the Queen City Project

The Queen City Project is the collaborative brainchild between two downtown-based companies: ad agency Bluestone Creative and photography studio Alias Imaging. If you’re a creative person or at least appreciate the mindset behind left-brained thinkers, you know the wheels are always churning and fresh ideas are mandatory in order to break the day-to-day monotony of the “real” world.

With that in mind, the idea of the QCP began churning early in 2011 when the guys from Alias decided to photographically document a typical day at Shadeau Breads in Over-the-Rhine (which started around 4am, mind you). The diligence and passion of owner, Bill Pritz, and his staff at Shadeau Breads is what drew Alias to this location first. Not to mention, they make some of the dankest bread and pastries you can find around these parts.

Once Alias shared their work with their friends at Bluestone, an idea was born. We weren’t sure what that idea was just yet, but we knew we liked the premise of telling a visual story behind cool independent establishments like Shadeau and hopefully, helping them out along the way through our collective advertising industry experience and knowledge. Then, we realized how many other downright cool places there are in and around Cincinnati who, luckily for us, tend to fly under the radar. Knowing this quality is part of what makes them so special to us and understanding that appealing to the masses maybe isn’t necessarily their ultimate goal, we had the idea to focus our efforts solely on local independent people and places who inspire others (including us) by doing what they do everyday.

So, that’s our story. We’re a group of artists who politely ask local folks who we consider to be genuinely unique to allow us to hop on board for a day, photographically document their operation and tell their story in a way you’ve never seen before – and, of course, satisfy our creative itch doing so. Hopefully, our efforts accurately portray the emotional appeal behind all of the great establishments featured on the QCP as if you were actually there.

We’d love for you to tell us how we’re doing or to recommend a place you love, so leave a comment or send us an email.


631 Main Street / Cincinnati, OH 45202 / 513.421.2763 /


214 E 8th Street, 6th Floor / Cincinnati, OH 45202 / 866.302.5427 /