Best Of 2022

Best Inclusive Craft Shop

Jennifer Cox, an avid crafter who recently returned to Cincinnati, was looking for a community and space to feel at home as a maker. But when she couldn’t find what she was looking for, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Cox opened Make.Do, a craft store in Pleasant Ridge that offers fabric, yarn and fiber along with DIY digital projects and in-person events. During the pandemic, the community was virtual, but Cox has since reopened her brick-and-mortar. Along with creating a space welcoming to crafters — both beginners and experts — she wanted to make sure it was inclusive and equitable to all. “Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA communities, and people on the margins in general are creating amazing art for themselves, often on their own. There are knitters, sewers, designers, and artists that yearn for connection with each other, and that others should know about, but many don’t,” Cox says. “I want Make.Do. to show up as a Black-owned business committed to supporting the voices we don’t often hear and support makers by connecting them to new and different communities so we can all benefit from each other’s creativity.” The goal is to both provide supplies with a focus on BIPOC and LGBTQIA businesses/brands and bring people together.