What was your first job?
Catherine: I was a hostess at a family-run restaurant called Hunny's.
Julia: I served popcorn at the movie theater.
Who or what has influenced you most?
Catherine: My mom.
Julia: Every strong woman who overcomes against all odds.
Last book you read and enjoyed?
Catherine: "Start With Why?" by Simon Sinek.
Julia: "Why We Make Things and Why It Matters" by Peter Korn.
Most underrated product you carry and why?
Catherine: Our selection of vermouth. Vermouths don't get the love they deserve. They are one of the most fascinating spirits.
Julia: Vicomte Single Malt French Whisky. It's very unfamiliar. It is made from 100% organic French barley, and its double maturation begins in New French Oak for 6 months. It is then transferred to used Cognac barrels for 8 years.
What is the one product you carry that you can't live without?
Catherine: Pesto dip. It's delicious!
Julia: Chop Salad!
Favorite place to travel and why?
Catherine: I love going to Los Angeles to go see my family.
Julia: Los Angeles. It was my home for 11 years and I miss the weather, food, and my friends.
Three words to describe yourselves?
Catherine: Quirky, kind, and empathetic. I try to be myself and to be thoughtful of others.
Julia: Happy. I prefer to see the positives in life; it's taken me very far. Drive. My mother is one of the hardest working people I've ever met so I have big shoes to fill. And, thirsty!
Favorite part of OTR?
Catherine: It's the sense of community among the business owners and the residents.
Julia: It's a true community. There is so much support here. Everyone is so excited about what it has become and the continued development.
What kind of experience do you want your patrons to have?
Catherine: I hope they feel at home. I hope they have delicious cocktails and experience unique events. I hope we provide the kind of space where people can breathe easy and feel like they belong.
Julia: I want them to surprise themselves and try something they never have before. I want them to walk in and immediately feel
welcome, to make news friends, and relax.
What makes HomeMakers unique?
Catherine: I think we try to be intentional about collaborating with our community and creating a space where people can have a well-made cocktail and feel at ease. I think we understand we're trying to be part of the growth of an entire city and we're lucky to be able to be in the thick of it with other outstanding businesses.
Julia: Our staff, our offerings, and our colorful decor.
What is your favorite thing to do after a long day at work?
Catherine: Cuddles with the dogs and my partner.
Julia: Sit at our bar and have one of our bartenders craft me up a cocktail I've never had.
Favorite place in Over-the-Rhine or Downtown Cincinnati?
Julia: Plesantry. It's a great neighborhood restaurant with
friendly faces, great wine, and good people.
If you could recommend one experience everyone needs to have in Cincinnati, what would it be?
Catherine: I recommend wandering around the city to see sites like Music Hall, Findlay Market, and the Roebling Bridge.
Julia: Skyline Chili in Clifton. 2 a.m. on a Saturday.