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The Proud Rooster Keeps Crowing

An old-school mom-and-pop restaurant in the heart of the Gaslight District, the Proud Rooster has been getting a lot of attention lately. It recently topped a list of recommended mom-and-pops on the Only In Your State website. And last week 94.9’s Sandy and Holly “DJ’s and Diners” tour made its first stop at the Proud […]

Taft’s Brewing Company Opens in Spring Grove Village

Located at 4831 Spring Grove Avenue in Spring Grove Village, Taft’s Brewing Company had absolutely perfect weather for its grand opening last weekend. The event drew a large crowd that including children eager to show their strength at the high striker. The 50,000-square foot space includes a brewery as well as a tap room (“brewporium”) […]

So Where Do You Buy A Book Around Here?

You may recall certain pundits proclaiming that books were dead – and by “books” we mean the actual three-dimensional objects with a spine and a cover and actual pages as opposed to words that appear on a computer screen. Turns out lots of people – way more than predicted, and not just the old-timey traditionalists […]

Herzog Music Opens Downtown

Herzog Music opened last weekend in downtown Cincinnati, 811 Race Street to be exact. Walking around the three stories devoted to celebrating Cincinnati’s musical heritage…and providing a bridge to the future, I thought that downtown Cinci just got a little more colorful and music-friendly. Herzog Music is a lot of different things at once, and […]

Have You Been to It’s Yoga?

This summer It’s Yoga, located at 346 Ludlow Avenue in the Gaslight District, is offering a deal for brand new students to the yoga studio. Their five-class pass for $25 is good for two weeks after purchase. The yoga studio, which is located above Ace Hardware, has been an active yoga studio and yoga teacher training […]

Guess Who Makes Great Pizza?

Since the beginning, one of the consistent themes of this blog has been this: The Gaslight District is a great place to live because there’s lots to do AND it’s super convenient. Well, it just got a little more convenient. Clifton Market continues to add more and more new features, and now the deli makes […]

Mediterranean King Has New Owner + Offers Expanded Menu

Mediterranean King has been in Clifton for almost five years now, serving its tasty blend of Authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Cuisine at 3307 Clifton Ave. for both dine-in and carry-out. Recently the restaurant came under new ownership. It’s very much a family operation, as the new owners and most of the staff are a […]

Bruegger’s Is Back In Business

Bruegger’s reopened today, and it’s better than ever, with streamlined service and an even cozier atmosphere (I like the dark walls and soft lighting). A place to grab a quick bite to go or a place to linger for whatever length of time with a laptop or book – or friends. Seems like the Gaslight District just […]

QCA Records

Spring Grove Avenue is one of those great old Cincinnati streets with so much history that even if you don’t know the story behind the buildings, as you’re driving along you know that every warehouse and factory stores countless tales tracing back to the days when they were packed with workers and the wide, four-lane […]

Community Yard Sale at Flamingo Haven April 29

On April 29 Flamingo Haven Antique Mall will host a community yard sale on its lawn. Sellers will include some mall dealers bringing new and different things as well as lots and lots of non-dealers who just have stuff they want to sell—so if you’re interested, sign up! It costs ten dollars to do so, and […]

Clifton Barbers

Clifton Barbers is officially up and running. As these pictures testify, there’s definitely a neat, old-school, stylish look to the establishment, right down to the classic barber pole that welcomes you as you walk down the street. The address is 337 Ludlow Avenue, the phone number 513-281-3163, and service is walk-in only. Hours are Tuesday thru Friday 10am to 7pm […]

This Is What A Neighborhood Feels Like

First, the facts: Clifton Market is open now seven days a week, from 7am to midnight. It’s a coop, which means you can buy a share,  an option that still remains now the store is up and running. That said, anyone can shop there. As I walked around, I saw a store where most of the shelves were […]

The Whole Bowl Opens on Ludlow Avenue

  The Whole Bowl is a restaurant that has seven locations in Portland, Oregon…and until recently, nowhere else. But one just popped up at 364 Ludlow Avenue, for reasons that must trace back to the fact the founder, Tali Ovadia, is originally from Cinci. With a walk-up window, the Whole Bowl is a food cart and therefore […]

