In 1999, amidst sharing studio space
with local artists, Diane Debevec began taking writing classes at the then
eight-year-old foundation, Women Writing for (a) Change.
Today, as the director of the now-nonprofit organization, she and the
staff are hard at work encouraging women of all ages to find and
celebrate their individual voices.
When we think about current
resurgence of metropolitan Cincinnati — including the successful renovations of Fountain Square and Washington Park — it
seems that the best approach to building a better town might not be
constructing an altogether new wheel, but rather reinventing it.
The Western & Southern Open, which has
taken place in one form or another in the Greater Cincinnati area since
1899, begins Saturday. For the arithmetically challenged, that’s 114
years, which makes it the oldest tennis tournament in the United States
still in its original city.
Fifteen years after finishing Girl Scouts, Cincinnati natives Brittany Yantos and Brittany Yoder are still earning merit badges. It’s all part of their American-made,
eco-friendly clothing line, Merit Clothiers, available for purchase by
fall 2013 on etsy.com.
Growing up, who didn’t own Barbies, G.I. Joes and Star Wars
action figures? Now those toys are a hot commodity, especially for
collectors like Gary Darna, who’s built an entire social networking-like
site called CompleteSet around the idea of “He who dies with the most
Cincinnati is no stranger to mobile
vendors, but Ashley Volbrecht’s Truckshop, a newly opened mobile fashion
boutique, is the first of its kind in the Midwest. The shop, originally
a bread delivery truck, has been transformed into a retail shopper’s
paradise, complete with dresses, tops and jewelry at reasonable prices.
Everything is better when you feel like you’re a part of it.
That’s Chef Kristen St. Clair’s philosophy. She’s a chef who welcomes
the community into her kitchen, where they become a part of growing,
harvesting, cooking and understanding fresh, healthy food.
This weekend kicks off the official summer
travel season, which means May to September is ripe for taking road
trips. Instead of stopping at prosaic chain restaurants advertised along
the interstate, let the Cincinnati-based startup Roadtrippers.com plan
your ultimate expedition.
This winter I upgraded my point-and-shoot
camera to a mirrorless Sony NEX. Finally having a nice camera to use, I
googled “photography contest” and came across a curiously titled site
called Capture Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Rollergirl rookie Sydney “Big
Ugly” Greathouse is anything but unsightly. She has an infectious smile
to match her peaceful demeanor, which probably has something to do with
the fact that she blows off steam by beating up her friends at practice
three times a week.
Tim Willig is awesome and he has the
business cards to prove it. The shoe and leather repairman doesn’t have
“cobbler” written anywhere on his aforementioned business cards. Rather,
the official title listed for the owner/operator of Awesome Time Shoe
and Leather Repair simply reads: “Awesome Guy.”
The Northside Bridal Expo at bar/event
space Mayday has gathered a group of local and independent businesses
that understand the concept of different and put them all in one place
so your unconventional, individual wedding ideas — from catering and
floral to planning and makeup — can come to life.
Ask a non-Cincinnati native of a certain
age what they know of the Queen City, and inevitably Pete Rose and the
Big Red Machine will come up. Hey, probably better that than the
Mapplethorpe controversy, WKRP in Cincinnati or Jerry Springer’s various post-mayoral hijinks.