Around Cincinnati: Ballet walk-on-role for $10,000, Shop downtown, and passing on cyber-monday

CINCINNATI - Here are the stories people were talking about around Cincinnati Monday, December 2, 2013.

1. DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI HOLIDAY CATALOG: In the spirit of Neiman Marcus's infamous Christmas Book, Downtown Cincinnati Inc has put together its own version for Cincinnati shoppers.

And yes, there are some extravagant items for sale.

The Cincinnati Ballet is giving some lucky girls the chance to be part of the magic of the Nutcracker with a walk-on-role with a price tag of $10,000.

"When they say what is the value of this we have to say priceless because you're not going to have another experience like this," said CEO and artistic director of the Cincinnati Ballet Victoria Morgan.

The list of requirements is you must be a female between seven and 12-years old, be able to follow direction well and attend several long rehearsals.

"Clara's nutcracker breaks. She'll have to have that expression of oh no. There will be little pieces of instruction that she will have to follow," Morgan explained.

Looking for something a little more affordable?

The Atomic Number Ten vintage shop is selling scarves starting at $12.

You can shop the catalog at


2. GIVE THE GIFT OF DOWNTOWN: You can encourage your friends to shop the holiday catalog by buying them a Downtown Cincinnati gift card.
The card is only good at downtown shops. 
With over 180 merchants on the list we're sure you can make some holiday wishes come true.
3. CYBER MONDAY GOING LOCAL: Lots of retailers have deals online, but not Joseph-Beth Booksellers. The indie bookstore is encouraging folks to hop off line and come inside the store.
"A big thing is we can offer something that you can't find on the internet and that's events and having people come in the store. We had Doris Kearns Goodwin come in last week. We've got Chris Matthews coming in next week," said David Powell of Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
You can also find unique items tied to the Queen City like a Hunger Games doll of Cincinnati area actore Josh Hutcherson.
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