Best of: Corner Store, Green-Oriented Business ♥

A ginormous THANK YOU to every single person who submitted our name in Cincinnati CityBeat 2011 Best of Cincinnati poll! Big love to our friends–from small businesses in city neighborhoods to Earth-lovers at Civic Garden Center and Marvin’s Organic Gardens–who were also mentioned! Issue hit newsstands–including our own–Wednesday, March 30. Be sure to pick up a copy. We love you, Cincinnati!

“Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

Best Of Cincinnati » Goods & Services » Staff Picks

Best Place to Get Your Kombucha On

OK, so Park + Vine doesn’t yet have a kombucha keg, but it offers the bottled kind and on March 17 hosted a sampling party/fundraiser for new drink equipment at the eco-friendly general store that included sampling of kombucha straight out the tap. Part of the reason Dan Korman moved the store from Vine Street to Main Street was to take advantage of the bigger space, which now includes a drink bar that could soon offer fresh-pressed juice, a locally designed and manufactured Hario pour-over bar and, hopefully, a kombucha keg. 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-7275, www.parkandvine.com.

‎Best Practical Eco Classes

We know this is “Best” Of, but we’re calling this one a tie between Park + Vine and the Civic Garden Center. The incredible Dan Korman and the team at P V offer information on home weatherization, mushroom cultivation, cloth diapering and more (including lots of green merchandise). The Civic Garden Center takes you back to basics by teaching organic vegetable gardening, how to build a rain barrel and how to graft a fruit tree (or learn what that means). Park Vine, 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-7275, www.parkandvine.com; Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale, 513-221-0981, www.civicgardencenter.org.

Best Of Cincinnati » Goods & Services » Readers Picks

CORNER STORE
1. Park + Vine – 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-7275
2. U.D.F., multiple locations
3. Clifton Natural Foods, Clifton Heights

GREEN-ORIENTED BUSINESS
1. Park + Vine – 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-7275
2. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-281-4700
3. Trader Joe’s 7788 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, 513-984-3452
4. Whole Foods 2693 Edmondson Road, Norwood, 513-531-8015
5. Melt 4165 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-861-MELT
6. Aveda, multiple locations
7. Clifton Natural Foods, 169 W. McMillan Ave., Clifton Heights, 513-961-6111
8. earthineer.com
9. Aquarius Star & Om Cafe, 329 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-381-3436
10. Marvin’s Organic Gardens, 2055 U.S. Route 42, Lebanon, 513-932-3319

Best Of Cincinnati » Public Eye » Readers Picks

PROGRESSIVE
1. Bring Rapid Transit to Cincinnati
2. Guerilla Queer Bar
3. Dan Korman (Park + Vine)

FRIEND TO THE ENVIRONMENT
1. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-751-2136
2. Dan Korman (Park + Vine)
3. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

LOCAL ACTIVIST
1. Jim Tarbell
2. Bill Cunningham (WLW-AM)
3. Dan Korman (Park + Vine)

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Streetcar Desire opens March 25 at Park + Vine

Aaron Wood brings his love for city living and multiple color schemes to the walls of Park + Vine for a month-long show opening 6 to 9 p.m. Final Friday, March. 25 and running through April 24. Streetcar Desire is an exhibition of poster art depicting the proposed Cincinnati Streetcar project. Listen to DJ Seb spin tunes on vinyl, while staying caffeinated at the drink bar.

streetcar desire

BACKGROUND
Wood, originally from Florida, is based in Cin…cinnati. He holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Northern Kentucky University and has worked extensively in the area as an illustrator, an exhibiting artist and even the host of a Psychedelic music show for community radio station WAIF (88.3 FM).

EXHIBIT PERSPECTIVE
Streetcar Desire represents a symbol of advancement during an exciting time where Cincinnatians choosing to live, work and play downtown and in Over-the-Rhine desire an alternative to car travel. Rail systems help unify cities with disjointed layouts and bring people together regardless of their backgrounds with a shared desire for convenient public transit. The proposal combined with other systems, such as bicycle paths and walkways, can make central Cincinnati more connected, while adding character. There are many other benefits, including more development and a stronger link between Cincinnati’s events and landmarks. Out of excitement for this possibility, Aaron decided to make this series of posters to show he is in support of this project.

Shop Bock March 4-6!

Celebrate the rich lager that heralds the end of the winter brewing season and the coming of spring at Shop Bock, a shopping event at the local, independent stores of historic Over-the-Rhine during Bockfest March 4-6.

Here’s how it works: buy a special Shop Bock bag at participating stores for $3 and receive discounts on most merchandise. Each bag comes with Shop Bock 2011 button! Proceeds from sales of Shop Bock bags benefit Over-the-Rhine Foundation. Continue the celebrations with a stop at the one-of-a-kind restaurants or bars in the area!

shop bock

PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES

Main Street
–Park+Vine
–Atomic Number Ten
–Original Thought Required
–Urban Eden
–Iris BookCafe
–Another Part of the Forest
–Art Beyond Boundaries
–Yes

Vine Street
–MiCA 12/v
–Joseph Williams Home
–Ensemble Theatre

12th Street
4U Urban Fashion Boutique