We see fewer and fewer bookstores — independent and chain — every year and, when a new one does open, it’s likely going to offer a limited selection that occupies little space. Ohio Book Store is like a mecca for bibliophiles, spanning five floors of retail space. It’s easy to get lost among the racks of classic literature and secondhand non-fiction, but if you’re looking for something in particular, you can expect thoughtful and informed guidance from the staff. Walking in, it’d be easy to mistake the first floor as the entire shop since books are on display from floor to ceiling, but the stairs to the basement are your first hint that there’s more than meets the eye. After a little navigation, you’ll find the way leading up three flights of stairs, where it becomes apparent that this bookstore has a massive inventory. Also, keep Ohio Book Store in mind if you ever need to repair a favored book’s binding, a task they’re famous for. This is an essential destination for tourists and deserves all the business our city can offer. Ohio Book Store, 726 Main St., Downtown, ohiobookstore.net.
2. TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion
3. Tiny Needle Community Acupuncture
2. Wooden Nickel Antiques
3. Wild Things Antiques
Lynne & Lucille artist Kelli Fisher has been “making almost nothings into pretty somethings” since 2013. A transplant from Columbus, Ohio, Fisher specializes in jewelry crafted from the retired gear of local musicians. “I’ve always been a huge fan of music but have never been able to grasp the concept of actually playing it,” she says, “so making jewelry from recycled (and) unusable music materials and instruments is the way I have found to make my own version of music.” Check out her Etsy shop for necklaces and earrings made from shaped guitar strings and polished cymbal segments. She also utilizes hand-tooled leather and, occasionally, remains of the natural world: dig her popular rattlesnake vertebrae hoop earrings and African porcupine quill bar necklace. Lynne & Lucille, etsy.com/shop/lynneandlucille.
2. Cincinnati Art Museum
3. Silk Road Textiles
3. Indigo Hippo
The fact that Continuum has held its own on Vine Street in OTR since 2015 is a prime example of the fact that Cincinnati is home to many humans who are interested in innovative, experimental and individual fashion. Shop owner Ericka Leighton is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning with a passion for embracing creativity and creating a space for others to explore their own, whether they’re makers or shoppers. Recently name-checked in Vogue, the shop’s entire vibe — from the neon pink logo to hanging plants and Vaporwave meets Art Nouveau eclecticism — meets the modern woman at the intersection of aspirational and attainable in style, silhouette and price point. Brands range from Paloma Wool and No 6 to Black Crane and Cold Picnic and run the gamut from boxy tops and 1980s jeans to cult mother apparel. Continuum also carries textiles, candles, jewelry, fragrances and artful publications to round out its lifestyle offerings. Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/continuumbazaar.
2. Joseph Toyota of Cincinnati
3. Kings Toyota
2. Courtesy Automotive
3. Joseph Toyota of Cincinnati
2. Donovan’s Auto & Tire Center
3. AAA | Bob Sumerel Tire & Service