At the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market, hundreds of boutiques and specialty stores converge in an oasis of holiday shopping. Exhibitors from around the greater Cincinnati area and beyond help attendees cross items off wish lists with a selection that includes gourmet food, home decor, specialty clothing, and more. Attendees may take a break to check out local restaurants or see if the event's Santa Claus is the real Santa by combing his beard for bits of last year's cookies.
Kate Boutique’s seasonal selection of clothing delivers current styles inspired by recent fashion magazines. Shoppers perusing the boutique will find high-end denim, silk blouses, and chic dresses, as well as boots and printed leggings. Offerings include brands such as Splendid, Paige Denim, 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent, Joe's Jeans, 7 for All Mankind, and LAMade.
Jones the Florist first bloomed back in 1865, under a different pseudonym, and has been flourishing in the Cincinnati area ever since. Green thumb your way through the botany business's online catalogue to find thoughtful bouquets for just about every occasion, whether you're celebrating a birth, birthday, or just want to announce an imminent military invasion with the traditional bouquet of roses. Otherwise, dress your digs appropriately for the warm months with a vibrant bouquet featuring summer sunflowers ($34.95–$54.95), or send off a bundle of the season's best ($44.95–$64.95) blooms to your best buddy, significant other, or allergy-ridden enemy.
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.
A storehouse of high-quality gems since 1896, Richter & Phillips' stately shop sparkles with a dragon den's worth of diamond earrings, pearl and sterling silver necklaces, tennis bracelets, and backgammon beads. Surprise a long-time lover by presenting her with a suitably decked-out engagement ring and asking her if her sister will like it, or put your old bedazzler to good use by fastening certified loose diamonds to your sneakers. Richter & Phillips also stocks a bevy of fine watches from trusted brands such as Swiss Army, Omega, and Hamilton. Expert jewelers are always on hand to field questions and can give your holiday gift a truly memorable touch by custom engraving it with a heartfelt declaration of love or favorite sitcom catchphrase.
Featuring designs from fabric crafters Eight Sixty, Hazel, and Tulle, Trend Boutique carefully culls the best fitting dresses, tees, and culottes for a wide array of stylish shoppers. Handbags by Deux Lux and Melie Bianco ($32–$90), jewelry by Kirstin Eismin and Marlaina Stone ($25–$115), and cold-weather accessories by San Diego Hat Company ($24–$54) balance out a sampling of wares that Cincinnati Magazine calls ”cute,” “pretty,” and “feminine.” Ask the friendly staff to help you find the ideal outfit for a night on the town or home fumigation, or request that they wrangle up some duds to give as a holiday gift.