Petey’s Pet Stop Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary

Gaslight Property has made no secret of its enthusiasm for Petey’s Pet Stop since it opened a year ago. Everything about Petey’s suggested a perfect fit from the start: it’s next door to the Howell Avenue Pet Hospital (talk about convenience!), it’s located in the same building as Gaslight Property, the managers of the store both love […]

Big Fun (or “How I Evaded Security at Drake Stadium and Made Some Cool Friends”)

Watching the Olympics opening ceremony Friday night sparked memories for me of growing up in Des Moines. For track and field enthusiasts the Summer Olympics is the A#1 event for such activities. I was obsessed by all things sports-connected anyway, but having the Drake Relays in Des Moines (and the 48th Annual NCAA Track & […]

Flamingo Haven is a New Antique Mall in a Great Location

A new antique mall opened recently in a great location. Near the corner of Mitchell and Spring Grove Avenue, Flamingo Haven is really close to Clifton, Northside, Spring Grove Village, and other neighborhoods, plus it’s right off I-75. The address is 4530 W. Mitchell Avenue. If you’re coming from Northside on Spring Grove Avenue, take […]

MAYA is a New Store in the Heart of Clifton

Clifton just got more colorful and stylish. MAYA opened recently at 323 Ludlow Avenue, and already it feels like a good fit for the neighborhood, with a tasteful, eye-catching window display and a splendid collection of jewelry and crafts inside. The owner of the store, Victor Morales, has been in the business for more than […]

The Friday Special at La Mandi

  In August of last year La Mandi, an authentic New York style deli, opened at 3205 Jefferson Avenue in Clifton. La Mandi was an instant success with modestly-priced deli sandwiches, salads, breakfast items (including omelets), etc. Recently La Mandi broadened its horizons with new dishes and a Friday special. New items available on a […]

Happy Hour at the Ludlow Garage

Live at the Ludlow Garage is now running full steam, with concerts every week from national performers in an intimate setting. As the crowds last night (see below) made clear, the Ludlow Garage is also a great place to eat a modestly-priced meal, have a drink, and experience the ambiance of the street in a unique way […]

Gaslight Gourmet Cookies Is Open!

Gaslight Gourmet Cookies, located at 272 Ludlow, officially opened this week. They couldn’t have timed it better, what with the nice weather and lots of new things happening in the Gaslight District, including Live at Ludlow Garage. There were plenty of customers when I visited in the middle of the afternoon today, and I smelled success for […]

What Would A Bookstore Bring?

Recently on nextdoorclifton someone posed the question, “What store is missing?” in reference to Ludlow Avenue’s business district. Possibly over a hundred people have responded by now, and while the answers have been all over the place, there were some repeats. I was pleased—and quite surprised—to see how many people exclaim that they would love […]

The Latest On Ludlow

Now that the weather has warmed up a little, we’re starting to leave our cabins again. If you haven’t made it up to the Ludlow Avenue yet,here are some of the new sites that will greet you as you stroll down the street. First, it looks as if one of the storefronts has officially reached the getting-pretty-close-to-being-open […]

Open Mic at Lydia’s on Ludlow

Good news from Lydia’s on Ludlow, aka Om Eco Café: two Thursdays a month the coffee house will host open mic nights, which means that anyone who wants to share their music, poetry, performance, fiction, or creative non-fiction is free to come up and perform. The readings will take place between 7pm and 9pm on the second and third […]

Clifton Market Is A Go!

Perhaps you’ve heard the news, or perhaps you haven’t. Even if you have, it’s worth hearing again, and in fact you may want to say it aloud a few times just to let it sink in: Clifton is going to have a grocery store again. That splendid news spread like wildfire yesterday, after this email […]

Jim Lauderdale Coming To Live at the Ludlow Garage

Live and Ludlow Garage is now up and running, with several concerts under its belt and many more scheduled; check the calendar for more info. Also, the Garage serves food and alcohol every night, regardless of whether music is playing. I wanted to highlight just one of the shows on tap, this one featuring veteran roots […]

Ace Hardware Is Now a UPS Access Point (Plus They Now Offer Free Off-Street Parking)

When Ace Hardware opened at 344 Ludlow Avenue over six years ago the whole neighborhood breathed a sigh of relief, as life suddenly became a lot more convenient. And things just got more convenient when Ace Hardware announced recently that they are now a UPS Access Point for easy parcel drop-off or collection. If you want […]

What Store is Going in There?

