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Grand opening of new Jim’s Fine Wine & Spirits coming soon, Alfonse Mele named general manager

With its grand opening around the corner this spring, Jim’s Fine Wine & Spirits has brought in the talent it needs to kick off the new wine and liquor store on Dixie Highway in Fort Mitchell. The new general manager, Alfonse Mele, is well-known throughout Northern Kentucky and brings with him over two decades of experience in the wine and liquor business. Alfonse Mele “Everywhere I go, people...

DBL Law celebrates signing, placement of final beam in new headquarters, Covington Monarch Building

The downtown Covington headquarters of DBL Law has taken a major step toward completion with the installation of the final steel beam on the project, an $11.3 million refurbishment of the historic Monarch Building. The installation of the beam – which has been signed by construction workers, DBL law employees and local government, business, civic and philanthropic leaders – was celebrated...

Chamber announces finalists for annual Business Impact Awards to be presented virutally May 19, 20

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) has announced the finalists for its annual Business Impact Awards, presented by Huntington Bank. The awards celebration that honors the region’s top businesses will take place virtually on Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20 from noon to 1 p.m. The Business Impact Awards recognize businesses – small and large, new and long-standing...

BBB: Spring cleaning should include closets, basements, garages — and PASSWORDS

New season, new password. Springtime traditionally inspires people to clean out their closets. But this year, there are areas that require cleanup that may be overlooked — such as digital devices. Many people are still working from home, making the recent focus on cybersecurity and protecting sensitive information as critical as ever. BBB reminds everyone that when it’s time to clean out physical...

Twin Peaks open in Florence, providing ultimate game day experience, made-from-scratch food

Twin Peaks – the ultimate game day experience – has touched down in the Blue Grass State to start serving its delicious made-from-scratch food and ice-cold beer to the Florence community. Located at 6835 Houston Road, the 9,100-square-foot sports lodge features 60+ massive TVs so guests won’t miss a minute of any local rivalry or primetime matchup. Start your Twin Peaks experience with made-from-scratch...

Lack of inventory, rising interest rates dampen hot housing market; pending home sales dip nationally

The low inventory in Kentucky’s housing market, along with slowly rising mortgage interest rates, is finally influencing the sales boom we have experienced since May of 2020. February closings topped out at 3,484, up just below 2% from February of 2020 (3,424). Nationally, pending home sales dipped for a second straight month in February, according to the National Association of Realtors. Each...

The Takeoff: Exploring entrepreneurship and startups throughout Northern Kentucky; hold on for the ride

By Brit Fitzpatrick Executive Director, Blue North Prepare for The Takeoff. As the Executive Director of Blue North, an organization that empowers and serves startups and small businesses throughout the eight counties of Northern Kentucky, I’m excited to share the entrepreneurial spirit of our region with you. Northern Kentucky is home to a wealth of ideas as well as tech accelerators, incubators...

Chamber, Education Council honors students, educators, business leaders at Excellence event

Local educators, administrators, students, and families overcame countless challenges during the 2020-21 school year. On May 5, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Northern Kentucky Education Council will honor the region’s outstanding students, educators, community partners, and business leaders whose steadfast commitment to education was essential in a year unlike any other.     Presented...

Gasoline demand continues to grow as pump prices fluctuate; KY sees four cent increase on the week

The laws of supply and demand continue to be the story behind fluctuating gas prices across the country, including Kentucky. Gasoline demand measured 8.9 million barrels per day in the Energy Administration’s (EIA) latest weekly report, up nearly 4% from the week prior. Because of the jump in demand, gasoline supplies tightened to 230.5 million barrels, the lowest level this year. As a result, state...

Re-opening of Piper’s Ice Cream Bar in Mainstrasse is Friday — new frozen treats, adult beverages, more

Piper’s Café in Mainstrasse will be reopening as Piper’s Ice Cream Bar, offering a new menu that includes alcoholic beverages as well as new frozen treats and artisanal coffee drinks. How about this ice cream sandwich? Piper’s will be reopening on Friday, April 9, with special opening weekend hours of noon – 11 p.m.. Friday night will feature live music from Kyle Knapp on the venue’s family-friendly...

NKY Chamber presents its Community Award to Greater Cinci/NKY African American chamber

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) recently honored the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) with its NKY Community Award, recognizing the organization’s 25th anniversary of service to businesses in the region. Since 1996, the African American Chamber has leveraged partnerships and collaborated with organizations and supplier diversity...

CBC presents Tri-ED’s Lee Crume on Changing Face of Urban/Suburban Development on April 15

It was nearly two years ago when CBC introduced the new CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, Lee Crume who has led the organization through a major transformation and shift in approach to economic development and entrepreneurship. As real estate needs and land use are evolving Tri-Ed’s is providing a concerted effort to jointly plan for development in communities across the three counties. This year...

Keven Moore: April and May bring rain and flowers and the prime time for tornadoes; some helpful tips

It is that time of the year again where we must be on the lookout for severe storms and tornados. Tornados can occur throughout the entire year, but April & May is prime time season for tornados. Today tornado type weather can be forecasted out days in advance and you can usually tell just how bad a ban of severe weather is going to become by learning that the Weather Channel has sent in a reporter. A...

Neighborhood herbalist Rachel Eten builds new business on a foundation of holistic health

By Kim Kobersmith Special to NKyTribune Rachel Eten’s interest in natural healing began when she was a girl and her mother became ill. She watched as her mother engaged the help of a holistic practitioner, made strict dietary changes, and returned to full health. Rachel Etan foraging for fresh herbs in the forest on her Cold Spring farm. (Photo provided) When Eten, as a teenager, began modeling...

Bob’s Original Sweeper Shop celebrates 50th anniversary in Erlanger, has opened more locations

For 50 years, Bob’s Original Sweeper Shop has been doing a dirty business in Erlanger. Since 1971, the sweeper shop that Ron Kirkwood started in a former house that sat on a hill overlooking Dixie Highway has served customers from Erlanger, Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. There have been plenty of changes over the last five decades. Bob and Bonnie Bob Kirkwood and his wife, Bonnie, eventually...