Willis Music’s staff of dedicated musicians taps into the shop's century in business to guide fellow melody makers of all levels among more than 3,000 instruments and a jungle of accessories. Though in-store stock may vary, patrons can peruse racks for catalog items such as a Planet Waves chromatic headstock tuner, which dials in string tension using vibration ($39.99), or they can pacify rampaging folk singers with strums on a ukulele ($37.50+). A Peavey bass amp ($99.99) gives modern and vintage voice to bass guitars, and metal-encased DigiTech effects pedals ($49.99) awaken drowsy ears with four roaring styles of distortion. Customers can beat out rhythms on the skin of a Toca street djembe ($49.90) or browse various other African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Irish hand drums captured, tamed, and refurbished by independent craftspeople.
For three decades, Steve Botuchis struggled with chronic neck and back pain. Finding no relief through traditional medicine, he eventually discovered massage techniques that helped him recover. Now, Steve helps others battle pain and find new levels of relaxation with a wide range of massage modalities and techniques as well as through ACMOS—a needle-free form of acupuncture that balances the body’s energy system.
Norwood Custom Glass's owner and experienced glass molder Stan Sabick instructs budding crafters in a bevy of glass-forming techniques, operating a gallery to show off his own translucent creations. A two-hour hot-glass fused-pendant workshop includes all the frits, stringers, dichroic scraps, and pronunciation guides for the aforementioned materials to forge thoroughly fashionable trinkets. After a quick trip to the kiln, newly minted pendants cheerfully accompany their creators home, where they can adorn swanlike necks and chic rearview mirrors. Classes include both day and night sessions for busy professionals and artistically inclined vampires.
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.
A kaleidoscope of designer fabrics in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures exists just behind Swatches' unassuming brick storefront. For more than 35 years, this locally owned and operated business has assembled a massive collection of fabrics and accessories from workrooms based in Cincinnati and around the United States. Within the showroom’s expansive interior, trims and tassels sway alongside more than 1,000 bolts of fabric from designers such as Duralee, Kravet, and Fabricut. Meanwhile, the staff of seasoned home decorators stands by to assist customers, offering them counsel on appropriate design schemes or directing them toward textiles that can withstand messes made by kids, pets, and roommates who work as part-time finger-painters.