fresh pasta, meatballs, Italian sausage, tiramisu and bread for customers on their way home from work. “We cook with the seasons and thoughtfully source our ingredients from local purveyors,” she says. The homemade focaccia bread is a standout. The Wheel serves mortadella, rosemary roasted carrot and grilled mushroom sandwiches on the focaccia bread Wednesday through Saturday in its carryout, says Antenucci. “We rotate specials throughout the week, including a house-cured pastrami on our sourdough that is featured on Thursdays,” she says. – Eric Spangler 50

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Tortilleria Garcia

11774 Springfield Pike, Springdale • 513-671-8678 Getting a fresh tortilla in the United States proved difficult for Omar Garcia, who grew up on a corn farm in Michoacan, Mexico. Following the harvest they would cook, clean and grind the ripened corn to make masa, the dough used to make fresh tortillas. Garcia knew if he wanted a fresh tortilla here in the Cincinnati area he’d have to use that same process to make his own. His only barrier was money to start the venture. But after crunching the numbers and discussing his idea with an acquaintance they agreed to help him with the finances. That’s when Tortilleria Garcia was born. It started as a Mexican carryout restaurant in 2014 featuring Garcia’s fresh tortillas— along with tacos, tamales, nachos, burritos and rotisserie chicken from the recipes of Garcia’s grandmother and mother. Demand for his food soon exceeded the restaurant’s capacity and Garcia expanded the seating area twice. It’s still not enough. “Sometimes in the morning it’s so packed that they still have to take it to go,” says Garcia. In addition to the original Springdale location he recently opened a new restaurant in College Hill. What separates Tortilleria Garcia from other restaurants that claim to make their own tortillas is they use dehydrated corn flour. “It’s a powder,” says Garcia. “So it’s a big difference.” – Eric Spangler

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Libby’s Southern Comfort

35 W. Eighth St., Covington, Ky. • 859-261-3106 It’s been a long journey for Brad Wainscott to opening his own restaurant. Libby’s Southern Comfort, which he owns and operates with his wife Michelle, debuted early this year and the response from the area’s fans of good food and drink was both immediate and larger than expected. “It’s been an eye-opener, we didn’t know what to expect,” says Brad. “It kind of blew our minds how busy we were right out of the gate.” Part of the up-and-coming Covington district surrounding the Madison Theater and Braxton Brewery, Libby’s is named after the Wainscott’s daughter and features a menu full of comfort food and classy drinks. While Libby got her name on the building, Brad and Michelle’s two sons each got to pick a namesake menu item of their own, resulting in the Charlie Brown (a variation on the regional favorite dish, the hot brown) and the Willy Burger. Brad Wainscott has spent a lot of his life in restaurants, starting with first working at his father’s landmark establishment, Greyhound Tavern. With the support of Michelle—who herself has plenty of experience with the business side of operating restaurants—and partners Jeremy and Kate Legge, Wainscott set out to creating an establishment of his own. For first-timers, there’s plenty to dig into on the menu, but it all revolves around where Wainscott himself started. “From my lineage, the fried chicken is a big deal,” he says, suggesting new guests should also try unique offerings like the goetta hush puppies, shrimp and grits and popular cocktail the Cheerwine bourbon slush. - Kevin Michell



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Most Cincinnatians are unfamiliar with Cambodian food, but that could all change thanks to Mahope. The restaurant opened in November and is Cincinnati’s only Cambodian restaurant. “We are an authentic and fusion Cambodian restaurant. All dishes are made from scratch. We source local ingredients when possible, local veggies, local meat and stuff like that,” says General Manager Mike Laguna. Laguna says that Cambodian food is very similar to Vietnamese and Thai, though the food tends to be lighter and more savory. Owner Vy Sok uses many of her family’s recipes to bring authentic a flavors to the restaurant’s dishes. Popular items include kathiew, a bone broth soup similar to pho that’s only served in the fall; palay mi, a vegetable ramen with Napa cabbage and four types of mushrooms; and the Battambang burger, which features the restaurant’s signature Kroeung aioli, a spiced burger patty and pickled papaya. The restaurant serves lunch Tuesday through Saturday and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Laguna and Sok run all aspects of the restaurant together—”We do all the cooking, all the serving, all the cleaning, all the everything,” he says— which contributes to the restaurant’s relaxed and casual feel. – Corinne Minard


Izzy’s 602 Main St., Suite 601, Cincinnati OH 45202 513-369-0245 • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., though it can vary by location


zzy’s has been and continues to be one of Cincinnati’s most iconic restaurants. Founded in 1901 by the Kadetz family, their main mission was to give the people of Cincinnati high quality, fresh food for a reasonable price. That attention to detail, a man with a boisterous personality and food items you can’t find anywhere else blossomed a small deli shop.

quality ingredients in all of our products. Our family recipe corned beef is delivered fresh to the stores and cooked daily at each of our locations in a large copper kettle. This process gives our corned beef its unique flavor and ensures its high quality. Our potato pancakes use the finest northern Idaho potatoes, which guarantees that they are grown slowly to maximize ripeness and flavor. All of our Today, we still stay true to that prin- soups and specialty items such as the ciple. We continue to use fresh, high tuna salad, chicken salad and egg sal-

ad are still made from scratch in our commissary kitchen and then delivered to each location. We use locally sourced meats to create our delicious sandwiches and various menu items. At Izzy’s, we continue to take the time and effort to ensure this high standard is consistently met. A commitment to quality and service, our team’s dedication to detail and enthusiasm for what we do drives us to serve the great people of Cincinnati for years to come.


Lonely Pine Steakhouse

6085 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge • 513-351-1012 Lonely Pine Steakhouse is indeed a steakhouse restaurant, but that doesn’t mean it offers the formal experience many formal steakhouses are known for. “Instead of just the high-end frills and fine linens, we want to offer more of a local, more casual steakhouse with just as good if not better cuts of meat because we focus so much on that,” says Jared Beckman, executive chef. “With our small setting we’re able to really kind of wow them with the experience and the overall quality and service as opposed to all the other things that go into a big operation.” The restaurant’s dinner menu is fairly simple—it’s only one page and features several appetizers, a couple salads, some desserts, the cuts of meat available and six shareable sides that can be added to an order. “We really focus on not going very far to put something good on the table. That extends out to buying local, the kind of farm-to-fork kind of feel. We’re not 100% farm to fork but that is a very strong part of our business of operation,” adds Beckman. The restaurant buys produce from local farm stands (such as Blooms and Berries Farm Market in Loveland), water buffalo from 5 Points Ranch in New Knoxville and Wagyu beef from a farm in Columbus. Lonely Pine also offers different specials each week, such as lamb or a vegetarian option. Beckman says the goal is to be the steakhouse anyone can enjoy. “We are very casual, we’ve got a little modern twist to it,” he says. “People come see us for date nights and we have families come in and we have elderly people that come in, so we really capture a very broad audience.” – Corinne Minard

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Kreimer’s Bier Haus

6052 state Route 128, Cleves 513-353-2168 Kreimer’s Bier Haus, a West Side staple since 1982, is known for its fabulous patio, unique atmosphere and German cuisine, but all of that was thrown into question in January when the restaurant suffered significant damage from a kitchen fire. Owner Mark Kreimer was forced to close and rebuild. But the West Side will always help one of its own. The community rallied around the restaurant—Whitewater Crossing even partnered with the restaurant, allowing Kreimer’s to hold events there, such as the Kreimer’s Bier Haus Fish Fry Nites in the spring, to help the restaurant pay its employees while the Kreimer family rebuilt. The restaurant reopened in June, better than ever. Diners can still enjoy the restaurant’s sauerkraut balls, pretzel bread, bier cheese and classic German dishes like the Schwein Chop (a char-boiled pork chop with fresh sauerkraut and housemade sauce with a potato pancake) and schnitzel. In addition to its German cuisine, Kreimer’s also serves hand-cut steaks, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, seafood and more. – Corinne Minard


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Chako Bakery Café

611 Main St., Covington, Ky. Located within Mainstrasse, Chako Bakery Café offers a taste of Japan with owner Hisako Okawa’s fresh-baked breads, cakes and pastries. Okawa, who goes by Chako, spent 28 years as a nurse in Japan before switching to cooking. She learned her skills at Le Cordon Bleu and Il Pleut Sur La Seine before coming to the United States. She worked out of her home and later the now-closed Crepe Café before opening Chako Bakery Café in 2017. Okawa says that Japanese baked goods are different in that they tend to be less sweet and use more seasonal fruits and vegetables. She says that in Japan, the produce sold in grocery stores reflects what’s grown that that time of the year. Thus, Okawa changes the menu to match the season. For example, she has a pumpkin bread for the fall. Okawa says Japanese baking also emphasizes natural ingredients. In her raspberry fruit roll cake, she uses raspberry juice in the cake dough and the cream and no artificial coloring. “Everything has to be natural,” she says. “And not too sweet.” Diners can also enjoy lunch at the café. She recommends trying the Karaage Sando (Japanese fried chicken sandwich), or Onigiri (Japanese rice ball). – Corinne Minard


JOE’S PIZZA NAPOLI 507 Chamber Drive | Milford, OH 45150 513-248-0082 | Hours: Tu-Th 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | F-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | Su 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Joe’s Pizza Napoli, a family-owned, authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza restaurant in Milford, mixes imported Italian ingredients with locally sourced ingredients for its tasty cuisine. The pizza dough is hand rolled daily and no microwave or freezer is used in the preparation of dishes. The restaurant serves handmade meatballs and sauce daily, using a recipe that has lasted four generations. In addition to ordering the meatballs as an appetizer, diners can try them on one of the restaurant’s signature pizzas, The Polpette (with hand-crushed San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy, ParmigianoReggiano cheese, Fior Di Latte cheese, housemade meatballs, roasted onions and ricotta) or The Lasagna (with housemade marinara sauce, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Fior Di Latte cheese, provolone, mozzarella, housemade meatballs, Italian sausage and ricotta). Joe’s Pizza Napoli serves both red and white sauce pizzas along with calzones, salads and desserts like the Nutella calzones with fresh fruit or ricotta and made to order cannoli. The restaurant also features wine (Italian and domestic), beer (Italian and local craft) on tap and imported Prosecco and Limoncello!

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Reflections on Leadership By Dan Hurley



resident Trump has clearly staked out one theme of his 2020 reelection rhetoric: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the “Squad” and the Democratic Party are socialists and un-American. No one should be surprised—this tactic has been used for a century. Since the closing days of World War I, smearing opponents as socialists, Bolsheviks, Reds or Communists has been an effective partisan tool, not only in national politics but also locally. The most instructive Cincinnati victim of America’s first Red Scare of 1919-20 was the Mohawk-Brighton Social Unit. Three years earlier, Mayor John Galvin, School Superintendent Ralph Condon and the Cincinnati Enquirer successfully lobbied the National Social Unit Organization (NSUO) to choose Cincinnati over 15 other cities to host a demonstration communitybased health care project. The experiment selected the Mohawk-Brighton neighborhood (northern West End), home to about 15,000 mostly working class people. Wilbur Phillips, the founder of the NSUO, believed that traditional social agencies failed to fundamentally change health outcomes because they operated with a top down model. Community leaders, medical professionals and social workers selected and delivered services they thought were important with no engagement by residents. In contrast, Phillips promised that the Mohawk-Brighton Social Unit (MBSUO) would promote “a type of democratic organization through which citizenship as a whole can participate directly in the control of community affairs, while at the same time making a constant use of the highest quality technical skill available.”


