Come for the brownies, stay for the art. The upscale O'Bryonville Business District's is a stretch of independent boutiques and galleries between Hyde Park and East Walnut Hills. Shoppers looking for a unique gift, decorating a home, or planning an event will find a range of options and styles, and you certainly won't go hungry while you look.
The Bonbonerie is one of Cincinnati's best bakeries, with reasonable prices on everything from whimsical cut-out cookies to cakes by the slice and intricate wedding creations. The tea room is a great place to pause and savor the pastries, but you can always grab your brownie to go to maximize shopping time.
You may not live in one of the beautiful, turreted 19th century homes along the Madison Road approaching O'Bryonville, but that doesn't mean you can't decorate like you do. Several antique and interior design stores can keep you busy hunting for just the right piece for your home. If your walls are looking a little lonely, hit up the plethora of galleries that appeal to all kinds of tastes. The Phyllis Weston Gallery and the Rottinghaus Gallery do painting and framing, the Jack Wood Gallery has vintage posters and prints, the Treadway showcases arts and crafts, and photography has its home at the Vintage History Gallery. For other fun types of art, housewares, and gifts try Ten Thousand Villages' Fair Trade crafts and the Kismet and Indigenous boutiques.
Any wedding or event planner will be thrilled by how many things can be crossed off a to-do list with one visit to this district. The Art of Entertaining, Bella Flora, Buttelwerth's, i-do boutique, Margo Madison Creative Stationery, and J Peck Jewelers supply flowers, thank-you notes, wine, place settings, rings, advice, and more. Even on the day of the wedding, two different spas can get everyone looking and feeling their best.
All that shopping can be exhausting, so head to What's for Dinner for upscale deli items and delicious vegetarian options, or to O'Bryon's Pub (named after the Irish farming family that founded the neighborhood) for a brew. If wine is your drink of choice, then Thursday is your lucky night. The third Thursday of every month is O'Bryonville Wine Walks. The businesses are open late, offering free drinks and snacks, while donating part of the proceeds to a designated charity. It's a great way to sample some wines and explore the district all at once.