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Fall Back Into Fitness with CycleBar

If you’re like many of us here at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion, you’ve gained the dreaded “quarantine 15” this year. It’s a relatively common phenomenon that has plagued people nationwide, given the fact that there has been a lot less daily movement and a lot more visits to the fridge from our home offices. If you’re ready to fall back into fitness, that “quarantine 15” can be worked off at our very own CycleBar indoor cycling studio.  CycleBar Hyde Park, located right in the Rookwood Commons & Pavilion shopping center, is more than an indoor cycling studio. In each ride, attendees take a journey of self-discovery, uncovering inner strength and

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One Warm Coat – Coat Drive from Lands End

Lands’ End is hosting a coat drive with the national non-profit, One Warm Coat. Now through November 1, drop off any new or gently worn coats at Lands’ End. You’ll receive 50% off any new coat, scarf, gloves or mittens. The best part? Your donated coats will be given to local people in need. Thank you for help in this very important endeavor.

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Fall Special: Evereve

Shop In-store & online: The fall colors are peaking. Pop by Evereve to get an eyeful, then shop it your way: in-store, with Store Pickup, or Dressing Room To Go. The EVEREVE fall lineup is all love. See what we’re swooning over Evereve, then shop it your way: in-store, with Store Pickup, or Dressing Room To Go. Shop with Store Pickup & DRTG: From jackets to joggers, it’s a fall-for-all at Evereve. Shop it your way: in-store, with Store Pickup, or Dressing Room To Go.cFrom short cardis to high tops, fall is trending at Evereve. Shop it your way: in-store, with Store Pickup, or Dressing Room To Go.

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September Spotlight REI

Crisp autumn air has begun to grace our fair city. We are so eager to welcome this early autumnal shift after one muggy Midwest summer. We’ve loved seeing an influx of shoppers stroll in directly from the Wasson Trail. September is sure to be no different, especially as the leaves on the trees lining the trail begin to turn. We can’t wait to enjoy all that autumn has to offer. Luckily, we have plenty of natural areas within reach that provide socially distant activity. That’s why we’re featuring REI, our favorite recreational retailer for this month’s spotlight. This outdoorsmen and women paradise has everything you need to enjoy the great

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RUSTY BUCKET: Gift Card Promotion

Now through August 30, 2020 guests can purchase a gift card through our website (traditional plastic card or e-gift card) and receive 20% off their purchase of $50 in gift cards or more with the code RB2020 https://www.myrustybucket.com/gift-cards *This promotion applies through our website only

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Back To School Shopping: 2020 Edition

Summer has come and gone and we are still unsure where time has gone and where we will go next, especially as we enter a new school year. Schools across the city are starting back up again. And while each school’s and each student’s plan looks a little different compared to the other, parents, students, and teachers are grateful to get back to some sort of routine after a summer of uncertainty, even if the long-term plan is still to be determined.  Some Cincinnati-area schools are keeping everything in order with cohorts in which students and teachers are divided into distinct groups that stay together throughout the entire day of

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Free to Be Right Here

This past weekend, Americans celebrated the Fourth of July. We hope you were able to enjoy some free time with family and friends, doing everything from watching your neighborhood’s fireworks in the sky to enjoying a bar-b-que in your backyard. Independence Day is a great reminder of our shared freedom nationwide. But we at Rookwood Commons and Pavilion have been celebrating our freedom for awhile now. Ever since our shops and restaurants began the reopening process this spring, we’ve felt freer than ever before. While we have loved being able to see each other with the help of technology, there’s nothing quite like running into a friend at your favorite

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Go the Wasson Way

Have you taken the newest route to get to Rookwood Commons and Pavilion? With the recently completed portion of the Wasson Way Trail, you can now bike before indulging in a decadent brunch at First Watch or jog to your next spinning class for a pre-class warmup.  The Wasson Way Trail will connect thousands of people that live within one mile of this trail and its connector trails to countless amenities right here at Rookwood Commons and Pavilion. It spans 8 Cincinnati neighborhoods and three municipalities. The Wasson Way Trail is a much safer alternative for bikers and walkers alike, compared to the ever-more-congested streets.  The proposed trail network will

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(Re)Opening Day

Our community of shops and restaurants have been eager to reopen since closing our doors to help flatten the curve. And now, many at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion are reopening, with caution, of course. While things have been changing rapidly in Cincinnati, across the state, and throughout the world since March, one thing that won’t be rushed during this time is the process of reopening at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion. Some of our shops and restaurants have stayed open over these last few weeks as “essential” businesses, including Whole Foods and The UPS Store. With Governor Dewine’s approval, retail stores that fell in the “non-essential” category were permitted to reopen

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Nominate A Deserving Teacher

Know a teacher who deserves a medal for navigating this world of virtual learning? Nominate them in the Submit a Comment  below by sharing their name, the school they teach at, and what it is that makes them so special! We will choose 5 teachers to win $100 to a Rookwood retailer of their choice! The contest ends on April 30th at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be named shortly after!

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Connecting Our Community in the Midst of Covid-19

The past few weeks have been anything but ordinary. Each change is unexpected, each new announcement unprecedented. As we share today’s post, we can’t help but reflect on how much has changed since our last blog post. But one thing that has stayed the same for us at Rookwood Commons and Pavilion is our commitment to our local community. Whether that is closing our shop doors to keep our community safe and help “flatten the curve” or coming up with creative ways to still get you all the things you love, we’re here for you. Do you know all the ways you can still connect with the Rookwood community? Our

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Make the Most out of March Madness

The 82nd annual March Madness Tournament begins this month:  Selection Sunday —March 15, 2020 First Four — Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17-18, 2020 NCAA Tournament Round 1 — Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, 2020 NCAA Tournament Round 2 — Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, 2020 Sweet 16 — Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, 2020 Elite 8 — Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, 2020 Final Four — Saturday, April 4, 2020 2020 NCAA championship game — Monday, April 6, 2020 “March Madness” is really a perfect way to describe this tournament, especially the second and third rounds. Over the course of just four

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Five Guys: Refresh Remodel

We are undergoing a “Refresh” remodel to update your Five Guys location to better serve our customers effective Midnight 2/19/20. We will reopen in 3-4 weeks or as soon as possible to welcome you back with a newer and better location! During the “Refresh” please visit one of our other area locations at: Newport on the Levee 1 Levee Way Newport, KY or Mason 9540 S Mason Montgomery Mason, OH 45040 See you soon!

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Rusty Bucket: Now Hiring

Rusty Bucket Rookwood is currently interviewing experienced line cooks to join their crew! Open availability preferred, nights and weekends required. Starting at $15/hr. Stop in Rusty Bucket anytime between 10AM-6PM to apply and speak with the team! For more information, please visit the link here: https://www.myrustybucket.com/great-people  

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Find What You Love Here

We Cincinnatians are feeling the love throughout the Tri-State. And while some of you may be boycotting the Valentine’s Day holiday coming up mid-month, we at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion will take any excuse to celebrate any type of love.  Sure, we love a romantic candlelit dinner, but our community offers more than just the lovey-dovey stuff. From familial love to loving friendships to self-love, you can honor all the matters of the heart in all types of ways at our shops. Here, you can find special items and memorable experiences for everyone you care about.  Today, we’re highlighting three of our favorite ways to express your love this Valentine’s

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New Year, New Store: Meet West Elm

Now that the rush of the new year has passed and we’re settled back into routine, we at Rookwood Commons and Pavilion can’t wait to get started on all those resolutions we set January 1st. The good thing is that many of our resolutions can be met right here in our community. We are so excited for another year at the Commons and Pavilion, especially with the newest addition to Rookwood: West Elm. The Cincinnati community has been awaiting the arrival of a nearby West Elm store.  Before their Rookwood grand opening, we Cincinnatians had to travel to Columbus to get our West Elm fix. Not only is the new

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Rookwood: December Blog

Have the Happiest of Holidays at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion The busy holiday shopping season is in full swing. From frantic trips to massive malls to online shopping fiascos, getting the perfect presents for friends, family, and coworkers can be, well…stressful.  Not at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion.  Our shops make the holiday shopping experience simpler and more enjoyable for all. One visit is all you need to get a personal, thoughtful present for everyone on your list.  At Rookwood, you can: Give Good Health  It’s no secret that our society is focusing on health more than ever before. Of course, “health” can be defined in many ways. For some, it’s

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Support “Small Business Saturday” at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion

It’s no surprise that the time between Thanksgiving and the New Year is the busiest shopping period of the year. As we all prepare for the rush of the holidays, it’s important to consider where, when, and how you’ll get it all done. Many of us plan to flock to Black Friday sales or wait patiently at our keyboards for Cyber Monday. But this year, we invite you to take part in Small Business Saturday.  The annual Small Business Saturday shopping event offers more than just an opportunity to save money on holiday shopping. It’s a chance to support your community in the best possible way.  With every purchase you

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Now Hiring: West Elm

West elm was born in Brooklyn in 2002. A branch of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., we’re focused on the intersection of modern design, affordability and community. Everything we sell – from sofas and tables to bedding and vases – is made with one goal in mind: to help our customers express their personal style at home and in the world. We care about impact too. By designing over 90% of our products in – house, our design team has steadily increased our selection of organic, handcrafted, sustainably sourced and Fair Trade Certified products. There’s a story behind everything we sell – one that starts in Brooklyn and lives on with you.

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It’s All Treats at our October Stroll & Shop

On Wednesday, October 30th Rookwood Commons & Pavilion will host a special Halloween-themed Stroll & Shop. No tricks here, just great sales and lots of fun! All ages and shoppers are welcome, because there’s something for everyone in your entire family, including free Rookwood Commons & Pavilion shopping bags as well as many of our shops’ exclusive sales and giveaways.  You won’t want to miss this free event, because these will be available only during the Stroll & Shop. For all you smart shoppers out there, be sure to stop by Athleta and Yankee Candle. Athleta will be offering discount cards to all guests for 20% off any item. You

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Banana Republic is Hiring for the Holidays

As a Brand Associate, you’re an integral part of our team and bring our brand to life for our customers. You’re responsible for engaging and connecting with our customers by providing excellent customer service resulting in brand loyalty. You’re an expert in product and use your knowledge and experience to educate, inform, inspire and wardrobe the customer. Through collaboration with your leadership team, you’ll deliver a best-in-class customer experience using an omni-channel approach.

