I’m sure you’ve all been to Park + Vine, if you live in Cincinnati. The store that was at Central Parkway and Vine, and now is on Main Street, between 12th and 13th. A true breath of fresh air – a store that sells organic, natural, local, no toxic chemicals. A grocery store, baby store, green paint and cleaning products, recycled and natural school supplies, clothes, great chocolate, etc. – and now lunch! What a treat!
A co-worker and I had lunch there on this beautiful September day – the Simply Green, I think the sandwich was called, made by Chef Melissa, who used to work at the famous Melt in Northside. Simply Green included avocados, water cress, lettuce and I’m not sure what else, on a wonderful multigrain bread. I was too in love to pay much attention. The smoky potato salad was also great! The list of locavore vendors they purchase from is itself enough to make me want to eat there every day.
I had actually gone there looking for the great brooms from Thailand they carry – a literally green one, specifically. On order, but not in stock. While wandering around, I found something else I’d heard mentioned, but didn’t necessarily believe existed: green/organic weed and grass killer. And there it was – EcoSmart is the company using organic plant oils, safe to use around children and pets. Can’t wait to use it on the patio intruders.
So if you haven’t been there in a while – go wander around, find all the new products, figure out a Christmas present or two, and, above all – Eat!