Caylin Johnson colors and cuts the hair of Emily Howells at Revive Salon that is now open in The Marcum complex in downtown Hamilton. Revive Salon is the first retail store in the building with Tano’s Bistro, The Casual Pint and several others expected to fill spaces soon. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Salon’s debut first of multiple new businesses coming to Hamilton’s The Marcum

Now those amenities are starting to take shape at 115 Dayton St. in Hamilton, helping to continue the city’s urban revival.

Revive Salon, which made its debut in late April, is planning to hold a grand opening celebration Saturday, according to owner Gina Stitzel, who has nearly 20 years of experience in the beauty industry.

The 1,500-square-foot salon will be entering names to win a basket full of hair products from 4 to 7 p.m. that day. Light refreshments and snacks will be served starting at 4 p.m.

Revive brings the full Aveda product line to Hamilton and offer traditional salon services: women’s and men’s haircuts, color services, keratin treatments, styling, prom and wedding styles, and extensions. It also offers the latest trends, including balayage, a free-hand painting of highlights onto the hair, creating a soft and natural gradation of lightness towards the ends.

Stitzel, who said she had been looking to open a salon in Hamilton for years, knew she wanted to locate it at The Marcum the moment she learned of the project a few years ago.

“There’s been a lot of foot traffic, people coming by, which I love because I want it to be a part of the city and be involved in the city,” Stitzel said. “Everybody who’s come in from out of the city area is thrilled with it, they’re like ‘This is just so nice here. I didn’t know this was here,’ so it’s bringing a lot of people in from outside of Hamilton as well.”

“Along with all the activity at the Marcum Park with the concerts, Hamilton Flea, festivals and other events, (it) creates the perfect atmosphere I have been looking to be a part of,” she previously told this news outlet.

Also coming to The Marcum are three other businesses: Tano Bistro, The Casual Pint and Bones Brothers Wings.

Tano Bistro

Award-winning Tano Bistro is working to open a new location on the street level at the northwest corner of the project, according to Chef Gaetano “Tano” Williams.

Tano Bistro debuted its first location in 2009 in Loveland’s Historic District. It offers a seasonally changing menu with daily specials that focus on fresh, high-quality, locally sourced ingredients.

The restaurant has won the Best Chef category in Cincy Magazine’s Best of the East and Best Caterer in Cincy Magazine’s Best of the North.

Tano said he hopes to open the business by sometime this summer.

The Casual Pint

The Casual Pint operates much like a coffee shop, but with a focus on craft beer.

“Beer-tenders” can serve up craft beer by the pint from the tap wall, by the can or by the bottle for customers to enjoy in the store. Also available will be growler fills and Mix-a-Six Pack out of bottle and can selections from the cooler or dry shelves.

It will offer 35 beers on tap and hundreds more on carry-out shelves, along with a limited food menu of “light pub food,” according to co-owners Ann Marie Cilley and Dan Hancock

Cilley said she hopes to open the 2,500-square-foot Casual Pint by mid-summer in the city’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or DORA.

Bones Brothers Wings

The 2,000-square-foot space for Bones Brothers Wings only recently became accessible, according to co-owner and Fairfield High School graduate Jim Dowrey, who said construction is expected to begin shortly ahead of a planned August opening.

Dowrey owns Bones Brothers Wings, which got its starts as a food truck, along with his wife, Lauren, as well as lifelong friend and saucemaster Bryan Reeves, of West Chester Twp., who created Bones Brothers signature sauce.

In addition to the three businesses already signed to The Marcum, there is a 1,500 square foot space available for lease at the Marcum, which have the advantage of a built-in customer base 103 apartment units, as well as the ability to draw crowds from downtown Hamilton events like the RiversEdge concert series and the Hamilton Flea.

Business tenants are “very important” for the Marcum Apartments, according to Jody Gunderson, the city’s economic development director.

“I believe they will enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors in the downtown business district,” Gunderson told this news outlet. “The Marcum Apartments and their commercial tenants play a vital role in the City’s vision of creating a vibrant entertainment and recreation district.

The new businesses will be complementary to the growing workforce and residents who are discovering Hamilton’s downtown, Gunderson said.

“Tano Bistro, The Casual Pint and Bones Brothers in particular will help satisfy the demand for increased food options in the urban core,” he said.

Thank you for reading the Journal-News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Journal-News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.