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Get Ready for Game Time

It’s football season here in the Queen City. From the east side to the west side, the city is beginning to buzz with excitement and hope for the season. Can you feel it in the air? It may not be the perfectly crisp, fall football weather just yet, but you can get everything you need to prepare for the season at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion. Every fan needs top-notch gear to represent their team well. No matter if you’re rooting for the Bengals or Steelers, UC or UK, Xavier or Notre Dame, University of Dayton or Miami of Ohio, you’re sure to find something you (and your entire family) will

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Your Stylist Awaits at EVEREVE

Visitors of Rookwood Commons & Pavilion tend to come to our shops for a specific purpose, like get a great workout in, grab a coffee, or find new heels. As the seasons shift, so too do our shoppers’ needs. And a new shopping season is quickly approaching: jean season. It’s almost time to tuck away those breezy sun dresses and trade them out for cozy sweaters. While it’s safe to say that most Cincinnatians can’t wait for cooler days that demand denim, many of our local shoppers would rather avoid the process of shopping for jeans altogether. That is, until they come to Evereve. “Our denim has changed my life,”

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Now Hiring: Rally House

Job Title: MIT/Manager in Training Hours: Full Time The Manager in Training position is an entry level Manager role for someone looking to further their career in Retail Management. MIT’s assist the Store Manager in sales objectives, customer service, employee relations management, payroll and operating expenses, loss prevention and merchandise presentation to achieve store goals. Managers in Training are in charge of keeping the sales floor presentable and delegating daily projects to Key Holders and Sales Associates. Candidates must be focused, nurturing, possess the ability to train others while maintaining an enthusiastic attitude, detail oriented and of course a sports fan. Duties and Responsibilities Sales: Proven ability to generate sales,

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Rusty Bucket is hosting a Culinary Hiring Pop-Up for all restaurant locations companywide on Aug 10th

  Rusty Bucket is hosting a Culinary Hiring Pop-Up for all restaurant locations companywide. Open interviews will be held for heart of the house positions, including chefs, line cooks and dishwashers, on August 10. Additionally, Rusty Bucket is offering a one-day only $200 culinary signing bonus (paid out after 90 days with the company), food samples and chances to win fun prizes. CONTACT: Diane Hurd, Inspire PR Group, diane@inspireprgroup.com Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern to Host Culinary Hiring Pop-Up Open interviews for all 23 Rusty Bucket locations will be held August 10 WHO: Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern   WHAT: Rusty Bucket is the perfect place to handcraft your career in

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Meet Athleta, the conscious brand bringing confidence to women

Rookwood Commons & Pavilion welcomed Athleta to its community this spring. And though we and the other shops are excited to have quality athletic wear in our offering, it’s their passion for connection and bigger-picture perspective that will keep us coming back to the store day after day. The moment you walk into Athleta Rookwood, you’re welcomed by a warm glow of bright lights, fresh white walls, and the friendliest smiles. A sea of gorgeous – and sustainable – shades surround. And though the pristinely folded rows of leggings are immediately eye-catching, Athleta is more than just a yoga pants store for already-fit women. Their technical material inspires movement of

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Get to Know: Toria with Rookwood

We sat down with Toria Cannon, our lovely spokesperson, to hear why our outdoor mall is her favorite local shopping spot.

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Fun Facts

Get to Know Rookwood Commons & Pavilion Rookwood Commons & Pavilion has been a part of the Norwood Community for nearly two decades. The 20-plus-acre site is a shopper’s staple and is home to foodies’ favorites. Whether grabbing a quick coffee or staying for an extended brunch, shopping for last-minute gifts or leisurely window-shopping, there’s truly something for everyone here. There are countless things we love about both the Commons & Pavilion – the open-air strolls, the local community, the retail options – we could go on and on…and on. But we’ve narrowed it down to just three of our favorites things. Even if you visit regularly, you might be

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Now Hiring: Bath and Body Works

Bath and Body Works is currently looking for full time managers and associates for our new location at Rookwood Commons. If you are interested please go to www.bathandbodyworks.com to apply and select Cincinnati, OH and then select Rookwood Commons. Come and join this amazing team and receive an employee discount to get the best fragrances out there. #ginghampride

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Now Hiring: Athleta Rookwood

Want to bring the Athleta mission to life in a community near you? We’re looking for leaders in Cincinnati, OH to do just that. Rookwood Commons is a new location, opening this Spring. Come join us and be part of something bigger! Check out the Assistant Manager and Sales Associate positions available and apply here: Assistant Manager – Rookwood Commons | Gap Inc. Link when clicking on Assistant Manager https://corporate.gapinc.com/en-us/jobs/26/93/assistant-manager-rookwood-commons#.XGxBUURPGtE.linkedin Sales Associate – Rookwood Commons | Gap Inc.

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The Legacy of our Land

Discover the history of the site that has built our community since 1918. Rookwood Commons & Pavilion is well known for its luxury stores, high-caliber restaurants, and iconic “Le Blond” tower. Places like Starbucks, Nordstrom Rack, and Cyclebar are expected sights to the average visitor. But where did that tall Le Blond-adorned structure and vintage-looking building come from? Before busy shoppers flocked to the center, the 20 plus-acre corner location was once home to the nationally recognized R.K. Le Blond Machine Tool Company. Previously located in the eastside Linwood neighborhood, the then small-but-mighty machine tool manufacturer began with just two lathes, a milling machine, and a few tools. Its first

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New Store: Maverick Chocolate Co.

I, Paul, traveled around the world as an engineer for many years; always returning home to Marlene with new and interesting chocolate. The more chocolate we tried, the more interested we became in how chocolate was grown and made. When my travel stopped early 2013, Marlene and I soon finished our supply of chocolate. We were sitting at the kitchen island when the idea struck–let’s make our own world-class chocolate right here in Cincinnati. After transforming our kitchen into a chocolate factory, we invited our friends over for a number of chocolate tastings. Everyone was impressed and the demand for our chocolate grew. Now we are the proud owners of

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New Store: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we’ve continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ’s a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ’s to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we’ve put on the Chicago-style pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we

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If you’re like many of us here at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion, you’ve gained the dreaded “quarantine 15” this year. It’s a relatively common phenomenon that has plagued people nationwide, given the fact that there has been a lot less daily movement and a lot more visits to the fridge from our home offices. If you’re ready to fall back into fitness, that “quarantine 15” can be worked off at our very own CycleBar indoor cycling studio. 

CycleBar Hyde Park, located right in the Rookwood Commons & Pavilion shopping center, is more than an indoor cycling studio. In each ride, attendees take a journey of self-discovery, uncovering inner strength and power. 

You don’t have to be an expert cyclist to take this journey in a CycleBar class. Their indoor cycling rides are designed for all fitness levels with a mission of empowering and inspiring every rider. And trust us on this one, their instructors will always empower, inspire, and so much more. Known as “CycleStars,” these powerful people provide relatable, reflective cues that encourage you to push yourself to your absolute edge – often further than you ever thought possible. 

You’ll feel that genuine care the moment you walk into the door. The CycleBar team will take care of everything, providing everything from complimentary filtered water, snacks, lockers that have coded keypads for easy access and safe storage for all of your belongings, hair ties, wet clothing bags, and other toiletries for you to use. They even offer cycling shoes for every class. Of course, you’re welcome to bring your own, just make sure to call ahead to ensure they’re compatible with the CycleBar pedals. 

All you just need to show up ready to ride. 

But how do you join CycleBar? They break it down on their website, step by step: 

    • Step 1: Fuel Up
      You don’t want to ride on an empty tank, so we recommend that you hydrate with plenty of water and a light snack.

 

    • Step 2: Sign In
      Before your first ride, you need to sign a waiver. If you are under 18, you need one signed by a parent in person.

 

    • Step 3: Gear Up
      Please arrive at the studio 10-15 minutes before your ride, so we can give you a tour of the studio and introduce to your CycleStar.

 

    • Step 4: Jump On
      Our team will help to outfit you with shoes, and adjust your bike. Water-check! Towel-check! You’re ready to rock your ride!

 

    • Step 5: Get Moving
      Follow your CycleStar’s lead and let the music carry you through the ride. We never judge and it’s ok to sit when you feel like doing so.

 

    • Step 6: Keep Track
      After your ride we’ll send you an email with your performance stats and of course, the playlist to keep you rocking your day!

 

While every class is considered open level, most start with CycleBar’s Classic or Connect class. Their other classes include: 

  • Performance – perfect for the more competitive rider.
  • Empower – where mind and body meet on the bike. 
  • Xpress – a thirty minute rhythm-based ride. 
  • CycleGives – donation-based classes with proceeds for your favorite causes.

No matter what class you take, you can modify to meet your fitness level. And, you can be sure that your health and safety will be protected. They offer contactless payments, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing after every ride and require masks and social distancing.

If you’re not quite ready to join an in-studio class, you can still get the incredible health benefits that come with a traditional CycleBar membership with their new CycleBar Go. For just $19.99 per month, you have access to incredible Cyclestars from all CycleBar locations at all times of day. All you need is a device, access to WiFi, and a stationary bike to get the CycleBar experience at home. To learn more about CycleBar, visit their website here. We’ll see you on the bike, soon!

Lands’ End is hosting a coat drive with the national non-profit, One Warm Coat. Now through November 1, drop off any new or gently worn coats at Lands’ End. You’ll receive 50% off any new coat, scarf, gloves or mittens. The best part? Your donated coats will be given to local people in need.

Thank you for help in this very important endeavor.

Shop In-store & online: The fall colors are peaking. Pop by Evereve to get an eyeful, then shop it your way: in-store, with Store Pickup, or Dressing Room To Go. The EVEREVE fall lineup is all love. See what we’re swooning over Evereve, then shop it your way: in-store, with Store Pickup, or Dressing Room To Go.

Shop with Store Pickup & DRTG: From jackets to joggers, it’s a fall-for-all at Evereve. Shop it your way: in-store, with Store Pickup, or Dressing Room To Go.cFrom short cardis to high tops, fall is trending at Evereve. Shop it your way: in-store, with Store Pickup, or Dressing Room To Go.

Crisp autumn air has begun to grace our fair city. We are so eager to welcome this early autumnal shift after one muggy Midwest summer. We’ve loved seeing an influx of shoppers stroll in directly from the Wasson Trail. September is sure to be no different, especially as the leaves on the trees lining the trail begin to turn.

