Food Access Update 10/17

Healthy Foods at Local Store

WLWT reported on a local business's efforts to provide healthy foods on a post-Kroger East McMillan St, and how Walnut Hills resident Nicole Jones and others have been affected by living in a food desert. Local business owner Gayle Givens referenced how she's moving her store, Zweets, to be more health-oriented by working with Center for Closing the Health Gap to have a produce display and cooler, ordering produce from North College Hill coop farm, Our Harvest, and providing space for local chef, Trinidad Mac-Auliffe, to offer her healthy fast food like collard wraps, hummus, and healthy juices. Healthy Outreach Coordinator Gary Dangel discusses our efforts to improve food access by having three farm stands throughout the week during the summer months in the full article from WLWT. 

 (picture above shot in Zweets at 1018 E. McMillan)
Food Access Update 10/17

Real Estate & Economic Development Update 10/17

We have been awarded a Duke Energy Urban Revitalization Grant to help our efforts around food access and economic development!  

"Urban Revitalization catalyst grants given to projects that will reduce blight and building vacancies, create jobs, and increase business retention/expansion and workforce training opportunities...Program aims to spur additional economic development activities in the community...Duke Energy has issued $1.88 million in grants to 58 projects in Ohio and Kentucky since the redevelopment program launched in 2011"

Take a look at the full article on Duke Energy's website.


Have you walked down East McMillan lately? Tucked between the Dr. Dillard building and the Yvette Simpson headquarters, the "Comfort Station" building is undergoing renovations and rehabilitation to restore the building for future use! More project updates to follow as the building makes headway. 









Meet us on November 2nd at 2:30 for a groundbreaking ceremony! You'll hear from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and project leaders on the future of this iconic building. 

Facebook event page here.


Real Estate & Economic Development Update 10/17

Real Estate & Economic Development Update 9/17

The historic Paramount Building at the corner of Gilbert Avenue and East McMillan will be undergoing renovations as early as October 2017! Read the article by WLWT for a closer look inside. 






Trevarren Flats will be welcoming a new tenant: sneaker retailer, "The Cure"! Take a look at this Business Journal article (subscription warning) and their social media page here. 

Covington barbershop Cutman Barbershop has announced their plans to open  second location in Walnut Hills, specifically in the old Louis meat-packing building! Take a look at their kickstarter video below. 

Real Estate & Economic Development Update 9/17

Creative Placemaking Update 9/17

Creative Placemaking: Festivals, Murals, and Councils


...was a success! Thank you to all of our partners, especially Woodforest Bank, for making this festival one of the best ones yet. At our 6th annual festival, we heard live music from The Tillers, Native Sun, and Kim Taylor (you can see their profiles on one of our homepage posts), and tasted food from Cincinnati food trucks and MORTAR Cincinnati food entrepreneurs. We've got more pictures up on our Facebook, so check us out @walnuthills !


This new mural is one of the productions of our Artist Researcher project. Check out the full article here by Local 12 to hear about this new mural across from Parkside Cafe!

Recruiting for Youth Council: Leaders and Youth!

We're looking for dedicated adults to lead a youth group in Walnut Hills, and youth for them to lead! Spread the word and contact our Community Outreach Coordinator Aprina Johnson at or (513) 704-5580.

Creative Placemaking Update 9/17