Everything Black-owned Cincinnati

According to the US Census Bureau, only about 10% of US businesses are Black owned. And, unfortunately, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, minority owned businesses were disproportionately affected, resulting in over 40% of Black-owned businesses closing. Black entrepreneurship in America has a rich history and strong ties to the overall economic impact of African-American communities, and businesses owned by BIPOC are crucial to growing the economy. If you are looking for an impactful way to celebrate Black History Month, show solidarity with Black entrepreneurs by supporting Black-owned businesses this month and beyond.

Supporting Black-owned businesses doesn’t just contribute to creating entrepreneurial opportunities (thus fueling economic prosperity), Black businesses are more likely to hire Black workers, which positively impacts the disparity among broader community wealth and opportunity.

Supporting Black-owned businesses acknowledges the wealth gap by creating a path for establishing sustained, multi-generational wealth in the Black community. It also celebrates Black culture.

Below is a comprehensive list of Black-owned businesses in Greater Cincinnati, including Food + Drink, Retail, and Wellness.

FOOD + DRINK

RESTAURANTS

6 ’N the Mornin’ (Kenwood)
Southern-style breakfast restaurant
6inthemornin.com

221 Restaurant Westwood
Senegalese cuisine
Website

Agape Cafe Madisonville
American cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
agapecafeoh.com

The Aperture Coming to Walnut Hills in summer 2023
Mediterranean, Levantine, and American south influences
theaperturecinci.com

Big Jay’s Place Finneytown
Catering, soul food, Caribbean
Facebook

Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey Union
Contemporary take on classic American frontier food
boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com

Burnett’s Soul Food Walnut Hills
Soul food
Menu

Conscious Kitchen Corryville [temporarily closed]
Vegan and health food restaurant
consciouskitchen.org

COPA Lounge OTR
Nightclub with Sunday brunch
Facebook

Crown’s Kitchen Cheviot
Wings, sandwiches, soul food
Menu

Darou Salam Northside
African Halal and Senegalese cuisine
Menu

Divine Appetite Cafe West Chester
African food—everything from Waakye to Jollof Rice
Website

Elephant Walk Corryville
Indian and Ethiopian cuisine
elephantwalkcincy.com

Emma’s All In One Occasions Westwood
Soul food, breakfast, and catering
Facebook

Essen Kitchen OTR
Plant-based food, vegan; breakfast, lunch, and dinner
essenkitchen.com

Express Wings Roselawn
Chicken wings, sandwiches, seafood
Menu

Gee’s Caribbean Style Groesbeck
Fresh, authentic Caribbean cuisine
Facebook

Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant Westwood
Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes
Menu

Island Frydays Corryville
Jamaican cuisine
islandfrydays.com
Pickup window available

K&J Seafood Bond Hill
Louisiana-style fresh seafood
kjseafood.com 

Katch the Kitchen Northside
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
ktkrestaurant.com

Maize OTR
Venezuelen and Latin American comfort food
maizeotr.com

Mango’s Tropical Oasis Fairfield
Sports bar and grill
Facebook

Millie’s Place Madisonville
Southern, soul food, diner
Menu

Mz. Jade’s Soul Food Middletown
Fresh, homemade southern dishes
mzjadessoulfood.com

Nolia Kitchen OTR
Classic southern flavors and unconventional twists on familiar staples
noliakitchen.com

Ollie’s Trolley West End
Burgers, ribs, and other southern dishes
Facebook

Park Place Restaurant Forest Park
American restaurant and lounge
Facebook

Rasheedah’s Cafe College Hill
Soul food and halal meats since 1993
rasheedahscafe.com

Richie’s Avondale, Bond Hill, Colerain, West End
Soul food featuring spicy fried chicken, deep fried fish, rib tips, and classic soul food sides and desserts
richieschicken.com

