Dear Restaurant & Butchery
Building and launching a restaurant is a tall order no matter how you shake it. How about adding in a butchery? And a private events program? And a delivery program? And a wine club? And a global pandemic that’s decimating the restaurant industry? Dear was an act of bravery and creativity the likes of which our firm has never known. We did everything. Strategy, identity, marketing, technology platforms, collateral, signage, and worked with bad-ass interior designer Michelle Pinales to bring the vision to life in the iconic Hyde Park Square space.
Gehring Travel: A Luxury Travel Agency
Louisa Gehring is one of those people who loves to get into the weeds, solve problems, organize chaos, and deliver life-changing and unforgettable experiences for the clients of her luxury travel agency. We worked with Louisa to step up her branding game, leaning into luxury with custom logos and assets, beautiful type and color systems, and elegant one-off collateral.
Led by entrepreneur and corporate trailblazer, Peg Wyant, Grandin Properties has built a reputation in Cincinnati as a premier developer and manager of residential and commercial rental properties. Leveraging decades of positive brand equity, a distinctive eye for style and a portfolio of beautifully renovated historic properties, we refreshed Grandin’s brand and completely redesigned their website for a cohesive, beautiful and engaging user experience.
Rename and rebrand a 40-year-old precision manufacturing company that leverages the company’s quality reputation but pushes forward the innovative strategies and updated values of new ownership with the goal of attracting the best skilled tradespeople in the region.
Transitions Inc. is a substance misuse rehabilitation and treatment center with deep ties to Northern Kentucky. They have quietly built a reputation as community builders who deliver high quality, research-based treatment at their multiple facilities. Transitions engaged BS to redesign their website and develop a social media strategy to reflect their position as thought-leaders and experts in their space.
Stillwater Capital is a boutique investment firm with a focus on long-term strategic investments in family owned businesses in transition. BS designed an identity and website for Stillwater inspired by game hunting’s classic heritage. The brand reflects themes of patience and observation, forethought and execution speaking to an audience of experienced business owners with pastoral pursuits.
Develop a simple but striking modal identity for black artist collective, Cincy Nice. Launched as an activation during Cincinnati’s city-wide immersive light projection mapping festival, BLINK, Cincy Nice has evolved into a platform for meaning-makers, pushing the boundaries of and connections between the artistic, the political, and the personal.
Ryan Morgan is a heavy-metal-listening, motorcycle-riding workaholic with an extreme passion for baking artisan bread. He opened a small bakery servicing only restaurants in 2013 and has since exploded with growth and popularity. He has expanded to national grocers and retailers with an updated visual and verbal identity our team developed over the course of nine months.
Chavez Properties is a multi-generational family office with significant holdings in commercial real-estate and parking operations. BS designed a brand identity and website for CP that reflects a balance between the wisdom and experience of the generation that built the company with the future-focused vision of the generation that will carry the brand forward.
Working directly with the owners, we developed an identity for a mixed-use creative space housed in a massive former brewery in Over-the-Rhine. Felsenhaus is part-performance and coworking space, part workshop and production facility, with eventual plans to develop hospitality experiences.
What happens when a 75-year-old flooring conglomerate with a dated look but top-notch strategies changes ownership? A corporate brand refresh positioning their B2B sales department for growth. KW’s brand inhabits the visual vocabulary of construction and design, while pushing into a clean and modern sensibility that timelessly encapsulates the forward-thinking vision of the company’s new leadership.
When Amy Fessler took over Soho, she doubled down on a commitment to approachable style and experiential retail. We developed Soho’s website and ecommerce platform as an extension of her team’s bespoke approach to style and service. Through photography, copy, and layout, we were able to tell Soho’s story in vivid detail.
The Seven Hills School
The Seven Hills School applied for and received a grant from the EE Ford Foundation to design and launch a series of immersive seminars focused around some of the most pressing issues facing humanity. We worked with SHS to create a video highlighting the program’s purpose and design process.
As ArkMalibu grows from a Cincinnati boutique to a regional presence in M&A consulting with additional staff and leadership, they sought to refresh their primary messaging to better reflect their strategic position in the marketplace, communicate their true value proposition, and underscore their enduring point of difference.
Driehaus Insurance Group
Dan Driehaus is a name Cincinnatians know. A friend to all, he is a thoughtful and service-minded civic leader and entrepreneur. It is with these qualities that he founded his insurance practice, Driehaus Insurance Group. Through a process of qualitative interviews and positioning research, we developed a trustworthy and approachable brand identity that has become a platform for his firm’s growth.
When a former corporate executive decided to build and launch a coworking space, she needed a scrappy branding partner who could move quickly but execute elegance. With an upscale position and focus on experience and hospitality, we designed the identity as a mark of excellence to enhance the space, not invade it.
The fine folks at 4EG, one of Cincinnati’s leading bar and restaurant groups, had a unique challenge on their hands after taking over an iconic entertainment destination in historic Over-the-Rhine. In rebranding the concept, we leaned into the building’s history, upscaling a pioneer sensibility with hand-drawn lettering inspired by etched bone from the early nineteenth century, custom borders and patterns for menus and collateral, and a rich color palette activated throughout the space.
Rhinegeist Brewery opened the doors to their cavernous facility in 2013 and has experienced exponential growth since day one. Their hometown fell in love with Rhinegeist's unmistakable branding, quality craft beer, and dramatic industrial taproom. In 2015 the company was ready to launch its new Cider product in two markets: Boston and New York. We connected with founders Bob Bonder and Bryant Goulding and planned a project to distill Rhinegeist's culture down to something their sales team could hold in their hands.