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B E S T V I N TA G E K I M O N O M E R C H A N T Inside the womb-like interior of lingerie store Swoon OTR, shoppers will find a selection of ethical intimates in earthy nudes and pale pastels, plus pasties, phallic geode chakra rubs, personal grooming products and musky-scented South American Palo Santo wood to burn to cleanse your energy, enhance creativity and bring good fortune. Owner Melissa Lieb is committed to the exploration and exaltation of all things feminine and believes in worshipping your body with slow fashion and meaningful objects. This is why she scours the physical and digital world for beautiful vintage silk kimonos. Her hand-picked collection of both long and short printed robes can be worn in the bedroom, boardroom or out to eat in OTR, and will help you tap into your eccentric yet impeccable sense of fashion or give you something glamorous to wear while casting nature spells for the sacred feminine. Swoon OTR, 1421 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine, 513-404-8541,

design, from toys and piggy banks to coat hooks and a citrus juicer. If you have a library card, book a station in advance to ensure your creative endeavors go unhindered. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Free to use. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Downtown,

B E S T T H R I F T Y C R A F T S E S S IO N Indigo Hippo founder and executive director Alisha Budkie describes her Over-the-Rhine shop as a “creative reuse center” — kind of like a thrift store for art supplies. Offering a wide range of traditional and eccentric materials, Indigo Hippo’s stock is entirely donationbased, coming largely from area artists, students and makers. Inside, you’ll find everything from charcoal, paints and brushes to buttons, yarn and natural materials like feathers and stone, and prices are always set as low as possible. No matter what project you’re tackling, Indigo Hippo has the supplies you’ll need 100


— and plenty of other offerings for a bout of inspiration. Indigo Hippo, 1301 Main St., 513-918-4917,

B E S T C L A S S IC CI N CY S H I R T C R E AT IO N S Cincy Shirts is a “vintage” T-shirt brand helmed by local stand-up comic Josh Sneed that mines both the past and present to create apparel showcasing Cincinnati’s unique institutions and idiosyncratic culture. Some screenprinted creations feature staples like three-way chili and Pete Rose, but dig deeper and you’ll find distinctive and so-Cincy tees advertising everything from The Uncle Al Show and Caddy’s nightclub to Little Kings, FC Cincinnati and Shillito’s department store. They also have headwear, jackets, pins, patches and stickers to outfit yourself from head to toe. Our personal favorite designs include a T-shirt commemorating the historic Limp Bizkit concert that never was at a Sunoco gas station in Dayton and a logo tee for the now-defunct

2017 Best of Cincinnati  
2017 Best of Cincinnati