NVISION carries a large inventory of handcrafted, recycled, secondhand, and vintage clothing and home furnishings that caters to one-of-a-kind tastes and delights artistically funky sensibilities. Dream about how much tastier your cooking would be if you wore a red and white polka-dotted rooster apron ($15), or practice twirling with a mannequin dressed in a green sparkly dress by Mr. McIver ($36). If your head prefers wearing hats to wearing kittens, try on a natural straw hat ($25), which features decorative straw flowers. Feet will rest comfortably when perched upon a stripey chenille and muslin handmade pillow ($15) from Emily B, while smokers can exhale cinematically with a ceramic Italian smoking set ($40) complete with ashtray, tobacco box, and refillable lighter.
Owner Emily Momohara and her staff at Lucky Cat Studio are masters of art within art. In addition to their classic portrait photography, they take snapshots of paintings, sculptures, theatrical performances, and other works, whether they're situated inside a studio or at a separate location. Some of these images might even be of the process—an artist sketching on canvas or considering schematics, for example. Momohara also puts her editing experience to work by restoring old or damaged photographs. Using negatives or high-quality scans of the image, she fixes blemishes and fading to produce clarified color and black-and-white versions.
A. Limousine Associates' fleet of more than 40 four-wheelers offers the luxury of ancient Roman sedan chairs at the speed of contemporary traffic. A stylish stable of vehicles affords voyagers the opportunity to take a three-hour jaunt in a 10-passenger stretch limousine (from $230), a six-hour cruise in a limousine bus (from $550), or an eternity with the one you love (wedding packages are also available). A. Limousine escorts aerial adventurers to the Greater Cincinnati Airport ($48 and up), as well as other nearby flight fields including those in Columbus, Indianapolis, Dayton, Lexington, and Louisville. Daytrippers may languidly lounge upon plush leather seats while traveling to Churchill Downs or relax en route to boisterous bachelor or bachelorette bonanzas.
Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek aims to develop a sustainable Mill Creek watershed by teaching the community about the environment and conducting ecological restoration projects. To this end, the organization has implemented four programs. The Freedom Trees program involves a 10-year urban-reforestation initiative linked with the local history of the Underground Railroad, wherein residents will plant at least 10,000 native trees in the corridor. Environmental-education programs introduce local youth to restoration with field trips for students and training programs for volunteers to monitor water quality and help conserve wildlife habitats. The Greenways project works to restore the natural landscape and develop recreational trails along Mill Creek. Laughing Brook teaches the community about the environment with a public artscape that recreates a functioning wetland filled with biosculptures of human hands, fish, and salamanders, and also helps clean storm-water runoff from a portion of Salway Park.