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“Charges of socialism and disloyalty, whether during the Red Scare of 1919, the McCarthyism of 1953 or today, always have one goal—to shut down any in-depth exploration of the issues that confront us as a dynamic society.” Residents of each of the 31 blocks in the neighborhood elected a representative to a Citizen’s Council. The doctors and nurses who served the neighborhood formed an Occupational Council. Representatives of each sat on a General Council that collaboratively prioritized community needs (based on data collected by block workers) and formulated strategies to address those needs. Opening in December 1917, the MohawkBrighton Social Unit quickly demonstrated measurable successes. At the request of residents, the Social Unit focused initially on prenatal and infant care. In the first year almost all pregnant women and over

86% of all infants received medical exams in the clinic. In the next year the program expanded to incorporate 1,075 neighborhood children under age 6. In early 1918 the Social Unit swung into action at the first news of the influenza outbreak, which quickly ballooned into a pandemic that killed an estimated 675,000 Americans and 20 to 50 million worldwide. Through targeted education and coordinated services in the clinic and in homes, only 2.26 per thousand residents of Mohawk Brighton died when the city as a whole lost 4.10 per thousand. But success could not save the Social Unit in the face of the Red Scare that

erupted in 1919 in reaction to the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Though the Social Unit spoke of “participatory democracy” and did not employ a socialist critique or rhetoric, the idea that working class residents would direct the services of doctors and nurses suddenly looked suspect to political and business leaders. Mayor John Galvin turned on the Social Unit, charging they represented an alien political philosophy and “a serious menace to our municipal government and but one step removed from Bolshevism.” The Red Scare of 1919 burned itself out by the late 1920, but the suspicion of socialism smoldered just below the surface through the dark days of the Great Depression in the 1930s and World War II. Coinciding with the onset of the Cold War, the fear of a Communism burst forth again. Beginning in 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy led a fevered hunt to identify anybody in government, military, media

or the entertainment industry who had any contact with socialists and communists. A local echo of McCarthyism roiled Cincinnati politics beginning in September 1953. The FBI secretly passed information to Cincinnati City Manager Wilbur Kellogg that Sydney Williams, the recently appointed director of city planning, had attended meetings of a Young Communist organization in the months after his discharge from the WWII Navy. Although Williams never joined the Communist Party and stopped attending the meetings because he disagreed with the Marxist analysis, the FBI report gave the city manager and the Republican minority on council the leverage to force his resignation. Because the controversy erupted in the midst of a council campaign, the Republican Party seized on this incident to flip the existing 5-4 Charter/Democratic council majority. Republicans demanded the resignation of two members of the Planning

Commission, architect and city planner Henry Bettman and businessman Wallace Collett, who had overseen Williams’ hiring. Republicans called public hearings and bought full-page ads in the newspapers headlined “Should Cincinnati Hire ExCommunists for Key Jobs in City Hall?” The Charter/Democrats countered with headlines that asked, “Should Cincinnati Citizens be Condemned Without a Fair Trial?” Local TV stations provided both sides with airtime. On Nov. 4, voters rejected the Republican message and sustained the 5-4 Charter/Democratic majority. The Bettman-Collett Affair lost steam. Charges of socialism and disloyalty, whether during the Red Scare of 1919, the McCarthyism of 1953 or today, always have one goal—to shut down any in-depth exploration of the issues that confront us as a dynamic society. n Dan Hurley is the president of Applied History Associates.

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Another View By Don Mooney



he dictionary defines a “boondoggle” as a “work or activity that is wasteful or pointless, but gives the appearance of having value.” Over at COAST (the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes), a local anti-tax group with a hyperactive Twitter feed, there’s no greater boondoggle than the Cincinnati streetcar. COAST activists twice asked voters to amend the City Charter to kill it, but lost both times. COAST thought the 2013 election of Mayor John Cranley would kill the streetcar. Nope. Streetcar derangement syndrome rages on, even after cars began to roll in 2016. COAST Twitter followers recently voted the streetcar the “worst boondoggle in Cincinnati history.” I beg to differ. Yes, streetcar ridership has not hit initial projections. But it carries about 475,000 riders annually. A comfortable, modern and convenient ride connects our riverfront, downtown entertainment venues, OTR’s bars and restaurants, Music Hall, Washington Park and Findlay Market. On a recent summer weekend, streetcars overflowed with families enjoying Smale Park, shoppers with veggies from Findlay Market, and Cubs fans spending some time (and money) before game time. All for a $1 fare. In addition, the streetcar is a key component of an urban renaissance that has attracted hundreds of millions of private investment to our central business district (CBD). I nominate a much worthier “biggest boondoggle” candidate: Paul Brow n 62

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Stadium. Look at the numbers. Construction costs. I n 19 9 6 , H a m i l t o n County voters approved a 0.5% sales tax to build new stadiums for the Paul Brown Stadium Bengals and Reds. PBS cost taxpayers $455 million, financed by and operating costs, the streetcar costs county issued bonds. taxpayers about $8.6 million this year, or In contrast, streetcar construction cost about $18 for each of those 475,000 rides. about $148 million, with a good chunk paid Rich, yes. But nowhere near the $66 per by the federal government. The city sold fan paid to subsidize wealthy team owners $90.4 million in bonds for its contribution. and their ticket buyers! Bottom line: PBS cost local taxpayers Of course, whether the streetcar or PBS about four times more than the streetcar. fit the definition of boondoggle as “wasteful Annual costs. Both PBS and the streetcar and pointless,” is your call. My view: the are already built. So a better comparison city’s streetcar investment has stimulated comes by examining what both projects all that new private investment, and draws cost taxpayers annually. thousands to spend their money in our If you add county bond payment and CBD. the additional operating costs and capital Judgment about the point or waste of PBS expenses required by what the Wall Street is easier for even longtime Bengals fans. In Journal called the worst stadium deal 1996, stadium tax proponents said a plush ever, then PBS costs taxpayers about $33 new Bengals stadium would burnish the million annually. town’s “major league” image, drawing The Bengals averaged about 50,000 in at- investment, jobs and civic glory! tendance last season, over 10 home games. The inability of our men in stripes to That means county taxpayers are paying win even one playoff game since moving about $66 for each seat sold by the Bengals. into their new playpen makes all that Put another way, a $100 ticket to watch money spent on PBS—recently estimated the home team lose again to the Steelers by WCPO at nearly $1 billion—the very would actually cost $166 without help from definition of “wasteful and pointless.” taxpayers. Now that’s a boondoggle! The Bengals have diminished Cincinnati’s How does that compare to the streetcar? brand, not burnished it. The city’s annual streetcar bond payments Will the Bengals erase their place in the total about $6 million. This year’s streetcar boondoggle hall of fame with a Super Bowl operating budget totals about $4.6 million. season in 2019-20? Who knows? Andy DalBut subtract fares, grants, sponsorship and ton might unearth his inner Joe Montana. a donation by Haile Foundation, which lo- May the Dey come! n cal taxpayers don’t cover. The net annual operating cost to taxpayers, paid mostly Don Mooney is an attorney, a past memfrom parking fees, is about $2.6 million. ber of the Cincinnati Planning CommisCombining the annual bond payments sion and is active in local politics.

Bronson-At-Large By Peter Bronson


A rendering of the proposed FC Cincinnati stadium in the West End


f Cincinnati could somehow win $250 million in the Powerball Lottery, half of City Council would probably vote to tear up the ticket. It has already happened. The biggest mega-millions jackpot in town is the new soccer team, FC Cincinnati. After its debut in 2016, the team won 23 straight games in the minor league USL and smashed expected attendance of 10,000 with a turnout of 14,000 at its first match. After that, attendance averaged 17,000. More than 25,700 seats were filled for the biggest match last year. This year’s top match drew 32,000 and was broadcast in 170 countries. FC Cincinnati also broke records to score its most important goal: a Major League Soccer franchise. Most teams need two or three years; FC Cincinnati did it in 277 days. The wins have tapered off after joining the big league. “It takes a bit of adjustment 64

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to transition from a minor league team to MLS,” says President Jeff Berding, “but compared to other expansion teams we are way ahead.” Fans apparently agree: Season ticket sales for the 2020 season rose 25 percent. Local enthusiasm is visible in the blueand-orange team colors seen all over town on team jerseys, bumper-stickers, hats, socks, coffee cups and banners. Cincinnati ranks second among MLS markets for online merchandise sales. Berding says he saw the future of soccer in his children’s sports. “I saw that my kids liked soccer the way I liked Major League Baseball and the Big Red Machine when I was growing up. But they had to root for [England’s] Manchester United. That wasn’t right. They didn’t have a hometown team. Soccer is played by more people than all other sports combined. I could see that we had to get ahead of it in Cincinnati or we would not be included.”

He had an option to own a minor league team and took that to the Bengals and then the Reds, but both declined. That’s when Carl H. Lindner III, chairman of American Financial Group, called him and said, “Let’s talk.” Now FC Cincinnati is building a $250 million stadium in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, the West End, without the hundreds of millions in taxpayer subsidies given to the Reds and Bengals. An economic impact study by Ohio State University said the stadium will bring economic benefits that include: - $62 million from team spending and visitor spending. - $560-597 million of economic benefits from three years of construction. - $200-215 million in wages and salaries. - 2,200-2,600 jobs. In addition, FC Cincinnati will pay state and local taxes and build a new Stargel Stadium for Taft High School to the tune of $10 million.

The FC Cincinnati parade seemed unstoppable—until it arrived at City Hall, where Major League Soccer was nearly defeated by minor-league politics. There were shakedowns and posturing, cheap shots and faked injuries that should have drawn more yellow flags than a Bengals playoff meltdown. Community leaders, Cincinnati Public Schools, council members, small businesses, residents of low-income housing and even the Cincinnati Ballet lined up to demand a piece of the action ($1 million for “sound mitigation” at the ballet’s practice building). The team sweetened the pot with a Community Benefits Agreement for the West End valued at $50 million in youth programs, hiring, training, housing and other community improvements. When low-income renters held up the deal by demanding to be relocated, “We accepted responsibility to move the tenants,” says Berding. “Nobody is going to be homeless. Some were paying $25 a month in rent, and we offered $2,500 and moving expenses. I don’t begrudge the poor individuals who used it to get a little bit of help in life that they needed. Good for them. We helped some people.” But four council members still would not vote for the stadium: Tamaya Dennard, Wendell Young, Greg Landsman and Chris Seelbach. “I went door to door in the West End,” Berding says. “People there are supportive and hopeful. But there were professional agitators and community arsonists who don’t let facts get in their way. They were just in it to draw attention to themselves.

Jeff Berding, president of FC Cincinnati

A rendering of the inside of the proposed stadium for FC Cincinnati I was surprised they had as much influence as they did at City Hall. More than anything, that was the disappointment. “The politicians used us. They used us for political gain.” The local media were another problem. Berding says stories often quoted an expert who compared the FCC stadium to the Reds and Bengals deal—without pointing out a critical difference: The soccer stadium is privately funded, except for $32 million in infrastructure. The Reds and Bengals got a half-cent sales tax subsidy to raise $600 million. “I have enough history in civics and politics and development, so I knew we would face challenges,” says Berding, who served on city council and worked for the Bengals until he took the FC Cincinnati job. “But with our investment and the track record of our owners for doing good things, I hoped that would ameliorate it.” Not quite. One vocal opponent ranted about “corporate gangsters who come in and take over a community.” Councilman Seelbach echoed that with, “I just don’t think taxpayers should subsidize making wealthy people wealthier, especially when we have other priorities.” “That was disappointing, to have good people described as having bad motives,” Berding says. A team press release says FC Cincinnati owner Lindner “has a life-long passion for Cincinnati: building businesses, employing thousands, raising families here and contributing to many philanthropic efforts to support our community.” That’s modest. Nobody, including Procter & Gamble, has done more for

Cincinnati than the Lindner family. The late Carl H. Lindner Jr. started with icecream stores, supermarkets and banks, then brought multinational corporation headquarters to Cincinnati. The public and private philanthropy by Lindner and his sons is everywhere: schools, hospitals, arts, sports, amusement parks, mental health, universities, churches, museums, recreation centers and countless quiet donations. The Queen City Tower headquarters of American Financial Group is just the skyline-visible part of the Lindners’ contributions. Berding says it’s foolish for council members to attack “the biggest private investment in our community in decades.” “I don’t think they were helpful. There’s a danger to not taking the long-term view. They don’t have sufficient experience to understand what it means to run a business.” Mayor John Cranley agrees. It worries him that Cincinnati was just one vote away from blocking the stadium. “Sadly, it’s all true. It squeaked by 5-4, but with a lot of torture on the way,” he says. “If we didn’t have strong leadership from Jeff, it wouldn’t have passed. To see this and the [$550 million] Children’s Hospital expansion pass 5-4 is frightening. And, God forbid, after the next election it could get worse.” If Publisher’s Clearing House showed up at City Hall with a $1 million check, about half of council members would probably yell, “Get off my lawn.” And that scares off other investment in the city. “We need jobs and tax base to grow our population,” Cranley says. He’s not counting on winning the lottery. n w w w.

