Popular OTR tour to get office and gift shop in Gateway
Lisa Ensminger of Soapbox Cincinnati reports that the popular Queen City Underground and Newport Gangster Tours “will get a permanent home in the Gateway Quarter of Over-the-Rhine, opening a new office and shop this spring.”
Jerry Gels, tour owner and founder, said the Gangster and Civil War tours attracted 5,600 people to Newport and OTR alone. This year, he hopes to have 10,000 to 15,000 people attending the tours.
The new space at 1220 Vine Street (the former Lucky Step shop) will serve as an office, but also a gift shop for customers who have requested souvenir items and small convenience items. The shop will offer products associated with Cincinnati, including pieces from Rookwood Pottery.
“We want to be the new Savannah or Charleston,” Gels explained. “As the neighborhood improves and tours continue to grow, the next big deal will be international publicity.”
photo credit: Soapbox Cincinnati