Best Of 2019

So you love all the makers you can find at markets like The City Flea or Oakley Fancy Flea, but there isn’t one this weekend. Where can you scratch that shop-local itch? Deerhaus Décor, perfectly situated in Findlay Market, carries one of the best selections of local arts, crafts and apothecary. Founded in 2016, the self-described transparent and eco-friendly boutique has a focus on small-batch and sustainable goods as manifested through their myriad items from both local Cincinnati artisans and those they find on their many travels. In terms of Queen City favorites, their list of vendors reads like a greatest hits: You’ll find rope baskets and dishes from The Northern Market, waxed canvas bags and aprons from Volcano Goods, soap from Orange Fuzz, naturally dyed scarves from Deerhaus owner Sonja Thams’ Eco-Raw Studio and deodorant, beard oil and body butter from nearby Findlay neighbor Queen City Alchemy. They also carry hand-selected industrial-style vintage home items, plenty of cookbooks, the occasional plant and more. Also be on the lookout for their adorable shop dog, Nala, a beautiful white husky. Deerhaus Décor, 135 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine,

Shops & Services

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,

2. Cincinnati Art Museum

3. Silk Road Textiles

2. Michaels

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,

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