For an operation that started out as a truck farm in 1886, Moeller Greenhouse has come a long way, currently growing its plants out of the ground instead. The family traditions of personalized service and comprehensive guidance still remain to this day, as demonstrated by their perennial-specific signage, which denotes the wildlife that each plant will attract and whether or not a certain flower is indomitable to a cold deer's heart. Moeller's colorful annuals—available by the eight-inch pot for $6.99 or by the hanging basket for $24.99—will give your garden more welcome yearly visitors than the usual lawn gnomes in heat.
Like the film with which it shares a name, Casablanca Vintage’s shirts, dresses, and fedoras seem only to get better with age. The shop's ever-evolving collection of vintage and consignment clothing represents styles from the 1920s through the 1980s, from the dapper suit jackets that were a dime a dozen in smoke-filled speakeasies to the legwarmers that Ronald Reagan wore on the chilly day of his first inaugural address. In addition to its trove of vintage apparel and accessories, the store helps costume actors for theatrical productions and repairs shoes and frayed leather jackets.
You won’t find stale cookies and days-old cakes within the glass display case at Sugar Darlin’s Sweets and Such. In fact, you won’t even find a display case. That’s because Sugar Darlin’s is an online sweet shop, helmed by loving couple and resident bakers Candece and Greg. The duo makes each of their decadent treats to order, from batches of red velvet whoopee pies to signature 3-D cakes customized for special events. They use an old family recipe to craft their decadent pie crust and pour more than a dozen fillings, such as pumpkin, cherry, and blueberry, inside. Crust-less desserts also reign supreme at the shop in the form of cakes and cheesecakes in nearly 30 different flavors, such as carrot cake, banana pudding, and sweet-potato streusel. Because they make everything by scratch and by themselves, Candece and Greg require at least 48 hours notice or a time machine for most orders.
A cake-decorating teacher has transformed a former party cake store into Cincinnati Cake and Candy Supplies, which sells an extensive inventory of cake and cupcake supplies to both local and international clients. Besides building its stock of bakeware and decorations, the store also hosts classes on candy making and special courses for children or pie-fearing birds.