Living local in Northside OH

At Virginia Place, it’s easy to live local.

Diverse, eclectic, welcoming — have it all when you live local at Virginia Place in Northside. An eclectic oasis tucked into the heart of Cincinnati, Virginia Place is in tune with everything you love about living in the city. So what’s your passion? You’ll find it here, and all within walking distance on streets that offer you the energy of Soho and the affordability of Cincinnati.

Below is presented just a sample of where a day (or night) in Northside may take you. Foodies gather from far and wide for a steaming cappuccino and fresh baguette at Sidewinders. Just take a stroll and then reward yourself with the famously tasty (and healthy) one-of-a-kind offerings at Melt. Ready to move? Feel the beat of the local indie music scene at Shake It Records. So welcome! The streets of Northside are alive with art, energy and enthusiasm.

Not just for a visit, but to live it everyday — Virginia Place.

Virginia Place Northside Ohio Living Local

  • Local menu at the Picnic and Pantry in Northside Check out all that is local in Northside.

  • Shake It RecordsMusic Nirvana (and nearly every artist you can imagine)

    Don’t take our word for it — Ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the top 25 records stores in the USA; Shake It Records has the music you love from the Dubstep to the Doo-Wop. Even if you’re not a crazed musicphile it’s worth a trip just to absorb the vibe. Other aural nuggets include obscure Indie favorites, cds, vinyls, magazines and more.

  • Chase Elementary School There is nothing elementary about Northside’s new elementary school.

    The newly built Chase Elementary School is just two blocks from Virginia Place. A hub for educational amenities in Northside, Chase’s eco-friendly construction achieves LEED silver certification with daylight harvesting and occupation sensors.

  • Mt Airy Forest Miles and miles and miles of hiking trails at your doorstep.

    Lace up those Merrel’s, walk out your door and hit the trails in Cincinnati’s largest urban park, the Mt. Airy Forest. Whether you’re a hard-core trekker or just walkin’ fido, you’ll choose the perfect trail. Other foot friendly features include an Arboretum and Ohio’s only ADA wheelchair accessible tree house.

  • Happen IncThe Arts are Happening at Happen Inc.

    Amazingly, there is more to life than video games, and Happen Inc. is dedicated to teaching children about the arts and getting the parents to participate too. Unique programs teach values and use a character-driven approach to enjoying the arts while respecting others property. It’s the perfect place to get the whole family using their creative energy.

  • ToyLab A fun way to up-cycle and re-cycle.

    Right next door to Happen Inc is the ToyLab. Here’s how it works: Pick pieces from a plethora of toy parts… so you can pick arms, legs, heads, torsos and mechanical pieces—whatever toys with your fancy. A helpful technician will assemble your pieces according to your wishes, nefarious or otherwise. The results? Well, you’ll have to actually walk through the door to find out.

  • St Boniface ChurchServing the Northside community for 85 years.

    The magnificent Romanesque revival St. Boniface Church and rectory was built in 1927. The school was added in 1933 and today educates over 130 pupils. This architectural gem serves the diverse community. Recently its magnificent pipe organ was restored and restoration is in progress for the stained-glass windows.

  • Northside Mural Almost everything you ever wanted to know about Northside is just a link away…

    When you’re ready to get involved with all things Northside, just point your browser to There you’ll find a community calendar, community council news, business associations, arts information, history links, a bulletin board and more. Fun singles under 40? Probably not… unless you’re very creative.

  • North Side Bank and Trust Company A financial icon in Northside for over a century.

    Bank somewhere they still remember a passbook savings account. Founded in 1881, The North Side Bank and Trust Company built the current building on Hamilton Avenue in 1903. Today you'll find branches throughout Cincinnati to help with your personal or commercial banking needs - all dedicated to getting to know you by your name.

  • Melt in Northside True: Demi and Ashton ate here.

    Also true- Melt Eclectic Deli voted Best in Cincinnati 4 years in a row. Whether you are a meat lover or a vegan Melt has something for you. Choose from more than a dozen sandwiches, tasty bowls, appetizers and salads all made with the freshest ingredients. And stop by for Sunday brunch from 10am. to 3 pm.

  • Northside Branch Library Check out the Northside Library (just remember to return it!).

