When Shopping for the Holidays, or any time of year, the places are this list are the places you need to go!
One Levee Way
Newport, KY 41071
A jewel on Northern Kentucky’s riverfront, the Levee features 12 restaurants, over 20 unique shopping venues, a comedy club, a live blues club, a live cabaret, 20 stadium-style AMC movie theaters, the Newport Aquarium, street performers, live bands and an excitement that has made the Levee one of the top entertainment and shopping destinations in the region. Rated the No. 1 Shopping/Mall Attraction for Families in the United States by Zagat, May 2004.
Hours: Sept. 1 through Memorial Day — Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Memorial Day through Sept. 1 — Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Race & Elder streets
Cincinnati, OH, 45202
One of the oldest open-air marketplaces in the nation, Findlay Market has been in continuous operation since 1852. It is famous for its fresh produce and meats.
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Monday & Tuesday. (Contact individual vendors for availability on these days).
5440 Dixie Hwy.
Fairfield, OH 45014
Six acres of food under one roof — it’s not a supermarket, it’s a zoo-permarket! An international mecca, Jungle Jim’s offers thousands of imported and national brand groceries: 10,000 wines, 1,000 beers, 1,600 cheeses, 1,000 kinds of hot sauce, one full acre of produce (including organic and international). If it’s edible, you’ll find it here! And with the addition of a new Starbucks, Fifth Third Bank, U.S. Post Office, and Cincinnati Bell inside the store, Jungle Jim’s is truly a Food Lover’s Paradise.
Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
7875 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236-4344
Just 12 miles north of downtown Cincinnati, Kenwood offers shoppers everything from fine fashion to home furnishings amidst more than 180 stores. The Center’s appealing mix boasts such retailers as The Cheesecake Factory, Williams-Sonoma, Aveda, Bebe, Build-A-Bear, Chico’s, L’Occitane, MAC Cosmetics, Pottery Barn, Sharper Image, J. Crew and Coach. The area around Kenwood also boasts some of Cincinnati’s finest shopping. Across Montgomery Road, Sycamore Plaza hosts 15 stores including a Barnes & Noble, Lazarus Furniture Gallery, Toys ‘R Us and Staples, and several popular restaurants.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
2643 Erie Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45208
The corner of Erie and Edwards Streets and surrounding side streets make up a high-traffic shopping district. You will find art galleries, apparel, restaurants and boutiques. Nearby Hyde Park Plaza, Rookwood Pavilion and Rookwood Commons offer a combination of upscale and discount shopping.
Hours: Vary by merchant.
605 Philadelphia St., Second Floor
Covington, KY 41011
Cincinnati loves to celebrate its German heritage with annual festivals and special events, but nowhere is that heritage as well preserved as in MainStrasse Village across the river from downtown Cincinnati. The five blocks that make up the village are a restored 19th century German neighborhood with shops and restaurants in renovated buildings joined by cobblestone walkways. At one end stands the glockenspiel Carroll Chimes Bell Tower, which plays a 43-bell carillon hourly. In the center is the Goose Girl Fountain, a bronze portrayal of the Grimm fairy tale. And throughout the village are more than 50 quaint stores and fine restaurants. Stops include Wertheim’s restaurant for German cuisine and Dee Felice Cafe for Cajun fare and entertainment. Also watch for special festivals: Maifest in May, Goetta Festival in June, Oktoberfest in September and a Christmas Open House in late November.
One of Cincinnati’s premier neighborhoods, Mt. Adams boasts more than a century of fine shopping, dining and entertainment. Specialty shops in Mt. Adams include the Gilded Age, with art, antiques and other unique gifts, and Studio 23, a gallery offering classes and merchandise in all painting and drawing mediums. Other unique opportunities await along St. Gregory Street.
Some of Cincinnati’s better antique stores and galleries can be found on the 2000 block of Madison Road west of Hyde Park: Federation Antiques, English Traditions, Treadway Gallery, Treasures, Gartell’s Antiques, and two fine art galleries.
4138 Hamilton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45223
If your taste in music runs to the alternative, you won’t want to miss this unique music store in Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood. Shake It Records currently carries approximately 30,000 CDs and 8,000 pieces of vinyl ranging from inconspicuous 1950s R&B to old school blue grass.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
28 W. 4th St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
In the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Tower Place at the Carew Tower offers shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Tower Place’s dozens of stores include shops unique to Cincinnati and trusted favorites like Ann Taylor, The Gap, and Bath & Body Works. Tower Place is connected to the convention center and most downtown hotels via the skywalk.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Don’t forget to stay the night at the LivINN Hotel in Sharonville to extend that shopping experience.