Rally House is expected to open in October at 7702 Voice of America Drive in West Chester Twp. The specialty boutique offers apparel, d cor and accessories for local NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS teams, as well as locally inspired apparel, gifts and food. CONTRIBUTED
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Specialty sports store, social enterprise to open first area locations

Butler County is getting a specialty boutique that offers apparel, décor and accessories for local NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS teams, as well as locally inspired apparel, gifts and food.

Rally House is expected to open next month at 7702 Voice of America Drive in West Chester Twp.

“Cincinnati is a hub for some of the most passionate sports fans in the country,” said Rally House CEO Aaron Liebert. “We’re thrilled to help fans show their colors, not just on gameday but every day.”

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The 4,500-square-foot storefront will carry items related to the Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, FC Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bearcats, Miami Redhawks, Xavier Musketeers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Dayton Flyers, Kentucky Wildcats and other Ohio and Cincinnati merchandise.

Rally House features associates dedicated to helping customers find the perfect new item to represent their favorite team.

Each store is unique to the city in which it is located, with a selection of merchandise customized to the specific professional and college teams in that area.

Fifteen to 20 associates will be hired to staff at the store itself, according to spokeswoman Josey Kruse.

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Columbus-based start-up COhatch will continue its aggressive expansion plans with the addition of another 10 locations in the Cincinnati area. Its first one will open next spring at the former Arhaus site Deerfield Towne Center.

The social enterprise, which touts itself as offering “a new kind of shared work, social, and family space built on community,” has 10 locations in Columbus, Dayton and Springfield, and another 10 planned for Indianapolis.

The expansion representing a tripling of its footprint since the company’s inception in 2016.

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At the Deerfield Towne Center location, COhatch will develop more than 13,000 square feet of co-working and event space giving members ready access to the north side of the Cincinnati area.

According to the componay, its goal is to “create a modern community space aimed at fostering innovation, collaboration and community.”

“Our work continues to give local area residents another reason to work, meet, live in the vibrant communities that they love,” said COhatch founder and CEO Matt Davis. “We see Cincinnati as a perfect fit for our lifestyle concept that brings together entrepreneurs, start-ups and non-profits in a community townhall 2.0 concept where we provide the space, locations, tools and activities to help individuals and organizations flourish.”

Deerfield Towne Center feature more than 50 national retailers, specialty boutiques, world-class restaurants and entertainment concepts including Whole Foods, Ulta, Aveda, Regal Cinemas and Maplewood Kitchen & Bar.

The Deerfield Towne Center COhatch will offer a combination of private offices, dedicated desks, game areas, co-working spaces, meeting rooms, large conference rooms and family-friendly indoor-outdoor event spaces.

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It also includes a standard set of business amenities including Wi-Fi, desk and fax/mail services.

The meeting and event spaces will be available to the community as well as COhatch members and are suitable for hosting off-site company meetings and celebratory life events, according to company officials.

Members can access all COhatch resources and spaces at any of its locations throughout the Midwest.

“We are very excited to welcome COhatch to Deerfield Towne Center,” said Billy Andrews, General Manager of Deerfield Towne Center. “This is truly a unique concept and one we are looking forward to introducing to our community, providing another compelling reason to visit Deerfield.”

In building out its footprint, COhatch has been working with real estate investment trusts (REITs) to innovate by repurposing and revitalizing former retail spaces as more and more shopping malls transition to multi-use properties.

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