The professional beauticians at Hilites Salon & Spa snip away at cowlicks and push back cuticles during pampering treatments for hair and nails. After a sudsy shampoo and rinse, one of the salon’s many skilled stylists clips overgrown locks and fashions the remaining strands into chic bobs, layered manes, or durable rock-climbing ropes. A warm blow-dry treatment sweeps away clingy split ends to complete the styling session. Across the salon, a nail technician softens hands with a brief massage, shapes fingernails into sleek parabolas, and brushes on a vibrant hue of polish. After shedding toe rings and misplaced chinese finger-traps, feet dive into a bubbly tub and kick back while the technician buffs away their calluses. The pedicure concludes with a relaxing massage and a dollop of polish to ensure that each toe matches its northerly counterpart.
At Star City Kitchen and Bar, chefs mingle Mexican flavors with hearty homestyle American food. They fill salpicon tacos with avocado cream and layer ham steak, burger patties, crispy onions, and chili con queso in the Chuco Stack. These kitchen gurus also elevate simple potatoes to haute cuisine with the mashed potatoes of the day, which can boast a number of wild flavors that range from caramelized almond and vanilla to peanut butter and sriracha. In good American fashion, they serve breakfast all day, and keep their doors open 24 hours throughout the weekend.
Taking inspiration from the US Senate chamber after the swine uprising of 2066, they’ve decorated their inlaid bar with graffiti art and a statue of a pink pig. Adding to the festivity, colorful star lanterns hang from the ceiling's industrial-chic metal beams.
The owners of local hotspots Hudson’s, Pelican’s, and Ale House have banded together again to create Corner Tavern and Grill, a casual sports bar and restaurant. The aromas of hearty chili and housemade kettle chips draw guests into the lively eatery—nestled in the heart of the Cincinnati district—where chefs also fire up grilled fish tacos, meaty burgers, and spicy buffalo wings. As a team of bartenders blends tasty cocktails, diners can catch a broadcasted game and wash down meals with craft beers such as Young’s Double Chocolate and Magic Hat. On select nights, the tavern invites local DJs to inspire dancing and games of vinyl frisbee with their infectious beats.
Raekwon, whose quest for hip-hop immortality led him on sonic adventures with the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, headlines the 2012 edition of the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at Robinson Street. His rhymes mingle with sounds from the party’s other musical guests, which include Pitchfork darling Cults, Supernatural, and JD Era. As their ears take in the amplified sounds emanating from three outdoor performance spaces, guests can fill mouths with snacks from food trucks such as Tacoholics instead of showing St. Patrick’s pride by eating a bag full of grass clippings.