given names: Molly Wellman
Who is she: Owner Jap’s OTR, Famous mixology expert
What are your Cincinnati roots?
I was born in Westwood and raised in Cole Rain. Most of my family is from Price Hill, but now I have a family in Cibiot. My mother and father have been here since the 1850s.
When did you leave Cincinnati and why?
It was in the 1990s that Cincinnati wasn’t fun. When I was in my twenties, my best friend went to school west and went to see her for a week, so I left home. , favorite, You should moveSo I went back to Cincinnati, sold things, and moved to San Francisco with my bag, cat and sewing machine together. I expected to stay there for 6 months, see what happened, and then come back. I have been there for 12 years.
Is it when you build up your bartender and entrepreneurial skills?
I think I was an entrepreneur long before that. When I was in high school, I made jewelry and sold it to my classmates and mom friends. When I was young, I wanted to be a fashion designer, so I stole my sister’s and mother’s clothes and cut them into my own. They weren’t really happy with it, but I wanted to be a fashion designer and started sewing at the age of seven. When I moved to San Francisco, I worked for Chanel and Prada, but I didn’t want to be a fashion designer. I became a jeweler. I wanted to have my own business, but I killed it in the 9/11 incident, so I went to the service industry instead.
When did you return to Cincinnati?
I came back in 2008 because my family changed and I had a niece and a nephew. At that time, I was a cocktail waitress in San Francisco Then it is finally. People in these clubs make me crazy because I’m too old. I packed up my luggage and bought a one-way ticket to Cincinnati. Since I’m from the West, I thought I would live down the same path as my parents, buy a house, get married, gain 30 pounds, and have five children, but I didn’t.
Were you excited to come back or were you bittersweet?
Do both little by little. I was really excited to be close to my family, make new friends, connect with old friends and start a new adventure in this city where my family has spent years together.
How has Cincinnati changed since you left?
Prior to departure, I lived on the Music Hall side of 14th Avenue and Central Parkway. I was working on foot through Washington Park and Vine Street to Ace and Maine. In the 90’s, a blonde, blue-eyed white girl was walking over the line because it wasn’t the safest thing in the world. It just wasn’t. When I returned to 2008, I started working at this restaurant and some friends said: Go to Lavomatic on Vine Street. When we got up, I was like _.What the heck? Oh my God. Where am I? I couldn’t believe there was a corner that I would never pass by before I left, but it was only the beginning that had changed so much. be moved. surprised. At that time, I knew that I would open my business downtown. I worked for Neons in 2009 and opened it the same year. In 2010 I opened Japp’s with the owner.
How does Cincinnati change from before departure?
I think it’s improved a lot, but whenever I see the Union Terminal, it’s Cincinnati for me. Bridges, rivers, boats, and riverfests are Cincinnati for me. We still believe it is a family-friendly city. People haven’t left yet, or even if they do, they will always come back. We are still well educated and travel a lot, but living in Cincinnati can feel like a hug when you go on a trip and come home. Cincinnati has something really comfortable that will never change.
What are your favorite new discoveries after returning to Japan?
We have discovered a lot about the history of our city. I’ve been trying to dig into the history of drinking in Cincinnati from the beginning to Prohibition and put together a book. When I learned about drinking in Cincinnati, much was related to alcohol, so I’d like to say a lot about the history here. You can learn. I really like to hold various corporate events that bring a lot of culture and vitality to our city. An example is BLINK. Cool is irresistible. I also like how the parks, especially Washington Park and Smer Park, have been revamped. It’s also very cool to make sure that the music hall and union terminal mods will keep them up for years to come.
What keeps you here now?
I love it! Most of the time, it’s about maintaining their roots. I want to make history as a Cincinnati. I want someone to read me and tell my story 100 years from now. I want to make history here in Cincinnati, so it will continue to be a really important place on the map. I love this city. I’m really crying so I’m crying right now. I think it’s very cool when people finally discover our city.People always think of it as just an elevated city You don’t know anything.Just come and see and you’ll find it really special..