Home & Garden in Blue Ash

Select Local Merchants

Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.

333 E Kemper Rd
Cincinnati,
OH
US

The sheer volume of garments that Widmer's Cleaners has dry-cleaned over the past 100 years is astronomical, but there are a few special items that will never be forgotten. Widmer's processed many vintage garments on display at the Smithsonian, such as Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders outfit, and the suit that Abraham Lincoln was wearing when he was assassinated. Today, the service menu has expanded—technicians will clean carpets, tile and grout, and upholstery, as well as perform a slew of other services. Widmer's is actively involved in the community, contributing to charities such as Goodwill and the American Red Cross.

2950 Robertson Ave
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Kramer's Sew & Vac specializes in sewing machines and vacuum cleaners, and it's been vending these wares since 1947. Bring in a faulty machine for a quick fix, or peruse a selection of new sewing machines from Bernina and vacuums from Miele. Kramer's also meets the needs of the sewing community with regular classes, which teach quilting and embroidery skills via traditional methods and on the computer.

9907 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Wing Eyecare's peeper specialists outfit customers' fashion-conscious focusers with hundreds of plastic, metal, and rimless designer frames ($189+). Customers can peruse the vast array of optical enhancers by designers such as Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, and Prada before inquiring about single-vision lenses ($203) and x-ray upgrades. Sunglasses by Oakley, Vera Bradley, and Tommy Bahama, among others, defend sensitive baby blues by obstructing bright sun sparklies. All of Wing Eyecare's sunglasses options provide customers with 100% UVA and UVB protection to keep delicate eyes safe from the aggression of the sun's ultra-violent rays.

3850 Paxton Ave
Cincinnati,
OH
US

A Shade Better's show room glows from wall to wall with lamps and decorative illuminative accouterments. Keep Edison's ever-burning flame radiating beneath a large collection of lampshades ($14+), which distribute light evenly and serve as dunce caps for undisciplined candles. A range of lamps ($54+) mounted beneath bulbs promises to inflame the darkest of corridors, igniting a blaze of light from an array of Asian-inspired designs and animal-themed styles. Show your lamp and gifted child that you love them by crowning them with a decorative finial ($4.99+), from traditional adornments to dragon-shaped designs.

11341 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Cincinnati Overstock Furniture & Mattress packs its two prodigious warehouses with quality home-wares designed to enliven bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens, with prices comparable to wholesale during their epic weekend sales. The Alberto bedroom set is anchored by a queen bed frame ($228), boasting a warm espresso finish and a sleigh-bed design that beckons gaggles of housecleaning elves into the home. Sleeping chambers are further enhanced with the set's nightstand adorned with brushed nickel colored hardware ($98), and the simple, modern-lined mirror ($48). An eight-inch Serta memory foam queen-sized mattress conforms to supine bodies and molds to horizontal tissues, greeting sleepers nightly with a cushioned, spring-less, full-bodied smooch ($378). The earth-toned Big Daddy rocker-recliner ($308) cradles reposed patrons in its overstuffed, pillow-top arms, gently propelling them through viewing parties of Little House on the Prairie.

500 West Crescentville Road
Cincinnati,
OH
US