Walnut Hills’ White Whale Tattoo is renowned for its artistry in ink. The shop’s crew of highly skilled tattooers (boasting a higher ratio of female to male artists, for what it’s worth) creates individual masterworks on skin for clients with a bespoke mindset and range of styles that includes specialties in linework, pointillism, woodcut and other fine art. Most tattooers’ books are closed and appointments are scheduled months in advance, so unfortunately this isn’t the place for walk-ins. But, every so often, White Whale hosts special Flash Days. People line up around the block for these first-come, first-served events where you can select your design and artsist from pre-drawn sheets. All proceeds from Flash Days benefit White Whale’s ongoing work in Guatemala, where they do cover-up tattoos for former gang members and assist with other outreach efforts in the Central American country. White Whale Tattoo, 650 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills, whitewhaletattoo.com.
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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.
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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.
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3. Kings Toyota
2. Courtesy Automotive
3. Joseph Toyota of Cincinnati
2. Donovan’s Auto & Tire Center
3. AAA | Bob Sumerel Tire & Service