Motors Brewing Company, Cincinnati, OH


Before prohibition, Cincinnati Ohio was a leading beer producing city. Its rich heritage of brewing dates back to 200 years ago when many German, British and French immigrants brought their lager, porter and ale style brews to the Queen City.


Keith Spurling, being a local to Cincinnati all his life, found himself out with friends one fateful night in 2017. While the group was deciding on what to drink that evening, their choices gave them room for pause. Between the berry seltzer, that was on tap, and other fruit inspired fizzling fermented concoctions, nothing that the place served seemed especially appealing. This is when they were forced to ask the server, “Do you just have regular beer?” This was the point in Keith’s life where the gears in his entrepreneurial brain started moving and turning. 


In February of 2018 Keith had opened Motors Brewing company, with its signature offering being the American Ale. This recipe is based on a pre-prohibition recipe that Keith had perfected, but he wasn’t prepared for the amount of popularity that would come with the brew. Within two years, Motors Brewing Company was able to secure a distribution contract with Kroger that continues to expand today. At first, however, Keith had no other option than to turn some of that business away. Thankfully, after securing a local production partnership, Motors Brewing Company was able to ramp up production and meet the increased demand for this new American Ale that consumers were just not able to get enough of. 


The success of Motors Brewing Company is one for the record book, as they opened, seemingly, behind the eight ball. With fierce local brewing competition in the Cincinnati area and without the benefit of providing consumers with an open tap room, Keith only had the American Ale recipe, his outgoing and friendly personality and an entrepreneurial drive to turn his passion into a success. 


Although Keith wasn’t initially prepared for the success that Motors Brewing Company was now enjoying, he embraced it and was soon offering six pack cans in addition to the kegs provided for tap rails. Currently Motors Brewing is self distributing to local venues throughout Cincinnati and Keith remains as hands-on as ever. 


This is definitely not the end of the story for Motors Brewing Company as Keith continues to roll out additional Marketplace Recipes, increase production and work on creating additional brewed recipes to further the success of his brand. I don’t know about you, but this weekend I’m going to be on the lookout for a Motors Brewing Company American Ale Tap Handle and I suggest that if you’re a resident of Cincinnati, want a taste of the brewing heritage of the Queen city or simply would like to enjoy a great tasting ale, you do the same. 

Many different smells, sounds and tastes can bring back the nostalgia of past memories, but few experiences bring back the fondness we’ve encountered in our younger years like the old-time candy we sought after as children. Whether it’s Satellite Wafers, Yum Yum Cones, Cow Tails or French Chews, these tasty familiar treats never fail to take us back to a simpler time, even if only for a moment. Just ask Gregory Wilcher, the small business owner and operator of Hickory Dickory Dock Retro Candy & More! 


Gregory, a Dayton, KY local, has made it his mission to be a one stop shop for all things Retro Candy Related, but becoming the local Cincinnati, OH go-to old-time candy store wasn’t always a major goal for him. In 2015, Gregory was running a successful photography studio in Seymour, IN. In the spirit of entrepreneurship, Gregory wanted to take advantage of some extra space available in the photography studio and decided to open a candy shop. After six months of research into historical candies, distributorships and available varieties of retro treats Gregory opened Hickory Dickory Dock Retro Candy & More! 


At the time of opening, Hickory Dickory Dock had an inventory of 25 varieties of glass bottle soda and 75 varieties of retro candy. However, as the candy business quickly began to take off, sales of retro candy soon overtook what Gregory was generating from his photography studio. After making the move to Dayton, KY, in Greater Cincinnati, OH, Hickory Dickory Dock now sells over 125 varieties of glass bottle soda, 300 varieties of retro candy from the early 1800’s through the 1990’s, 40 varieties of hand-made candies and 24 varieties of hand dipped ice cream. 


As a former Officer of the United States Navy, Small Business Owner Gregory Wilcher now enjoys operating Hickory Dickory Dock Retro Candy more than any other previous employment or deployment. Gregory continues to remain hands on and tells his customers, “If there’s a candy you’re looking for, and it’s still made, we can find it!” Gregory ships his retro candy all over the United States and has been featured at  many candy show’s including the Chicago Candy Show. 


