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                    'SHOPPING LOCAL' DIRECTORY  

                    & CONSUMER GIFT GUIDE    


                WELCOME TO ALTRO'S GIFT (& holiday) GUIDE - 2021/22  



Christmas, New Years, Birthdays, anytime you need a gift...


We all have to think about giving gifts through the year, whether it's holiday time or someone's birthday or another special event, so you're not alone. There are no worries - we've got you fully covered with all kinds of cool gift ideas here at Altro magazine's gift-giving shopping guide - for all year-round at your service!


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In this online guide, you will find many great local shopping opportunities in all kinds of locally owned and sometimes family-operated businesses that want to share their unique products and services. You will discover great offers, discounted deals, gift card specials and some of the most diverse, multi-cultural and popular little 'best-kept secrets' this side of the Greater Cincy and Northern Ky area!

In our larger metropolitan's DESTINATION HOT SPOTS, you may discover or even rediscover what makes this part of the Midwest so awesome - our rich and eclectic history along with our independence is what makes us stand out and shine in the spotlight of our own special and very celebrated identity. We have the best recreation as well as the best shops and food here!

THE 'ALTRO STANDARD': It's great to be part of a community, but within that neighborhood, you can also better appreciate your neighbors for having their own unique, trademarked or signature flair that is truly all theirs, instead of something mass-produced or unoriginal. Within this guide, you will find handmade items, unique styles or foods - basically, products that are worthy of being labeled as 'special' or one-of-a-kind. Here at Altro, you will NOT find the huge retail stores or corporate chains where everything is copy-catted and cloned to death!



(*MAKE NOTE on how to have a BETTER SHOPPING EXPERIENCE IN OUR DIRECTORY & GUIDE: Some of the companies/vendors are listed here in our directory - above - w/ drop-down menu and those are listed by categories, such as restaurants, specialty shops, etc., and alphabetized in each category for your convenience. See some of them in our new database above by clicking on the menu arrow tab at the right of the category search box.

Some of our vendors may NOT be listed in the above categories/directory menu and are listed below here, only in the HOLIDAY GUIDE instead, while others are listed in both areas, depending upon what sponsorship packages they preferred and the way they chose to have their businesses displayed. ) 

*(photo above of beer cupcake, courtesy of small business Incredible Endings Bakery)


JUNGLE JIM'S INTERNATIONAL MARKET - Cincinnati gourmet store/ Fairfield Oh specialty grocery store

The first place on our list is a tried and true favorite of many locals who never get bored shopping here! Rows and rows of endless gourmet and high-end specialty foods are found here but their produce is fresh and they also offer lots of organic and non-GMO foods. Take yourself on a trip soon if you have not - esp. if you are planning any holiday parties for friends of diverse tastes! You will find this popular store in our categories database above or also here at 


QUAIL HOLLOW CANDLE FACTORY & GIFT SHOP - Shop online to buy unique candles this year! Handmade products that hold up to today's 'supermarket' variety...

This candle company in Amish country sells unique and interesting candles for all your holiday and other needs. Whether it's a romantic dinner occasion, a family holiday dinner to create atmosphere, or if you just like the scented ones to fill your home year-round - esp. in the kitchen if you're cooking smelly foods like fish - this store is 'candle headquarters'! Choose from homemade hand-carved wax candles to scented ones to even special wedding type. But they don't just sell candles - they also offer primitive goods and homemade Amish products which make great holiday gifts this time of year.


For ordering and more info on their unique candle-carving history, see their full page with their web links by menuing down the category list at the top of our directory under Specialty Shops. You may also find them on FB:  Don't forget their main site for more details:


UNIQUELY SENISE - Florence Ky hair salons that offer chic and stylish hair!

Top-notch professional beauty salon for those who want to enhance their beauty, Uniquely Senise is your go-to place for a spa day or just to drop in a buy a beauty product. Unlike many other salons, Uniquely Senise lives up to their name – unique as in top quality service but in their products as well – available for sale are such items as fancy, chic hair bands, purses, handbags, jewelry and even watches!  Check out their website below for more info and details.


