Five Points Alley Park in Walnut Hills

It appears most of the work is complete in Walnut Hills on the newly reconstructed Five Points Alley Park. The park isn't as gritty as it once was but it hasn't lost any of its charm.
Remember the chain link fence and everyone sitting on five gallon buckets?

Five Points Biergarten
It looks like a gem now.
Five Alley Park
Five Alley Park
Five Alley Park
Five Alley Park
Five Alley Park
Five Alley Park
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Baltimore based Kinglet launching in Cincinnati

Baltimore based Kinglet held their Cincinnati launch party at BLDG in Covington Friday night. Kinglet is kind of the UBER Airbnb of real estate (my words not theirs). I'm not an expert on commercial real estate so I never thought about how it works. Apparently, if someone wants to rent office space they are handed a lease agreement that might as well be written in Greek. Of course the tech firms are staffed by tech guys who know nothing of practical matters like real estate. So they have a lawyer buddy look it over. What ensues devolves into a Machiavellian exchange that ends with lawyers owning all the assets of said company the nett worth of which can now only be calculated with a mathematical expression prefixed by the - symbol.
What if the techies could just go to a webpage and find other startups or any other business with excess space and rent a table for a month? Or six?
That is what Kinglet aims to do, smooth that painful experience.
Kinglet says, "As commercial real estate professionals, starting our first company was an eye-opening experience when it came time to find our first space. We witnessed firsthand all of the pain points encountered in the typical commercial leasing process. Unsatisfied with inefficiencies, high transactional costs, and limited options, we began building a better system. Kinglet was conceived to enable small to midsize business to efficiently find the perfect space."
I had the opportunity to chat with Jeff Jacobson and Alex Kopicki for a few minutes Friday night. Jacobsen said they could have expanded anywher; Chicago and San Francisco were options. But something about Cincinnati drew them here instead. The startup scene of course is flourishing. And the number of small shops, one or two person design firms supporting P&G and other large companies in town were too enticing to ignore.
Commercial real estate agents themselves, Jacobson and Kopicki found no one wanted to bother with small deals when the cost was as much time and work as large deals. They realized there was a niche to be served. Someone might find an antiseptic space in a strip mall somewhere in Fairfield. But what is that compared to a spot in the Roadtrippers new offices in OTR. Or the Powerhouse in Newport?
I asked Jacobson what was the one surprise he had since Kinglet launched in Baltimore. Turns out it wasn't the small guys looking for space. Jacobson told me larger firms looking for swap space have been using the service. For instance, there was a 100-person firm needing short term space while remodeling. It's impossible; no leasing agent will write a deal less than a year. Turns out Kinglet fills that need. Both sides sign a pre-made six page form and it is a done deal.
Now I'm not in real estate but the Cincinnati startup scene seems like a good fit for these guys.

Kinglet and unCOVentional
EJ Rumpke, Jeff Jacobson, Mark Byron (local photog extraordinaire), Alex Kopicki and Phyllis Langley.
Kinglet and unCOVentional
Kinglet and unCOVentional
The funny thing about design firms and creative people is you never know if anything is for realz or for LOLz
Kinglet and unCOVentional
A couple doors down at Durham Dept. was the UnCOVentional party. There was so much going on in this space I somehow didn't get to check it all out. COVington is a happening place.
Kinglet and unCOVentional
Kinglet and unCOVentional
Kinglet and unCOVentional
Kinglet and unCOVentional
Kinglet and unCOVentional
Kinglet and unCOVentional
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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party Star Wars

A story that begins with beer, ends with beer and has some hot dogs and popcorn in the middle. The 'Nomerati always throws the coolest themed parties and this time around that theme was Star Wars. No one took it too far, there were no costumes. But we did have some fun with it, tattoos, light saber thumb wrestling and hot dogs!
Is a Princess Leia knuckle tatto too much?

Star Wars birthday party
Star Wars birthday party
Star Wars birthday party
Star Wars birthday party
Star Wars birthday party
Yoda Kitty was all "you guys can screw yourselves"
Star Wars birthday party
Star Wars birthday party
OG foodie
Star Wars birthday party
don't call me princess
Star Wars birthday party
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Youngtown

When I first moved to Cincinnati from Youngstown I lived half a block from this store. I would see it everyday and I would always smile.
It was maybe six months after I moved in that I suddenly realized the sign didn't say Youngstown.
Its kind of funny how my brain plays those tricks on me.
But then again my reading comprehension always did suck.
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Final Friday January

Final Friday, also the final day before the warmup. Once again, we hopped on the Metro #78 at Fountain Square shot up to OTR. Now that we aren't on the bikes its amazing how handy the buses are.
We hopped off at Elm & Iron and they have this gondola sitting inside. I'm not sure if people are serious or tongue in cheek but there has been scuttlebutt lately of a gondola from 8th St up to the incline district. If they do it, Elm & Iron is ready for them.
Then it was off to gallery hopping.
Final Friday January
Final Friday January
Final Friday January
Final Friday January
Final Friday January
Final Friday January
Final Friday January
Final Friday January
Final Friday January
Final Friday January
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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Trevarren Flats Walnut Hills

Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation along with The Model group will be hosting an open house of the Trevarren Flats located at 975 E McMillan Street. The open house will run 11am until 3pm and will have food and drinks available.
These apartments won't last long, minutes from downtown and the University of Cincinnati this is a transit friendly spot. Peebles Corner is is still a work in progress but there are huge investments happening in the neighborhood plus a grocery across the street. The Brew House and Fireside Pizza are both a short walk from the front door.
The studios have all already been claimed so if you are interested in an apartment you will want to move fast.
Trevarren Flats is about a block east of Gilbert Ave on McMillan St.

Trevarren Flats
Trevarren Flats
Trevarren Flats
Trevarren Flats
Trevarren Flats
Its hard to tell through a screen and window film but theres a good view of downtown from these units.
Trevarren Flats
Trevarren Flats
Trevarren Flats
Trevarren Flats
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Mascot Broomball on Fountain Square

Mascot Broomball
Mascot Broomball
Mascot Broomball
Mascot Broomball
Mascot Broomball
Mascot Broomball
Mascot Broomball
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