If you happen to be traveling down to Dayton, KY, stop in and say hi to Gregory at Hickory Dickory Dock Retro Candy & More! Also, be sure to keep an eye out for special promotions like gift baskets, Holiday Bundles and Candy Grams! 



A Small Business Relief Program for small businesses in Cincinnati, OH (Hamilton County) will provide some financial relief from the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. In order for Small Businesses to 


be eligible for $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 grants, small businesses must meet certain criteria. These funds will be used to reimburse local businesses for certain expenses as detailed. Hamilton County will be using the awarded $5 Million from the CARES Act in this first assistance round. 


Small Businesses can email to receive notifications and to have their questions answered. Send a mail to


Requirements for Eligibilty


Small Businesses in the Hamilton County area are required to meet this criteria:


  1. Business must be located in Hamilton County and be a for-profit business.
  2. Small Business must have a Federal EIN # and a DUNS number
  3. Small Business must be in operation since Jan 2019
  4. Business must have less than one million in revenue or receipts on an annual basis
  5. Business must have had a loss of gross revenue up to 35% or more
  6. Business must have fifty or less employees or 1099 contracted workers as of March 2020
  7. Small Business has not been awarded other federal assistance for lost income or expenses
  8. Small Business has been unapproved for an insurance claim due to COVID-19
  9. Business must be located within Cincinnati, OH (Hamilton County)
  10. Small Business must be in compliance with all requirements 
  11. Business must be current on all taxes and fees
  12. Business must be in good standing in regards to building code and maintenance 
  13. Small Business may not be a nuisance 
  14. Small Business may not be in current bankruptcy negotiations.

Are you ever in the mood for a sweet treat? I suppose that’s a rhetorical question as we all are from time to time. However, if you’re ever in the mood for a sweet treat that combines mouth watering confections, a presentation that would make Gordon Ramsey jump for joy and a razzmatazz Dixieland theme, then allow us to introduce you to Sweet Jazz Treats, nestled right here in Newport, KY. 


In early 2016, Small Business Owner Jasmine Davis was contemplating how to fuse together her passions for baking, art and instruments into an enterprise that she could be passionate about and, almost as equally important, that she would ultimately be successful in. On March 9th 2016 Jasmine left a secure corporate position in the healthcare industry and stepped out in Faith to pursue her goals of entrepreneurship. 


Success did not exactly come easy for Jasmine after leaving the corporate world, however. If she had it all to do over again Jasmine says, “I definitely would have taken my time and saved more money before doing it.” As is the case with many Small Business Owners deciding to follow their passions of working for themselves, there rarely seems to be the perfect time to do it. Although, either by happenstance or consistent planning, those driven business owners who decide to take the plunge WILL succeed, especially when they maintain a commitment to customer service, a can-do attitude, a little bit of luck and also, in the case of Jasmine Davis, putting her full faith and trust in the Lord. 


Life happens to us all and Jasmine’s story is no different. However, she was way too driven to allow the concerns of personal life to stand in her way. When she opened a kiosk at Kenwood Mall her baked goods were an instant success, which led to even more business. Jasmine spring-boarded from that momentum into Bridal Shows, catering and even exclusively having her delectable cupcakes featured at four Kroger locations, all of which sold out within a very short time frame. 


Jasmine specializes in one tier to four tier wedding cakes with servings from 24 to 218. Jasmine also offers one to four tier custom cakes, of varying designs, as well as sheet cakes. Sweet Jazz Treat’s Cheesecake Dessert Jars are as delicious as they are appetizing and their scrumptious cookies are baked with cake mix instead of cookie mix, so that they are soft, rich and melt in your mouth. 


But let’s not allow anyone to fool you, the real delicacy at Sweet Jazz Treats and also the treat that Jasmine fields endless requests for are her Muffin Sized Cupcakes. As large as a softball, presented with the syrupy drippings of your favorite condiment and with a flavor combination that is both rich and welcome, these Muffin Sized Cupcakes will soon be Cincinnati’s favorite cupcake. 


So what’s next for Jasmine and Sweet Jazz Treats? Jasmine would like to continue expanding her business and passionately working to provide her customers with the sweet delicacies they’ve come to adore. Jasmine’s business model has proven to be successful as she maintains her values, her drive and her passion for these sweet treats. She’s always available for her customers and always aims to please, so if you’re in Newport, KY or passing through, make it a point to swing by Sweet Jazz Treats and grab a cupcake or two…or ten. 

