Cincinnati picks up textiles in recycling program

Help keep clothing, footwear, household textiles, and accessories out of local landfills through the city of Cincinnati’s textile recycling program. When they’re out of style, worn, torn, stained, or just no longer useful, donate or recycle them.

Eligible households have received information in the mail. Items are collected on regular recycling days. Otherwise, use a drop-off location or donation box.

What can be recycled?

Textiles in any condition (worn, torn or stained) can all be recycled. Make sure all items are clean and dry. Torn and stained items are sent to a fabric recycler to become new fabrics.

‘How to recycle clothing and housewares’ | WVXU (March 20, 2017)

Park + Vine presents “The Vegan Pantry” at Cincinnati Wine + Food Classic

J-Lo did it to get in top shape, Venus Williams to combat an autoimmune disorder, Brad Pitt follows the path of environmental concerns and animal rights. The plant-based diet is growing—nearly 16 million Americans are vegetarian, and half of those live a strictly vegan lifestyle. Whether you are all in or just curious, discover the benefits and challenges of the vegan way. And when cooking at home isn’t an option, unearth vegan choices wherever you are—a restaurant, a friend’s house, or on the road. Danny Korman and Stephanie Phillips of Park + Vine will help you establish a shopping list of basic ingredients while demonstrating simple ideas on how to use them and build meal plans 10 to 10:45 a.m. Sept. 13 at Sysco Kitchen.

Cincinnati Wine + Food Classic info and tickets


Mayo consider seeing Josh Tetrick at Mercantile Library?

What are you doing Tuesday, Aug. 25? We’re headed to The Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St., at 5:30 p.m. to see Josh Tetrick, founder and CEO of Hampton Creek. Josh’s goal is to revolutionize the food industry, while making healthy, delicious and affordable food in a sustainable way. He is especially interested in disrupting the egg industry, which he says is completely unsustainable.

Social entrepreneur, writer, and speaker, Tetrick has led a UN business initiative in Kenya, worked for both former President Clinton and the president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and taught street children as a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria and South Africa.

Reserve your spot to see Josh Tetrick HERE.


Cincinnati chooses clean, green energy – again

From Ohio Citizen Action:

Last week, Interim City Manager Scott Stiles announced that First Energy Solutions would be the city’s electricity supplier and that the contract did not include the “green energy” option. This would have reversed a trend started two years ago when Cincinnati became the largest city in the nation to go for 100% renewable electricity through its aggregation program.

Citizens from all over the city sent emails, attended meetings and offered testimony urging Mayor Cranley, city council and Mr. Stiles not to sign a contract for more dirty, coal-fired power – and they were heard!

This memo from Mr. Stiles’ office confirms, “ I have reconsidered the electric aggregation contract with First Energy Solutions (FES), and will be signing on for 100% renewable or green energy as the default for the aggregation customers.”

Please take a moment to thank the mayor, councilmembers and Mr. Stiles for listening to us and making the right choice for Cincinnati’s renewable energy future. Please add your own message and don’t forget to sign your name and neighborhood.

It’s Ladies’ Night in OTR

Ladies’ Night OTR is a celebration of not-for-profit organizations that do great work, especially those serving women in need. Our first event is 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 31 and benefits Women Helping Women of Hamilton County. Come join the vibrant retail merchants of Over-the-Rhine, support this fabulous not-for-profit, and have an absolutely grand time.

OTR gift basket is worth more than $150 and includes gift certificates and gift items from participating shops. Tickets are $5 each.


  • Fiberge (Vine Street)
  • Incredible Creations (Vine Street)
  • Libby (Main Street)
  • Mannequin Boutique (Vine Street)
  • Park + Vine (Main Street)
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors (Main Street)
  • Rookwood Pottery (Vine Street via Jackson Street)
  • Sloane Boutique (Vine Street)
  • Substance (Main Street)

Clever “survival tips” from Over-the-Rhine merchants

Winter Retail Therapy
Clever “Survival Tips” from Over-the-Rhine Merchants

For Immediate Release
Contact: Emilie Johnson
Cell: 513-703-8121 or

Cincinnati, OH (Jan. 31, 2014) Over-the-Rhine businesses have compiled some clever shopping and culinary tips to keep everyone energized and thoughts of warmer days seem not so far away. Listed below are new items customers will find in their shops, and menu items to keep you toasty warm. More information about these businesses can be found in the business directory on A link to this list also appears on our blog page:

The Anchor
Try the Lobster Roll or the Sting Ray, a specialty drink.

Another Part of the Forest
10% off Blues and Classical vinyl

Art Beyond Boundaries
Find compelling original art by incredibly talented local artists, Mary Barr Rhodes, Will Wiley, Jeremy Lewis and many more.

Below Zero Lounge
Sip on an Irish Coffee with Boru Irish Vodka.

