On Local Intrigue

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One never knows what encounters lie ahead when strolling through the city.

Batsakes is one of the few custom hat makers remaining in the US (for those who want to know more about this local treasure, here’s a short video)


Because of Larry Flynt’s (of Hustler Magazine fame) love affair with local law enforcement, there is a Hustler Store … Did you see the movie?


This is what happens to old location of a major department store … What has happened to old department store buildings in your area?


The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (with its main location in city center) dates back to 1853


For those who watch Shark Tank, these guys won … but have since sold off


Cincinnati had Kings Records back in the days of vinyl recordings, but I didn’t know about this studio


Cincinnati has a minor league hockey team (Cyclones) and a love for pigs … meet Puck Chop …


… but in Cincinnati, baseball is king.

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Meet John Roebling and his bridge – The Roebling Bridge – the prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge


What do you think this is?



49 thoughts on “On Local Intrigue

  1. What a great post, Frank. That library fountain is fantastic! Love it.
    Roebling Bridge is a beauty, for sure.
    Your love for your city shines through loud and clear….
    As for that last one, I love the play of the clouds reflected but have no idea what that could be as I’ve not yet had the chance to visit your lovely city.

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    • Dale,
      I remember the day I took many of these. I was downtown by myself – (maybe for Opening Day festivities) – and I walked a lot with my eyes wide open. The bridge pic was a different day, but I thought of you seeing the Brooklyn Bridge when I included it in this post. Thanks for sharing your favorite pic – and the clouds on the glass front of a building are awesome!


  2. I used to see a lot of downtown when I was younger. I would park in the Shillitos garage and meet my “future” wife for lunch and a stroll through town. Life gets busy, we move around, and things change. I remember some of these spots and more. One of my early memories is the first time I went to Crosley field. Thanks for the tour.

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    • Gary,
      To me, all city centers have so much to see – well, from those who take time to look. From a buildings architecture, to something on the façade to the lobby to a light fixture in that building – and this is just one building! Let alone statues, locations, plaques, murals, and more. I imagine you also people-watched on Fountain Square. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Fun and interesting post, Frank. I love that library book fountain! There are several old department stores/building in Center City Philadelphia. Wanamaker’s was one of the first department stores in the U.S. People used to meet there at the Eagle statue in the center. I’m not sure if that’s still there or not, but they still do the Christmas light show and have one of the largest organs around–but now it’s a Macy’s.The Lit Brothers building that used to house a department store is a beautiful building that now has other stores and offices.

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  4. Wonderful tidbits from your Cincinnati grab bag, however, looking at your first photo, I expected to scroll down to something like:

    “It was the Octoberfest weekend and I was working security at Music Hall . . . . A dark night in the city that keeps its secrets, where one guy is still trying to find the answers to life’s persistent questions — Guy Noir, Private Eye.”

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    • Marc,
      The fountain seems to be the big winner in this collection. Wow … I’m impressed that you’ve visited a Tom & Chee. They had a good idea, but weren’t business guys – so they didn’t handle expansion well – but they still have several locations here. It’s been a while, so I need to return!

      Signing Miley was good for the Reds. Solid starters – still need to improve the pen – thus another bat – especially with questions on the outfield corners.

      BTW – left you a message on Susannah’s post.

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      • They inspired me to try different grilled cheese sandwiches on my own. I think it was after visiting one that I made a grilled brie and raspberry jam sammy.

        The Reds are working it, they’re not just standing still.

        Did you now?

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  5. Cincinnati is a grand old city and I wish that more old historic buildings and structures were kept and re-purposed. My small hometown, unfortunately, has more urban removal than urban renewal and is now just a shell of its former self.

    John Roebling’s son, Washington A. Roebling, served as an engineer for Union forces during the Civil War (not so civil at all) and, with his wife, completed the Brooklyn Bridge for which the one in Cincinnati served as a prototype.

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    • C-A-L,
      The demise of small cities is sad. Renewal is difficult, requires money and creativity. BTW – While one a tour in NYC, a guide stated the Brooklyn Bridge was the first of its kind. I groaned.


    • Sylvia,
      The demise of department stores is a sad tale. Downtown Cincinnati no longer has any – but when I arrived in the late 70s, there were 3 or 4. Sad that has also happened in South Africa. Thanks for sharing your fav!

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  6. Great post! Like others, I love the library fountain.

    We used to have a very well-known hat maker here in Durango. As a Victorian tourist destination, our historic buildings really shine.

    I really enjoyed all these photos. Wonderful city. Do you remember the TV show “WKRP in Cincinnati”? I loved it.

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  7. You are sharing your love of Cincinnati, and making all of us shine with respect and admiration. Just the library’s fountain alone would be worth a trip. I LOVE it! Cloud’s refection on the building is a good sign as well – shows that buildings aren’t so tight so that a refection is possible! You also show us the “bridge of possibilities” – that’s what I think of when I look at the statue and the bridge behind it. All wonderful.

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  8. I think that cloud abstract reflections is awesome / and I like the Roebling sculpture – has movement and energy to it.
    And some of our old stores -and buildings (in Richmond Virginia) are now lofts too –
    Fun post, Frank


  9. Frank, your local intrigue is very intriguing!
    Love the hat maker, your library & the arena filled up! Great fans!
    I feel sick after the grilled cheese donut, but yet, the intrigue!
    Never mind old department stores, also old factories, warehouses… the Weston Bakery….all lofts! For an easy half mil, you can score 600 sq. ft., but not downtown….. in the burbs.

    Is it a skyscraper?

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  10. I love libraries, and I’m glad you included the photo of the public library. I would be a “regular.” And I do love old buildings that represent a city’s history. Of course Los Angeles’s history doesn’t go back too far, but many of the beautiful Art Deco department store buildings have survived and have been repurposed as office buildings or loft apartments. Every city has a story and It’s enjoyable visiting Cincinnati through your generous tour. 😊

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    • Debra,
      Every place does have a history … so well stated. Earlier this year I read a book about many of the buildings in the city that are no more. Interesting – and one that many have no idea about. At least I now know a little.

      Meanwhile, seems the library fountain pic is the overwhelming favorite. I think I got lucky with the photo.


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