Best Of 2019

Rivertown Inkery + Apparel was launched in 2013 as a screenprinting business before turning into a full-time career in 2014. After being a strictly digital and pop-up presence, owner Doug Burns went brick-and-mortar last year with a fresh storefront in downtown Oakley featuring his small-batch and nostalgia-inducing apparel. His “wearable memories” invoke the style — and literal feel — of thrift-store finds and are made with a supersoft cotton-blend fabric. Rivertown has a line of sports-inspired wear, with orange and black tiger icons and Crosley Field prints, but the shop also offers an entire collection of faux retro pieces. Think ringer T-shirts with 1970s font spelling out “The Queen City,” or a 1990s Saved By the Bell-style “Cincinnati” sweatshirt. Almost everything comes in both a hoodie or sweatshirt and T-shirt style and most are unisex, so everyone can have the comfort of vintage with the durability of new. As the website says, “At the Rivertown Inkery, we design shirts that are meant to last and keep today’s memories from fading away.” Rivertown Inkery + Apparel, 3096 Madison Road, Oakley, therivertowninkery.com.

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, etsy.com/shop/lynneandlucille.

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, 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