SeneGrill West Chester
Senegalese and American fusion
senegrill.com

Teranga Restaurant Hartwell
African and American fusion
terangacinci.com

Wing Champ Sharonville
Wings, ribs, ice cream, and events
originalwingchamp.com

BBQ

Alabama Que Corryville
alabama-q.com

Benin’s BBQ & Steak Westwood
bbqnsteak.com

C&M BBQ Grill Kennedy Heights
Caribbean BBQ
cmbbqgrill.com

Goodies Mt. Healthy
Southern BBQ
Facebook

Ike’s BBQ Evanston, Silverton
Facebook

J & W Bar-B-Que Walnut Hills
Facebook

Just Cooking BBQ Bond Hill
justcookingbbq.com 

Just Q’in Walnut Hills
justqin.com
Dine in, carryout, catering

Midwest Best BBQ and Creamery Loveland
midwestbestbbq.com
Lunch, dinner, catering

COFFEE SHOPS

BlaCk Coffee Lounge Central Business District
Coffee, sandwiches, pastries, pressed juice
Facebook

Cream+Sugar Coffeehouse Evanston
Hot and cold coffee drinks, and light bites
creamandsugarcoffeehouse.com
Catering available

Drip Coffee Lounge Camp Washington
Coffee bar serving locally roasted specialty coffee, plus a unique selection of mixed drinks and quick bites
dripcoffeelounge.com

Muse Cafe Westwood
Coffee, fine wine, jazz, sandwiches, cheese plates, and salads
musecafecincy.com

Sunny Blu Coffeehouse OTR
Coffee drinks, light bites, and ice cream
sunnyblucoffee.com

BARS AND DRINKERIES

Danyelle’s Bellevue Tavern Bellevue
Bar and tavern
danyelles.com

Esoteric Brewing Company Walnut Hills
Brewery with Decibel Korean-fried Chicken onsite
esotericbrewing.com

Kombuchinnati
Non-alcoholic, probiotic kombucha
Website and where to buy

Newport Ultra Lounge Newport
Dance club with craft beer and cocktails
Facebook

Nostalgia Wine and Jazz Lounge OTR
Facebook page

Revel OTR Urban Winery OTR
revelotr.com

CATERING AND CHEF SERVICES

Afromeals OTR
Cooking classes and catering services, featuring African and Caribbean cuisine.
afromeals.com

Dada Smokes BBQ
Catering
dadasmokes.com

Eddie’s Southern Style BBQ
eddiesbarbque.com

The Passion Plate
Personal chef and caterer featuring everyday gourmet and boutique catering
thepassionplate.com

Soleil Kitchen
Personal chef and boutique catering company
soleilkitchen.com
Occasional pop-ups

Soul Secrets Catering Findlay Kitchen
Corporate catering
soulsecretscincy.com
Occasional pop-ups

Southern Grace Cincy
Breakfast, catering
southerngracecincy.com 

FOOD TRUCKS AND TAKEOUT

AJ’s Cheesesteaks
Cheesesteaks, wings, fries
ajscheesesteak.com
Streetfood Finder

Best Thing Smokin’
BBQ and classic favorites
Facebook

BOL Acai Bowl Bar
bolonline.org
Streetfood Finder
Catering available

Burger World
Facebook
Streetfood Finder

Pata Roja Taqueria OTR
Mexico City-style street tacos
patarojatacos.com
Catering available

Smokin’ Inferno BBQ & Catering
Facebook

Triple J’s BBQ
thetriplejbarbq.com
Catering available

Turkeys R Us
Chicken, Turkey, pork, sandwiches, fries
turkeysrus.net
Catering available

Tip: Follow the truck on social media to get their schedule and to see where they will be next!

