Thanksgiving is right around the corner and right on its heels comes the biggest shopping day of the year. Black Friday may conjure up images of parking lot madness and pre-dawn lines outside of big box stores, but consider these area retail districts for buying local or finding unique gifts!

Over-the-Rhine
While the first wave of transformation that swept through OTR focused on good food and drink, retailers have been filling up the other storefronts in the neighborhood over the last few years. The shops on Vine and Main Streets, as well as those sprinkled along others, offer plenty of clothing, gifts, décor and curios to purchase for fun holiday gifting!

Hyde Park Square & Rookwood

Looking for a blend of independent retailers and respectable chain stores? Look no further than the heart of Hyde Park. The square is full of unique clothiers, plus you can pick up a gift card or two for the ice cream, coffee or wine fans you know. Just up the street, Rookwood Commons & Pavilion features stores from great recognizable brands ranging from Eddie Bauer and J Crew to Pier One and West Elm.

O’Bryonville & DeSales Corner
If you’re trying to find the right gift for the person in your life with unique, arty flair, the quaint strip of shops and galleries in O’Bryonville offer plenty to choose from, between the ethically sourced artisan wares of Ten Thousand Villages to European antiques on offer at English Traditions. Less than a mile to the west, East Walnut Hills’ DeSales Corner features unique vendors like Indigenous, Argos Natural Pet Food & Supply, The Genesis Collection and several salons. 

Bellevue, Kentucky
Charming and independent are two great words to describe Bellevue’s shops on the south bank of the Ohio. Check out Ampersand or Coda for furnishings, Cozy Cottage or Splendid Things for unique gifts, and walk along Fairfield Avenue to find much more! One thing you won’t find anywhere else is the town’s dedicated violin producer, Higgins Violin Company.