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last-minute christmas crafty cincinnati shopping guide

Christmas will be here before you know it. Do you have all your presents lined up yet? We put together this guide of our favorite stores in Cincinnati that sell handmade goods. Check their websites for holiday hours! We also recommend checking out all the places in town where you can buy craft supplies — gift certificates for crafty classes make great gifts!

PS! We’re taking December off to relax with our friends and families, but in mid-January we’ll release the application info for our spring craft show, which is April 29, 2017, at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in Cincinnati’s beautiful Gaslight District. If you’re interested in being a vendor at the show, keep following our website, Facebook or Twitter and sign up for our e-newsletter to be notified of when we post the application! Also read our handy crafter FAQ here.

Places to buy handmade gifts in Cincinnati

Handzy Shop + Studio

  • 15 W. Pike St., Covington, KY; (859) 261-0493

High Street

  • 1401 Reading Road, Over-the-Rhine; 513-723-1901

The Hoop and Needle

  • 4019 Hamilton Ave., Northside; 513-283-0580

Indigenous

  • 2010 Madison Road, O’Bryonville; 513-321-3750

Indigo Hippo

  • 1301 Main St., Over-the-Rhine; 513-918-4917

Lentz and Co.

  • 339 Ludlow Ave., Clifton; 513-739-0193

MiCA 12/v

  • 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine; 513-533-1974

NVISION

  • 4577 Hamilton Ave., Northside; 513-542-4577

Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop

  • 3210 Madison Road, Oakley; 513-321-8733

Robot Inside

  • 11153 Main St., Sharonville; (513) 652-8539

Queen City Clay

  • 3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park; (866) GET-CLAY

Your Friends & Neighbors

  • 2803 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills; (513) 258-8461

And don’t forget local art museums’ gift shops!

21c Museum Hotel

  • 609 Walnut St., Downtown; 513-578-6600

Cincinnati Art Museum 

  • 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams; 877-472-4226

Contemporary Arts Center

  • 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown; 513-345-8400

Taft Museum of Art

  • 316 Pike St., Downtown; 513-241-0343

essential shopper guide to crafty supermarket!

Our big craft show is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 19 — so soon! The most important thing to know about Crafty Supermarket this year is that our holiday show is at a new location this year and happening the weekend before Thanksgiving. Because Music Hall is under renovation, we’re taking over the University of Cincinnati Rec Center’s six-court gymnasium. Here’s all the info you need to know to have a great day of shopping!

Essentials

What: Crafty Supermarket’s Holiday Show (here’s the Facebook event)
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
Where: UC Rec Center, 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221
Cost: Free to the public!

Parking and directions

The UC Rec Center is right next to Nippert Stadium and the Student Life Center in the heart of the University of Cincinnati campus in Corryville. Here is a Google Map. The gymnasium is on the lower level; there is elevator access to the gymnasium.

There are many public transportation options to get to our show. Metro bus lines that have stops by the University of Cincinnati include 17, 19, 24, 31, 46, 51 and 78. There are also multiple RedBike locations around campus.

There are many parking garages on the UC campus, and while we don’t have direct influence on their prices or policies, it’s likely that there will be flat day-rate parking for campus garages. (Day rates on campus are often $5 or $10.) All campus garages are ADA accessible, as is the Rec Center. We definitely encourage you to carpool with friends to save money and ease congestion!

The UC main campus in Corryville is easily accessible from interstates 71 and 75. When plotting your route to the show, we recommend using one of the garages as your target address; it isn’t possible to drive up directly in front of the Rec Center. The Campus Green Garage is the closest one to the Rec Center, and it’s accessible from MLK Drive. You may also be able to find metered street parking near campus. Here’s a map that shows where parking garages and RedBike stations are nearby. The blue star marks the entrance to the Rec Center:

uc-map

Here’s a closer view of what campus looks like around where the entrance to the Rec Center is:

UC map zoom.jpg

You can find a clickable map of parking garages on UC’s campus here.

Insider advice

  • Want one of our 100 swag bags? Arrive early! By the time the show starts at 11 a.m., we usually have a good line going.
  • We love pets, but only service animals are allowed inside the show.
  • If you arrive at the UC Rec Center before the show opens at 11 a.m., please wait in line. We can’t allow shoppers in the venue until the show officially starts for everyone’s safety!
  • Many of our vendors accept credit cards, but not all of them do, so we recommend bringing cash to the show. There are also PNC, Fifth Third and US Bank ATMs on UC’s campus.
  • Ben Davis of Bad Veins will be spinning tunes all day as our in-house DJ.
  • If you prefer to leisurely peruse all our vendors’ wares, come in the afternoon! Things will slow down after 4 p.m., and our vendors are well-stocked so you don’t have to worry about missing the good stuff!
  • In terms of food at the show, we’ll have food trucks outside and some food vendors inside, and most of the cafeterias on campus will be open. If you want to make a whole day of it, there are also tons of great restaurants and bars within walking distance of UC.

