Cincinnati Shops and Boutiques for Last-Minute Mother's Day Shopping

Mother's Day is right around the corner. If you waited until the last minute to pick up a thoughtful gift for mom, head to one of these locally-owned shops and boutiques to find a gift she's sure to love.
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Gia & the Blooms  
What you’ll find: Contemporary and clean seasonal floral arrangements at an affordable price point. The interior of this little OTR urban jungle houses a larger-than-expected selection of items like greeting cards, candles and locally made ceramics along with lots of houseplants. There are air plants of all shapes and sizes, hanging and trailing options, super-tall cacti, $5-a-pop little plant buddies and more. Burlap-wrapped hand-built bouquets begin at $35, and delivery is free within the Cincinnati metro. 114 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, giablooms.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Gia & the Blooms

What you’ll find: Contemporary and clean seasonal floral arrangements at an affordable price point. The interior of this little OTR urban jungle houses a larger-than-expected selection of items like greeting cards, candles and locally made ceramics along with lots of houseplants. There are air plants of all shapes and sizes, hanging and trailing options, super-tall cacti, $5-a-pop little plant buddies and more. Burlap-wrapped hand-built bouquets begin at $35, and delivery is free within the Cincinnati metro. 114 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, giablooms.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Continuum  
What you’ll find: This pink and plant-filled women’s clothing store and bazaar features a curated selection of items from independent artists, designers and makers. It’s a high-end concept shop with a playful sense of humor and an eye for contemporary silhouettes, with brands including No. 6, Cold Picnic and Paloma Wool and plenty of other covetable objects: locally made ceramic jewelry, minimalist fragrances, eco-friendly nail polishes, architectural footwear and indie publications.1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/continuumbazaar.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Continuum

What you’ll find: This pink and plant-filled women’s clothing store and bazaar features a curated selection of items from independent artists, designers and makers. It’s a high-end concept shop with a playful sense of humor and an eye for contemporary silhouettes, with brands including No. 6, Cold Picnic and Paloma Wool and plenty of other covetable objects: locally made ceramic jewelry, minimalist fragrances, eco-friendly nail polishes, architectural footwear and indie publications.1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/continuumbazaar.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Handzy Shop + Studio  
What you’ll find: Think bright colors, cute sayings and shopping ops for your BFFs. “Handzy Shop + Studio is a boutique with the cutest collection of clothes, accessories, stationery, gifts and more,” says owner Suzy Stachan. “We are all about offering upbeat products that foster friendships and make people happy. In the studio, we design our signature line of stationery, which you can also find in the shop.”15 W. Pike St., Covington, Ky., hellohandzy.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Handzy Shop + Studio

What you’ll find: Think bright colors, cute sayings and shopping ops for your BFFs. “Handzy Shop + Studio is a boutique with the cutest collection of clothes, accessories, stationery, gifts and more,” says owner Suzy Stachan. “We are all about offering upbeat products that foster friendships and make people happy. In the studio, we design our signature line of stationery, which you can also find in the shop.”15 W. Pike St., Covington, Ky., hellohandzy.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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The Native One  
What you'll find: Easy and affordable trend-based women’s fashion with cross-generational appeal. The store is stuffed with everything from rompers and oversized outerwear to affordable statement footwear and lacy underpinnings. You’ll also find accessories, apothecary and home décor — and possibly a super cute shop pup... if you’re lucky. (We’ve seen him. He’s a very good boi.). 1421 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, thenativeone.com.
Photo: Emerson Swoger

The Native One

What you'll find: Easy and affordable trend-based women’s fashion with cross-generational appeal. The store is stuffed with everything from rompers and oversized outerwear to affordable statement footwear and lacy underpinnings. You’ll also find accessories, apothecary and home décor — and possibly a super cute shop pup... if you’re lucky. (We’ve seen him. He’s a very good boi.). 1421 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, thenativeone.com.
Photo: Emerson Swoger
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MiCA 12/v  
What you’ll find: “We’re essentially a gift store, but we focus on local artists and indie makers,” says owner Carolyn Deininger. “We sell anything from clothing to jewelry to bags, ceramics, paper goods, baby gifts and all kinds of unique gifts with a local focus or made by indie artists that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.” 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, shopmica.com.
Photo: MiCA 12/v Facebook

MiCA 12/v

What you’ll find: “We’re essentially a gift store, but we focus on local artists and indie makers,” says owner Carolyn Deininger. “We sell anything from clothing to jewelry to bags, ceramics, paper goods, baby gifts and all kinds of unique gifts with a local focus or made by indie artists that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.” 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, shopmica.com.
Photo: MiCA 12/v Facebook
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Elm & Iron and Elm & Iron Loft  
What you’ll find: This shop leans toward vintage industrial décor and home accessories. “We offer a really unique experience for shopping,” says Hart Neely, the general manager of the Cincinnati locations. “We have a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces you won’t find anywhere else. We have everything from simple house-warming or hostess gifts to furnishing for a whole living room or dining room and everything in between.”
1326 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine; Elm & Iron Loft, 1141 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, elmandiron.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Elm & Iron and Elm & Iron Loft

