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6 Note from the Publisher 8 Uniquely Northern Kentucky & Cincinnati 10 Getting Around NKY Bridges 12 Pet Friendly NKY 14 Florence Y’all Water Tower 16 Vibrant Living 18 Northern Kentucky Golf Courses 22 Health & Wellness 24 Parks Around Northern Kentucky 26 Dining Out 30 Meet the Chandler Family 32 Getting Connected 34 Sports in NKY & Cincinnati 36 Fresh from the Farmer’s Markets 38 Kentucky Spirits 40 The Early Years of Northern Kentucky 42 Attractions in Northern Kentucky
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WELCOME TO NORTHERN KENTUCKY Whether you’ve moved from the West Coast or from across the river, settling into a new area can be both exciting and overwhelming. This publication is focused on helping you establish a new routine, get to know local hotspots, and look into professional networking opportunities. I have lived in Northern Kentucky for 25 years, and I’m always discovering new things. Although this list could go on forever, here are the Top 5 reasons I feel blessed to call NKY home. 1. The People: Growing up in a small town then moving to “the north” in my 20s was definitely an adjustment. The people I've met along the way have truly made Northern Kentucky a place I love to call home. Their kindness, generosity, and willingness to help a neighbor in need at a moment’s notice are the traits I appreciate most in my friends. They have a get-it-done attitude and want to leave the world a better place but still lend an ear, take long walks, and make time for family and friends. 2. The Food: Guacamole at Agave and Rye, Black Raspberry Chip Ice Cream at Graeters, the Fried Chicken a Greyhound Tavern, the burgers at The Farmstand Cafe, Strawberry Fields Salad at Behle Street by Sheli. I could go on and on ….. SOOO DELICIOUS! 3. The Landscape: I love that we live close to the city but have rolling hills, white fences, horse farms, and long country roads. My favorite season in Kentucky will always be the fall with the crisp air and beautiful bright red, orange, and yellow leaves changing on the trees. 4. The Attractions: Having with a house full of boys, I live with some serious sports fans. There are always sporting events we can attend from the
Florence Freedom, to the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals, Cincinnati Cyclones Hockey, FC Cincinnati Soccer, and numerous college teams within a short drive. Kentucky also has unique attractions like the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, a 510-foot-long ark that draws families from all over the world. 5. Kentucky: The small towns and Southern hospitality make Kentucky one-of-a-kind. We are proud of our beloved Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, Kentucky Derby, KYPROUD products, the beautiful landscapes, and southern cooking. But the things I love most about the Bluegrass State are the values, the way the children are raised, and the sense of community that can be found in every neighborhood. Whether you are 20 years old or 90, Northern Kentucky has everything you’ll need to have a fabulous life. There are tons of creative businesses, hospitable people, and activities galore. It’s a close-knit, vibrant area; and I hope you love the region as much as I do. So sit back, relax, and enjoy all that Northern Kentucky has to offer! Michelle Lorms Publisher
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UNIQUELY NORTHERN KENTUCKY & CINCINNATI NKY and Cincinnati residents are loyal to their favorite foods, sports teams, and stores. If you’re moving to the area, here are the things you don’t want to miss. Graeter’s Ice Cream 3 NKY locations in Fort Mitchell, Taylor Mill, Fort Thomas www.graeters.com Graeter's ice cream has over 145 years of history of handcrafting French Pot ice cream. Graeter’s was founded in 1870 after the founders had success selling their French Pot churned ice cream in Cincinnati’s street markets. Today, Graeter’s has approximately 50 retail stores and ships more than 300,000 pints annually for online mail order sales. Graeter’s can also be found in more than 6,000 grocery stores in 46 states. Graeter’s most popular ice cream, Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, has received national acclaim after the flavor was named by Food Network as America’s fifth-best ice cream. Cincinnati Chili Cincinnati Chili is a Mediterranean- meat sauce used as a topping for spaghetti developed by immigrants restaurateurs in the 1920s. The pasta is topped with cheese, onions, and beans. You can enjoy Cincinnati Chili many ways: Two-way: spaghetti topped with chili Three-way: spaghetti, chili, and cheese Four-way onion: spaghetti, chili, onions, and cheese Four-way bean: spaghetti, chili, beans, and cheese Five-way: spaghetti, chili, beans, onions, and cheese Chain restaurants include Skyline Chili, Goldstar Chili, Dixie Chili. Ultimately, where to get the best chili in Cincinnati depends on individual preference. Each chili shop offers a unique blend of spices, meat, and cheese that people either love or hate. Try a few places and get involved in the endless chili debate; every local in Cincinnati is sure to have an opinion that they'll be eager to share with you.
Turfway Park 7500 Turfway Road in Florence www.turfway.com Kentucky loves horse racing! Enjoy live Thoroughbred racing and vintage charm at Turfway Park. Simulcast racing is available daily except Monday and Tuesday. Check the website for the live racing schedule. Enjoy casual dining trackside in the Homestretch, first floor. Racing action on screens around the room and at many tables. Reservations recommended during live racing season.
Gap Clearance Center 2050 Global Way in Hebron If you love the thrill of the hunt of thrift store shopping with all name brand clothes, the Gap Clearance Center is the place where all of your mega discount dreams can come true. The catch is that the items are returns, damaged, overstocks or clearance. The store carries clothes from Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy, Athletica, Ralph Lauren, shoes from Piperlime and other higher end brands. It takes extra time to sift through long racks of clothes, but you are sure to find great steals for your closet. 2019
LOCAL > UNIQUE NKY tic crawl space from the historic 1937 flood, and the only reason it has survived the river's often angry waters is that it is anchored securely to the ground by a series of iron rods which run through the entire structure. Much of the rest of Rabbit Hash was not so fortunate during the historic flood. The Rabbit Hash General Store is a major tourist attraction featuring antiques and collectible.
Gallerie Candy & Gifts Clearance Center 3380 Langley Drive in Hebron Looking for a last minute gift at a fraction of the cost? Galerie is the perfect place to stock up on sweets at prices discounted up to 80 percent. Bulk candy, gourmet chocolate, M&M gift sets, party supplies, and assorted novelties are all sold at this clearance center. From sour gummy worms to gumballs, you can satisfy your sweet tooth. In addition to candy items, you'll find loads of gift-giving accessories. If you’re throwing a themed party, this is the place to load up on birthday favors and shower gifts. Because this is a clearance center, most items are out of season, so plan accordingly. Glier’s Goetta Pronounced “get-uh,” Goetta is a German breakfast sausage that blends the textures and flavors of pork, beef, whole grain steel-cut oats, fresh onions, and spices. Producing over one million pounds of goetta each year, Glier’s Goetta is the best selling Goetta in the world.Glier’s Goetta is regional to the greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area. You can find it in every major food retailer.
Rabbit Hash 10021 Lower River Road in Rabbit Hash www.rabbithash.com The town's name, "Rabbit Hash" is said to have originated during the flood of 1847 when the abundant local rabbit population was driven to higher ground and became a food staple in a special stew called "hash." Little documented history of Rabbit Hash actually survives, primarily because devastating Ohio River floods in 1884, 1913 and 1937 deluged the little town and ruined many records. The Rabbit Hash General Store was completely submerged during the 1937 flood that crested at an unheard of 79.9 feet. There is still mud in the store's at2019
Granny’s Garden 7010 Camp Ernst Road in Burlington Visit their Facebook page or call (859) 743-8564. Granny’s Garden is the definition of a hidden gem and is definitely difficult to spot if you’re not on the lookout. This roadside stand, cafe, and charming destination offers so much to those who walk through the door and it will quickly become your new favorite lunch location. Granny's is run by a mother/daughter team that carry on a delicious family tradition. Their homemade pies, cakes, salads, casseroles, and hot lunches are more than worthy of a visit from anywhere around the Tri-State. Everything is homemade, fresh, and ready to enjoy. LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria 65 Loccation in the region (513) 346-1111 For over 60 years, LaRosa's has served up real Italian family recipes and is the #1 family pizzeria in the region. In 1954 Buddy LaRosa opened his first family pizzeria on Cincinnati's West Side. His Sicilian-born father told him he was crazy. "You gonna sell pizza? ‘Med-i-gans' never gonna buy pizza from you," he said. Who could argue with him? After all, back then many Americans hadn't even heard of pizza. Buddy went ahead with his plan anyway. So began the story of LaRosa's Family Pizzerias. And it's a bona fide, star-spangled success story. There are multiple dine-in and delivery locations throughout the region. One phone number can be used for delivery and carry-out.
