Whether you’re on a mission for the perfect gift or out for a leisurely day of window-shopping, downtown Cincinnati has you covered.

Fabulous Frames and Art

Get a creative boost by stopping by this truly fabulous store. Fabulous Frames and Art features all things Charley Harper, as well as frames of all sorts and a plethora of other fun items perfect for the home, including socks, calendars, dishware and more.

M-F 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 17 W. Fourth St., Downtown. 513-579-9998, fabframes.com.

Batsakes Hat Shop

Go old-school cool exploring this legendary hat shop. Opened over a century ago in 1907, this hat shop has sold handcrafted brims for heads of all sorts, from everyday window shoppers to past presidents (think Ronald Reagan and both Presidents Bush) and even Snoop Dogg.

M-Sa 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 1 W. Sixth St., Downtown. 513-721-9345.

Ohio Book Store

Get lost in five floors of books and magazines at Ohio Book Store. Serving Cincinnati since 1940, this bookstore is perfect for hunting for inexpensive, unique books and magazines. The shop also repairs old books and offers custom binding services.

M-F 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Sa 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 726 Main St., Downtown. 513-621-5142, ohiobookstore.net.


Hunt for deals and experience the thrill of thrifting at Portaluca, a shop selling women’s new and gently used apparel and more. This thrift store is the ideal place to browse around and join in the thrifting trend. And you can feel good about your new threads—the proceeds go to Dress For Success Cincinnati, providing services for disadvantaged women in need.

Tu, W, F, Sa 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Th 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 205 W. Fourth St., Downtown. 513-322-1782, portaluca.org.


MiCA 12/v

This independent, family-run boutique is the perfect place to pop in and shop the store’s curated items. The shop offers art prints, clothing and accessories, beautifully unique children’s toys, one-of-a-kind gifts and more.

M-Th 10 a.m.-8 p.m., F-Sa 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-533-1974, shopmica.com.


The Candle Lab

Treat your sense of smell by browsing this store’s more than 120 candles. Want to get creative and personal? You can pour your own blended candle in-house—no reservation required for parties of three or less.

M-Sa 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Su noon-5 p.m. 1325 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. 614-915-0777, thecandlelab.com.



This curated cookware collection is perfect for all things cooking. Helping seasoned and newbie cooks alike, Artichoke offers local, handmade cookware items perfect for every kitchen that the owners believe in and use themselves. Additionally, the store offers cooking classes and other services for customers.

Tu-F 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sa 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1824 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-263-1002, artichokeotr.com.