OFFER:  New clients will receive 20%  off any service for their 1st visit with select stylists.

See more info in their site here:                                                        


BOCK'S BAR & GRILL - Latonia Ky's favorite sports bar where all your friends hang out!


The coolest bar and grill in Latonia Ky is Bock's Billiards or Bock's Bar & Grill where they know you by name and think of you as extended 'barfly family' as some locals have affectionately dubbed this large sports bar where you may find your husband, best friend or brother hanging out with his buds watching a game. This place, formerly named Legend's Bar and now named after its owner – Gary Bockweg - is huge too – not a little dive off some side road, but a place big enough to shoot pool, and play some Billiards.

Every day from 3-7 pm is their celebratory 'happy hour' and there's usually 25% off of selected appetizers with $2 domestic longnecks. The most popular bar foods here are the quesadillas, hoagies, loaded potato skins and everyone LOVES their wings. Plus, they have “the coldest beer in town,” says a few guys at the bar and if you hang out for any length of time, you will hear that a lot.

The UK games are big here,” says the owner Gary, and quite a few of the barflies echo that sentiment as they lift their beer mugs high as a toast to that trend here. “Let's not forget we also have a capacity for up to 250 people if anyone is interested in doing private parties,” Gary B adds, encouraging folks to call for more details on that little tidbit of info. Birthday parties, any special event or holiday parties can be held here and have been held at Bock's in the past; people enjoyed their time and space here.

Bock's kitchen help ain't shabby either – every Thursday they make a special dessert and they are always homemade from scratch. Patrons love their strawberry (and cherry) shortcake, caramel apple cake and the biggest hit here that scores high on customer's ratings is their banana nut bread.

Gift cards are available. Check back later for coupons/ specials. For more info, call them at 859-581-4140 or visit their FB page:


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PERSONALIZE YOUR GIFTS - The true, more genuine, thoughtful gift: The Personalized Gift!

Tired of sending or receiving bad gifts every year for Christmas or birthdays? So many of us tend to develop anxiety around gift-giving times of the year and we panic at the thought of buying or opening another obligatory and boring gift.  We can all relate when we keep telling our friends and family to STOP buying us things we don’t need or re-gifting us with products that someone else used up and now it’s ours and it’s not our style or color or size! Well, don’t fret and don’t regret! There is a more simple solution for all of us and one that is quite affordable and whether it's for any gift-giving occasion - Valentine's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, anniversaries, graduations, etc...

personalized guitar picks!    

When new year’s rolls around and so many of us are running around like crazy returning gifts, and then asking our gift bearers to please just give us cash instead, why not take that new cash present and visit Personalize Your Items?  See online store at where you can create your own unique products or items that will not only be personal to you or your loved ones but something that will last and stand the test of time!

Says owner Teresa Martin of Personalize Your Items, “We started out in screen printing and we began to acquire more and more equipment over time and then felt like we should grow it so we did. We have enjoyed such great responses from our many customers all over the country.

We have so many different things for sale that are unique to people and that can be made even more unique and personal with engravings printed on them or photos placed on them. We have everything from coffee mugs to even guitar picks! Those are selling great right now and we have so many orders on this one item alone – and we didn’t even expect that this would go over so well but it did!”

Some of their more popular items also include dominos, car coasters, key chains and custom-photo t-shirts. What’s so convenient about this website is that anyone anywhere can use their easy-to-navigate website and use their software system inside the site to check on your proof after you upload your images or ideas you want to be displayed on your item. 

You may order online anytime, 24 and 7 inside their online shopping cart. Turnaround time is great too: Your order is shipped out in 1-3 business days and you will receive the order within 5-7 business days.

See their website link above or their FB page here at

**Not just for Christmas, but Personalize Your Items will also do wedding favors or party themes for you – just contact them anytime for your order. This is your one-stop shop for unique, personalized gifts for every occasion and all kinds of gifts including Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Wedding and Anniversaries, Graduations, Baby Showers and much more!


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