Shop Local This Holiday Season

When you shop local, you help to build a better local economy, reduce environmental impact, put your taxes to good use, create jobs, get better service, keep the community unique, and you encourage local prosperity. “For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $73 remains in the local economy.” I am a huge proponent for shopping local, so if you’re looking for ideas regarding where to shop this holiday season, I have quite the list of some of my local favorites* for you:

Blue Manatee (Oakley)
For: the kiddos in your life — children, nieces, nephews, grandkids, etc.
I absolutely love this store and they have a fantastic selection of books and activities for children. Now through November 30, 20% of gift card proceeds benefit Reach Out and Read at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Chicken Lays An Egg (Northside)
For: the pop culture aficionado
This Northside gem is quaint, fun, and chock-full of various apparel, accessories, toys, games, and novelties from yesteryear.

The City Flea (Over-the-Rhine, 12/12)
For: all walks of life
A wonderful place to explore numerous vendors of hand-crafted, custom, and thrifted goods, all while eating delicious food truck fare as you shop (win/win).

Corporate (Hyde Park)
For: the men and women in your life who appreciate great shoes
You’d be hard pressed to find a more exclusive selection of sneakers and apparel in the city.

Covered Bridge Antique Mall (Mt. Healthy)
For: the crafters and DIYers
I have found many gems here for extremely inexpensive — everything from glass mugs etched with world maps to small vases to end tables, and all were great to re-purpose.

Crafty Supermarket (Over-the-Rhine, 11/28)
For: all walks of life
This is one of my favorite “holiday markets,” as there are a number of regional vendors who partake inside Music Hall’s ballroom, and it features a lot of holiday merchandise.

Elm & Iron (Over-the-Rhine)
For: those who love fine-crafted goods and artwork
From inexpensive textiles and mugs to pricier wall hangings, Elm & Iron has a variety of goods to be gifted this holiday season.

Findlay Market (Over-the-Rhine)
For: your local [food and goods] lover
Anything you need, from fine teas to herbs and spices, and food tours to mid-day treats and back, Findlay Market covers so much ground for this holiday season.

Hi-Bred (East Walnut Hills)
For: the vintage and consignment lover
If you’re looking for vintage apparel or accessories, check out Hi-Bred, located on Woodburn Avenue in East Walnut Hills.

HOMAGE (Over-the-Rhine)
For: men, women, and children who love t-shirts and comfy clothes
This place needs no introduction, especially if you like comfy, quality t-shirts and sweatshirts of your favorite local sports teams and pop culture icons.

MiCA 12/v (Over-the-Rhine)
For: those who love fine-crafted goods and artwork
A conglomerate of local and regional goods, MiCA 12/v features everything from home goods to framed prints, and t-shirts and coasters to “Drink Local” pint glasses.

Nest (Hyde Park)
For: those looking to give jewelry and unique home goods gifts
From knick knacks, paddy wacks, and giving your dog a bone, Poeme features just about all of the above.

Park + Vine (Over-the-Rhine)
For: environmentalists with good gifting taste
Whether you’re looking for a sandwich or cookware, this eco-friendly “green general store” is your go to for anything and everything from t-shirts and baby products, to books and hand-made greeting cards.

Pet Wants (Over-the-Rhine)
For: our four-legged friends who are part of the family
Have a pet in your life who would love gifts this holiday season? Check out Pet Wants, located on Vine Street and in Findlay Market — both in OTR.

The Spotted Goose (Oakley)
For: micro-fashionistas (boys and girls)
One of my favorite shops in Cincinnati proper, The Spotted Goose is a purveyor of fine apparel and accessories for infants and small children. There are even Spanish classes on Saturdays.

Beer-related gifts:
Cincy Brew Bus, Craft Connection
The Growler House

Jungle Jim’s, The Party Source
Or individual brewery tours

Gift shops:
Cincinnati Museum Center
Coffee Emporium
College Hill Coffee Co.
Contemporary Arts Center
Fort Thomas Coffee

Season passes:
Cincinnati Metro
Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Zoo
Coney Island

Kings Island

What are some of your favorites? Happy shopping!

*These are places I’ve personally been and like to frequent, but are in no way the only places around the city to check out.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. We missed your list 😦 We have partnered with some awesome local small businesses such as Be Ohio Proud, The Cincy Fifty-Two, Halominer and others to create a very unique way to send some Cincinnati love to those who have moved away from Cincinnati. We ourselves are also a small business 🙂

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