Coffee Emporium
Their Aztec Spiced Mocha has luscious chocolate, invigorating spices, special espresso blend and creamy steamed milk. It’s topped with whip cream and a dash of freshly ground cinnamon. Also, try the new Berry & Flaxseed Muffin.

Couture Couture
Mint green Maxi dresses that would brighten up anyone’s day!

Fiberge Yarn Shop
Find new locally hand dyed yarn and roving.

Findlay Market
Market Wines’ Chili Cook-Off recipe: Find all of the ingredients to make this chili at Findlay Market. Click here for the recipe. Try Mimi’s Gourmet Eggrolls & Curry, Drinking Hot Chocolate from Dojo Gelato, or pho from Pho Lang Thang.

Fresh Table
Try the Bison Chili made with local bison, or the Pompeii Brussels Sprout Slaw made with raw, thinly shaved Brussel sprouts, whole roasted garlic cloves, sun dried tomato and kalamata olives to keep you healthy!

Iris Book Café
Settle in with a steamy chai and a bowl of chili chorizo or vegan chili; keep your to-go drinks warm all day in an OTR/Iris logo Klean Kanteen. Plus, get a complimentary cafe cap with Kanteen purchase!

Mannequin Boutique
Chase away winter blues with vintage fur coats and cashmere sweaters from Mannequin!

Park + Vine
Uplifting Kombucha Kits. Feel the lift. Make your own kombucha with Oregon Kombucha starter kits. Try the Spring Craft Beers from Deschutes Brewery now available at Park + Vine (Black Butte, Porter, Inversion IPA, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Red Chair NWPA)

Rock Paper Scissors
Enjoy “The Cincinnati Sound,” a compilation of local music guaranteed to get you dancing (or at the very least put an extra bounce in your step); or, start a new journal or art project with locally made (and brightly colored!) journals and sketchbooks.

Rookwood Pottery Co.
New Spring colors now at Rookwood Pottery in their new shop on Jackson Street, enter from Twelfth and Vine parking lot.

Steam Whistle Letterpress and Design LLC
Have you seen The Cincinnati Streetcard? Can’t wait 3 more years for the streetcar to start running? Scratch that itch with their pop-out paper postcard! Letterpress-printed Valentines are now available too. True love never goes out of style, handmade right here on Main Street OTR.

Substance Boutique
Discover three new styles in the softest organic cotton tees from Los Angeles brand Groceries, plus loads of new dress styles perfect for Valentine’s date night.

Symphony Hotel and Restaurant
Try the new martini “Lost in OTR” with Crown Royal, Kahlua, Cherry Juice & a splash of root beer! Plus, Sunday brunches at the Symphony Hotel are a must try.

Taste of Belgium
Try the brand new Belgian Corndog (merguez – spicy lamb sausage, sweet batter, whole grain mustard and curry ketchup), or the new popular Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Enjoy their beer cheese now offered on the lunch menu, plus their crêpe bar is now open all day long, so people can savory crêpes for $7. Even more, Taste of Belgium OTR has a new sign, new menu, and new plate ware to start the new year with a bang.

Urban Eden
Curl up with an Arcadia local history book! Special price $3 off.

In memoriam: Gene Frank Goldschmidt

Gene Frank Goldschmidt, better known as the Horseradish and Mustard King of Cincinnati, died Wednesday, January 22, 2014. He was born February 24, 1948. Gene is survived by his wife and true love, Ingeborg Goldschmidt; his daughter, Rya Goldschmidt Lawrence and son-in-law Tom Lawrence and two beautiful grandchildren, Gavin and Grace; his stepson, Christopher Scott and daughter-in-law Amy Scrivner. He is also survived by his brother Don Goldschmidt (Shari), his sisters Bette Kraus (Larry), and Mary Kristofferson (Tim). Gene is also survived by loving nieces and nephews Eileen (Ryan), Debbie (Todd), Lisa, Mark (Christina), Glenn (Michelle), Andrea (Jason), Patrick (Julie), and Ryan. He is also survived by numerous cousins and extended family. Gene’s parents, Raymond & Helen Goldschmidt, preceded him in death.

One of Gene’s greatest passions in life was food. He was known around town for his mustard and horseradish business, Organic Cornucopia. He was an early pioneer during the revitalization of Findlay Market and was much beloved by market vendors and shoppers. Gene, quite literally, crowned himself the King of Horseradish and Mustard, after his stepson presented him with a bejeweled crown. Worn with a slight tilt and a twinkle in his eye, the King provided shoppers with some of the best mustard and horseradish in town.

His customers were drawn to his enthusiasm, offbeat humor, and his ability to talk to anyone about anything. Close behind his love for his family was his love for the members of Cincinnati’s food community. He thrived on the ideas, creativity, friendly arguments, and camaraderie.

