Downtown details.

You know what I think would be interesting? I think it would be really interesting to photograph all the storefronts in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. Even since we’ve left downtown there have been a lot of places that have closed their doors for good and there have been even more places that have opened, either in those spaces or in new spaces. It would be an interesting study in the continual evolution of urban spaces particularly downtown Cincinnati. How long before something new moves into this space on Main Street and the Spatz Foods sign is gone forever? We would walk by this sign every time we headed out to do something when we lived downtown…

Downtown Cincinnati is in a state of continual change and it’d beat really neat to have the time to document those changes and downtown details better. πŸ˜€πŸ™οΈβ€οΈ

Happy Pitchers & Catchers Day!

Baseball is almost back! Image courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds. πŸ˜€βšΎοΈβ€οΈ

It’s a sign.

We saw this sign for a new Cambodian restaurant in Northside called Mahope

I’ve never had Cambodian food before. And I can’t wait to try it sometime soon. πŸ˜€β€οΈ

Sam Adams Taproom.

This evening we also stopped by to check out the relatively new Sam Adams Taproom on Central Parkway right around the corner from Findlay Market. We drive right by it every day on the way to and from work. This evening we got to see what it’s all about…

It’s a pretty nice place. I could definitely see hanging out here on a regular basis…

We ordered a couple their giant pretzels…

That pretzel was amazing. It might have been one of the best pretzels I’ve ever eaten.

We hung out for a little bit and managed to come in third in a spelling contest they were having that night…

I’ve heard of weeknight trivia contests. But I’ve never heard of spelling bees. It was different. Anyway, we walked away with a $10 gift card. It’s such a fun place…

And their patio is going to be amazing in the summer…

Sam Adams new taproom. Come for the beer. Stay for the pretzels. πŸ˜€πŸΊπŸ₯¨β€οΈ

Queen City Exchange.

After work this evening, we stopped by Queen City Exchange on Court Street…

Queen City ExchangeΒ is Cincinnati’s first and only stock exchange-themed bar, featuring a whopping 41 beers on tap with prices that rise and fall depending on demand. From QCE’s website…

Located between Cincinnati’s Central Business District and Over the Rhine, QCE offers a drink concept unique to the city with craft beer offered anywhere from $3.50 to $9 solely dependent upon customer demand.

It’s such a fun concept. We always go to Kalamazoo Beer Exchange whenever we visit my parents up in Michigan, and it’s always a really good time. In fact, it’s probably one of our very favorite bars. We went in hoping QCE would bring a bit of the same KBE vibe to our backyard in downtown Cincinnati…

And they have a popcorn maker…

We love it when places have popcorn. It’s a really great space…

Time to get down to business…

QCE had a lot of great beers on tap. And they are a verified venue on Untappd!Β I think that’s great because I can always easily see what QCE has on tap via the Untappd app as well as receive updated on new beers they tap and any upcoming events. We had a couple of beers, a couple helpings of popcorn, and had a lot of fun watching the prices fluctuate while we tried to plan our next beer. We had a great time.Β  We’ll definitely be back very soon. And hopefully, next time we’re in the Queen City Exchange beer market will crash!

Seen and noted: It’s a sign.

We saw this sign on Hamilton Avenue today a just few doors down from our beloved Sidewinder Coffee

It’s always exciting when a new place is set to move into the neighborhood. πŸ˜€β˜•οΈβ€οΈ

Lunch at Sacred Beast.

We went down into Over-the-Rhine for some holiday shopping this afternoon but first, we stopped at new diner spot, Sacred Beast for lunch…

It’s really nice inside…

We ordered a bunch of food…

I ordered the crispy chicken with dipping sauces…

We shared a side order of fries…

Genifer ordered a single cheeseburger…

And apparently, the single cheeseburger has TWO patties! The double cheeseburger has three patties. That’s crazy! Oh, and we also added a side order of onion rings…

Holy geez. Everything was so delicious and awesome! We ate every last bite. And we were so stuffed. We can’t wait to come back for more at Sacred Beast. πŸ˜€πŸβ€οΈ

Downtown details.

I was running some errands around downtown Cincinnati this afternoon, and I was kind of shocked to see that the Tiffany & Co. at Vine and Fifth Streets had closed…

It’s real shame. A while back the downtown TJ Maxx moved across the river to Newport. Then the downtown Macy’s closed their doors. And now Tiffany has left. The only real place to any shopping in the Central Business District is Saks Fifth Avenue. It getting harder and harder to do holiday or birthday shopping in CBD. And that’s a real shame. Also a real shame is the huge, old beautiful pine tree they cut down to display on Fountain Square for a little over a month…

I wish they would just get a big fake tree or come up with some alternative to chopping down a very old tree every year. But in an effort to remain positive, downtown did recently get a Frisch’s Big Boy in Carew Tower on Fifth Street…

I’ll have to check out the new Big Boy soon. Honestly, I keep forgetting it’s over there.

I guess the world giveth and taketh away. It seems like CBD has been more on the taketh side lately. And that also is a real shame.

It’s a sign.

It’s a sign for Bay Horse Cafe on Main Street. πŸ˜€πŸŽβ€οΈ

It’s a sign.

Even though the business has closed it’s doors, I hope this sign hangs above Vine Street in downtown Cincinnati forever. πŸ˜€βš οΈβ€οΈ