Support your love of community, Community Shares

Enjoy yourself at a special fundraising event benefitting Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 16 at Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave., Covington.

Evening includes comedy of Sweett Biscut, live auction with Brooklyn, and DJ Thaddeus. Reception includes food, two complimentary drinks, and a cash bar. Tickets are $85 before midnight Feb. 15 or $115 at the door.

For the Love of Community

ABOUT COMMUNITY SHARES
Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati is a partnership of 23 local nonprofit organizations building social and economic equity and a healthy environment. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Community Shares raises awareness and support for member organizations through workplace giving campaigns, professional enrichment, community education, and a variety of innovative initiatives.

Korman included in CityBeat’s annual Love List

CityBeat’s annual Love List introduces you to seven passionate Cincinnatians who have turned what they love into their lifestyles. These are portraits of people striving to celebrate life by pursuing a path that rejoices in kindness, creativity and, in some cases, the drive to make some really good wine. By focusing on why they love what they do, why they love Cincinnati and why they love their lives in general, we explore how passion can change our community and the world at large.

— Maija Zummo, Project Editor

Love List Contents

  • Yuliya Bui, owner of flower shop Gia and the Blooms
  • Dan Korman (pictured), founder and owner of longtime green general store Park + Vine
  • Sky White, founder of Wendigo Tea Co. and member of on-hiatus Rock band Foxy Shazam
  • Matt Distel, exhibition director at The Carnegie and co-owner of The Littlefield and Second Place bars
  • Kate MacDonald, owner and vintner at Skeleton Root urban winery
  • Phillip Eugene Smith aka Eugenius, rapper and musician
  • Melissa Lieb, owner of upscale lingerie boutique Swoon OTR
PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER

PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER

How to recycle old electronics

Technology is a wonderful thing. It allows us to stay connected with each other and the world around us. However, the digital world is always spinning and providing newer, faster, more convenient smartphones, tablets and computers. So what to do with those outdated electronics?

Throwing them away is not the answer. Electronics contain valuable metals that manufacturers can recover from your device and use to make new products. The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District has several suggestions on how to “recycle right” when it comes to electronics:

  • Exchange. Several large retailers offer electronic “take back” programs that will recycle your old computer when you purchase a new one from the same company. The District’s website has a list of these programs
  • Recycle at an authorized recycling center. HamiltonCountyRecycles.org has a list off year round outlets and upcoming electronics recycling events
  • Give your electronic devices a new life by ensuring the valuable resources contained inside are recycled. If you have questions about electronics recycling, call our Recycling Hotline at 946-7766
Michelle Balz is the Assistant Solid Waste District Manager for the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

Michelle Balz is the Assistant Solid Waste District Manager for the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

Final consolidation sale includes supplies, bulk foods station

While Park + Vine closed for business Jan. 15, we are selling our remaining stock of supplies (to-go containers and lids, coffee cups and lids, java jackets, gloves, cleaning supplies, Tupperware, misc food items, utensils, and more) at an extreme discount. Everything is priced to sell and marked 25 to 90% off retail. Visit us 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 28. Cash or check only please

We need to find a home for our beloved bulk foods station ($3,995) before Jan. 31. Trade Fixture displays currently sell new between $1,000 and $1,750 per linear foot. Our system is from 2010 with eight linear feet. E-mail info @ parkandvine . com to express interest and discuss pricing

Store closing sale enters final weekend

Store closing sale is underway in preparation for our last day of business Jan. 15. Take 90 percent off general (taxable) merchandise and 50 percent off groceries, including beer and wine. Prepared food and drinks in kitchen are excluded. Retired store furniture and fixtures are priced as marked. There are absolutely no refunds, returns, or exchanges. All sales are final and not valid with other offers

Last day of business coincides with final Park + Vine Chili Cook-off (SOLD OUT)

Sign design by Nora Martini

Sign design by Nora Martini

Hug everyone at final Park + Vine Chili Cook-off, store’s last day of business

MEDIA ADVISORY

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

CINCINNATI, OH, Dec. 29, 2016 – Over-the-Rhine retailer and lunch counter Park + Vine is closing its Main Street storefront Jan. 15 and ending on a high note with record sales year and its final chili cook-off.

“Since we announced that Park + Vine is closing one month ago, we’ve seen a constant stream of people paying their last respects. It’s humbling to witness this outpouring of support from the community,” said Park + Vine store owner Danny Korman.

Final Park + Vine Chili Cook-off takes place 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 2017. Tickets are $10 for the Chili Tasting. Registration is available online until 6 p.m. Jan. 14, or $15 at the door the day of the event. Chili entries are $10 and limited to 20 spots. Kids under 10 are free. Drinks, including beer, coffee and kombucha, are separate. Cook-off is completely vegan and, therefore, free from animal byproducts.

There are two categories: People’s Choice and Judge’s Pick. Losantiville designer Chris Heckman is creating keepsake wooden plaques for both winners. Judges this year include:

  • Perennial favorite Colonel De, Colonel De’s Gourmet Spices and Herbs
  • Rachel DesRochers, Grateful Grahams
  • Mark Frommeyer, Blue Oven Bakery
  • Amy Hunter, Mercantile Library
  • Ilene Ross, 513{eats}

Park + Vine opened its first location on Vine Street in June 2007 and then relocated to 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.

In addition to chili cook-off, Park + Vine has hosted other annual events, including Queen City Bike + Dine, Main Street Thanksgiving Progressive Dinner, and Plaid Friday Urban Hike and other walks with Imago nature group. Park + Vine was an integral part of the community and honored to contribute to the overall vitality of Over-the-Rhine.

Park + Vine Chili Cook-off

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

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

MEDIA ADVISORY

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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RELATED NEWS STORIES:

Park + Vine closing Over-the-Rhine store in January – Cincinnati.com, Nov. 29, 2016

Park + Vine in Over-the-Rhine closing – WCPO, Nov. 29, 2016

Longtime OTR retailer that took part in neighborhood’s renaissance closing – Cincinnati Business Courier, Nov. 29, 2016

Park + Vine says no to Black Friday, goes for hike instead

For the second year in a row, Park + Vine is closed for Black Friday and instead inviting people to spend time outside. Join Park + Vine and Imago, an environmental education organization in Price Hill, for the second annual Plaid Friday Urban Hike Nov. 25. Dress in plaid and join us on a walk through quiet historic city streets and forested hillsides with amazing views of downtown Cincinnati

Group heads out at 10 a.m. promptly and walks six to eight miles with a stop at an overlook for lunch (included in cost) before continuing and ending around 1 p.m. at Park + Vine. Wear comfortable shoes and dress accordingly. Bring a backpack to carry your lunch and pack water. Pups and kids welcome. Hike is rain or shine

Park + Vine is closed Nov. 24 and 25, and reopens its doors Nov. 26 for Small Business Saturday. Plaid Friday is named after an alternative to Black Friday that started in Oakland, California in 2009. According to the National Retail Federation, recent years have seen the typically one-day blowout of “Black Friday” move into the entire week with promotions running through November and December

Photo: The Enquirer/Carrie Blackmore Smith

Photo: The Enquirer/Carrie Blackmore Smith