  There’s been so much going in Clifton lately that we can’t keep up with everything. Just the other day when we were walking past the building at 272 Ludlow Avenue, between Subway and Jagdeep’s, we saw a storefront where it looked like a new business in the process of moving in and getting ready to open a […]

Clifton Natural Foods Celebrates 30th Anniversary

This Saturday, November 7, Clifton Natural Foods is going to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Fortunately we’ll be able to celebrate the event at its new location, at 336 Ludlow Avenue in the heart of the Gaslight District. There will be lots of samples to try, plus discounts, gift basket raffles, and goodie bags. It’s been about […]

Live at the Ludlow Garage: The Facts

  Everywhere I go people are talking about Live at the Ludlow Garage, the new performance venue that opens next week in the Gaslight District. Because I live in the neighborhood, people assume I know everything about it; no end of questions have come my way, and at first all I could say was, “I […]

Mondays on Clifton Plaza

  Mondays are becoming more active on Ludlow Avenue, and this Monday, September 28, should be the biggest yet. The Clifton Plaza “Flea for All” will have at least three vendors from 4pm until they decide to go home. One of them, Niemeyer Farm, has been setting up for the last few weeks, and it […]

Sundry and Vice

I would like to tell you that my visits to local cocktail joints around Cincinnati are all based on hours of in-depth research prior to walking in the door, but the truth is, this is the second time in a row that my cocktail blog entry occurred because…well, I accidentally ran into the place. This tale […]

The Visually Splendiferous and Architecturally Wondrous UC

Classes began this week at the University of Cincinnati, and if you live in Clifton you can already tell the difference. Apparently the college is more popular than ever, with UC projected to have record enrollment this year. One reason we go to college is to be stimulated, and at UC that begins with the […]

Petey’s Pet Stop Opens in Clifton

A store devoted to pets just opened in the Gaslight District. Petey’s Pet Stop is located in the same building as the office for Gaslight Property, which puts it at 311 Howell Ave. (It’s also, appropriately enough, right next door to the Howell Avenue Pet Hospital.) The phone number for the store is 513.221.PETS (7387). […]

Attention UC! Making Heads Turn Salon Is Right Down the Street

Were you aware that there’s a hair salon right across the street from Bruegger’s Bagels? Making Heads Turn Salon (their number is 513.407.3911) is kind of tucked away, and while its address is 3307 Clifton Avenue, you actually enter the business through Terrace Avenue, behind University Nails on Clifton. The salon is run by Saira […]

A New Bar Opens in Northside

  Tillie’s Lounge is a new bar located at 4042 Hamilton Avenue in Northside. About four weeks ago it opened in a building that dates back to 1881. In other words, it has some history, and its name reflects that: Tillie’s is named after a circus elephant who paraded down the streets of Northside in the late […]

Live Salsa Music at CCAC This Wednesday

Musically it’s been a lively summer for the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, with good-sized crowds showing up consistently for the free Wednesdays on the Green concert series.  The concerts are a good excuse for getting out of the house, mingling, and enjoying the nice weather; many people walk to the show from where they live. […]

Have A Look at The New Clifton Branch Library

Last week I paid my first visit to the Clifton Branch Library, and I couldn’t have timed it better. This was during what will forever be remembered as The Great Blackout of 2015 – the power was off all over Clifton, and it lasted for a couple hours. I live a few blocks away from the […]

Plaid Room Records is an A+ Record Store

Plaid Room Records is a record store that opened a few months ago in Loveland. Right out of the gates there’s something really unique about the shop: its location (120 Karl Brown Way in Loveland). There’s no shortage of record stores in the city of Cincinnati, but if you’re hunting for vinyl in the burbs, […]

