Business News

Google’s new maps feature takes users inside Cincinnati businesses

With the debut of Google’s Business Photos in Cincinnati, users will now get to take a 360-degree view inside participating establishments. The first business in the region where this is available is Arnold’s Bar & Grill downtown.

Cincinnatians have been able to use Google Maps for finding directions, transit information, traffic congestion, topography and other natural features, examining aerial imagery, and getting a first-person view of street scenes around the city. Now, Cincinnatians will be able to walk right inside of businesses and get a first-person view inside buildings.

The first Cincinnati-area location to receive this enhanced Google Maps feature is Arnold’s Bar & Grill. The historic downtown establishment can be viewed in all its glory with users being able to examine bar and dining areas, along with the famous courtyard and second floor.

Google’s new Business Photos feature takes users inside businesses, like Arnold’s Bar & Grill, through their Google Maps platform.

“Instead of just passing by on Google Maps Street View, you will be able to walk right in and tour the entire place in full 360, just as you would in normal street view,” explained Arnold’s Bar & Grill general manager, Chris Breeden.

The photography work was done by Cincinnati-based Alias 360 Photos. The company, owners say, is a new offshoot from the more established Alias Imaging, and is a certified member of Google’s Trusted Photographer program.

To use Google’s new Business Photos feature, simply go to the street view in front of Arnold’s and double-click on the doorway. Once inside, you will be able to navigate the establishment in the same fashion you would a normal street view.

Google’s indoor, 360-degree views were first announced in May 2010. Any business interested in having their interiors photographed for inclusion can do so by applying online.

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.