Artichoke OTR Named the Best Independent Housewares Retailer in the Nation

Brad and Karen Hughes took home the top award at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago

click to enlarge Artichoke OTR - Photo: Brittany Thornton
Photo: Brittany Thornton
Artichoke OTR

Brad and Karen Hughes, the owners of kitchen and housewares shop Artichoke OTR, were recently honored with a top industry award at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago.

Artichoke took home the Global Innovation Award, recognizing them as the best independent housewares retailer in the U.S. 

click to enlarge Brad and Karen Hughes - Photo: Provided
Photo: Provided
Brad and Karen Hughes

According to a press release, "The competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global, evaluating retailers within the following categories: overall mission statement, vision and strategy; store design and layout; visual merchandising, displays and window displays; marketing, advertising and promotions; customer service and staff training; and innovation."

Artichoke was recognized for their excellence in product selection, open-concept approach and showroom aesthetic. 

Artichoke was also named one of Food Network’s top kitchenware stores in 2016 and won a Staff Pick in CityBeat's most recent Best Of Cincinnati issue.

Artichoke OTR is located at 1824 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. More info:

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