This Way Sinners

When you explore the city as much as I do you're bound to see some interesting stuff, some weird or even bizarre things. But the building at 1275 Budd St with the ghost sign that reads THIS WAY SINNERS has to be one of the crazier things I've seen. It began life as the American Carriage Company, a factory for horse drawn carriages. The unique slogan of the company's founder was, "This Way Sinners," after he became inspired by hieroglyphics he found in the Saharan Desert.
Built in the 1890's, This Way Sinners has recently been vacated by the Cincinnati Opera after being used for storage the last 3 decades. Now the building has a new lease on life, a life that will no doubt be more interesting than any its had before. The main function of the building will be as a production facility for frameshop, the place where everyone in the city has had artwork framed in the most creative ways imaginable. Duru and Jake Gerth have partnered up with Maggie and Nick Pfeifer to find ways to use the massive space they've found themselves with.
I've written quite a bit lately about co-working office space for tech startups and road warriors, spaces like 1628 and Kinglet. But what if you have a trade? Building furniture, creating large scale art? What if that business is beginning to take off and you've outgrown your basement and garage. This Way Sinners is what you are looking for. The partners have told me right now they can be pretty flexible with the spaces, from small studio space to large 3,000sq ft storage or small scale manufacturing, workshops or anything that you need elbow room for. There are two freight elevators one of which looks like it could fit a midsize car.
The 4th floor they envision as an event space, wide open and filled with natural light it would make a dramatic space for a wedding or any other party really.
Located a mile and a half from downtown you are literally minutes away from all the action downtown/OTR.
To inquire about available space at This Way Sinners click HERE.

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The opera left the facade to a 40' tall castle. I imagine a blowout Halloween party next year.
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1628 - the newest downtown coworking location

Are you looking for flexspace that isn't a ho-hum run of the mill office?
1628, located at 11 Garfield Place is a place for mobile worker who also has a discriminating eye for design and art.
Per 1628's website: ... built to empower professional achievement and self-fulfillment amidst an environment of culture and elegance. In a world overflowing with information and chaos, we are guardians of your daily routine, protectors of your efficiency, practitioners of old-school hospitality.
I have to say, it was, on a personal level, pretty cool to walk around looking at art by Cincinnati artists that I admire. Tamara Schwarting the creator and curator did a good job creating a dramatic space with simple design elements. And it isn't just the inside of the space either, the views outside are filled with art and inspirational views. Technology wasn't overlooked with secure FiOptics and wireless throughout. The meeting/collaboration rooms were all equipped with speaker phones and large format smart TVs.

If you need swap/collaboration space or a physical office, 1628 is built to impress.

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There is even photography from some obscure downtown guy.
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Switch On Fourth

You could go to a big box store to find lighting for your home. And find no guidance or help at all as to which fixtures may or may not fit or even work for your particular installation.
Luckily Switch On Fourth has you covered. Switch On Fourth is co-owned and run by Drew Dearwester and Bertie Ray. If the name sounds familiar they also run Switch located on Vine St. in OTR. Mr. Dearwester, Mr. Ray and the others at Switch are knowledgeable about their products and eager to help. Things that no one has ever said about a chain.
They opened the additional location downtown on East 4th to better showcase the light fixtures in a more natural room like setting. I love that they chose our block on 4th between Plum and Central for their newest store. The empty store fronts are slowly disappearing and there is a little more life in this sleepy little corner of downtown which isn't so sleepy anymore.
The space is dramatic, if you are downtown or in need of new lighting or furniture I encourage you to swing by Switch On Fourth to see for yourself.
I really like the storefront at night!

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Memorial Hall

Last week we got a bit of a sneak peak at the newly restored Memorial Hall when they hosted the Red Door Project, a Final Friday roaming art gallery.
Designed by Samuel Hannaford, Memorial Hall is next to Music Hall and across Washington Park from the School for Creative and Performing Arts. The biggest change was a six foot extension to allow for movement behind the stage and also a new service elevator that was added.
Restored and rebuilt, it all kicked off with a $1.0 million donation from the Annie W. & Elizabeth M. Anderson Foundation. That combined with $1.5 million from the Hamilton County Commissioners and $4.1 million in Ohio and Federal Tax Credits enabled the restoration. Memorial Hall is even more dramatic now then it was before. You can imagine, 150 years of wear and tear scrubbed away. The hall looks much brighter and when I remarked not remembering the big second floor windows I was told that for years they were behind heavy curtains.
You'll have to check it out yourself in person, I still can't get over how amazing the building looks.
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shop local

I've preached this for years, your dollars are votes, and when you spend money in your neighborhood/city at a locally owned shop you are voting for the kind of neighborhood you want to live in.
Do you want vibrant streets or boarded up windows?
Shopping local also gives you access to products your neighbors have created, unique quality gifts that will stand the test of time and no one else will have. Your money will compound since artists are essentially small businesses. 73% of money spent at a locally owned business stays in your neighborhood while only 40% of the money spent at a chain will.
You can also avoid mall traffic by riding the Cincinnati Streetcar or Cincinnati Metro to a neighborhood business district to shop local!
You get the neighborhood you deserve when you make your shopping decisions.
I found two local blog posts listing some cool local places to support and shop. The lists are by no means exhaustive but they are a start. Just visiting these will expose you too all the other cool shops in the area. But you don't have to travel to OTR or downtown to find cool stuff, look for the closet neighborhood business district to where you live and support them.
Nia the YP and 3 Reasons to #ShopSmall
Tour de Cincinnati and her Favorite Five

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And since no neighborhood worth its name should be without a coffee shop, make sure to support your local baristas!
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they're crafty!

Now that the holidays, ie: spend all the money days, are here people are beginning to think about gifts.
But instead of heading to the mall, everyone really should support independent artists and craftspeople. And luckily for us, they keep upping their game year after year. Even the branding this year I noticed took a giant step up. But then, when everyone is producing goods of this quality and imagination its probably the branding that will differentiate one from another.
Needless to say we got a headstart on gifts at the Crafty Supermarket Holiday Show.

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I didn't buy anything from them today, but these ceramics by Linnea Campbell were my favorite of the show.
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