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2016 Star Awards Winners

Future Leaders OTR, Taft's Ale House, OTR Community Housing, Mortar, Woodward Theater

Chairperson's Award; Mortar— They encourage non-traditional entrepreneurs by connecting gifts and talents with resources and knowledge, in order to positively participate in the rise of Cincinnati!

Norma Petersen Arts and Culture Award; The Woodward— This venue has continued to serve as a catalyst for the business district through diverse programming, where Greater Cincinnati residents and out-of-town music lovers can routinely travel to OTR for dinner in the neighborhood, followed by a show at the Woodward!

Property Development of the Year; Chatfield College— Chatfield searched for a new Cincinnati location, but chose to stay in OTR to remain central and to continue to serve the community. They opened their newly renovated OTR Campus in August 2015 which boasts modern classrooms, state-of-the-art science lab, and the most current technology available!

New Business of the Year; Sundry + Vice— In less than a year, the Sundry cocktail/bar has ascended the ranks of the top cocktail bars in the city, and has been named to the "Best Of" lists in CityBeat, Cincinnati Magazine, and Cincinnati Refined.

Business of the Year; The Transept— This historic German gothic church was fully transformed and opened its doors in October 2015. The combination of stunning design, classical significance, and reimagined purpose gives those who experience the Transept a truly unforgettable experience!

Individual Contribution of the Year; The Red Door Project— Barbara Hauser receives the Individual Contribution award for her work with The Red Door Project, which has been instrumental for promoting artists in Cincinnati. She has worked extremely hard on this project and has devoted countless hours to this community!

Nonprofit of the Year; OTR Community Housing— Their staff work tirelessly to create and manage quality, affordable housing units and to provide support for residents. They are a critical contributor to the diversity of OTR! 

Entrepreneur of the Year; Cydney Rabe— Her fitness center, Core, is an indisputable success with its clients around the clock; Her juice bar, Off the Vine, saw positive cash flow within weeks of opening. She is a passionate and effective entrepreneur who has given the neighborhood two businesses that help build OTR as a community! 

Restaurant of the Year; Taft's Ale House— They turned a church (built in 1850) into a one-of-a-kind brewery, bar, and restaurant that can seat a few hundred patrons at a time and has employed a staff of over 100 people! They opened their doors in April 2015 and have seen great success. 

Community Impact Award; Future Leaders OTR— They create an environment and an expectation of success for OTR youth by providing tools to help young men and women forge their futures through workshops, social events, mentorship and community service!