    Formerly the Cumminsville branch, the Northside branch was remodeled in 2000 and now is an ADA accessible facility. Part of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County this branch serves the local community and has a meeting room for up to 30 people.

  • Northside Tavern Be bop or be square at the Northside Tavern

    Not just another dive, but a really cool, fun dive where one can drink, listen, kibitz, ruminate, congregate, celebrate… then repeat as needed. The gathering spot for live music. Listen to jazz, blues or acoustic rock acts while drinking your favorite beer or head to the back room to hear some of the best local bands on the live stage. A great place to hang out.

  • Northside Farmers Market Go ahead and squeeze the tomatoes at the Northside Farmers Market.

    A wednesday evening favorite past-time is visiting the Northside Farmer’ Market. A great way to prepare for the weekend and enjoy fresh produce and foods from local vendors. In the summer the markets moves outdoors.

  • Shop Therapy The perfect Shop Therapy.

    Face it, you wear used clothing nearly every day. The trick with Shop Therapy is that it’s filled with really cool clothing someone else has worn and is now awaiting your loving closet. So rediscover the pleasures of wearing a dickey once again, slip on those hip-hugging bell-bottoms, and get your sartorial groove back. And they’ve got sales all the time, so your sense of fashion and frugality can beautifully co-exist.

  • Tatoo Design by Dana Just like the front door implies—no crybabies allowed.

    Ready to get inked, pierced or otherwise altered into a work of living art. Tattoo Designs by Dana, winner of the City Beat Best Tattoo Shop, will start with the canvas of your hide and transform it into a unique visual experience. An unmatched stable of nationally acclaimed artists and body piercers, plus 1,000’s of examples for your inspiration, they’ll bring a new aesthetic to the skin your in.

  • Park Chili - Northside OhioFeed your self, soul and sense of place at Park Chili.

    So, you can grab lunch anywhere. Why not settle into a booth that Oscar Robinson may have also occupied to consume the finest in working class, stick-to-your-ribs fare? Breakfast? It’s here. The standard choice is bacon and eggs, or for the braver souls (and stomachs) may we suggest the “Mess.” How’s the coffee? See for yourself!

  • Sidewinder Coffe and Tea Relax from the daily grind.

    Keep it hot, fresh and local at Sidewinder’s. From the finest in locally roasted fair trade and organic coffees, plus masterfully prepared espresso drinks, cappuccino and more. If you’re hankering for a south-of-the-border brew, try their famous Mexican Latte. And while man (and woman) can’t live on caffeine alone, the Sidewinder features vegan and non-vegan baked goods, a vast variety of teas plus tasty sandwiches and other consumables.

  • Prairie Gallery in Northside That classic Cincinnati landscape in a gold frame? No not here.

    Prairie Gallery belies its humble name with vibrant, energetic and urban art exhibitions that will expand your awareness and give your Virginia Place digs that perfect locally sourced artistic touch. Plus with an operational dark room on site and photo classes, you can get in touch with your inner Diane Arbus.

  • Tantrum boutique in Northside Here’s a Tantrum you’ll love the kids having.

    Don’t take our word for it- but an anonymous Yelper: “A very cool little store… It has a lot of things for children, but a good mix of things for adults as well, including notebooks, witty office supplies, pet products, clothing, etc. It’s a great addition to the Northside strip and I can’t wait to see what they do with it.” So why not stop by, and see what they did with it?

  • Spring Grove Cementary and Arboretum Who knew a cemetery could be so much fun?

    The Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, this singular Cincinnati photo stop is a who’s who of the dearly and famously departed— from Proctors, Gambles and Krogers. It’s also a great place for a morning run, tombstone rub or to really pimp out your leaf collection with over 1200 species of plants.

  • Comet in historic Northside This dive scores a perfect ten.

    What makes Comet a star? It’s an essential neighborhood hangout where you can listen to live local musicians, play billards and soak up the suds and the passing scene. Plus, their burritos will spoil you over any cleverly nationally advertised alternative.

Want to learn more about Virginia Place and Northside?

Here are a few more resources with fun facts and information.

Download the Everything Northside Guide 2013.

The New York Times features Cincinnati and Northside in its article, “36 Hours in Cincinnati.”

Virginia Place CiTiRAMA 2012 Home Builders Announced.

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