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News from Downtown - 02.04.21

Celebrate the opening of two new retail shops in the Central Business District this weekend. Stop in for the grand opening of Koko, a sustainable home and beauty products retailer, and its sister store Forage, a plant and home décor shop. The grand opening is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 318-320 West Fourth Street. Start your morning with a hot beverage at Deeper Roots Coffee, just down the street at 338 West Fourth Street, also celebrating its grand opening.

While you’re downtown on Saturday, sip on some wine and do some more shopping at a fun and locally themed pop-up shop at Corkopolis. This event features clothing retailer Down to Mars Vintage, paintings and illustrations by local artists Becca Stadtlander and Katie Baker, and handcrafted candles from Adam House. For something sweet, enjoy vegan chocolates from Ilan’s Raw Chocolates. The pop-up event is open from 1-5 p.m.   

Support local theater from the comfort of home with a virtual performance by Ensemble Theatre. Actors will be performing a dramatic reading of 20th Century Blues, a drama/comedy centered around a photographer, Danny, and her group of female friends, exploring their friendship that has lasted 40 years. The show will be streaming online through February 14. Tonight, Ensemble Theatre will host a live discussion with playwright Susan Miller at 7 p.m. These programs can be accessed through Ensemble Theatre’s new streaming platform, ETC on Demand.

Get some steps in ahead of those Superbowl Sunday treats and join local walking group Cincinnati Riverfront Volksmarch on Saturday morning. Each first Saturday of the month, the group meets at Moerlein Lager House to begin a 5k or 10k walk around the riverfront area, ending back at Moerlein Lager House to enjoy some local craft beers. For this month’s theme, participants are encouraged to wear football jerseys. Join the walk from 10 a.m.-noon, and make sure to bundle up for cold weather.

Speaking of the riverfront, Downtown Cincinnati’s Smale Riverfront Park was nominated for “Best Riverwalk” as part of the USA Today 2021 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. You can vote once per day until the competition closes on Feb. 15, so make sure to submit your vote for Smale Riverfront Park here. The top 10 winners will be announced on Feb. 26.

Finally, we should all be thinking about how we can support our favorite smalls businesses this winter season, to make sure they’re still here this spring. Stay tuned for a new initiative we’re launching Monday to help with that effort.

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