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In Good Company

Every new shop owner should be as lucky as Duru Armagan. Sloane Boutique, the women’s apparel store she opened last November, is sandwiched between A Tavola and Abigail Street, two of the city’s newest, hottest tables. Armagan, a Columbus native of Turkish descent, moved to Cincinnati three years ago with an international business degree from Ohio State and a desire to fortify the city’s fashion landscape.

“I wanted to bring an edgier style and less mainstream lines but also keep it affordable,” she explains. “I have things that are $50 and things that are $350, so there’s a range.” Funktional, Myne, LNA, and Nation are a few of the brands she carries alongside lovely silk tops from Aaron Ashe and chic dresses by Black Halo. You can also find denim by Paige and James, necklaces designed by Little Hawk Jewelry, sunglasses, bags, and—as of last month—shoes. Armagan will also be bringing in clothing from Eighteenth, Kymerah, TBA, and Society for Rational Dress, plus new handbags from Cleobella.

Armagan fell hard for Over-the-Rhine when she moved here (she lives on Main Street) and Sloane’s build-out was not just locally produced, but a true neighborhood collaboration. The shop’s slick interior was created by the DAAP grads of Main Street design and Such + Such; welder Kate Schmidt did all the metal work; and Switch created the lighting. “I looked at bigger contractors, but the local craftspeople downtown were so creative,” says Armagan. “We just clicked.”

Intersection: Hyde Park

1. Hank Yarn Boutique Five sweater-knitting enthusiasts opened Hank last June because the local selection left them wanting more. “We wanted to reach customers with more selection and service,” says co-owner Amy Getgey. At Hank,...

Hidden Talent

Glenn Riley has worked (quietly) with the biggest brands in sports.

Supply Chain

It’s easy being green at this OTR art supply shop.

Style Counsel: Abigail Carlin

Creative Director

Intersection: Fourth Street

Paula’s Café Downtowners flock to this friendly lunch spot for Cuban sandwiches and abundant salads. Their famous Seven-Minute Burger, hand-formed and served on Shadeau wheat bread, can get yummy extras like balsamic-laced onions or...

Set in Stone

“The tile business is a style business,” says Hamilton Parker president Adam Lewin. At the company’s newest showroom in Sharonville, a dizzying number of finishes are on parade for builders, designers, and homeowners. “Glass tiles have made a comeback over the last five years,” says Lewin, whose family has a long view of the industry: His grandparents, Alvin and Gertrude, bought the original business—then called Hamilton Parker Fuel and Supply—in 1934. Eventually, they and Lewin’s father, Milton, expanded the company to include tile. The result is a mammoth 15,000-square-foot showroom in Columbus.

Mannequin Boutique Pays It Forward

Kenwood Towne Centre may be Cincinnati’s most efficient place to score the latest fashion booty, but for those who prefer the thrill of the chase, there is Mannequin. Moe Rouse’s resale shop on Vine Street packs loads of unique pieces into its small space. Her vintage room is stocked with looks that could easily fill the closet of Mad

Style Counsel: Vincent Sansalone

Vincent Sansalone coordinates first-year architecture and interior design classes and teaches architecture at UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. He turns his discerning design eye to everything from ball caps to pleated pants.