Get Your Lederhosen Ready, Cincinnati!

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Mark your calendars. The first US-based store for clothing manufacturer Wiesnkoenig has opened up in Over-the-Rhine. What? You’re not familiar with the official lederhosen manufacturer for the Munich Oktoberfest? Well my friend, that’s about to change! A change you may see coming to some pants near you!

Wiesnkoenig has decided to expand their locations outside of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, choosing Cincinnati as its next target.

Now you may be wondering, why choose Cincinnati as the place for your first US-based store. And that would be a good question. But the answer’s obvious when we turn to another Cincinnati classic: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

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From September 19-21, Tri-State residents will revel in all things German. As long as we confine “all things” to mean food, drink, music, and (now) lederhosen. More than 500,000 people will attend this year, and according to Cinci Magazine local residents will consume more than 23,000 soft pretzels, 80,500 Bratwurst, and 3,604 lbs of Sauerkraut during Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. To put those numbers into context, let’s break them down a bit:

  • 23,000 soft pretzels would be enough to fill about 4 “average” sized in-ground swimming pools. (You don’t want to know how many soft pretzels I had to bake to figure that out…)
  • If we took all the Bratwurst we’ll eat during Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, and laid it end to end, we’d have enough Bratwurst to cover 6.8 miles of I-71.
  • And we’ll eat enough sauerkraut to equal just under the weight of the typical American car (4,000 lbs).

Both Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and the opening of Wiesnkoenig’s newest store are just one more link in Cincinnati’s long history with German culture and traditions. Which is also why our region was the first to receive an authentic Hofbrauhaus outside of Munich.

Pam and Rob Sibcy, Robin Sheakley, Bill Borek, Jim Stofko and Bob Mahoney were looking quite stylish in lederhosen and dirndls.

Pam and Rob Sibcy, Robin Sheakley, Bill Borek, Jim Stofko and Bob Mahoney are looking very stylish in lederhosen and dirndls.

So in the coming days, let’s make sure to embrace our German traditions that Cincinnati (or in some cases Northern Kentucky) has. So before heading out this weekend, grab your favorite pair of lederhosen. And according to Wiesnkoenig, you don’t need the suspenders to rock out the lederhosen. But if you’re not going to do that, at least eat your fair share of sauerkraut.

Video – Creation of John Ruthven’s Martha Mural

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Located at 15 E. Eighth Street in downtown Cincinnati, “Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon” mural, is a beautiful piece of art inspired by wildlife artist, John Ruthven. The mural was a Summer 2013 project of ArtWorks, a non-profit organization that trains local youth to create art.

Look at the mural “coming to life” in this video:

Video by ArtWorks Cincinnati – YouTube

What Cincinnati Restaurants Are Most Booked?

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The Business Courier is featuring an online slideshow of the most-booked Cincinnati restaurants per OpenTable.com (an online reservation website.)

  1. Nada – Downtown Cincinnati
  2. Morelein Lager House – Downtown Cincinnati
  3. Seasons 52 – Norwood
  4. Sotto – Downtown Cincinnati
  5. Maggiano’s – Sycamore Township
  6. The Capital Grille – Norwood
  7. Via Vite – Downtown Cincinnati
  8. Boca – Downtown Cincinnati
  9. The Precinct – Columbia Tusculum
  10. Crave – Downtown Cincinnati

What’s your favorite area restaurant to book?
This Sibcy Cline Blogger loves, loves, loves Via Vitae’s food and atmosphere on Fountain Square and is a huge fan of Seasons 52 with its health-conscious menu. Nada has some pretty tasty Mexican dishes, as well.

See the Business Courier slideshow and article here.

Smale Riverfront Park Receives National/Facility Park Design Award

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Cincinnati, Ohio’s Smale Riverfront Park has received national recognition. The National Recreation and Park Association will be bestowing the park with the National/Facility Park Design Award in October, 2013.

This honor is in light of the park’s unique and innovative design and how it meets community needs. See more about the award here.

Learn more about Smale Riverfront Park here.

Downtown Cincinnati Makes Priceline’s Top 50 U.S. Destinations for Memorial Day Weekend

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Downtown Cincinnati is going to be a very busy place throughout Memorial Day weekend. There is so much to do that Priceline.com has ranked it among the Top 50 Destinations for this upcoming holiday. (The list is based upon hotel bookings made through the website.)

What’s happening in downtown Cincinnati May 24-27, 2013?

  • Cubs-Reds Ballgame Series (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) The Beach Boys will be appearing at Sunday’s game.
  • Indians-Reds Ballgame (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Taste of Cincinnati – Read more about activities for this festival from a prior blog post here.
  • Washington Park has a Reggae Culture Splash concert on Friday night ($25)

Which cities made the top of the Priceline destination list? 

  1. New York City – Midtown
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Chicago
  4. Paris

See the entire list of destinations here.

Cincinnati is Ranked Among Top 15 US Emerging Downtowns

Forbes magazine has an article on the top U.S. cities with emerging downtowns and Cincinnati, Ohio made this list! Downtown Cincinnati saw a residential population increase of 12% in 2011. The article also states that Cincinnati has…

  • $1.3 billion in downtown projects invested
  • 2.6 miles streetcar line under construction
  • $120 million 45-acre riverfront park (Smale Park)
  • 18-acre mixed-use Banks project with 98% occupancy  for the apartments
  • Horseshoe Casino ($400 million, 354,000 square foot gaming center)

Per this article, college-educated professionals between the ages of 25 and 34 tend to want to live in urban neighborhoods that are near to their work with entertainment and shopping options close by.  These potential home buyers are in the forefront of the expansion of downtown living and play a key role in urban revitalization.

Says, Lee Fisher, president of CEOs for Cities for Forbes magazine, “The cities that capture the mobile, college-educated ‘young and restless’ are the ones who are most likely to revitalized their downtowns and accelerate economic progress in their cities.”

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New York Times Article about Cincinnati Shoreline

The New York Times published a great article about Ciincinnati’s downtown riverfront revival on June 5, 2012. Highlights of this  article included:

Read this article here!

A Streetcar Named… Cincinnati!

Agree or disagree, the Cincinnati Streetcar is happening and is scheduled for completion in 2014.

The first phase of the Cincinnati Streetcar will connect Downtown Cincinnati to Findlay Market and the Over-the-Rhine Historic District. Other stops between these points will include:

Downtown Cincinnati has Cincinnati’s largest employment hub with 70,000 people working in the area every day. It is forecasted that this population (along with tourists and other downtown visitors) will become riders who will also be drawn to frequent other existing and new storefronts and businesses along the route. This new downtown development will boost the city’ s tax revenue and attractiveness, making our city of Cincinnati even better.

Interested in learning more about the Cincinnati Streetcar?

Tour Downtown Cincinnati…on a Bike Built for 15!

This is so cool!  Coming soon to downtown Cincinnati is Pedal Wagon, a 15-person bicycle.

This unique vehicle is 17-feet long and weighs 2,100 pounds. There are six seats on either side and a three-seat bench in the back and a driver in the middle.

No worries for those non-athletic people — the bike can actually be powered by one person.

The Pedal Wagon will make its inaugural visit at the Cincy Beerfest in February.

The bicycle will be used by the American Legacy Tours during the day and it can be rented in the evenings for groups who want  to have a fun, unique experience for their pub crawls or other downtown activities.

Read more about this bicycle here.