The hottest place at the Banks? Howl at the Moon/Splitsville Luxury Lanes


Feel like bowling but also want to hear some awesome music?  Looking for a fun place to go on a night out that can keep you on your feet while your toes are tapping?  Then look no further than Howl at the Moon/Splitsville Luxury Lanes!

On one hand, you’ve got your bowling at Splitsville: 8 luxury lanes that can hold up to 8 bowlers each, and boasts indoor and outdoor seating.  It’s high energy fun in a comfortable atmosphere, and you’re welcome to just drop in or make a reservation (as long as it’s 24 hours in advance).  While bowling you can enjoy their full menu: the motto is, “Eat Like a King, Bowl Like a Champ.”  And they aren’t kidding!  Start with wings, sliders, two kinds of nachos or some French fries and chive dip, then move on to fresh sushi, pizza, sandwiches and salads.  There is definitely something for every palate!  Bowling will fire up your thirst, so check out the amazing cocktail menu – and take note, you can order that fancy drink in a variety of sizes: how about an 86 oz Blue Margarita?  Now THAT’s a drink!

So you can bowl, but you can also sing and dance: it’s the trifecta of entertainment!  Howl at the Moon provides a high-energy, live entertainment experience Wednesday through Saturday nights; it’s a party with all the best dance hits that will keep you dancing in between throwing strikes!  Everything from classics to today’s hits can be heard from the live band, and no matter what lane you’re on in Splitsville, you can see the show.

Howl at the Moon/Splitsville Luxury Lanes is the best place in town for your special event as well.  They can host anywhere from 8 to 880 people in their 16,000-square foot facility, so whether it’s an intimate birthday party or a full-size holiday extravaganza, this place has you covered!  There are so many options for your event to choose from; the website, has floor plans and menus for you to explore, and if you have questions just call Abigail at (513)421-2695, ext. 2, for more information.  The holidays are coming up fast, so book soon if you want to throw the best office party in town!

If you’d like to hit a special event but not throw it yourself, Howl at the Moon/Splitsville Luxury Lanes also hosts their own events; Black Friday at the Moon, on Friday, November 24th, will feature great drink specials to help you recover from shopping, and their New Year’s Eve Party is totally hopping with a variety of packages you can choose from to ring in the New Year.

The Banks is one of the coolest places in Cincinnati, and Howl at the Moon/Splitsville Luxury Lanes is definitely the highlight.  Drop by, bowl a few games, listen to awesome music, knock back a tasty drink while dining on fabulous food and have yourself the best night out ever at Howl at the Moon/Splitsville Luxury Lanes!

Art Beyond Boundaries presents ‘Changing Perceptions: Peace by Piece’


Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery invites you to attend the opening reception of our 12th annual inclusive show, “CHANGING PERCEPTIONS: PEACE BY PIECE” on Friday, November 17, 2016 from 6 to 9 pm. The Changing Perceptions series, which features the work of artists with and without disabilities, has continually grown in popularity as one of the regions’ most vibrant fine art exhibits. The exhibition will last until Friday, January 12, 2018.

Join us at Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery for this special occasion. Experience the original art and meet featured artists. Art Beyond Boundaries will have a variety of paintings, sculptures, photography, and other media. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Admission is free.

Art Beyond Boundaries provides a professional, mainstream fine arts exhibition venue for artists with disabilities, located at 1410 Main Street in the historic Over-the-Rhine arts district. For more information, visit, “friend” or “follow” the gallery on FaceBook and Twitter, and/or contact the gallery at 513-421-8726.

Famous Indianapolis deli comes to Cincinnati


Great deli?  This is not New York, you’re thinking.  Where could there be great deli in Cincinnati?  Well, now that Indianapolis’ Shapiro’s Delicatessen has come to town, Cincinnati finally has its world-class deli!

Shapiro’s has been a fan favorite in Indianapolis since 1905, run by four generations of Shapiros who pride themselves on buying the best possible meats and produce from their neighbors and nearby businesses.  With the best sandwiches and other deli-style offerings, Shapiro’s has always been a restaurant of integrity and honesty.  While the deli isn’t kosher, it reflects the Jewish deli tradition in everything it serves, right down to the pickles.  The menu is loaded with classic deli sandwiches, traditional entrees, soups, salads, and fabulous desserts as well as the side dishes you expect, such as potato pancakes, potato salad and cole slaw.  There’s so much on the menu, it’s hard to choose!

And if you want to bring Shapiro’s to your next gathering, they do catering.  Box lunches, party trays and even buffet options: no matter what your event needs, Shapiro’s has it.  You can’t go wrong with a huge platter of corned beef, right?

Located in the Crossings of Blue Ash, Shapiro’s Delicatessen has hit Cincinnati and it’s a dining experience you can’t pass up.  Drop by, get a nosh and be a part of the tradition!


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There’s nothing like fresh bread…or fresh sweets.  Are your taste buds watering for something yeasty and delicious?  Look no further than Breadsmith, located on Michigan Avenue in Hyde Park.

