Abrinica was honored by UC's Lindner College of Business at last year's Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.
Jackson, too, has strong family ties to UC. His sister, Shira Jackson, is studying quantum physics at UC while his mother, Katrina Jordan, was the university’s longtime director of career development and placement.
“We hope to be a catalyst for other businesses that want to come in and be a part of the community,” he said.
Along East McMillan Street, business after business has ties to UC: Gomez Salsa, Landlocked Social House, Caffe Vivace.
Samantha Reeves, a Cincinnati native and UC graduate in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, works as director of real estate and economic development for the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, a nonprofit group that is helping to steer some of the investment. In a tour of the neighborhood, Reeves showed off some of the latest positive changes in the neighborhood: cafes and restaurants with vibrant facades.
“In addition to the historic Paramount building on Peebles Corner that’s being remodelled, we have a couple storefronts, small businesses and mixed-use buildings,” she said.