Best Of 2019

Quick. It’s 5 p.m. You just got off work. You have a date at 6. And your outfit is looking… not so fresh. While some people might think your scuffed up, floppy dad loafers and khakis are attractive, you’re more likely cruising toward deal-breaker town with your business-casual gear. But no fear. UNheardof downtown can fix you right up. Swoop by and upgrade those tired brown leather jams with a pair of nostalgia-worthy Nike Air Max 97s or space-age Vapormax Plus in a rainbow of candy colors. Or go a grittier route with a pair of Vans Sk8-Hi high tops or Doc Martens. Heck, if you feel lucky, you might even try your hand at copping the newest pair of Yeezys. And don’t stop at ground level. The decade-strong streetwear purveyor also has plenty of sweatshirts, T-shirts, button-ups and pants to get you out of that painfully dull polo shirt. Brands like Nike, Adidas and Levi’s are an obvious draw, but you shouldn’t pass up UNheardof’s house brand, either — their recent collaboration with famed skateboard graphic artist Don Pendleton was killer. UNheardof, 15 W. Fourth St., Downtown,

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