We can’t wait to enjoy all that autumn has to offer. Luckily, we have plenty of natural areas within reach that provide socially distant activity. That’s why we’re featuring REI, our favorite recreational retailer for this month’s spotlight. This outdoorsmen and women paradise has everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors all season long no matter your speed, strength, or style. Stop in for:

  • Not-so-basic camping supplies, like tents that sit on the top of your car and gadgets that guide your way and make your camping experience a bit easier. They carry so many camping supplies – you’ll be amazed at the comfort and luxury their products can bring to the campsite. REI can help you transform a standard campsite into a total outdoor paradise complete with comfy air mattresses, fully functioning stove, and easy-to-pack furniture.
  • Hiking gear for hikers of all types, from the most seasoned hikers that are looking for quality hydration packs to family-friendly packs fit with baby carriers. REI even sells everything you’ll want to carry in your pack for your hike. The obvious necessities are always in-stock, like first aid, bug protection, and packable food. But you may be surprised by all they offer that will make the journey even more enjoyable, including comfortable hiking boots for you and grippy booties for your pup.
  • Cycling necessities for all types of terrain with everything from mountain bikes to road bikes. In just a few aisles you’ll discover high-tech attachments, advanced safety equipment, and storage packs for your rides and the bike rack to take you to the head of the trail. Soon enough, you’ll wonder how you ever rode the Wasson Trail without them.
  • Indoor activity-approved staples for the homebody’s. From yoga gear for your virtual yoga class to everyday loungewear that doubles as workwear, REI has you covered even on rainy fall days.

If you expect your fall to be filled with all sorts of adventure, especially after making it through a year of being relatively cooped up, we highly recommend signing up to be an REI Co-op member. A one-time twenty dollar membership fee gets you a lifelong membership that gets you all sorts of perks, including special sales, classes, and 10% member dividend. Trust us on this one, you’ll see the benefit after just one trip to the checkout counter.

Speaking of the checkout counter, when you stop by the store, you can trust that you’ll be shopping safely at their Rookwood Commons & Pavilion location. Like all our stores, they have put great effort into creating more space in the store for shoppers to browse and creative solutions to keep everyone well. Their safety protocols include:

  • Limiting the number of people allowed in the store at once to adhere to social distancing standards.
  • Requiring employees and customers ages two years old and older to wear face coverings. Don’t worry if you forget one, they have disposable masks available.

Keep in mind, if you are someone that prefers to shop online, you can take advantage of their convenient in-store pickup option. You can find your favorite products on their website and pick up at their Rookwood Commons and Pavilion store for a quick, local trip with minimal contact.

From the shortest “staycation” in one of the Tri-State’s great parks to a complete retreat at a national park, REI has it all. Start your adventure the next time you visit Rookwood Commons and Pavilion at REI.

Now through August 30, 2020 guests can purchase a gift card through our website (traditional plastic card or e-gift card) and receive 20% off their purchase of $50 in gift cards or more with the code RB2020

https://www.myrustybucket.com/gift-cards

*This promotion applies through our website only

Summer has come and gone and we are still unsure where time has gone and where we will go next, especially as we enter a new school year. Schools across the city are starting back up again. And while each school’s and each student’s plan looks a little different compared to the other, parents, students, and teachers are grateful to get back to some sort of routine after a summer of uncertainty, even if the long-term plan is still to be determined. 

Some Cincinnati-area schools are keeping everything in order with cohorts in which students and teachers are divided into distinct groups that stay together throughout the entire day of in-classroom instruction. Others are going totally virtual for all classes, activities, and events. Some are doing a mix of both. Known as “hybrid learning,” this educational style combines the best parts of in-person education and virtual learning to keep COVID-19 transmission low.

With all that being said, these are only the plans for now. Over the past few weeks, parents and children have been on a rollercoaster while preparing for back to school. Delayed start dates, ever-changing expectations, and more have made for a unique situation for back-to-school season. And even though there is a structure set in place, many wonder how long it will last. 

But as a few schools opened their doors this week, masks couldn’t hide the students’ excitement for getting back to school with friends. And, plenty of parents are excited to have the home office of their dreams, without incessant interruptions that’s plagued them since the spring semester. Of course, many schools across the Tri-State have yet to start, delaying in-person instruction to prevent a spike in spread. 

The 2020-2021 school year isn’t going to look the same as it always has. Standard back-to-school shopping trips just won’t cut it. But at Rookwood Commons and Pavilion, you can get all the things you need (and didn’t know you needed) all semester long, including:

Gifts for Teachers 
Educators in all parts of the city have been working hard to work through the unknown for months and will continue for the near future. Constantly changing mandates have made things all the more complicated. Let’s show our gratitude beyond typical trinkets. At-home teachers will love the gift of comfort in the form of a new athleisure outfit curated by Athleta or REI. In-person teachers, on the other hand, are craving a bit of support. From shoe inserts for standing instruction to a new skincare regimen that will combat the all-day mask wearing, our shops have something that every teacher could use – and appreciate. 

Family-Friendly Workspace
We’ve all been “making do” this year as we have managed work-from-home mandates and homeschooling. Chances are, your setup is less than ideal for another semester, both for at-home learners and in-school attendees. For everyone’s sake, upgrade your home workspace. West Elm has a fantastic selection of home office furniture that pair well together in a home. coworking space. If your kids do better when they study solo, Home Goods is the way to go. They’re always getting new styles in-stock that fit every one of your family members’ styles. And, at the very least, you will appreciate the improvement in your makeshift work-from-home setup. 

Home Library 
We are so lucky to have our favorite local bookstore, Joseph Beth Booksellers, in our shopping center. They have so many books in stock that will keep kids up on required reading and social distancing boredom at bay. Whether you stop by for a quick pickup or stay for a new learning scenery at Bronte Bistro, we hope Joseph Beth Booksellers is your favorite stop this school year.

No matter your plan, we are here to help you make your transition into a new school year smoother. We will continue to keep our employees’ and visitors’ safety as a top priority. Speaking of safety, if you will be sending your child back to school, the CDC has a checklist of steps to take to keep our kids healthy while learning in school. Click here for more information. 

Happy back to school, Rookwood family! 

This past weekend, Americans celebrated the Fourth of July. We hope you were able to enjoy some free time with family and friends, doing everything from watching your neighborhood’s fireworks in the sky to enjoying a bar-b-que in your backyard.

Independence Day is a great reminder of our shared freedom nationwide. But we at Rookwood Commons and Pavilion have been celebrating our freedom for awhile now. Ever since our shops and restaurants began the reopening process this spring, we’ve felt freer than ever before.

While we have loved being able to see each other with the help of technology, there’s nothing quite like running into a friend at your favorite shop…from a socially responsible distance, of course. The opportunity to browse alongside fellow shoppers is all thanks to the incredible efforts made by each shop. We are so impressed by the creativity and ingenuity that’s come from our retailers’ and restaurants’ teams. They have taken the time to study CDC recommendations and create best practices and safety guidelines fit for their businesses, have invested in gallons of disinfectants, and spend hours every day staying up on extra cleaning steps. 

With their dedicated focus on safety, we can now: 

Interact.

For us, catching up at 6ft apart feels like a warm hug. Whether seeing an old friend across the aisle at Home Goods or simply sharing conversation with a cashier at DSW behind a translucent barrier, we’re loving seeing everyone out and about. To be honest, walking through the clearly marked rows of books at Joseph-Beth Booksellers and hearing the din of the crowd while enjoying a cup of coffee at Bronte Bistro is a newfound joy that we never appreciated as much before. 

Dine in.

Oh, how we’ve missed the ambiance only a restaurant can provide. We are so grateful for all the efforts that every hostess, server, and bartender has made so we all can enjoy one of our most favorite pastimes. Of course, we loved being able to enjoy our favorite restaurants’ dishes with curbside pickup and no-contact delivery. But, it just wasn’t the same. Even when going out to dinner with your pod of people you’ve been self-quarantining with, it feels extra special. 

Workout. 

Many of our community members stayed dedicated to their fitness regimen. CycleBar offered virtual classes throughout the stay-at-home order. And while its members were grateful for the chance to connect virtually and continue their workout routine, there’s nothing quite like the motivation that comes with working hard alongside your fellow classmates. It’s comforting and inspiring, so much so that it will help us lose that “COVID-19” weight we’ve put on. Sure, there are less people in attendance and props used in each class, but the end result is the same as it was pre-quarantine. 

Get pampered. 

The little luxury of a spa treatment feels more indulgent than ever before. We all went months with grown-out roots, unmanicured nails, and more. Then, we jumped for joy at our first appointment back. Anyone else wish they could hug their stylist in gratitude? 

Thank you to every team member for doing your part in helping to prevent overcrowding while creating an opportunity to bring our community back together again. And, thank you all for following the safety protocols each business has set in place. Honoring the simple request of wearing a mask and keeping your distance will allow us all to continue to enjoy all that Rookwood Commons and Pavilion has to offer. 

We vow to never take shopping trips, fitness classes, and dinners out for granted ever again. See you all soon – we’ll be smiling under our masks.

 

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Have you taken the newest route to get to Rookwood Commons and Pavilion? With the recently completed portion of the Wasson Way Trail, you can now bike before indulging in a decadent brunch at First Watch or jog to your next spinning class for a pre-class warmup. 

The Wasson Way Trail will connect thousands of people that live within one mile of this trail and its connector trails to countless amenities right here at Rookwood Commons and Pavilion. It spans 8 Cincinnati neighborhoods and three municipalities. The Wasson Way Trail is a much safer alternative for bikers and walkers alike, compared to the ever-more-congested streets. 

The proposed trail network will transform our region by:

  • Increasing mobility and accessibility
  • Decreasing CO2 emissions from vehicles
  • Saving travel time with reduced rush-hour traffic congestion 
  • Reducing accidents 
  • Lowering transportation costs 
  • Improving individuals’ health and wellness 

Over the last few months, we’ve started to see some of that transformation. But, until recently, there wasn’t much use of the trail since the phase 2 construction grand opening ribbon was cut last November. Ohio winter weather and temporary store closures kept area residents from taking advantage of this new pathway. 

Now, sunny days and open doors have brought so many of our community members to our shops and restaurants by way of the Wasson Way Trail. We knew the newly installed steps would attract a crowd. But, it’s more than anyone expected! Recent surveys show that the Wasson Way Trail has an average daily use of over 1,500 people! This is 500% higher than what was initially expected for Phases 1 and 2.

Even with large numbers, everyone can walk the path confidently and safely with the help of two yellow lines painted along the trail. These lines indicate a 6-foot space that helps all pedestrians maintain social distancing while on the path. 

While we couldn’t be more excited about the area that’s completed, the proposed trail route is still a work in progress. We can’t wait to connect with even more neighborhoods. Additional plans for the trail include: 

Little Miami Trail

The non-profit organization plans to connect to this beloved local bike trail, though the route is still to be determined. This connection brings Rookwood Commons & Pavilion to a network of trails that reach all the way to Cleveland! While we don’t imagine anyone traveling that distance to make it to our center for a shopping spree, we’re ready to directly connect with our local residents in the Mariemont area through the pedestrian-friendly trail.

Montgomery Road to Avondale

This stage two initiative will extend the trail west of Montgomery Road to the Uptown area. This addition will not only transport people safely and environmentally friendly to the second largest employment center in the region, it will also bridge the gap of our city’s rivals, University of Cincinnati and Xavier.

