Next Hot Shopping Street: Monmouth Street


In our November 2018 Shop Local issue, we explore greater Cincinnati neighborhoods while you check out dozens of retailers who can fulfill your closet, home, and recreational needs.

From knitting supplies to skating accessories to rare comic books, Newport is a retail mecca for hobbyists. Here are six shops to check out on Monmouth Street today.

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway


Reser Bicycle Outfitters—With BMX, mountain, racing, commuter, and kids’ bikes for sale, Jason Reser’s 19-year-old specialty bike store has options for every rider. It’s also home to Trailhead Coffee and a basement bike repair service.
648 Monmouth St., (859) 261-6187,

Knit On!—Home to the largest selection of yarn in the region and a friendly shop cat named Tanner, this 14-year-old knitting retailer serves all crochet and knitting needs and hosts beginner and advanced classes.
735 Monmouth St., (859) 291-5648,

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

Arcadian Comics & Games—Formerly Clifton Comics, this 7-year-old shop changed its name and relocated in 2011 to Monmouth, where it sells current comics by DC, Marvel, and independent artists, as well as collectibles, board games, and magic cards.
627 Monmouth St., (859) 291-5071,

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

Jet Age Records—Brothers and Newport natives Tom, Kevin, and Mike Schraer opened this rock-heavy record store last July in the former Saul’s Value Store, where they shopped as kids and now host concerts, sell authentic rock posters, and man a full espresso bar.
817 Monmouth St., (859) 916-5466,

Costume Gallery—Joy Galbraith and her daughter Elizabeth make 80 percent of the masquerade and theatrical costumes for rent at their 22-year-old store. They also offer custom costume work and personal alterations and sell vintage clothing and accessories.
638 Monmouth St., (859) 655-9419,

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

Galaxie Skateshop—Stocked with professional-level skateboards, accessories, and skating shoes, Galaxie sits less than a mile from the Newport DIY skate park, which current store owner Gary Collins helped launch to strengthen the local skating community. The 11-year-old shop also does repairs.
625 Monmouth St., (859) 261-7292,

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