Rookwood Commons and Pavilion is a convenient one-stop shopping destination for people in many Cincinnati neighborhoods. Situated right off the highway, with many moderate to upscale clothing, food, and specialty stores, it's a quick stop on your way home from work, or a place to pop in with the kids for lunch. Located in the Norwood section of Cincinnati, Rookwood contributed largely to the economic resurgence of that neighborhood in the 1990s. Occupying the former site of a tooling company on Edmondson Road, Rookwood now brings many people from the east side of Cincinnati and beyond to the area.
The shopping center is actually two separate outdoor malls adjacent to each other: The Commons and the Pavilion. Each contains its own convenient outdoor parking areas.
The flagship store in the Pavilion is Joseph-Beth Booksellers. This large, two-level bookstore is more like an independently owned shop, rather than a big chain store. This privately owned bookseller, which has seven locations throughout the East Central U.S., strives to provide customers with a pleasurable shopping experience. With bold patterned fabrics, decorative plants, furniture that could be from an antique store, and pleasant lighting, the atmosphere is that of a huge, comfy home. Departments are separated into areas that feel like small rooms. The full service restaurant, Brontë (described as "a Novel Bistro") is a comfortable refuge for a special breakfast, business lunch, or even a date. The "Cookbook Features" menu offers items inspired by popular cookbooks and magazines. Brontë serves up gourmet dishes like créme brulee french toast, baked brie with caramel and walnuts, avocado BLT, and wilted spinach sautee. And should you desire a spirit while you peruse your new book, the bistro even serves liquor at the bar. Joseph-Beth hosts many events like book clubs (with interesting topics like "Y(A) Not? The Embarrassment Free Book Club for Adults Who Love Teen Fiction"), signings and discussions, mellow musical performances, dancing, story time, and product parties. The kids will have a great time visiting their department which provides plenty of on-site toys to keep them occupied, and parents will like all the educational games and puzzles for sale. With a helpful staff, great ambiance, and an extensive book collection, this bookstore alone is worth the trip to Rookwood, even if you have another chain nearby.
Newly added to the Pavilion is Nordstrom's clearance store, Nordstrom Rack, which carries name brand bargains. Other discount department stores are just a few steps away, including T.J. Maxx and Stein Mart. For affordable home furnishings, HomeGoods is a good option. If you need your hair done, or to get a mani-pedi, try Mitchell's Salon and Day Spa. After shopping, you can even pack and ship your purchases at the UPS Store. For dining, The Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern serves familiar comfort food and offers an impressive beer menu. For lighter fare, First Watch is a daytime cafe that serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch all day. And of course, there's Starbucks.
The focal point of the Commons is the natural and organic supermarket Whole Foods. Every Friday this market hosts a "Five after Five" event where you get five wines or beers paired with five dishes, all for five dollars. The store also hosts many other food and health-related events. Then you can head over to Sur la Table (known as "The Art and Soul of Cooking") for handy gadgets, fancy cookware, and quality cutlery. The Commons also includes a long stretch of upscale clothing stores such as Ann Taylor, Talbots, JoS. A. Bank Men's Clothing, and Stride Rite. And the Pump salon is there for "One Purpose, Great Hair!" When you're hungry, the Commons has Buca di Beppo, the family style Italian restaurant, P.F. Chang's with innovative Asian fare, and Five Guys, which is known for serving bulk peanuts along with the burgers and fries.
Rookwood Commons and Pavilion is located right off Exit 6 of I-71 and a short distance from I-75 and the Norwood Lateral Parkway. It is also just a short walk away from the trendy Hyde Park neighborhood with its unique restaurants, old town square, and many art galleries.
- Monday through Saturday: 10am to 8pm
- Sunday: 10am to 9pm
- Restaurant hours may vary
- Location and Directions from Downtown
- Rookwood is located in Norwood at the intersection of Edwards, Edmondson and Madison Roads. Take I-71 North to exit 6, Smith/Edwards Rd. At the end of the ramp, head right. Rookwood will be on your right.
- Location: Rookwood Office Tower: 3805 Edwards Road - 7th Floor, Cincinnati, OH
- Phone: 513-241-5800
- • Rookwood Commons and Pavilion: www.shoprookwood.com
- • Dine Rockwood: dinerookwood.com
- • Joseph-Beth Booksellers: www.josephbeth.com