During a time of civil unrest, many cities are starting to evaluate many of the things that are seen as offensive to African American’s. Cincinnati is no different and that is why they are now reconsidering the names of many facilities that were named after Marge Schott, who was once the Cincinnati Reds, owner. Although she is no longer alive, her name is still prominently displayed throughout the city. You can find her name at the Cincinnati Zoo and on the University of Cincinnati baseball stadium. Since the death of George Floyd, many activists are calling for racial equality, justice, and inclusion.

Schott is known for the many racial slurs that she has used in the past, which called for her suspension on multiple occasions. A local high school in Cincinnati has already taken the steps to have her name removed from their facilities. They said that they could not display the name of someone who doesn’t align with their school’s values and diversity. There are other businesses and facilities that are considering doing the same thing. Surprisingly, the Marge & Charles J. Schott Foundation, which is the source of funding for many of the projects that bare her name, is encouraging these types of discussions.

They admit that they cannot make excuses for the things that Mrs. Schott said decades ago, they are calling for others to learn from her mistakes. They said that they appreciate the organizations that have her names displayed and that they fully support their decisions.

Schott owned and operated a successful auto dealership in Cincinnati before the bought controlling interest in the baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds. Schott was not as active as she was in the 70s, as she took a back seat and allowed Pete Rose, a then, player-manager, to take a more visible position in the organization. However, after Rose received a lifetime ban from the MLB due to gambling incidents, she became hands-on with the team.

Employees said she frequently used racial slurs when talking about black players and made derogatory remarks about other ethnicities, which include Japanese and Jews. She said that Hitler was good and then he went too far.

During the 1993 season, she was banned from the team’s daily operations and later received another suspension when she continued making offensive remarks following her return. She was ultimately forced to sell a controlling interest in the team.

After selling control, she became more low key but continued to show her support to community causes. She donated $2 million for a new stadium at the University of Cincinnati and had her name placed on the exterior of the facility. There are currently ongoing discussions about changing the name of the stadium.

A previous student of the University, Jordan Ramey, who also grew up in Cincinnati, started a national petition to have the name of the stadium changed. As of this past Friday, there are currently 8,800 signatures on his petition.

Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, sports enthusiasts are eager to see things get back to normal and this includes sports. As teams prepare for the new season, they are still making their picks for players and the Cincinnati Reds is no different. They have just acquired Joe Boyle in the fifth round of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft.

Because of the current pandemic, there were some changes made to the draft this year. It was limited to just five rounds, and Boyle was the last pick that the Reds made. He was the 143rd overall draft pick at a value of $382,700. Boyle is a 6-7, 240-pound right-hander who came from the bullpen of the Fighting Irish. In his career, he made 32 appearances and tossed 36 innings. His games up 21 hits in those innings and struggled for control, eventually walking 44 batters. Boyle is large and throws hard. His fastball topped out at 102-miles per hour. In addition to his power, his motion from the stretch explodes in the batter’s face, which is why college players seldom made contact.

It’s with this force and power that Boyle struck out 57 batters, which gave him 14.3 strikeouts per nine innings. He didn’t have any long balls in his career and only gave up two extra-base hits in those 36 innings.

His lack of control gave him a 6.00 earned run average in his career. Despite his walk rate, he is a great prospect because of his size and power. The Cincinnati Reds are known for their love of players with power arms.

Boyle has another season of eligibility and being picked so high is tempting. Knowing the way that the Reds operate their draft, they likely knew that he would sign if selected. Last year, while attending Notre Dame, he pitched in the Cape code league and ranked as the 18th best performer.

Other reports call Boyle “Straight cheese” when mentioning his appearance. Although he struggles with walking almost a single batter per inning, his wing and miss capabilities make him a contender out of the pen.

Another report talks about his great arm strength and says that he has the best velocity out of everyone in the draft. He can sit in the upper 90s. The right-hander doesn’t require much effort to reach those velocities and generally throws an above-average plus slider.

