Photograph by Alex Larrison
Keep your eye on these crazy-popular DIY workshops—they sell out on the regular.
The brainchild of former graphic designer Julie Otten, Shoppe Class is a collective of Cincinnati creatives who want to share their skills with the rest of us. They offer classes once a month on a variety of creative endeavors; previous workshops have included hair braiding, print screening, denim distressing with Madewell, mixology, and metal jewelry making with Rock Salt Vintage. Course fees vary; all materials included.
Open for barely a year, Megan Strasser’s College Hill plant and lifestyle store has already expanded its offerings to include artist-run workshops. Recent classes have included calligraphy, holiday wreath making, and weaving.
Located at the heart of Findlay Market’s outdoor space, just a few doors down from Churchill’s Fine Teas, Panda Chefs is divided into what they call “different factions of foodie fun” and offers up cooking classes in a variety of ethnic cuisines. Sushi Bears will teach you how to roll your own sushi like a champion, Bolly Bears has classes in Indian cooking, and Basil Bears — the Thai food branch — will teach you how to whip up authentic and delicious pad thai. If you don’t eat meat, don’t worry: Veggie Bears offers both vegan and vegetarian cooking instruction, and the Cheesy Gourmet will walk you through all the steps necessary to make your own cheese.
The Jam and Jelly Lady
What’s a better winter treat than a big wheel of brie topped off with delicious fruit preserves? A big wheel of brie topped off with fruit preserves that you made from scratch all by yourself. Sonya Staffan, also known as the Jam and Jelly Lady, offers canning “boot camps” once a month at her shop in Lebanon for beginners who want to learn the old-timey art of food preserves.