Say Goodbye To The Old Library…

In some respects it looked like just another day at the Clifton branch of the library when I dropped by there near the end of the day today, with people pecking away at computers and reading magazines and one guy returning a pile of children’t books stacked up to his chin. But some of the shelves were […]

Blue Wisp Big Band Finds A New Home

After the Blue Wisp closed last year, things looked bad for the Blue Wisp Big Band and Cincinnati jazz in general. With the recent opening of Urban Artifact in Northside (the address is 1662 Blue Rock), however, things suddenly seem much rosier for the big band and Cincinnati’s jazz scene overall. Here’s some of the good […]

Incline Ridge Apartments Are Ready To Rent!

Gaslight Property is excited about the Incline Ridge Apartments now available for rent. These two-bedroom apartments are located at 2361 – 2377 Maryland Avenue in the historic Incline District in East Price Hill. The location is fabulous – a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown – and it just got better. Recently construction wrapped up on Route 50, […]

Lentz and Company on Ludlow Avenue

Now that spring is here, everyone’s getting out more. That means more people will be dropping into some of the small shops in the Gaslight District, so it’s time to highlight some of them. When Lentz and Company opened on Ludlow Avenue a year and a half ago, its “carefully curated collection of kitsch” added […]

Construction Begins on Gaslight Manor

Construction began last week on Gaslight Manor, a new upscale apartment community that Gaslight Property is building on Whitfield Avenue in Clifton. This 17 million dollar project will contain 117 luxury apartments with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. Ideal for empty nesters, Gaslight Manor will be close to hospitals, the University of Cincinnati, I-75, and […]

Sitwells Reopens; Come to the Open Mic!

This Thursday, February 19, Sitwells Coffee House will host an open mic. Of course such news begs the question, Did Sitwells reopen – and the answer is, they return to normal business hours (8am to 1am) tomorrow (Wednesday, February 18). The open mic, which starts at 9pm, will include music, spoken word (poetry, fiction, non-fiction), and stand-up comedy. Anyone […]

Sally’s Treats & Treasures in Spring Grove Village

There’s a new shop in Spring Grove Village (aka Winton Place) that you might want to check out. Calling themselves a “center for the home cook,” Sally’s Treats & Treasures is part cookware shop, part carryout food, part meeting place for anyone wanting to learn more about how to cook or how to adjust to […]

Fries Cafe Is Back!

There was joy and jubilation Wednesday night in Clifton due to the reopening of Fries Cafe. People who went without a beer for the nine months that the long-established watering hole was closed suddenly were able to drink beer again. (My fact checker just informed me that’s a bit far-fetched – but still, it felt that […]

Myrtle’s Punch House in Walnut Hills

Have you ever been to a punch bar? Me neither—or not until last weekend, that is, when I visited the recently opened Myrtle’s Punch House at 2733 Woodburn in Walnut Hills. Already the bar is drawing a crowd, as both floors were well-populated without feeling crowded. Wonderfully, there were no big-screen television screens (no TVs at all, actually), […]

Meditteranean King Celebrates Its Two-Year Anniversary

Mediterranean King recently celebrated its second anniversary, and I suspect that this Middle Eastern restaurant located at 3307 Clifton Avenue will be with us for many years to come. Two years is long enough to become part of the neighborhood, and the friendly service of this business “where everybody knows your name” is one reason […]

Woodward Theater Is Now Open

The Woodward Theater is officially open. While watching the Tiger Lilies/Hiders/Culture Queer triple bill last week, I snapped a few photos. It’s good to know that the Woodward is now part of the local woodwork; it definitely will help fill a gap for interesting bands that would draw a crowd too big for a bar. Here’s […]

Short Vine Springs Back to Life

On a sunny day last week I strolled over to Vine Street in Corryville and snapped some photos and talked to some business owners, all of whom were happy to see construction wrapping up, revealing an attractive streetscape and a neighborhood that has a nice mix of spiffy new storefronts and long-established businesses. Finally you […]

China Kitchen Returns!

