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.
From behind a pair of baby grand pianos, two pianists take audience requests each Friday and Saturday night at The Penguin Dueling Piano Bar, urging the crowd to sing along in a display of musical showmanship. The ivory ticklers hail from all over the country and belt out popular tunes from the past 50 years that they’ve memorized by heart or tattooed on the inside of their eyelids. Onlookers seated at tables around the stage or nestled into plush couches in the lounge sip cocktails, quaff brews, and dive into salty snacks. Although the show runs on Fridays and Saturdays, drinks specials pop up each night and salsa-night Wednesdays promise copious amounts of hip shaking.
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 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 a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Most Popular Service: Paper crafts
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Bazzill, Crate Paper, MME, Disney, We R, Pioneer, Bella Blvd
Pro Tip: Bring required tools
Brenda Rettig loves to make scrapbooks and paper crafts, but that's only part of the reason why she enjoys her job as owner of Scraps Etc Ohio. Her most compelling reason for showing up to work in the morning is getting to "see the creativity of others." She helps people learn the finer points of crafting through structured classes and through more open-ended experimentation in the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse contains die-cuts, fonts, papers, and all the supplies one might need to make a special project, and Brenda supplements its selection with her expert advice and her instructional scrapbook on scrapbooking.
Winning five consecutive Best Magazine in Ohio awards from the Press Club of Cleveland for its coverage of the Queen City, Cincinnati Magazine dominates Buckeye State journalism. The monthly's pack of newshounds enlightens readers with in-depth features about regional politics, Cincinnati's history, and, when read backwards by candlelight, its future. Reds and Bengals coverage keeps sports fans in the loop about the inner workings of their favorite teams, and dining reviews enumerate tasty spots for a date or night on the town. After digesting long-form articles and zippy write-ups, readers can also turn toward annual lists such as Top Doctors and the Best of the City awards, which point readers to the best places for everything from getting a dental checkup to revamping a hairdo.