Goats pulling kegs of beer through the historic streets of Over-the-Rhine. Snowmen burning in the night. Sausage Queens balancing plates of brats on their heads as they do the splits. This is a snapshot of the gonzo world of Bockfest.
Behind the counter at Porter’s Pinball Parlor on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine, proprietor Brian Porter has erected a shrine of sorts, a series of questions and answers noting important moments in pinball history.
When in doubt, go with a holiday card, especially one of these mini works of art. They’re fun to give and receive, whether they’re traveling across the country or just down the street. John Stoughton, Park + Vine, parkandvine.com
The 3 Sisters Design Co. uses reclaimed license plates for lamps, jewelry, and of course, wine bottle koozies. ($34.99, Joseph Williams Home, 1232 Vine St., Over- the-Rhine, 513-721-3600, josephwilliamshome.com)
At first glance, these Géraldine Gonzalez-designed votives appear to be painted. But the French artist has cut out bits of tissue and decoupaged them onto the gold-rimmed glass. ($34 each, HighStreet, 1401 Reading Rd., Over- the-Rhine, 513-723-1901, highstreetcincinnati.com)