Lots of good things have been happening in the Gaslight District lately, especially in the eats department, with Clifton  Natural Foods, Marrakech Moroccan Cafe & Grill, and Los Potrillos recently opening. Now there’s more good news: China Kitchen is back. Located at 323 Ludlow Avenue, China Kitchen has been a fixture in Clifton since forever. It […]

Live Jazz Every Monday at Om Eco Cafe

It’s getting to be that time of the year when everyone sits at home and gets cabin fever. Here’s a close, convenient, and cheap alternative: on Monday nights from 7 to 10pm the Ron Enyard Quartet performs at Om Eco Cafe, located at 329 Ludlow Ave. There’s no cover charge, and the intimate setting is […]

Myra’s is Still Going – Order Food Today!

      Myra’s is still going—one day a week for now—as a “community-supported restaurant” (CSR). If you are used to belonging to a CSR, and getting your box of produce every week, this is similar; think of Myra’s as part of your weekly shopping. Look at Myra’s Facebook page Monday night for that week’s […]

Let’s Save Myra’s, and Myra’s Is Open This Week!

Did you really think Myra’s Dionysus was going to go gently into that good night? Well, it ain’t, and for starters it’s going to be open Tuesday thru Sunday this week from 5pm to 10pm. They’ve been packed the past few weeks and they’ll be continue to be packed this week IF you pass the […]

Did You Know There’s a Bang & Olufsen Store Downtown?

Back in the days when I was first falling in love with stereo equipment (this was when you could walk in a store and choose between Marantz, Pioneer, Sansui, Harmon-Kardon, and dozens of other brands at affordable prices – we didn’t know how good we had it), one of the elite brands, and one that […]

Marrakech Moroccan Cafe & Grill Opens On Ludlow

It’s all a roving reporter can do keep up with all the news stores and restaurants popping up on Ludlow Avenue in the Gaslight District lately. Just this week Marrakech Moroccan Cafe & Grill opened at 341 Ludlow Avenue, and when I walked past it during lunch and dinner hours it was packed. The phone number […]

Shop at Clifton Natural Foods & Win a Prize from Ludlow Wines!

Clifton Natural Foods has been a hit since the day it opened on Ludlow Avenue, but just to add an extra incentive, Ludlow Wines is offering prizes to people who shop at the new store across the street. All you have to do is bring a Clifton Natural Foods sales receipt dated through September 30, […]

Clifton Natural Foods Is Open!

A collective hallelujah was heard today across Clifton as Clifton Natural Foods opened at 336 Ludlow Avenue, the location where New World Bookshop used to be. The store looks great: it’s fully stocked, and everything’s nice and neat and clean and bright. The store got slammed today, much more than they expected, but no one […]

Where Will the Blue Wisp Go?

There’s a lot of talk these days about the closing of the Blue Wisp downtown, and there’s also plenty of talk about reopening the wandering jazz club in a new location. Matter of fact, lots of people would like to see it end up in Clifton, as you’d know if you’ve signed up with Nextdoor […]

Favorite Vapors Is The New Store on the Block

Located at 368 Ludlow, Favorite Vapors (www.favoritevapors.biz) is a new store in the Gaslight District. It’s the first store in the neighborhood to specialize in e-juices plus hardware and accessories. As stated on the Facebook page for Favorite Vapors, the store has “all your vaping needs in one spot.” When I visited the owners of the […]

University of Cincinnati Has Largest Graduating Class Ever

This weekend the University of Cincinnati conducted ceremonies for its largest graduating class ever, handing out 6,381 degrees to 6,272 students, The enrollment numbers are also breaking records: 43.000 breaks the previous record of 42,421. Add to that a record number of incoming freshmen (6,450) and incoming international undergraduates (over 1,000 slated), and you can […]

Arrietty Is a New Store on Ludlow

A couple new stores have popped up on Ludlow Avenue recently. One was the vintage store Lentz and Company, and last week saw the opening of Arrietty, a children’s shop located directly across the street from the Esquire Theatre (as my highly-reflective photograph makes clear)  at 325 Ludlow Avenue. The owner of the store, Etsuko Adachi, […]

