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

Kitchen specials stretch from Monday through Friday

Join us for five different kitchen specials Monday through Friday:

MONDAY: Get a mozzarella pesto grilled cheese and cup of tomato bisque soup for $10. Offer good 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

TUESDAY: Take $2 off one of our three most popular sandwiches: Buffalo Tofu, Elsie, Tempeh Toonah Melt. Offer good 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Get one burger and one side for $6 and take 50% off on-tap kombucha. Offer good 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: Double up with a cup of soup and small side for $5. Offer good 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

FRIDAY: Take 50% off all menu items priced $7 or more. Offer good 3 to 7 p.m.

KITCHEN HOURS + DELIVERY
Kitchen is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Order online for carryout or 53T Courier bicycle delivery

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VegNews nominates Park + Vine for ninth consecutive year

VegNews Magazine has nominated Park + Vine “Favorite Vegan Storefront” in 2016 Veggie Awards. This is the ninth consecutive nomination and we’re pretty excited about it. It’s an impressive lineup of stores around the USA

All submissions are entered into Grand Prize Drawing to win fabulous prizes. Veggie Award winners receive―among other things―a feature in VegNews Magazine and bragging rights for being the best of the best

Polls close midnight Aug. 31. Winners are announced in November+December “Best of Vegetarian” holiday edition of VegNews

Keep back-to-school simple with reusable containers

We’re setup for back-to-school adventures with reusable lunchbox systems and bottles. Take lunches and snacks everywhere with new bento boxes from Monbento (pictured). Stainless steel tiffins remain popular options. Choose from Kleen Kanteen and Lifefactory for a non-leaching reusable bottle. Tired of throw-away baggies in plastic lunch bags every day? Save money and switch to a reusable sandwich and snack bag

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Following is guest article on back-to-school tips from Michelle Balz, assistant solid waste manager for Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District:

BACK TO SCHOOL REUSE

It’s hard to believe that another summer has nearly passed and Hamilton County students are getting ready to go back to school. The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District has a few simple tips to help make school preparation environmentally sound and to save your wallet a little green too.

  • Start by taking stock of what you have left over from last year that you can use again this year
  • If you have items your child no longer needs, consider donating them to your school or another charitable organization
  • Don’t overbuy. It may be tempting to take advantage of those back-to-school sales, but stick to your list and only purchase the items your school requires
  • When you do shop for school supplies, look to purchase items made from recycled materials
  • Reuse books. If your child has required reading, check out the book from the library, or purchase it at a used book store. Then donate it back, unless of course, your child enjoys the book so much they want to keep it for their personal library
  • Pack a zero-waste lunch by replacing plastic sandwich bags with reusable containers and lunchboxes. Replace disposable juice boxes with refillable water bottles and pack metal utensils instead of throwaway plastic cutlery
  • Avoid purchasing individually wrapped snacks and bagged chips – they typically cost more per serving and create more waste. Instead, purchase the large bag and make your own snack packs in small reusable containers

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District provides free technical support to schools wishing to recycle and/or reduce food waste in their cafeterias. Call 513-946-7766 or visit Hamilton County Recycling website for more information