What you’ll find: This shop leans toward vintage industrial décor and home accessories. “We offer a really unique experience for shopping,” says Hart Neely, the general manager of the Cincinnati locations. “We have a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces you won’t find anywhere else. We have everything from simple house-warming or hostess gifts to furnishing for a whole living room or dining room and everything in between.” 1326 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine; Elm & Iron Loft, 1141 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, elmandiron.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Fern
What you'll find: Located in a converted College Hill gas station, Fern offers minimal, modern and nature-inspired items — and lots and lots of plants. Find a carefully edited selection of unique hand-thrown pottery, art, weavings and more, along with a curated assortment of beautiful, thriving greenery. Buy and learn how to care for all sorts of millennial-friendly houseplants, from a “Chinese Money” pilea peperomioides plant to a Christmas cactus kokedama (aka string-wrapped moss ball) and fiddle-leaf figs. Recurring classes cover artful pursuits ranging from floral arranging to calligraphy and watercolors. 6040 Hamilton Ave., North College Hill, fern-shop.com.
Photo: Patty Salas

Fern

What you'll find: Located in a converted College Hill gas station, Fern offers minimal, modern and nature-inspired items — and lots and lots of plants. Find a carefully edited selection of unique hand-thrown pottery, art, weavings and more, along with a curated assortment of beautiful, thriving greenery. Buy and learn how to care for all sorts of millennial-friendly houseplants, from a “Chinese Money” pilea peperomioides plant to a Christmas cactus kokedama (aka string-wrapped moss ball) and fiddle-leaf figs. Recurring classes cover artful pursuits ranging from floral arranging to calligraphy and watercolors. 6040 Hamilton Ave., North College Hill, fern-shop.com.
Photo: Patty Salas
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Artichoke OTR  
What you'll find: 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. And if you’re looking to enhance your skills, take a class in artichoke’s demonstration kitchen — just make sure you don’t step on lazy shop greyhound Gus. 1824 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, artichokeotr.com.
Photo: Brittany Thornton

Artichoke OTR

What you'll find: 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. And if you’re looking to enhance your skills, take a class in artichoke’s demonstration kitchen — just make sure you don’t step on lazy shop greyhound Gus. 1824 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, artichokeotr.com.
Photo: Brittany Thornton
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Cincy Shirts
What you'll find: Created by local comedians, this lighthearted shop sells vintage-inspired Cincinnati-themed apparel with a lean toward inside jokes and our classic past. “We sell all sorts of quirky items. we try to make people laugh,” says Sara Sheets, the manager of the OTR location. “Besides shirts, we all sell posters, mugs and, oh, we’re known for our fiona stuff.” 1301 Main St., Over-the-Rhine; 2709 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park; 295 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland, cincyshirts.com. 
Photo: Emerson Swoger

Cincy Shirts

What you'll find: Created by local comedians, this lighthearted shop sells vintage-inspired Cincinnati-themed apparel with a lean toward inside jokes and our classic past. “We sell all sorts of quirky items. we try to make people laugh,” says Sara Sheets, the manager of the OTR location. “Besides shirts, we all sell posters, mugs and, oh, we’re known for our fiona stuff.” 1301 Main St., Over-the-Rhine; 2709 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park; 295 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland, cincyshirts.com.
Photo: Emerson Swoger
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Rose & Remington   
What you’ll find: Since opening its initial Lebanon location in November 2013, contemporary-casual boho-chic boutique Rose & Remington has opened eight other locations. With more than 400 labels of women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories, mother-and-daughter co-owners Dee Alexander and Kristin Ponchot constantly keep things fresh with new arrivals. 35 E. Main St., Lebanon; 7562 Bales St., Liberty Township; 9261 Governors Way, Fields Ertel; 3764 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park; 454 Ohio Pike, Beechmont; 7725 Mall Road, Florence; 7875 Montgomery Road, Kenwood; 3657 Stone Creek Blvd., Colerain, roseandremington.com.
Photo: Emerson Swoger

