December 21, 2020

Where to Shop Local in Greater Cincinnati This Holiday Season

With all businesses suffering from the economic fall-out of COVID-19, this year is perhaps one of the most important to shop local during the holidays. Greater Cincinnati stores and independent shops need your support as they continue to navigate various health and safety guidelines while jugging their own livelihoods (and those of their employees). Shopping local this year will have a direct impact on their ability to stay open and navigate this storm — you can make a difference just by wielding your purchasing power. 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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Fleurish Grounds
5907 Bramble Ave., Madisonville
The Fleurish Grounds brick and mortar plant shop in Madisonville might be one of the best things to have grown out of COVID-19 for owner Christine Funke. What started as a pop-up in her garage is now a storefront, where she sells plants, pots and home goods. She has based her design and aesthetic around her West Coast roots, dubbing the look “modern coastal Midcentury.” Her plants range anywhere from $7 to $160, with the average customer spending around $20. Plants can be bought in pots made by local artists as well as artists from Funke’s hometown in California. “I really try to keep inventory that fits everyone's style: a timeless style that can fit any home without breaking the bank,” she says.
Photo: Provided by Fleurish Grounds

Fleurish Grounds

5907 Bramble Ave., Madisonville
The Fleurish Grounds brick and mortar plant shop in Madisonville might be one of the best things to have grown out of COVID-19 for owner Christine Funke. What started as a pop-up in her garage is now a storefront, where she sells plants, pots and home goods. She has based her design and aesthetic around her West Coast roots, dubbing the look “modern coastal Midcentury.” Her plants range anywhere from $7 to $160, with the average customer spending around $20. Plants can be bought in pots made by local artists as well as artists from Funke’s hometown in California. “I really try to keep inventory that fits everyone's style: a timeless style that can fit any home without breaking the bank,” she says.
Photo: Provided by Fleurish Grounds
Wolfpack
1813 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Walk into Over-the-Rhine’s Wolfpack or take a scroll on their Instagram (@shopthewolfpack) and you’ll be hit with a distinct flavor of warm, earthy tones. And if you’ve done the former, maybe you’ve met the owner’s lovable dog Timberwolf. Owned by Katherine Dalton, the 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. Those are ideals worth getting behind. Wolfpack, 1342 Main St., Over-the Rhine, shopthewolfpack.com.
Photo: @shopthewolfpack

Wolfpack

1813 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Walk into Over-the-Rhine’s Wolfpack or take a scroll on their Instagram (@shopthewolfpack) and you’ll be hit with a distinct flavor of warm, earthy tones. And if you’ve done the former, maybe you’ve met the owner’s lovable dog Timberwolf. Owned by Katherine Dalton, the 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. Those are ideals worth getting behind. Wolfpack, 1342 Main St., Over-the Rhine, shopthewolfpack.com.
Photo: @shopthewolfpack
Originalitees
2809 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
Cincinnati-based Originalitees opened its flagship storefront this summer in East Walnut Hills. Originalitees is a locally owned and operated clothing line that specializes in state, city and neighborhood pride apparel. With quality, comfort, affordability and style at front of mind, owner Khisha Asubuhi sells only products that she would wear herself, including funky Ohio socks and Cincinnati streets tanks.
Photo: facebook.com/originalitees

Originalitees

2809 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
Cincinnati-based Originalitees opened its flagship storefront this summer in East Walnut Hills. Originalitees is a locally owned and operated clothing line that specializes in state, city and neighborhood pride apparel. With quality, comfort, affordability and style at front of mind, owner Khisha Asubuhi sells only products that she would wear herself, including funky Ohio socks and Cincinnati streets tanks.
Photo: facebook.com/originalitees
Handzy Shop + Studio  
17 W. Pike St., Covington
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 Strachan. “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.” 
Photo: facebook/handzyshopstudio

Handzy Shop + Studio

17 W. Pike St., Covington
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 Strachan. “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.”
Photo: facebook/handzyshopstudio
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
BlaCk OWned Outerwear
822 Elm St., Downtown
Owned by Means Cameron, BlaCk OWned Outerwear offers tracksuits, jackets, shirts and hats 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 and hats 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
Queen City Alchemy
1808 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
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, more than 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. 
Photo: facebook/queencityalchemy

Queen City Alchemy

1808 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
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, more than 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.
Photo: facebook/queencityalchemy
High St.  
1401 Reading Road, Pendleton
Local design/lifestyle store and studio High St. set up shop at the intersection of Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton and Mount Auburn in 2006. The design hub and storefront has gotten a bit of a makeover and some new branding recently, but still boasts an impressive selection exceptional curiosities. Spending time exploring the nooks and crannies of the shop is extremely rewarding. You may discover a bowl of antique prosthetic teeth, a stuffed jackalope head, vintage locks, plush and eclectic pillows, 18th-century French mouthwash, an existential coloring book, plants and other magical and macabre magnificence. If you are struggling for a new look or how to arrange your new purchases, High St. also offers interior design services for both residential and commercial spaces. 
Photo: facebook.com/shophighst

High St.

1401 Reading Road, Pendleton
Local design/lifestyle store and studio High St. set up shop at the intersection of Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton and Mount Auburn in 2006. The design hub and storefront has gotten a bit of a makeover and some new branding recently, but still boasts an impressive selection exceptional curiosities. Spending time exploring the nooks and crannies of the shop is extremely rewarding. You may discover a bowl of antique prosthetic teeth, a stuffed jackalope head, vintage locks, plush and eclectic pillows, 18th-century French mouthwash, an existential coloring book, plants and other magical and macabre magnificence. If you are struggling for a new look or how to arrange your new purchases, High St. also offers interior design services for both residential and commercial spaces.
Photo: facebook.com/shophighst
Hail Dark Aesthetics  
720 Main St., Covington
At this oddities and record shop in MainStrasse, the storefront is stuffed with taxidermy, tarot cards, religious ephemera, Black Metal-style jewelry, branded Ouija boards and a bunch of dead snakes. For good or bad, there aren’t too many other stores where you can buy a pig fetus, tarot cards and the Twin Peaks soundtrack on vinyl in the same transaction. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Hail Dark Aesthetics

720 Main St., Covington
At this oddities and record shop in MainStrasse, the storefront is stuffed with taxidermy, tarot cards, religious ephemera, Black Metal-style jewelry, branded Ouija boards and a bunch of dead snakes. For good or bad, there aren’t too many other stores where you can buy a pig fetus, tarot cards and the Twin Peaks soundtrack on vinyl in the same transaction.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Cincy Shirts  
1301 Main St., Over-the-Rhine; 2709 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park
Cincy Shirts is a “vintage” T-shirt brand helmed by a local stand-up comedian that mines both the past and present to create apparel showcasing Cincinnati’s unique institutions and idiosyncratic culture. You can shop all their shirts, accessories and more online or in-store. Curbside pick-up is also available.
Photo: Adam Doty

Cincy Shirts

1301 Main St., Over-the-Rhine; 2709 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park
Cincy Shirts is a “vintage” T-shirt brand helmed by a local stand-up comedian that mines both the past and present to create apparel showcasing Cincinnati’s unique institutions and idiosyncratic culture. You can shop all their shirts, accessories and more online or in-store. Curbside pick-up is also available.
Photo: Adam Doty