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Procter and Gamble Ranks #6 in World's Most Admired Company List

by The Cincinnati Team

Fortune Magazine has ranked Procter and Gamble #6 out of the Top 50 companies in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Australia.  Additionally, in the Soaps and Cosmetics category, they are ranked #1 - most admired. In its ranking, they are ranked Number 1 for: Procter and Gamble

  • Innovation
  • People Management
  • Use of Corporate Assets
  • Social Responsibility
  • Quality of Management
  • Financial Soundness
  • Long-term Investment
  • Quality of Products/Services
  • Global Competitiveness

They are 'Most Admired" by Cincinnatians as well.  Again and again the company steps up to do the right thing for the community and imparts its strong values  and financial support to local projects and nonprofits. 

Working Mother Magazine Names 100 Best Companies

by The Cincinnati Team

The Working Women magazine celebrated 25 years by releasing its list of 100 Best Companies in which to work. They research the menu of benefits offered to women, seeking both formal and informal flexibility, telecommuting and temporary part-time options.  Child care, flextime, leave policies, company culture, work-life programs and more were part of the analysis.

Cincinnati companies that were on the list of the top 100 were:

  • Procter and Gamble
  • Tri-Health
  • Price Waterhouse and Coopers
  • General Electric
  • Ernst and Young
  • Deloitte

  Pondarama Water Garden Tour - July 17-18                                

Meyer Aquascapes is sponsoring a two day tour of 31 water gardens around the city. You're promised "marvelous gardens and great photo opportunities." All of the water gardens have been created by the company. They divided the tour up into West side, North side, East Side and Kentucky.

If you are interested in gardening or considering a water garden for yourself, this would be an opportunity to see what is involved. You can download their tours here.

Homearama on for 2011

by The Cincinnati Team

The Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati announced that Homearama 2011 is ON!  Put June 11-26th on your calendar!  Six builders have signed up for the show and there are 5 other lots available.  Homearama is the largest high-end home show in the region.Foxboro Subdivision in West Chester, Ohio - Cincinnati Homearama 

It is expected that the homes will be in the $550-850,000 price range.  Homes will be built in the Foxboro subdivision in West Chester.  Cobblestone Development and Drees Co. are the developers.

According to Dan Dressman, Executive Director, "The community sits on one of the highest points in the township providing sweeping vistas of the countryside and the alluring, evening lights of downtown West Chester.”

Artisan Estate Homes has pre-sold its show home.  Other builders signed up at this point are Daniels Homes, Greystone Homes, Hensley Custom Building Group, Jack H. Wieland Builders and Zaring Premier Homes.

For more information, check out their website at www.cincybuilders.com.

O'Bryonville Businesses Start Monthly Wine Walks

by The Cincinnati Team

We've talked before about the many Art Walks in various parts of the city...now there is a Wine Walk. You'll be happy you stumbled upon the many wonderful shops in O'Bryonville.  Located between East Walnut Hills and Hyde Park, O'Bryonville's village-like business district is full of unique boutiques, funky shops, restaurants and cafes...one of 52 interesting neighborhoods in Cincinnati.

The Wine Walks will be held on the third Thursday of the month from now until December.  The participating businesses will extend their hours from 5:30-8 PM.  Complementary wines and refreshments will be served as you browse.

This year, the concept has been expanded.  A portion of the proceds from each months sales will go to support the selected non-profit for the night.  This week's theme is a Walk on the Wild Side.

The recipient of the proceeds for the April 15th Wine Walk will be the Cincinnati Feral Cat Initiative.  To further enhance the evening, Thane Maynard of the Cincinnati Zoo will be at Ten Thousand Villages with some exotic creatures, an artist with animal themed work will be at Indigenous and the SPCA adoption van will be on site. 

Put future summer dates on your calendar as well:

May 20 - Girls Night Out to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Cincinnati

June 17 - A Hoot in O'Bryonville to benefit Owls Nest Park and the Cincinnati Park Board

July 15 - Chasing Rainbows to build Amigos Hospitalito Atitlan in Guatemala

August 19 - Hot and Spicy for school kits for the Mennonite Central Committee relief and development

 

Try a New Cincinnati Restaurant This Week

by The Cincinnati Team

Take advantage of a perfect opportunity to try a new Cincinnati Restaurant this week.  The Greater Cincinnati Independent Restaurants have declared March 22-28th as Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week.  Local restaurants are offering three course dinners for $26.10 per person or in a few cases dinner for 2 for that price. 

Over 40 cooperating restaurants are participating.  Some of the ones participating are often ranked as among the best in the area.  They include: 20 Brix, Cumin, Daveeds at 934, Embers, Hugo, Local 127, and VIEW. 

Each restaurant in this group has an opportunity to showcase their most innovative dishes for first-time customers as well as their regulars.  Under the website, www.eatlocalcincy.com, the restaurants have displayed their menus and can take reservations.

Greater Cincinnati Independents is a community of independently owned and operated restaurants. Their mission is to celebrate, support and promote locally owned and operated independent restaurants by providing unique dining experiences for patrons and collaborative services and benefits for its members.

By banding together, they raise awareness of the individual restaurants original cuisine and local flavor.  They also consistently make a difference in the community through contributions of time and financial support.Aren't we lucky to live in Cincinnati where the eating is sooooo... good!

Do You Agree that the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction Should be Eliminated?

by The Cincinnati Team
There are once again calls for limits on the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction coming from the government.  Do you agree that it should be eliminated or cut back severely?

As part of the budget proposal of President Obama, changes were suggested to the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction.  While this change only effects families earning over $250,000, it could be the first step towards the total elimination of one of the primary benefits of home ownership. 