The King will be missed. Gene’s family thanks everyone for their outpouring of love and support. No funeral services will be held. In keeping with Gene’s wishes, a life celebration will be held. A date has not yet been determined. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to Hospice of Cincinnati.

Gene Frank Goldschmidt (1948-2014)

Gene Frank Goldschmidt (1948-2014)

VegNews names Cincinnati “surprisingly” veg-friendly

VegNews‘ July/August issue lists its choices for “5 Surprisingly Veg-Friendly Cities,” and Park + Vine in Over-the-Rhine is listed as one of the reasons.

Cincinnati fan Samuel Hartman of Louisville, Kentucky, the fella who wrote the story, understands that much of Park + Vine’s appeal extends beyond it being just a soft spot for vegans and the folks who love them:

The 100-percent vegan general store Park + Vine has veganism, sustainability, and good food down pat. A daily lunch counter features local fare, but Sunday is the real treat, with a brunch menu offering biscuits and gravy, tofu scramble and coffeecake. Plan enough time to check out the rest of the store, which is a resource for everything from bath products to bike parts.

“Cincinnati was one of America’s first real ‘boomtowns,’ and today it excels as a surprisingly vegan-friendly city,” added Hartman.

Hartman gives equal coverage to Loving Hut in Pleasant Ridge, Melt Eclectic Deli in Northside, Myra’s Dionysus in Clifton Heights and Shanghai Mama’s downtown. He recommends additional visits to Contemporary Arts Center, Mt. Airy Forest and Over-the-Rhine.

Cincinnati is listed alongside Anchorage, Alaska; Detroit, Mich.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.


Quinlivan to unveil new mobile produce zones, urban gardens

Council Member Quinlivan will unveil three new Mobile Produce Zones, two in Over-the-Rhine and one in the East End, as well as showcase two urban gardens Friday, June 7.

9:30 a.m.
Council Member Quinlivan will unveil the Mobile Produce Zone at Permaganic Eco Garden, 1718 Main Street, where neighborhood children will be working in the garden. The Permaganic Eco Garden is one of several urban gardens located around the city that makes fresh vegetables available to residents. Director of Operations Luke Ebner, and wife Angela Stanbery-Ebner, Director of Education, will speak along with Councilwoman Quinlivan. She sponsored the motion in February to save Eco Garden from being demolished for a CiTiRAMA site.

10 a.m.
The next stop on the tour is the Mobile Produce Zone in front of Park + Vine, 1202 Main Street. Owner Danny Korman will unveil the new Mobile Produce Vending sign.

10:45 a.m.
The final stop is at Urban Greens, 234 Strader Street, in the East End. Co-Owners Ryan Doan and Kevin Fitzgerald will showcase their urban garden success with Quinlivan. Take a brief walk to the second East End garden, 247 Worth Street, for a great photo-op with the Councilwoman.

Quinlivan, who spearheaded Mobile Produce zones last year, is excited to see the program in several neighborhoods. “It is important to provide citizens with healthy food options,” says Quinlivan. “These zones were created for urban gardens to sell their fresh produce to residents who live in food deserts.”

Mobile produce vending location in front of Park + Vine

Mobile produce vending location in front of Park + Vine


Vanishing Cincinnati Book Signing Dec. 15

A book signing celebrating the recent publication of Vanishing Cincinnati, a compilation of the work of local artists David and Barbara Day, takes place noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Park + Vine. Copies of Vanishing Cincinnati are available for purchase and signing. Book signing is held in conjunction with Park + Shine: A Mini Craft Show.

About David and Barbara Day

For almost 50 years, the husband and wife partners of David Day, Designer & Associates, have worked as professional designers in Cincinnati. They have directed restorations of many Cincinnati landmarks, including the old Enquirer Building, 617 Vine Street. Their practice and studio is in the Pendleton Art Center, Over-the-Rhine.

The Days’ freehand working drawings for clients and contractors have become collectors items in their own right. Now many of these renderings, along with the Days’ original drawings, which were completed independently of commissioned projects, have been collected in Vanishing Cincinnati.

About Vanishing Cincinnati

The images and stories here reconnect us with the city’s century of greatness, from 1850 to 1950, when the urban fabric was tightly woven with an eclectic mix of residential neighborhoods, parks, shops, and entertainment, all nestled within embracing hilltops, and with a street-level infrastructure that was both functional and inspirational. The city’s extraordinary diversity of architecture, old and new, side by side, brings the fourth dimension of time into an equation that ennobles and enriches the Queen City.

The Day’s freely drawn images in Vanishing Cincinnati breathe life into the idea that careful preservation of these venerable structures brings longevity and cultural richness to the heart of the city. It can happen here. It did happen here. And now, with the resurgence of creativity of all kinds in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine, it is happening again.

Vanishing Cincinnati

Vanishing Cincinnati