Best Of 2018

Best Small Business Supporting Small Business: Deerhaus Décor

Situated next to Eli’s BBQ in Findlay Market stands Deerhaus Décor, a transparent, small-batch and environmentally conscious boutique where you can find everything from refurbished homegoods and unique cookbooks to cactus greeting cards, organic deodorant and glass jewelry. And the softest huskies you’ll encounter in life, Nala and Kona. Cincinnati natives and Deerhaus co-founders Sonja Thams and Benjamin Deering started brainstorming ideas for the storefront as undergraduates — she at the Columbus College of Art and Design while pursuing a degree in interior architecture and design, and he as an entrepreneurial economics student at the College of Wooster. Deerhaus, which officially opened in November 2016, blends Sonja’s interest in sustainable products with Ben’s interest in entrepreneurship by offering locally made goods from names like Queen City Alchemy, The Northern Market, Orange Fuzz, Volcano Goods and Ecoraw, Sonja’s own line. The shop also has a small selection of unique items the duo has found on their travels and special products from other small-batch and eco manufacturers, like reusable Bee’s Wrap, letterpress notecards, Neck & Tie men’s accessories and free-form flamework glass necklaces. A stop into Deerhaus is a great way to extend your Findlay Market shopping experience. Deerhaus Décor, 135 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/deerhausdecor.