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irst Watch didn’t start in Cincinnati, but it was pretty close. According to co-founder and Executive Chairman Ken Pendery, First Watch opened in Cincinnati after successful launches in California and Florida. Pendery and his brother Paul grew up in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and wanted to bring First Watch to their home. “There’s a little flair, a little flavor in Cincinnati that you don’t find elsewhere,” he says. “I think they’re a wonderful community.” First Watch opened its first Cincinnati location in Kenwood in 1991 and has only grown since. Today, the Tristate has 12 restaurants that touch all parts of the region, from Anderson to Harrison Greene and Liberty Township to Florence, Kentucky. “We move behind our management, we don’t move behind location. They pick where they want to live and we move behind,” says Pendery. “Cincinnati is growing more… so there’s a lot of opportunity to First Watch has 12 restaurants in the Cincinnati area.


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building and growing today that probably didn’t exist 10, 15 years ago.” What hasn’t changed is First Watch’s commitment to the community, particularly in the Cincinnati area. Almost every location sponsors a local baseball or soccer team. Restaurants also support art festivals, other teams or even large events like the Flying Pig Marathon. “We support the local things that go on that don’t always happen in every community but certainly do in Cincinnati,” adds Pendery. Another way First Watch looks to incorporate Cincinnati flavor is through its menu. Five times a year, First Watch restaurants change up their seasonal menu to reflect the time of year. “Our culinary department is great about rotating in specials that can be local and can be seasonal. We use seasonal ingredients a lot of times and I think it keeps a freshness to our menu and a creative side to our menu,” says Pendery. For example, the Tristate’s current fall menu includes items like braised short rib benedict and butternut squash bisque. But a local favorite that Pendery can’t get enough of? “I’d say if we could find more things like goetta we would do it in a second,” he says.

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In addition, much of the restaurants’ local flavor comes from the people working them. “Everything we can do that there’s local flair to it is great. Most of that flair is in the people,” he says. “We always go behind the great people we attract and they’ll expand the market and their menu from there.” More than 28 years after the first Cincinnati restaurant was opened, Pendery remains proud of First Watch’s Cincinnati connection. “First Watch in Cincinnati is extremely proud to be there. We’re proud of the people, we’re proud of the menu, we’re very proud of our location. We’re happy to be there,” he says. n

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hile Cincinnati’s Catholic high schools are welcoming back their students through the first half of the new school year, they also have an eye on prospective students yet to enter ninth grade. For middle school students and their families who are thinking about where to attend high school, the secondary education institutions of the archdiocese hold open houses to help

them experience what its schools can offer. Vince Woodall, deputy superintendent for operational vitality with the Archbishop McNicholas High School is one of many Archdiocese of Cincin- Catholic schools that hosts an open house. nati, and Adam Kremer, the archdiocese’s high school regional the individual atmospheres, offerings director, describe it as the first way for and benefits of Cincinnati’s Catholic students and families to experience high schools.

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“I think when you go to the open houses for our high schools, you experience something very different at each of them,” says Kremer. Both acknowledge that parents shop around among possible high schools more than they used to, so the open houses and various other forms of pre-enrollment visitation take on greater importance. Some area schools, like Elder and Saint Ursula Academy, also offer shadow days, which allow an eighth grader to accompany a current student through their class schedule. Many have other one-day or evening events outside of the open houses that highlight student life or other aspects of the Catholic high school experience. But attending an open house is one of the primary ways for prospective students and their families to get the entire experience—from classroom tours and question-and-answer sessions to spirit demonstrations and glimpses into student programs—all in one day. Woodall says it’s a way for each Catholic high school to display their commitment to faith and academics while also displaying some of the unique qualities each has, citing Purcell Marian’s career-minded courses in science, technology, engineer-

ing and mathematics and La Salle’s drama department and renovated black box theater as examples. “A lot of [each] open house falls back to current students,” Woodall says, “because it’s really the current students leading the charge for so much of it.” That student involvement in each open house provides a much clearer picture for prospective students about how they think they’ll fit in at a school—the current students become ambassadors that can ratify a family’s first choice for high school or make them think more highly of one they weren’t initially considering. Around the end of the year, eighth graders take their high school placement test and list up to four schools they’d like to attend, which underscores the importance of attending multiple open houses. To be eligible for scholarships based on academic performance, students need to take the test before the start of December. While their children are engaging with current students and other members of each school during the open houses, parents can interact with teachers and administrative faculty to ask their questions. These sessions are as much about

parents feeling good about where they’re sending their child to high school as they are about prospective students finding the place where they’ll spend the majority of the next four years. n

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Guide to Private School Open Houses

2019-20 Private School Open House Dates Aldersgate Christian Academy 1810 Young St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-763-6655, March 12, 6-7 p.m.

Archbishop Moeller High School 9001 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-791-1680, Nov. 3, 2-5 p.m.

Archbishop Alter High School 940 East David Road, Kettering, OH 45429 937-434-4434, Oct. 20, 1-4 p.m.

Archbishop McNicholas High School 6536 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230 513-231-3500, Oct. 27, 1-4 p.m.

Cincinnati Christian Schools Elementary: 7350 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH 45014, 513-874-8500 JH/HS: 7474 Morris Road, Fairfield, OH 45011, 513-892-8500 Nov. 16, Elementary 1-3 p.m., JH/HS 3-5 p.m.

Bishop Fenwick High School 4855 state Route 122, Franklin, OH 45005 513-423-0723, Nov. 10, 1-3 p.m.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 8283 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 513.247.0900, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Guide to Private School Open Houses Covington Catholic High School 1600 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, KY 41011 859-491-2247, Nov. 3, 1-4 p.m.

Holy Cross District High School 3617 Church St., Covington, KY 41015 859-431-1335, Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m.

Mercy McAuley High School 6000 Oakwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224 513-681-1800, Nov. 10, 1-3:30 p.m.

La Salle High School 3091 North Bend Road, Cincinnati, OH 45239 513-741-2365, Nov. 10, 1-4 p.m.

DePaul Cristo Rey High School 1133 Clifton Hills Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220 513-861-0600, Oct. 24, 4-8 p.m. Elder High School 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205 513-921-3744, Nov. 14, 5-8 p.m.

Miami Valley Christian Academy 6830 School St., Cincinnati, OH 45244 513-272-6822, Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Liberty Bible Academy 4900 Old Irwin Simpson Road, Mason, OH 45040 513-754-1234, Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mars Hill Academy 4230 Aero Drive, Mason, OH 45040 513770-3223, Nov. 9, 9:30-11 a.m.

Mount Notre Dame High School 711 E. Columbia Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45215 513-821-3044, Nov. 3, 1-4 p.m.

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Seton High School 3901 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205 513-471-2600, Nov. 7, 5:30-8 p.m. Notre Dame Academy 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills, KY 41011 859-261-4300, Nov. 3, 1-3 p.m. Purcell Marian High School 2935 Hackberry St., Cincinnati, OH 45206 513-751-1230, Nov. 3, 2-5 p.m. Roger Bacon High School 4320 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45217 513-641-1300, Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m. Royalmont Academy 200 Northcrest Drive, Mason, OH 45040 513-754-0555, Nov. 10, 2-4 p.m. & Jan. 26, 2-4 p.m.

Stephen T. Badin High School 571 New London Road, Hamilton, OH 45013 513-863-3993, Nov. 3, 1-4 p.m.

St. Ursula Academy 1339 E. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45206 513-961-3410, Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m. St. Xavier High School 600 W. North Bend Road, Cincinnati, OH 45224 513-761-7600, Nov. 17, 1-4 p.m.

St. Ann Catholic School 3064 Pleasant Ave., Hamilton, OH 45015 513-863-0604, Jan. 26, 12-3 p.m. St. Henry District High School 3755 Scheben Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018 859-525-0255, Nov. 17, 1-4 p.m.

The Seven Hills School 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 513-728-2400, Oct. 20, 12:30-2:30 p.m. The Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-871-4700, Nov. 21, 6:30-9 p.m.

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Meeting the Needs


By Eric Spangler


e may be the superintendent of Great Oaks Career Campuses, but that’s not Harry Snyder’s title. Officially, Snyder’s title is president and CEO. That’s because Great Oaks Career Campuses, one of the largest careertechnical school districts in the country, is truly an alliance with businesses in the region so his title reflects the terminology that companies use and understand, says Snyder. “It’s really business and industry creating our programs that best suit them,” he says. How closely are Great Oaks and businesses intertwined? Take Great Oaks’ aviation maintenance technician program at its Laurel Oaks campus. “It is a program that is aligned with the Federal Aviation Administration’s general airframe and power plant certificate,” he says. The program uses the same equipment and tools to work on an airframe that an FAA-certificated airframe mechanic

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Great Oaks offers a variety of career and technical training, including nursing, for high school students. would use and the curriculum is created in conjunction with businesses in the aircraft industry. That same cooperation with businesses runs throughout the 31 career and technical education programs Great Oaks offers the 2,800 junior and senior high school students enrolled in this year’s classes. Those high school students from 36 area school districts are prepared for careers and college at the four campuses—Diamond, Laurel, Live and Scarlet. The high school programs include career and technical training in such varied fields as automotive technology; commercial and residential electricity; construction technologies; cosmetology; culinary arts and hospitality services; dental assisting; engineering technologies and robotics; firefighting/emergency medical services; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; law enforcement; secondary practical nursing and welding. The key to making sure students are prepared for a career and college is always adapting to the needs of businesses, says Snyder. An example of that adaptation is one of the most popular programs at Great Oaks—web applications and game development.

“What’s happening is the industries are adapting to new technologies so our career-tech schools have to adjust to that changing environment,” he says. In addition to high school students, adults can choose a dozen full-time programs as well as part-time career certification classes and short-term classes for enjoyment and lifelong learning at Great Oaks Career Campuses. Snyder says Great Oaks will touch about 17,000 adults this year through those programs. The majority of adult students—about 14,000—are in the public safety service sectors, he says. “So if you’re a firefighter you might have to be recertified in CPR or fire tower rappelling or fire hose maintenance. If you’re a police officer you might have to be recertified in firearms and we have a firing range.” In Hamilton County alone 30 different municipalities use Great Oaks facilities for continuing education opportunities, Snyder says. “So we touch a lot of our communities,” he says. And that’s the reason that Great Oaks has thrived the past 50 years, he says. “Because we do provide innovative career tech training that empowers not only our students but our communities,” says Snyder. n



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From Homebrew to

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The true story behind Braxton Beer, the brewery’s family ties and VIVE


top if you’ve heard this story before. Hometown kid with a passion for beer starts homebrewing in his garage. A few years later, and he and his brother have turned that hobby into a bustling craft brewery. It sure sounds like a familiar tale. Except the details behind Braxton Brewing’s founding are a little more intricate and interesting than just that. And given the growth of its latest product, VIVE, a local hard seltzer, it’s a company that could also be on pace for some big change in the future, says CEO Jake Rouse. He’s that latter brother, by the way. And to get the true story, you’ll have to start with him. 78

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Fast-Paced Startups Rouse’s career, it turns out, starts far from the confines of a beer hall. It’s an ongoing joke at Braxton today that he’s not allowed anywhere near production. (That’s a job still largely reserved for Evan Rouse, that aforementioned hometown kid. Evan started to homebrew—winning competitions—before he could even legally drink, at age 16, Jake says.) Jake studied entrepreneurship at Indiana University and, afterward, joined a tech company in Indianapolis called ExactTarget. He spent four and a half years there, where he says he “learned a lot about high growth, fast-paced startups.” Around the same time, Evan was start-

ing to brew beer in the family’s garage on Braxton Drive in Union, Kentucky. While Jake “never thought” he would leave tech, he saw an opportunity. A 52-page business plan followed. Eighteen months later, in March 2015, Braxton made its debut. “We never did really expect all of this. In all honesty, when we started the brewery, we thought we were a little late to the game,” Rouse says. “We thought the market had already seen its explosion, but I think since we located ourselves in Northern Kentucky versus Cincinnati, that really helped us.” In less than five years, Braxton has grown to Greater Cincinnati’s third largest craft brewery. And 2019 has been just as nuts:

We’ve had a lot of products that flopped, that we put a lot of money into, but that’s what innovation is all about. You work really hard to create products you’re proud of, and every once in awhile, you find one that hits. —Jake Rouse Braxton has opened a new rooftop bar at its headquarters in Covington this summer; is adding a third location in Fort Mitchell in October, at the former Remke site on Dixie Highway, that will focus on bourbon and barrel-aged beer; and is poised to nearly double production over last year. Oh, and VIVE, its own hard seltzer, is going gangbusters. In August, Braxton inked a deal to be the official hard seltzer of the Cincinnati Bengals. For Rouse, not only does that mean increased brand recognition but, as a lifelong fan, it’s also just flat out cool. “It’s just awesome to know that we’re able to work with the team and grow together and do these things,” he says. “That doesn’t happen in a lot of other industries.”

