downtown Cincinnati now has a Hardware Store!!

Acme Lock And Hardware opens today bigger and better than ever at 125 East 9th street downtown Cincinnati.
Two floors, 8,000 sq ft this place has just about anything you could need living downtown. A whole floor of hardware, plus paint, home goods including cookware, cleaning supplies. And about anything you could need for your pet, bike, or grilling. Someone could just about fly to Cincinnati, rent an apartment and minus furniture and bedding stock the whole place. If like me you thought Walgreen's has everything, wait until you check out Acme.
And to top all that off, everyone at Acme are upstanding citizens and rehabbed a historic building in a historic district. 125 East 9th street was built in the 1890's and was at one time the Republican Club and had a bowling alley in the basement.
You really need to swing by Acme, grab a cup of coffee at their counter and walk around.
Be warned, there going to be a ton of stuff you'll want to purchase!

Acme Lock And Hardware
Acme Lock And Hardware
Acme Lock And Hardware
Acme Lock And Hardware
Acme Lock And Hardware
Acme Lock And Hardware
Acme Lock And Hardware
Acme Lock And Hardware
Acme Lock And Hardware
Acme Lock And Hardware
Acme Lock And Hardware
Acme Lock And Hardware
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Each year, on the third Monday in January, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. This is the first national holiday to honor an individual black American. Cincinnati turned out to honor and remember. It is amazing how the ideas he talked about seem timeless and timely.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Love trumps Hate

This gentleman had some banners and pins carried during a march on Washington back in 1963.
It's sad American people are still fighting to be treated equal.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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birthdays

Sometimes it takes a birthday to be truly grateful of the friends you have, the people you know and the things you have.
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Birthday
Birthday
Birthday
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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who drives 306 miles for a coffee?

I don't know how othr people do it, but I can't be the only person that makes a list from what they see on social media. At the end of December Dave Hart instagramed a coffee shop in Columbiana, Ohio. This won't mean anything to anyone here in Cincinnati but I flipped out because Columbiana was the next "big" town away from New Springfield where I grew up. Columbiana had a movie theater so we were there every weekend at least for years. At any rate I knew I was heading back to Youngstown and was determined to drop down and check out Generations Coffee.
Rolling into Youngstown we weren't in any big hurry yet and cut through Mill Creek Park. The Metro Park is one of the few gems Youngstown has left and cuts north to south through the entire city.

Mill Creek Park
Mill Creek Park
Mill Creek Park
Generations Coffee was legit, the coffee was amazing. But it was pretty cool talking to them when I was ordering, all the sudden I was asked, "hey, what is that pin on your jacket?" Oh that's for the Cincinnati Streetcar. Man you should have seen their faces, Ben? I think that was his name got all excited. OH WOW, there was just a guy in here last week from Cincinnati! I know, I said, that's why I'm here LOL. Somewhere along the line of gabbing about Cincinnati and Columbiana and my surprise the theater was still operating he mentioned a small restaurant across the street serving all natural food. That was pretty awesome considering my next question was going to be for a recommendation for somewhere to eat.
And in case you couldn't tell it was 9°f out there.
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Columbiana
Columbiana
Columbiana
Columbiana
Columbiana
Columbiana
I was admiring the whole back wall of this place, it was a bread oven that operated up until the 1970's. My brother in law remarked on how the metal work was from Cincinnati. That's crazy! I was looking at it but I see that kind of stuff every single day so it didn't sink in until he said something.
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Columbiana
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downtown pilgrimage

I've read a study describing how a trip to Disney World is similar to a pilgrimage. Title caught my imagination because I've always described living in Cincinnati as a paid vacation to Disney World. And if you've ever been to my hometown of Youngstown, you'd realize I'm not even being dramatic.

Once at Disney World a visitor's journey takes a special form of transportation, a monorail, to the various parks of the Magic Kingdom. The parks are divided up with contrasting themes; past vs. the future, and childhood vs. adolescence.
How does this relate to my experience? Visiting downtown transcends the ordinary. When people have a special occasion, or they're looking for a unique experience where do they go? The strip mall outside their subdivision probably isn't the first place that springs to mind. Who doesn't remember, as a child, the thrill of going to the big city? Many people spend the rest of their lives trying to recreate that thrill and pass it on to their kids. One could easily make the comparison of Downtown and OTR to Disney. Replace the past and future with OTR and The Banks and childhood and adolescence with Smale Park, Fountain Square and Washington Park and all the bars and restaurants.

And the monorail visitors love to ride? That is easy, replace it with the streetcar.
Detractors love to say Cincinnati's streetcar is only a big loop. Like that is a bad thing. What could be more symbolic? Most of Disney World's parks are circular. And just like a Disney park, visitors are symbolically passing through time and enacting different parts of the American ideal. From modern skyscrapers to civil war era buildings in OTR to world class and award winning parks. downtown/OTR has something for everyone, is it any wonder why it has such a magnetic draw?
At the end of their trip, visitors might call their experience a vacation or a staycation but there is an older term, a pilgrimage.

Fountain Square Wedding
Findlay Market
Fountain square
Findlay Market
The Banks/Moerlein Lager House
The Abrams traveled from Buffalo and Minneapolis to visit Cincinnati and ride the streetcar
Abram family
Always funny and cool seeing people you know on the streetcar
Streetcar Grand Opening weekend.
Streetcar Grand Opening weekend.
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New Years Eve at the Museum

What could be better than music, video, and cutting edge art in 21c's gallery space? For people not alcohol driven, a beautiful space and beautiful people is par for the course.

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New Years Eve
New Years Eve
An art-centric party requires people who are art and these two don't deserve the craptastic picture I snapped of them.
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New Years Eve
New Years Eve
New Years Eve
New Years Eve
New Years Eve
A couple minutes till, we ducked out and hit the square just in time for fireworks.
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New Years Eve
New Years Eve
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