SWEETS

A Mother’s Touch Cakes virtual and pop-ups
Vegan, organic, sugar-free, and gluten-free desserts. Can be found weekly at Market Wagon, Black Coffee Lounge, Madeira Farmer’s Market, Ajani’s Gourmet Strawberries Sweet Boutique, and Findlay Market.
amotherstouchcakes.com

Aunt Flora’s Cobbler Pie Co Northbrook
Caterer and bakery specializing in cobbler pies, cakes, and Southern comfort food
aunt-flora.com

Cora’s Cakery online
Cupcakes, meringues, cake pops, sugar cookies, and more
corascakery.org

Davis Cookie Collection Bond Hill
Cookies, brownies, and other desserts
daviscookiecollection.com

Jazzy Sweeties Bakery Walnut Hills
jazzysweetiesbakery.com

Kishia’s Kakes
Website

Keys Cheesecake and Pies online
Facebook

Lala’s Blissful Bites Madisonville
lalasbliss.com

Makers Bakers Co. Findlay Market
Artisan cheesecakes, handmade cakes and pies, and other bakery items
makersbakersco.com 

Maya’s Bakes pop-ups, Findlay Market
Cookies and other goodies
mayasbakes.com
Catering available

Sugar OTR
Cookies, cakes, weddings, catering, and more
sugarcincinnati.com 

Sweet Jazz Treats Lockland
Cake pops, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, party platters, dessert jars
sweetjazztreats.com

Sweet Mae’s Cookie Co.
Stuffed cookies with a thick southern accent
sweetmaescookies.com
Available at regional Target stores and these locations

Sweet Petit Desserts Evanston
Cookies, cakes and pies, cheesecake, lemon bars, macarons, and more
sweetpetitdesserts.com
Pre-orders only; now available at Cream+Sugar Coffeehouse

Sweets by LaDawn Silverton
Wedding cakes and more
Facebook

RETAIL+

Alexis Nickelle Co
Soy candles
alexisnickelleco.com

All Cheri’s Intriguing Crystals
Accessories, jewelry, and art
allcheri.com
Formerly Art by Autumn M

Alumni Ink virtual
Online apparel company
alumniink.com

am|PM Exchange
Women’s apparel and beauty products
ampm.exchange

Art on Vine
Monthly market featuring fine art and handmade goods from dozens of artists throughout the Ohio region
artonvinecincy.com

Barcode Glam Montgomery
Beauty meets fashion
barcodeglam.com

BlaCk OWned Outerwear Central Business District
Apparel and accessories for men, women, and children
blackowned19xx.com

Blossoms Florist Reading
Full-service florist servicing Cincinnati for over 30 years
blossomsfloristinc.com

Brittney Kelley Brands
apparel and makeup
brittneykelley.com

The Confetti Room OTR
Event venue
confettiroomcincy.com

The Culture Locker
Provide a positive influence and discovery of black-owned businesses
theculturelocker.com

Curious Concoctions
Soaps, scrubs, body butters, candles, and more
curiousconcoctions.net

Detailed Days Events Design
Event planner
detaileddays.com

Diamyn’s Crystal Bar Pause Cincy (Corryville)
Crystals, jewelry, and sage
diamynscrystalbar.com

District 78 Pause Cincy (Corryville)
Luxury candles and lifestyle brand
bydistrict78.com

Everyday Black
Apparel
everydayblack.net

Fill More Waste Less
Refillable soaps, shampoo, cleaning products, and more
fillmorewasteless.com

Flora Lee Naturals
Plant-based skincare
floraleenaturals.com

Fly By Nature OTR
Apparel
flybynatureclothing.com

From the Sidewalk OTR
Creative hub of streetwear and culture; home of Jet Black Vintage
thesidewalkshop.com

Gee Horton
Hyper-realist visual artist
geehorton.com

Gingham & Glam
Fashion, jewelry, accessories
ginghamandglam.com

GO(O)D Co. OTR
Hats, accessories, and apparel for men, women, and children
goodcoapparel.com

Hard Ta Knock Shoppe Camp Washington
Apparel

Heads Up Trading Co. Camp Washington
Fair trade headbands, head wraps, and Guatemalan jewelry
headsuptc.com