VIVE: A Game Changer Braxton may be most well known for beers like Storm and Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Stout, and its “Lift One to Life” philosophy, but it’s VIVE that’s proving to be a game changer. Growth in the hard seltzer market—led by brands like Truly and White Claw—has surged. It’s a category currently worth $550 million, and some estimate it could grow to reach $2.5 billion by 2021. Rouse credits Braxton’s innovative style to VIVE’s quick launch—making the drink requires unique and new equipment. He says Braxton was first-to-market in Cincinnati to release an adult beverage of this kind. “People younger than myself—I’m 29—and people in college, they’re either not drinking or they’re trying to drink healthier,” Rouse says. “We’ve seen this happen in beer forever. Mich Ultra is growing at an absurd rate. The seltzer category also plays toward that health and wellness trend, and I don’t see growth slowing in that category for less than five years.” Braxton’s growth means many things. For Rouse, he’s able to delegate to other key leaders. To take the family angle

full circle, the two hired their dad, Greg Rouse, in January 2018 to be the chief operating officer. He brings decades of corporate experience. As the top boss, Jake Rouse’s day-to-day varies, but he still works closely with all facets of the operation, from sales, to marketing, taprooms and production. It means continued growth for Covington, where Braxton has been absolutely catalytic for the city’s revitalization. The brewery’s new 5,000-square-foot rooftop was more than just a scenic add-on. The company had outgrown its space but spent $5 million to expand its footprint, a move that meant purchasing its building at 27 W. Seventh St. “We had to make a decision,” Rouse says. “Did we want to stay local and, if so, how were we going to make this a destination location? And we didn’t really want to leave [Covington] by any stretch of the imagination.” There’s now more space for production. Braxton has 66 employees in all and sells

beer in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee; that will expand. Production will top 25,000 barrels in 2019, up from 17,000 last year. And there’s even more focus on VIVE. “It’s changing everything,” Rouse says. He predicts the seltzer, which Braxton debuted early this year and includes flavors like mango, lime and blood orange, could be bigger than Braxton itself. “We’re learning a lot about the category, and we think there’s a lot more potential for VIVE to play in other states than our beer,” Rouse says. “It’s given us an opportunity to grow in ways we never imagined. And don’t get me wrong, we’ve had a lot of failure as well; we’ve had a lot of products that flopped, that we put a lot of money into, but that’s what innovation is all about. You work really hard to create products you’re proud of, and every once in awhile, you find one that hits.” And for Rouse, maybe VIVE could make an interesting segue if he ever moves on from craft beer. There’s no immediate plans for that. But he’s thinking up new ideas all the time. It’s hard to leave that entrepreneurial spirit behind. “We’re very happy with the business we’re building, it’s been really great, but I don’t know if this is the last thing I’ll ever do,” he says. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity to continue to grow in the beverage industry, and I definitely see a couple ideas that we’ve been kicking around that don’t necessarily fit for Braxton but could be businesses in the future. Who knows where it goes?” n

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e live in an era when cybersecurity is a real and pressing concern for individuals and businesses alike. That’s why a firm like GBQ Partners—one that most might associate with accounting and finance services—has expanded its scope to include helping businesses with their information technology (IT) needs. GBQ’s director of IT services, Doug Davidson, describes information security as something that aligns well with accounting practices. Data has become as important to protect as money and the oversight of IT is akin to accountants watching over a company’s wealth and value. “We’re business advisers in this space, not just technology advisers,” says Davidson, explaining that GBQ helps integrate IT beyond software and hardware, looking at how to protect information in interactions

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with third parties—whether vendors or clients—as well as internal communications, bringing on new employees and more. He compares failing to have cybersecurity measures in place to building a house but not putting any locks on the doors. “It needs to become a regular part of how we think about business these days,” Davidson says, adding that companies should equally value having thorough backups of their information in case the safeguards in place fail to stop a cyberattack, like a ransomware infection. IT professionals like Davidson see it all the time—companies often don’t know where to start with cybersecurity or have made information security a low priority because of budget constraints, company size or a general lack of urgency. “The reality is not if it’s going to happen,” Davidson cautions, “it’s when it’s going to happen.” Recent statistics validate that dire warning. A 2018 joint study from the Ponemon Institute and Keeper Securit y shows that two-thirds of small businesses have had some sort of cyber attack during the previous year. It goes to show that it’s not only corporate giants that are vulnerable or targeted. GBQ and Davidson understand that this is a persistent and growing issue for companies of any size. Their IT services can help companies protect their information while adding value and efficiency through auditing, updating and monitoring a business’ IT infrastructure. But there are also ways for companies to self-audit their cybersecurity and improve on their own. The first step is to educate employees and

Doug Davidson, director of IT services for GBQ Partners

management on the risks in day-to-day activities so they learn how to recognize and avoid phishing attempts, malware and the unsecure sharing of valuable information. The first guard against IT breaches is a constant vigilance and caution, as many cyberattacks originate with hackers casting wide nets through misleading emails or hyperlinks as opposed to directly targeting infrastructure. Businesses can also rely on recent legislation for guidance. The Ohio Data Protection Act, signed into law in November 2018, points to several industry-recognized frameworks for cybersecurity for companies to refer to and compare with their current security measures. GBQ often utilizes the 20 controls and resources listed by the Center for Internet Security (which can be found at cis-controls-list) as a good way to compare existing IT infrastructure to current best practices and find what flaws need to be addressed. n

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Holiday Event Planner Guide 2019

Shaking Up the Company

Holiday Party


By Corinne Minard

Cincinnati Circus can add entertainment, such as aerial acrobats, to your company holiday party.


he annual holiday party is a timehonored tradition of many a company. It’s an opportunity to thank your employees for all their hard work with good food, good drink and, hopefully, some good fun. The holiday party is here to stay, but does it have to stay the same? For companies looking to shake things up,

there are entertainment and venue options throughout the region to help them bring something new to this annual party.

CINCINNATI CIRCUS A simple way to mix things up is to add entertainment. Cincinnati Circus, an event and talent service that specializes

in circus entertainment, works with many companies to create the ideal holiday party for their employees. Owner Dave Willacker says his company is able to add something new to parties with activities and entertainment like casino nights, gameshows, murder mysteries, hypnotism or mind reading, and other party entertainment. w w w.

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LEFT: A Cincinnati Circus champagne dress girl ABOVE: Cincinnati Circus also provides special holiday performances.

that companies (and their employees) are enjoying the new energy they bring to parties. Cincinnati Circus has provided entertainment for parties as small as 20 and as large as 500. Willacker says that he works with companies to provide the entertainment that best fits their company and party. “If you’re a company that’s doing one every year, they’re working to mix it up. … Now they’re like, ‘What else do we have?’” he says. “We deliver a great show and great evening for people, so we’re just going to chat about it and then we’ll figure it out from there.” Cincinnati Circus. 513-921-5454,


“Our performers dress up and sometimes they’re dressing up as elves. Sometimes just holiday light costuming,” he says. “When we get closer to New Year’s, it’s not uncommon to have champagne dress girls or giant martini glasses with girls handing out beads or something at the entrance. We offer aerial acrobats and aerial bartending just to go with the unique thread.” 84

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Lately, however, Willacker has been surprised by how many companies are requesting comedy sideshows for their parties. “I was shocked the first time we booked a sideshow for a holiday party. But it killed,” he says. These comedy shows are often designed for adults and done in a very tongue-in-cheek way, but Willacker says

For some, the holidays are an ideal time to get away. While most companies can’t whisk their employees away to another city or state, Tristate businesses can take their staff on a river cruise thanks to BB Riverboats. “We offer all types of riverboat cruises including lunch, brunch, sightseeing and dinner cruises. We have many specialty events throughout the year as well, from wine and bourbon tastings to all-day adventures through one of the lock and dams on the river,” says Ben Bernstein, captain and chief financial officer for the company. The family-owned company, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, has two boats available for parties—the

Holiday Event Planner Guide 2019 Belle of Cincinnati and the River Queen. Events on both ships are fully customizable. “We have arranged and been requested everything in the book. If there is something you want to send your event over the top, our sales managers will be happy to arrange it for you,” says Bernstein. While the view is certainly spectacular, BB Riverboats also prides itself on the food it’s able to offer. Bernstein says that Executive Chef Jesus Picazo will work with companies to design a menu that best fits their party. BB Riverboats can also help with the party planning itself, entertainment, décor and even party favors. For those who would like to stay close to land, though, BB Riverboats recently opened a new event center and dock facility called River’s Edge at Newport Landing. It can accommodate more than 200 guests and is located right on the water. “It is complete with a wraparound deck with unobstructed views of downtown Cincinnati,” says Bernstein. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Kentucky. 855-2017-7069,

BB Riverboats can host special holiday cruises for companies.

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NEWPORT AQUARIUM Another location with a view is Newport Aquarium at Newport on the Levee. “We have two very unique views. We have the beautiful view of Cincinnati [in the Riverside Room], but then we also have the views of all of our exotic animals that

we have on exhibit. Those animals include sharks, stingrays and a giant Pacific octopus. We are the only location where you get both,” says Sheena Minix, general sales manager. For daytime events (such as a lunch), the aquarium has its Riverside Room. “This

Newport Aquarium’s Surrounded by Sharks tunnel

is the ballroom that overlooks the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline,” she says. Companies that choose this option receive tickets to the aquarium, private access to the room and the option of a holiday buffet. Larger companies looking for an evening event can rent the entire aquarium. “The entire aquarium is theirs to explore privately with their employees and guests. There is no other daytime guest that will have access to any part of the event,” says Minix. “It’s just a completely different vibe. It’s a different way to experience the aquarium.” Minix says that companies that have chosen this option have hosted both adults-only and family-friendly parties. No matter the party, each company has access to many of the same perks at the aquarium. “With a rental at the aquarium, every exhibit is open and staffed. So what every daytime guest would encounter the party guest will encounter as well. Those experiences include petting our stingrays in Stingray Hideaway, as well as petting sharks in Shark Central. And then my

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A company cocktail hour can be hosted in Newport Aquarium’s Stingray Hideaway.

favorite is crossing our Shark Bridge,” says Minix. The Newport Aquarium also gives companies many options, including the use of its in-house caterer, up-close animal encounters, a dive show with Scuba Santa, face painting and caricatures, or photos that can be given to employees at the end of the party. “People are just looking for something different,” adds Minix. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Kentucky. 859-815-1466,