Due to his size, the Reds are hoping that he can pick up on things later down the road. This isn’t too much to expect from someone of his stature. However, he will need to cut his walk rate in half, which the organization is confident that he can do. This can be a win-win for both the Reds and Boyle. Chances are that he appreciates the consideration and will do his best to prove his worth, which is what most draft picks strive to do.

On Tuesday, June 9th, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office responded to a dead body that was discovered in Liberty Township. During an investigation, it was confirmed that a 14-year-old girl and two men tempted her to meat them to the area where they shot and killed her during a robbery attempt.

At a press conference held about the killing, Sheriff Richard Jones was asked whether the women, identified as Riah Milton, was targeted because of being a transgender woman. He said that it was not, he stated that the killers intended to rob her and take are car.

Riah Milton was not initially identified by the name that is now known as, she was identified as her birth name, which her family considers her dead name. This was something that greatly upset the victim’s family, as they said that the now goes by the name Riah and that it was a matter of disrespect for the authorities to identify her by any other name. Her sister said that she was ‘out’ as a transgender woman and wasn’t hiding anything. Therefore, she couldn’t figure out why they would refer to her in this manner.

Riah Milton’s sister, Mary Ann Milton also identifies as transgender and was upset when she heard the officer and media refer to her sister with her birth name or dead name. She felt that they had improperly identified her sister’s gender and she found this to be very upsetting.

A local Sargent, Kim Peters of the Butler County Sheriff’s office indicated that the woman who was murdered was referred to by her parents as their son. This would give clear evidence as to why the media and officials also referred to her with her birth name and identified her as male. The coroner’s office has also listed the victim as male, as this was her gender.

Milton’s birth mother, who was not a part of her daughter’s lives until they were 18, said that she acknowledged that her children were transgender. The mother wanted others to know who her daughter was.

Riah was described as someone who loved being outdoors and enjoyed traveling. She said she was outgoing, helpful, and was the type of person who always put family first. Her mother said that her daughter just wanted others to accept her for who she was.

Eden Estes, a close friend of the victim’s sister has been working to get the victims named changed on various media outlets, as they see it as total disrespect to represent her by her dead name and not the name that she chose later in life.

Many in the Cincinnati area still believe that the crime was a hate crime due to her being transgender. The victim’s sister, Mary Ann Milton, plans on reporting her sister’s killing as a hate crime. However, for now, she is still dealing with the trauma of losing her sister. She admits to being in a state of shock.

Many businesses, now more than ever before, are starting to recognize the value in allowing employees to work remotely. Working remotely is now the new norm due to the recent Coronavirus pandemic. While some businesses would never consider remote work as an option, they have been forced into it. Five industry leaders have found ways to offer their employees sure success as they work remotely.

  • Good Technology: This tends to be at the heart of efficiently working from home. Employees need access to great technology, which should include (1) use of a too that has the capacity for continuous communication (2) setting expectations of the best ways to communicate (email, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMetting or some other none communication platform), whichever you use, set up the expectations of how to effectively use the platform that you choose to communicate.
  • The Right Home Environment – the workspace that you designate at home should enable you to be productive. This is critical if you are working from home since there are more opportunities for distractions. The right workspace will be different for everyone. It might be a bedroom, home office, kitchen table, basement, or even a designated outdoor space with WIFI.
  • Remote meetings – The on-site groups used to be the ones that ran the conversation, remote workers were not often heard or were completely overlooked. Establish meeting etiquette so that everyone is heard. Doing so will make a big difference in the human connection. Make sure you enable video interaction and are courteous. Arrive at the meeting on time, pay attention, and be present.
  • Be responsive: This is especially important within a remote or virtual setting if you can’t see all of the other employees. Employees should keep in mind their availability and everyone’s status should be kept up-to-date.
  • Balancing work and caregivers: Since schools have closed and daycare’s are limiting the number of children they will accept into the school, many parents have to split his and her time between work and caregiving. If you are still working from home then this can be another added stress on top of everything else. If your time is limited or you require a flexible schedule to do your duties as mother or father, this should be discussed upfront and expectations should be managed. Employers should be understanding, as this will help ensure that they honor their commitment to the company.

While some of these things seem foreign to you, they are not to those who have been working remotely prior to COVID-19. These are the things that have proven to work and come directly from those employees who have recognized what works and what doesn’t work for their remote workers. If you don’t currently have a remote working process in place then perhaps this is a good start. You can try it out and if things need to be tweaked then you can surely tweak them as needed. Do what works for you to ensure productivity.