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GETTING AROUND NKY
Bridges Crossing the Region In the 1800s, Cincinnati was a major metropolis, and the Ohio River was a significant commercial route for products being sent from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois west toward the Mississippi River then on to New Orleans. Kentucky leaders hoped to build a bridge to connect Covington to Cincinnati so farmers and businessmen would have an easier time transporting their goods to the city. Today, many bridges span the Ohio River and make travel easy for Greater Cincinnati residents.
Taylor-Southgate Bridge The Central Bridge opened in 1891 for automobile traffic between Newport and Cincinnati. It was a toll bridge until 1953. When it was demolished, it was replaced by the Taylor-Southgate Bridge, a continuous truss bridge, in 1995. The bridge was named to honor James Taylor, Jr. and Richard Southgate, important early settlers of Newport.
Brent Spence Bridge The Brent Spence Bridge opened in November 1963 it is a double-decked bridge for vehicles only. It is the main connector of the I-75 interstate highway which runs from Michigan to Florida. The bridge was named after a Kentucky politician. Brent Spence was born in 1874 in Newport, Kentucky and served as a state senator from 1904 to 1908 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1931 to 1963.
Daniel Carter Beard Bridge (Big Mac Bridge) Daniel Carter Beard Bridge is a yellow twin-span steel tied-arch bridge. Its nickname came when residents said its yellow arches were similar to the McDonald’s “Golden Arches.” The bridge was dedicated in 1981 as the river crossing for I-471.
Combs-Hehl Bridge The Combs-Hehl Bridge carries I-275 from Eastern Cincinnati to Campbell County. It is located five miles upstream from the downtown area. Coney Island, Riverbend, and River Downs are all located near the bridge, and the bridge provides convenient access to these attractions.
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Cincinnati Southern Bridge The Southern Bridge is a railroad-only span connecting the western edge of Cincinnati with Ludlow, Kentucky. It was built by the Cincinnati Southern Railroad. Construction began in 1869 and opened in 1877. The pedestrian walkway was abandoned in the 1970s, and it is impossible to walk along the tracks before a train comes along.
John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge connects downtown Cincinnati and Covington and was originally known as the Cincinnati-Covington Bridge. It was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 feet when it opened in December 1866. John A. Roebling, whose next project was the Brooklyn Bridge, was the engineer responsible for creating the spectacular blue iconic feature of Greater Cincinnati skyline which is a National Historic Landmark. The â€œsinging bridgeâ€? makes a humming noise that serenades pedestrians as vehicles drive over the metal-grate frame.
Purple People Bridge The Newport Southbank Bridge, now known as The Purple People Bridge, opened in April 1872 as a railroad bridge. In 1904, the bridge was renamed the L&N (Louisville and Nashville) Railroad Bridge. In 1987, train traffic stopped and it was used for automobiles only. It was closed in 2001, painted purple, and made into a bridge strictly for pedestrians and bicycles. It is now called the Purple People Bridge and is a pedestrian link between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Clay Wade Bailey Bridge (C&O Bridge) The Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Bridge connected Cincinnati and Covington. The bridge was originally built between 1886 and 1889, but a replacement was built in 1928-1929 on extended piers immediately adjacent to the original structure and given the same name. In 1970 the old bridge was blown up, and in 1974 a new bridge was built on top of the original piers and renamed after Clay Wade Bailey, a prominent Kentucky newspaper reporter.
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PET FRIENDLY NKY Northern Kentucky is as pet-friendly as it gets. Just take a quick walk around the block and youâ€™ll scratch more ears and witness more pooper-scoopers than you can count on one hand. There is a multitude of dog parks, veterinarians, groomers, and pet stores, so youâ€™ll have no problem exercising and providing proper care for your pets. Here is information about several dog-friendly parks and trails in the area so the entire family can have fun while giving your pet a little outside exploring time. Many dog parks do not permit access to the aggressive breeds, Pit Bulls, or pups under four months of age. Please check with the park for specific rules. Pet owners are expected to provide their own poop bags, deposit them in the receptacle provided, and assist in keeping the park clean for other users. Boone County Dog Park The Boone County Dog Park is a secure area for people to let their dogs run legally off-leash, giving the dogs enjoyable and healthful exercise. A tired dog is a happy dog and this park gives animals a chance to let off steam. It provides a spacious area for dogs to play and be socialized with people, as well as with other animals. The four-acre park has two sections for small dogs and two sections for large dogs It is securely fenced with a double gate entry system to allow safe entrance/exits and keep other dogs from slipping out. Each section has a shelter and benches. There are also water fountains for pooches and people alike and a paved parking area. Boone County Dog Park is located adjacent to England-Idlewild Park at 5550 Idlewild Road in Burlington.
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Big Bone Lick State Park Big Bone Lick State Park has trails and a 7.5 acre lake for you and your dog to explore. The Discovery Trail is a 4.5 mile trail mosaic comprised of all the park’s hiking trails combined into continuous circuit. Collectively, the trails pass through grasslands, woodlands, a woody savanna, the salt-sulfur springs, and the bison viewing area. Just keep your dog on a leash at all times and clean up after him. Big Bone Lick State Park is located at 3380 Beaver Road in Union. Fort Thomas Dog Park The Fort Thomas Dog Park is an off-leash zone just for dogs which is enclosed with a double installation of chain-link fencing. It's a very natural environment with more than adequate acreage for big breeds to have a good run around. The surface is a combination of grass, dirt and bark chippings. One part of the dog park has a steep incline which is wooded with mature trees and bushes. It may be difficult for some pet owners, mature dogs, or pets with mobility problems to get around in that part of the dog park. It is shady in sunny weather but can be muddy and slippery after rain. Fort Thomas Dog Park is located at 199 Mayfield Avenue in Fort Thomas.
Devou Park With more than 700 acres of rolling landscape, you’ll find plenty of space at Devou Park. The paved trails are perfect for exploring with your pet. You can follow the winding paths through the entire park—past Prisoners Lake, Rotary Grove Memorial and other landmarks—then stop to admire the view from the Memorial Overlook. The Backcountry Trails include eight miles of secluded tracks through the rolling landscape of the park. Devou Park is located at 1201 Park Drive in Covington.
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BEHIND THE FLORENCE Y'ALL WATER TOWER
By Florence Mayor Diane Whalen
I’m a life-long resident of Florence and have had the honor of serving as the city’s mayor for over 20 years. I have seen Florence transform from a small, rural town into the eighth largest city in Kentucky and an economic engine for the entire area. Together with my fellow city council members, our police and fire fighters, and all city employees, we have much of which to be proud: low city tax rates, a fiscal surplus that well positions our city to deal with future challenges and opportunities, strong economic growth from diverse industries and businesses, including retail, office, manufacturing, technology, and service sectors, and quality city services that are recognized as the best in the Greater Cincinnati region.
Of course, we are nationally – and maybe internationally – known for the Florence Y’all water tower. It’s a legend in and of itself, but the story itself is even more legendary. In the early 1970s, the de-
The publicity surrounding the Florence Y'all tower advertised the mall better than a passive sign alone; and on the mall’s opening day in late 1976, mall-goers created a traffic jam at the Kentucky Highway 18 exit from I-75.
velopers of the yet-to-be-built mall gave the land for the tower to the city, stipulating that the words “Florence Mall” be painted on it in view of interstate motorists. The tower would thus advertise the mall, which would open in September 1976. The giant advertisement immediately raised legal concerns. In July 1974, Kentucky Bureau of Highways officials told the city that the tower’s sign was illegal because it advertised something which didn’t yet exist. Among the discussed possibilities were repainting the tower or covering the words with a large tarp. With time running out to comply with the law, city staff met for a brainstorming session at a local restaurant with the late C.M.
