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Festival season might be coming to close, but Glendale’s Chamber of Commerce has the last big celebration to end your summer with a bang… and a cheers!

Mark your calendars for The Glendale Craft Beer and Wine Festival at the end of September.
Mark your calendars for The Glendale Craft Beer and Wine Festival at the end of September.

On September 23 and 24, in the beautiful and charming historic district of Glendale, the city’s best live music, food trucks, and street vendors hit the village for a two-day celebration.

The Glendale Craft Beer and Wine Festival has a unique history of over 50 years rooted in the local community. According to the president of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Dennis, the festival began in 1965 with merchants providing an annual sidewalk sale. The festival transformed over the years. In the 1990s, the celebration was known as “The Taste of Glendale,” and after merging with the Craft Beer and Wine Festival last year, it now has even more to offer the local community.

“Everyone loves traditions and this being one of the oldest surviving annual events in the area has become a driving force,” says Dennis, “it takes a village to pull together to make it a successful event every year.”

The festival has an impressive line-up of vendors and food to offer. For example, native to the Glendale community, The Bluebird Bakery and Agricola Redesign and Village Gift Shop will be offering amazing food and gifts.

“We have more than two dozen vendors that do crafts, art, food trucks, and other activities,” says Kathy Piech-Lukas, event planner for the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. “My personal favorite is Chamoda’s, who has amazing gummy bears.”

However, gummy bears aren’t the only thing to be excited about. Live music on both Friday and Saturday are sure to keep a lively atmosphere for festival-goers. The Whammies, an 80’s pop-rock band will be playing at 7pm on Friday night. Saturday at noon, music provided by Elite Signature DJ’s will kick off the festival, followed by the soulful vocalist Dave Ellington at 7pm.

The Glendale Chamber Beer, Wine, Food, and Street Fair is presented by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, and to expand and grow, additional support from corporate sponsors in the community have been sought out for an even bigger and better festival. With over 4,000 visitors in years passed, the event continues to grow, offering more vendors and attractions for the local community to enjoy.

“The long history of having a festival in the fall always brings back to the square residence and family and friends,” says Diana Agricola, member of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and owner of Agricola Redesign LLC. “It is truly a remarkable sight to see the square fill up with generations of present and past Glendale residents. The event also allows people outside of this historic town to experience the charm and beauty of the square and the history.”

Vendor accommodations for booth spaces and food trucks can all be found at Many volunteers are needed as well for the celebration, with positions such as bouncing, bartending, and booth managing. For those who wish to avoid a line and get a jump-start on the celebration, tickets are also available on their website for $5.

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This isn’t your typical design studio. Read on to see how Studio C develops solutions for our community’s toughest problems.

Studio C
Studio C is a 12-week project incubator that offers space, community support, and workshops.

It’s not uncommon to face challenges in the workplace that leave you feeling stumped. A painter in need of new techniques may attend an art class. An athlete who wants improvement might consider investing in a personal trainer. A company in need of a sales boost may reach out to a marketing firm. However, where do non-profits and community organizations go when faced with a challenge?

Studio C, a 12-week project incubator, is the answer for Cincinnati’s social organizations in need of innovation. By offering space, community support, and workshops, the studio provides a place for non-profits and community organizations to develop new ideas, policies, and collaborations to discover solutions to the tough challenges in our community.

Design Impact, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit and innovation firm, brings designers, community development practitioners, social entrepreneurs, and educators together to fuel Studio C. Through a partnership with United Way of Cincinnati, the resources and services offered in the program are received at no cost.

Teams of two to four representatives from any nonprofit social organization in Cincinnati are welcome into the program, and the only requirement for enrollment through Studio C is attendance, and ambition to find solutions.

In the 12-week program, sessions are divided between workshops and open studios. Workshops guide participants through predesigned content and material, and open studios offer participants the ability to connect one-on-one with Studio C staff, while utilizing the tools and resources offered. The first three weeks are spent framing and understanding the challenge to “define a question worth solving.”

After this period, the Studio C team decides whether or not the organization will attend the remaining nine weeks of the course, which then focuses upon “creating new ideas and solutions to answer your question,” as outlined in the program details on their website.

Studio C introduces organizations to “design thinking” strategies. This idea is outlined as “employing empathy, creativity, and rationality to define, explore and solve problems.” Understanding people and their environments, exploring connections and variety within the community, and making a prototype to eventually implement the solution.