Armleder and Lunken Trails

This portion of the trail exits Ault Park near Fairfax. Avid area bike riders will love being connected to another community favorite via The Wasson Way Trail: Lunken Trail. 

Cincinnati Connects Urban Loop Trail 

The big-picture vision will eventually create a 42-mile loop around the city. The Urban Loop Trail will be made up of four primary trails along with the Wasson Way: the Ohio River West, the Mill Creek Greenway, and Oasis Transportation Corridor/Ohio River Trail.

Soon enough, you and your family can pick up a picnic lunch from your favorite Rookwood restaurant and take it to Ault Park. Another perk? If (or shall we say when) you forget your picnic basket or blanket, you can always pick one up at one of our retailers. 

Hit the trails and share your pictures online. But don’t forget your reusable shopping bags! Interested in learning more? Visit the Wasson Way Project website

 

Our community of shops and restaurants have been eager to reopen since closing our doors to help flatten the curve. And now, many at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion are reopening, with caution, of course. While things have been changing rapidly in Cincinnati, across the state, and throughout the world since March, one thing that won’t be rushed during this time is the process of reopening at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion.

Some of our shops and restaurants have stayed open over these last few weeks as “essential” businesses, including Whole Foods and The UPS Store. With Governor Dewine’s approval, retail stores that fell in the “non-essential” category were permitted to reopen on Tuesday, May 12th. Since then, the following Rookwood Commons & Pavilion stores opened their doors for the first time in weeks:

  • Bath and Body Works
  • AT&T
  • GNC
  • T-Mobile
  • West Elm
  • Sur La Table
  • Shoe Carnival
  • Talbots
  • Gap
  • Churchill’s Fine Teas
  • DSW Shoes
  • Francesca’s Collection
  • GameStop
  • Carter’s
  • TJ Maxx
  • Homegoods
  • Fawn Candy
  • Stein Mart
  • Claire’s Boutique (May 25)
  • Cyclebar (May 26)

In addition to in-store shopping, curbside pickup became available at a few of the previously listed shops, as well as the following:

  • Rally House
  • Ulta Salon
  • DSW Shoes
  • Joseph Beth Booksellers
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Yankee Candle
  • Carhartt
  • Maverick’s Chocolate

Like retail shops, many of our community’s restaurants are slowly starting the reopening process. But it won’t look like a typical lunch hour or dinner date night for a little while. For now, The Pub at Rookwood plans to open its patio on May 15th and its dining area with limited seating on May 21st. Others are expected to follow shortly after. Yagoot J. Alexander’s

If you prefer to eat in the comfort of your home, curbside pickup and delivery options are readily available:

  • The Pub at Rookwood
  • BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
  • Buca Di Beppo
  • Qdoba
  • F. Chang’s
  • Donatos
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries
  • Alexander’s
  • Potbelly Sandwich Works
  • Buffalo Wild Wings

The health of our customers and workers is so important to all of us at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion That’s why every store will be following Governor Dewine’s five-step guideline, no matter if customers are briefly stopping by or are staying for a full shopping experience. His recommendation says:

  • Employees and customers are encouraged to wear face coverings.
  • Employee health assessments should be completed daily.
  • Personal hygiene with plenty of handwashing should be a top priority.
  • Store surfaces should be regularly cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.
  • Capacity should be capped at 50% of fire code allowance to maintain social distancing guidelines.

Not only is every employer and worker committed to following these guidelines for the wellbeing of all, our community is taking action beyond the five safety steps our governor outlined:

  • Barriers are being installed when social distancing is impossible.
  • Hand sanitizers are being made readily available in high-contact locations.
  • Signage is being posted to clearly communicate each shop’s safety measures that are to be followed while shopping.

We’re proud of the actions our shops and restaurants are taking to keep our community safe and healthy. For example, Lenscrafters is open and ready to provide emergency services. Huntington Bank and Third Federal Savings & Loan are available by appointment. And, we’re loving the creative solutions each shop and restaurant has come up with in these times, like Chico’s. This women’s retailor is offering online appointments with style experts.

Over the next few days and weeks, more restaurants and shops will continue to open. One of the most highly anticipated reopening’s will be our salons: European Wax Center, Pump Salon (May 24th) and Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa.

You can stay up to date on every store’s status, including changes from curbside pickup only to indoor dining as well as specified shopping hours for high-risk individuals by following us on social media. You can find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram @shoprookwood.

We can’t wait to (safely) see you in-store! Don’t forget to pick up your favorite caffeinated beverage from Starbucks before your first shopping excursion. Simply download the Starbucks app for safe and easy pickup.

Know a teacher who deserves a medal for navigating this world of virtual learning? Nominate them in the Submit a Comment  below by sharing their name, the school they teach at, and what it is that makes them so special! We will choose 5 teachers to win $100 to a Rookwood retailer of their choice!

The contest ends on April 30th at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be named shortly after!

The past few weeks have been anything but ordinary. Each change is unexpected, each new announcement unprecedented. As we share today’s post, we can’t help but reflect on how much has changed since our last blog post. But one thing that has stayed the same for us at Rookwood Commons and Pavilion is our commitment to our local community. Whether that is closing our shop doors to keep our community safe and help “flatten the curve” or coming up with creative ways to still get you all the things you love, we’re here for you. Do you know all the ways you can still connect with the Rookwood community? Our favorite way is with a good Rookwood-made meal:

Whether by Delivery…

Donato’s Pizza has always been our top carry-out pizza choice. And (thankfully) they’re not letting anything stop their delivery services. This Ohio-original pizzeria is taking extra precautions with their newly launched “low-contact” delivery option. Visit their website to place your online “low contact” delivery order. There, you’ll complete your payment online – and add your tip if you are able to – to eliminate any cash money or credit card exchange. Even the delivery itself is kept at a safe distance. In fact, you’ll be notified when your Donato’s delivery arrives, which will be waiting for you at your front door left by your gloved driver. Something tells us we’ll be regulars here, without ever leaving our homes.

But food delivery doesn’t stop with pizza. Thanks to delivery services like UberEats, you can get your favorite Rookwood menu items delivered right to your doorstep, including made-to-order Qdoba, BJ’s Brewhouse, and P.F. Chang’s.

 Or by pickup…

Foodies that are really missing a nice dinner out will love the new curbside pickup offering from J. Alexander’s Redlands Grill. And while we miss the ambiance of this steakhouse, we have a feeling you’ll love their expanded menu. Not only can you order your favorite prepared dishes online, you can bring Redlands to your kitchen with their “cook at home” selection of hand-cut steaks and sides. They even have wine bottles available for pickup. Click here to see their complete carry-out menu. Date night just got cozier.

Not only can you take home your go-to menu items from Rookwood restaurants, you can be one of five lucky people to win a $100 shopping spree as soon as your favorite retailers open their doors again. All you have to do is share a picture of your favorite things in your home that have come from Rookwood. Whether it’s something from Sur La Table in your kitchen, in your closet from TJ Maxx, or in your makeshift home gym from Athleta – we’d love to see your bit of Rookwood in your home. To enter, post your photo on your social media account and tag @shoprookwood by April 30th.

We miss seeing you all in our shops and restaurants each day, but we are still feeling the love. We have been blown away by the amount of support coming from our community, even from afar. “Thank you” doesn’t even begin to explain the gratitude we feel for each of you. We are so grateful for your ongoing support and helping us keep our community connected even in this socially distant time. Every visit to Rookwood Commons & Pavilion fuels our community so we can continue to serve you well after this virus has passed. If you’re looking for another way to support our community, consider purchasing a gift card from Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa and Pump Salon here. 20% of all gift card purchases will go directly to staff.

Thank you, Cincinnati. And stay well!

The 82nd annual March Madness Tournament begins this month: 

  • Selection Sunday —March 15, 2020
  • First Four — Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17-18, 2020
  • NCAA Tournament Round 1 — Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, 2020
  • NCAA Tournament Round 2 — Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, 2020
  • Sweet 16 — Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, 2020
  • Elite 8 — Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, 2020
  • Final Four — Saturday, April 4, 2020
  • 2020 NCAA championship game — Monday, April 6, 2020

“March Madness” is really a perfect way to describe this tournament, especially the second and third rounds. Over the course of just four days, 48 games are played. With multiple games being aired at the same time, the best way to fully immerse yourself into the madness of this basketball tournament is at one of our bars and restaurants that feature multiple screens. 

If you prefer to avoid the crowds that come with the typical bar scene, snag a seat at one of the great sports bars and restaurants at both the Commons & Pavilion sides of Rookwood. Here, you can watch more than one game at a time, which is perfect for friend groups filled with a range of fans. Our restaurants provide the electric energy of fans you want in the midst of a high-stakes tournament without the excessive crowds and with plenty of seats and delicious food for all. No matter who you’re rooting for, you’ll have a front-row (and comfortable) seat to all the action. 

Our top three places to watch your team on (one of many) big screen(s) are: 

Rusty Bucket  

This Rookwood staple has been known for its excellent hospitality and friendly service for years. Here, you’ll avoid swarms of (often frustrated) fans and instead be welcomed by an extensive bar menu and made-from-scratch meals. With comfortable seating both around the bar and at individual tables, everyone in your crew will be comfortable even in the most nail-biting moments. 

Buffalo Wild Wings 

There’s no combination quite like sports and hot wings. Not only will “B-Dubs” bring you plenty of mouth-watering wings (and plenty of napkins), you’ll have more than enough televisions to watch your team take home the win. 

BJs Brewhouse

The newest sports bar in our community is making a name for itself. This fan favorite is known for its pizza and beer selection. Don’t worry, you can invite your health-conscious friends, too. Their EnLIGHTened menu features a selection of low-calorie, superfoods, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

No matter where you post up for each game, stop by Rally House to get the best team apparel. From simple t-shirts to fan tattoos, you can show your team spirit in any way you like. Rally House’s new location makes it even more convenient to pick up new gear on your way to one of our restaurants, perfect for the last-minute fan. 

Prefer to watch in the comfort of your home? We get it. At home, you can proudly cheer – or yell at the screen – in private, while still getting the Rookwood sports bar experience. All three of our favorite fan spots offer carry out so you can take the best sports bar bites home with you. Be sure to call ahead, because they’re sure to be busy throughout the entire tournament. 

Not a fan of traditional sports bar food? 

Snag a pizza from Donato’s. Their crispy pizzas, calzones and subs will keep everyone happy. We love how Donato’s lets you build your own pizza – even with a gluten-free crust – to avoid any pre-game arguments. 

