November 23, 2021

40 Cincinnati Boutiques for Shopping Local This Holiday Season

An easy way to make sure you can find something meaningful to give your loved ones this year is to skip the big-box stores and focus on local. Shopping local this year will have a direct impact on independent stores and the Queen City economy — you can make a difference just by wielding your purchasing power. The U.S Small Business Administration says that for every $100 you spend at an independent business, $48 of that is recirculated back into the local economy. Whereas if you spend $100 at a national retailer, only $14 stays local.  So here is a list of Greater Cincinnati shops. It is not comprehensive. There are many, many more local boutiques than are listed here. Please view this as a starting point — a bit of inspiration — to explore and acknowledge the breadth of what our friends, neighbors and local shopkeepers have to offer before you hit the "buy now" button on Amazon.
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Hierophany & Hedge
19 West Pike St., Covington
Hierophany & Hedge is Covington’s new magic shop. Walk inside and it seems you’ve tripped over time itself only to have undone the past 150 years of fashion and technology, replacing it with immaculate antique woodwork, jars of curious powders, gemlike stones glittering in the warm sunlight, a wall of handcrafted wands made from woods sourced across the world... Is this really in Kentucky, or are we in 19th-century London?
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Hierophany & Hedge

19 West Pike St., Covington
Hierophany & Hedge is Covington’s new magic shop. Walk inside and it seems you’ve tripped over time itself only to have undone the past 150 years of fashion and technology, replacing it with immaculate antique woodwork, jars of curious powders, gemlike stones glittering in the warm sunlight, a wall of handcrafted wands made from woods sourced across the world... Is this really in Kentucky, or are we in 19th-century London?
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Wolfpack
1813 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
This cozy store’s mission is grounded in selling clothing, homegoods and gifts that are sustainability minded. As stated on their website, that means items that are ethically sourced and made by people who are being paid a living wage in a safe environment.
Photo: Provided by Wolfpack

Wolfpack

1813 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
This cozy store’s mission is grounded in selling clothing, homegoods and gifts that are sustainability minded. As stated on their website, that means items that are ethically sourced and made by people who are being paid a living wage in a safe environment.
Photo: Provided by Wolfpack
Handzy Shop + Studio  
17 W. Pike St., Covington; 324 W. Fourth St., Downtown
Think bright colors, cute sayings and shopping ops for your BFFs. Handzy carries clothing, accessories, stationery, gifts and other cute items to outfit you and your home. 
Photo: facebook/handzyshopstudio

Handzy Shop + Studio

17 W. Pike St., Covington; 324 W. Fourth St., Downtown
Think bright colors, cute sayings and shopping ops for your BFFs. Handzy carries clothing, accessories, stationery, gifts and other cute items to outfit you and your home.
Photo: facebook/handzyshopstudio
Gumdrop
15 W. Pike St., Covington; 326 W. Fourth St., Downtown
This bright and colorful kids shop from the minds behind Handzy has all sorts of goodies. From school supplies and sleepwear to the best new toys and most adorable clothes and accessories for toddlers and newborns, there is cuteness tucked in every corner. 
Photo: facebook.com/gumdroptots

Gumdrop

15 W. Pike St., Covington; 326 W. Fourth St., Downtown
This bright and colorful kids shop from the minds behind Handzy has all sorts of goodies. From school supplies and sleepwear to the best new toys and most adorable clothes and accessories for toddlers and newborns, there is cuteness tucked in every corner.
Photo: facebook.com/gumdroptots
Deerhaus Decor  
135 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine
Located in Findlay Market, Deerhaus provides a brick-and-mortar location for local craftsmen and artisans to display their work, which ranges from soaps and ceramics to jewelry and woodwork. There are also unique maker-made items from across the United States that all share similar characteristics of being accessible and sustainable with a woodsy vintage vibe. Find locally made waxed canvas aprons next to naturally dyed raw silk scarves, salvaged breweriana and hand-sewn stuffed animals. 
Photo: Adam Doty