HoopNerdz
Apparel for men, women, and children
thenerdzbrand.com

Hutch Baby OTR
Children’s boutique
hutchbaby.com 

Jet Black Vintage OTR
Curated sustainable fashion
jetblackvintage.com

Junebug Jewelry Designs
Jewelry design
junebugjewelrydesigns.com

Legacy Genius
Black history trivia
legacygenius.com

Make.Do. Pleasant Ridge
Yarn, fabric, fibers, and classes
heymakedo.com

Matunda Juicery Pause Cincy (Corryville)
Smoothie and juice bar
Facebook

Me by Lee
Formal fashion boutique
mebylee.com

Minor Obsession
Vegan soap
minorobsession.co

Murelle’s Florist Central Business District
Website 

Native Moon Apothecary Mt. Healthy
Alternative and holistic health
nativemoonherbals.com

Originalitees
Apparel and accessories for men, women, and children
originalitees.com

OTR Funplex OTR
Entertainment venue
otrfunplex.com

Pause Corryville
Health, wellness, and relaxation, made up of Diamyn’s Crystal Bar, District 78, and Matunda Juicery
Instagram

Peony Jean Boutique
Customizable clothing for the entire family
peonyjeanboutique.com

RaJean Beauty
Shea butter, sugar scrub, and men’s products
rajeanbeauty.com

Red’s Westside VenYou
Event space
redswestsidevenyou.com

RJS Fashion
Accessory design and styling
beyondfreshrjs.com

Ryan Nichole Studios
Visual artist and art educator
ryannicholestudios.com

Switch Central Business District
Lighting, furniture, and design
switchcollection.com

Touch of Heaven Floral Shoppe Mt. Healthy
Website

TIQUE by Victory Lane Boutique Springfield Twp
victorylaneboutique.com

The Voice of Your Customer Walnut Hills
HUBZone, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE
Marketing consulting firm
thevoiceofyourcustomer.com

WELLNESS + FITNESS

1 More Rep Madisonville
Gym
1-more-rep.com

A Better You Counseling Springdale
Therapy practice specializing in treating individuals, couples, and families.
abetterucounseling.com

A Crystal Mind LLC Sharonville
Psychiatric and mental health practice. In-office and telehealth options available.
acrystalmind.com

A Ruth Creations virtual+
Artist and educator specializing in visual art and poetry.
annieruth.com

A Sound Mind Counseling Hartwell
Behavioral health practice providing therapy to people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
asoundmindcounseling.com

Adrienne’s Love Fairfield
Postpartum products, services, and doulas.
adrienneslove.com

Art of Fitness North College Hill
Facebook

Cincinnati Muscle Therapy College Hill
cincinnatimuscletherapy.com

Curvy Cardio
Fitness
morganaowens.com

Fitness 1o1 Liberty Twp
Personalized group training
fitness1o1.com

Grind Shop Sports Performance Training Lockland
Fitness facility
grindshoptraining.com

If you ever have any questions about any of these businesses or need a custom recommendation specific to what you’re looking for, all you have to do is ask!

I would like to encourage you all to support Black-owned businesses and creators all month long (and beyond).

Go to the link in my bio for a list of Black-owned businesses in Cincinnati, including Food + Drink, Retail, and Wellness.

For more resources for and to support Black Cincinnati, follow:
@blackcincy 
@cincy.cocoabloggers
@voiceblackcincy 
@thecincinnatiaachamber 

Sources: census.gov, nationalgeographic.com

Everything New Year’s Eve in Cincy

From brewery celebrations to family friendly events—casual to swanky, free admission to pricy—there is truly something for everyone to do for New Year’s Eve in Cincinnati this year. We all love new beginnings, so get 2023 started off right by bringing in the New Year with one of these great things to do on Saturday, December 31, broken down by:

  • For the Family
  • Free events
  • Under $50
  • Live Music
  • 21+

For the Family

Noon Year’s Eve
Happy Hangout, 10a–12p
Children can celebrate an early New Year at the westside’s playspace.
facebook.com
$20 members, $30 nonmembers

