Hilltop History

Cincinnati has some amazing views from its hilltops that surround the basin where Over-the-Rhine and downtown are located. On top of the hills are beautiful little parks. Two of my favorites are Fairview Park and Bellevue Park in Clifton Heights, which are within walking distance, with a classic Clifton saloon halfway between… perfect to stop in for a refresher.

I met my friends from BMW Store and Everything Cincy at Fairview Park, which also happens to be my backyard. It was a hazy day, but you could still take in the beautiful view. Fairview is located between Warner and Klotter St, and Ravine Street to the east. There is a one-way mile-long, tree-lined road that winds through the park with the entrance at 501 McMillian Street and ends at Ravine Street just below Warner.The land where Fairview sits was once called Brighton Hill when it was owned by Col. John Riddle. He was the blacksmith at Ft. Washington and at one time one of the largest landowners in the city. After his death, the southwest part of the hill was used as a quarry, and the meadow on the east side was a large vegetable garden. The produce was hauled down the hill to be sold in the downtown markets. By the 1850s, the land was subdivided into lots to be sold. Isaac J. Miller, who was a prominent lawyer and politician, purchased three lots on the newly built Fairview Ave. His house is still there! Miller helped build up the community of Fairview Heights. He, along with other prominent men of the city, helped to have the Fairview incline built at the end of Fairview Ave from McMicken Street and connected to a crosstown streetcar by way of McMillian. This connected the Millcreek valley to Clifton. The Fairview incline was the last incline to be built out of all five inclines in the city. It was built in 1894 with second-hand machinery salvaged from the rebuilding of the Bellevue incline.Almost all of the inclines had some kind of entertainment house at the top of the hills. Mt. Adams had the Highland House, Mt. Auburn had The Lookout House, the Elm Street incline had Bellevue House, and Price Hill had The Price Hill House. Fairview, however, didn’t have a big entertainment house, but it did have a small saloon and wine garden located on the Miller property on the hillside. You can still see the entrance to the wine cellar that supplied the saloon from the road in the park.

After taking in the views at Fairview, make your way east down Warner St. When you hit Clifton Ave, slip on into Murphy’s Pub for a cold one. Chances are, if you went to the University of Cincinnati, you’ve had a drink at Murphy’s. Originally, in 1938, the building that Murphy’s is in was a place called Virgil Hann’s Cafe. In 1958, Charles Mahoney opened Mahoney’s Pub until 1969 when two local men by the name of Mr. Bailey and an Irish man named Mr. Murphy took it over. Apparently, Mr. Murphy went back to Ireland and was never heard from again, so they named the bar after him. Murphy’s has always had cold beer and great music on their little stage in the back room. I remember when I was 17 in 1989, seeing the band Nirvana at Murphy’s. This was before they became big, and the show was like 2 or 3 bucks to get in. It was freakin’ EPIC!!! My friends and I all had fake IDs from the photo place on the corner of McMillan and Ohio, IYKYK. Today, students still flock down to Murphy’s, and on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s absolutely insane there!After having a drink and reminiscing about the good old days, we make our way down Warner to Ohio St and make a right. A little way down is the entrance to Bellevue Park and another beautiful view of Downtown Cincinnati.

In the early 1830s, the place near where Bellevue Hill is was a little village called Jerusalem. In 1876, an incline was built from the end of Elm Street up to the summit of Bellevue, which connected Downtown to Clifton, Burnet Woods, and the zoo. Along with the incline, the Bellevue House was built. The Bellevue House was a large entertainment venue with a dance hall, billiard rooms and ballrooms, a beer hall, and a beer garden. They only served Moerlein beer, which made sense seeing that the Brewery was down the hill from the incline on Elm and Christian Morelein himself lived on Ohio Street at the top. It featured a huge octagon tower with wrap-around verandas to take in the view. The whole structure seemed to float over the cliffside. The building was designed by famous architect James W. McLaughlin. Going up to the Bellevue House was special. Families would dress in their Sunday best, men would bring their best girl, they would eat German food, and sing and dance to nostalgic German songs. The best orchestras would play at the Bellevue. They would go through at least 100 kegs of beer a day! The Bellevue was a Sunday playground of gorgeousness to break up the monotony of the workweek in German-American lives. It must have been so much fun. Unfortunately, the Bellevue House, along with other hilltop entertainment venues, closed in the late 1880s, mostly due to blue laws prohibiting the selling of alcohol on Sundays. The building was turned into a car house for streetcars until 1901 when the whole structure burned to the ground. The Elm Street incline lasted until 1927 and then closed. In the 1940s, the Cincinnati Park Board purchased the land from the Cincinnati Railway Company for a city park. Irwin M. Krohn was the parks chairman at the time and proposed maybe building another beer hall on the site, but that fell through. In the 1950s, the beautiful modern canopy structures were built by Carl Freund. We still get to enjoy them today along with the magnificent view! We are so lucky to live in such a jewel of a city with such a rich history that can be admired from the hilltops!