“Hop” Ewing (who happened to be my dad), then mayor of Florence, who “sketched different ideas on a napkin.” Dad ultimately devised the idea of removing the vertical lines at the sides of the M in MALL, adding a stem to make it a Y and adding an apostrophe, resulting in “Y’ALL.” Dad called it a “corny solution, but cost-effective,” because the minor alteration would cost one-third of a full repainting. The publicity surrounding the Florence Y'all tower advertised the mall better than a passive sign alone; and on the mall’s opening day in late 1976, mall-goers created a traffic jam at the Kentucky Highway 18 exit from I-75. And, so, Florence Y’all lives on today.
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VIBRANT LIVING Hoffmans Proud to Serve Those Who Served America Seventy-one of America’s greatest heroes arrived at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport before sunrise on an August morning to kick off a one-day journey packed full of activity and emotion. Honor Flight Tri-State (HFTS) was flying the veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the various memorials honoring their service and sacrifice. Villa Hills residents Mickey and Kathy Hoffman were among the supporters and have been volunteers for HFTS since 2014. Honor
Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans. The Hoffmans are HFTS Ambassadors and serve as escorts and organizers for the trips to Washington, DC. In 1968 during the Vietnam War, Mickey was drafted. “I went to the induction center and was ready, willing, and able to serve,” said Mickey. However, after taking a short physical, he was informed that he failed. Even though he was told that he would be called back, he never received that call.
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“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they walk by.” -- Will Rogers “To this day I have mixed emotions about that,” explained Mickey. “On one hand I was relieved that I didn't go. On the other hand, I never had the opportunity to serve my country.” Kathy's father, Charles Robert Lemmons, served as an Army MP (Military Police) in the 16th Armored Division part of General Patton's 3rd Army during World War II. The 16th AD was responsible for liberating western Czechoslovakia. Following the war, Charles spent 36 years with the Covington Police Department. In 1977, Kathy started attending Army reunions her father, who was a widower. She loved the veterans and pledged to become involved in veteran organizations. Charles died in 2001, but Kathy has remained active with the group hosting reunions and serving as secretary, treasurer, and editor of the 16th ADA newsletter. Mickey and Kathy married in 1985 and discovered they both had the same passion for helping veterans. Kathy wanted to honor her father’s memory, and Mickey felt an obligation towards the veterans. "I didn't serve, so I serve those who did." They had run across HFTS Ambassadors at various veteran events and knew it would be a good fit for them. The emotion evoked by the Honor Flights has had a strong impact on Mickey. “The veterans are lead into the Welcome Home Celebration by drums and bagpipes; and 400 to 500 people are waving flags, holding signs, and shouting ‘Thank You’ and ‘Welcome Home.’ I remember one sign held by a boy around eight years old that said, ‘My Grandpa is My HERO.’ When I see veterans with tears in their eyes, that is a special memory.” Mickey and Kathy thoroughly enjoy volunteering at HFTS. The Honor Flights are specifically for the veterans, but the gratitude flows both ways … the veterans give so much happiness to the people who made their daylong trip to the nation’s capital possible, including the airline crew, the honor flight coordinators, and the many supporters who attend the events. Honor Flight Tri-State is just one of the many ways people can get connected in Northern Kentucky and give back to the community and the country. 2019
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NORTHERN KENTUCKY GOLF COURSES Outdoor fun is all around â€“ including at local golf courses. Northern Kentucky offers courses that are perfect for beginners and others that will challenge even the most practiced pro. AJ Jolly 11541 Alexandria Pike in Alexandria A.J. Jolly is a hidden beauty for the serious golfer, creating a natural and beautiful landscape winding through a nature-friendly environment. The 18-hole course features 6,235 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.0 and it has a slope rating of 128 on Bent Grass. Boone Links 19 Clubhouse Drive in Florence Boone Links Golf Course offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Wellgroomed fairways and greens keep Boone Links Golf Course difficult yet friendly, and is a terrific choice for your regular rounds of golf or a new destination for you and friends when visiting.
Devou Park Golf 1201 Park Drive in Covington The 18-hole, 6,091-yard layout offers plush zoysia fairways and bent grass greens with a fun and enjoyable experience for golfers of all ability. Fort Mitchell Country Club 250 Fort Mitchell Avenue in Fort Mitchell Fort Mitchell Country Club mixes the charms and challenges of the wooded Fort Mitchell landscape for a course that tests experienced finesse and accuracy as well as being fun to play for emerging golfers. Alternate tee boxes offer a dynamic element that makes this 9-hole course challenging.
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The Golf Courses at Kenton County Spend a day at the 54-hole Kenton County facility. All three courses (The Pioneer, The Willows, Fox Run) offer low handicappers as well as the average golfer challenging and fun layouts. Hickory Sticks Golf Club 3812 Painter Road in California, KY The par-71 golf course at Hickory Sticks Golf Club measures over 6100 yards from the back tees. The length of the course is a bit deceiving but golfers are in for a challenge that includes plenty of elevation change and water. Lassing Pointe Golf Course 2266 Double Eagle Drive in Union Expect terrific views and challenging play for all skill levels at Lassing Pointe Golf Course. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep the course difficult yet friendly. Meadowood Golf Course 1911 Golf Club Drive in Burlington Meadowood is a 9-hole regulation golf course. It is a par 35 course with tees ranging from 2,294 to 2,811 yards in length, and is a great course for golfers of all skill levels. Perry Park Golf Resort 595 Springport Ferry Road in Perry Park Perry Park Golf Resort features a 27-Hole championship golf course with a par of 72 and (5) sets of tees ranging from 7355 to 4000 yards to challenge every skill level. Practice Range is available.
“I’ve been playing golf with the PGA Jr. League since I was nine years old. There are many awesome golf courses really close to home, so I get to play a lot with my friends.” - Tanner L.
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The Stephens Golf Center 5390 Limaburg Road in Burlington The range features 34 heated and covered bays with newly purchased mats in 2019. The grass tees are open from April thru October (weather permitting). The putting green is 10,000 square feet and its use is complimentary with any visit to the facility. Summit Hills Country Club 236 Dudley Road in Crestview Hills The 18-hole course features 6,307 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 70.5 and it has a slope rating of 125 on Bent grass. Traditions Golf Club 2035 Williams Road in Hebron Traditions offers 400 acres of unspoiled natural terrain, challenging elevation changes, native forests and meadows, abundant wildlife. Par 72 course measures from 5793 to 7103 yards with four sets of tees. CONTINUED >
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Triple Crown Country Club One Triple Crown Boulevard in Union Boasting 7108 yards from the championship tees and a slope rating of 142, TCCC attracts the best golfers in the Tri-State. Established in 1990 and designed by Gene Bates, TCCC is home to Bent grass tees, fairways and greens while the rough has multiple mounds and lush collars of Kentucky bluegrass and Fescue.
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Twin Oaks Golf 450 E 43rd Street in Covington The Twin Oaks course features Bermuda Grass fairways and Bent Grass greens, with a mix of mature trees sprinkled throughout. There is also plenty of sand and water to challenge your golfing skills. World of Golf 7400 Woodspoint Drive in Florence World of Golfâ€™s Executive 18 Hole Golf Course features fourteen par 3 holes and four par 4 holes. The course is a well-maintained, challenging executive course with water hazards directly in play on six holes and indirectly on approximately 3/4 of the golf course. The course is great for all skill levels.
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HEALTH & WELLNESS Learning to have balance is By Cheryl Stebbins, RDN, LDN, Lead Dietitian Nutritionist at Figure Weight Loss in Edgewood
Living a healthy lifestyle is a goal for most of us. Actually doing it can seem daunting, if not impossible, for many. Often times the idea of eating “healthy” conjures up pictures of choking down dry salad and boring chicken every day. I’m here to tell you there’s a better and more delicious way to a healthy life! Learning to have balance is key to healthy living. Most of the time you should give your body nourishing foods along with staying hydrated and exercising regularly. However, that doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. It is fine to indulge once or twice a week. And with all the delicious local fair Northern Kentucky has to offer, it would be a shame to never partake of them.
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opportunity to buy fresh, seasonal produce and some even have locally produced dairy, meat, eggs, poultry, and seafood. Visit kyproud.com to find a local farmer’s market near you. Third, you don’t have to be perfect. Eating out once in a while can also be part of a healthy lifestyle, just try to keep a balanced plate when possible. A very popular food in Northern Kentucky is “Cincinnati style” chili. One local favorite eatery is Dixie Chili. Here you can order a small 3-Way with a side salad and an iced water to have a balanced meal while eating out. When having indulgences such as Graeter’s ice cream, do so in moderation and have the single scoop.
