Best Of 2019

The Findlay Market-adjacent Artichoke OTR brings a fashionable flair to cooking by carrying design-forward bakeware, utensils and appliances. Been binge-watching The Great British Baking Off and feel an itch to mix in your own pastel Mason Cash bowls? Or perhaps you need to simmer something in a red ceramic tagine? Or bake a cake in a decorative Nordic Ware bundt pan? What if you’re looking for something that lives on — and livens up — your countertop? Artichoke also carries a line of small SMEG appliances: toasters, blenders, juicers, kettles and mixers. Started in Italy in the 1950s, this brand is beloved for its retro-colored and Midcentury Modern dreamy domestic accessories. These everyday pieces add a pop of color to the kitchen in options like Pepto pink, Cadillac red and seafoam green so you can live out that Mad Men design fantasy with modern functionality. And if they don’t have an item in the color you want, they can special order it for you. Artichoke OTR, 1824 Elm 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