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Park + Vine closing Over-the-Rhine store in January

Green retailer enjoyed a longer run than Seinfeld, not quite as long as Cheers

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Contact: Danny Korman, 513-721-7275, dan@parkandvine.com

CINCINNATI, OH, Nov. 29, 2016 – Over-the-Rhine retailer and lunch counter Park + Vine is closing its Main Street storefront Jan. 15 after previously announcing plans to consolidate operations earlier this year.

“This is likely surprising news. It’s simply time for me to do something else,” said Park + Vine store owner Danny Korman.

“Over-the-Rhine gave us life and was a good location. It was exciting to be a part of early revitalization efforts that eventually led to the transformation of this great neighborhood. I’ll miss the community Park + Vine created, especially our employees and regular customers. We enjoyed a really great run, longer than Seinfeld and not quite as long as Cheers.”

Korman said a “store closing sale” would begin Dec. 1, allowing customers to experience the store during the holiday season. Park + Vine is scheduled to maintain regular store hours, with employees receiving compensation as usual, Korman said.

He is discussing the transfer of Park + Vine gift certificates to other local stores and planning a closing celebration centered around the final Park + Vine Chili Cook-off Jan. 15.

Park + Vine opened its first location on Vine Street in June 2007 and then relocated to the former Kaldi’s coffeehouse space at 1202 Main Street in October 2010. Park + Vine opened when there were few other businesses nearby. A native of Cincinnati, Korman moved back to open Park + Vine after living in New York and Chicago for more than a decade.

Park + Vine hosted multiple annual events, including Park + Vine Chili Cookoff, Queen City Bike + Dine, Main Street Thanksgiving Progressive Dinner, and Plaid Friday Urban Hike and other walks with Imago nature group. It was a familiar face at community events too.

Park + Vine received consistent recognition, including annual Best of Cincinnati nods from Cincinnati CityBeat, annual Favorite Vegan Storefront nominations from VegNews, New Business Star Award from Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce in 2008, and Friend of Recycling award from Hamilton County Recycling in 2008. Individually, Korman was named Sustainability Hero at Xavier University in 2014.

Korman said Park + Vine saw sales gains in 2016, with an increase of 10% compared to 2015. In all, the retailer is seeing its best sales in 2016.

Longtime friends attorney Kristen Myers and business coach Bob Pickford are advising Korman on the closing. “While closing Park + Vine is a little sad, it allows Dan to tackle something new with his time and enthusiasm. The anticipated opening of Epicurean Mercantile Co. at Findlay Market and Clifton Market Co-op early next year help fill the void of a Cincinnati without Park + Vine,” said Pickford of the closing.

Park + Vine storefront

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