Written by: Molly Wellmann

Savings & Deals in the City (6/27)

Cincinnati Music Festival
No Ticket Service Charge
Rich’s Proper Food and Drink
$1 Oyster Wednesday
Longworth-Anderson Series

BOGO 1/2 Off Tickets
Shiners on the Levee

.75 Wing Mondays
On the Rhine Eatery

20% Off Summer Food and Wine Tasting
Five Iron Golf

50% Off Appetizers and Golf
The Summit Hotel

Summer Concert Package

Jobs in the City (6/20)

Hofbräuhaus
Positions Hiring For: Host, Servers, Line Cooks

Hofbräuhaus Newport Brewery & Restaurant is located in the popular Newport on the Levee area of Northern Kentucky and is a place where family and friends can enjoy great beer, great food and fun times. It starts with a wide selection of traditional beer brewed on site every day…with flavorful seasonal selections every month. Next, an award-winning menu with something for everyone…whether it’s a traditional German favorite like schnitzel or bratwurst…or one of the best burgers around! It’s all wrapped up in a vibrant environment modeled after the legendary 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany — with authentically decorated rooms, live music and one of the greater Cincinnati area’s most scenic outdoor Biergarten’s with a view of the beautiful Cincinnati skyline.

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Lindner Center of HOPE
Positions Hiring For: Mental Health Specialist, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, and more!

We embrace the many talents, skills, and experiences our employees bring to Lindner Center of HOPE. Everyone is encouraged to use their unique gifts to express ideas, make meaningful contributions to our programs and genuine connections with patients and family, as well as strengthen donor, referrer and community relations. At Lindner Center of HOPE, you’ll have the opportunity for a consistently rewarding career, working for an organization that shares your desire and ability to make a demonstrable difference in the lives of people living with mental illness.

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Northern Row Brewery & Distillery
Positions Hiring For: Managers, Bartenders, Servers
Our fast-growing brewery & distillery is looking for passionate team members to help run taproom operations inside the brewery and distillery. This is an exciting opportunity to fulfill different roles and learn more about the world of beer and spirits!
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Mercy Montessori Center
Positions Hiring For: Childcare Provider
Mercy Montessori provides a world-class education and a strong foundation for learning and discovery as Greater Cincinnati, Ohio’s first and oldest Montessori school. Mercy Montessori is a private, independent Catholic Montessori School offering a special educational and life experience for children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The student population is 305 pupils, with a student/teacher ratio of 15:1, ensuring that we know every child by name and can tailor an educational experience uniquely suited to each one. To apply email kweiss@mercymontessori.org
YMCA
Positions Hiring For: Lifeguard, Group Exercise Instructor
A career at the Y is more than a job – it’s an experience. That’s because the Y is more than a gym – it’s a cause! We work daily to positively impact lives through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
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Livio Med Spa
Positions Hiring For: Office Manager, Practice Manager
The Livio Med Spa team is committed to providing quality, customized treatments for all our patients. We offer treatments for acne, rosacea, fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and other common skincare ailments. Our team specializes in the newest products and techniques, and you can trust that your skin will be in good hands.
To apply email Lisa@liviospa.com

Jobs in the City (5/23)

