9 Must-See Stores to Swing By on Your Next Downtown Cincinnati Shopping Spree

February 22, 2020
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jason wolfe
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Need a little retail therapy to relieve some stress? Don’t let life get you down. It’s time to go on a shopping spree in Downtown Cincinnati! Whether you need a new dress for that upcoming office party or you just want to spend a day out with friends, Downtown Cincinnati offers a wide array of shopping options. Clothes, shoes, home decor, and more await you. Here are all the must-see stores to add to your shopping list.

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Carew Tower

Find everything you need for your Downtown Cincinnati Shopping Spree in This Bustling Hub

Enjoy the beautiful views of Downtown Cincinnati. Image courtesy of Cincinnati USA

cincinnatiusa.com  | 441 Vine St (Netherland Plaza) | Hilton

Standing 49 stories tall, Carew Tower is home to 25 shops and restaurants. Everything from big brand stores like Victoria’s Secret to small luxury companies such as the Dakota Watch Company resides here. Once you finish shopping, stop by the tower’s bustling food court. Chinese, Japanese, American food and more are all served there. 

After you finish shopping, head up to the Carew Tower Observation Deck. Enjoy panoramic views of Downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky from the highest building in the city. Just make sure you bring some cash with you, as the rate to enter is $6. You may also end up deciding to purchase a souvenir in the gift shop.

“This was a hidden gem in the downtown area, it was a clear sunny day! I  try to visit every tower in all cities, normally the best views. The Carew Tower didn't disappoint, it was simple just amazing.” - Yelp review

Down to Mars Vintage

The Ultimate High-End Cincinnati Vintage Store for Thrifters

Colorful dresses and accessories await you in this unique vintage boutique. Image courtesy of Down To Mars Vintage

depop.com | 621 Main St. #1a | Downtown Cincinnati

This new vintage store in Downtown Cincinnati has already made waves in the city. Described as a high-end, modern women’s vintage retailer, Down to Mars defies the stereotypes often associated with thrift shops. 

Colorful vintage dresses, tops, bottoms, and accessories that can be matched with any modern wardrobe are carefully assembled around the shop to create a luxury experience for visitors. Rather than forcing you to dig through piles of unattractive clothes, the store lays out only the most stylish items for you. 

“AUTHENTIC VINTAGE. Beautiful clothing. Fantastic quality. This city's go-to. Just recently attended their fashion show and exceeded expectations.” - Facebook review

Continuum

A Bazaar and Concept Shop Focused on Providing High-Quality Goods

This downtown Cincinnati store is the epitome of chic. Image courtesy of CincyChic.

continuumbazaar.com | 1407 Vine St. | Downtown Cincinnati

Modern clothing, home decor, and accessories await you at the Continuum Boutique. What sets this store apart is that it is not considered a traditional boutique, but rather an eclectic bazaar art and concept shop. 

All of the shop’s art, jewelry, accessories, and clothes are crafted from independent artists and designers. Most of them are catered toward a bohemian taste. Many of the brands sold there are unique and hard-to-find. For instance, the Osei Duro line’s fabrics are all handmade in Ghana. The Sophie Monet jewelry line is handcrafted from recycled material. 

In the future, the shop’s owner, Ericka Leighton-Spradlin, plans to hold ceramic classes for guests. Visit the shop’s Facebook page for the latest store updates and news. 

“I was pleased with yet another chic, fun, artsy addition to OTR! The owner of the store is extremely personable, greeting my sister and I and telling us about herself and the artist or founder of every item we were interested in.... I will definitely make it a point to stop in whenever I'm in Cincinnati!” - Yelp review 

Pink Planet Vintage

Find Vintage Clothing from the 1890-1990s at This Unique Shop

Find hidden gems dating back to the late 1800’s in this vintage boutique. Image courtesy of Pink Planet Vintage

facebook.com/pinkplanetvintage/ | 1411 Main Street | Downtown Cincinnati

Pink Planet Vintage is a unique boutique located in Downtown Cincinnati. All of its items are from the 1890’s all the way to the 1990’s. Don’t be deterred by the seemingly old age of the clothing. Many people have found unique, stylish items here. The price tag on them isn’t too shabby either. 