First, keep things simple by having balanced meals. Follow the USDA MyPlate guidelines which encourages including all five food groups. Aim to make half of your plate fruits and vegetables, one-fourth of your plate whole grains, and one-fourth of your plate protein with a serving of dairy as well.
Lastly, include exercise into your schedule. Try to plan for at least 30-45 minutes of physical activity, 4-5 days per week. Try visiting one of our many local parks for fun outdoor activities. Devou Park in Covington has over 700 acres of recreational opportunities, such as a golf course, mountain bike trails, as well as paved and nature trails. Choose something you enjoy, whether it’s walking, running, biking, or hiking, if you enjoy the activity you are more likely to stick to it.
Second, cook from home most of the time. Studies have shown we eat smaller portions, with less calories and sodium when eating home-cooked meals. It also puts us in control of the quality of foods we eat. Northern Kentucky has numerous farmer’s markets and some are open year round. Farmer’s markets give you an
Remember, foods are not good and bad. While some foods are more nutritious than others, you don’t have to eliminate less nutritious foods from your diet. How much and how often we eat these different foods is what really matters. The key to healthy living is balance. Keep it simple and enjoy life!
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NKY Health & Wellness There are many health and wellness businesses to serve you and your family. Five Seasons Family Sports Club 345 Thomas More Parkway in Crestview Hills, (859) 341-3687 www.fiveseasonssportsclub.com Five Seasons is the premier year-round, high-energy, high-touch sports club focused on family leisure and entertainment, improving sports performance and maintaining overall health. Silverlake: The Family Place 301 Kenton Lands Road in Erlanger, (859) 426-7777 www.silverlakefamily.com Silverlake brings together State-of-theArt Fitness, Programs and Family Fun. Offering a wide range of amenities and benefits to help members improve and achieve a lifestyle of living fit.
Figure Weight Loss 157 Barnwood Drive in Edgewood, (859) 371-4555 www.figureweightloss.com The Figure Weight Loss Program will jumpstart your success through comprehensive physician care. This coupled with lifestyle change and healthy eating habits will ensure sustainable weight loss. Bluegrass Urgent Care Crescent Springs: 2327 Buttermilk Crossing, (859) 344-7900 Independence: 2025 Declaration Drive, (859) 371-7900 Newport: 85 Carothers Road, (859) 431-7900 Walton: 625 Chestnut Drive, (859) 485-7900 www.bluegrassurgentcare.com Offering fast, complete medical care for unexpected medical illnesses and injuries. Convenient hours, including days, evenings, and weekends. No appointment necessary.
Woodhouse Day Spa 2802 Turkeyfoot Road in Crestview Hills, (859) 739-7775 www.nky.woodhousespas.com Woodhouse Day Spa is an ultimate, full-service, luxury day spa. Immerse body, mind, and spirit in all aspects of health and wellness. Indulging in over 70 rejuvenating spa treatments.
Moda Yoga 2428 High Street in Fort Mitchell, (859) 344-9642 www.cincinnati.modoyoga.com Modo Yoga is a community of inspired students, joined by a love of yoga, a commitment to protecting the earth, and a drive to bring more peace into the world. Classes are challenging and fun for all levels.
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AROUND NORTHERN KENTUCKY Kenton County Parks & Recreation has seven areas of designated park lands, totaling nearly 500 acres of green space. Parks are open daily from dawn to dusk. These include: Doe Run Lake Park located at 1501 Bullock Pen Road in Covington. Amenities include boat ramp, Doe Run Nature Trail, fishing, hiking, remote picnic areas.
Devou Park Devou Park is nestled in the hills overlooking Covington and Cincinnati. Located at 1201 Park Drive in Covington, the park offers an array of recreational and entertainment opportunities. Amenities include an 18-hole golf course, multiple playgrounds and picnic shelters, a collection of mature trees of various species, over eight miles of mountain bike trails, an amphitheater, a fishing lake, paved and nature trails. The park is also home to the NKY Childrenâ€™s Home, Drees Pavilion at the Devou Memorial Overlook, and the Behringer-Crawford Museum.
George Bowman Park located at 8895 Locust Pike in Taylor Mill. Amenities include picnic area swings, baseball.
Open daily dawn to dusk. For more information call (859) 292-2160. To book a picnic shelter, please call (859) 292-2151 or email email@example.com.
Pioneer Park is located at 3952 Madison Pike in Covington. Amenities include 2 shelterhouses, Kenton Paw Park (dog park), playgrounds, paved walking/biking trails, baseball, soccer, basketball courts, tennis courts.
Lincoln Ridge Park located at 420 Independence Station Road in Independence. Amenities include 3 shelterhouses, playgrounds, picnic areas, unpaved hiking trails, horseshoes, soccer, baseball, 2 ponds, fishing. Middleton-Mills Park located at 3415 Mills Road in Covington. Amenities include 2 shelterhouses, playgrounds (one with ADA-accessible safety surfacing), sand volleyball, horseshoes, 3 ponds, unpaved hiking trails, fishing pier (handicap accessible), Bluebird Trail, baseball, soccer, football.
Richardson Road Park is located at 3975 Richardson Road in Independence. Amenities include a shelterhouse, playground, baseball, horseshoes, basketball courts, tennis courts. Saylor Woods Park is located at 481 Saylor Court in Covington. Amenities include a playground picnic area. For information regarding the parks, recreation programs, activities and events, or shelterhouse reservations call (859) 525-7529 or visit www.kentoncounty.org/departmentsMain/parks_and_recreation/index.php.
LOCAL > PARKS Boone County Parks & Recreation has a mission to provide safe, diverse parks and wholesome recreation programs to enhance the quality of life in Boone County. Parks include: Boone Cliffs Nature Preserve is located at 4990 Middle Creek Road in Burlington. Amenities include unpaved walking trails, wildflowers, 20 to 40-foot cliff formations. Boone Woods Park is located at 6000 Veterans Way in Burlington. Amenities include 3 shelters (electricity, water fountain & grill), 18–hole disc golf course, basketball courts, bocce ball courts, Creekside Stage, horseshoes (lighted), picnic tables, 2 playgrounds, soccer field, 6 tennis courts (lighted), volleyball courts (lighted), 2 pickleball courts. Camp Ernst Lake is located at 7915 Camp Ernst Road in Burlington. Amenities include boat launch, fishing, pier, small shelters, soccer field. Central Park & Arboretum is located at 9190 Camp Ernst Road in Union. Amenities include 2 shelters to (electricity, water fountain & grill), 4 tennis courts (lighted), 6 baseball/softball fields (lighted), Arboretum, basketball courts, 2 concession/ restroom buildings, playground, paved walking/ hiking trails, soccer fields. Conservancy Park Belleview is located at 5820 Burlington Pike in Burlington. Amenities include fishing, 1 large shelter, unpaved walking trail. Dinsmore Woods Nature Preserve is located at 5700 Burlington Pike in Burlington. Amenities include unpaved walking/hiking trails, wildflowers, next to the historic Dinsmore Homestead.
