The wedding of friends in Cincinnati was the occasion for our first visit to the city since I quit working there in 1990. Since I commuted (the only time in my life) from outside the city, I never really knew it very well. So we enjoyed a morning of wandering its many parkways and neighborhoods. When we found ourselves downtown near the famous Roebling Bridge, we decided to extend our jaunt into Kentucky.
Roebling Point Books & Coffee. We took an acrophobic walk out near the midpoint of the bridge, 100 feet above the Ohio River.
|Pam rocking her anti-censorship t-shirt in one of several book rooms in this cafe. the book she is holding, of course, will be taken to our Whaling House near New Bedford Harbor.|
I was intrigued, though, by the point-of-sale equipment (aka, the register). As with almost every independent business we visited in the Cincinnati area, transactions were conducted using an iPad. What made this cafe a bit different is that the owner -- described by the barista as "crafty" -- had created a cash box from a recycled wooden door (the same material used in the main counter) and had fit the iPad into it in such a way that the barista could read it, and then flip it up for the customer to read when she opened the box.
One way to explore both Cincinnati and Covington is by Red Bike -- a network of automated rental kiosks located throughout both cities -- including this stand directly in front of the bookstore/cafe.