Brighton CenterPositions Hiring For: Lead Teacher
Brighton Center is a non-profit organization that offers a community of support for individuals and families by tackling the issues that prevent them from coming self- sufficient through programs and services we provide.Some of the programs and services we provide include meeting basic needs, adult and early childhood education, youth services, housing & financial wellness, workforce development, substance abuse recovery for women and neighborhood-based programs.Click Here to Apply.
Voices of America Country Music FestivalPositions Hiring For: Volunteers
The Voices of America Country Music Fest launches in August 2023. The multi-day event takes place in the heart of West Chester, Ohio at the Voice of America Museum.This event will bring together nationally recognized country music artists including Old Dominion, Chris Young, Dan + Shay, and Alabama. Also included in the lineup are Lainey Wilson, Jake Owen, Riley Green, Gabby Barrett and 30 more of country’s hottest artist. VOACMF will also highlight local talent, local eats, and some of the nation’s most respected brands.
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Moerlein Lager HousePositions Hiring For: Servers
We do not serve food  WE CREATE EXPERIENCES. Our Servers represent the lifeblood of our restaurant as they engage with each guest. This position offers opportunities for one to connect with guests and provide an unforgettable dining experience as they celebrate lifes milestone moments or just out for dinner. If you have an outgoing personality and a contagious smile, we would love to talk with you. Moerlein has an above average check average which will drive higher tips for a successful server.
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Best PointPositions Hiring For: Behavioral Health Therapist
Join Our Team at Best Point Education & Behavioral Health! We are looking for passionate individuals who are dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of individuals. Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to help people lead fulfilling lives.
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Lori’s RoadhousePositions Hiring For: Bartender
LRHLive Is a full-service restaurant and live music venue. Located in the heart of Greater Cincinnati. Our menu offers a wide variety of backyard BBQ style southern favorites locally sourced and prepared from our kitchen to your table. This 24,000 square foot facility features two stages that will showcase live country music from local, regional, and national artists. Join our team as we bring Music City to the Queen City for a one-of-a-kind intimate and memorable experience.
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Rhinegeist BreweryPositions Hiring For: VP of Sales
Rhinegeist is a craft brewery based in the Over-The-Rhine historical neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. We have built a strong and dedicated team that believes in the power and beauty of great beer. If you are hard working, driven by challenges and looking to have a little fun while you’re at it consider becoming part of our team.
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Savings & Deals in the City (5/16)

Western Athletic Club
Summer Club Membership Special
Learn about everything from food and drink specials, ticket discounts, exclusive offerings and so much more! Stay in the know with
Everything Cincy!
Pedal Wagon Cincinnati
15% Off Cruises Booked in April, May, or June
Johnny’s Car Wash
$10 Off Complete Detail Service
Livio Med Spa
May Special $50 Off Lasers
Ault Park
$10 Off Summer Sip Tasting Tickets
Crafts & Vines
10% Off Retail Wines
Five Iron Golf
Founding Member 50% Off Deal
Florence Y’alls
$50 2023 Bluegrass Blowouts Package

Murals of The Cincy Wallflower

Artwork & Photos by: Rebekah Del Matto


Throughout the Queen City area there are over 30 charming murals made by Rebekah Del Matto also known as The Cincy Wallflower. She is a local Muralist for hire that will amaze you with how she can transform any space that you have into a work of art! Her murals add incredible visual elements that can be created on just about any surface and at any location. Many of her pieces are lovely accent walls in homes, businesses, and now in parks!

@cincywallflower

“I love so much about what I do. I have always
been in customer service and went to DAAP for Fine Arts. I think in a way it’s combining the two skills I’ve worked on the most. Being a custom mural artist you have to be flexible to work with so many different people and really enjoy the hands-on part of installing the mural. I love working with each client in tweaking my style to fit theirs. Sometimes you get lucky in getting a job where you have full creative freedom but a lot of it is learning about the person’s style/business and making sure it suits their wants/needs. I love when I make something I’m excited about but that the client is even more.”

Rebekah is always gracious to share insights about her experiences as The Cincy Wallflower. We had the pleasure of getting more familiar with everything that she does by asking her a few questions about her creative pursuits. She graciously provided us with fantastic details to her collaborations that brought new meaning to the positive
influence that Art can make on an environment and the community. There are endless opportunities to be enchanted by The Cincy Wallflower paintings and the list of locations that the public can view her murals is growing rapidly.