England/Idlewild Park and Dog Park is located at 5550 Idlewild in Burlington. Amenities include 3 large shelters (electricity, water fountain & grill), 24–hole championship disc golf course, baseball/softball fields, basketball courts, dog park adjacent to park, 3 ponds, unpaved mountain bike trails, paved walking/ hiking trails with fitness stations, picnic tables, playground, soccer fields, bike park offers 2 pump tracks, 1 dual slalom course and 3 jump lines. Fox Run is located at 1510 Woodside Drive in Florence. Amenities include all-purpose sport field, basketball goal, picnic tables, playground. Giles Conrad Park is located at 7500 River Road in Hebron. Amenities include a large shelter (electricity & grill), basketball court, fitness stations, paved walking/hiking trail, playground. Gunpowder Creek Nature Park is located at 6750 Sperti Lane in Burlington. Amenities include a shelter (electricity & water fountain), unpaved walking/ hiking trails, playground. Middle Creek Park is located at 5700 Burlington Pike in Burlington. Amenities include horse trails, picnic tables, unpaved walking/hiking trails, wildflowers. Oakbrook Park is located at 9905 Oakbrook Drive in Florence. Amenities include sand volleyball court, picnic table, playground. Pete's Park is located at Nicholson Avenue in Burlington. Amenities include bench, picnic tables, swing. Petersburg Community Center and Park is located at 6517 Market Street in Petersburg. Amenities include baseball/softball field, basketball courts, playground, community center to reserve, picnic table. Shor Lake Park is located at 505 Shorland Drive in Walton. Amenities include fishing and picnic table. Waller-Stephenson Mill Park is located at 2744 Verona Mudlick Road in Verona. Amenities include unpaved trails. Soccer fields, tennis courts, track used only with permission from Walton-Verona schools. Walton Community Park is located at 35 Old Stephenson-Mill Road in Walton. Amenities include 3 large shelters (electricity, water fountain & grill), baseball/ softball field, basketball courts, gazebo, paved walking trail, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, tennis courts, viewing platform, volleyball courts, disc golf course. For more information contact Boone County Parks and Recreation at (859) 334-2117 or visit www.boonecountyky. org/parks. Reserve a shelter by calling Boone County Parks (859) 334–2117 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
LOCAL > HEALTH & WELLNESS
There's a Flavor for Every Palate in Northern Kentucky
Agave and Rye 633 Madison Avenue in Covington Agave and Rye has set out to deliver a chef-inspired take on a standard taco, elevating this simple food into something epic. Enjoy creative food, tequila and craft cocktails. Baker’s Table Newport 1004 Monmouth Street in Newport The Baker's Table is a unique daytime restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and brunch. Guided by the principles of sustainability and community, the menu simple, high-quality farm-totable cuisine that changes with each new season’s bounty Bourbon House Pizzeria 7500 Oakbrook Road in Florence Bourbon House Pizzeria brings wellmade, Chicago Style Deep Dish pizza to Northern Kentucky. All dough, sauce, and other delicious ingredients are made fresh each day.
Camporosso 2475 Dixie Highway in Fort Mitchell Pizza made from two imported-from-Italy ovens – one wood-fired for Neapolitan pizzas, the other a deck oven for Americano-style pies. The Neapolitans come out bubbly, the crisp crust marked by a little char. The Americanos have a slightly thicker, crunchier crust. City Goat 404 West Pike Street in Covington The City Goat is a family owned restaurant, bar and event center. Our passion is delicious food, excellent craft beers and a gathering place for our community.
Coppins at Hotel Covington 638 Madison Avenue in Covington Inspired by classic gastropub fare with a nod to both the North and the South. Enjoy classics like the Chef Burger with Boone Creek Cheddar and Bacon Marmalade; Father’s Country Ham with Biscuits and Bourbon Honey; Bobwhite Quail with Corn Pudding, Sorghum and Cracked Pepper. Farmstand Market & Cafe 9914 Old Union Road, Union The Farmstand Market features delicious dining options and sinfully decadent desserts for eat in or take out. You'll also find a large assortment of Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio Proud grocery merchandise including honey, jams, sauces, baking mixes, fresh produce, freezer meats, cheeses and much more.
Colonial Cottage 3140 Dixie Highway in Erlanger The Colonial Cottage is known regionally for its Breakfast Omelettes and Homemade Cream Pies. It also has an extensive menu and serves up Daily Specials on a rotating basis. Favorites include: fried chicken, prime rib, meat loaf, salmon croquettes and cottage ham.
LOCAL > DINING OUT
1. Agave & Rye 2. Greyhound Tavern 3. Moonrise Donuts
Frida’s 602 Main Street in Covington Tequila & Mezcal bar featuring Latin street cuisine. Favorite include Brussels Sprout Taco, Cubano, and Oaxacan Chicken Sandwich. Grandview Tavern & Grille 2220 Grandview Drive in Fort Mitchell Ritzy fixture supplying seafood & steak meals, plus fireside seating, a spacious patio & live music. The menu offers a variety of items. Tavern Meatloaf to Pasta Diavolo and for fish lovers from Pistachio Crusted Tilapia to Shrimp and Scallop Scampi. Greyhound Tavern 2500 Dixie Highway in Fort Mitchell The Greyhound Tavern is well known for its traditional favorites, but it has also become a prime spot for chops, steaks, seafood, and other specialties prepared by the chef and his staff.
Moonrise Donuts 3718 Winston Avenue in Covington Moonrise donuts is a specialty shop offering fresh doughnuts during the evening hours. Made fresh nightly, the nostalgic doughnuts take you back to the simple, familiar flavors of the local doughnut shop.
Kitchen 1883 9003 US Highway 42 in Union With items ranging from chicken and waffles to braised beef short ribs, Kitchen 1883 is pushing the boundaries of what customers typically expect from the Kroger Co. And while the guests may be sitting a few feet from where they pick up their milk and eggs, the dining experience at Kitchen 1883 is miles away from a traditional grocery store. Libby’s Southern Comfort 35 West 8th Street in Covington Libby’s Southern Comfort is newest spot for southern cuisine. Libby's staff has crafted an amazing menu which features a mouthwatering selection of southern cuisine including special-recipe fried chicken, oysters on the half shell, fried green tomatoes, and goetta hush puppies.
Longnecks Sports Grill 3 NKY locations in Hebron, Richwood, and Wilder Longnecks opened to provide an enjoyable social environment to the community where family, and friends can enjoy great food and refreshments ... especially on Game Day. Game Day presents quite an exciting atmosphere and becomes the next best thing to being there in person. Mai Thai Restaurant Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bar 7710 US-42, Florence Serving exotic Thai food with a modern presentation. Mai Thai offers healthy foods, and gluten-free and low-fat options are available. Dine in and pick up. Oakbrook Bakery 7500 Oakbrook Road in Florence Offering a variety of baked goods such as pretzels, strudel, donuts, cakes, etc. Owner has 40 years of baking experience in a German family-owned bakery.
LOCAL > DINING OUT
Olde Kentucky Market 2028 Mall Road (in Florence Mall) Eclectic market and café featuring gourmet food items from Afficionado Fish Market, Memorie Makers Cupcakery & Cafe, and Kentucky Olive. The menu also features a cod sandwich, lobster rolls and shrimp, and cod or salmon meals served with sides. The menu also offers an Amish chicken meal, hot dogs, and burgers. Oriental Wok 317 Buttermilk Pike in Fort Mitchell Experience Asian Fine Dining at Oriental Wok. It was the regions first Chinese restaurant and opened over 40 years ago. The Wong Family shares their Chinese culture one meal at a time. Otto’s 521 Main Street in Covington Otto's serves American and Southern-inspired fare in the heart of Covington's Mainstrasse. Favorites include Filet Ottos’s, Friend Green Tomatoes, and Shrimp & Grits. Piazza RiverCenter Restaurants 50 E. RiverCenter Boulevard in Covington Three eateries in one location. Fire offers upscale American fare, a diverse list of bourbons, finely crafted cocktails. Biscuits to Burgers is a family-friendly eatery offering fresh and healthy breakfast, brunch, lunch, and evening options. Butlers Pantry offers gourmet items in a marketplace setting for dine in, grab and go, or select groceries.
Pompilio’s Newport 600 Washington Avenue in Newport An Italian restaurant with a Kentucky flavor set in an historic neighborhood, where everyone knows your name, as well as your father, your mother, and probably at least one of your grandparents. Pompilio’s opened its doors on April 1, 1933, and it quickly became a regional tradition. Smokin’ This and That BBQ 10020 Demia Way in Florence Get authentic, southern barbecue ribs, pulled pork, and a heck of a lot more at Smokin’ This and That BBQ. Every BBQ item is tender and falls right off the bone, and if you’re not careful, right into your lap. Strong’s Pizza 3 locations in Newport, Hebron, and Lawrenceburg Strong’s Italian brick-oven is the key to the pizza’s success. Offering many gourmet pizzas including the Cosentino that includes plum tomato sauce, red peppers and sausage, as well as the Hot & Spicy that has buffalo cream sauce, bacon, jalapenos and topped with Grippos. Sub Station II 2 locations in Fort Wright and Florence Serving hoagies, grinders, subs, or whatever you prefer to call them. Offering more than a dozen hot or cold sandwiches, as well as a variety of salads, side items, chips, and desserts to satisfy your appetite.