Check Out the Bogart’s Memories Facebook Group

Bogart’s Memories (Cincinnati, OH) is a Facebook page where hundreds of people write and read about concerts they attended at the iconic music venue since it opened in 1975. There’s lots of memorabilia—ticket stubs, posters, fliers, pictures, videos, etc.—and people discussing memorable shows in every conceivable genre. Everyone who lives in Cincinnati has been to […]

A Pinball Parlor on Main Street

Did you know there’s a pinball parlor on Main Street? The other day I was walking down the 1300 block of Main when I saw, from across the street, a sign for Porter’s Pinball Parlor, and. inside. a line  of pinball machines. That was a surprise, and a good one at that, a welcome addition […]

The Best Beer I Have Ever Had

Like everyone else I’ve been running around more than normal this month, it being the holiday season and all. Whenever I’m the designated driver I drink one beer at most. That was again the case last night—but boy, I chose well. When I noticed at Neon’s a Three Floyds beer on the board, I asked […]

Live Music at the Listing Loon

The Listing Loon is a craft beer and wine bottle shop located at 4124 Hamilton Avenue in Northside; its phone number is 513.542.5666. It’s been around for almost two years, and during that time it’s kept adding events, some musical and others that tie in directly with alcohol (wine tastings, etc.). Their schedule includes Piano […]

A Thanksgiving Tale

Please note that Sitwell’s is having a Hobbit trivia night this Wednesday (December 11) at 8pm, with lots of great Hobbit-related giveways – should be a great time! This story took place back when Sitwell’s was in a different location. Back then the coffee house was in the basement of Tudor Court Apartments. At that […]

Lentz and Company on Ludlow Avenue

  A new vintage shop has opened in the Gaslight District. Located at 339 Ludlow Avenue, Lentz and Company adds a splash of color to the neighborhood, with an emphasis on cool-looking mid-Century home goods as well as local art. In its own words, “You’ll find retro kitchenware and bar accessories, chic to cheap vintage […]

Support the Library Levy

The time has come to show some love for the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. This year the levy is up for renewal, and voting yes for Issue 1 means giving your stamp of approval to a system of libraries that keeps coming up with new ways to be useful to the community. […]

A Today-Only Special at Olives (Hint: It Involves Hamburgers)

If you woke up feeling like there was something special about today, now you know why: today Olives on Ludlow is offering a one-time special – not every Monday, just this Monday — that involves hamburgers. In their own words, on their own Facebook page, “Just for you, today, we are gonna offer a sweet […]

Bogart’s September Ticket Discount Ends Wednesday

The Bogart’s “welcome-back” discount, timed for returning students but available to anyone, continues until Wednesday of this week. With this discount, any tickets for September shows with a value over twenty dollars are now available for twenty, no matter how much they originally cost. Here’s  the lineup for the month of September (if you click, […]

Bogart’s Welcomes Back Students with Ticket Discount

Bogart’s is welcoming back students with a discount for concerts taking place in September. Every ticket that originally cost over twenty dollars is now having its price dropped to twenty. Please note, however, that this special is only available from today, August 28, through September 4, so buy your tickets now! Technically the deal is […]

A Hilarious New Movie Comes to The Esquire

There was good-sized crowd at The Esquire Theatre Saturday for the 10pm showing of Edgar Wright’s new film The World’s End, and people laughed out loud from the beginning to end. The premise is simple enough: five guys who failed to finish a pub crawl twenty years earlier give it another try. This time, however, […]

Clifton Plaza Music Series Tonight

Due in part to some wonderful weather, The Clifton Plaza Live Music Series has been a hit this summer, with big crowds and a warm neighborhood vibe. Tonight’s show should be the best yet, with the folksy, rootsy, down-home Four Bit Fancy Band playing from 6pm to 9pm. This band features not one but two […]

New Movies at The Esquire Theatre

When the Esquire Theatre reopened a couple decades ago, many of us hoped it would show a healthy percentage of experimental or “art” movies from around the world, and fortunately it has. Because of the historic Clifton theatre, we have a place to see movies by directors like Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, whose Women on […]

Book Signing at Japp’s Tonight

I certainly hope that the event taking place at Japp’s tonight will start a trend. Too often book signings take place at boring old bookstores, whereas the preferred location would be a bar, and especially one that serves a vast array of cocktails. Molly Wellmann, the owner of Japp’s (i.e., cocktail central) has just published […]

MJ’S Play Old-School Soul + Funk at Arlin’s Saturday

Have you heard the MJ’S? They play old-school soul and funk, and they’ll be playing a free gig in the patio behind Arlin’s Saturday from 10pm to 2am. Every time the MJ’S play Arlin’s they draw an enthusiastic crowd of old fans and new converts, and it makes it all the sweeter that the show […]

Video of Northside 4th of July Parade!

