Northern Kentucky is not just cheap liquor and cigarettes; it's the Tristate's biggest family-friendly entertainment environment.
With its shops, restaurants, night clubs and movie theaters, Newport on the Levee has become the gem of Northern Kentucky's retail world.
Newport on the Levee is the heart of the new development. Anchored by the Newport Aquarium, it boasts fine restaurants, a stadium-seating movie complex and Jeff Ruby's latest nightclub venture, the Tropicana. Across the street is the place many consider the best Tristate music nightspot, the Southgate House.
Add to that the Riverboat Row of clubs and restaurants and such eclectic nightspots as York Street CafÈ and the blues haven of the Mansion Hill Tavern.
Then there's Covington, with its own riverfront full of restaurant/bars, plus the Jillian's entertainment complex, MainStrasse Village and one of the newest venues - the renovated Madison Theater.
As downtown Cincinnati falters under the weight of racial unrest and the boycott, Northern Kentucky has happily taken up the slack.
With little being done to reverse that exodus of fun-seekers, 2003 looks to bring more good news for Newport and Covington.
CULTURE IN 2003
25 forces that will shape culture in 2003
1. The big economic squeeze
2. Clear Channel's dominance
3. Suburbanites: Will they roam?
4. The plea for racial healing
5. The media's message
6. A whole new ball game
7. Edgy art center opening
8. Tall Stacks rolls back
9. Will tourists go home happy?
10. How Fine Arts Fund carries clout
11. You can't fight City Hall
12. Laura Long: Downtown force
13. The CSO's growing empire
14. Rosenthals' big impact
15. Northern Kentucky development
16. Museum Center's main man
17. Lobbyist Weiland
18. UC at crossroads
19. The Nederlanders make a comeback
20. MidPoint: Rebuild the city on rock 'n' roll
21. The Schuster Center alternative
22. Another public art project goes to bat
23. The brain drain
24. Local film community gains focus
25. Dancing around visa problems
The wild card of 2003: War
2003 dates to keep in mind
DEMALINE: The arts
KENDRICK: Alive & Well
Get to it!