CINCINNATI - As the thoughts of fashionistas turn to spring, big things are happening on the local boutique scene--from helping the community to online shopping.
Here are nine local boutiques to watch this season and throughout 2014:
1. Harlow & Liv
Owners Krista and Jennifer Baker are the "visionistas" who created this brand founded in September 2013. The two entrepreneurs are finding ways to incorporate fashion into giving back to the community. Their first runway show in January was huge success, with over 600 attendees.
Partnering with other local businesses, they not only sell fashions online but hold fundraisers for causes that empower women.
2. Lou Lou's
LouLou’s has been a dream of Rembold's since High School. Her mom is the namesake. Rembold said the original LouLou was a stylish mother of seven, who made looking great seem easy.
"We want to make it easy for you to not only look great, but feel great in the clothes you are wearing," Rembold said.
Address: 6145 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati
This eclectic boutique located in Northside is in its seventh year of business and still going strong.
"We're not only a boutique but also bring awareness to the arts here in Cincinnati," said owner Emily Buddendeck. " We have a new art exhibit every 45 days, highlighting artists who focus on everything from sculpture, photography, textiles, drawings to fashion."
You can check out Nvision's unique finds online and get a sneak peek of current exhibits.
Address: 4577 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati
4. The Truckshop
The Truckshop is a mobile fashion boutique featuring clothing and accessories at $65.00 or less. Coupled with a unique experience unlike that found in brick-and-mortar stores, Truckshop introduced shopping-on-the-go here in Greater Cincinnati area last summer. WATCH: Truckshop opens for business
5. Strut Resale
An adorable resale boutique located in Florence, Ky., you can find trendy purses and a range of the finest styles from top fashion designers including Chanel, Coach, Giorgio Armani, Prada and more. Recently adding home accents, men and children's apparel, Strut may be your one-stop-shop for affordable fashion.
6. Sewn Studio
Known for its exceptional customer service and hip modern fabrics, Sewn Studio is the destination for those who love to sew or want to learn something new. A variety of sewing classes are offered, ranging from beginner to advanced.
7. Mannequin Boutique
Mannequin is a hip women’s clothing, accessories, art, antiques and gift boutique, featuring upscale and vintage merchandise with all proceeds going to charity. Opened in January 2011, Mannequin Boutique is proud to be located in the Gateway Quarter in Over-the-Rhine. While most items are donated to the store, the rest are purchased in New York and benefit seven different charities, including:
- FreeStore Foodbank
- First Step Home
- Lighthouse Youth Services
- One Way Farm for Abused Children
- Stop Aids
- Tender Mercies
- UCAN Spay/Neuter Clinic
Address: 1405 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45202
8. Trend Boutique
Located in Oakley Square, Trend Boutique is a women's clothing and accessories boutique that opened its doors in May 2009. With the expansion of ITS online store, local products are being sold across the world. My favorites: the Cincinnati iPhone Cases and Kentucky Tees .
Location: 2945 Markbreit Ave. Cincinnati
The only consignment store in the Tri-State catering to men, you can find some fabulous deals at Gents--from suits starting at just $40 to affordable designer brands. Owner Sandy Slusser says there's nothing quite like this man-focused store in the region.
Address: 321 Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue, Ky.
Phone: (859) 415-1505
(Photos provided by the boutiques, businesses)