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  • News from Downtown 9.14.2020

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    September 20, 2020

    Celebrate the bicentennial of the historic Taft house, the home of the Taft Museum of Art. As The Baum-Longworth-Sinton-Taft historic house turns 200 this year, the museum will have stories, artifacts and other items to showcase the historical and cultural significance of this Downtown Cincinnati landmark as part of the exhibition Built to Last: The Taft Historic House at 200. The museum also hosts monthly virtual Lunch and Learn sessions, and this month features Jeff Suess discussing his book, Cincinnati: An Illustrated Timeline. For more information, click here.

    The excitement continues in the Historic West Fourth Street district with more grand opening announcements. Nina’s Yoga and Wellness Studio just opened at 342 West Fourth Street, along with Perfectly Poshed, a Black-owned beauty supply shop located at 317 West Fourth Street. This location was previously occupied by Banz Art Gallery, which has moved to 221 McFarland Street. With the recent announcement of the new location for Handzy Shop + Studio and sister store Gumdrop, it is exciting to see so many women-owned businesses opening in this historic business district.

    With more fall-like weather ahead, this is the perfect time to have lunch at Hathaway’s Diner for some warm comfort food. All soups are made in-house daily and go perfectly with a grilled cheese or one of their other delicious sandwiches. Hathaway’s Diner is open seven days a week for dine-in or carry-out, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The friendly staff and the retro diner aesthetic make this longtime business one of the best restaurants in Downtown Cincinnati. I highly recommend the pancakes if you’re looking for a weekend brunch dish.

    It doesn’t quite feel like September in Downtown Cincinnati without Oktoberfest, and the Cincinnati Regional Chamber is making sure that fans of one of the region’s largest events carries on this year as a 10-day long celebration. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati returns this weekend with new programming that allows patrons to enjoy events virtually or “in za haus." There will be live performances and food specials at participating restaurants. Visit the festival’s website for the calendar of events, including live polka performances and other entertainment, as well as “Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Zelebration Packs” for purchase to enjoy at home. Prost!