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Toy Story

Local entrepreneurs create a website for the wistful toy collector

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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 toys wins.”  

Truckshop Brings Mobile Fashion to the Midwest

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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.
  

Be More Awesome

New foundation awards grants for creatively breaking boundaries, inspiring others

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
In Cincinnati, it pays to be awesome. Just ask Colleen O’Connell, the city’s first The Awesome Foundation grant recipient.
  

Provide, Educate, Grow

Gabriel's Place promotes the understanding of healthy, local foods

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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.   

On The Road

Over-the-Rhine-based Roadtrippers.com wants to be your go-to travel destination

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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.  

Capturing Queen City

Local photography site Capture Cincinnati focuses on Cincinnati's best features

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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 'Big Ugly' Talks Track

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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.
  

Comics Unleashed

Local writer/musician Chris Charlton produces some of the freshest new comic books on the market

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The gap between comic books when I was a kid and comic books today is like the difference between Bruce Wayne and Batman. My obsession dates back to the Big Three: DC, Marvel and Dell.  

Leather Repairman Tim Willig Keeps Stuff Awesome

5 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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.”  

Nonconformist Nuptials

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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.
  

Live and Unvarnished

Pete Rose comes home for Opening Day

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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.  

The Unholy Revolution

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Kelsey Kalnow started as a collector, grabbing up unique vintage items, stocking her closet and selling what she didn’t want. Today, she’s an entrepreneur; the creative and driving force behind global plus-size clothing line Unholy Hips.   

Shriek Week

The HorrorHound convention is a mecca for local fans of the genre

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Once a year Cincinnati likes to let the freaks out — but we’re not talking about Halloween. After a 16-month absence, HorrorHound Weekend descends onto Sharonville promising vis-à-vis celebrity encounters, film screenings, burlesque performances and horror author signings.  

Where Art Meets Construction

How Mark Dejong renewed a dilapidated $5,000 Camp Washington house

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Mark Dejong bought a turn-of-the-century building four houses down from the warehouse in which he lives in late December 2011 for a mere $5,000 — an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.  

Creative Takeofff

Contemporary Arts Center brings Barcelona-based culture fest back to Cincinnati

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Cincinnati will be a hot spot on the international creative scene March 6 thanks to the Contemporary Arts Center’s efforts to bring the world-famous creative conference, OFFF, back to the city for round two (OFFF first made a Cincinnati stop in 2011).