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.

Strauss Troy Market.

I keep forgetting about the Strauss Troy Market on Tuesdays at Fountain Square

I’ll have to try to remember to check it out for lunch next Tuesday. 🙂

Strauss Troy Market on the Square.

I was out running a few errands around downtown this afternoon, and I couldn’t help but notice that the Tuesday Strauss Troy Market has returned to Fountain Square…

And that means great food, sweet treats, fresh produce and handmade items each and every Tuesday at lunchtime from 11-2pm…

I can’t wait to start digging into some Eli’s BBQ and Revolution Rotisserie. 🙂

Downtown details.

Today is October 28th, and today’s high is near 70º. And noon today, the ice skating rink on Fountain Square is officially open for the ice skating season… 

Because why wouldn’t you want to ice skate before Halloween?  Or have an Halloween costume contest ON the ice? Makes perfect sense to me. :/

Another head-scratcher is the location of the Queen City Exchange on Court Street…

Queen City Exchange is one of those bars with stock market-style beer pricing. Prices change in 25-cent increments as supply and demand of different beers fluctuate. Prices drop dramatically during three-minute “market crashes” announced by a ringing bell. After the market “closes” at 9 pm, beer prices will be fixed for the rest of the night due to some silly Ohio law.

It’s really a pretty fun bar concept as we got to witness first hand up in Michigan at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. It’s just a really odd location because there isn’t anything else nearby. :/

Cincinnati T-Shirt Expo.

While out running some errands, I wandered through Fountain Square this afternoon to check out the Cincinnati T-Shirt Expo

Remember when the Cincinnati t-shirt fest encompassed all of Fountain Square? Yeah, not this year. There were just a small handful of booths, and they were tucked away in the far northwest corner of Square…

But there was still some good stuff. Quality over quantity, I guess.

I almost got one of these Northside t-shirts…

Almost. $25 seemed a bit steep for it.

I got Genifer FC Cincinnati leggings she’s being wanting from Cincy Shirts. And I got three cool t-shirts and a pullover from Loyal Clothing all for $40. You can’t beat that. Good stuff. 🙂

Fountain Square Eats.

Lunch on the Square with about a half dozen of our favorite Cincinnati food trucks at Fountain Square Eats every Thursday from 11a-2. YUM!

Reggae Wednesdays.

Tonight, we went over to Fountain Square to check out our first Reggae Wednesday of the PNC Summer Music SeriesMy favorite Reggae band, The Ark Band made a surprise appearance…

They were the playing with Yabba Griffiths, who was all the way from Jamaica…

Just Jerks: Ena’s Jerkmania food truck was on the Square serving up delicious Jamaican Jerk Chicken dishes…

We shared the Spicy Jerk Chicken and rice box with fried plantains and maniac sauce…

Holy geez was it ever delicious and spicy! I’ll never get tired of looking at Carew Tower…

Great night. 🙂

Strauss Troy Market is back!

Strauss Troy Market has returned for yet another season of lunchtime goodness every Tuesday on Fountain Square!

And that means more delicious Eli’s BBQ Pulled Pork sammiches and other delicious options for lunch every Tuesday! 🙂

Fountain Square.

With it being so warm today, we were kind of surprised there was actually still ice for ice skating on Fountain Square. Regardless of the temperature, there are always people ice skating on the Square. Always. 🙂

Christkindlmarkt.

Last night, we walked through the Christkindlmarkt on Fountain Square

And I walked back through this evening and there were a lot more people…

And the line for ice skating was pretty nuts…

Always fun stuff on Fountain Square. 🙂