With spring comes sunshine, relaxation, and entertainment! There’s always so much to do and so little time, but no one is complaining about new shopping, food, and fun time opportunities. Even better, some of the most anticipated new venues are opening right in your own backyard.  I’m talking about all the new venues opening up on Calhoun Street this spring and summer.  U Square At The Loop is guaranteed to create some awesome memories for you and friends in the near future.

U Square at theLoop will offer food, shopping, housing and parking.  Those all are much needed things in our beautiful Clifton city but let’s get real; we’re all most interested in the shopping, eats, and fun. The shopping U Square At The Loop will host Rue21, Body Central, Altar’d State, and Rally House. With all those clothing stores and the Footlocker across the street, students should have no problem finding all the clothing items they need.  I’ve been living in Clifton for the last five years and until now; clothes shopping has never been so readily available and convenient.

Along with the shopping comes great food!  At U Square at the Loop, one thing is for sure; food will not be in short supply.  U Square at The Loop will host eateries such as; DiBella’s Old fashioned Submarines, Firehouse Subs, Hwy 55, Lime, Waffle House, The Brass Tap, Mr. Sushi, Bd’s Mongolian Barbeque, Keystone Bar and Grill, and Orange Leaf.  With all those places to choose from it will be almost impossible to go hungry! I can’t wait!

Good food, good friends, and good fun are the three main ingredients of any good party. U Square at the Loop is poised to bring us just that.  When the shops and restaurants open in the near future there will be only one answer for where to have a good time, and that’s U Square at the Loop!



A Taste of the Best


Photo Courtesy of TAVOLA

When sitting inside of A TAVOLA (1220 Vine Street), be surprised if you don’t find yourself smiling; you’re in the Best Pizza Restaurant of Cincinnati 2013. Located in OTR (Over the Rhine) A TAVOLA boast a menu of stellar cocktails at the bar and handcrafted pizza from the shop’s owners.  Just sampling? The Wagyu Meatball Sliders will set you straight. Hungrier than that? Pick up a signature pizza like the Fig+Prosciutto, or the Soppressata (a spicy cured ham).  Did we mention A TAVOLA cures all meat in house?  http://www.atavolapizza.com/menu/

But A TAVOLA didn’t get here riding on tasty treats alone. Billy Draznik, Sam Ginocchio, and Jared Wayne are the owners and masterminds behind some of the tastiest and unique Italian inspired concoctions.  Working on recipes from their family they set out to craft a destination for all. More importantly they are amongst a group of people helping to build a culture of arts and entertainment in Cincinnati, “we love this neighborhood”, Wayne said.

When the 3CDC Development Group approached them with a space on Vine Street they were reluctant, the Gateway Quarter was in its infancy, barely the culinary haven it is now. “There’s a renaissance going on down here you know, it’s kind of like this whole culinary boulevard,” Wayne said. “A couple of years ago, even ten months ago I thought ‘there’s no way we could be down here, that’s crazy.” This passion is just what Cincinnati needs to fuel its climb back from urban decay. Today A TAVOLA has just won the 2013 Best of Cincinnati for Pizza, supported by a group of people striving for the best this city has to offer. 

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Cincinnati’s Oasis


Nearly 100 years ago, amongst the industry and thriving neighbors of Cincinnati, lay Washington Park. The go too spot for a family picnic, an afternoon with friends throwing the Frisbee or just to walking the dog, Washington Park was one of downtown Cincinnati’s Meccas. Eight acres teeming with life.

Present day has seen different times, from the fall out of urban decay and migrating population away from the downtown, Washington Park had a very different face. Drug sales, prostitution and violence crippled this neighborhood and likewise Washington Park.

This too, is now a memory of the past. Powered by 3CDC a private redevelopment nonprofit and the Cincinnati Park Board the plan to infuse Washington Park with a $48 million renovation plan that will fuel, and be fueled by the community around it. The Music Hall, School for Creative and Preforming Arts, Memorial Hall and the Gateway Quarter are all part of the Urban revival to bring Cincinnati and Washington Park back to former glory. Take a walk down through OTR and see the difference.

The change is visible everywhere you look in Cincinnati, the morphing landscape of the Smale Riverfront Park, The Banks, 21c Museum Hotel and the Horseshoe Casino all point at the change Cincinnati is experiencing. The return of the Park welcomes that central gathering place. Head down to explore the area, have lunch in the warm spring weather or take in the history.An oasis amongst the downtown for the people of Cincinnati to embrace, enjoy and keep close to our hearts as one of Cincinnati’s oldest treasures.