It’s a frigid weekday afternoon in early February, less
than three weeks after the publication of Leah Stewart’s fourth novel, The History of Us,
a Cincinnati-set coming-of-age tale marked by psychological insight, a
sneakily addictive narrative thrust and a deft use of dialogue.
Published to wide acclaim in early January, the affecting Y
is a novel of myriad pleasures, the most obvious being Celona’s
sensitive, psychologically complex conception of Shannon, a character
who refuses to leave one’s consciousness.
This Valentine’s Day we’re not going to try to
define love. But CityBeat’s 2013 Love
List will introduce you, in a strictly platonic way, to nine “hot”
locals in various service, creative and philanthropic industries who
have turned their passions into successful careers.
“From as early as I can remember I wanted
to be a hairstylist,” says Jessie Hoffman, owner/stylist at Parlour
salon. “I always had my hands on hair — cutting my dolls’ hair very
early on and foiling and hacking at brave friends’ locks in high
spending several months cooped up inside, immobilized, recovering from a
back injury sustained during a car accident, Abby Artemisia had a
realization: “I realized how vital nature is to my life, how much I
missed it and how precious every moment is. … I realized I’d never be
happy working inside and had to do something that fulfilled me.”
Eventually outgrowing his home-based business, Snell launched We Have
Become Vikings, an OTR-based creative agency that does everything from
motion graphics and illustration to branding, with one of his best buds,
Libby Hunter was used to seeing interactions between
different social, economic and age groups. But after witnessing a
particularly upsetting altercation where local youths began throwing
rocks at a disabled client who was moving into a renovated property,
Hunter took action and flipped the script.
Chris Sutton, owner and creative director
of Noble Denim, didn’t go to school for fashion or business. In fact,
he studied theology. But he always liked clothes and always liked
working with his hands.
A music scene is only as good as its new artists. This Friday at Bogart’s in Corryville,
the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards’ first New Music Showcase takes
place, featuring CEA nominees Heavy Hinges, Public, The Natives, Ohio
Knife, DAAP Girls and Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s.
Most Cincinnatians have only known two
sheriffs during their lifetime, and for a majority — almost 30 years —
that sheriff was Simon Leis. Leis retired as Hamilton County’s top cop in 2012 after 25 years. He’ll be succeeded by Democrat Jim Neil on Jan. 4 — the first time in more than 36 years that a Democrat has held the office.