Neighborhood: Over the Rhine
City: Cincinnati, Ohio
My Home: Two-bedroom apartment in a historic district
Over the Rhine was once the densest area in the United States and has remained largely in tact since the 19th Century. It is now the center of art and culture in Cincinnati and it full of beautiful homes, galleries, restaurants, shops, and theaters. Exploring this area is a must for any visitors to Cincinnati — it has an urban fabric that can be seen in very few places any more.
Nick's Guide to Over the Rhine
1. Favorite Neighborhood Home Store
PARK + VINE: 1202 Main Street
Open 6:30 am to 9 pm weekdays, 8 am to 9 pm Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm Sunday
2. Go-to Shop for Gifts
MiCA: 12/v (corner of 12th & Vine)
From their site: "A Cincinnati based, family owned and operated independent shop since July, 2003"
3. Best Vintage Shop, Thrift Store, or Flea Market
4. Favorite Bookstore
5. Favorite Coffee Shop, Café, or Restaurant
LAVOMATIC: 1211 Vine Street
Café and wine bar
6. Best Hardware/Paint Store
ROHS: 1403 Vine Street
A True Value hardware store
7. Best Place to Pick Up Groceries
FINDLAY MARKET: 1801 Race Street
From their site: "Open Tuesday through Sunday, Findlay Market is home year-around to about two dozen indoor merchants"
8. Best Place to Buy Flowers
9. Best Neighborhood Park
10. Best Spot to Take Visitors
MUSIC HALL: 1241 Elm Street
From their site: "This Cincinnati showpiece has been renovated and updated and includes what is judged to be among the best and most beautiful concert theaters in the world."