Or stop by our favorite grocer: Whole Foods. Here, they have everything you need to create a healthier home viewing party. Choose from classic favorites like deli meat trays and chips with guacamole or change things up with artisan cheeses and fresh veggies with dip. Our favorite? All the skewers. From chicken teriyaki to beet and goat cheese, skewers make the perfect (and more sanitary) game day snack.  

From the “First Four” through the championship game on April 6, the restaurants at Rookwood Commons and Pavilion will help you make the most of March Madness in your unique fan way. Share your March Madness moments with us on social media. Tag “Rookwood” on Facebook with #MyMarchMadness. We can’t wait to cheer on our teams alongside you.

 

We are undergoing a “Refresh” remodel to update your Five Guys location to better serve our customers effective Midnight 2/19/20.

We will reopen in 3-4 weeks or as soon as possible to welcome you back with a newer and better location!

During the “Refresh” please visit one of our other area locations at:

Newport on the Levee
1 Levee Way
Newport, KY

or

Mason
9540 S Mason Montgomery
Mason, OH 45040

See you soon!

Rusty Bucket Rookwood is currently interviewing experienced line cooks to join their crew! Open availability preferred, nights and weekends required. Starting at $15/hr. Stop in Rusty Bucket anytime between 10AM-6PM to apply and speak with the team!

For more information, please visit the link here: https://www.myrustybucket.com/great-people

 

We Cincinnatians are feeling the love throughout the Tri-State. And while some of you may be boycotting the Valentine’s Day holiday coming up mid-month, we at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion will take any excuse to celebrate any type of love. 

Sure, we love a romantic candlelit dinner, but our community offers more than just the lovey-dovey stuff. From familial love to loving friendships to self-love, you can honor all the matters of the heart in all types of ways at our shops. Here, you can find special items and memorable experiences for everyone you care about. 

Today, we’re highlighting three of our favorite ways to express your love this Valentine’s Day. At Rookwood Commons & Pavilion, you can: 

Connect with the Heart 

What better way to connect with a loved one than with great conversation over an equally awesome meal? At Rookwood Commons & Pavilion, we have plenty of choices for every occasion and taste preference. 

    • Start your day with breakfast at First Watch with your kids or coworkers. The chance to connect outside your regular routine – and to share some of their million dollar bacon – will put a smile on your face as the sun comes up. 
    • Gather a larger group to share family style dishes at Buca di Beppo. Whether relatives by blood or by choice, sharing really is caring here. 
    • Enjoy a more intimate meal with a special someone, from your favorite Galentine to special Valentine, by indulging on a steak dinner at J. Alexander’s Redlands Grill. 

Show Your Heart 

Distance often prevents those special in-person connections. But that doesn’t mean you can’t share the love with your friends and family who live the furthest from you.  

    • Snag a Valentine’s themed outfit from Carter’s for your littlest love. Just make sure there hasn’t been a recent growth spurt if it’s been months since your last visit. 
    • Find the perfect winter wear at R.E.I. for your outdoorsy nephew. Think of it like a warm hug from afar. No matter the sport he’s into, you’re sure to find something he loves. 
    • Pick out the trendiest accessories from Nordstrom Rack for your most fashionable friend. The tiniest earrings can make a big statement – and you’ll cut back on shipping costs. 

Speaking of shipping, we make it easy here at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion, to get your package to your loved ones. In addition to our incredible selection, what makes shopping here even more convenient is our on-site UPS store. Here, you can send your gift immediately after purchasing and get it all done in just one trip. 

Improve Heart Health 

In addition to celebrating love this month, we are focusing on heart health. And it’s not just us. Known as American Heart Month, February is the perfect month to refocus on your heart health. Heart disease affects people of all ages, so try one of these three ways to improve your heart health at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion. 

    • Take a heart-pumping class at Cyclebar. The incredibly energetic instructors combined with powerfully inspiring music will get even those completely opposed to cardio training to move. Invite a loved one to join you to make a special connection. After all, there’s no bond quite like pushing through a workout alongside a friend. 
    • Pick up a bar of pure dark chocolate from Maverick Chocolate. Studies show that dark chocolate is good for the heart (and for the soul). 
    • Get new athleticwear at Athleta to motivate you to get back to your regular workout routine. We recommend visiting on Saturday mornings when they host their free workout, led by a fitness professional from a Cincinnati-based studio. 

If none of those sound appealing to you, show your support for heart health with a new piece of clothing. Snag a new red sweater at TJ Maxx to support National Wear Red Day® on February 7th. 

At Rookwood Commons and Pavilion, you can find what you love for all you love. We’ll see you at the shops soon! 

 

Now that the rush of the new year has passed and we’re settled back into routine, we at Rookwood Commons and Pavilion can’t wait to get started on all those resolutions we set January 1st. The good thing is that many of our resolutions can be met right here in our community. We are so excited for another year at the Commons and Pavilion, especially with the newest addition to Rookwood: West Elm.

The Cincinnati community has been awaiting the arrival of a nearby West Elm store.  Before their Rookwood grand opening, we Cincinnatians had to travel to Columbus to get our West Elm fix. Not only is the new location’s proximity to all parts of the Tri-State ideal, visiting the store is an experience in and of itself. 

Have you been able to stop by the new Rookwood West Elm? If so, you know how their space inspires and delights with endless decor and furnishings. With nearly 12,000 square feet of gorgeous furniture and home decor, you’re sure to find a piece or two (or twenty) that will help give your home a fresh feel for the new year. 

If you haven’t stopped in the store yet, keep reading to get to know West Elm before your first visit. 

West Elm first opened its doors in Brooklyn in 2002. Since then, they have expanded to more than 85 U.S. cities and across the world, including Canada, Mexico, Australia, the UK and the Middle East. No matter where you shop, West Elm carries everything from furniture to lighting, pillows to mirrors and more, 90% of which is made in-house. 

West Elm is a branch of Williams–Sonoma, which you’ll be able to notice immediately. But at West Elm, they focus on making beautiful, modern design more affordable to help all customers express their personal style at home. 

Not only do they want to help each individual customer, West Elm wants to impact their customers’ surrounding areas, too. We at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion love to support our local communities, which is why we are so happy to have West Elm in our collection of shops. Yes, they are an international brand, but they’re committed to the communities they serve. In fact, they empower store managers to tailor each store’s inventory to their local makers to improve the lives of artists, nurture talent, and help small businesses grow. 

Not only does West Elm strive to take care of their local communities, they are also committed to their global suppliers, too. And, they have been for quite some time. In fact, in 2014, West Elm became the first U.S. home retailer to carry Fair Trade Certified™ products. Now, their handcrafted products are made by more than 5,000 makers from a network of more than 35 artisan groups spanning 15 countries, including many based right here in Ohio. 

In addition to their exceptional care for their creators, West Elm keeps their global impact top of mind, too. They carry products made with organic fabrics, as they are proven to be better for our bodies and the environment. The organic textiles West Elm carries are certified to meet the standards set by the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) and the Organic Cotton Standard (OCS). In addition to using organic materials, West Elm prioritizes sustainable sourcing, including wood certified to FSC® standards. 

Now that you know West Elm better, it’s time you come in and make your home resolutions a reality. 

But really, no matter your resolution, we at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion want to help you make 2020 the best year yet – and really, all the 2020’s to the best decade ever. What shops would you like to see added to our center? Let us know in the comments!

 

Have the Happiest of Holidays at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion

The busy holiday shopping season is in full swing. From frantic trips to massive malls to online shopping fiascos, getting the perfect presents for friends, family, and coworkers can be, well…stressful. 

Not at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion. 

Our shops make the holiday shopping experience simpler and more enjoyable for all. One visit is all you need to get a personal, thoughtful present for everyone on your list. 

At Rookwood, you can:

Give Good Health 

It’s no secret that our society is focusing on health more than ever before. Of course, “health” can be defined in many ways. For some, it’s a heart-pumping group fitness class. For others, it’s a delicious piece of dark chocolate at the end of a long day. At Rookwood, we have it all. 

Stop by Cyclebar for a class pack gift card. It’s a perfect push for self-care for both regular riders and newbies alike. Then, visit Maverick Chocolate for dark chocolate crafted in small batches with care. 

But our health-focused options don’t end there: 

  • Whole Foods is the perfect place to find conscious – and delicious – gifts. 
  • Churchill’s Fine Teas has every type of tea blend, from herbal to green and everything between. 
  • Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa brings indulgent beauty care in a range of expert services. 

Give Parent-Approved Presents 

Rather than add to a family’s clutter with new toys that will be left untouched shortly after receiving, give something the kids – and parents – will actually use. Our shops at Rookwood have more than the typical toy store. 

Joseph Beth Booksellers brings the love of reading to every child with books for every interest. For the more active children on your list, Recreational Equipment Inc (REI) is the best place to inspire outdoor activity of all types. 

The average parent will adore receiving clothes for their growing children. A few of our favorites include:  

  • Carter’s, who brings cute and comfortable clothes to every kid. 
  • Gap Baby and Gap Kids, who sells trendy attire for the most fashion-forward children. 
  • Athleta, who promotes health and fitness to young girls with activity-oriented apparel. 

Give the Comfort of Home 

We’re so excited to welcome West Elm, our newest store, to Rookwood Commons and Pavilion. This luxurious home decor store has something for every room in the home and everyone on your list, from newlyweds to new homeowners. Yankee Candle, on the other hand, brings the same level of housewarming on a smaller scale for a cozy gift for all ages. 

For a more interactive, inspiring gift, head to Sur La Table. Not only do they have everything for the favorite room in the house, they also offer cooking classes to help ensure your gift recipients knows how to use their new kitchen tools. 

Give Glamour

For the most fashionable on your list, the shops at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion have a wide selection for beauty from head to toe. 

You can adorn your favorite fashionistas with age-appropriate accessories at Claire’s or special high-end jewelry at William Effler Jewelers. Then, complete the look at DSW for the best – and biggest – footwear selection.  

Individual style varies person to person. You can complete your loved one’s personalized look right in our shopping center: 

  • TJ Maxx is the perfect spot to find on-trend, on-budget pieces. 
  • Nordstrom Rack brings high-end designers at a price you can’t beat. 
  • Motherhood Maternity has pieces that make expectant mamas feel beautiful at every stage. 

Give the Gift of Time 

No matter what type of presents a person asks for, we all can agree that time together is the greatest gift of all. We have a range of restaurants to please everyone’s tastes, from P.F. Chang’s to Buca di Beppo, J. Alexander’s to Buffalo Wild Wings. Whether as a gift card for future use or a scheduled gathering, bring your friends and family together for a meal at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion. 

You really can get it all here. 

With all these shops to choose from, don’t be surprised if you find a few things for yourself, too. Don’t forget to gift yourself while giving to others. 

