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and 2809 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, 513-288-2364,, weareyourfriendsandneighbors.

B e s t R u m R u nn e r Get ready to sample a slew of rum — unbarreled, spiced and bourbon barrelaged — at Second Sight Spirits artisan distillery. Built by former Cirque de Soleil prop masters and engineers/booze pirates Rick Couch and Carus Waggoner, the distillery’s moniker is inspired by a vaudevillian swami. Free tours of the facility take visitors past their on-theme steampunk-esque copper still. Tours and tastings run Thursday through Sunday, and they also have a fun bottle-recycling program. Bring in your empty bottle, feel good about “drinking green” and get $2 off your next bottle of spirits. Second Sights Spirits, 301 B. Elm St., Ludlow, Ky.,

B e s t Way To P r e p Fo r O p e n i n g D ay Baseball season is a big deal in Cincinnati. Opening Day is basically an unofficial holiday because everyone either leaves work to get drunk at the parade or go to the first Reds game of the year. To capture that excitement all the time — and on your wrist — Game Day Feels sells bracelets and accessories made from baseball glove laces. The locally owned company was founded by two sisters and now employs three other women in a full-time mission to capture and spread the feeling of game day. Their best-selling rawhide gender-inclusive wrist wraps are handmade from genuine tanned baseball glove lace leather and secured with a buckle. Shoppers can customize their bracelets with engraved coordinates of their favorite baseball stadium, a special saying or someone’s name, icons like baseball hats and home plate or choose from a selection of provided inspirational quotes. Game Day Feels studio, 529 Main St., Loveland, 513-609-1170,

B e s t R e n ta b l e Po t t e r y Wheel Queen City Clay offers pottery classes, demonstrations and goods for sale to nurture the human impulse to create. And in this day and age, when handthrown ceramics are all the rage in functional design, why not try to make your own? The studio offers intensive eightand 12-week classes to teach novices and increasingly advanced artists how to hand-build, wheel-throw, sculpt and fire their own clay creations. If you’re feeling less motivated, you can rent Queen City Clay for private parties or attend an

Open Wheel Session — no experience required. During Open Wheel nights, the second and fourth Saturday of the month, skip pre-dinner cocktails and get your hands dirty with some exploratory clay play. Feel free to bring drinks and snacks, too. Queen City Clay, 3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park, 513-871-2529,

B e s t W e d di n g D r e ss S h o p Fo r T h e Dig i ta l A g e LUXEredux Bridal is a high-end consignment boutique that offers gently used designer wedding gown without the big price tags. Designers like Vera Wang, Pronovias, Badgley Mischka and more are all represented and affordable — tons of options under $1,000. The gowns are boutique samples or once-worn garments — all of which are available online. If you don’t feel like doing the traditional wedding dress reveal in-store, you can opt for LUXE in a BOX, a revolutionary service where brides-to-be can order three gowns to try on at home. Then you send back what doesn’t work. Search and sort gowns by price and designer online; just be sure to double-check the listed sizing. Because this is a one-loved situation, not all gowns come in all sizes. LUXEredux Bridal, 203 W. Benson St. Reading, 513550-3531,

Family Owned & Operated since 1890 • early veggie plants • herbs • cabbage

• broccoli • cauliflower • lettuce

• collards

open year round Thanks for voting us the BEST Plant Store/Nursery in Cincinnati!

4944 Gray Road Cincinnati, OH 45232 (513) 541-0672 ●

B e s t P l a c e To F i n d A B r u s h Fo r An y J ob Hayes Shanesy and Rosie Kovacs are the duo behind Brush Factory, a contemporary furniture maker and storefront with a focus on beauty and simplicity inspired by fashion, art and the natural world. The new Brush Factory shop on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine is 2,300 square feet of space that accommodates both the house bff line of solid-wood residential furniture, and a collection of modern, minimal and well-crafted local, national and international brands of artisanal homegoods. Brush Factory started in 2009 when Kovacs and Shanesy combined their backgrounds — she studied fashion design and he studied industrial design, both at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning — by opening a working studio in a former brush factory in Brighton. Then in 2015, Kovacs and Shanesy won a $20,000 ArtWorks Big Pitch grant to expand their business into its current iteration. In line with their name and mission, Brush Factory does in fact carry a variety of handcrafted, beautiful brushes for very specific tasks, like dusting, swiping, scrubbing, etc. Brush Factory, 1417 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-278-7435, 2 017 B ES T O F CIN CINN AT I  107

2017 Best of Cincinnati  
2017 Best of Cincinnati