Downtown Cincinnati

Tom + Chee, a grilled cheese and tomato soup shop that started in a tent on Fountain Square is taking the next big step.

Owners Cory Ward and Trew Quackenbush will pitch their brand of grilled cheese to the panel on ABC's "Shark Tank" on Friday, May 17.

Surrounded by friends and family, Ward and Quackenbush made the announcement at their Court St. location this morning.

Photos: Cinciditarod 2013

Mar 2, 2013
Sarah Ramsey

For the past three years Cincinnati has held a shopping cart race around downtown to raise money for the local Freestore Foodbank.

This year's Cinciditarod took place around downtown Cincinnati and over the bridge into Newport, KY.

Contestants form teams, put on costumes, and decorate carts to race. There are checkpoints where the contestants are asked to eat, drink, dance, and even pose with Mr. Redlegs.

Teams have two and half hours to complete all the checkpoints before making it back to Fountain Square, the finish line.

Team Hoist won this year.

James Davis is most often found performing on the corner of 9th and Main downtown, many times with his nephew.  When I met with him, he spoke openly about the challenges that face street musicians in Cincinnati and around the country.

James also sells StreetVibes, a locally-produced newspaper that advocates for the homeless.

When I ran into Daniel & DeShawn, they were surrounded by kids who were dancing and playing various musical instruments and just having a great time at Findlay Market

I spoke with them about interacting in the community through the medium of music, what they do when the weather gets colder and what other difficulties face street musicians in the city.

Bonita Price was a music major at The Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) and Central State University but took some time off to raise her family.  She is now a practicing street musician to hone her voice and to provide income since she was laid off from the Jim Beam distillery when it closed its Cincinnati plant in 2011.

I caught up with Bonita at Cincinnati’s Findlay Market - Ohio's oldest continuously-operated public market.