Happy holiday shopping, Cincinnati!

Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving Eve (11/27): Normal business hours
Thanksgiving Day (11/28): Closed
Christmas Eve (12/24): 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Christmas Day (12/25): Closed
New Years Eve (12/31): 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
New Years Day (1/1): Regular hours

Specials:

Thanksgiving Eve (11/27): $3.50 Bud Light Draft, $5.00 Guinness, $3.95 White Claw (5:00 P.M. – Close)
New Year’s Day (1/1): Brunch with $4.00 mimosas and signature bloody marys (Open – 3:00 P.M.)

It’s no surprise that the time between Thanksgiving and the New Year is the busiest shopping period of the year. As we all prepare for the rush of the holidays, it’s important to consider where, when, and how you’ll get it all done. Many of us plan to flock to Black Friday sales or wait patiently at our keyboards for Cyber Monday. But this year, we invite you to take part in Small Business Saturday. 

The annual Small Business Saturday shopping event offers more than just an opportunity to save money on holiday shopping. It’s a chance to support your community in the best possible way. 

With every purchase you make at a small shop, not only will you bring joy to your loved ones with a uniquely local gift, you’ll also support our Cincinnati community. In fact, according to grasshopper.com, when you spend $100 at a local business, nearly two-thirds will stay in our local community. That’s quite a big difference compared to shopping at a big-box store. When you spend the same amount at a national retailer, less than half will stay in the local community. 

Just like any other Cincinnatian, we at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion love our local businesses. So, in honor of Small Business Saturday, we’re highlighting three of our local businesses found right here in our shopping center.

Let’s start with the most delicious of them all: Maverick Chocolate Co. 

Maverick Chocolate Co. 

When you gift someone a Maverick chocolate bar, you give more than just a delicious treat. Every chocolate bar made in Cincinnati is crafted with care, using only the finest ingredients. Maverick Chocolate Co., aptly named for their independent and nonconformist ways, is a family owned and operated bean-to-bar craft chocolate company. 

You can visit their Rookwood location every Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 9:00pm or Sundays from noon to 6:00pm. There, you can sample every chocolate bar before purchasing to find the best treat for every loved one. 

But, even better than samples alone are their daily tours, which gives an insider’s look to the day-to-day operation of a local chocolatier. Tours are free and available every Monday through Friday at 2:00pm. It’s on a first come, first serve basis, so if you want to get your entire family involved with a private tour, call 513-834-8369 or email sales@maverickchocolate.com

We recommend gifting your favorite chocolate bar (after sampling, of course) with a “coupon” for one tour. It’s sure to be a gift to remember. 

You can learn more about Maverick Chocolate Co. here.

Even more precious than handcrafted chocolate is handmade jewelry. Our favorite jeweler is our very own William Effler Jewelers. 

William Effler Jewelers

Our favorite local jeweler has been a Cincinnati staple since 1920. Founded by William and Clara Effler in Mt. Healthy, fourth-generation owners, Adam and Marianne, carry on the tradition of superior customer service and quality products in their Rookwood location. What began as a small mom-and-pop operation has grown to a full-service operation, which now includes two certified gemologist appraisers and two expert craftspeople on staff. 

In addition to their gorgeous designer jewelry, you can find an extensive selection of estate jewelry at great value, which came from the Elder Effler Gallery at their original Mt. Healthy location. And, we love how they make every piece of jewelry unique through engravings and custom design services. You can visit William Effler Jewelers every Tuesday through Saturday between 10:00am and 5:30pm. 

When you shop at William Effler, you experience more than an incredible selection. The family mission of serving clients with the “Golden Rule” continues into its 100-year anniversary. 

We recommend coming in the store to talk with the William Effler team directly. They can help you find the perfectpiece that will become a cherished family heirloom. 

Learn more about William Effler here

Last, but certainly not least, is our most “family-friendly” and “perfect hangout” spot: Joseph-Beth Booksellers. 

Joseph-Beth Booksellers 

In addition to the incredible range of books for all types of readers, Joseph-Beth Booksellers carries incredible one-of-a-kind gifts. More than a bookstore, Joseph-Beth Booksellers acts as a community hub in Rookwood Commons & Pavilion. Over the last 25 years, they’ve hosted more bestselling authors, public figures, and politicians than any other organization. 

You can browse for the best gifts every Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 9:00pm, Fridays 8:00am to 10:00pm, or Sundays 9:00am to 8:00pm. Or, you can enjoy a delicious meal or warm coffee on weekdays, 7:30am to 9:00pm, and on weekends, 8:00am to 9:00pm.

We recommend reserving extra time when you visit Joseph-Beth Booksellers on small Business Saturday. Take your time to wind through every aisle to find the best book for everyone on your list before sipping freshly brewed coffee to re-energize for your all-day shopping excursion. 

Learn more about Joseph-Beth Booksellers here.

This year, Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 30th. Many of our shops will have special sales all day long. We can’t wait to see you there!

West elm was born in Brooklyn in 2002. A branch of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., we’re focused on the intersection of modern design, affordability and community. Everything we sell – from sofas and tables to bedding and vases – is made with one goal in mind: to help our customers express their personal style at home and in the world.

We care about impact too. By designing over 90% of our products in – house, our design team has steadily increased our selection of organic, handcrafted, sustainably sourced and Fair Trade Certified products. There’s a story behind everything we sell – one that starts in Brooklyn and lives on with you.

On Wednesday, October 30th Rookwood Commons & Pavilion will host a special Halloween-themed Stroll & Shop. No tricks here, just great sales and lots of fun! All ages and shoppers are welcome, because there’s something for everyone in your entire family, including free Rookwood Commons & Pavilion shopping bags as well as many of our shops’ exclusive sales and giveaways.  You won’t want to miss this free event, because these will be available only during the Stroll & Shop.

For all you smart shoppers out there, be sure to stop by Athleta and Yankee Candle.

Athleta will be offering discount cards to all guests for 20% off any item. You can walk out of the store with a fresh pair of joggers for more comfortable shopping during the rest of your Stroll & Shop fun. Be sure to put your name in their raffle for a $25 shop card for your next visit to Athleta Rookwood, too!

Yankee Candle will get you into the the seasonal spirit with their launch of new fall and winter candle scents. They’ll have a sampling table outside their Rookwood store for guests to experience their fresh fragrances firsthand. You’ll definitely want to stop inside their store, too. All guests will receive Halloween candy and a coupon for “buy 2, get 2 candles.”

For those that are looking for some fun mid-shopping trip, especially if you have busy and active kids, swing by Sur La Table and William Effler Jewelers.

Sur La Table will have your kids dreaming of becoming a chef when they grow up with a special fall-themed cookie decorating table. They’ll have everything from frosting to sprinkles, so your kids are sure to leave happy…and you will, too. Of course, if you’re just looking for a sweet treat without the prep work, still stop by. Sur La Table will have freshly decorated cookies prepared for you to simply indulge in and enjoy.

William Effler Jewelers, on the other hand, will be inspiring future jewelry designers with their costume bead necklace activity. Your kids will have so much fun creating their own jewelry that you can browse around the shop and buy a new necklace or pair of earrings. Of course, adults are encouraged to join in on the creative fun, too. This could be a perfect time to create your own trick-or-treat night accessory.

Not only will our stores be bringing all the fun for this Halloween-themed Stroll & Shop, the Cincinnati Circus, Norwood Fire Department, and Norwood Police Department will keep the kids entertained between your stops in each store.

The Cincinnati Circus will be bringing the best of their circus onsite. They will have everything from face painters for an on-the-spot, on-demand costume to entertaining jugglers for a family friendly show. The Norwood Fire Department will bring back their “Touch a Truck” to this month’s Stroll & Shop, while the Norwood Police Department will have a cruiser in our lot. Back by popular demand, this feature is always a crowd favorite for all ages.

Guests are encouraged to get into the holiday spirit. After all, it will be the day before Halloween.

Of course, if you are still in need of a costume, stop by newly opened Spirit Halloween who will also be participating in the event.

We hope to see each of you at the shops between 11:00am & 1:00pm on Wednesday, October 30th. If you are able to attend, please share your photos with us. You can tag us on Facebook @Rookwood or Instagram @shoprookwood for a chance to be featured. We can’t wait to see all your happy Halloween faces!

WE’RE HIRING FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Join our team and enjoy a 50% discount at our family of brands.* Apply below through the link:

https://corporate.gapinc.com/en-us/jobs/29/34/seasonal-brand-associate-rookwood-commons

Banana Republic is hiring for the holidays

ABOUT THE ROLE

As a Brand Associate, you’re an integral part of our team and bring our brand to life for our customers. You’re responsible for engaging and connecting with our customers by providing excellent customer service resulting in brand loyalty. You’re an expert in product and use your knowledge and experience to educate, inform, inspire and wardrobe the customer. Through collaboration with your leadership team, you’ll deliver a best-in-class customer experience using an omni-channel approach.

*Applicable to regular-priced merchandise at Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, 30% off at Outlet and 25% at Athleta.

It’s football season here in the Queen City. From the east side to the west side, the city is beginning to buzz with excitement and hope for the season. Can you feel it in the air?

It may not be the perfectly crisp, fall football weather just yet, but you can get everything you need to prepare for the season at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion.

Get Ready for Game Time photo

Every fan needs top-notch gear to represent their team well. No matter if you’re rooting for the Bengals or Steelers, UC or UK, Xavier or Notre Dame, University of Dayton or Miami of Ohio, you’re sure to find something you (and your entire family) will love at Rally House. Make your way through row after row of apparel and accessories and you’ll discover everything from stadium-approved translucent purses with your team’s mascot to cozy blankets that are fit for your home viewing party. Even when it isn’t game day, you can prove your fandom every other day of the year with home décor and office-approved apparel at Rally House. Plus, their new location is even more convenient than before. Make sure to snag a fresh Starbucks coffee for the necessary pre-shopping trip caffeine boost.

Once you get your gear, you’ll be ready to catch the big game. While we agree that watching a football game live at one of our local stadiums is an experience unlike any other, in our (semi-biased) opinion, posting up at one of our restaurants is even better.

Here, you can watch multiple games at once, which is perfect for friend groups filled with a range of fans. And, for the biggest sports fans or fantasy football league fanatics, our bars and restaurants feature multiple televisions broadcasting the biggest games at the same time.

If you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, snag a seat at one of the great sports bars at both the Commons & Pavilion sides of Rookwood. No matter who you’re rooting for, they’ll keep you cool and comfortable with delicious tailgate-worthy food and drinks, without the stadium prices.

