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CALL YOUR FRIENDS, TELL THE NEIGHBORS WHEN SELF-PROCLAIMED “MID-CENTURY MODERN NERD” MAYA DROZDZ MET LEFTCOAST MODERN owner Rob Hofbauer, they immediately bonded over their shared interest of Mad Men–era furniture. It just so happened that Drozdz had been looking for retail space to set up indie design shop Your Friends & Neighbors, and Hofbauer needed an extra set of eyes in his Leftcoast Modern annex. “When he offered to share space, it was a no-brainer,” Drozdz says. The resulting shop is an appealing mash-up of reﬁned vintage and indie craft. And it’s a symbiotic relationship: The furniture acts as a display for Your Friends & Neighbors’ goods; the products add life to Leftcoast Modern’s furniture. Matte pastel ceramics by Heather McCalla rest atop a vintage credenza, Oh Dier’s arikata serving boards are fanned out on a mod side table, watercolor-print pillows by textile artist Whitney Manney add softness to a rigid Eames chair, and laser-cut wood clocks by designer Sarah Mimo adorn the walls. Everything is handcrafted by independent makers, including Drozdz. Her creations include brightly colored pillows printed with geometric shapes that act as the missing link between the items already offered in-store. Your Friends & Neighbors, 2803 WOODBURN AVE., As for what she’ll carry next? “I’m sourcing from my imagiE. WALNUT HILLS, (513) 258-8461, nation.” — T A M I A S T I N S O N YOURFRIENDSANDNEIGHBORS.COM
Making wedding favors is usually a cause for a bride’s stress, but Manitou Candle Co.’s Kate Fey decided to make the candles she had created for her wedding guests into a business. “I loved it so much I just kept making them,” she laughs. Now those candles have a home in Manitou’s bright and airy shop, located in a former bank on Eastern Avenue. The boutique is ﬁlled with a selection of scented candles—100 distinct scents to be exact—from traditional rose to boozy mint mojito. The shop carries Manitou’s own line as well as candles from Re-Wined and Lulie Wallace. You’ll also ﬁnd gifts and accessories, such as Huxtable Design Co. jewelry and Artfully Disheveled ties and pocket squares. But the magic of Manitou is the chance to play do-it-yourself scent designer at one of its weekly candle-making classes, where wax lovers can relive their Chemistry 101 days in the spacious backroom workshop. Participants are guided through the process of preparing and pouring soy candles, aided by an expert candlemaker and an official-looking tin tray kitted with science-class standards such as measuring beakers, a clipboard, and enough materials to make two 11-ounce candles. Pro tip: Stick to three or fewer scents to avoid that “muddy” smell. 4015 Eastern Ave., Columbia-Tusculum, (513) 4295254, manitoucandleco.com — T . S .
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If you’ve ever thought about raising chickens in the ’burbs, Juliann Gardner, owner of One Small Garden, offers budding breeders a handsome, humane enclosure for their feathered friends. Gardner’s coops are constructed with metal rooﬁng and LP wood—an extremely strong wood ﬁber that withstands chicken pecking, urine, and weather. Other details include windows, easy-access egg retrieval boxes, ramp, and a storage closet/shelving to hold feed. Each 6-foot by 8-foot or 8-foot by 8-foot coop is built on a sled, so they’re easy to move around the yard, and each holds 6–10 chickens comfortably. But don’t count those chickens before they’re hatched: You’ll need to allow four weeks to build after you order. $995–$1,600, One Small Garden, northwest corner of State Route 50 & State Route 131, Milford, (513) 218-0573, onesmallgarden.com — S A R A H M . M U L L I N S
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