Top 5 Secret Shops

Under-the-radar spots pop up where you least expect them.

1. Parlour

If you like the minimalist-cool vibe at Parlour salon, then don’t forget to peruse their mini jewelry boutique selling original wearable creations from local designers Hark Hark and Thank You Kindly. 2600 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, (513) 961-4247,

2. Civic Garden Center

Once you’ve gathered info and inspiration from the pros at Civic Garden Center, take home tools and other gardening gear from their on-site shop. 2715 Reading Rd., Avondale, (513) 221-0981,

3. Dilly Café

So you know that Dilly Café has killer meatloaf (and gnocchi, and crab cakes, and…). But maybe you haven’t explored their other carryout options—namely a diverse stock of beer and wine from around the world packed onto shelves in the restaurant’s back corner. 6818 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, (513) 561-5233,

4. Coffee Emporium

Grab your daily cuppa, and then take home a French press, a burr grinder, and all manner of other fancy coffee swag from Coffee Emporium’s stock of their favorite brewing tools. 110 E. Central Pkwy., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 651-5483,

5. Iris BookCafé

Sure, the word “book” is in the name of this literary-minded coffeehouse. But it’s the stock’s variety that will really surprise you. Browse vintage books about art, philosophy, cooking, fashion, languages, Americana, and more. Plus, Iris claims to carry the largest collection of Polish books in the city. 1331 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-2665,

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