Our top three places to watch your team on (one of many) big screen(s) are:

Rusty Bucket

This Rookwood staple has been known for its excellent hospitality and friendly service for years. Here, you’ll avoid angry fans and instead be welcomed by an extensive bar menu and made-from-scratch meals.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Football and wings is a tradition we celebrate alongside good friends and plenty of napkins. The only thing more impressive than the wing selection at Buffalo Wild Wings might be the amount of televisions you can choose to watch.

BJs Brewhouse

The newest sports bar in our community is making a name for itself. This fan favorite is known for its pizza and beer selection. Don’t worry, you can invite your health-conscious friends, too. Their EnLIGHTened menu features a selection of low-calorie, superfoods, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Even the best hosts and biggest homebodies can prep for the big game at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion. Stop by our favorite grocer: Whole Foods. They have everything you need to create a healthier at-home tailgate. Choose from classic favorites like deli meat trays and chips with guacamole or change things up with artisan cheeses and fresh veggies with dip. Our favorite? All the skewers. From chicken teriyaki to beet and goat cheese, skewers make the perfect (and more sanitary) game day snack.

Are you ready for the season to begin? Snap a pic of you and your fellow fans at your favorite Rookwood restaurant for a chance to be featured on our Facebook page. (Bonus points if you’re wearing you favorite new find from Rally House) Don’t forget to tag us!

Visitors of Rookwood Commons & Pavilion tend to come to our shops for a specific purpose, like get a great workout in, grab a coffee, or find new heels. As the seasons shift, so too do our shoppers’ needs. And a new shopping season is quickly approaching: jean season. It’s almost time to tuck away those breezy sun dresses and trade them out for cozy sweaters. While it’s safe to say that most Cincinnatians can’t wait for cooler days that demand denim, many of our local shoppers would rather avoid the process of shopping for jeans altogether.

That is, until they come to Evereve.

“Our denim has changed my life,” says Janelle Selembo, Community Outreach Leader and Evereve stylist.

The Rookwood store carries an extensive list of quality denim brands, including Hudson, AG, and 7 For All Mankind. With so many options from fit to fashion, your jean quest can finally stop here. Evereve is known for being a true “denim destination,” but they have an equally impressive offering that includes graphic tees, accessories, and shoes. You can get transitional staples and on-trend statement pieces by many designer brands, ranging from Free People to Kenneth Cool, Spiritual Gangster to Vince Camuto, that pair well with your new pair of jeans.

Evereve‘ s selection is ever-changing, unlike most big-box stores that offer a standardized, seasonal collection. With new pieces coming in regularly, you can feel confident that you’ll never show up to an event in the exact same outfit as another guest.

“Even though we’re nationwide, we still have a boutique feel,” says Selemba. “We get product in every day, so there’s always something new to work with.”

But the pieces this woman-owned, woman-centered store offers is just the beginning of the Evereve experience. The optional styling support that comes with every visit is what truly sets this shopping trip apart from all others. Evereve shoppers say the stylists create outfits they could have never imagined on their own with new in-store finds and current favorites from their own closets. There are no pushy salespeople trying to meet a certain quota for the day, only genuinely caring stylists who want you to feel incredible in every outfit that is literally made for you.

Every stylist is trained on the ins and outs of quality styling, from how to work with each body type to how to prep for every type of event. This helps every guest feel great in what she’s wearing, no matter her shape or the item’s style, virtually removing the woes of the average shopping excursion. The Rookwood Evereve team believes that shopping shouldn’t feel like a chore in any season. And believe me, it’s anything but with these incredible ladies. Selemba loves helping women find the right fit for their unique body types.

“You have to have a greater vision for how [she’ll] wear it,” she says. “And the little tweaks – like roll this, fix this – can make all the difference.”

But those expert top-to-toe touches do so much more than create a complete look.

“Our bigger mission is to bring women joy through clothing,” says store manager Tansy Wills. “We create a great experience for her because we love what we do for her.”

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you need, the Rookwood Evereve team wants to help every visitor be the best she can be (and feel like it, too). Busy moms with little ones in toe deserve this special attention, too. Kids are kept busy with an in-store play area while moms enjoy a private styling session.

“There are so many women that don’t feel good about themselves,” says Wills. “But after [a guest] works with one of our stylists, she feels like a million bucks.”

This positive impact extends to the greater community, beyond the store’s walls. Rookwood Evereve is dedicated to leading philanthropic initiatives, including their Style Socials. These events are a fantastic way to give back 15% of your exclusive shopping night’s sales to a cause that’s close to your heart…or a 15% discount for you and your friends.

“We’ve done things with organizations like Girls on the Run and animal rescue groups,” says Selemba. “We want to focus on what’s important to the people in our community.”

But their generosity doesn’t stop there. It extends to their fellow Rookwood stores, too. In fact, just a few months ago, Evereve held a welcome event for the team of the newly opened Athleta store.

Stop by the store to learn more about scheduling your Style Social or enjoy your own personal styling session. All you have to come prepared with is an open mind and a clear vision of what you need a new outfit for. Then, let Evereve take care of the rest.

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Job Title: MIT/Manager in Training

Hours: Full Time

The Manager in Training position is an entry level Manager role for someone looking to further their career in Retail Management. MIT’s assist the Store Manager in sales objectives, customer service, employee relations management, payroll and operating expenses, loss prevention and merchandise presentation to achieve store goals. Managers in Training are in charge of keeping the sales floor presentable and delegating daily projects to Key Holders and Sales Associates. Candidates must be focused, nurturing, possess the ability to train others while maintaining an enthusiastic attitude, detail oriented and of course a sports fan.

Duties and Responsibilities

Sales: Proven ability to generate sales, add-on and develop and direct the sales team
Human Resources: Proven ability to interview, select and develop sales team
Client Service: Ability to function as a role model, ensuring that the client remains the top priority
Organization: Ability to organize, delegate, prioritize, meet deadlines and follow-up on all activities within the store
Leadership: Proven ability to challenge and motivate the management team and associates in an atmosphere of mutual respect
Merchandising: Knowledge of visual standards and techniques, and ability to implement and substitute within guidelines
Communication: Demonstration of strong verbal and written communication skills to store team, Operations Managers, District Manager, Corporate Office and Store Associates

Qualifications

1-2 years of retail clothing experience
1 year supervisory experience
Associates or Bachelor’s degree preferred
Excellent communication and analytical skills
Training and Coaching experience
Enthusiastic attitude, outgoing
Link to Apply: https://www.rallyhouse.com/careers

 

Rusty Bucket is hosting a Culinary Hiring Pop-Up for all restaurant locations companywide. Open interviews will be held for heart of the house positions, including chefs, line cooks and dishwashers, on August 10. Additionally, Rusty Bucket is offering a one-day only $200 culinary signing bonus (paid out after 90 days with the company), food samples and chances to win fun prizes.

CONTACT: Diane Hurd, Inspire PR Group, diane@inspireprgroup.com

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern to Host Culinary Hiring Pop-Up

Open interviews for all 23 Rusty Bucket locations will be held August 10

WHO: Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern

 

WHAT: Rusty Bucket is the perfect place to handcraft your career in hospitality!

 

Rusty Bucket is hosting a Culinary Hiring Pop-Up for all restaurant locations companywide. Open interviews will be held for heart of the house positions, including chefs, line cooks and dishwashers, on August 10. The company plans to hire 75-100 new hourly associates companywide.

 

Additionally, Rusty Bucket is offering a one-day only $200 culinary signing bonus (paid out after 90 days with the company), food samples and chances to win fun prizes.

 

WHEN: The Culinary Hiring Pop-Up will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 10 at all Rusty Bucket restaurants. Interested candidates are invited to visit Rusty Bucket during these times for open interviews and may be hired on the spot.

 

WHERE: All 23 Rusty Bucket locations across six states

 

Visit www.myrustybucket.com for a list of all locations.

 

INFORMATION: Rusty Bucket strongly believes in taking care of its associates first. The company offers a generous benefits package as well as the opportunity to learn, grow and advance in a creative atmosphere that is fun, emphasizes quality, and rewards associates. Consistently promoting 75 percent from within, Rusty Bucket strives to develop its associates from the first day of orientation and every day after.

 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Rusty Bucket was founded in 2002 and currently operates 23 locations in Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina and Colorado.

 

Rusty Bucket is a nationally-recognized brand with recent accolades, including Technomic’s Top 500 Leading U.S. Chain Restaurants, FSR 50’s Top 10 Fast Growing, High-Performing Chains, and ranked on Restaurant Business’ Future 50 list. Rusty Bucket was also named by Nation’s Restaurant News as a 2014 Breakout Brand.

 

Rusty Bucket offers a classic chef-driven American menu, serving a scratch-made menu featuring fresh fish, hand-pattiedburgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza and a variety of entrees and appetizers. All 23 restaurant locations are open for lunch and dinner daily, and weekend brunch.

 

For more information and to apply online, please visit https://www.myrustybucket.com/careers.

 

 

Rookwood Commons & Pavilion welcomed Athleta to its community this spring. And though we and the other shops are excited to have quality athletic wear in our offering, it’s their passion for connection and bigger-picture perspective that will keep us coming back to the store day after day.

The moment you walk into Athleta Rookwood, you’re welcomed by a warm glow of bright lights, fresh white walls, and the friendliest smiles. A sea of gorgeous – and sustainable – shades surround. And though the pristinely folded rows of leggings are immediately eye-catching, Athleta is more than just a yoga pants store for already-fit women. Their technical material inspires movement of all types for women of every shape, which they believe opens the doors to a bigger, better life for all.

Their mission moves beyond the store, as proven by the staff’s active community involvement. From a team cycle class at Cyclebar to a social with Evereve, they may be one of the newest stores in the Commons; they already feel like a part of the Rookwood family.

“The support from Rookwood has been awesome,” said assistant store manager Jaclyn. “Everyone’s very inclusive.”

But even before the doors of Athleta Rookwood opened for the first time and before anyone had experienced the incredible atmosphere and team, a line of eager customers extended down the sidewalk at the Grand Opening.

“We opened early, at 8:50, and by 9:10 all the gift bags were gone,” said Jaclyn.

More than 100 women came rushing to be one of the first shoppers, because at Athleta, there’s something for every woman. Here, you don’t have to have a certain body type or be into a certain type of workout to find something you love.

“The goal is to have women moving,” said Jaclyn. “We want to help women feel confident in what they’re wearing and what they’re doing.

And that confidence goes beyond the fitness studio with outerwear for any weather condition, and versatile casual wear for every day of the week, easily transitioning from workout to weekend.

“We want to find the best solution for you, your workout, your lifestyle,” said community coordinator, Colleen.

And, as a Certified B Corporation, Athleta cares about the environment as much as they care about their customers. Certified B Corporations meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.