LOCAL > DINING OUT
Sugar Fire Smoke House 9039 US 42 in Union Award-winning barbeque tantalizes taste buds with baby back ribs, juicy pulled pork, and the best beef brisket in town. Specials like meaty mashups that defy logic and even gravity. Sweet Basil 2520 Hazelwood Road, Crescent Springs At Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine and Sushi Bar, the chefs create the menu that honors traditional Thai food as well as the variety of fresh sushi in the way that you never experienced before. Tousey House 5963 North Jefferson Street in Burlington The food at Tousey House is as enjoyable as the surroundings, and rich with the traditions of southern cooks. You’ll enjoy their spin on a Kentucky favorite, the Hot Brown, to the Kentucky beer cheese, to the Po Boy sandwiches, to the duck breast served with a bourbon peach reduction.
Walt’s Hitching Post 3300 Madison Pike in Fort Wright Folks in these parts are very familiar with Walt’s Hitching Post and the delicious ribs complemented by Walt’s signature secret sauce. Other staple items include the Salted Rye Bread, Tomato Garlic Dressing, and chicken livers, along with the addition of a new lineup of mouth-watering steaks. Washington Square Café 5981 N. Jefferson Street in Burlington Washington Square Café combines fresh ingredients from farmers and suppliers with traditional flavors and familiar recipes to create exceptional home cooked food. Picky or adventurous eaters, there is something for everyone.
I was thrilled when my family surprised me for my 70th birthday with dinner at the Tousey House. Our meal was fabulous, and the atmosphere was welcoming. It is definitely one of best restaurants in Northern Kentucky. - Jo Ann B.
LOCAL > MEET THE CHANDLERS
The Chandler Family: Dave, Carri, Darah, and Darren.
MEET THE CHANDLER FAMILY
Big Dave and Carrie share why NKY has become "HOME" Dave and Carri Chandler are not native to this region, but they have intentionally adopted and embraced it. As a result, they have woven themselves into the fabric of the Northern Kentucky community. As morning show host of the “Big Dave Show” on WUBE B-105 FM, Dave came to the area in 1998 from WKDF FM in Nashville. Originally from Elkhart, Indiana, Carri moved to Cincinnati in 1992 upon graduation from Ball State University. The couple met on a blind date in July 1999 and became engaged eight months later. Carri said he made her laugh, and Dave was grateful his jokes worked. They fell in love in the cheap seats at Riverfront Stadium watching Ken Griffey, Jr., Sean Casey, and Adam Dunn. On weekdays, Dave is up at 4 a.m., in the studio by 5 a.m., and is broadcasting live at 5:30 a.m. Receiving multiple national honors as Large Market Personality of the Year by the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, Dave is humbled by the accolades, but defers the spotlight to his team and faithful audience. 30 BeLocal
Carri worked for Toyota in Erlanger for 18 years, serving in an external affairs role supporting community, media, and government relations. When the manufacturing headquarters departed Northern Kentucky in a consolidation move to Texas, there were attractive incentives to follow the company, but the family chose to remain in their adopted community. Now the Vice President of the St. Elizabeth Foundation, Carri said, “As much as I admired and respected Toyota as a company and an employer, there was no question we would remain in the area.” Carri explained why she considers Northern Kentucky home. “Our community is beautiful, caring, generous, collaborative, innovative, accessible, livable, and a wonderful place to raise a family. It’s all this and more.” The couple lives in a 90-year-old home on a leafy street in Ft. Mitchell with their two children. Darah, 13, found her striking four-octave soprano at an early age and already has a long resume’ of public vocal performances, including the singing of the National Anthem at the annual Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, American Heart Mini-Marathon races, and numerous musical theater productions. An avid basketball player and NBA fan, Darren, 10, enjoys playing with his fifth grade team at Beechwood Elementary, skills training at Griffin Elite, and pick-up games at his home 2019
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court on Iris Road. He enjoys the occasional road trip to watch his beloved Golden State Warriors play. And, if Skyline Chili didn’t close, he’d never leave. His mom jokes that “65 percent of his blood is Skyline Chili.” The active family enjoys the rich quality of life greater Cincinnati has to offer. Dave roots hard for his Bengals and Reds and grows peppers for his “notoriously hot” homemade chili and salsa. He runs the relay in the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon with his colleagues. Many evenings and weekends are spent hosting and emceeing community events and fundraisers. Carri volunteers for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and is on the Foundation Board of both her church and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. She enjoys tending to her many plants and flowers. As a family, they frequent the Broadway Series at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, as well as concerts at Riverbend Music Center. On vacations, they opt for cruising, noting they love being on the sea, exploring and finding the fun at each port. Dave said, “We love learning and experiencing other parts of the world, but are always happy to return home.” 2019
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LOCAL > GETTING CONNECTED
G E T T I N G CO N N EC T E D Find Ways to Meet People in NKY When you relocate to a new city or even a new neighborhood, it takes a while to make new friends and create a business network. It takes work to put yourself out there and start meeting new people. Whether you’re looking for new friends or a new job, here are some tips on how to build your network.
Become a St. Elizabeth Volunteer.
GO Pantry provides food to those who are unable to provide for themselves.
Try Something New You know those things you briefly consider doing, before that “sensible” voice in your head talks you out of them? Well, this time, ignore that voice. Explore your creativity at The Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center in Covington by taking a class in drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, quilting, dance or yoga. Join a reading club at the Boone or Kenton County Libraries, or tryout for the Voices of the Commonwealth adult choir. You never know who you’ll meet when you step outside of your comfort zone. Get involved with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has many opportunities to get connected. The NKY Chamber works to strengthen businesses and create a vibrant economy in the region. There are resources to support business growth: Business Referral Networks (BRN), Direct Marketing/Data Compilation Partnerships, Foreign Currency Partnerships, SCORE Seminars & Mentors, and Small Business Seminars.
Take a class at Baker Hunt.
The Point Arc has a variety of service opportnities.
The Women’s Initiative is one of the fastest growing area of the Chamber and is committed to helping area employers meet the rising professional development goals for their employees. The Women’s Initiative, sponsored by PNC, is the leading organization for women of all career stages working toward business and professional success. The Chamber is located at 300 Buttermilk Pike #330 in Fort Mitchell. Check out the website www.nkychamber.com
“We are so grateful for the work GO Pantry is doing in our community to help feed 350 kids weekly. We love that we have the opportunity to serve together as a family to teach our boys the importance of loving and helping others.” - Ware F.
Join a Church One of the best ways to meet new friends is through a shared love of religion or culture. Becoming active in a local church, synagogue or mosque will ensure that you engage with a community of like-minded people who will support you. There are hundreds of churches in the area that you can visit. Visit the website Church Finder to narrow down your options. www.churchfinder.com.
Volunteer in the community When you have a passion for giving back, it is easy to find others who share that passion. Sharing a few hours of your time each month will benefit both your organization of choice and you. Find the perfect volunteer opportunity for you on VolunteerMatch.org by entering your city and your areas of interest. Northern Kentucky has very active service organizations. A great volunteer opportunity is Master Provisions. Master Provisions works with agencies that directly serve people in need, distributing resources to them. Food partner agencies include soup kitchens, shelters, neighborhood food pantries, churches and weekend backpack programs that feed school children. Check out the website for ways to help, www. masterprovisions.org. Volunteer for St. Elizabeth hospital, the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, or at The Point Arc which provides opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The volunteer opportunities are limitless.
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LOCAL > UNIQUE NKY
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SPORTS IN NKY & CINCINNATI
Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati are home to minor league and professional baseball teams, a professional football team, the regionâ€™s premier motorsports facility, horse racing venues, hockey and soccer team. Greater Cincinnati residents know how to have a good time supporting their hometown teams. Florence Freedom 7950 Freedom Way in Florence So much more than baseball. The Freedom offer fun-filled games with entertainment for adults and kids alike. Princess Day to Bourbon Fest, Fireworks and Concerts, there is something or everyone and parking is always free. Check out the jam-packed 2019 Promotion Schedule online at www.FlorenceFreedom.com. Turfway Park 7500 Turfway Road in Florence Catch the fun and excitement of Thoroughbred racing all year long at TurfwayPark. Live racing held each winter. You can experience simulcast action the rest of the year Wednesday through Sunday. The vintage charm of historical TurfwayPark will be sure to create a memorable experience for the young and old alike.