While the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction was not targeted directly, the suggestion was that the rate of all itemized deductions for couples or families over the $250,000 ($200,000 for individuals) earning limit.

The National Association of Realtors claims enactment of this proposal will set off a new round of price depreciation, creating a new housing crisis.  I'm not qualified to argue the merits of that claim, but I do know that it is considered one of the primary benefits of home ownership by our first time buyers.

Buyers cite the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction as one of the reasons that it makes sense to buy instead of rent.  Since first time buyers make up 43% of the homes sold in 2009, maybe we should be paying attention.

All homeowners have become reliant upon the tax deduction.  Perhaps the government can figure out other ways to raise the taxes they need instead of concentrating on homeowners.  They are already the ones targeted by local property and school taxes and even pay a sales tax when a property closes.

Shop Locally-Owned Cincinnati Businesses

by The Cincinnati Team

A remarkable initiative is underway.  "Break the Chain" is a brainstorm of an organization of locally-owned stores supporting one another, called Buy Cincy.  They are urging you to Break the Chain of the corporate chain stores and shop locally-only for one day.  The third annual celebration of Cincinnati Unchained is Saturday November 21st.  Over 30 stores are participating. 

All the stores appear to be offering specials of some sort, from a percentage off on certain items to gift certificates to donations to non-profits to samples and more. 

The list of participating stores is organized by area. Hope this helps you map out your visits.  For information about the specific offering of each store, check out the Cincinnati Unchained website.

DowntownBromwells

  • Bromwell's - 117 W. 4th St.
  • Contemporary Arts Center - 44 E 6th St.

Over the Rhine

  • Atomic Number Ten - 1306 Main St.
  • Dojo Gelato - 1801 Race
  • Findlay Market - 1801 Race St.
  • Joseph Wiliams Home - 1232 Vine St
  • The Little Mahatma - 1205 Vine St.
  • MiCA 12/v - 1201 Vine St.
  • Outside - 16 E. 12th St.
  • Park + Vine - 1109 Vine St
  • Switch - 1207A Vine St.

Clifton

  • The Mustard Seed Boutique - 311 Ludlow Ave.

Northside

  • Chicken Lays an Egg - 1608 Chase Ave.
  • NVISION - 4577 Hamilton Ave.

College HillCollege Hill Coffee Shop

  • College Hill Coffee Co. - 6128 Hamilton Ave.

Mt. Healthy

  • Yottaquest - 7607 Hamilton Ave.

Evanston

  • Woodstone Creek - 3641 Newton St.

O-Bryonville

  • Indigenous - 2008 Madison Rd.
  • Margot Madison Stationery - 2026 Madison Rd.
  • MiCa - 2039 Madison Rd.

Oakley

  • Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore and Decafe - 3054 Madison Rd.
  • Essencha Tea House and Fine Teas - 3212a Madison Rd.
  • The Spotted Goose - 3048 Madison Rd. (refresh yourself with an ice from Aglamesis while you're there)Blue Manatee Childrens Books

Kenwood

  • Litwin's - 7565 Kenwood Rd, Suite 204

Bellevue, KY

  • Field of Vue - 34 Fairfield Ave.
  • Front Door Gardens - 309 Fairfield Ave.

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These store have banded together to support one another in these economic times and to strenthen the local economy and your neighborhoods as well.  Interestingly, studies have proven that money spent in local stores generates three times more economic activity that money spent in a chain.  So help improve Cincinnati's economy and be a part of supporting your neighbors, shop locally-owned for just one day.

This will be a great chance to get an early start of your Holiday shopping and find unique and fun gifts as well!

Ice Cream Wars in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team

Aglamesis, Graeters, and United Dairy Farmers...the eternal Cincinnati ice cream war.  If you have to have a job, it ought to be as the ice cream taster in Cincinnati.  These family companies that have brought us all drums of ice cream with every taste imaginable.

Here, it seems as though the fat and calories associated with ice cream is only worth it for special ice cream from either Graeter's or Aglamesis'.  Maybe it's the attention that these Greek families brought to the process of making ice cream...maybe it's only the best of ingredients...maybe we all ought to have a tasting contest.

My favorite spot for ice cream has to be Aglamesis.  It has so much family history caught up in our visits.  While at Withrow High School, my husband worked there as a soda jerk and had the distinction of being the first to get ice cream on their, then new, wallpaper. After our children's school music concerts, it was always tradition to go there for ice cream as a family, often joined by other Mercy Montessori families.

There is something special about the ambiance of that pink-fronted ice cream parlor on Madison Road in Oakley.  The original tin ceiling, the white marble counters, the beautiful pink and green Tiffany lamps, the old-fashioned ice cream tables and chairs, it all adds up an experience not to be missed.  Keeping the atmosphere established in 1914 is only part of the experience.

Of course, the star of the show is ICE CREAM!  If you are visiting, my suggestions would be hard to beat.  Depending upon my mood, I love the chocolate milk shake, the red raspberry ice cream, or the Basin Street.  Don't think you can leave with only ice cream, the chocolates are also made right there in the back room and to die for!

Overall, this is a not-to-be-missed experience.  If you've never been there, add it to the itinerary for a special day in the city.

 

Cincinnati Hospitals Rank High

by The Cincinnati Team

The Cincinnati Health systems ranked in the top ten nationwide when the Thomson Reuter's group looked at quality and efficiency.  High ranked hospitals are known for providing quality care with fewer deaths and patient complications, plus the adhere to outstanding patient safety standards.  Ranked #2 in the study was the Catholic Health Partners who operate the Mercy Hospitals.  The Health Alliance came in third on the list of top 10.  It's an honor to just be in the top 100, but this is really outstanding news for those of us who may need to use these services!

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