Breadsmith only uses the finest natural ingredients for all their artisan breads and sweets.  From their daily selections like French Baguette, Ciabatta and Sourdough to their specialties like Cinnamon Buns, Dessert Breads and Scones, everything is made from scratch in their 5-ton European hearth stone oven.  In addition to their daily offerings, Breadsmith has daily, weekly and monthly specials for your enjoyment.  You can also call in your order for pick up – what a great way to be stocked up on fresh bread and treats for the week!

To see all daily and monthly goodies, go to the calendar… and click on the calendar link.  Many goodies are in store, so get your bread knife ready!

While we are open Tues. through Sunday, we will be adjusting to winter hours starting November 1st. Sunday is the only day that will change and we’ll be closing at 3 p.m. until further notice. Drop by for a fresh loaf of bread, a cup of locally roasted coffee, a variety of sweets or the daily special now.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we can’t wait to make all your favorites. Those of you who remember from last year, it can be quite hectic around here. We’ve got orders stacked on orders and piles of Turkey shaped bread. Please be kind to us by placing your orders no later than November 19th, the Sunday prior to the holiday, by 3 p.m.


Architects of Air 11

BLINK, the nation’s largest light and art event, transforms Cincinnati, October 12-15. The event spans more than 20 city blocks from Cincinnati’s vibrant riverfront through its central business district and historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, illuminating a U.S. city like never before.

As with popular international light festivals such as Vivid Sydney, Lumiere London and Germany’s Luminale, hundreds of pioneering local, national and international artists are commissioned to unleash their creativity and engage event-goers with magical, light-based experiences. Buildings will become light spectacles, wall murals will come to life through light animation, and through an immersive experience, BLINK will define Cincinnati as an innovative, inclusive and creative future city.

BLINK highlights include:

• An opening night light parade, Thursday, October 12, 7 p.m. around Cincinnati’s Washington Park.

• Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will depict “What Freedom Means” based on submissions from a nationwide student art contest.

• Some of the world’s most popular and acclaimed street artists, including Ana Maria (Puerto Rico), Roa (Belgium), Bicicleta Sam Freio (Brazil), D*Face (UK), Demsky (Spain), Ernest Zacharevic  (Lithuania) and Saner (Mexico), will create nine new murals on Cincinnati’s Pleasant Street.

• Dozens of interactive light installations from illuminated seesaws and a 40-foot-wide LED peacock to a “pool” of touch pads that emit light based on user steps, and more.

• Architects of Air, a giant, walk-through sculpture and luminarium complete with tunnels and domes for exploring (There is a $5 charge for this attraction only)

BLINK is free and open to the public, and will run 7:15p.m.-midnight each night of the four-night event. BLINK is accessible by foot, the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar and the Red Bike bike-sharing system.

BLINK is produced by Cincinnati-based Agar, ArtWorks, Brave Berlin, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

Learn more about BLINK at

The Ohio Renaissance Festival is NOT to be missed!


Have you ever been to the Ohio Renaissance Festival?  If not, you have no idea what you’ve been missing!  From the food to the entertainment to the atmosphere, this is an event you have got to try.

Located in Waynesville, OH, the Ohio Renaissance Festival is open Saturdays and Sundays until October 29, 10:30am to 6:00pm, all on a 30-acre permanent village that has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England. The festival features nearly 100 shows daily on 12 stages, so it’s hard to choose what to see first!  You can witness dueling swordsmen or daring fire jugglers amongst the strolling minstrels, or take in the hilarious Mudde Show or pull up a stool at the Aleing Knight Pub for music that’ll get your toes tapping.  As you wander the quaint village of Willy-Nilly, you can mingle with the “locals” and you might even catch sight of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth strolls the paths.  Of course, nothing beats a full-armored joist!  Those hard hits are delivered three times each day by the gallant knights and gorgeous steeds of the Knights of Valour.

The Artisan Marketplace is definitely a don’t-miss. The Ohio Renaissance Festival is home to one of the largest and most unique open-air Marketplaces in Ohio, with unique shoppes that bring to mind the ambiance and charm of a time over 400 years ago. There are over 150 master artisans and craftsmen from all over the country, who love to demonstrate the lost art of their crafts.  In fact, all craft items must be handmade and meet specific criteria to be allowed to be featured at the festival.  Glassblowing, candle making, stone carvers, boot makers, pottery, stained glass and more await you in the Marketplace.

Got the kids with you?  Of course you do!  They’ll love all the different rides and games available, and adults can enjoy them too!  Take a try at the Jacob’s Ladder or the Storm the Castle Climbing Tower, then see if you can take on the Barrel of Bedlam!

All that shopping, playing and being entertained makes you hungry.  And that’s good – because there is so much to choose from to eat at the Ohio Renaissance Festival!  Traditional festival eats like roasted turkey legs, roasted corn on the cob, ice cream and bratwurst abound, plus new favorites like Middle Eastern falafel and shawarma to a travelling menu inspired by Marco’s travels west on the silk road, featuring vegetarian fried rice.  It might take you all day, but you’ve got to sample it all!

Tickets are available at the gate or online; go to for ticket pricing, directions and all the information you need to make your day at the Ohio Renaissance Festival the best adventure ever.