There is a lot to like about doing business on Airport Road in our home community of Columbia-Tusculum photo, on the eastern end of Cincinnati. Traditionally referred to as the East End, it’s a diverse, urban neighborhood – one of the region’s oldest actually, dating back to 1788 – with an interesting character and energy. Columbia-Tusculum is a mix of new retail, new and older residential and office development, emerging out of one of Cincinnati’s oldest industrial neighborhoods, where steamboat and railcar manufacturing once thrived. Humble residences share the block with 1940s storefronts and other commercial properties, from small offices to machine shops, small manufacturers and distribution businesses. The hills rising above the main road, Columbia Parkway, feature some of the finest, most colorful rehabs of circa-1800s homes in the city. At the far eastern end – in an area once known as “Turkey Bottoms,” is Lunken Airport, established in 1930 it is still considered one of the finest municipal airports in the country. Everything from private, recreational aircraft to ad-banner planes to blimps to corporate jets fly in and out of Lunken daily, characterizing this end of Columbia-Tusculum as active and vital.

Truth is, it’s a step back in time – and a pleasant one. As loud and active as the area is, serenity permeates. Perhaps it’s the popular jogging and biking trail surrounding the airport or Reeves Municipal Golf Course that settle the place down. Or maybe it’s the timeless style, friendly staff, comfy menu and regular clientele at the Sky Galley Restaurant, nestled inside the art-deco style Lunken Airport Administration Building, that make the area a bit of an emotional oasis. To us at Kucia And Associates on Airport Road, the whole scene is a work of art. Our own building, in fact, was an aircraft parts warehouse serving the area’s aircraft hangers. In our immediate neighborhood there exists a genuine sense of a business community at its best. Mostly small to mid-size firms, arriving early, working late, trying to make a go of it. You hear planes, trains, trucks, cars, ambulances, conversations on the streets, motorcycles and not just in the distance. We know the mail carriers, UPS and Fed Ex drivers by name. Across the way are our friends and clients at Abrasive Specialties – where grit happens. Across the street is Tom in the specialty ad products business who, when asked how business is, typically yells from across the road, “Still bobbin’ and weavin’, that’s all you can do.” I could continue, but I have work to do.

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