Rose & Remington

What you’ll find: Since opening its initial Lebanon location in November 2013, contemporary-casual boho-chic boutique Rose & Remington has opened eight other locations. With more than 400 labels of women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories, mother-and-daughter co-owners Dee Alexander and Kristin Ponchot constantly keep things fresh with new arrivals. 35 E. Main St., Lebanon; 7562 Bales St., Liberty Township; 9261 Governors Way, Fields Ertel; 3764 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park; 454 Ohio Pike, Beechmont; 7725 Mall Road, Florence; 7875 Montgomery Road, Kenwood; 3657 Stone Creek Blvd., Colerain, roseandremington.com.
Photo: Emerson Swoger
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Lentz and Company  
What you’ll find: The collection at vintage retailer Lentz & Company wouldn’t be out of place on the set of The Brady Bunch. The assortment of funky and colorful homegoods, furniture, local art and handmade gifts is a groovy treasure hunter’s paradise. In addition to 1960s-’70s flair, find Atomic Age cocktail shakers, fondue sets, Playboy memorabilia and other retro baubles. 339 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, lentzandcompany.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Lentz and Company

What you’ll find: The collection at vintage retailer Lentz & Company wouldn’t be out of place on the set of The Brady Bunch. The assortment of funky and colorful homegoods, furniture, local art and handmade gifts is a groovy treasure hunter’s paradise. In addition to 1960s-’70s flair, find Atomic Age cocktail shakers, fondue sets, Playboy memorabilia and other retro baubles. 339 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, lentzandcompany.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Homage  
What you’ll find: This is the shop for super-soft nostalgia-inspired T-shirts and sweats that pander to sports fans and in-the-know locals. You’ll find everything from a Boomer Esiason crewneck to FCC-inspired blue-and-orange “Cincy” sweatshirts and a reprint of a Grateful Dead 1989 Riverfront Coliseum concert tee. 1231 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, homage.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Homage

What you’ll find: This is the shop for super-soft nostalgia-inspired T-shirts and sweats that pander to sports fans and in-the-know locals. You’ll find everything from a Boomer Esiason crewneck to FCC-inspired blue-and-orange “Cincy” sweatshirts and a reprint of a Grateful Dead 1989 Riverfront Coliseum concert tee. 1231 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, homage.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Kismet  
What you’ll find: “Kismet is a combination of fashion and gifts that appeals to a wide array of women and girls,” says general manager Megan Schuck. “We often have multiple generations of ladies shopping at Kismet together. We can help our customers style a casual or dressy look, boho or classic, for pretty much any occasion, without the fear that someone at the party will be wearing the same thing.” 1233 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/kismetovertherhine; 2037 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-871-7879.
Photo: Emerson Swoger

Kismet

What you’ll find: “Kismet is a combination of fashion and gifts that appeals to a wide array of women and girls,” says general manager Megan Schuck. “We often have multiple generations of ladies shopping at Kismet together. We can help our customers style a casual or dressy look, boho or classic, for pretty much any occasion, without the fear that someone at the party will be wearing the same thing.” 1233 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/kismetovertherhine; 2037 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-871-7879.
Photo: Emerson Swoger
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Coda Co.
What you’ll find: Coda Co. home décor shop was started by husband-and-wife duo Tanner and Kelti Ziese as a date-night hobby. Kelti is the softer side of the business, hand weaving macramé wall hangings out of cotton rope and sewing patterned pillows, while Tanner works with reclaimed bourbon barrels to create a variety of wood furniture and accessories. Tanner’s regionally sourced barrel lids, staves and ribs make an appearance in bar tables, bottle openers, serving trays and pour-over coffee stands. 400 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, shopcodaco.com. 
Photo: Kellie Coleman

Coda Co.

What you’ll find: Coda Co. home décor shop was started by husband-and-wife duo Tanner and Kelti Ziese as a date-night hobby. Kelti is the softer side of the business, hand weaving macramé wall hangings out of cotton rope and sewing patterned pillows, while Tanner works with reclaimed bourbon barrels to create a variety of wood furniture and accessories. Tanner’s regionally sourced barrel lids, staves and ribs make an appearance in bar tables, bottle openers, serving trays and pour-over coffee stands. 400 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, shopcodaco.com.
Photo: Kellie Coleman
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Deerhaus Decor  
What you'll find: 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 died raw silk scarves, salvaged breweriana and hand-sewn stuffed animals. 135 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, deerhausdecor.com.
Photo: Kellie Coleman

Deerhaus Decor

What you'll find: 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 died raw silk scarves, salvaged breweriana and hand-sewn stuffed animals. 135 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, deerhausdecor.com.
Photo: Kellie Coleman
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Lane & Kate  
What you’ll find: This Vine Street storefront offers a streamlined selection of high-quality, independently made jewelry using sustainably and ethically sourced stones. The pieces veer toward delicate, lovely and minimal with a nod toward the natural world as seen in a golden wildflower signet ring or floral-shaped diamond stone setting. Lane & Kate is also an outpost for floral shop Two Little Buds and has a small selection of metal wall hangings and mobiles, organic beauty products and leather handbags. 1405 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, laneandkate.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Lane & Kate