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The venue, which is home to both an indoor model train display and escape room challenge, has hosted a variety of different parties. It has hosted intimate private lunches, escape room events and private parties that take over the entire facility. “We do a lot of the family-oriented Christmas parties for sure, but we do have some unique things that we’ve done for adults-only Christmas parties as well,” says Chrissy Potter, groups and event manager for the facility. Families can enjoy the train display and walk through the Christmas Journey to visit Santa. EnterTRAINment Junction’s special holiday-themed family escape room is also returning this year. “If you’re looking for a family-friendly corporate Christmas party you can still incorporate

the escape room because the puzzles are a little bit easier. It’s definitely geared toward the family being able to solve but Christmas-themed,” says Potter. Adults-only events can feature extras like cocktail bars, use of all of the escape rooms and even outside entertainment. The facility can host events as small as 30 and as large as 250. “[One] holiday party that we do every year, it’s for a company out of Middletown, and it’s an adults-only thing. They let everyone play in the escape room, they have a cocktail hour [and] they have a blast,” she says. “It’s one of the most fun parties that we get to host.” EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester. 513-898-8000 x203, n





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Event Location Listings 20th Century Theater 3021 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45209 513-731-8000

American Sign Museum 1330 Monmouth Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45225 513-541-6366

Axis Alley 1 Levee Way, Suite 1112 Newport, KY 41071 859-652-7250

21c Museum Hotel 609 Walnut St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-578-6612

Anderson Center 7850 Five Mile Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 513-688-8444

The Backstage Event Center 625 Walnut St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-550-1869

ALoft Newport on the Levee 201 E. Third St. Newport, KY 41071 859-916-5306

Anderson Pavilion 8 E. Mehring Way Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-978-1821

BB Riverboats 101 Riverboat Row Newport, KY 41071 859-872-4196

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Behringer-Crawford Museum 1600 Montague Road Covington, KY 41011 859-491-4003

Centre Park of West Chester 5800 Muhlhauser Road West Chester, OH 45069 513-874-2744

Belterra Casino Resort & Spa 777 Belterra Drive Florence, IN 47020 888-440-4498

Chart House 405 Riverboat Row Newport, KY 41071 859-261-0300

Belterra Park 6301 Kellogg Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 513-232-8000

Chateau Pomije Winery 25043 Jacob Road Guilford, IN 47022 812-623-8004

Carlo & Johnny 9769 Montgomery Road Montgomery, OH 45242 513-936-8600

Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-639-2995

The Cincinnatian Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton 601 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-381-3000 Cincinnati Marriott North at Union Centre 6189 Muhlhauser Road West Chester, OH 45069 513-874-7335 Cincinnati Marriott at Rivercenter 10 W. RiverCenter Blvd. Covington, KY 41011 859-392-3725 Cincinnati Music Hall 1241 Elm St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-744-3241




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Holiday Event Planner Guide 2019 Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden 3400 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45220 513-487-3481

Cooper Creek Event Center 4040 Cooper Road Blue Ash, OH 45241 513-745-8596

EnterTRAINment Junction 7379 Squire Court West Chester, OH 45069 513-898-8000

Coney Island 6201 Kellogg Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45230 513-232-8230

Dave & Buster’s 11775 Commons Drive Springdale, OH 45246 513-671-5501

Event Center at Longworth Hall 700 West Pete Rose Way Cincinnati, OH 45203 513-721-6000

Contemporary Arts Center 44 E. Sixth St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-345-8415

deSha’s 11320 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45249 513-505-6212

Fairfield Community Arts Center 411 Wessel Drive Fairfield, OH 45014 513-867-5348


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Hilton Cincinnati Airport 7373 Turfway Road Florence, KY 41042 859-371-4400

Hollywood Casino & Hotel 777 Hollywood Blvd. Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 888-274-6797

Great American Ball Park 100 Joe Nuxhall Way Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-765-765-7237

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza 35 W. Fifth St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-421-9100

Jack Casino 1000 Broadway St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-252-0777

Great Wolf Lodge 2501 Great Wolf Drive Mason, OH 45040 513-229-5817

Hofbrauhaus 200 E. Third St. Newport, KY 41071 859-491-7200

Jeff Ruby’s Cincinnati 700 Walnut St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-784-1200

Hotel Covington 638 Madison Ave. Covington, KY 41042 859-905-6600

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Cincinnati Eastgate 4501 Eastgate Blvd. Cincinnati, OH 45245 513-752-4400

Krohn Conservatory 1501 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-221-2610

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NKY Bourbon Festival - Tasting Party

Cincinnati Coffee Festival

Sept 26th, Hilton Cincinnati Airport

Oct. 11th, Duke Energy Convention

Celebrating Northern Kentucky community’s bourbon heritage and it’s growing local distillery and culinary scene! Come sample from some of the most well known brands, the best restaurants of NKY, and talk to experts and learn more about bourbon and its growing impact to our region.

FREE samples of coffee, tea, chocolate, pastries, and more! Access to vendor booths, demonstrations and workshops, the hugely popular Latte Art Throwdown, The Art of Coffee, and live music from some of the area’s best musicians.

2019 Bras with Flair

Best of the North

Oct. 4th, Macy’s - Tri-County Mall

Oct. 23rd, Manor House

Enjoy: Exclusive Macy’s discounts, a fabulous fashion show, DJ, refreshments, fun photo booth, bidding on bedazzled bras decorated by local celebrities/artists paired with amazing silent auction items. All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Southwest Ohio!

The Best of the North is a celebration and competition between the top establishments from North Cincinnati. The event will feature booths hosted by participating Best of the North finalists from categories including food, retail, and service organizations. At the event, you will sample and vote on who will win in each category!

Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Doc Talk

Hyde Park Center Sapphire Gala

Oct. 10th, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Nov. 1st, The Summit Hotel

Enjoy a complimentary lunch as Dr. Shalini Gupta, owner of The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center, discusses the differences and benefits of various body sculpting options currently on the market.

The festivities will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a live auction and a presentation by Dr. Richard Warm, Director of the Center for Wisdom and Leadership. Funds raised at the Gala will be used to provide vital services to program participants.

Fall Fun Fête

Murder Mystery Dinner Murder In The Vineyard

Oct. 10th, Watson’s Enjoy: Girls night, date night or fun for the whole family with food, wine/beer tastings, design workshops, kids games, movies and more! First 100 attendees receive $100 off coupon with purchase.

Oct. 10th, Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant Murder Mystery & Dinner. We welcome Duffy Hudson with Sharpo Murder Mysteries back for what promises to be an amazing evening full of good food, fun with friends, and laughter.

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Holiday Event Planner Guide 2019 Madison Event Center 700 Madison Ave. Covington, KY 41011 859-261-1117

Meier’s Wine Cellars 6955 Plainfield Road Cincinnati, OH 45236 513-891-2900

Manor House 7440 S. Mason-Montgomery Road Mason, OH 45040 513-459-0177

The Metropolitan Club 50 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Ste. 1900 Covington, KY 41011 859-491-2400

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant 21 E. Fifth St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-721-9361

Miami Valley Gaming 6000 State Route 63 Lebanon, OH 45036 513-934-7070

McHale’s Catering Five Locations: Drees Pavilion, Cincinnati Club, Gardens of Park Hills, Grand Ballroom and Pinnacle Ballroom 859-442-7776


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Morton’s The Steakhouse 441 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-621-3111

Nathanael Greene Lodge & Reception Hall 6394 Wesselman Road Cincinnati, OH 45248 513-598-3100 National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 50 E. Freedom Way Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-333-7739 Newport Aquarium 1 Aquarium Way Newport, KY 41071 859-815-1466 The Newport Syndicate 18 E. Fifth St. Newport, KY 41071 859-491-8000

Nicholson’s 625 Walnut St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-550-1869 Nicola’s Restaurant 1420 Sycamore St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-721-6200 Norlyn Manor 4440 State Route 132 Batavia, OH 45103 513-732-9500 Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road Loveland, OH 45140 513-583-8383

The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’sFairfield 5440 Dixie Highway Fairfield, OH 45014 513-674-6055 Parkers Blue Ash Tavern 4200 Cooper Road Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-891-8300 Paul Brown Stadium 1 Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-455-4830 The Phoenix 812 Race St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-721-8901

Pompilio’s Restaurant 600 Washington Ave. Newport, KY 41071 859-581-3065 The Precinct 311 Delta Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45226 513-321-5454 Primavista 810 Matson Place Cincinnati, OH 45204 513-251-6467 Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront 668 W. Fifth St. Covington, KY 41011 859-491-8600

Nathanael Greene Lodge is located fifteen minutes from downtown Cincinnati in the heart of Green Township. The parklike setting is perfect for an intimate ceremony under the new outdoor gazebo or to have a reception in the 50 foot cathedral ceiling Continental Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 200 guests. Nathanael Greene Lodge also has the perfect setting for a memorable birthday party, stress free rehearsal dinner, or enjoyable family gathering. The Mulberry Room has seating accommodations for up to 80 guests and has access to an outdoor patio. The West Point Room is ideal for 50 guests or less and is perfect for a corporate gathering. For business meetings or corporate outings, Nathanael Greene Lodge is ideal because of its close proximity to hotels and highways. The quiet setting, upgraded audiovisual systems, ample parking and various meetings rooms accommodate the needs of any size group from 12 or 200.

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Holiday Event Planner Guide 2019 Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel 36 E Fourth St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-333-0000 renaissance-cincinnati-downtownhotel Rising Star Casino 777 Rising Star Drive Rising Sun, IN 47040 800-472-6311 x4 The Roebling Room at Smoke Justis 302 Court St. Covington, KY 41011 859-814-8858 Sharonville Convention Center 11355 Chester Road Cincinnati, OH 45246 513-771-7744


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The Summit Hotel 5345 Medpace Way Cincinnati, OH 45227 513-527-9900

Walhill Farm Event Center 857 Six Pines Ranch Road Batesville, IN 47006 812-934-2600

Taft Museum of Art 316 Pike St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-684-4523

York Street CafĂŠ 738 York St. Newport, KY 41071 859-261-9675

Village Coworking 16911 Miami Ave Madeira, OH 45243 513-449-6200 Vinoklet Winery 11069 Colerain Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45252 513-385-9309

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Renaissance Cincinnati’s Burnham Hall ballroom


s the city of Cincinnati looks to continue downtown’s growth by becoming more of a destination for conventions, hoteliers are lining up to renovate buildings in the Central Business District into trendy places to stay. But one boutique hotel—the Renaissance, a Marriott brand—has set a precedent by blending large hotel amenities with a neighborhood-driven focus on individual hospitality experiences. Opening in the summer of 2014, the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel was always intended to offer an exceptional staying experience while also encouraging guests to explore the city. “What makes Renaissance unique is the neighborhood connection—it’s all about discovery,” says Rebecca Wuppermann, the hotel’s general manager. “It’s about experiencing Cincinnati and what Cincinnati’s all about,” The Renaissance refers those who stay there to experience the many restaurants, bars, galleries and other attractions available within blocks of the hotel. And 100

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D. Burnham’s Bar & Lounge within the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel

with the bulk of its guests being business travelers—many getting their first look at Cincinnati’s revitalized and resurgent center—the hotel staff has a unique op-

portunity to be ambassadors for the city as well as concierges. “The Renaissance brand is all about celebrating the neighborhood, the com-

munity,” explains Jordan Adams, director of catering for the Renaissance. It starts with the historic building the hotel inhabits at Fourth and Walnut right on the streetcar line, a building that local design and architectural firm FRCH Nelson helped build out while preserving much of its character. “The first three floors have a lot of the original elements of the building, including our event space,” Adams says, pointing out that the several boardrooms available to rent for meetings also have kept their original wood paneling and windows. That gives the rental space at the Renaissance— from the 700-person capacity main event space to the small meeting areas—a lot of character, which has made it a popular spot for Cincinnatians conducting business in addition to the travelers staying at the hotel. “They’re really looking for something interesting and different and I think that sets us apart from other hotels in the downtown area,” Adams adds. With 323 guest rooms, including 40 suites, the Renaissance has the capacity to accommodate large traveling groups such as the many professional sports teams that visit throughout the year or large corporate gatherings. The executive suites contain a full living area featuring a pullout couch with an extra half-bathroom connected, in addition to the luxurious master bathroom located next to the bedroom. Despite the size, visitors will find a décor and atmosphere befitting of a boutique hotel, with much of the art focused on the theme of queens in honor of the Queen City and sleek, contemporary design in each of the guest rooms. The experience of staying at the Renaissance, both inside and out, has won over