Check out our sweet holiday show vendors!

Time to start making your shopping list: Our holiday show vendor list is live! Thanks to the extra space in the UC Rec Center’s gymnasium, we have 30 more vendors and still more elbow room for shoppers than last year! Our 130 vendors represent a dozen states, from as far away as Georgia and New York, and a third of them are totally new to Crafty Supermarket!

You can RSVP for the show here — it’s totally free for shoppers! — and invite all your friends! Here are some of the cool kids who will be selling at Crafty Supermarket for the first time on Nov. 19:

aromaholic-detroit

Aromaholic of Detroit, MI

champaign-paper

Champaign Paper of Beach City, OH

ck tc ceramics

CK TC Ceramics of Cincinnati, OH

coldgold

Cold Gold of Knoxville, TN

fresh_camp

Fresh Camp of Cleveland, OH

fieldwork ceramics

Fieldwork Ceramics of Philadelphia, PA

happygreyskies

Happy Grey Skies of Traverse City, MI

heartellpress

Heartell Press of Brooklyn, NY

rheinoceramics

Rheino Ceramics of Cincinnati, OH

questionable press

Questionable Press of Lancaster, OH

sartarelli_tessuti

Sara Sartarelli | Tessuti of Cincinnati, OH

two of wands, new york

Two of Wands of New York, NY

Are you still accepting vendors?

Applications for the Crafty Supermarket holiday craft show closed Sept. 1. We get more applications for the show than we can accept, so we can’t allow any late applications out of fairness to crafters who applied before the deadline. If a spot opens up from a vendor being unable to attend the show, we select alternates from the people who applied before the deadline.

If you want to apply to be in our next show, be sure to follow us here on the website, on Facebook or via our e-newsletter. We broadcast our upcoming opportunities in all those places! Information about our 2017 spring show will be posted in January.

handmade options for last-minute shoppers in cincinnati

It’s just days until Christmas. Do you know where your presents are? If you don’t already have all your shopping done, there’s no need to panic! We put together this guide for you of our favorite stores in Cincinnati where you can shop for last-minute handmade gifts. We also recommend checking out all the places in town where you can buy craft supplies — gift certificates for crafty classes make great gifts!

PS! We’re taking December off to relax with our friends and families, but in mid-January we’ll release the application info for our spring craft show, which will be May 7, 2016, at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in Cincinnati’s beautiful Gaslight District! If you’re interested in being a vendor at the show, keep following our website, Facebook or Twitter and sign up for our e-newsletter to be notified of when we post the application! You may also like our handy crafter FAQ here.

Buy Handmade in Cincinnati for Christmas

High Street

  • 1401 Reading Road, Over-the-Rhine
  • 513-723-1901
  • Monday, Dec. 21: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Hoop and Needle

  • 4019 Hamilton Ave., Northside
  • 513-283-0580
  • Tuesday, Dec. 22: noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23: noon to 6 p.m.

Indigenous

  • 2010 Madison Road, O’Bryonville
  • 513-321-3750
  • Monday, Dec. 21: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lentz and Co.

  • 339 Ludlow Ave., Clifton
  • 513-739-0193
  • Monday, Dec. 21: 2 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22: 2 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23: 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24: 2 to 6 p.m.

MiCA 12/v

  • 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
  • 513-533-1974
  • Monday, Dec. 21: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NVISION

  • 4577 Hamilton Ave., Northside
  • 513-542-4577
  • Monday, Dec. 21: call to check, Tuesday, Dec. 22: call to check, Wednesday, Dec. 23: noon to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24: noon to 6 p.m.

Park + Vine

  • 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
  • 513-721-7275
  • Monday, Dec. 21: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop

  • 3210 Madison Road, Oakley
  • 513-321-8733
  • Monday, Dec. 21: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rock Paper Scissors

  • 1301 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
  • 937-479-1405
  • Tuesday, Dec. 22: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

And don’t forget local art museums’ gift shops!