What you’ll find: This Vine Street storefront offers a streamlined selection of high-quality, independently made jewelry using sustainably and ethically sourced stones. The pieces veer toward delicate, lovely and minimal with a nod toward the natural world as seen in a golden wildflower signet ring or floral-shaped diamond stone setting. Lane & Kate is also an outpost for floral shop Two Little Buds and has a small selection of metal wall hangings and mobiles, organic beauty products and leather handbags. 1405 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, laneandkate.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Queen City Alchemy
What you’ll find: Emily Little first launched her line of soaps and body products as “Little Organics,” with a focus on herbal medicine, informed and filtered through her Appalachian heritage. Now, a decade old, Little Organics is Queen City Alchemy, a high-end locally made holistic skincare line featuring soaps, serums, balms, deodorants and other botanicals crafted using non-toxic, compassionate and therapeutic ingredients. There are no dyes, no fillers, no parabens and no sulfates. The line is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and part of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics from the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. Find 40-some-odd products in the community-focused storefront near Findlay Market, which also carries a curated collection of pieces from other local makers. 1808 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, queencityalchemy.com.
Photo: Queen City Alchemy Facebook

Queen City Alchemy

What you’ll find: Emily Little first launched her line of soaps and body products as “Little Organics,” with a focus on herbal medicine, informed and filtered through her Appalachian heritage. Now, a decade old, Little Organics is Queen City Alchemy, a high-end locally made holistic skincare line featuring soaps, serums, balms, deodorants and other botanicals crafted using non-toxic, compassionate and therapeutic ingredients. There are no dyes, no fillers, no parabens and no sulfates. The line is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and part of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics from the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. Find 40-some-odd products in the community-focused storefront near Findlay Market, which also carries a curated collection of pieces from other local makers. 1808 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, queencityalchemy.com.
Photo: Queen City Alchemy Facebook
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Rivertown Inkery 
What you’ll find: This former online-only retailer has a new storefront right in the heart of Oakley carrying super-soft nostalgia-inducing apparel with a Cincinnati lean. Get a 1970s-styled retro “Queen City” ringer T-shirt, a straight-from-Saved-By-The-Bell neon “Cincinnati” sweatshirt or even a flying Fiona onesie with everyone’s favorite hippo on the front instead of our city’s usual flying pig. 3096 Madison Road, Oakley, therivertowninkery.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Rivertown Inkery

What you’ll find: This former online-only retailer has a new storefront right in the heart of Oakley carrying super-soft nostalgia-inducing apparel with a Cincinnati lean. Get a 1970s-styled retro “Queen City” ringer T-shirt, a straight-from-Saved-By-The-Bell neon “Cincinnati” sweatshirt or even a flying Fiona onesie with everyone’s favorite hippo on the front instead of our city’s usual flying pig. 3096 Madison Road, Oakley, therivertowninkery.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Idlewild Woman  
What you’ll find: This hip and cozy family-run business is a clothing and lifestyle destination that embraces the beauty and creativity of the modern woman. The ladies behind the shop include owners Julie Clark, a ceramicist; Jessica Murray, a graphic and handbag designer; and Tessa Clark, a DAAP graduate and fashion designer. And with a pedigree like that, they deliver on well-made and well-curated apparel, accessories, alpaca throws and coveted high-end denim. 1230 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, idlewildwoman.com.
Photo: Idlewild Woman Facebook

Idlewild Woman

What you’ll find: This hip and cozy family-run business is a clothing and lifestyle destination that embraces the beauty and creativity of the modern woman. The ladies behind the shop include owners Julie Clark, a ceramicist; Jessica Murray, a graphic and handbag designer; and Tessa Clark, a DAAP graduate and fashion designer. And with a pedigree like that, they deliver on well-made and well-curated apparel, accessories, alpaca throws and coveted high-end denim. 1230 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, idlewildwoman.com.
Photo: Idlewild Woman Facebook
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TMBTITWI  
What you'll find: Helmed by a world-traveling art specialist, the clothing, homegoods and accessories at The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is are fully eclectic. As the name suggests, the shop features German knitwear, Italian leather boots, French apothecary items and a gallerist’s nirvana of other modern and sculptural women’s wear. 6 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/TMBTITWI.
Photo:m Brittany Thornton

TMBTITWI

What you'll find: Helmed by a world-traveling art specialist, the clothing, homegoods and accessories at The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Is are fully eclectic. As the name suggests, the shop features German knitwear, Italian leather boots, French apothecary items and a gallerist’s nirvana of other modern and sculptural women’s wear. 6 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/TMBTITWI.
Photo:m Brittany Thornton
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