The Executive Boardroom meeting room

A king guest room at the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel

a lot of fans from the visitors who have passed through over the last five years. “We have been fortunate enough to build a strong base of guests that are extremely loyal and have been staying with us since, literally, 2014,” Wuppermann says. “I think that we have already been able to identify ourselves in the city and set us apart from others.” But Wuppermann also points out that doesn’t mean the staff handling all aspects of guests’ experiences will rest on their laurels—there’s always work to be done to make sure guests are happy during their stay and leave thrilled with their time there. “Our managers here are very hands-on; we’re always here, we’re always on the floor, we don’t just sit in offices all day,” Adams adds. “In the hotel world, that really sets us apart.” While the hotel staff is always quick with a recommendation to guests for where to eat or grab a drink to unwind, the Renaissance’s first-floor bar and restaurant, D. Burnham’s, has plenty to offer both hotel guests and walk-up visitors. The restaurant offers sizeable menus of breakfast, lunch and dinner options ranging from standard American fare to elegant European-inspired dishes like the shrimp “cargot,” burrata caprese salad and spiced lamb loin with pistachio gnocchi. Executive chef Randy Wergers is a 20-year

veteran of the Cincinnati culinary scene and tries to infuse the city’s identity into the dishes at D. Burnham’s, whether that entails incorporating local dishes into the menu or sourcing ingredients from nearby suppliers. T he c u i s i ne i s ac c ent u at e d b y a thoughtful beverage program, featuring a robust wine list and a cocktail list featuring classics alongside inventive riffs on old favorites. The bar rotates its mixed libations seasonally, leading to refreshing options like this autumn’s Kentuck y Fall Mule with cinnamoninfused bourbon, apple juice and ginger beer. Wuppermann points out that the bourbon infusions like the one used in the mule are created in-house using a Japanese cold coffee brewer. Adams also recommends a drink or meal at D. Burnham’s for locals who want to get the Renaissance experience without staying, adding that the bar’s happy hour is a great reason to pop by and get a feel for the atmosphere and hospitality that permeates through the hotel. Both Wuppermann and Adams want everyone to experience the same enjoyment that so many of the Renaissance’s previous guests have—whether visiting the city from far away or visiting downtown from the suburbs, the staff wants the hotel to become any guest’s home away from home. n w w w.

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Business Calendar

OCTOBER Stir! Multicultural Networking Reception Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Oct. 2

Seven regional chambers—the African American Chamber of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati USA Hispanic Chamber, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce, European American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati, Indian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, and Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati—have joined together for a night of networking across cultures and communities. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25. Wilks Studio at Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Blue Ash Networking Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Oct. 3

The Blue Ash Advisory Committee and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber will meet at Blue Oceans Facilities for an evening of networking. 4:30-6 p.m. $25. Blue Ocean Facilities, 10250 Alliance Road, Suite 226, Cincinnati. Eggs ‘N Issues: Bourbon Business in NKY Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Oct. 15

Brent Cooper, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; Ken Lewis, New Riff Distilling; and Kristopher Thomas, Aloft Newport OTL, will discuss the growth of the bourbon business in the region and what it means for NKY’s future during this breakfast event. 7:309 a.m. Members $30, non-members $50. Receptions Banquet & Conference Center – South, 1379 Donaldson Road, Erlanger, Ky. 2019 Women’s Initiative Regional Summit Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Oct. 22

This fourth annual summit is for professional women in any stage of their career and designed to help them discover their next level. The day features a general session, breakout sessions, a lunch panel and more. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Members $159, nonmembers $179. Cintas Center/Schiff Conference Center, Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave., Cincinnati. 1 02

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Jill Meyer Hispanic & African American Chamber Joint Networking Meeting Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA

Oct. 22

Members of the Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA and the African American Chamber of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky can network with each other during this special evening meeting. 6-8 p.m. Members free, non-members $10. Interact for Health, 3805 Edwards Road, Fifth Floor, Cincinnati. NKY International Trade & Affairs: Foreign Trade Zones Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Oct. 24

Melissa Johnson from the Greater Cincinnati Foreign Trade Zone (The Port) will be discussing free trade zones and how your company can take advantage of them at this luncheon event. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Members $35, non-members $55. Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, 300 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 330, Fort Mitchell, Ky.

NOVEMBER Fifth Third Bank Diversity Leadership Symposium Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Nov. 1

This annual event shares information on best practices for inclusion in workplaces and what the chamber is doing to make the region more inclusive. This year’s speakers include Bryant T. Marks of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity and Khalil Smith of The Neuroleadership

Institute. Focus sessions will cover topics like engaging managers and executives in effective diversity and inclusion programs, taking diversity and inclusion to the next level, understanding LQBTQ+ identity in the workplace and leading with inclusive practices. 7:30 a.m.-noon. Members $115, nonmembers $150. Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, 151 W. Fifth St., Cincinnati. Hispanic Chamber Annual Gala Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA

Nov. 7

Jill Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, is this year’s keynote speaker at the Hispanic chamber’s annual gala. She’ll discuss this year’s theme, Cincinnati: Our Future City, and more. 6-9 p.m. Members $150, non-members $175. Cincinnati JACK Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati. Eggs ‘N Issues: Regional Economic Outlook Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Nov. 19

Learn about what experts expect to happen in 2020 and how it could affect your business during this morning event. The event panel includes John Augustine, Huntington Bank, and Janet Harrah, Center for Economic Analysis & Development at Northern Kentucky University. 7:30-9:15 a.m. Members $30, non-members $50. Receptions Banquet & Conference Center – South, 1379 Donaldson Road, Erlanger, Ky.

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hose who run or manage businesses know that sometimes you need some help. As the Tristate’s magazine for business professionals, we are in a unique position that enables us to meet and interact with some of the best business service providers in the region. This list gives you a taste of the region’s best business services, and serves as a resource for those looking for assistance. Make sure to visit to see exclusive online Best in Business content.

ACCOUNTING GBQ 513-871-3033 VonLehman 800-887-0437 AIR TRAVEL CVG 859-767-3151 AUDIO VISUAL ITA Audio Visual Solutions 800-899-8877 SpotOn Productions 513-779-4223 BANKING Commerce Bank 800-453-2265 Commonwealth Bank 859-746-9000

Blue Ash Business Association The Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe & Trenton 513-422-4551 Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber 513-579-3100 Clermont Chamber of Commerce 513-576-5000 Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA 513-979-6999 Lebanon Chamber of Commerce 513-932-1100 Milford Miami Township Chamber 513-831-2411 Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 859-578-8800 CONSTRUCTION EGC Construction 859-442-6500 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT Charles Schwab Fort Mitchell 859-308-1425 Horter Investment Management, LLC 513-984-9933


PNC Financial Advisors/W Mgmt. 513-651-8714

William E. Hesch Law Firm 513-731-6601

Raymond James 513-287-6777


Western & Southern 866-832-7719

Cincinnati Better Business Bureau 513-421-3015 CHAMBERS

HEALTH Superior Dental 937-438-0283

INSURANCE/INSURANCE BROKERAGE Medical Mutual 800-382-5729 Oswald Companies 513-725-0306 LAW FIRMS Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP 513-693-4880 Lyons & Lyons 513-777-2222 Taft Stettinius & Hollister 513-381-2838 Wood Herron & Evans 513-241-2324 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Gateway Community & Technical College 859-441-4500 Great Oaks Campuses 513-771-8840 The Haile/US Bank College of Business at Northern Kentucky University 859-572-5165 Indiana Wesleyan University 866-468-6498 Union Institute & University 800-861-6400 REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT Corporex 859-292-5500 TELECOMMUNICATIONS AT&T ATC 513-234-4778

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r. Teresa Meier sees studies in breast cancer treatment heading in two different directions, but with the same end game in mind. Both are aimed at improving patient outcomes, but on the one hand, studies continue to examine treatments that further decrease risk of cancer recurrence, she says. On the other, for more favorable breast cancer outcomes, studies are looking into whether traditional therapies can be backed off a bit without sacrificing effectiveness, or if different therapies can be used that don’t have as many side effects. One such trial in the latter category is set to start at the University of Cincinnati, where Meier is assistant professor in the department of radiation oncology.  When the first patient signs on, she will have met the trial’s requirements: age 50 or older, diagnosed with and surgically treated for an early stage (I or II) breast cancer. The removed tumor will have been no larger than 3 centimeters, and found only in the breast, not in any nodes.  The cancer would also have been es-

trogen receptor-positive, meaning it was driven by hormones, which deems it a more “favorable” cancer for treating, Meier says. The study, whose overarching objective is tracking the cosmetic impact of this radiation therapy, first came to mind with the inception of Ohio’s second proton facility.  “The initial idea of this study started three years ago when our proton facility [a joint collaboration between UC Health and Cincinnati Children’s] opened,” Meier says. “I received help and support from Dr. Vinitia Takiar within my department and our head physicist at the proton facility, Anthony Mascia.” Using proton beams to deliver radiation is desirable because it can target the dosage to the site without spreading damaging radiation to untargeted tissue or nearby organs, Meier says.  Conventional radiation therapy has been delivered via photons, or X-rays, which sweep radiation not only to the intended spots, but also to nearby, unintended spots. Protons, which are charged particles, are able to focus on and deliver radiation to

Dr. Teresa Meier, assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati the specific area targeted—in this case the surgical cavity or bed where small residual tumor cells could grow or lie undetected— without seeping any radiation, or an “exit dose” of radiation, to nearby sites.


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Cincy Live Well This study features pencil beam scanning proton therapy, the newest technique for proton therapy, which paints the dose precisely on the target spot-by-spot. “Our biggest hope is that proton therapy would minimize radiation dose going to nearby organs such as the lung, heart, contralateral breast and the remainder of the normal breast tissue on the treated side and thereby minimize long-term side effects related to treatment,” Meier

says of the study, which received grant money through the Marlene Harris-Ride Cincinnati. But while the study may shed light on the nearby skin-, tissue- and organ-sparing value of pencil beam proton therapy, it is primarily meant to show proton therapy’s overall cosmetic effects, Meier says. “Cosmesis really evaluates how the treated breast looks in comparison to the untreated or unaffected breast,” she says, considering such details as the breast’s contour, shape and coloring at the treatment site.  The patient, physician and nurse will each rate the cosmetic outcomes before, during and after treatment for a period of

two years afterward, Meier says. Unlike traditional photon radiation therapy, which is typically scheduled daily for three to four weeks, this study’s treatment will be administered two times a day for five days at the West Chester facility. “Side effects for treatment would be relatively similar for partial breast irradiation for proton and photon therapy; they would include mild skin irritation, breast swelling or tenderness, and fatigue,” Meier says. “We are hoping to enroll our first patient soon on the trial,” she adds. “Unfortunately insurance approval for proton therapy has been our biggest hurdle.” But this is not the only proton therapy trial going on, she says.  “We also have open at UC a national trial called the RadComp Trial,” she says. “This trial is evaluating the use of proton therapy for locally advanced breast cancer patients who need their regional lymph nodes treated in addition to the breast. Patients on this study are randomized to treatment with either proton therapy or photon therapy.” n

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Connecting Through Technology Breast health is just one of the topics covered by The Christ Hospital Health Network’s video and live series called Hey Ladies, Let’s Talk About Women’s Health.   Women’s health physicians at The Christ Hospital created the dual-style series to comprise a health hub where women can access lifestyle and health information online and in live events like the one coming up Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center, according to Bo McMillan, senior media relations consultant at The Christ Hospital Health Network The Let’s Talk Live events are held quarterly and feature a panel of physicians who discuss and field questions from the audience about a variety of women’s health topics, including breast health, preventative ways to stay healthy, body changes associated with menopause, pelvic pain, metabolic weight gain, urinary incontinence and more, aimed at covering the needs of women of every background and at all life stages.  A library of video webisodes were filmed to be a resource for women to use at their convenience, McMillan says.