Deerhaus Decor

135 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine
Located in Findlay Market, Deerhaus provides a brick-and-mortar location for local craftsmen and artisans to display their work, which ranges from soaps and ceramics to jewelry and woodwork. There are also unique maker-made items from across the United States that all share similar characteristics of being accessible and sustainable with a woodsy vintage vibe. Find locally made waxed canvas aprons next to naturally dyed raw silk scarves, salvaged breweriana and hand-sewn stuffed animals.
Photo: Adam Doty
Fleurish Grounds
5907 Bramble Ave., Madisonville
Fleurish Grounds started as a garage pop-up but now sells plants, pots and homegoods out of a Madisonville storefront. With an aesthetic dubbed “modern coastal Midcentury," plants can be bought in pots made by local artists as well as artists across the U.S. The shop also carries a special coffee blend, apothecary items and vintage clothing.
Photo: Provided by Fleurish Grounds

Fleurish Grounds

5907 Bramble Ave., Madisonville
Fleurish Grounds started as a garage pop-up but now sells plants, pots and homegoods out of a Madisonville storefront. With an aesthetic dubbed “modern coastal Midcentury," plants can be bought in pots made by local artists as well as artists across the U.S. The shop also carries a special coffee blend, apothecary items and vintage clothing.
Photo: Provided by Fleurish Grounds
Paper Wings
1207 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Mike and Carolyn Deininger, the owners of MiCA 12/v, opened a storefront just a few doors down on Vine Street. This shop features original and unique artwork by indie creators, from quirky greeting cards and fresh, new stationery to local art on paper, candles, notebooks and fountain pens.
Photo: Holden Mathis

Paper Wings

1207 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Mike and Carolyn Deininger, the owners of MiCA 12/v, opened a storefront just a few doors down on Vine Street. This shop features original and unique artwork by indie creators, from quirky greeting cards and fresh, new stationery to local art on paper, candles, notebooks and fountain pens.
Photo: Holden Mathis
Artichoke OTR 
1824 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine 
Brad and Karen Hughes opened their Artichoke storefront down the street from Findlay Market in order to offer marketgoers a convenient destination for cookware. From basics to unique pieces not available anywhere else, you’ll find the tools you need to throw down in the kitchen like you’re an Iron Chef; think colorful ceramic tagines, SMEG brand appliances and beautiful bundt pans. 
Photo: Brittany Thornton

Artichoke OTR

1824 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Brad and Karen Hughes opened their Artichoke storefront down the street from Findlay Market in order to offer marketgoers a convenient destination for cookware. From basics to unique pieces not available anywhere else, you’ll find the tools you need to throw down in the kitchen like you’re an Iron Chef; think colorful ceramic tagines, SMEG brand appliances and beautiful bundt pans.
Photo: Brittany Thornton
BlaCk OWned Outerwear
822 Elm St., Downtown
Owned by Means Cameron, BlaCk OWned Outerwear offers tracksuits, jackets, shirts, hats and more for men, women and children at its downtown retail shop. Its mission statement is “to promote Black ownership while challenging societal inequities through fashion and storytelling.”
Photo: facebook.com/imblackowned

BlaCk OWned Outerwear

822 Elm St., Downtown
Owned by Means Cameron, BlaCk OWned Outerwear offers tracksuits, jackets, shirts, hats and more for men, women and children at its downtown retail shop. Its mission statement is “to promote Black ownership while challenging societal inequities through fashion and storytelling.”
Photo: facebook.com/imblackowned
Coda Co.  
400 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
This hip and crafty shop features maker-made products from upcycled and natural materials, like macrame wall hangings, coffee-bag pillows and bourbon barrel pub tables. Owned by husband-and-wife duo Kelti and Tanner Ziese, she is the softer side of the business, hand weaving macramé wall hangings out of cotton rope, while he works to create a variety of wood furniture and accessories. Kelti also curates a comfy selection of boho-chic clothing items for going out, or staying in. 
Photo: facebook.com/codacompany

Coda Co.

400 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
This hip and crafty shop features maker-made products from upcycled and natural materials, like macrame wall hangings, coffee-bag pillows and bourbon barrel pub tables. Owned by husband-and-wife duo Kelti and Tanner Ziese, she is the softer side of the business, hand weaving macramé wall hangings out of cotton rope, while he works to create a variety of wood furniture and accessories. Kelti also curates a comfy selection of boho-chic clothing items for going out, or staying in.
Photo: facebook.com/codacompany