From May through November 2015, one of the largest private nonprofit provider of high quality healthcare in Kentucky, Children, Inc., participated in the program. Their vision was “to prepare young children for success in school, as well in life,” according to their Studio C case study. The team experimented with developing an incentive program to engage more parents into their children’s classrooms. In addition, the team also improved communication of the incentive program by creating a digital platform, and branding the program with a logo and unique name, Launch. At the end of their time with Studio C, Children, Inc, received a $20,000 implementation grant from United Way of Cincinnati in November of 2015 to further their development.

Studio C has worked with many other nonprofits and community organizations in the past few years, each one using social innovation to positively impact Cincinnati’s community. The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, Children, Inc., and Cincy Works are just a couple of the organizations that have has success throughout the program. Each of the case studies can be found on their website,

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A new haven for cheese enthusiasts opens soon, specializing in domestic farmstead and artisan varieties. Click for all the cheesy details.

The Rhined
The Rhined is a cheese shop in OTR that specializes in domestic artisan and farmstead cheeses.

Over the Rhine has recently experienced many one-of-a-kind developments, but five-year OTR residents and cheese enthusiasts Stephanie Webster and her husband Dave are launching the premise for an entirely new market: The Rhined, a cheese shop opening in OTR specializing in domestic artisan and farmstead cheeses, set to open in Fall 2016.

Their love for cheese began after Stephanie’s experience working in fine-dining restaurants, exposing her to cheese programs throughout Cincinnati. Stephanie enjoyed the relationship that cheese had with celebration. “There is something about amazing cheese,” says Stephanie, “that feels really celebratory, and who doesn’t love celebrating?”

As their interest in the food grew, so did their desire to experiment. In fact, three years ago, Stephanie and Dave began purchasing their own milk from naturally raised, grass-fed cows on a farm in Hillsboro, OH. Their hobby for cheese soon became a passion.

“We were really amazed at the seasonality of the milk” says Stephanie, “it tasted different in the summer when the cows are on pasture than in the winter when the cows are on hay. We started playing around with our milk, making yogurt and sweet butter, then cultured butter and some simple cheeses at home– fromage blanc, mozzarella, ricotta.”

There’s a distinction between the cheese they create, and the cheese that is readily available at supermarkets. Unlike commodity cheeses, or mass-produced cheese made from mass-produced milk, Stephanie and Dave seem to devote more of their attention to farmstead and artisan cheeses. These differ from commodity cheeses, by the fact that they are produced with a less mechanized and more hands-on process, with high quality milk coming directly from the farm.

Amazed by the chemistry and biology of cheese-making, Stephanie and Dave began dreaming about opening their own shop and continuing their home-grown practice, as well introducing consumers to the industry of other farmstead and artisan cheeses throughout the country.

The dream became a reality when they connected with the supportive building owner at 1737 Elm St. in Over the Rhine, and they took the leap to open a storefront.

The name of the shop, “The Rhined,” pays homage to the OTR neighborhood they love. “The energy is intoxicating,” says Stephanie, “and we are excited to live and work in the neighborhood we adore.”

In preparation for the opening of The Rhined, Stephanie and Dave have spent a large amount of time researching and traveling to gain more experience and knowledge about the cheese industry. Recently, the couple went on a cross-country cheese tour, visiting cheese shops in Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Madison, Chicago, Milwaukee and Atlanta.

Stephanie and Dave even visited 20-year cheese monger Steve Jones at his nationally recognized restaurant in Portland, Cheese Bar. Along with equipping his restaurant with a rotating menu of artisan and farmstead cheeses, Jones also is a co-founder of the Portland cheese festival, The Wedge and teaches at The Cheese School of San Francisco.

In store, prices of cheese will vary between 12 to 40 dollars per pound, however cheese isn’t the only product Stephanie and Dave plan on carrying. “The ultimate cheese accompaniments,” according to Stephanie, will also be sold alongside the exquisite cheese selection. This includes charcuterie, jams, honeys, crackers, baguettes, cheese cutting utensils and of course, beer and wine.

The husband-wife duo is hoping for an October opening, if no construction delays. For updates on the grand opening, and to learn more about The Rhined, visit the Facebook page