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but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a more pleasant experience. To that end, Kettering Health Network now offers mammography units with special features designed to reduce anxiety and increase comfort. These features, along with 3D imaging technology, are helping to

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calming fragrance. “Standing in an exam room with your breast in compression can cause anxiety in some women,” says Sally Grady, director of Kettering Breast Evaluation Centers (KBEC). “By stimulating two or more senses si-

“There is emerging consensus that 3D

the degree of compression with “We’re developing tools to help guidance from the technolo- women understand what their gist, if they wish. Studies ac- personal breast density level tually show that many women is, how that correlates to their will apply more compression breast cancer risk, and how WOMEN’S themselves than theyHEALTH would to PROFILE mitigate that risk,” says Dr. allow a technologist to apply. Musser. “This could include using software that assigns a specific density level for each breast and creating educational materials—we hope to have those in place later this year.” Three-dimensional mammog- To learn more about Kettering raphy is particularly import- Breast Evaluation Centers or ant for women with dense to schedule an appointment, breasts. (dense breasts have visit relatively high amounts of breasthealth glandular tissue and fibrous connective tissue and relatively

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technology detects breast cancer more Comfortable accurately than Mammogram 2D mammography.”


tudies have proven that beginning screening mammograms at age 40 saves the greatest number of lives. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2015 only 65.3% of women age 40 and over had a mammogram within the past two years. Discomfort, fear and anxiety can all contribute to a woman’s hesitation in scheduling her yearly screening. A mammogram appointment will never rival a visit to the spa, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a more pleasant experience. To that end, Kettering Health Network now offers mammography units with special features designed to reduce anxiety and increase comfort. These features, along with 3D imaging technology, are helping to remove the barrier women sometimes feel toward scheduling their yearly mammogram. Improving the Sensory Experience

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“As I have grown older, and yes wiser, I have discovered the importance of being one’s own health self-advocate. No one knows your body better than you. There are 8,760 hours in a year, please take one of those hours to get your annual mammogram.” Kim Faris, Radio Personality • MIX 107.7

patient’s breasts have gentle, rounded corners. The system features comfortable armrests that relax the pectoral muscles to simplify positioning and compression. The new units also allow women to use a remote control device to adjust the degree of compression with guidance from the technologist, if they wish. Studies actually show that many women will apply more compression themselves than they would allow a technologist to apply.

Each new mammography unit comes with a sensory suite that includes a 48-inch flat panel monitor. During a mammogram women have the option to watch a series of images from nature and listen to relaxing music. A scent diffuser infuses with air with a calming Extra Support for Women with Dense fragrance. Breasts “Standing in an exam room with your mammography breast in compression can cause anxi- Three-dimensional is particularly important for women ety in some women,” says Sally Grady, with dense breasts, which means their director of Kettering Breast Evaluation Centers. “By stimulating two or more breasts have relatively high amounts of senses simultaneously we can distract glandular tissue and fibrous connective patients from the perceived discomfort, tissue and relatively low amounts of fatty tissue. “There is emerging consenpain and anxiety of a mammogram.” sus that 3D technology detects breast Additional features also improve com- cancer more accurately than 2D mamfort. All components of the imaging mography,” says Dr. Meghan Musser, unit that come into contact with the Kettering Health Network breast radi-

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ologist. Traditional 2D images are flat and breast tissue can be overlapping, making abnormalities harder to detect. Three-dimensional mammograms produce a layered 3D image of the breast tissue that provides improved clarity and detail. “We’re developing tools to help women understand what their personal breast density level is, how that correlates to their breast cancer risk and how to mitigate that risk,” says Musser. “This could include using software that assigns a specific density level for each breast and creating educational materials—we hope to have those in place later this year.” To learn more about Kettering Breast Evaluation Centers or to schedule an appointment, visit breasthealth.

BY THE EDITORS Years ago, one had to travel downtown to find quality health care but that is no longer the case. Fantastic doctors in a variety of specialties can be found throughout the Tristate, including north of Ronald Reagan Highway. We spoke with four doctors who practice predominately in the northern suburbs to introduce readers to the quality physicians they can find close to home.

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Dr. Todd Kelley Orthopedic Surgeon

UC HEALTH PHYSICIANS OFFICE NORTH For Dr. Todd Kelley, an orthopedic surgeon with UC Health, a bad disk in his back during college was all the inspiration he needed when he decided on his specialty. “I was struggling to stay in school, I was struggling to stay in residency, and here’s a surgeon who actually fixed the problem and got me back to doing what I needed to do and what I wanted to do. And I found that joint replacements during residency did that same thing for people,” says Kelley. Kelley specializes in hip and knee replacements, which can help patients get back to the lives they were living before extreme chronic pain or dysfunction slowed them down. “It gets them back to being active and not only physically and physically getting them back to what they want to do but emotionally … the most exciting thing that I see is when patients come back to me and they say, ‘Thank you for giving me my life back,’” says Kelley. In previous years, a joint replacement surgery could take quite a bit of time to recover from, with three to four days spent in the hospital and much more additional time spent in rehab. Today, “It’s not your grandma’s hip replacement anymore,” says Kelley. Improved protocols, like having patients quit smoking or helping them maintain a healthy weight, improved pain management techniques and personalized care have allowed patients to leave the hospital the next day, if not the day of. “We really try to get people up and moving quickly, and the quicker and the more we can get them up and moving early on, the better they do,” adds Kelley. - Corinne Minard

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Dr. Hilary Shapiro-Wright Breast Surgeon

FORT HAMILTON HOSPITAL Dr. Hilary Shapiro-Wright initially wanted to be a pediatrician, but medical school and her residency awakened her desire to become a breast surgeon who could follow and help her patients through their lives. “You really become a part of their life and vice versa,” she explains, “and I liked that aspect of the practice, I liked the type of medicine that was.” She arrived in Cincinnati in December 2012 and joined Kettering Health Network a little over a year ago, finding a great fit with Kettering Health Network. As a breast surgeon at Fort Hamilton Hospital, Shapiro-Wright feels it’s one of the best health care career opportunities she’s been afforded because of the care the hospital system has for its patients above all else. “They’ve been able to allow me to offer patients the same things that they would have in a larger institution or an academic setting,” she says, pointing out that it’s all the more impressive because of Hamilton being a long-underserved area. “It’s allowing those patients to have the same access to the same quality of care they would get in Cincinnati or in Dayton.” Her surgical specialty was one that was long absent from the area. As such, the community of Hamilton has embraced her work helping men and women diagnosed with breast cancer or those dealing with pain or other issues. With the new breast center at Fort Hamilton Hospital open, Shapiro-Wright’s office has moved within its imaging center, allowing her patients easy access to mammograms and ultrasounds immediately after a consultation with her. With these resources, her practice and the care she provides Hamilton will continue to grow. -Kevin Michell

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Dr. Alaba Devonne Robinson

Primary Care, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine MERCY HEALTH – FOREST PARK INTERNAL MEDICINE AND PEDIATRICS As a physician who is trained in both internal medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Alaba Devonne Robinson is able to take care of entire families, from birth to age 100. “I love that I don’t have to decide,” she says. “I have a patient who I started seeing when he was 6 years old and now he’s a college student at Ohio University. And he comes in and we get to have all those conversations about making good choices as a college student. I’ve taken care of families from the beginning to throughout life, so I see their growth and development.” With the other doctors at Forest Park Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Robinson is able to help patients in a variety for ways. The practice offers an Academic Success Program for students with ADHD— ”Parents and children come in and they have a psychologist who talks about how to organize backpacks and they try methods to help children with ADHD,” says Robinson—as well as a diabetes education program that helps patients take control of their disease through proper nutrition. A program close to Robinson’s heart is the practice’s Breast Birthday Ever event. During the event, a mammography van parks in the practice parking lot. Those who stop by for a free mammogram also get to enjoy a marching band, cake and plenty of activities. This year, “it rained all day but we got 85 mammograms and I just danced in the rain,” says Robinson. The event is just one of the many ways she works to connect with patients of any age. - Corinne Minard


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Dr. Manish S. Bhandari Medical Oncologist

THE CHRIST HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT CENTER - MONTGOMERY Dr. Manish Bhandari, a medical oncologist with The Christ Hospital Network, says that people seeking cancer treatment often come to him with certain misconceptions in mind. “People come with the fear of the side effects of treatment. ‘I’m going to get chemotherapy, lose my hair, be nauseous, lose weight, get sick, get infections,” he says. “People clearly do come with perceptions of how maybe cancer treatments are betrayed in the movies or TV shows where people get sick or how even two, three decades ago how their parent may have had cancer treatment.” However, much has changed. Bhandari says that not all cancers are fatal and that some forms aren’t even treated immediately. And treatments have also changed. While surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are still treatments, they are used with much more precision and often have fewer side effects. There are also newer treatments, like targeted therapy, which uses chemotherapy drugs to specifically target genetic abnormalities like cancer, and immune therapy, which awakens the immune system to help fight the cancer. Just as important to Bhandari, though, is helping people understand what is happening to them and giving them hope and comfort. “How do you take all that information, see what’s meaningful [and] what can make their life better, give them hope, give them help, give their family piece of mind? Oftentimes we’re not able to cure people, we may not even be able to change the biology of the disease and make people live longer but how do we take their pain away, how do we give them hope, how do we give them dignity?” he says. “That’s just as critical as giving the right treatment or giving the right drug.” - Corinne Minard


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t Premier Health’s Atrium Medical Center, we specialize in helping women with the unique health issues you face. Caring for you throughout the various stages of your life is our privilege. Our innovative team of physicians and specialists collaborate closely to ensure comprehensive and compassionate care, ranging from routine wellness and prevention to advanced treatments and technologies for high-risk pregnancies, bladder and pelvic floor disorders, heart disease and stroke, cancers, and bone and joint conditions. In addition, Premier Health offers a broad network of easily accessible support resources, health screenings, wellness classes and educational offerings specific to the health and wellness needs of women, including reliable health information on a variety of women’s health topics at

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cluding a Multiple Miracles program specifically designed for those with multiple gestation pregnancies.

• Comprehensive breast center featuring • A Level II Special Care Nursery. 3D mammography, ultrasound, oncol- • Access to a high-risk maternity center ogy nurse navigator and female breast and Level III neonatal intensive care surgeons. unit. • Mobile Mammography: The mobile • Breastfeeding support – full-time Intermammography coach has the same national Board Certified Lactation Conadvanced technology as our brick-andsultants available to answer questions mortar breast imaging centers, offering and lend support. 3D screening mammography. • CenteringPregnancy® program at Atri• Access to genetic counseling and a um’s Maternal Health Clinic offering comprehensive program for women at prenatal care for high-risk pregnant increased risk to develop breast cancer. women. • Access to a Gynecologic Oncology Center that offers treatment for a wide range of gynecologic cancers. • Supportive services to improve the wellbeing of cancer patients, including nutrition therapy, massage therapy, and support groups. • Premier Health is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. This affiliation allows us to combine the best of what we provide locally with the expertise of the nation’s leading cancer The center’s gynecologic services incenter. clude: • Atrium Medical Center now offers a tumor-fighting linear accelerator, which • Comprehensive treatment options for pelvic floor disorders, including surgihas been upgraded to deliver radiation cal, non-surgical and physical therapy treatment more efficiently and reduce services lead by staff specialized in side effects in patients.  bladder and pelvic medicine. Maternity services at Atrium Medical • Wide range of minimally invasive and Center include: robotic surgical procedures. • The Family Birth Center at Atrium Medical Center is recognized as Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. • Greater Cincinnati area’s only natural birth center - Natural Beginnings. • Access to an internationally recognized maternal-fetal medicine program, in-

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ccess to mental health care is the No. 1 public health problem in the country, says Dr. Paul Keck, president and CEO of the Lindner Center of HOPE, a comprehensive, nonprofit mental health center in Mason. 118

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There simply are too many people who need help and not enough mental health professionals available to help them all, he says. A major part of the problem is that insurance companies reimburse mental health care providers only 50% of the actual cost of providing that care, he says. “If that’s not scandalous I don’t know what is,” says Keck. Although people with mental illness cannot be discriminated against there is a reluctance of commercial and governmental insurance programs to pay for mental

health care on par with other medical and surgical care, he says. “So although there is parity in the sense that people with mental illness cannot be discriminated against by insurance carriers in that they have to have some kind of insurance the insurance is usually not very good,” says Keck. The problem is not just specific to the Lindner Center of HOPE, he says. It affects all mental health providers in the region and the country who try to help people

with mental illness, says Keck. “It cuts across the entire system.” And because one in five Americans experience mental illness each year—more than twice the rate of cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined—the problem is magnified. “If this were a form of cancer that were affecting one in five people would there be discrimination about paying for cancer treatment?” Kecks asks. “Would there be an attempt to ignore how big the public health problem was? No.” He says mental illnesses are being ignored to the detriment of people with these neurologic brain diseases, including contributing to their early death and substantial suffering. Access to mental health care is the reason the Lindner Center of HOPE, the dream of Francis and Craig Lindner, was created 11 years ago, Keck says. “They recognized there was a vast unmet need … for people with mental illness,” he says. The Lindners wanted to do something about providing more access to care for mental health patients because there are simply too few providers. “They stepped up in the most definitive way by saying they wanted to open a center and fund it,” says Keck. The Lindner Center of HOPE has helped plenty of people since the facility opened. “Over 40,000 people have gotten care here in the 11 years that we’ve been open,” he says. “And that really represents our attempt to alleviate suffering and save lives. And I think we really have.”