Kentucky Speedway 1 Speedway Drive in Sparta Kentucky Speedway is the hometown motorsports facility in this region. Kentucky Speedway hosts one NASCAR race weekend annually in addition to many racing schools and other events throughout the year. The facility offers amenities to meet any need from corporate entertainment outings to individual seats. With 87,000 grandstand seats, 32 luxury suites and over 3,300 campsites, a visit to Kentucky Speedway will offer the thrill of a lifetime.
League Central division. Great American Ball Park is praised for innovative features, breathtaking views, and affordable seating options. Great American Ball Park also celebrates the teamâ€™s rich history with the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and award-winning Team Shop.
Cincinnati Reds Baseball 100 Joe Nuxhall Way in Cincinnati The Cincinnati Reds is an American professional baseball team that competes in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National
FC Cincinnati Soccer Currently playing at Nippert Stadium on the campus of University of Cincinnati Playing since 2016, FC Cincinnati is a professional soccer club that entered Major League Soccer in 2019.
Cincinnati Bengals Football 1 Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati Who Dey! The Cincinnati Bengals, members of the North Division of the AFC in the NFL, take to the field each fall at Paul Brown Stadium, a cornerstone of Cincinnati's riverfront development with 65,535 seats on three levels, including 7,600 club seats and 114 private suites.
LOCAL > SPORTS
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Cyclones Hockey US Bank Arena, 100 Broadway in Cincinnati The Cincinnati Cyclones are Cincinnati's Kelly Cup Championship winning hockey team and ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. Cincinnati Cyclones hockey games are more than just a game. Non-stop action, affordable family entertainment, and intermission activities provide unmatched entertainment value on the banks of the Ohio River. Western and Southern Open Tennis Lindner Family Tennis Center 5460 Courseview Drive in Mason, OH This Men's and Women's combined tennis tournament, held each summer at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, has hosted stars like Federer, Nadal, Sharapova and Serena Williams who all come to Cincinnati to compete for this prestigious title. Fans come from 50 states and 30 countries to sample the region's best food, wine and entertainment.
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LOCAL > FARMERS MARKET
Findlay Market Courtesy Liz Dufour Boone County Farmers Market
Crestview Hills Farmer's Market Crestview Hills Town Center at 2791 Town Center Blvd. Enjoy fresh, local produce, baked goods and crafts at our pet friendly Farmer’s Market. In the Abuelo’s parking lot Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 2 through September 29. Boone County Farmer’s Market 6028 Camp Ernst Road in Burlington There is no better place to buy your produce than directly from the farmer who just picked it earlier this morning. That’s what you get at the Boone County Farmers Market. Fresh, high-quality fruit and vegetables are what have made the local Farmers Market a huge success. Open 7 days a week May through October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day): 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Re-opens the day after Thanksgiving: 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weather permitting. McGlasson Farms 5832 River Road in Hebron Located along scenic rural Route 8 (River Road) in Hebron, Kentucky, the roadside farm has been family owned and operated for six generations. Open from July through November, they proudly offer fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the farm for sale at our roadside stand. Findlay Market 1801 Race Street in Cincinnati Findlay Market is the bustling center of farm fresh, locally sourced, artisanal and specialty foods and Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market. Findlay Market is home to more than 40 indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods. On weekends from April through November the Market also hosts a thriving farmers 2019
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market, dozens of outdoor vendors, numerous street performers, and lots of special events. Mondays only select merchants. Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Independence Farmer's Market 5272 Independence The Independence Farmer's Market offers a wide variety of locally-grown produce, fruit, bedding plants, cut flowers, heirloom plants and vegetables, grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, eggs, and fresh-baked goods. The market is a member of Kentucky Proud, and is sanctioned by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The market is opened from April through the end of October on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dixie Farmer’s Market 116 Commonwealth Ave. in Erlanger The Dixie Farmer's Market runs every Thursday from April through October in the Erlanger Baptist Church parking lot.
“We have loved the opportunity to support our local farmers and provide the community with a convenient location venue to purchase farm fresh fruits and vegetables.” Jessica S., Crestview Hills Town Center
LOCAL > SPIRITS
KENTUCKY SPIRITS Local Distilleries, Breweries & Wineries
NKY has played an important role in the movement and production of whiskey throughout our countryâ€™s history. The Ohio River was used to ship bourbon all the way to New Orleans. The B Line, short for The Bourbon Line, is an initiative launching in February 2018 to boost bourbon tourism to Northern Kentucky. Craft breweries and distilleries are exploding across Northern Kentucky, making it easy to wet your whistle at any number of spots. Visit some of the local wineries, breweries, and distilleries to enjoy the real flavors of Northern Kentucky.
Boone County Distillery 10601 Toebben Drive in Boone County, (859) 282-6545 www.boonedistilling.com Reminiscent of the days when bourbon was celebrated as the life-blood of the region, the Boone County Distillery includes a 500-gallon combination pot still, four fermenters, and a small bottling line with a capacity of hundreds of barrels of small-batch bourbon a year. Visit the website for event and tour dates and times. Braxton Brewing Company 27 W. 7th Street in Covington, (859) 261-5600 www.braxtonbrewing.com Born in a garage, a passion for brewing has become an entrepreneurial obsession. The Braxton Taproom is the hub where Evan Rouse and his family showcase their passion for brewing beer. Darkness Brewing 224 Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue, (859) 815-8375 www.darknessbrewing.beer Darkness Brewing is a neighborhood brewery with a passion for anything that sounds interesting -- Pineapple and Chipotle Pepper, Vanilla Maple Brown Ale, even Super Stout. The goal is to keep the taps rotating so there is always something new and interesting on tap.
LOCAL > SPIRITS Elk Creek Vineyard 150 Highway 330 in Owenton, (502) 484-0005 Elk Creek Vineyards tasting room presents more than 20 varieties of wine, and the café features gourmet soups, salads, and sandwiches daily. There are two free winery tours each day in addition to live music and dinner specials every Friday and Saturday. New Riff Distilling 24 Distillery Way in Newport, (859) 261-7433 www.newriffdistilling.com Founded in 2014 by Ken Lewis, New Riff crafts a range of whiskeys including Bourbon, Rye, and Malted Rye and a host of specialty recipes like Kentucky Wild Gin. Take a tour or enjoy a Swag Night at the distillery. Visit the website for event and tour dates and times. Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar 629 Main St. Covington, (859) 581-1777 www.oldkybourbonbar.com With an ever-expanding selection of Kentucky’s native spirit, there are over 600 bottles of bourbon and whiskey to choose from. The bar also offer classic and handcrafted original cocktails, flights, a rotating selection of craft local beers, wine, and non-whiskey spirits for those yet unacquainted. Relax on our intimate patio or hang out with the bartender inside. Second Sight in Ludlow 301B Elm Street in Ludlow, (859) 488-7866 www.secondsightspirits.com A new vision of artisan distilling that focuses on premium, local products presented in an innovative way. The owners believe everything they do should be good for the spirit which guided them to use the best ingredients and techniques to create a premium spirit and excite, engage, and entertain. Verona Vineyards Verona location: 13815 Walton Verona Road in Verona, (859) 739-3144 Rabbit Hash Location: 10021 Lower River Road in Union, (859) 322-0487 www.veronavineyards.com Verona Vineyards is located on a beautiful, historic, working farm and is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. The vineyard is a family business that produces estate wines that are unique and distinguished in this area. Villa Hillbillies Moonshine After taking an early retirement, Dan Gibson needed to find a hobby. Naturally, he started making moonshine. He initially made it for friends, and eventually took it to the masses. The moonshine is available in flavors including Apple Pie and Fire Jack. It is served at local bars and is also available at retail establishments. Wooden Cask Brewery 629 York Street in Newport, (859) 261-2172 Enjoy a well-balanced menu of beers in a spacious taproom. You’ll find small-batch beers and unique, barrel-aged beers on a seasonal rotation.
