Best Of 2023

Fern
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Fern

A home full of plants keeps the blues away. Plant purveyor Fern has helped Cincinnatians keep their thumbs green since opening in 2013. And its flagship location’s bi-annual sale –– one in spring and the other in autumn –– in College Hill is the perfect place to stock up on plants, buy that fiddle-leaf beauty you’ve been eyeing or snag new accessories. Get your tote bag ready: The sale has a devoted following. Keep an eye on their social media (@fernshopcincinnati) for date announcements. New to plant parenting? Don’t fret: Fern’s staff is happy to provide plant care tips, tricks and know-how. Along with the College Hill storefront, Fern has a second location in Walnut Hills. fern-shop.com.

Shops & Services

Shops & Services
Here are the 2023 Best Of Cincinnati® Reader and Staff Pick winners for Shops & Services.
  1. Jungle Jim's International Market
  2. The Party Source
  3. Liquor Barn (Formerly DEP's Fine Wine & Spirits) TIE
    4. Marty's Hops and Vines TIE

Boys, keep out! Explorer Chick has women-only tours all over the world, but they call Cincinnati their home. With trips ranging from backpacking in the Grand Canyon to glamping in Belize, the tours focus on exploring new places and getting your heart and blood pumping for adventure. The website makes it easy to book  — sort tours by where you want to go and what kind of experience you want to have. Up for hiking? Rappelling? Surfing? All three? Click on those options and see where Explorer Chick can take you. And if none of your gal pals can go with you, don’t worry; it’s super-easy to bond with and befriend the other badass ladies on your trip. explorerchick.com.


  1. Beelistic Tattoo

  2. Skincraft Piercing & Tattoo

  3. Hybrid Image

  1. Cincinnati Museum Center
  2. Parky’s Farm
  3. Super Parties TIE
    4. Dave & Buster’s TIE

  1. Top Golf

  2. Toyko Kitty

  3. MadTree Brewing


  1. Richter & Phillips

  2. Schwartz Jewelers

  3. Monmouth Jewelers


  1. Fern

  2. Natorp's Nursery Outlet

  3. A.J. Rahn Greenhouses


  1. Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center

  2. McKenna Cosmetic Surgery Center

  3. The Plastic Surgery Group


  1. Apollo Home

  2. Jolly Plumbing

  3. Zins Plumbing


  1. Tiffany Brogden

  2. Jordan Nicely

  3. Nick Foltz


  1. Sibcy Cline

  2. Keller Williams Realty

  3. Pivot Realty Group


  1. Maple Knoll Village

  2. Twin Lakes

  3. Marjorie P. Lee


  1. Mt. Lookout Shoe Repair

  2. D & P Shoe Repair

  3. Clarence Howell Shoe Repair


  1. Jungle Jim's International Market

  2. Hemptations

  3. High on the Hill


  1. H&R Block

  2. The Tax Man

  3. Orcutt & Company CPA


  1. Churchill's Fine Teas

  2. Jungle Jim’s International Market

  3. Coffee Emporium


  1. Christ Hospital Urgent Care Red Bank Rd.

  2. Bluegrass Urgent Care

  3. CareFirst Urgent Care - Beechmont


  1. Cincy Vapors

  2. Lefty's Tobacco Plus

  3. Galaxy Vapors


  1. Noah's Ark Animal Clinics

  2. Animal Care Center

  3. Grady Veterinary Hospital