Circle Storage keeps scurrying pack rats organized with its endless rows of self-storage units, which protect assorted valuables within the comfy confinement of their clean, well-lit walls. Converse with the on-site management and choose between a standard unit and the cozy chill of a climate-controlled cavern. Security-gate access allows night owls to rendezvous with their collections of popsicle-stick birdcages under the moon, and 24-hour security surveillance ensures that no preserved bovine skeletons are looted by the Hamburglar. The inclusion of two moving boxes helps ensure the smoothness of the packing-away process, especially convenient for haphazard marble collections and uncontained vintage water.
Donning their whitest T-shirts, The Cincinnati Color Palooza participants gather for a 3-mile fun run through downtown Cincinnati, during which they’ll be doused in a rainbow of nontoxic powdered hues cast into the air by enthusiastic volunteers. At the end of the run, competitors are granted their own colored powders to lob at friends, race organizers, and black-and-white television sets sitting in their attics. Runners are encouraged to keep the celebration going at the nearby Cincinnati Pride festival in Sawyer Point Park, where there will be beer, live music, and family activities. Those looking to run for a good cause can create a fundraising page for Color Palooza’s charity partner, Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati Association for the Cure, which helps in the fight against breast cancer. The The Cincinnati Color Palooza is free for children 7 and younger.
The background can sometimes make or break a good photograph, but traveling miles and miles just to find a suitable backdrop can be time-consuming. Thankfully, Glutz Photography makes it easy to find a perfect shooting location—its 2.5-acre studio lot includes an outdoor portrait park, which features blooming gardens, tranquil woods, and even a waterfall. Against that stunning setting, photographers capture images of children, families, and newlyweds in vivid color. High-school senior portraits are one of the shop's specialties, and the photographers also have experience directing babies, using a gentle hand to guide themed sessions, such as "Baby Steps" or "Baby's First Contract Negotiation."
Inside HoneyBaked Ham, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.
To go with the meats, the kitchen whips up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
Recognized by Cincinnati Family magazine with a Best of Parenting 2011 award, Youthland Academy has been practicing a learning-by-doing philosophy for 30 years. At childcare sessions throughout the year, kids engage in age-appropriate educational programs that help preschoolers turn thought into language and middle schoolers reach their full potential. The full slate of programs are offered at nearly two-dozen locations across the Midwest and South.
SheLax Nail Studio may be new, but Maria Desembly has been in the nail business for more than 11 years. A background in health care directs Maria's gentle, hygienic touch as she tidies up the fingers and toes of both men and women. After filing, shaping, and buffing, she can outfit all 20 tappers with basic polish or safeguard their shine with acrylics or Shellac, which resists chips, nicks, and the urge to plunge into freshly frosted birthday cakes for far longer.