The Lindner Center of HOPE can accommodate up to 32 people in the hospital at any one time and up to 32 people in its residential care program. “We try to help about 100 people a month who call for outpatient care,” says Keck. “And we have a number of other services in addition to those but those are the primary ways that people ultimately access care.” Even though the Lindner Center of HOPE has helped 40,000 people since it was founded in 2008 there’s still a huge need for more mental health care providers, says Keck. “We’re not pulling people away, stealing patients from any other health care system,” he says. “We’re just providing some capacity for the general community need, which is overwhelming.” The reason there aren’t enough providers for mental health care is a circular argument, Keck says. Many, if not most, of today’s medical students graduate with significant student debt—at least $100,000 or more, he says. And that debt plays a huge role in ultimately determining which career path that medical students takes, Keck says. And because reimbursement for psychiatry is among the lowest of all medical specialties the percentage of medical students going into psychiatry is dwindling, which perpetuates the problem of not enough providers of mental health care, he says. “Until supply meets demand we’re going to be struggling.” One part of t he Lindner Center of HOPE’s mission that is not struggling is its research. The research arm of the Lindner Center of HOPE makes contributions in

three areas, he says. One area of research includes understanding the genetic risk of mental illness. Another area of research involves finding biomarkers, or a blood test, to specifically identify types of mental illness. The third area of research involves finding better, faster, more effective and safer medicines for mental illnesses. “We’ve been really lucky and some of our researchers have been lead investigators—designed the actual clinical trials that led to FDA approval—for half a dozen medicines for people with depression, bipolar disorder and eating disorders,” says Keck. “I think that speaks to the intellectual contribution of the clinician scientists here.” Many of those discoveries have been made in partnership with other health care providers such as UC Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic. “We are all about collaboration and trying to utilize synergy when we can out of common interest in helping people with mental illness.” In order to help more people with mental illness contributions and donations to the Lindner Center of HOPE are vital, says Keck. Gifts from local philanthropists Linda and Harry Fath, along with the Lindners, have been crucial, but more financial assistance is needed. “[The Lindner Center of HOPE] is a phenomenal community resource and I hope people will support it for themselves and for their neighbors and friends and family,” says Keck. n

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eople looking for a job today are more discerning about choosing an employer, examining not only pay and location but also the benefit packages offered. When Superior Dental Care was founded in the Dayton area in 1986, job seekers may not have been doing the same level of research they are now but the dentists who formed Superior Dental knew that the quality of dental care provided by companies could be improved. After 35 years, those dentists look awfully prescient. Competitive and comprehensive benefit packages not only attract more job seekers but help companies retain their employees. Health insurance was long the primary focus of benefits at companies, explains Shannon Ford, Superior Dental Care’s director of sales and service, but dental care is quickly becoming a musthave for both employers and employees. “It used to be a hard sell just to convince an employer group to offer it,” Ford says, “and now it seems like this has caught on [and it’s] rarer to find a group that doesn’t offer dental.” Because offering dental plans alongside health insurance has become de rigueur, Superior Dental Care works with employers and benefit brokers to create customized packages after examining the number of eligible employees compared to those already enrolled in an existing benefits plan. Then, a boutique plan is created to entice greater enrollment, whether that entails creating a cheaper, and thus more accessible, coverage option or one with a wider array of covered procedures while making sure the company is getting everything out of the benefits package that it is paying for. 1 20

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Superior Dental Care’s headquarters are located in Dayton.

Customization has been one of Superior Dental Care’s hallmarks for some time, especially as it has grown into one of the largest dental networks in the country. Ford mentions that Superior Dental offers over 1,000 plans to its clients, with each tailored to maximize employee usage and eliminate wasted employer spend. “Truly, the idea is you want to get this employer group to have a plan that the employees are going to enroll in and take advantage of and utilize the preventive on,” she says. “So, we’re always trying to look at what an employer group has currently and see how we can maybe fine-tune that.” The bottom line, of course, is that employees use the care options available to them. It may come as a surprise, but dental checkups can reveal other potential health issues. Dentists are trained to spot warning signs of diabetes, heart and kidney issues and various types of cancer. Ford notes that there are over 50 diseases that

can be diagnosed during a routine dental examination. So, seeing the dentist regularly isn’t just about maintaining a great smile; it can result in starting treatment sooner on larger health problems. And getting a head start on addressing bigger dental or health issues reduces the cost of later treatment. “We have found that if an employee does utilize their preventative [care],” Ford adds, “for every dollar the plan may spend on preventative services, it will save them 50 [dollars] on those major services.” While dental care is certainly Superior Dental Care’s forte, the company has been creating new plans for other wellness benefits. February marked the beginning of expanded enrollment options for its Superior Wellness Bundle, which includes vision as a result of a partnership with the appropriately named Superior Vision (a distinct company based in Maryland). This new package means employees don’t have to enroll in dental coverage to receive

vision benefits; now they can choose one, the other or both based on their needs. In addition, Superior Dental Care was acquired by Cleveland-based Medical Mutual of Ohio in September of 2018. Superior Dental Care’s robust network of providers attracted Medical Mutual, which was looking to offer the strongest dental coverage in addition to its health care options. For Superior Dental Care, it will allow the ability in the near future to offer the most comprehensive benefits packages it can to employers, combining medical, dental and vision. “We feel like the partnership between the two companies—Medical Mutual and Superior Dental—is very cohesive,” Ford says, adding that both have operated with similar values over their individual histories. The acquisition expands the abilities of the two companies at no detriment to current clients of either. Superior Dental is also honing end user accessibility through improved ways for employees to utilize their benefits. The company was one of the first dental benefit providers to offer a mobile phone app for checking coverage and claim status, finding dentists and accessing any information pertinent to dental plans. Superior Dental Care also offers a live chat option on its website for an easy way to get coverage questions quickly answered. Making benefit usage easier through technology is key as the number of millennials in the workforce continues to rise. Amenities like the mobile app, live chat and the Superior Direct Connect online portal go a long way towards ensuring younger employees are knowledgeable about the benefits being provided by their employer and will subsequently use them. All in all, Superior Dental Care’s network and service continue to provide employer groups of any size a compelling reason to utilize it for employee benefits packages. All the elements, from tailored packages to incentivizing usage of plans, come from an increased awareness of the need to maintain good health and healthy living. As employers work to meet these needs from their employees, so too does Superior Dental Care strive to help employer groups offer the best benefits. “The wellness trend is just going to continue to grow, we think,” Ford says, “and we’re just trying to do what we can to accommodate that and stay ahead of it.” n

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t buffers the wind, sheds the rain, repels the heat and insulates from the cold. Your home’s roof may be the hardest working, most under-appreciated part of the house. When it’s working well, you hardly notice. But when it goes bad, all kinds of problems await. Replacing a roof can be one of the most critical home improvements, but, unfortunately, the industry suffers from a few fly-by-night, quick-hit contractors. That’s one reason why Nick Sabino, founder and president of Deer Park Roofing and chairman of the board of the National Roofing Contractors Association, is touting a nationwide certification program, a new initiative from the trade group. “It’s kind of like taking a driver’s license exam,” Sabino says. “There’s a written part of 1 24

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the test, which is a knowledge-based test and then there’s a hands-on skills assessment.” The purpose is to recognize roofing as a professional trade, like plumbing or electrical contracting. Those two trades have paths for professional certification, something the roofing trade has lacked. “We really want to improve consumer confidence,” Sabino says. The certification is neither cheap nor easy, he says. “But at the end of the day, the consumer is going to have a better experience with the roofing contractor and that’s what we’re looking for.” The cert if icat ion would be for indiv iduals, not for companies. That’s because there’s so much subcontracting going on the roofing industry that “the person who actually installs the roof

might not be the person you hired to do the roof,” he says. “Consumers have a choice,” he says. “They can hire someone with certified employees or with noncertified employees. I think it’s a pretty easy choice.” The trade association says the certification offers national, professional recognition, using independently validated expertise and skills and provides a certification that stays with tradespeople throughout their careers. More information about the program is available at the group’s website, Sabino himself founded Deer Park Roofing in 1996 at the age of 24 without much knowledge of the trade. He grew up in Deer Park and graduated from Xavier University in 1994 with a bach-

Cincy Home elor of science degree in mathematics. He attended graduate school at University at Cincinnati but did not complete a master’s degree. “I was trying to be an actuary, but one of my friend’s parents talked me out of it and said I should instead use my personality,” he says. “A good actuary wouldn’t have taken the risks that I have taken, so it was great advice.” He was renting a two-family unit to a roofing worker who often asked Sabino if he had other properties he could work on. Impressed by his tenant’s integrity and work ethic, Sabino would look for roofing projects for him. A homebuilder friend of his saw what was going on and suggested Sabino start a roofing company. He read technical manuals and went to job sites to learn from installers, determined to learn the trade. Sabino made it a practice to grow the company 25% to 30% a year and now employs 125 people at two branches, one in Deer Park and the other in Florence, Kentucky. In June, Sabino began his tenure as

Professional installers with Deer Park Roofing tearing down an old roof. chairman of the National Roofing Contractors Association. Roofing contractors are working with record backlogs now, Sabino says, partly because of the strong economy and partly due to the rainy weather, which cut into

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available workdays. “Demand for roofing is very, very strong,” he says. That’s why he recommends staying away from contractors who come to the door looking for business. “I would recommend not walking away

from those types of companies; I would run,” he says. The NRCA recommends taking some time to evaluate roofing contractors before hiring. The group suggests taking these steps before signing a contract: - Work with an NRCA-member professional roofing contractor. - Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax identification number and, where required, a business license. - Insist on seeing copies of the contractor’s liability insurance coverage and workers’ compensation certificates. Make sure the coverages are in effect through the duration of the job. - Look for a company with a proven track record that offers client references and a list of completed projects. Call these clients to find out whether they were satisfied. - Check to see whether the contractor is properly licensed and/or bonded. - Insist on a written proposal and examine it for complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate

starting and completion dates and payment procedures. - Check to see whether the contractor is a member of any local, state, regional or national roofing industry associations, such as NRCA. - Call the Better Business Bureau to check for any complaints that have been filed. - Have the contractor explain the project supervision and quality-control proce-

dures. Request the name of the person who will be in charge, how many workers will be required and the estimated time of completion. - Carefully read and understand any roofing warranty offered and watch for provisions that would void it. - Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. As the adage, goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. n

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