Cincinnati Shops and Boutiques for Last-Minute Mother's Day Shopping
By CityBeat Staff
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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What youll 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
What youll find: This pink and plant-filled womens clothing store and bazaar features a curated selection of items from independent artists, designers and makers. Its 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
What youll 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
What you'll find: Easy and affordable trend-based womens fashion with cross-generational appeal. The store is stuffed with everything from rompers and oversized outerwear to affordable statement footwear and lacy underpinnings. Youll also find accessories, apothecary and home décor and possibly a super cute shop pup... if youre lucky. (Weve seen him. Hes a very good boi.). 1421 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, thenativeone.com. Photo: Emerson Swoger
What youll find: Were 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 wont be able to find anywhere else. 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, shopmica.com. Photo: MiCA 12/v Facebook
What youll 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 wont 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
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
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, youll find the tools you need to throw down in the kitchen like youre an Iron Chef; think colorful ceramic tagines, SMEG brand appliances and beautiful bundt pans. And if youre looking to enhance your skills, take a class in artichokes demonstration kitchen just make sure you dont step on lazy shop greyhound Gus. 1824 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, artichokeotr.com. Photo: Brittany Thornton
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, were 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
What youll 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 womens 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