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The Main Attraction

Main Street rebounds as another downtown center for the body, mind, home and stomach

1 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Cincinnati's Main Street, as do most Main Streets in other towns, stretches right through the heart of the city. Most people cross it to go to baseball games or cross under it on the highway. I rarely have the chance to visit OTR stretch of Main Street, but this section is experiencing a revival to rival any going on in Over-the-Rhine.  

Going, Going, Almost Gone

The deadline to receive home buying tax credits is fast approaching, but more people qualify than you might think

0 Comments · Monday, March 8, 2010
Previously I only felt bombarded by car commercials. Now I feel inundated by real estate newspaper ads, billboards and even bus stop waiting benches telling me I have to sign up for the home buying tax credit before it's too late.  

Thoughtful Gifting

Lots of ways to make your gifts mean more this year

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 9, 2009
While doing research for this year’s Gift Guide (read: shopping all over town), I obviously kept my eyes open for items that would fulfill and exceed my giftees’ holiday wish lists. In doing so, I saw a lot of unusual gifts at local stores but also a few common themes throughout their festive stock.  

Renters' Rights

Your guide to a more pleasant renting experience

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Whether you’re looking for an apartment close to your school or close to your new job, follow these three rules to get the best out of your new relationship with your landlord. Read your lease, be an aware tenant, and know how to solve a problem.  

Revisiting Rookwood

New Space in Over-the-Rhine, same dedication to artistic quality

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Sure, I’ve heard of Rookwood Pottery. I’ve seen tiles here and there in older homes in the area and heard the name spoke on the proud owners’ lips. The name evokes images of well-trained artisans leaning over their dusty workspaces, carving incredibly detailed molds and gently placing them in the kiln, waiting expectantly for their creation to take life.   

Summertime Livin'

How to get the most out of your outdoor deck

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Years ago, all summer entertaining was done in the front of the house. Later, the party moved to the backyard. We started with placing a charcoal grill out back to grill up a few hot dogs and have since moved on to full outdoor kitchens, expansive sitting areas and large grassy lawns on which to play cornhole or catch.   

Events: Cincinnati Home and Garden Show

0 Comments · Thursday, March 5, 2009
The 2009 Fifth Third Bank Cincinnati Home & Garden Show is showing off more than just a green thumb. Most of the vendors and exhibits will feature environmentally friendly products, services and designs during the March 4-8 event at the Duke Energy Center. Chip and Vickie Hart of Hart Productions, this year’s show managers, say the "green theme" has "always been a part of the show somehow, depending on the companies. The environmental aspect is of great interest to people around the region."   

A Plan for Giving

Save money and reduce hassle by following this five-step plan for holiday gifts

0 Comments · Saturday, December 13, 2008
Just because the economy is poor doesn't mean your holidays can't be rich in gifts. Here are five ways to make your own holiday gift-giving outlook brighter.  

Cover Story: Connecting Cincinnati

ZipScene wants to bring people together this summer

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Need something to do this summer? I know a place where you can find something to do nearly every night. It's ZipScene, a free online Web site where you can not only check out what's going on ar  

Cover Story: Get on the Same Page

Local writers' groups offer support and encouragement

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Those immersed in the literary world are notoriously dedicated. Who else but book lovers would wait in line at midnight for the next edition of Harry Potter? Then there are the writers. Some aut