Early settlers on the property that is now home to the St. Walburg Monastery and Villa Madonna Academy.
THE EARLY YEARS OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY By Sharen M. Karden, Communications Manager at the Behringer-Crawford Museum.
Glacial movement and rock deposits helped shaped the Ohio River Valley and carved Northern Kentucky into its present location. Prehistoric beasts like wooly mammoths, mastodons, and bison forged trails through the landscape in search of water and salt licks, and preceded the early American Indians who hunted them and later farmed the fertile land. European settlers and American pioneers arrived in the late 1700s, the latter often on flatboats loaded with their possessions floating down the Ohio. Boone Countyâ€™s early settlers were primarily farmers, with tobacco being the major crop until the mid-1900s. In Kenton County, the Licking River facilitated shipping and trade, eventually making the area a national leader in meat-packing and iron and steel manufacturing. The Kentucky legislature formally established Boone County in honor of frontiersman Daniel Boone in 1799 and Kenton County after his friend and fellow explorer Simon Kenton in 1840. Craigâ€™s Camp, now known as Burlington, was chosen as the Boone County seat, while Kenton County has two seats, Independence and Covington. During the Civil War, residents and some families were split between allegiance to the North and the South. While no major battles were fought here, two skirmishes did occur in Boone County in Florence and Walton, and embankments were built atop the hills of Kenton County to protect Cincinnati from Confederate attack. The cities of Fort Wright and Fort Mitchell were both established as forts during this time. After the war, Boone County continued its agricultural tradition until the Great Depression, and two World Wars led younger generations to
The Anderson Ferry has been transporting people across the Ohio River for more than 200 years.
In the mid-1800s, the railroads transformed the life of the region, giving businesses easier and cheaper access to materials and markets. A new system of roadways along with the debut of the electric streetcar made it possible for workers to commute to their jobs and to travel for recreation. The last of these cars, The Kentucky, resides at Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park.
The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge was built in 1866 in Covington.
leave their farms for hourly-wage jobs in the cities and factories. In Kenton County, German and Irish immigrants, as well as freed black slaves, expanded and diversified the population and the labor force. New industries – breweries, brickyards, dairies, glass makers, meatpackers and many others – changed the economic landscape.
Two major construction projects in Boone County during the 20th Century led to more change. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport was built in Hebron in 1944; and in 1976, the Florence Mall opened. These and other industrial developments drew workers, shoppers, and travelers away from the core cities and fed the growth of suburbia. Today, Boone and Kenton counties continue as thriving economic and residential centers, building on the successes of their past and welcoming the challenges of the future.
Discover Regional History at the Behringer-Crawford Museum
From the ridiculous (BCM’s infamous two-headed calf) to the sublime (the fascinating collections), this family-friendly museum celebrates the unique arts, heritage, and culture of Northern Kentucky as part of the Ohio Valley. Examine a mammoth fossil, take a ride through time with the beautifully restored 1892 streetcar “Kentucky,” activate the engines, lights, and music of a miniature, mid-century community in the Faragher G-gauge train display and even watch a drive-in movie from the seat of a 1959 Buick Electra convertible. View works by prominent national and international artists Mary Bruce Sharon, Wolfgang Ritschel, Harlan Hubbard and others from the region.
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IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY Newport Aquarium 1 Aquarium Way in Newport While exploring Newport Aquarium's million gallons of fun, guests have the opportunity to touch a shark, play in the interactive frog bog and even pet a penguin during the Penguin Encounter. If you're daring, take a stroll across the Shark Bridge - the only suspension bridge in North America where guests can walk just inches above nearly two dozen sharks! This V-shaped rope bridge is 75-feet long and is suspended over the open water of the 385,000 gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit. Dive shows in the Surrounded By Sharks exhibit are excitement for the whole family as divers talk from underwater and even answer questions. Then, visit Shark Ray Bay to witness the four, extremely rare shark rays on display: Sweet Pea, Scooter, Sunshine and Spike.
animation), was completed in 1979. It stands in Goebel Park. German Gothic design was encouraged throughout the neighborhood, and can be seen in the Goebel Park structures, and modified 19th-century houses nearby. Stroll through the eclectic variety of restaurants, gift shops, service businesses, and upscale bars. World Peace Bell 425 York Street in Newport You'll want to swing by Newport to visit the World Peace Bell: the largest, free-swinging bell in the world. Weighing in at 66,000 pounds and measuring 12 feet high and 12 feet wide, the bell was designed and cast by Cincinnati's own Verdin Bell Company, one of the largest bell-making companies in the world. Installed in 1999, the bell was originally crafted to be rung on the International Day of Peace and since has become an icon for the city of Newport.
MainStrasse Village Main and West Sixth Streets in Covington The neighborhood we know today as Main Strasse Village dates back to before the Civil War, when the first homes were built in Covingtonâ€™s west side. The area developed rapidly after that war, as large numbers of German and Irish immigrants-built homes and businesses here.
Anderson Ferry Anderson Ferry Rd The Anderson Ferry has been in continuous operation since 1817 has three Ferries, Boone 7, Little Boone and Deborah A. It is located about eight miles west of downtown Cincinnati, providing the only automobile crossing between the I-71/75 Brent Spence Bridge and the I-275 West Bridge. The ferry has been in operation so long that a dirt road leading to it dating from the early 1800s grew into a major West Side road in the 1900s. The ferry saves Cincinnati west side residents miles of driving, and is popular both with those catching flights and those who work at the airport.
The anchor attraction, a German Gothic 100-foot free-standing clock tower equipped with carillon (musical bells) and glockenspiel (mechanical
Ark Encounter Ark Encounter Drive in Williamstown The Ark Encounter features a jaw-dropping reconstruction of Noah's ark, built to biblical specs. At CONTINUED >
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over 1.5 football fields long and reaching higher than a four-story house, the Ark is one of the largest timber-frame structures in the world. As you explore three decks of cutting-edge exhibits, the biblical account of Noah's ark comes to life! Your ticket includes admission to the full-size ark and all exhibits, the beautiful grounds, and the Ararat Ridge Zoo and petting zoo area. Add to your experience by riding a camel or donkey, hunting for fossils, soaring down thousands of feet of zip lines, testing your skills on a ropes course, or free falling from 50 feet in the air. Creation Museum 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road in Petersburg Bible history comes to life at the family-friendly Creation Museum. Journey through biblical history in this state-of-the-art, 75,000-squarefoot museum designed by a former Universal Studios exhibit director. Your admission includes the main walk-through, the Dinosaur Den, Dr. Crawleyâ€™s Insectorium, a special effects theater, botanical gardens, and Eden Zoo and petting zoo area. Top off your visit by purchasing tickets to explore the heavens in the amazing Stargazerâ€™s Planetarium, and soar across 20 zip lines on zip lines and canopy tours. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption 1140 Madison Avenue in Covington Originally opened as St. Mary's Church in 1837, the first Roman Catholic Church in Covington, by 1895 the St. Mary's Cathedral was nearly complete. There are 82 hand-poured stained glass windows crafted in Munich Germany, including the 24-foot wide by 67-foot tall window in the north transept, one of the largest in the world. Two rose windows (each being 26 ft. in diameter) grace the west and south clerestory and are modeled after those in Notre Dame Cathedral. The Stations of the Cross, which line the peripheral walls, are made of Italian mosaic. Each mosaic contains at least 70,000 pieces and measures 3-feet wide by 6-feet tall. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel contains a triptych portraying the history of salvation by area realist painter, Frank Duveneck. In 1953, St. Mary's Cathedral was designated a minor basilica by Pope Pius XII.
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Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.
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BB Riverboats Reservations (800) 261-8586 Experience Cincinnati and the Ohio River like never before and unwind on a day or evening cruise aboard one of the magnificent BB Riverboats. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view while you sightsee on the Ohio River. Listen as the captain guides your adventure with historic, fascinating commentary of our beautiful river city. Did you know that 1 out of every 4 steamboats that were built in the United States, were built right here in Cincinnati? Choose from a wide variety of signature cruises, all of which include a fully stocked bar and delicious food buffet. Goebel Park Tower in MainStrasse. Courtesy Alias Imaging
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