Here’s some footage of the Northside 4th of July Parade. On reflection, the rain made it feel like a Dionysian rebirth, and visually I liked how everything seemed shiny due to the rain. The rain threw a wild card into things, I suspect, and when folks did start moseying down that hill the first round […]

Northside 4th of July Parade: Sights and Sounds

No one has experienced previous Northside 4th of July Parades complained about the rain that fell throughout the event, not even when it intensified near the beginning. (It let up shortly thereafter.) This time the sauna-like conditions created by high temperatures with high humidity were not part of the equation, and the large and festive […]

Farmers’ Market in the Clifton Plaza Every Monday

It was clear when I visited the Gaslight Market in the Clifton Plaza this week that even though Clifton’s own farmers’ market has only been around a few weeks it’s is already made an impact, with a variety of vendors as well as customers who were happy to buy fresh, locally grown and organic food […]

Annunciation School’s Summerfest This Weekend

Annunciation School’s first-ever Summerfest takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Festivals are nothing new for Annunciation School (located at 3545 Clifton Avenue), but this one falls at the perfect time weather-wise, when everyone wants to be outside. Co-chair of the event Alice Derrick filled me on the details.

Todd Rundgren + Bogart’s = Nostalgia

If you walked into the recent Todd Rundgren show at Bogart’s, you could feel the nostalgia in the air. The audience primarily consisted of baby boomers, and many of them came as couples. Todd has long enjoyed what marketing pros would refer to as “brand loyalty;” an old buddy I ran into exclaimed that was […]

Incline Ridge Apartments Are Ready to Rent!

The Incline Ridge Apartments, located at 2361 – 2377 Maryland Avenue, are now ready to rent. Located in the Incline District in East Price Hill, these freshly-renovated apartments feel brand new at the same time that they’re located in a classic Cincinnati neighborhood – in other words, they offer the best of both worlds. “The best of […]

East Price Hill: A Classic Cincinnati Neighborhood

Gaslight Property is excited to announce some freshly renovated apartments that have very recently became available in East Price Hill. Much of our enthusiasm for the Incline Ridge Apartments, located at 2361 – 2379 Maryland Avenue, has to do with the neighborhood itself, which, in the accurate words of eastpricehill.org, “is experiencing a renaissance of […]

Hair Salon in the Gaslight, + Northside Farmers Market Moves Outside

Here’s a figure to throw at your next cocktail party: 12,618 people live in Clifton. That’s a lot of folks, but I’ll bet dollars to donuts that there are people living in Clifton who think they have to go elsewhere to get a haircut. That’s because the two salons that do exist in Clifton are […]

Special Events Every Night on Ludlow Avenue!

Did you know that there are special events and special prices seven nights a week on Ludlow Avenue? Here’s something to stick on your fridge: once-a-week special events and specials that take place every week on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton. Sundays Sitwell’s serves Belgian waffles from 8am to 4pm. Mondays Habenero’s serves $5 burritos + […]

Listen to This! at the Downtown Library

There are lots of events at Cincinnati’s downtown library these days that you wouldn’t expect to take place a library—and one of them is a listening party. (The series is called “Listen to This!”) When I think of the phrase “listening party,” I think of all those great album covers from the 1950s and 1960s […]

Small Businesses Breathe New Life Into Short Vine in Corryville

On the beautiful day that was yesterday I took a walk up to Short Vine and snapped some photos and chatted with some folks. It’s exciting to see the new small businesses popping up up and down the street, and I encourage anyone reading this to do what I done: head over to Short Vine […]