BB Riverboats New Year’s Eve Kids Cruise
11:30a–1:30p (boarding at 10:30a)
Lunch buffet, party favors, DJ for entertainment, kids activities, and a noon countdown. Some characters from their Pirate, Princess, and Superhero cruises will be onboard celebrating.
bbriverboats.com
$49 admission ($39 for children ages 4–12)

New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop
GoldFish Swim School West Chester, 1:30–3p 
Family-friendly party for $10.
Tickets

New Year’s Eve Splash
GoldFish Swim School Anderson Twp, 2–4p 
Family-friendly pool party for $10. 
Tickets

Midnight in Munich | NYE Zinzinnati
Mecklenburg Gardens, 4–8p 
Celebrate the German new year with authentic food and beer specials.
Tickets

New Year’s Eve at WinterFest
Kings Island, 4p–1a 
Celebrate the final night of the year with friends and family. Two countdowns, one in Festhaus at 9:30p and another at midnight complete with fireworks. 
visitkingsisland.com

Family New Year’s Eve Party
Ludlow Theatre, 5–7p
Includes Circus Mojo performance and instructional workshop, wood-fired pizza, and a “ball drop” with ginger ale toast.
Tickets
$20-$80

New Years Eve + Indoor Fireworks
Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Toledo Walleye
Heritage Bank Center, 6p
End your 2022 in a family friendly setting with the Cyclones and a 6p start time, then stick around for indoor fireworks.
cycloneshockey.com

Happy Zoo Year
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 8p
“Party Animals” of all ages are invited to celebrate the 14th annual Happy ZOO Year, with a kid-friendly, early countdown at 8p.
cincinnatizoo.org

Free

Your Neighborhood New Year’s Eve
The Lackman, 12p–2:30a
Reverse Happy Hour from 8 to 10p and complimentary party favors.
facebook.com

New Year’s Eve Blast
Fountain Square, 8–12:30a
Ring in the New Year in the heart of downtown—party on the plaza or celebrate on the ice. Ice rink will be open all night and the full-service bar will be serving beverages.
myfountainsquare.com

Bloom NYE Ball 2023
Bloom OTR, 9p–2:30a 
Hosted by Jessica Dimon.

No Hassle New Year
Low Spark, 9p–2:30a
Reverse happy hour from 9 to 11, complimentary champagne toast, and complimentary party favors.
facebook.com

Under $50

New Year’s Eve with Rumpke Mountain Boys
Riverfront Live, 7p
Cincinnati’s premier nightlife venue. May contain special surprise guests.
Tickets
All ages

Bollywood New Year’s Eve
Holiday Inn North, 5800 Muhlhauser Road, 8p
DJ Mavi, festive party favors, Champagne toast, multi-course dinner buffet, photobooth, and cash bar until 1:30. 
eventbrite.com
$40–$100

NYE Bash
Tin Roof, 8p 
Live performances by DJ Kombat and Bluff City Bandits. Fast Pass and VIP tables available. Email will@tinroofbars.com.
facebook.com
$30+

Noah Smith’s Big Ol’ Family New Year’s Eve!
Big Ash Brewing, 8p–12:30a (doors at 7:30)
Private ticketed event. General Admission tickets include champagne toast at midnight. Seating will be first come first served and tables are not guaranteed. VIP packages available.
Tickets

NYE Dance
Mutual Dance Co. 1805 Larch Ave, 8p–1a 
Hosted by CincyHop. Glass of Champagne for ages 21-up. 
facebook.com
$15 per person at the door

NYE with the Almond Butter Band
Fretboard Brewing Co, 8:30p
Champagne toast at midnight. Ages 21+
cincyticket.com
$25

New Year’s Eve Party
Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society, 8:30p–12:30a 
Music by the Rheingold Band; generous buffet included. 
Make reservations at 513-385-2098 or at cincydonau.com.

