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The City Flea

People have short memories, they really do. Remember back in 2007 when Fountain Square was redone to much fanfare? The city haters and others with no vision said no one would ever come downtown to visit the square and it was a massive waste of money. Back in 2012 Washington Park was redone and the city haters and others with no vision said no one would ever go to OTR to visit a park and hang out with drug dealers.
Its really amusing because those same people rant against the streetcar and claim its a waste of money and all the people who have come back to the city have done it because of Washington Park and Fountain Square. You can't make this stuff up.
Well we can't and shouldn't worry too much about those people, lets worry about the people who are here right now and love the city. The area around Washington Park is a boom-town, memorial Hall has been redone, Music Hall will finish up a massive rehab this fall. Race St is almost built out to Liberty now and Elm St is close behind. There are so many fantastic things happening right now, its amazing.

The City Flea July
The City Flea July
The City Flea July
The City Flea July
The City Flea July
The City Flea July
The City Flea July
If you get one of these hats you really do need both.
The City Flea July
The City Flea July
Cold treats on a very hot day.
The City Flea July
You could drive to OTR but you would be crazy. Ride a bike, walk or if you have to drive, park at Fountain Square or the Banks and ride the streetcar. You'll show up at the City Flea relaxed instead of stressed from traffic.
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Brown Bear Bakery.

Its easy to get jaded around here. The new places start blending together and feeling the same. But every once in awhile something happens off the main drag, like when places started popping up on Republic St. A small tree lined street that felt like an oasis in the city.
Well another place just opened between two beaten paths on the corner of Clay and 13th. Standing across the street talking to friends I kept asking, is this really Cincinnati? I mean I ride the bike through here a couple times a week but I've never stopped right there to take it in. A shady quiet corner in a busy neighborhood. There were bikes locked up everywhere, tons of course and a steady stream of strollers.
And just like the corner, Brown Bear Bakery is kind of magical too. Blair Fornshell who started out creating small batch cookies for Second Sunday on Main and the City Flea, finally got her brick and mortar off the ground with a soft opening. Blair and Sami Crittenden are creating some amazing cakes, pies, cookies, and pastries. Forget everything you know about sweets. These aren't the cheap stuff you pick up at the grocery, no, these are dense treats, made with real ingredients that will leave you full and satisfied.
Its pretty crazy, afterwards standing out on the street I felt like a stumbled across one of those hidden gems in a faraway city that an insider told you not to miss. Pretty heady stuff. I haven't been this excited about a new shop in quite awhile.

Brown Bear Bakery
Brown Bear Bakery
We're standing in line with Susan and Chris, watching a tray of cinnamon rolls disappear. Lets see 8 rolls, 8 people in front of us.Good gawd they better not run out. They get down to the last two and I'm getting nervous when Chris elbows me and says, they just puled another tray out of the oven. We all relax and go back to enjoying spectacle of a bakery line.
Brown Bear Bakery
Brown Bear Bakery
Brown Bear Bakery
Brown Bear Bakery
Brown Bear Bakery
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Senate Blue Ash

Ms 5chw4r7z has been wanting to check out Senate Blue Ash since they opened because of their outdoor seating. When the 'Nomerati's, Laura and David invited us to brunch we jumped at it. That is my first visit to Summit Park, the park is impressive and dramatic. But it felt so weird, its landlocked, or maybe road locked would be a better term. At any rate, Senate, if you have even eaten at either location you already know how good the food is and brunch didn't disappoint.

Senate Blue Ash
Senate Blue Ash
Senate Blue Ash
Senate Blue Ash
Senate Blue Ash
Senate Blue Ash
Laura ordered the Birthday Cake Pancakes as a appetizer and for a laugh. They were saturated to a molecular level covered with funfetti glaze & crushed birthday cake oreos. I thought they were going to be cross eyed sweet but they struck a perfect balance. The panacakes were so good I immediately regretted not ordering the Neapolitan Pancakes. Luckily the Bacon & Egg Muffin was awesome, so I wasn't bitter about it.
Senate Blue Ash
Senate Blue Ash
Senate Blue Ash
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Senate Blue Ash
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Northside Bikes

With MOBO located in Northside, the 4th of July parade is always the best oportunity to see a bunch of really cool bikes and characters.
Northside 4th of Juy Parade
Northside 4th of Juy Parade
Northside 4th of Juy Parade
Northside 4th of Juy Parade
Northside 4th of Juy Parade
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Northside 4th of Juy Parade
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The Bay Horse Cafe

The Bay Horse Cafe reopened last night. I have a good feeling this is going to be the neighborhood bar all the other bars try to be. Just a little off the beaten path but still close to all the action. The bar is stuffed full of history, old news paper clippings, old pictures and some old fixtures.
The Bay Horse Cafe has had a storied past for sure, the structure was built in the mid 1800's. The Bay Horse bar itself survived Prohibition, and a couple of moves as buildings were demo'd out from under it. The bar was originally located where Government Square is now and where the horse wandered in off the street thus coining the name.
I remember walking past it when I moved to Cincinnati in 2004 and looking in I thought, "no way I'm going in there" It looked sketchy as hell. I think it shut down a year or so after due way too many police calls and a fatal shooting in broad daylight. Then came 2012 and the Aronoff filed paperwork to demo the Bay Horse building. I don't remember all the details except that people were upset, and unlike the Dennison, the Bay Horse survived to live another day. Back then the Historic Conservation Board wasn't stocked with the mayor's pro-demo buddies thank goodness. A facebook friend said, "The Bayhorse was one of the dirtiest, smokiest, and drug filled bars 15 years ago. So happy to see it come back looking spanking new. Tribute to how much things have changed downtown."
We should all be glad it did, the bar and the space is amazing. Bring your thirst, those schooners are huge.

The Bay Horse
The Bay Horse
Once upon a time The Bay Horse sold more Little Kings than any other bar on the planet. Jenny swung through Cincinnati for a minute yesterday to try and help them get that honor back.
The Bay Horse
The Bay Horse
The Bay Horse
Beers bigger than your head!!
The Bay Horse
The Bay Horse
The Bay Horse
The Bay Horse
The Bay Horse is just steps from a streetcar stop!
The Bay Horse
The Bay Horse
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