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Venue Spotlight

Spotlight – Artichoke OTR

Artichoke is a curated cooking store offering the basics as well as unique and classic pieces not available elsewhere. In addition, the store offers cooking classes as well as special private events. The building was carefully renovated to create the store in limited space on the street and basement levels.. The external staircase access two condos above.

Design Lab is a furniture and lighting showroom offering a wide range of products that are designed regionally but fabricated in Europe. The staff offers interior design services to assist those who want to create truly unique residential environments.

Uptown Arts and School for Creative and Performing Arts

Uptown Arts offers free arts education classes to inner city children. Funded by the Rosenthal Foundation, they offer classes in both the visual and performing arts. Students must be between 5 and 11 years old and apply to participate. The building is a former cigar manufacturing facility, and the manufacturing character has been preserved creating a studio-like environment.

The School for Creative and Performing Arts is the first K-12 arts school in the US funded using both public and private resources. The 1,400 students engage in both academic and artistic education. The building’s 3 theaters provide a range of performance space options and range from the 750-seat Corbett Theater to the 125-seat black box theater.

Union Hall

Union Hall is a co-working site supported by the Cincinnati Business Committee and is home to 3 organizations, Cintrifuse, The Brandery, and CincyTech. Focused on the creative class, the facility seeks to create and foster the next generation of entrepreneurs in Cincinnati.  It is located in the historic building that once served as shared meeting space for multiple labor unions and later became a beer garden and dance hall.


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A359 is an architectural firm that specializes in retail design.  Occupying a storefront along the streetcar line, the firm created an open and collaborative space to support their creative activities.

Architects Plus recently relocated to a Samuel Hannaford building on Sycamore.  They designed their space to showcase the original building structure while lightly touching the building with the new construction.

Platte Architecture + Design is responsible for many of the current renovation projects in OTR, and they chose to occupy a space overlooking Findlay Market to be integrated with the community.  Their interior was custom designed and fabricated using repurposed materials and thematic elements that relate to OTR.

M+A Architects is a Columbus based firm that moved their Clifton office to OTR to be more centrally located and engaged with this growing community.  Their office is designed to support collaboration and communication with their clients as they develop housing and community projects.