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.