21c Museum Hotel

  • 609 Walnut St., Downtown
  • 513-578-6600
  • Every day: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cincinnati Art Museum 

  • 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams
  • 877-472-4226
  • Tuesday, Dec. 22: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center

  • 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown
  • 513-345-8400
  • Monday, Dec. 21: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Taft Museum of Art

  • 316 Pike St., Downtown
  • 513-241-0343
  • Tuesday, Dec. 22: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

december art, craft and design events in cincinnati

Our big holiday show was a huge success, and we’re so grateful to everyone who came out! If you didn’t manage to get all your holiday gifts procured, there are plenty of options for post-crafty shopping in Cincinnati. Here are our top artsy-craftsy things to do in Cincinnati for December:

  • Brick 939: This pop-up shop in Walnut Hills by Mortar is open all through December!
  • Drink and Draw: Hang out with your latest art project in the lobby of the Contemporary Arts Center with Lindsay of Rock Paper Scissors the evening of Thursday, Dec. 3.
  • Ink Bleeds 5 ($): See the best local screenprinters at this big show opening with AIGA Cincinnati at the Art Academy of Cincinnati Friday, Dec. 4.
  • Covington Night Bazaar: Do you #lovthecov? Shop south of the river the evenings of Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5.
  • Holiday Pottery Fair: Shop the Clay Alliance’s annual show at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 5.
  • Holiday Market: Findlay Market hosts a whole weekend of holiday shopping on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6.
  • The OFF Market: Oakley’s flea hosts a holiday show at the 20th Century Theater on Sunday, Dec. 6.
  • One Night One Craft ($): Learn how to make a contemporary live wreath at the CAC the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 9.
  • Stitch and Sip: Get out your needlework and hang out at The Hoop and Needle the evening of Thursday, Dec. 10.
  • Core Clay Holiday Sale: Buy directly from ceramicists and potters in Walnut Hills on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13.
  • The City Flea: The last flea of the year is back at Washington Park the evening of Saturday, Dec. 12.
  • Art on Vine: Shop with local makers at Rhinegeist the afternoon and evening of Sunday, Dec. 13.
  • Craft Menagerie: Waiting till the last minute to finish your list? Shop crafty things at Arnold’s downtown on Saturday, Dec. 19.
  • Makers Holiday Fair: Or waiting even longer? Shop at Angst Coffeehouse in Walnut Hills on Sunday, Dec. 20.

today is the big day!

You’ve been waiting, and the day of Crafty Supermarket’s big holiday craft show is finally here! We’ve got 90 handmade vendors setting up their wares, plus a live DJ, a cash bar, delicious local food inside and outside, and hands-on craft activities with Kiki Magazine. We’ll see you downtown at Music Hall — bring all your friends, and wear your shopping shoes! Make a whole day of it — there are so many things to do in Over-the-Rhine since it’s Small Business Saturday! If you’re new to the show, check out our insider guide for shoppers, which includes directions to our venue, parking info and other important details.

Essential Info

What: Crafty Supermarket’s Holiday Show
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015
Where: Music Hall Ballroom at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Cost: Free to the public!

november art, craft and design events in cincinnati

We have so many things to do in Cincinnati in November, it’s borderline ridiculous. Aside from our huge holiday craft show, there are plenty of events to keep you busy, both in town and within a few hours’ drive:

  • Clay Alliance Empty Bowls: Buy a handmade bowl to help fight childhood hunger on Sunday, Nov. 1.
  • Antique Christmas Celebration: Get into the holiday spirit at the Taft Museum on Friday, Nov. 6.
  • Autumn Air Art Fair: Including the Tiger Lily Press sale at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 7.
  • The Flea Off Market: Down in Louisville, KY, this outdoor market will be hopping Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8.
  • Art on Vine: This monthly art fair moves back indoors to Rhinegeist in OTR on Sunday, Nov. 8.
  • Bloomington Handmade Market: If you feel like taking a road trip, head to Indiana for this indie craft show Saturday, Nov. 14.
  • Craftin’ Outlaws: Columbus, Ohio’s biggest indie craft show is totally worth the drive on Saturday, Nov. 14.
  • Maker’s Mart: And if you’re up north, check out this indie craft fair in Toledo, Ohio on Saturday, Nov. 14.
  • Sunset Salons: Craft ($): We’ll be part of the panel talking about craft at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
  • One Night One Craft: Handmade Holiday Ornaments ($): Get crafty at the Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
  • Ink Your Love ($): ArtWorks Cincinnati celebrates its city tattoo project on Friday, Nov. 20.
  • Funke Fired Arts Holiday Bazaar: Go wild with ceramics shopping in Hyde Park on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21 and 22.
  • Crafty Supermarket: Cincinnati’s biggest indie craft event of the year is at the Music Hall Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 28!
  • The City Flea Small Mall: Shop with your favorite local stores all in one place at the 21C Museum Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 29.

june art, craft and design events in cincinnati

There are so many things to do in Cincinnati this month, it's practically criminal to stay inside!

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