Dubois Book Store's merchandise-packed shelves invoke college spirit, forming aisles of classic apparel and accessories. Students, parents, and brilliant 6-year-olds that have already made their university choice can cover themselves with student pride by sporting a logo-emblazoned T (adults $14.95+). Bearcat fanatics can adorn their décolletage with the good-luck charm of a C-Paw necklace ($9.95), and Miami grads can stay warm in a vintage-style hoodie ($39.95, $41.95 for XXL) while fending off taunting Bearcats in the Ohio wilds. Stuffed mascot teddy bears ($9.95+ Miami, $12.95+ Cincinnati) grant backpack owners on-the-go cuddling, and a slew of in-store knick-knacks and souvenirs such as the Miami “Heart” shot glass ($6.95) reminds forgetful alums of glory years spent building physics experiments out of glassware.
As a British expat, tea is something Kathleen Kern takes very seriously. She's traveled the world in search of the finest tisanes and blends, bringing back from her journeys the knowledge?and products?that make Churchill's Fine Teas distinctive. It's Churchill's eclectic stock that led to it being honored for the Best Tea Selection by CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati's voters in 2014.
With more than 250 teas to choose from, the possibilities are seemingly endless, and tea aficionados and newbies alike can both explore, learn, and, of course, drink tea. For those interested in learning more about the many nuances of brews, classes and tastings illuminate subjects ranging from creating custom tea blends to pairing tea with chocolate.
For nearly a quarter of a century, the hardworking artisans at Haney Custom Framing have protected precious family heirlooms, artwork, and photographs with customized framing and preservation projects. Craftspeople pour their creative energies into each piece, selecting fine woods and materials for traditional moulding or contemporary frames that add new dimension to photos, artwork, and Ivy League degrees previously just duct-taped to office walls. Haney Custom Framing claims much of its business from a string of dedicated returning customers, winning over their loyalty with their expert preservation and curating of prints and canvases, as well as their mastery of framework.
Brenda Smith teaches how to wind and weave yarns through intimate classes held in her quaint store. Drawing from her yarn-stocked shelves, Brenda can provided students with all they need to get started, as well as continued advice after they've picked up the basics.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they do workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Comprising a worldwide network dedicated to the reversal of poverty, Ten Thousand Villages fills its retail locations with products gathered from 38 developing societies. Businesswoman Edna Ruth Byler began the fair-trade practice of paying cash advances to far-flung artisans more than 60 years ago, which established the company's long-term project of empowerment via nonexploitative commerce. Each handcrafted item or handwritten finance textbook that makes it to a Ten Thousand Villages store is priced according to the specific socio-economic milieu in which the artisan works, which helps ensure just compensation and proportional economic impact. Ten Thousand Villages has been lauded for its environmental and philanthropic ambitions and was recently named one of the world's most ethical companies by Forbes magazine.