2013 Shops & Services Reader Picks

The 2013 reader picks for best businesses and services, from automobiles to bottled beers.

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Acupuncture: Carole Paine

2. Mimi Tagher

3. Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine


Animal Rescue/Shelter: SPCA

2. Adore-A-Bull Rescue

3. Recycled Doggies


Antique Store: Wooden Nickel Antiques

2. Duck Creek Antique Mall

3. Ohio Valley Antique Mall


Arts & Crafts Supplies: Hobby Lobby

2. Michaels

3. Jo-Ann Fabrics


Arts & Crafts Classes: Michaels

2. Funke Fired Arts

3. Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center


Auto Dealership: Jeff Wyler Honda

2. The BMW Store

3. Kings Toyota


Bank: Fifth Third Bank

2. PNC Bank

3. U.S. Bank


Barber Shop: Kings Court Master Barber & Shoe Shine Service

2. Mariemont Barber Shop

3. White Oak Barbershop


Bicycle Store: Montgomery Cyclery & Fitness

2. Reser Bicycle Outfitters

3. Bishop’s Bicycles


Bookstore (Chain): Joseph-Beth Booksellers

2. Barnes & Noble

3. Half Price Books


Bookstore (Non-Chain): Blue Manatee

2. Ohio Book Store

3. The Blue Marble


Bottled Beer Selection: Jungle Jim’s

2. The Party Source

3. Dutch’s Larder


Butcher Shop: Avril-Bleh & Sons Meat Market

2. Eckerlin Meats

3. Kroeger & Sons Meats


Camera Store: Cord Cameras

2. Best Buy

3. Western Hills Photo & Hobby


Car Repair: Bob Sumerel Tire Co.

2. Tire Discounters

3. Donovan’s Auto & Tire Center


Car Wash: Mike’s Express Carwash

2. Rainbow Car Wash

3. Johnny’s Car Wash


Catering Service: Vonderhaars

2. Funky’s Catering

3. eat well celebrations and feasts


CD/Record Store (Chain): Half Price Books

2. Best Buy

3. Barnes & Noble


CD/Record Store (Non-Chain): Shake It Records

2. Everybody’s Records

3. Phil’s Records


Cheese Shop: Jungle Jim’s

2. J. E. Gibbs Cheese (Findlay Market)

3. Silverglade’s (Findlay Market)


Children’s Clothing Store: Once Upon a Child

2. The Spotted Goose

3. The Children’s Place


Chiropractor: Mount Lookout Chiropractic

2. Dr. Richard Yost (Norwood Chiropractic)

3. Dr. Jack Armstrong (WholeCare)


Clothing Store (Chain): Kohl’s

2. Macy’s

3. Nordstrom


Clothing Store (Non-Chain): Sloane Boutique

2. Pangaea Trading Co.

3. Kismet


Comic Book Store: Comic Book World, Inc.

