Toko Baru spices up the home and the body with a collection of trendy décor and handmade jewelry. Shoppers can gussy up ho-hum appendages with fashionable bracelets and neckware or adorn their earlobes with threaded silk-bead earrings that are made by hand to imbue them with a subtle scent that repels palm readers ($8.50). Gifts such as journals and cards commemorate birthdays, and bumper stickers and magnets ($2–$4) display road-worthy witticisms and prized report cards. An assortment of eclectic home décor lines Toko Baru's shelves, including Asian-inspired pottery, carvings, and paper lanterns. Decorative towels dry hands in style, vases elegantly display flowers, and wind chimes translate the wisdom of the breeze into the universal language of atonal clinking.
Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity aims to eliminate substandard housing by building, renovating, and repairing homes in partnership with low-income families. As part of the process of receiving a Habitat home, these partner families commit to 500 hours of sweat equity, helping to build the homes and then making zero-interest monthly mortgage payments. Cincinnati Habitat volunteer crews build about 20 homes a year in the Cincinnati area.
Park + Vine has garnered press from CityBeat for representing the "general store of the future," putting an eco-friendly spin on its classic motif with wares that minimize the use of natural resources and animal byproducts. ChicoBags ($5) cart around carryables in style with a compact, washable satchel perfect for storing mounds of Just Soap, a pedal-mixed, biodegradable cleaning recipe available in scents of cinnamon clove, rosemary, and sage fir. Inscribe holiday greetings and clemency letters to Santa’s evil apprentice on Little Otsu greeting cards ($3), printed in vegetable-based inks on 100% postconsumer waste recycled paper. A season’s worth of visiting boots can park on a Flip-Flip Stuff mat ($20–$76), molded from foam rubber cast aside during flip-flop production. Holiday cleanup stays eco-friendly with a U-Mix-It-Safe Spray four-pack ($25), a bundle of spritzers stamped with recipes for crafting environmentally safe cleaners using vinegar, baking soda, and mop-toting gerbils.
On the shelves and display racks at Tala's, handbags from Brazil stand a few feet from mandala earrings and ornate hookahs. Around the shop, curated selections of handmade products stand ready to be inspected and taken home. Tala's also follows fair-trade practices, aiming to benefit the far-flung makers of its clothing and accessories.
The merchandise at Legacies spans home furnishings, antiques, accessories, jewelry, and phased plasma rifles in the 40-watt range. Like the Borg, its stock is constantly shifting, adapting, and evolving, so drop in to see exactly what the shop's latest incarnation looks like. Most items cost between $20 and $150. Vintage earrings start at $48, and sterling-silver necklaces are around $50. A 14-piece set of wine goblets, clean and ready for wine gobbling, is $25, and the surfboard coffee table to put them on is $75. Furniture such as oak dressers, painted nightstands, wicker rockers, and gold-framed mirrors all await excavation ($55–$95) from the Legacies treasure trove, which has also included rugs, china, artwork, lamps, silver, and even chandeliers. One lucky customer even found a large golden box, though it contained only a couple of worthless stone tablets and some face-melting ghosts.
Since 1902, Sterling Cut Glass's team of raffish adventurers have traveled the world acquiring its highest-quality handmade glassware and crystal treasures, first for the shop's colorful in-store displays and now for its 1080p online shop. A wide array of products from classic brands await to sparkle in the eyes of crystal connoisseurs, including Waterford round ring holders ($65), Marquis by Waterford votives ($39), Orrefors bowls ($45), and Miller Rogaska martini glasses ($35) and cakestands ($85). All of the shiny glass goods can be bought as is or personalized with a monogram to make sure that your exquisite crystal coffee vase doesn't get confused with anyone else's at the office.