J. Gumbo's summons the spices and flavors of Cajun cooking, dishing out chili and po' boys inspired by Louisiana classics. Start with the crawfish-cheese dip, a crawfish étouffée topped with cheddar cheese and served with tortilla chips ($5.50) or sink spoons into gumbo, a slow-cooked roux-based soup tweaked with onions, bell peppers, chicken, and andouille sausage ($6.50). Like a wizard with a wand made of taffy, the Voodoo chicken ($6.50) casts a spell on taste buds, highlighting slow-cooked poultry drizzled with spicy Cajun tomato sauce and vegetarians can make a meat-free meal of the white chili—white beans mingled with stewed tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and dill ($6.50). The classic po' boy sandwiches weigh down the plate like a freight truck on a bicycle kickstand and include the Jean Lafitte po' boy, an open-faced french bread nestled beneath Bumblebee stew, Voodoo chicken, cheese, jalapeños, and sour cream ($6.50).
With more than 15 locations nationwide, Wine and Canvas commissions accomplished artists to spread the joy of painting during informal painting classes. These talented brush wielders guide students of all abilities through a landscape, portrait, or abstract artwork via step-by-step instructions. Though each Wine and Canvas location is home to an art studio, the classes are taught in students’ living rooms or at local hot spots—many of which mix up tasty drink specials during classes. Instructors provide their artists-in-training with all the supplies they need to create eye-catching masterpieces, from paints and canvases to Ouija boards with a direct line to van Gogh. Though adult painting classes are Wine and Canvas’s bread and butter, they also help little ones unleash their creativity and satisfy their sweet tooth with Cookies and Canvas classes.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes opened The Little Gym based on his new take on physical education. His curriculum emphasized motivating children to achieve instead of pressuring them to win. As a result, The Little Gym became a noncompetitive, positive, nurturing environment where young ones could develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Since then, Little Gyms have sprouted up across the country. Enter Kevin and Page Helmick. Kevin and Page's passion for working with children stirred the duo to open their own Little Gym locations in Liberty Township and Mason. Parents of two young boys, Kevin and Page captain a talented staff of childcare professionals and instructors that is as passionate about childhood development as they are. The programs and classes they teach aim to help kids develop skills such as rhythm and coordination, and kids camps during winter, spring, and summer breaks prevent children from creating finger paintings that express the existential ennui they feel when school is out of session. The gym's classes, camps, and childcare programs have earned this location the Best Children's Play award from Cincinnati Family Magazine.