Buried Treasure: A Chain/Department Store Shopping Guide

Jul 31, 2009 at 2:29 pm

As a final installment for this shopping guide adventure, I leave you with the Greater Cincinnati area's chain and department store options. If you aren't new to the city, many of you probably already know of these locations — but, hey, it's always nice to be reminded!—-

1. H&M 7875 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, 513-699-1500
2028 Mall Road, Florence, 859-371-1231

That's right, Cincinnati is finally getting an H&M. Two of them, as a matter of fact. Scheduled to open in November 2009, the Kenwood Towne Centre will welcome a whopping 22,000 square foot H&M into what once was the Showcase Cinemas in the food court, next to Forever21. Scheduled to open in October 2009, the Florence Mall will hold a 16,000 square foot H&M in the Sears Wing in what used to be Kirklands and Lane Bryant. H&M is a Swedish based company that sales high fashion trendy items, including collaborative designer collections, for incredibly low prices.

2. Nordstrom 7875 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, 513-699-1500

Another "Can you believe it!? Finally!" addition to the Queen City. Set to open September 25, 2009 in the Kenwood Towne Centre, Cincinnati fashion addicts will soon have the freedom to shop as much Burberry, Chloe, Marc Jacobs, and Jean Paul Gaultier as their little hearts desire.

3. Saks Fifth Avenue 101 W. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-421-6800

The only place in town that can actually give Nordstrom's a run for its money, as far as designer collections go. Unfortunately, not that many people seem to shop downtown anymore. Don't they realize the amazing Kiehl's selection they're missing at Saks?

4. Macy's

As home of the Macy's headquarters, in these department stores you will find mid-to high-range mens, womens and childrens clothing, furniture, accessories, bedding, bath, beauty and other home decor.

5. Urban Outfitters 2510 Ohio Ave., Clifton Heights, 513-872-0245

Nestled in what once was a Catholic church is hundreds upon hundreds of unique and trendy mens and womens apparel, furniture, accessories and gifts. The company even offers collaborative collections with up-and-coming designers such as Charlotte Ronson, Lark & Wolf, Geren Ford, Rachel Comey, Cool, Casual by Slow & Steady Wins The Race, etc. Be sure to check out the creative and thoughtful visual displays, as they are a whole other world of their own.

6. Anthropologie 2643 Edmondson Road, Rookwood Commons, Norwood, 513-731-6424

If whimsical and classic, yet unique, is what you're looking for, check out Urban Outfitter's sister store, Anthropologie. The store offers a wide range of women's clothing, shoes, accessories and home goods including vintage inspired door knobs and dishes. The visual displays are always breathtaking and if you want to feel like you're a princess in her own little dream world, be sure to visit the fitting rooms.

7. American Apparel 243 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-721-3078

Find that basic v-neck T-shirt, hoodie or leggings etc. in any color of the rainbow that you want in this small but great American Apparel corner store. The prices may be high for just a T-shirt, but it's the quality that you're paying for. All American Apparel products are manufactured in America (L.A. to be specific) by people who get paid possibly more than you do AND receive pretty amazing benefits. Definitely the place to go for that basic item that still somehow makes you stand out from the crowd.

8. IKEA 9500 Ikea Way, West Chester, 513-779-7100

Clear your entire schedule for the day if you decide to wander into this monolith of contemporary designed furniture, including bed, bath, kitchen, dining, laundry, lighting, storage and textile options. The prices are heart-stoppingly low for such adorable, Swedish-designed decor! Don't worry, there are arrows marked on the floors to guide you and your shopping cart throughout the store. If you've had too much and need to make a pit-stop, there's even a cafeteria with food that's pretty darn good. I'd recommend the Chocolate Overload Cake.