You might know her from “Toria with Traffic,” but we at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion know her as one of our top shoppers. We love seeing her stop by our shops and eateries regularly. Toria makes Rookwood Commons & Pavilion a part of her routine for all of her errands because it’s convenient and efficient. Her Q102 office is located right on Reading, so a quick stop after work is easy to make before heading home.

“I literally plan my day around my trip to Rookwood,” she said.

Toria enjoys visiting our beautiful east-side location, thanks to the ease that the I-71 North exit provides. She frequents Victoria’s Secret, Charming Charlie’s, and DSW, to name a few. But it’s the Nordstrom Rack that she shops at the most.

“You can get some really good deals on some great clothes,” she said. “And sometimes that gets me in trouble.”

Even though Rookwood isn’t in her neighborhood, Toria says it’s still the most convenient shopping center in the area.

“It’s a one-stop shop that doesn’t require me to walk the length of a typical indoor mall,” she said. “You can run in and run out, or easily drive down to the next store on cold [or lazy] days.”

She loves how easily accessible Rookwood is from every part of the Tri-State, including her newly built home in Northern Kentucky.

“I have much bigger closets I have to fill up now,” she said.

Even beyond her closet alone, Toria has come to Rookwood to fill every room in her new home. From Home Goods to Sur La Table to Bed Bath & Beyond, it’s been easy for her to furnish and decorate at this one convenient location. With her newfound space in her larger home, only Rookwood makes it easy for her to get what she needs in one quick trip. She loves her new home, but her local community doesn’t offer the shopping options she’s after.

“There’s no outdoor malls, but there are plenty of strip malls,” she said. “Really, the only shopping I do in my neighborhood regularly is for groceries.”

Toria says she chooses Rookwood for the open-air walkability and its expansive selection of high-end retailers.

“Plus, at Rookwood, you’re not restricted to just one restaurant or mall food,” she said.

This one stop shop has helped her find things for others, too. She’s able to get the perfect gifts for every occasion, from the sentimental card at Hallmark’s to the most delicious, locally made sweets at Maverick Chocolates, and has helped her stay consistent during her health kicks with wellness-conscious spots like Whole Foods, First Watch, and Athleta.

Most might assume that with all these options, both the Commons & Pavilion might get a bit overcrowded, but Toria says there’s always space for every visitor because of the amount of shops and restaurants to choose from.

“Even on a Friday or Saturday night, it isn’t overwhelming,” she says. “Jon and I can usually walk right into The Pub with no issue because there are so many options available.”

We’re so glad Toria is a part of our Rookwood community. Why do you choose Rookwood? Let us know in the comments below!

Get to Know Rookwood Commons & Pavilion

Rookwood Commons & Pavilion has been a part of the Norwood Community for nearly two decades. The 20-plus-acre site is a shopper’s staple and is home to foodies’ favorites. Whether grabbing a quick coffee or staying for an extended brunch, shopping for last-minute gifts or leisurely window-shopping, there’s truly something for everyone here.

There are countless things we love about both the Commons & Pavilion – the open-air strolls, the local community, the retail options – we could go on and on…and on. But we’ve narrowed it down to just three of our favorites things.

Even if you visit regularly, you might be surprised to learn that:

1. Rookwood Commons & Pavilion is home to more than 70 shops and restaurants.
We are proud to offer an abundance of stores and eateries, but you won’t find standard fast food restaurants or basic big-box stores here. Instead, we are home to local favorites and well-known national brands alike.

Our community offers a uniquely exclusive selection, including the sole Cincinnati location of Soft Surroundings, the only local Nordstrom Rack, and the only Maverick Chocolates outside of the Findlay Market flagship.

With stores like Athleta, Victoria’s Secret, and Yankee Candle, you can skip the inconvenience of a large, indoor shopping mall and instead enjoy open-air strolls between shopping and dining. Plus, in just a few weeks, you’ll even be able to swing by Bath & Body Works on your visit. With all those options, favorites like BJ’s Brewhouse, First Watch, and The Pub will keep any “hanger” at bay from a long day of shopping.

2. The open-air mall was once the site of a renowned manufacturer.
Rookwood Commons & Pavilion was home to the R.K. Le Blond Machine Tool Company from 1918 to 1989.

Both in peacetime and wartime, Le Blond was known for their expertise in specialized lathes. In fact, from the 1920’s to the 1950s, Le Blond claimed almost all stateside production and approximately 70% of the international market share of lathes.

If you didn’t already know this, you must have missed our last blog post. Click here to learn the full (and fascinating) story behind our center.

3. We are less than 10 miles from many communities across the Tri-State.
You don’t have to live or work on the east side of Cincinnati to enjoy the luxuries of Rookwood Commons & Pavilion. No matter if you’re coming from Blue Ash, Downtown, Northside, or Fort Thomas, you can get to the Commons & Pavilion in less than 20 minutes. The short commute on I-71 connects shoppers and restaurant goers to a one-stop shop for every errand and indulgence.

Even if you prefer to arrive by foot, Rookwood Commons & Pavilion is easy to access in its centralized location. And it’s about to be even more convenient. The Wasson Bike Trail will soon have steps directly from the trail to Rookwood Commons, taking the ease of “run in and run out” simplicity to a new level.

These are a few of our favorite things. But now, we’d love to hear some of yours! Let us know your top three things you love about Rookwood Commons & Pavilion in the comments below or tag us on Facebook with #RookwoodFavorites.

Bath and Body Works is currently looking for full time managers and associates for our new location at Rookwood Commons. If you are interested please go to www.bathandbodyworks.com to apply and select Cincinnati, OH and then select Rookwood Commons. Come and join this amazing team and receive an employee discount to get the best fragrances out there. #ginghampride

Bath and Body Works is your go-to place for gifts & goodies that surprise & delight. From fresh fragrances to soothing skin care, we make finding your perfect something special a happy-memory-making experience. Searching for new seasonal creations or your favorite discontinued scents? We’ve got you covered there, too. Oh! And while you’re browsing, shop our latest & greatest selection of lotions, soaps and candles!

Want to bring the Athleta mission to life in a community near you? We’re looking for leaders in Cincinnati, OH to do just that. Rookwood Commons is a new location, opening this Spring. Come join us and be part of something bigger! Check out the Assistant Manager and Sales Associate positions available and apply here:

Assistant Manager – Rookwood Commons | Gap Inc. Link when clicking on Assistant Manager https://corporate.gapinc.com/en-us/jobs/26/93/assistant-manager-rookwood-commons#.XGxBUURPGtE.linkedin
Sales Associate – Rookwood Commons | Gap Inc.

Discover the history of the site that has built our community since 1918.

Rookwood Commons & Pavilion is well known for its luxury stores, high-caliber restaurants, and iconic “Le Blond” tower. Places like Starbucks, Nordstrom Rack, and Cyclebar are expected sights to the average visitor. But where did that tall Le Blond-adorned structure and vintage-looking building come from?

Before busy shoppers flocked to the center, the 20 plus-acre corner location was once home to the nationally recognized R.K. Le Blond Machine Tool Company. Previously located in the eastside Linwood neighborhood, the then small-but-mighty machine tool manufacturer began with just two lathes, a milling machine, and a few tools. Its first products included dental rolls, tag printing presses, cash registers, small steam engines, and routing machines. Before long, Le Blond’s expertise in the innovation and production of machine tools required more space to work. And that space is what is now known as Rookwood Commons & Pavilion.

Construction on the expansive production facility began in 1917. Its design embodied the 20th century “factory beautiful” movement in American industry, including the masonry chimneystack and adjoining manufacturing plant that still remains.

(We still find the design beautiful among the modern, open-air shopping center.)

To make room for the sizeable, self-sufficient manufacturing plant, the rolling hills that once held a dairy farm were smoothed over, digging a pond in the process.

(Yes, there was once water on our land!)

The new complex, completed in 1918, allowed Le Blond to expand into its most successful product of all: specialized lathes for round parts. This specialty differentiated the company from other manufacturers who produced flat work.

Both in peacetime and wartime, Le Blond dominated the market for specialized lathes. In fact, from the 1920’s to the 1950s, Le Blond claimed almost all stateside production and approximately 70% of the international market share.

During peacetime, virtually all moving vehicles were powered by engines with crankshafts made on Le Blond lathes. Le Blond’s development of the automatic crankshaft lathe made the manufacturer an integral part of the automotive industry’s evolution worldwide. Their lathe revolutionized this complex operation by turning out 30-50 finished crankshafts in an hour, greatly exceeding previous production rates.

During wartime, Le Blond had an incredible impact on war efforts throughout the 20th Century. Opponents in two world wars fired upon each other using ordinance of every size that had been bored and rifled on Le Blond equipment.

Innovation continued as the company expanded into the production of electrical tools, early aircraft engines, and fire engines, as well as a complete line of trucks, grinding tools, and measuring devices.

Their success directly impacted the prosperity of the Cincinnati community during an era that spanned the Great Depression, employing a number of eastside Cincinnatians, ranging from a few hundred employees in slower times to over a thousand in big production years.

The R.K. Le Blond Machine Tool Company operated at the Norwood location from 1918 to 1989 before moving its operation to mason as Makino Machine Tool Company.

But the story doesn’t end there. The site was converted to serve the local community in a new way. Rookwood Pavilion was completed in 1993, Rookwood Commons in 2000. Today, visitors to Rookwood Commons & Pavilion can enjoy anything from fitness classes to fresh dishes, high-end shopping to restorative pampering. There’s something for everyone!

The next time you visit Rookwood Commons & Pavilion, remember the rich history of the land you’re visiting. The Le Blond smoke stack and factory forever remains a lasting reminder of the land’s legacy that continues to make a positive impact on the Cincinnati community.

I, Paul, traveled around the world as an engineer for many years; always returning home to Marlene with new and interesting chocolate. The more chocolate we tried, the more interested we became in how chocolate was grown and made.

When my travel stopped early 2013, Marlene and I soon finished our supply of chocolate. We were sitting at the kitchen island when the idea struck–let’s make our own world-class chocolate right here in Cincinnati.

After transforming our kitchen into a chocolate factory, we invited our friends over for a number of chocolate tastings. Everyone was impressed and the demand for our chocolate grew.

Now we are the proud owners of Maverick Chocolate Company. Our shop at Findlay Market in Cincinnati, Ohio is a complete chocolate factory. Using only ethically sourced cacao beans, we hand craft our chocolate in small batches from bean to the finished bar. Customers are encouraged to watch and smell the chocolate being made and to taste the final products.

Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we’ve continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ’s a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ’s to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back.

We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we’ve put on the Chicago-style pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better.

So in many ways we haven’t just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it’s because of you we’re continually striving to make sure every moment you choose to spend with us counts.