I have been honored to work in some awesome locations in Cincy/Northern Kentucky. You can see my work at Arnold’s Bar & Grill, UGO Gelato, Lunar Beauty Bar, Goose & Elder, Washington Park, Ziegler Park, Madtree Alcove, Bomb Cat Salon, Garden Grove Organics, and a handful of new locations that are soon to be open!”

Take a journey exploring these amazing places to see the diversity among the different styles of murals that Rebekah specializes in. There isn’t any idea too far out there that this talented artist won’t entertain to create!

“I view each project as a victory and
challenge and when they are complete
you can’t help but feel a little proud.
The two murals that make me feel
most proud would be the one located
at UGO Gelato and a mural I painted
for a local Airbnb. The Airbnb mural is
a project that I feel represents how my
art career has been connected and
grown. It’s a golden mustard backdrop
with smaller floral and illustrated
elements that created a wallpaper
effect. I have always been obsessed
with wallpaper and I think that’s where
my obsession with murals came from. I
love pieces that use the color and style
of the space to elevate and unite the
room.

UGO gelato is a mural displaying Sicily’s famous prickly pear. It was such a fun way to stick to my ‘color- blocking’ style but at a slightly smaller scale to add depth and detail. This mural is the one that is most often re-posted. It’s so much fun to see others enjoying the art and really see how art can be used to excite others and also bring attention to the business.”

At Arnold’s Bar and Grill are themed wall paintings that are inspired by the fascinating history and aesthetics of the restaurant. The murals reference the past and interpret the imagery in contemporary ways that are delightful to look at and fun to take selfies with!” Their Chef, Kayla Robison was one of the first people to commission The Cincy Wallflower to create a piece specific to what she loves to do for a living in her personal kitchen that she does a lot of cooking in! Kayla often films how to shows in her kitchen and you can catch a glimpse of the custom made mural.
http://www.arnoldsbarandgrill.com

@arnolds_cincinnati
@commandernbeef

“The first mural I ever painted was for a
friend/coworker Kayla Robison and it
was in her kitchen at home. Since she is
a chef in the city she wanted a food
inspired mural to be the backdrop to her
cooking segments she films in her
kitchen. She had full confidence in me
and actually gave me freedom in how I
executed her vision. To be technical it
wasn’t actually painted with a brush but
was created with paint markers since it
was an intricate wall of illustrations
displaying various vegetables. This
illustration style has popped up in a
handful of other murals I have done and
was such a fun starting point in my
creative path as a muralist.”

Artwork by: Rebekah Del Matto
Photo by: Kayla Robinson
Model: Luna Robinson


For each mural The Cincy Wallflower goes over concepts with you to bring the perfect design ideas to life for any desired destination! She goes through the entire process with you from start to finish to ensure that the outcome is exactly how you envisioned it to be.

“I think working in nurseries and playrooms is so much fun! Especially if it’s for a first time mother. One nursery I painted was for a couple that I met from bartending. When they found out that they were pregnant they reached out and wanted an arch of flowers around their crib. It was so sweet to have a full circle of friendship and go from being regulars at the bar to getting to work with them in creating a sentimental mural for their next step in becoming parents. We worked together to create a color floral piece and got to add a couple of Iris’ to represent her grandmother’s favorite flower.”

Her website is extremely user friendly and very easy to navigate through. On her site will discover some of her fabulous pieces in her online gallery to get inspiration and maybe even start planning a mural as a gift for Mothers Day coming up!


https://www.thecincywallflower.com
Written by: Christen Collins
Art and Photos by Rebekah Del Matto

Featured Mother’s Day Brunches

Alcove

  • Join us on Mother’s Day for Brunch from 10am to 3pm

Butcher & Barrel 

  • Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a special brunch menu. Appetizers, salads and sides will also be available.

Cincinnati Art Museum 

  • – In addition to the free general admission to the museum you can always enjoy, the Terrace Cafe is offering a Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are required and cost $43.95 per person or $19.95 for children 12 and under. Children under 4 are free.

Coppin’s

  • brunch buffet will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be $75 for adults, $55 for seniors 55 and older, and $19 for children ages 4-12. Children under 4 are free.

Frankie’s

  • Join us to celebrate Mom and kick off a new Brunch menu at Frankie’s! 

LouVino

  • Adults are $30, and children under 12 are $12. Coffee, soda, iced tea and lemonade are included in the menu price. LouVino will have a special brunch menu for Mother’s Day, and its regular brunch menu will not be available. 

Hofbrauhaus Newport 

  • Treat your mom to a lovely brunch at Hofbrauhaus Newport Brewery & Restaurant this Mother’s Day! Gather the whole family as Hofbrauhaus serves delicious brunch favorites plus yummy cocktails! Need to find the perfect last-minute gift for mom? Don’t worry; Hofbrauhaus has you covered with 20% off everything in its gift shop, just for mom.

Metropolitan Club

  • Join us for our Mother’s Day brunch. Enjoy a lovely day with your mom and family! 

Moerlein Lager House

  • Enjoy Mother’s Day weekend with brunch from Moerlein Lager House on May 13th-14th from 10am to 3pm! We’ll have our full brunch menu plus specialty menu items like our quiche with roasted red pepper, sausage, and fontina cheese. As well as mimosa flights and a special dessert trio of assorted Servatii pastries. 

Pampas

Prime 

  • Join us at Prime for Mother’s Day brunch or dinner. Reservations available from 11am to 8pm

Shiners

  • Looking for the perfect way to celebrate Mothers Day? Join us for a special Mother’s Day brunch from 11am – 3pm. Shiners is please to bring to the table and delicious Brunch menu featuring our signature dishes like our all new Angeled Eggs, Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes, Brioche Stuffed French Toast, Big Ol’ Biscuit & Gravy, and more! In addition, our patio is open and we are offering a full Mimosa Bar with fresh fruits and purées to dress up your drinks and enjoy in the sunshine! Make your reservation today by visiting our website

Street City Pub

  • Join us at Street City Pub for Mother’s Day brunch or dinner. Reservations available from 11am to 6pm. 

The Summit Hotel

  • Celebrate the special women in your life with a decadent Mother’s Day brunch at the Summit Hotel. Reservations are available from 11am to 1pm. 

The View at Shires Garden 

  • Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 14. The standard brunch menu will be offered until 3 p.m., with dinner from 3:30-9 p.m. Outdoor reservations are not permitted due to weather unpredictability.

Savings & Deals in the City (5/2)

Moerlein Lager House
$15 off Derby Party Tickets
Ault Park
$10 off the Malts in Ault Event
Five Iron Golf
Founding Membership 50% Off
Shiners on the Levee
.75 Wing Monday
The Plant Dads
$5 Off Online Purchase of $30 or More
Hoxworth Blood Center
Free Zoo Ticket
MediMorph
Buy 4, Get 4 Free
On the Rhine Eatery
1/2 off Wine Every Wednesday

Savings & Deals in the City (4/18)

Longworth-Anderson Series
BOGO 1/2 Off LAS Concerts
Woodhouse Day Spa’s
Mother’s Day Promo
Logan A/C and Heat Services
NEW Customers: $79 Service Call
Elevate Nutrition
Mega Tea Monday’s
MediMorph
Buy 4, Get 4 Free
Western Athletic Club
Learn Tennis Now for just $59
The Bark Park & Patio
15% off Pet Industry
Livio Med Spa
$100 Off Lip Filler

Savings & Deals in the City (4/4)

Shiners on the Levee
.75 Wings Every Monday
Ault Park
Ault Vines Fine Wines $10 Off Tickets
Aruna Project
Buy 3 Headbands, Get 1 Free!
Fowling Warehouse
$12 Unlimited Play
Restore Hyper Wellness
Student Athlete Discounts!
Logan A/C and Heat Services
Early Bird Savings
The Plant Dads
$5 Off Your Purchase
Pampas Argentine Gastropub
Saturday Night Deal
LouVino OTR Restaurant and Winery
1/2 Prices Bottles of Wine
The Blind Pig
$10 Lunch Specials