Dubois Book Store's merchandise-packed shelves invoke college spirit, forming aisles of classic apparel and accessories. Students, parents, and brilliant 6-year-olds that have already made their university choice can cover themselves with student pride by sporting a logo-emblazoned T (adults $14.95+). Bearcat fanatics can adorn their décolletage with the good-luck charm of a C-Paw necklace ($9.95), and Miami grads can stay warm in a vintage-style hoodie ($39.95, $41.95 for XXL) while fending off taunting Bearcats in the Ohio wilds. Stuffed mascot teddy bears ($9.95+ Miami, $12.95+ Cincinnati) grant backpack owners on-the-go cuddling, and a slew of in-store knick-knacks and souvenirs such as the Miami “Heart” shot glass ($6.95) reminds forgetful alums of glory years spent building physics experiments out of glassware.
Sacksteder's Interiors brings 20 years of experience and two locations to aid you in the endless struggle to maintain a pleasant living space. Sacksteder's eclectic selection is constantly rotating so finding the right puzzle piece that completes a room is easy, no matter if you're aiming for a traditional, transitional, or European look. Offering a comprehensive selection of accessories, the knowledgeable staff will aid you in finding that perfect something that will perfectly accent the individuality of each room of the house. Accessorize your walls with clocks ($25–$200) and frames ($15¬–$40), or arrive at a picky-homeowner's housewarming with the perfect wine stoppers ($10–$35) or candlesticks ($25–$50 per stick). Adorn the harder-to-furnish large home with sizable pieces of art and substantially sized furniture. Reanimate the cobwebby corners of your home with a customized floral arrangement.
If Ramona Lisa Abner ever goes to the Louvre, she'll probably get arrested for filling in the Mona Lisa's sparse brows. That's because Ramona—also known as Mona Lisa—embellishes facial features with permanent-makeup services. During each one-hour session, Mona imbues lips, lids, and brows with subtle shades that don't smudge after long days or encounters with moisture. She can also adorn cheeks with blush, camouflage irregular pigments, hide scars, and create Marilyn Monroe–style beauty marks. When she isn't sprucing up her clients, she hosts a five-day training course, an apprenticeship program, and a continuing-education class to help both new and experienced artists hone their permanent-makeup skills.
Mechanized towers stand along the shoreline of Wake Nation Cincinnati's 10-acre lake, steering riders across the water as they grip cables rather than lines attached to boats. Cruising clockwise from the cables, up to seven people at a time can wakeboard, water ski, kneeboard, or waterskate around the aquatic arena at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Wake Nation designed the main lake for everyone from beginners to elite-level riders, and peppered it with manmade obstacles and floating jumps, allowing boarders to zip along and pull off tricks that sometimes aren’t possible behind a boat. They also have a smaller practice lake for beginners and young riders from 5 years old and up.
Experienced staff members observe boarders at all times, supplying safety tips, training, and navigational advice for circumventing Poseidon’s rose bushes. Visitors can bring their own equipment, or rent or buy necessary gear from Wake Nation’s pro shop. A cast of instructors lead lessons and observe riders during freestyle riding, fun summer camps, and special events such as birthday parties.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.