Clifton Plaza Live Music Series Every Friday & Saturday

How do we know it’s spring? Because the Clifton Plaza live music series is back in action. Hosted by the adjoining Aquarius Star’s Om Cafe, the series kicked off Friday, April 26, with the band Vinylraptor. The series takes place every Friday and Saturday, and runs from April 26 to September 21.  For right now the […]

Footage From Bernie Worrell In-Store; He’s at the Blue Wisp Tonight

Bernie Worrell’s hour-long set at Shake-It yesterday did not let up; constant non-stop highly-danceable funk was delivered. Good songs, and a good band composed of young musicians who were clearly enjoying themselves immensely, as you might imagine considering that they were playing with a major funk legend. Tonight (4/16) the band will be performing at […]

Bogart’s, Daniels Pub, Nelson Slater, Short Vine, Wish You Were Here, & Gaslight Night at Clifton Performance Theatre

The theme of this particular blog entry is goings on around Short Vine, and I encourage any readers brave enough to follow what might like seem a circuitous verbal trail to remember that. My adventures began the night I handed out umpteen beer cozies at a table for Gaslight Property at Bogart’s while Wish You […]

Free Tickets to Wish You Were Here at Bogart’s

Gaslight Property is happy to announce that we have 200 free tickets to give away for the Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here on Saturday, April 6 at Bogart’s. To get a free ticket, all you have to do is:

Chris Comer Trio at CCAC This Thursday

It’s going to be a very musical evening this Thursday at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, with Cincinnati jazz artists the Chris Comer Trio performing from 7 to 8:30 pm. For this special engagement the trio will be adding saxophonist and flautist Dan Barger. Dan plays all over the place in Cincinnati and is in […]

400 Years of What

Had some fun this weekend, starting with a visit to Aquarius Star’s Om Cafe Friday night, where the free menu party was packed.                     For a quick update to some of the new things happening at Aqaurius Star Om Cafe, here’s a link to a recent […]

Jazz at Schwartz’s Point (Plus Some Greenwich Tavern Footage)

So much time had passed since I’d visited Schwartz’s Point that the last time I was there it wasn’t completely…well, legitimate, to state thing euphemistically. During its previous incarnation, I felt kind of like I was at a speak-easy, which is a rare feeling since they don’t exist anymore. (Why did they have to do […]

The University of Cincinnati: A Photographic Tour

(NOTE: THIS IS ONLY PART 1 OF THE TOUR; I’LL SHOW YOU THE REST IN THE NEXT ROUND) Because the weather was sunny and warm, I grabbed the camera and went for a walk a couple days ago. Roaming around the University of Cincinnati sparked memories that included, in some cases, the actual construction of […]

Free Menu Party at Aquarius Star & Om Cafe on Friday

This Friday, March 1, from 7 pm to 10 pm, there will be a menu party with free wine and food at Aquarius Star & Om Cafe at 329 Ludlow Avenue in Clifton. The party will be celebrate their new chef, Gary Garitson, and it’s also a way to shed light on some of changes […]

Makin Heads Turn Salon in the Gaslight District

For the past few weeks this blog has focused a lot on new businesses popping up in the Gaslight District, some of which are slightly off the beaten path – and that also describes the new Makin Heads Turn Salon. Its address is 3307 Clifton Avenue, but if you’re walking down Clifton you won’t see […]

Last Day to Vote for Tudor Court; Jazz at Sitwell’s Monday; My Funny Valentine

  Today is your final chance to show vote for Tudor Court Apartments in City Beat’s new Best of Cincinnati Readers Poll. The ballot is organized into six major sections, and one of them is Urban Life. At the top of Urban Life is the category of Apartment Community. That’s where you have an opportunity […]

Celebrate Fat Tuesday Today at J. Gumbo’s Clifton

Considering their cuisine, it seems fitting that J. Gumbo’s Clifton (the address is 286 Ludlow Avenue, near Skyline) would be celebrating Fat Tuesday today, February 12. The festivities include live music: the dixieland band Queen City Dixie Cats will be playing from noon to 1 pm, and the blues group Them Bones will perform from 6:30 pm […]