This is the month that Dr. Tina Cheng receives her appointment as University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s new Director. Cheng is not expected to transition into her new position until the fall, as COVID-19 still looms over the nation.

She was chosen as part of a search that included candidates from around the world. Those who were being considered were in pediatric medicine. Dr. Cheng practiced medicate at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins College Medicine. Currently, she is the Professor of Pediatrics of the Given Foundation and the director of the Department of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. She is also the Pediatrician-in-Chief at John Hopkins Hospital. She will assume the job of Margaret Hostetter, MD and will be the ninth B.K. Rachford Memorial Chair for pediatrics at the Children’s hospital.

Dr. Cheng is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. This is an elected designation. She was also a member of the Committee on Pediatric Research of the American Academy of Pediatrics and previously acted as the president of the Academic Pediatric Association. She is currently on the National Advisory Panel of the NIH All of Us Research Program. This is a panel that collects data from a million Americans with the intent of accelerating research and improving health by means of precision medicine.

The committed that found Cheng searched for candidates with a vast and deep amount of pediatrics and child health expertise. The president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital said that it was important that they hire someone who they believed would be innovative and inclusive as a leader at a complicated pediatric program.

Dr. Cheng has amassed a very distinguished career filled with many amazing accomplishments. She is a researcher, educator, executive, and pediatrician. The most important thing about her is her caring nature. She is a fighter for children and their families, faculty advocate, and an incredible visionary. The hospital and university seem excited to have her come on board their teams. Collectively, they have a chance of a lifetime to make a hug difference in the health and wellness of the children in their care and those around the world.

A UC College of Medicine dean admits that he looks forward to working with her and is convinced that she will continue to build on her existing strengths and even strengthen the College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s partnership. He considers her to be a welcome addition to the college as its chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

As the college’s chair, she will drive new developments that catapult excellence as it relates to clinical care, educational programing, community impact, and scientific research. She will be placed in an environmental that will enable her to do so. The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has more than 950 faculty members, with 42divisions, and is among one of the top NIH grants recipients as well as one of the top national Children’s Hospitals.

Unfortunately, like other parts of the country, Dayton’s real estate market has slowed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is generally the time of the year when you begin to see the greatest buying power in the market. However, this is not the case for spring 2020.

Agents are struggling to even offer open houses, and people are somewhat reluctant to view houses online. This spring selling season is undoubted, unprecedented. Even when an agent does manage to get a homeowner to agree to an open house, they often have to cancel due to a lack of interest.

Houses are still selling, there is a tight inventory in the city, sellers, buyers, and agents are doing all they can to avoid becoming infected when visiting open houses. One local realtor said that they are still in a seller’s market since they have such a limited amount of inventory. However, they are still managing transactions.

The declining home showings, listings being withdrawn, and fallen deals when someone losses his or her job are evidenced by the real estate slowdown and the current economic downturn. One Dayton agent admits that they had two transactions canceled because the buyer was laid off. This is something that no one can predict. There is a ripple effect because if the buyer is unable to purchase the house and the seller may be under contract for another house. This makes it difficult for both parties, especially the seller because they are now on the hook for two homes.

More than 10 million people nationally have filed for unemployment, which included more than 468,000 Ohioans. Miami, Preble, and Greene counties had the largest increase in unemployment claims in Ohio, according to a recent analysis by Policy Matters Ohio.

Real estate agent, Heather Zimmaro of Coldwell Banker Heritage stated that regardless of the economy; people still need to sell and buy due to his or her circumstance. However, people may be apprehensive about signing a new mortgage because they fear what may happen in the future. She admits that the idea of losing their job is what is at the forefront of their minds. Zimmaro has an optimistic view of the future real estate market. She believes that it is just a pause rather than an imploding. She believes that things will be much better once we get through to the other side.

At this point, it’s anybody’s guess as to how the market will rebound, nationally and in Dayton. However, as long as people need to sell their homes and someone needs to buy a new home, you can be sure that local realtors will diligently try to appease the needs of the local market. This is not the time to give in or give up. When the market does begin to do better, at least they will be ready, if they continue putting in the work now. There is always tomorrow.