2. Queen City Comics & Card Co.

3. Rockin’ Rooster Comics & Games


Computer Store: Apple Store

2. Micro Center

3. Best Buy


Cooking Classes: The Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s

2. The Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State

3.  EQ at The Party Source


Costume Shop: Cappel’s

2. Costume Gallery

3. The Costume Castle


Credit Union: Kemba Cincinnati Credit Union

2. General Electric Credit Union

3. Cinfed


Dance Classes: Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy

2. Contemporary Dance Theater

3. Dare to Dance


Day Spa: Woodhouse Day Spa

2. Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa

3. Aveda Fredrics Institute


Dental Practice/Clinic: Cincinnati Dental Services

2. Rogers Family Dentistry

3. Blue Ash Dental Group


Department Store: Macy’s

2. Nordstrom

3. Target


Drive-Thru Market: Trotta’s Pizza

2. Big Daddy’s 

3. Dutch’s Larder


Dry Cleaner: Widmer’s Cleaner’s

2. Springdale Cleaners

3. Atlas Cleaners


Electronics Store: Best Buy

2. Apple Store

3. Micro Center


Eyeware Store: LensCrafters

2. Wing Eyecare

3. Thoma & Sutton Eyecare


Financial Planning Service: Fidelity Investments

2. Rosselot Financial

3. TIE: Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo


Florist: Adrian Durban

2. Robin Wood Flowers

3. Jones the Florist


Frame Shop: Michaels

2. Hobby Lobby

3. Fabulous Frames & Art


Fresh Seafood Store: Jungle Jim’s

2. Keegan’s Seafood

3. Hyde Park Fish Market


Furniture Store: IKEA

2. Furniture Fair

3. Morris Home Furnishings


Grocery Store: Kroger

2. Jungle Jim’s

3. Findlay Market


Hair Removal: Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa

2. Heavenly Bodies

3. Ideal Image


Hair Salon: Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa

2. Parlour

3. Taylor Jameson Hair Design


Hardware Store: Ace Hardware

2. Lowe’s

3. Home Depot


Health Food Store: Whole Foods

2. Clifton Natural Foods

3. Trader Joe’s


Health/Workout Club: YMCA

2. LA Fitness

3. Mercy Healthplex


Home Accessories Store: IKEA

2. Bed Bath & Beyond

3. Home Goods


Hospital: The Christ Hospital

2. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

3. Good Samaritan


Hotel: 21c Museum Hotel

2. Hilton Netherland Plaza

3. The Cincinnatian Hotel


Jeweler: Richter & Phillips

2. Tiffany & Co.

3. TIE: Joseph Faigle & Sons Jewelers and Schwartz Jewelers


Law Firm/Lawyer: Eric Deters

2. Keating, Muething & Klekamp

3. Dinsmore & Shohl


Lighting Store: IKEA

2. Lowe’s

3. Switch Lighting & Design


Lingerie Store: Victoria’s Secret

2. Knickers of Hyde Park

3. Hustler Hollywood


Liquor Store: The Party Source

2. Jungle Jim’s

3. D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits


Magazine/Newspaper Selection: Barnes & Noble

2. Joseph-Beth Booksellers

3. Cincinnati Public Library


Mall/Shopping Center: Kenwood Towne Centre

2. Rookwood Commons

3. Crestview Hills Town Center


Manicure/Pedicure: Woodhouse Day Spa

2. Ambiance Nail Salon & Spa

3. Deluxe Nails on Camargo


Massage Therapy: Woodhouse Day Spa

2. Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa

3. Massage Envy


Motorcycle/Motorsports Dealership: Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati

2. Eastgate Harley-Davidson

3. Metro Scooter


Musical Instrument Store: Buddy Roger’s Music

2. Guitar Center

3. Willis Music


Neighborhood Shopping District: Over-the-Rhine

2. Hyde Park Square

3. Northside


New Store (Since March 2012)

1. REI

2. Northside International Airport

3. The Listing Loon

4. Substance OTR

5. Tantrum

6. Everything’s D’vine

7. Market Side Merchantile

8. Pink Tulip Club (Hyde Park)

9. Black Plastic Records

10. Spotted Magpie


Nursery/Garden Store: Burger Farm & Garden Center

2. Natorp’s

3. A.J. Rahn Greenhouses


Outdoor/Outfitters Shop: REI

2. Bass Pro Shops

3. The Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters


Paint Store: Sherwin-Williams

2. Home Depot

3. Lowe’s


Pawn Shop: Ted’s Pawn

2. Facet Jewelry, Music & Pawn

3. Newport Pawn Shop


Personal Trainer: Brian Wiefering

2. Laura Burdo

3. Joe Daniels


Pet Boarding/Daycare: Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa

2. Dogtown Cincinnati

3. The Pet Spot


Pet Grooming: Bow-Wow Boutique

2. The Pet Spot

3. TIE: Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa and Tier Haus Pet Salon


Pet Supply Store: PetSmart

2. Petco

3. Pet Wants


Physician/Healthcare Practice: Group Health Associates

2. Queen City Physicians

3. For Women, Inc.

Piercing Studio: Beelistic’s Tattoo

2. Skincraft

3. Mothers Tattoo and Piercing


Pilates Studio: Pendleton Pilates

2. Burdo Studios

3. The Breathing Room


Place to Buy/Sell Gold: JS Gold & Coin

2. Hyde Park Rare Coin

3. TIE: American Trading Company and Cash4Gold


Place to Give Birth: Good Samaritan Hospital

2. The Christ Hospital

3. Bethesda North Hospital


Place to Shop Green: Park Vine

2. Whole Foods

3. Findlay Market


Plastic Surgery: The Plastic Surgery Group

2. Mangat-Kuy-Holzapfel 

3. Kurtzman Plastic Surgery


Pre-Owned Auto Dealership: The BMW Store

2. Jeff Wyler Honda

3. Jake Sweeney Automotive


Real Estate/Realtor Office: Sibcy Cline

2. Comey & Shepherd

3. Coldwell Banker Wes 


Shoe Store: DSW

2. Nordstrom

3. Bob Roncker’s Running Spot


Skin Care Center: Woodhouse Day Spa

2. Aveda Fredrics Institute

3. 501 Salon & Spa


Smoke Shop: Hemptations

2. Straus Tobacconist

3. The Cupboard


Sporting Goods: Dick’s Sporting Goods

2. Bass Pro Shop

3. Bob Roncker’s Running Spot


Tanning Salon: Palm Beach Tan

2. A Total Tan

3. Envy Tan


Tattoo Shop: Designs by Dana

2. Beelistic’s Tattoo

3. Mothers Tattoo and Piercing


Tea Selection: Essencha Tea House

2. Churchill’s Fine Teas

3. The Spice & Tea Exchange


Thrift/Vintage Clothing Store: Goodwill

2.Chicken Lays An Egg

3. Valley Thrift Store


Tire Store: Tire Discounters

2. Bob Sumerel Tire Co.

3. Michel Tires Plus


Tobacco Store: Straus Tobacconist

2. Jungle Jim’s

3. The Party Source


Toy Store: King Arthur’s Court Toys

2. Toys“R”Us

3. Blue Manatee


Veterinary Care: Animal Care Centers

2. The Animal Hospital on Mount Lookout Square

3. TIE: Banfield Pet Hospital and Grady Veterinary Hospital


Wedding Cakes: The BonBonerie

2. Take the Cake

3. Maribelle Cakery


Wedding Dresses: Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal

2. Bridal & Formal

3. Carrie Karibo Boutique


Wedding Reception Hall: The Madison Event Center

2. Receptions

3. Drees Pavilion


Weekend Getaway (Within 100 Miles): Hocking Hills, Ohio

2. Red River Gorge, Ky.

3. Louisville, Ky.


Wine Shop: Jungle Jim’s

2. The Party Source

3. D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits


Wireless Phone Service: Verizon

2. AT&T

3. Sprint


Yoga Studio: Moksha Yoga

2. World Peace Yoga

3. YogahOMe

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