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Hiballin’: It’s All About the Glass

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Hiball Energy Water Found at Fresh Market in Kenwood, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Most discussions about Hiball sparkling energy drinks focus on the caffeine content of the beverage. (With 7.5 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce, a 10 oz. bottle has 75 mg total and, per ounce, it has less caffeine than a Starbucks Double Shot, but, per item, more than a can of Coca-Cola Classic or a Hershey’s Special Dark Bar.)

What’s more compelling about this product is its bottle. It’s glass. And Hiball is proud of choosing glass instead of plastic. On the “About” page of their popping website (click on “Why glass?” on the bottom left), designed by Steve Holmes of Energi Design, they’ve included a link to a list of reasons why glass is more sustainable and healthier than PET. This is a message other brands might want to note. Not only is glass more sustainable, it’s also nontoxic, impermeable, nonporous, has a longer shelf life, more attractive, and it’s retro. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Sarah Froelich

August 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Findlay Market

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Findlay Market's masonry tower today, north façade

Findlay Market is my favorite place to find quality foods at unbelievably reasonable prices in Cincinnati, and it is also a mainstay in my (somewhat former) Cincinnati shopping routine. Beginning at  the age of four my mom took me to the market early on Saturday mornings to shop for produce and flowers and, before I moved to NYC, I lived just up the hill from the Market and would go down to shop about once every week or two, although I always felt I should have gone more often.

During my most recent visit to Cincinnati, I noticed the market had attracted Churchill’s Tea Room which was previously located at the 4th Street entrance of Carew Tower in the downtown business district. When I stopped in to visit Churchill’s new location in its new northwest side store front, proprietor Kathleen Kern mentioned how the Findlay Market community is noticeably more relaxed than the downtown mid-day lunch and shopping crowd. She also praised the ease and thrift of shopping at the market on a regular basis, comparing the cost of a great Findlay seafood dinner for six (under $10 for all fresh ingredients) versus a Chinese carry out meal that cost almost $60.

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Written by Sarah Froelich

January 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm