Many people have a four day weekend, and there is no shortage of holiday-themed activities to choose from.
There are free Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday. Give Back Cincinnati's Fall Feast is expected to serve 3,500 people at the Duke Energy Convention Center, from 11 am until 2 pm. Another 2,500 meals will delivered off-site. The Cincinnati Recreation Commission is hosting its 22nd annual Thanksgiving meal at the Evanston Rec Center, at 3204 Woodburn, from 11 am to 3 pm.
On any weekend night, the bars and restaurants in Over-the-Rhine are busy. But the president of the OTR Chamber of Commerce, Emilie Johnson, would like to see the crowds visiting during the day, especially during the upcoming holiday season.
Johnson says most people are familiar with the nightlife along Vine Street, “but what helps to balance and round that all out, is to have additional things." Johnson says that's retail, and service businesses. She says a mix of those and the entertainment businesses are what make a neighborhood strong.
Tri-State stores are not nearly as busy now after many of them pushed up their Black Friday opening. WVXU caught up with some people who waited until later to start their shopping and others who were almost finished.
Chris Heckle was a little late to the Black Friday party, showing up at Best Buy at 8 this morning, eight hours after the store opened. This was his third stop after Lowe's and Home Depot. For him, the Black Friday routine is off and on.