Midnight on Madison NYE Party
Hotel Covington, 9p–2a 
Ticket includes one drink ticket, photo booth, DJ Jermal Potter, balloon drop, confetti cannons and more. Light bites available for purchase. General admission $35. $75 Bottomless Bubbles admission includes VIP access, commemorative Champagne glass and raffle ticket for luxury prizes.
eventbrite.com
$35 general admission

Under the Sea 2023
Rhinegeist Brewery, 9p–2a
Under the sea-themed bash featuring DJ + dancing, 360-degree underwater photo booth, midnight bubble balloon drop, and plenty of celebratory beverages. Coat check is available.
rhinegeist.com
Tickets $20 at the door

Dinner Parties

NYE Dinner and Silent Disco
The View at Shires’ Garden, 4p 
Party on the rooftop with three-course dinner, sparkling wine toast, and silent disco in the parlor. Book via Open Table.
$99/person

NYE Dinner
Butcher and Barrel, 4p
Three-course prix-fixe menu with sparkling wine toast. Book via Open Table.
$99/person

New Year’s Eve Dinner
Frankie’s Sips & Savories, 5–9p
Five sharable dishes and champagne toast. Reservations available from 5 to 9. Book on OpenTable.
$150/couple

Subito at The Lytle Park Hotel
5–10p 
Five-course pre-fixe dinner. $119 per person, $169 per person with wine pairings.

NYE Dinner
Forno Osteria & Bar, 5–11p 
Four-course menu, champagne package add-ons available. Book prepaid via Open Table.
$75/person

NYE Dinner
Nicola’s, 5–11p
Pre-fixe dinner celebration. Two-hour time limit. Cuvee and champagne package add-ons available. Prepaid via Tock.
$125/person

Via Vite
5–11:15p 
La Notte di San Silvestro two-hour, four-course dinner experience with Roaring ’20s theme. Book prepaid via Open Table.
$85/person

NYE Four-Course Dinner and Drinks
Northern Row Brewery & Distillery, 6:30p
Tickets
$100

NYE Party
Vinoklet Winery, 7p–1a 
Two packages available: Grilled to Perfection Dinner with reservation 5–7:30 p.m. at $43–$48 per person, and Dinner & Dancing from 7p–1a at $89.95 per person.
vinokletwines.com

New Year’s Eve Party
The Madison Event Center, 8p 
Blink-style party includes upscale dinner, unlimited drinks, Champagne toast, DJ, visuals, and giveaways.
eventbrite.com
$125–$175

NYE
Prime Cincinnati, 8p
Reservations made after 8p are invited to stay and help welcome in the New Year with a toast, DJ, entertainment, and fanfare.
Reservations on OpenTable

Live Music

Arlo McKinley
Bogart’s, 8p 
With Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle and the Harmed Brothers. 
ticketmaster.com

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: New Year’s Eve Billie Holiday Songbook
Music Hall, 8p 
Featuring vocalist Quiana Lynell; Damon Gupton conducts. 
cincinnatisymphony.org
$26–$120

New Year’s Celebration Like No Other
featuring The Menus
Receptions Fairfield, 8p–1a
Open well bar, appetizers, buffet dinner, late-night snack bar, champagne toast, and party favors.
Tickets

New Year’s Celebration of a Lifetime with Naked Karate Girls
Receptions Erlanger, 8p–1a
Tickets
$125–$150

Something Different New Year’s Eve
Woodward Theater, 9p–2a 
Featuring DJ Identity and DJ Kay Lyke. Includes open bar, light bite appetizers, live projections, photo booth, and party favors.
cincyticket.com
$75+

Summon the New Year
MOTR, 10p
Live music featured two local bands, Watchfrogs and Happy Tuesday.
motrpub.com

21+

New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl – Cincinnati
5p–2a
Ticket gets you to the welcome party, outstanding drink specials, and the list of bars to visit—to be announced on 12/30.
facebook.com

Q102’s Best of the Best New Year’s Eve
Newport Syndicate, 6:30p
Dancing, drinks, party favors, the Rusty Griswolds, DJ Chandler McFadden, and Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar.
Tickets
Tickets starting at $85

