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More Chorus Lines

If our chorus guide from the May 2012 issue inspired you, check out three more local vocal groups:

More Hidden Cincinnati

Thrift Stores
No one wants to give away her favorite thrift spots, but some secrets are meant to be shared. Take the 4th Street Boutique, for instance. This resale shop with locations downtown and in College Hill benefits Dress for Success Cincinnati. We’re especially partial to the downtown location’s Bargain Basement, which we’ve hit with great success (Ellen Tracy pencil skirt, BB Dakota blazer) on half-off day. The Seven Hills School Resale Shop is stocked with donations from Seven Hills families, and we’ve found wonderful vintage treasures there, including beaded cardigans from the 1950s. Another vintage hotspot, Casablanca Vintage, has blossomed under new owners Manny Hernandez, Teddy Aitkens, and Sky White. So get your shop on. 135 W. Fourth St., downtown (513) 651-3372, 4thstreetboutique.com; 5400 Red Bank Rd., Madisonville, (513) 271-7977, 7hills.org/podium/default.aspx?t=46052; 3994 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, (513) 541-6999, casablancavintage.com

What’s It Worth Extra

In the February issue, we showcased four items that the experts we interviewed had saved from the junk heap or had identified as possible to find squirreled away. We called them "Holy Grail" and "Hidden Gem" items. Below you'll find the stories of eight more objects that you might find hidden away.

How We Did It

How did we come up with the rankings for the 50 best pizzas in Cincinnati? First, we started with a list of 72 pizza hotspots. We decided that we would not include national or regional delivery chains like Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Papa John’s, or Donatos. (Local chains with 10 or more locations and/or locations in states other than Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana were broken out on a separate, unranked list.) Dining Editor Donna Covrett came up with the score system and the criteria: Evaluating the crust on its execution and flavor; the sauce, cheese, and toppings on their amount and flavor; the presentation; and the overall effect could net a perfect score of 50. Armed with score sheets (example above) staff tasters dispersed to the seven hills, then returned to crunch the numbers. Once the rough ranking was determined, we arranged a final round of tasting with the whole team, bringing the top 13 contenders into our office for a final showdown. In that final round, scores from all tasters were averaged; scores for the remainder of the list were proportionally adjusted to come up with the final rankings, which appear in the November issue.

Harvest Calendar

Attention chefs, home cooks, and lovers of all things fresh: Need to know when your favorite fruits and vegetables are at their peak? This simple guide tells you when local farmers are harvesting their bounty. Dig in.      


12612 Turley Lane, Hillsboro, cedarmorefarm@tdisp.com
What: Pasture-raised meats and eggs; organically grown produce; pies, jams, pickled veggies, and bread
Cost: 12-week summer share, $144; 10-week fall share, $140
Pick up: Ten locations including Batavia, Covington, and Oakley

How Donna Does It

You’ve read “Where to Eat Now” for four years (and our Top 25 list before that) and you’ve wondered how this list comes together. Maybe you have your own ideas about how it’s created: “She just picks her favorites.” “You have to advertise to get on the list.” “ The restaurants give her free food and drinks.” (Let’s bust those myths right up front: Donna’s not exactly playing favorites; advertising has nothing to do with the list; and we pay our own way, thanks.) Here’s the real scoop on how Dining Editor Donna Covrett comes up with the best.

Pediatrics, General

Stephen Bird Group Health Associates, 9070 Winton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231, (513) 522-7600 Christopher Cunha Pediatric Associates of Northern Kentucky, 2865 Chancellor Dr., #225, Crestview Hills, KY 41017, (859) 341-5400 Otilia Fernandez Liberty Sharonville Pediatrics, 11258 Lebanon Rd., Cincinnati,...

Pediatric Specialties

Adolescent medicine Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Ave., ML 4000, Cincinnati, OH 45229, (513) 636-8580