“Got a remarkable tie for 7$ bucks and they possess fascinating items that tickle the imagination.” - Facebook review 

Homage Cincinnati Apparel

Show Off Your Pride for Cincinnati With Homage’s Famous Retro T-Shirts 

Retro t-shirts and sports jerseys fill up the walls of Homage. Image courtesy of Homage Cincinnati Apparel. 

homage.com | 1232 Vine St. | Downtown Cincinnati

Homage prides itself on its passion for bringing out the spirit and personality of popular culture through their clothing. Everything from Billie Jean King to Larry Bird has inspired their t-shirt and hoodie designs. Each item tells a story of triumph, individualism, and hustle. For quirky, pop culture-inspired clothing, Homage is your go-to shop. 

As an added bonus, there are almost always online and in-store sales offered at the shop. 

“We had an absolutely wonderful time at this store this weekend! We stopped in on a whim...and lo and behold, they were having a wonderful sale, 30% off all their clearance items. Any Ohio lover will absolutely love the products in this store.” - Yelp review

Kismet

A Charming Boutique That Offers a Wide Variety of Apparel and Stone Jewelry 

You will love this boutique if you are into quirky and fun designs. Image courtesy of Kismet. 

cincinnatiusa.com | 2037 Madison Rd.  | Downtown Cincinnati

If you haven’t already noticed, Downtown Cincinnati offers a large variety of fun boutiques! You can definitely add Kismet to your list of must-see boutiques to visit downtown. Clothing, jewelry, accessories, and quirky home decor items are all on display in this cozy downtown shop. Many of them cannot be found at your average brand store. With a specialized plus-sized section, the store is also inclusive of all body types. 

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“The items in this store are absolutely adorable and so reasonably priced. If we had had more time, then I definitely would have tried things on and made a few purchases. I plan on heading back down that way soon to make a purchase!” - Yelp review 

Idlewild Woman 

The Premiere Clothing and Lifestyle Destination in Downtown Cincinnati

Visit downtown Cincinnati’s top lifestyle store. Image courtesy of Idlewild Woman

idlewildwoman.com  | 1230 Vine St.  | Downtown Cincinnati

Known for its chic, high-quality designs, Idlewild Woman serves as one of the premiere clothing destinations in the OTR neighborhood of Downtown Cincinnati. All garments and accessories are ethically made using sustainable textiles and manufacturing processes. The store’s genuine passion for the art world is reflective of their unique clothing designs and jewelry. Its diverse selection is also designed to cater to all tastes and body sizes. 

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“I was visiting Cincinnati and looking for shopping venues. When I saw Idlewild carried Mother, I knew I wanted to go there. Tessa greeted me when I walked in the door...and was super helpful in helping me select items to try..This store has great staff and amazing clothing and jewelry.” - Yelp review 

Lane & Kate

Your One-Stop-Shop For Custom Jewelry 

Design beautiful, custom-made jewelry in this Cincinnati gem. Image courtesy of Lane & Kate.

laneandkate.com | 1417 Vine St. | Downtown Cincinnati

Jewelry lovers rejoice! Lane & Kate is destined to become your new favorite jewelry store. All of their jewelry designs are created by women. And, as an added bonus, the shop was founded and run by #femalebossbabes. 

Jewelry from designers such as Misa, La Kaiser, Jennie Kwon, and Vale are all sold here. Their rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are all carefully designed and crafted for different tastes and needs. However, you also have the option to design your own jewelry for that special occasion or event you are looking forward to. 

“Stopped in because the aesthetic caught my eye while walking by - was not disappointed! This shop is so cool! If you're looking for quality jewelry from local artists, look no further.” - Yelp review

Libby Shop

A Unique Downtown Cincinnati Jewelry and Vintage Specialty Store 

This downtown Cincinnati boutique is filled with fascinating, new age designs. Image courtesy of Libby Shop

shoplibby.com  | 1307 Main St. | Downtown Cincinnati

Everything from store-made jewelry to fair trade jewelry to fine jewelry can be found at this local Downtown Cincinnati store. Many of the designs can be described as a mixture of vintage and new age. While this description seems contradictory, you will find that it is the best way to describe the shop’s unique designs. Earrings, rings, bracelets, and pendants are all sold here. 

“This is probably the only shop I will buy jewelry from just because she has excellent taste, a good eye, and every piece is GORGEOUS. Like other reviewers have said, she is really up on trends and can tell you what will look good with certain outfits, or for just every day.” - Yelp review 

There are so many unique and exciting places to shop in downtown Cincinnati. We only touched on a few in this article. What are your go-to places for shopping in downtown Cincinnati? Let us know in the comments! 


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