NYE in NKY
Braxton Brewing Company, 7p
DJs all night, photobooth, midnight toast included, and all-you-can-eat buffet catered by Gomez.
Tickets
$100 advance, $125 at the door

Back to the ’90s NYE Bash
Taft’s Ale House, 7p–12:30a 
Grab your neon windbreaker and favorite band t-shirt for a night of 90s nostalgia. Includes 3 beer tickets, ’90s snack and candy buffet, champagne toast, and two raffle tickets.
Tickets
$75

New Year’s Eve Bash
16 Lots, 7p–1a
Featuring Mad Monks Pizza and Ashton Wolf Dueling Pianos. Admission includes delicious food, craft beer, cider, and a New Year’s champagne toast.
Tickets

New Year’s Eve at Fueled Collective
7p–1a
DJ and live music, premium prepaid drinks, party favors, and more.
More info

New Year’s Eve Twerk
Arts on the Ave (2141 Central Avenue), 8p
Live dancer, open bar, and full course food menu.
facebook.com
$100

Somerhaus New Year’s Eve Bash
8p–1a
Light bites with international flair, music, and dancing, plus full bar.
Tickets
$120

Black Sheep Black Tie NYE Celebration
Revel OTR Urban Winery, 8p–1:30a 
Includes live band, open bar, light bites, and bubbly toast.
Tickets
$85–$100

23 Shades of Galla: Sexy Masquerade NYE Party
Galla Park, 8p–2a 
DJ Davey C, Sean Dibert, DJ L-Train. Includes champagne toast, balloon drops, private party spaces; semi-formal attire dress code.
Tickets
$25–$65

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Southgate House Revival, 9p (doors at 8)
Featuring Joe’s Truck Stop and The Hammer and the Hatchet
southgatehouse.com

BB Riverboats New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
9p–1a (boarding at 8p)
Ring in the New Year on the river as Cincinnati’s sparkling skyline provides a spectacular backdrop. Includes a special three-entree buffet, entertainment, a split of champagne at midnight, late night snack buffet, and party favors.
bbriverboats.com

Bubbles & Bow Ties
Igby’s, 9p–2a 
Includes complimentary champagne upon arrival, party favors, and DJ Simo.
Tickets
$50

NYE at QCE
Queen City Exchange, 9p–2a
Includes DJ, heavy appetizers, open bar, and champagne toast at midnight.
Tickets
$100

Celebrate (NYE 2023)
OTR StillHouse, 9p–2a
Tickets include light bites until 11, champagne toast at midnight, photo booth, party favors, red carpet entry, coat check, and free parking. Cocktail attire required.
Tickets

New Year’s Eve Masquerade
Twenties Cocktail Joint, 9p–2:30a
Two levels of entertainment: Johnny B on the main floor spinning Top 40 and dance, and Nautigroove and Brent Roberts in the speakeasy with House and Progressive sets with a laser and light show. Champagne toast and ballon drop at midninght on the main floor.
Tickets

NYE 2022
The Mockbee, 9p–3a
A multi-stage, multi-sensory blowout party at The Mockbee featuring live bands and DJs all night covering Rock, Hip Hop, EDM, and more.
Tickets

NYE Midnight Madness at the Lager House
Moerlein Lager House, 9:30p–1:30a
Hosted by Sara Elyse with DJ PRYMTIME & DJ Maximus and sports celebrity appearances. Tickets include an appetizer buffet and two drink tickets, plus a midnight toast.
moerleinlagerhouse.info

Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.

Last-Minute Gift Guide

Cincinnati Holiday Markets and Craft Shows - Cincinnati Parent Magazine

It’s the most wonderful busiest time of the year. And if you’re like me, early holiday shopping has taken a back seat this month. Thankfully, there’s still hope for last minute gift givers with tons of holiday deals throughout the city. Plus, shopping locally is a great way to support small businesses, especially in lieu of the devastating economic hit most shops took this year. 

The Gift of Wearable Art

Forget basic jewelry you can find anywhere. Give a gift that stands-out with one-of-a-kind pieces from Junebug Jewelry Designs. They supply hand-crafted designs that are described as “wearable art.” And once you take a peek, you’ll understand why. No two pieces are the same and each one is as extravagant as the next. Whether you’re looking for pendant necklaces, statement rings, exquisite cuffs, or unique earrings, Junebug has an assortment to please the Bohemian in your life.

Check out their 2020 holiday gift guide, or stop by their pop-up boutique, Thursday through Saturday, 12-6 PM, located at: 1327 Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine.

The Gift of Work-From-Home Chic

The Native One has lots to offer, but their curated selection of stationary, plants, potters, candles, and diffusers make great gifts for those looking to transform their at-home office space into a zen oasis. They also have stylish attire including comfy yet chic lounge sets that make the perfect work-from-home outfit. 

Order online or visit one of their two locations at 1400 Vine St, Cincinnati, or, 326 Scott Blvd. Covington, KY

The Gift of Socially-Conscious Cosmetics

Launch Party is a hub for all things indie beauty. The best part? All of their products are women-owned, eco-friendly, cruelty-free, organic, vegan, and socially-good (say that five times fast). Launch Party puts a spotlight on emerging indie brands that started small with a founder and a dream. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all things beauty, you’re going to love what they have to offer.

Need help deciding? Dive into some of their gift guides, or check out their pop-up shop inside Wolf Pack at 1813 Elm St., in Over-the-Rhine.

The Gift of Everyday Streetwear

The Native Brand started as one man selling T-shirts out of his backpack and has transformed into a lifestyle brand popping up all over the Queen city – and the nation. From streetwear to lounge wear, The Native has a rad collection of snapbacks, beanies, hoodies, and more to gift those who like to kickback, relax and look good while doing it. 

View some of their favorites online.

Happy Shopping! 

Give the Gift of Your Local Favorites this Holiday Season

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Do you have a nearby craft brewery that makes your neighborhood a better place to live? Maybe you enjoy a weekly outing for a refreshing coffee drink at a local gem. Or you’ve enhanced your home with local crafts, décor, and unique treasures. All of the small businesses you enjoy in NKY need our help.

We’ve all been hit hard by COVID-19. There’s good news on the horizon—promising vaccines that will begin to put this pandemic behind us next year. But our local gems, the places that make Florence, Covington, Newport and all the other cities of our Northern Kentucky region such a special place to live and visit need our help surviving this winter and making it to 2021.

meetNKY has created a campaign, in collaboration with the OneNKY Alliance, which includes the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, called “Winter is Coming” to help those unique, local favorites make it through to the better days that lie ahead.  “Winter is Coming” calls on all of us to give the gift of our favorite things to do, places to eat, unique shopping opportunities and more for the holidays.

Put a BB Riverboats Dixieland Jazz Brunch Cruise under the tree for someone this year. Or a membership for the whole family to the Newport Aquarium. Did you know we have five Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour distilleries here in NKY and they all offer tours that include tastings? One of our most unique attractions, the Ark Encounter, draws visitors from all over the world—have your friends seen it yet? Give someone the best fried chicken in Kentucky, or the best Hot Brown, bourbon cocktail, dozen doughnuts, mac ‘n cheese, potstickers, bagels, Chicago-style pizza, tortas, sushi, IPA…we have too many unique bests to list them all! So many awesome stocking stuffers.

We’ve created a web page, nkyshoplocal.com, that lists inspiring ideas for your gift lists. It’s comprised of categories to get your gift planning wheels rolling: gift cards for coffee lovers, foodies, bourbon sippers, craft beer buds, pizza cravers, girls who need a girls’ night out, family fun, and more. This list is just a start! Buy a gift card from any local spot you love and help them make it to 2021.

From all of us here at meetNKY, thanks and Happy Holidays!