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                      'SHOPPING LOCAL' DIRECTORY  

                        & CONSUMER GIFT GUIDE    


                      WELCOME TO ALTRO'S HOLIDAY GUIDE FOR 2017  



                  HAPPY SUMMER HOLIDAYS!

                (Daddy's Day, Independence Day...

           whether it's fireworks and barbecue in your backyard or

           just a day to celebrate someone's birthday by the pool,

        this gift guide will get you hooked up in the summer heat!)

Are you dazed and confused about how to plan a dinner or where to go to spend your FATHER'S DAY holiday with dad? Maybe not just another standard dinner or grill-out at home, but maybe you want to dine out, travel or do something unique.  And maybe something more thought-provoking, to replace or to add to the 'typical gift'...? 

What to do, where to go for the 4th of July?

We all have to think about giving gifts through the year, 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!

For whatever seasonal celebration you're into this year - be it Valentine's Day, Mother's or Father's Day, Independence Day, Christmas, New Year's, (even birthdays!), Happy celebrating and Happy holidays to all! - Kaitlyn Karol, (Altro Editor) & the Altro magazine team



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!

Many of our readers enjoyed using this guide last year and wanted it back this year, so here ya go - local dining, catering venues, rare gift shops, chic little cafes and even cozy b and b's for those interested in traveling this holiday season.


(*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 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. ) 


* 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 'super market' 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:

LASZLO'S IRON SKILLET –  American cuisine in Cincinnati. Unique. Fresh. Authentic.

1020 Ohio Pike, Cincinnati, Oh 45245

Classy and casual, this growing restaurant is catching on with lots of local foodie fans. It's the kind of place you can bring a date or dine in with your family. There's delicious American fare and then dishes they are famous for such as their schnitzel which is a big hit with regulars and newcomers alike. Coming soon to the menu is their delicious wurst sampler, which consists of 3 different sausages, sauerkraut, and German potato salad.  (See photo below). 

There is the holiday tradition loved by many this time of year and that is chicken with dressing or stuffing. Here at Laszlo's, this fall/holiday treat comes in the form of their Roast Chicken dinner. This dish is served every Wednesday night and gets big requests, which is a plate of roast chicken with stuffing, plus two sides. Even more appetizing is the low price – a full entree for only $10!


Don't forget Ladies Night on Tuesdays and live music through 8th-29th of October. Happy hour is Tues-Fri from 3-7 pm. The menu is due to change soon – so look for some new upcoming yummy changes!  Hours: Closed Mondays/ Tues-Thur 3-9 pm., Fri & Sat: 3-10 pm., Sun 3-9 pm. For more info, see their website at


HOUSE OF GRILL - Covington, Ky Persian cuisine at its finest

This new cozy restaurant welcomes you to a taste of Persian paradise! The chefs here do their utmost to give you a traditional Persian experience. Their meats and vegetarian portion of the menu are cooked to perfection. The meats are also kosher, so for health enthusiasts, this high standard is most appreciated!

Says the owner, Jonathan, “To us, your satisfaction is the reason we started to go on this journey. To achieve this, we devote all our attention to the quality of your meals and service. All the meals are made from fresh ingredients. We pride ourselves to only serve the highest quality of foods.”


Fun cultural fact: The old Persian standard hailing to us from Iran, is the citrus flavor of the lime. Here in America, we are famous for our love of lemons but know that Mexico is not the only place showcasing the lime. So, if you need a twist of citrus to add to a meal or beverage, this little green tangy tartness will come your way! And – the tea is especially delightful here too...

Fun cultural tip: If you are trying to cut down on sweeteners – esp. of the less healthy artificial variety, Jonathan says he'll bring you some dried cranberries: “The thing we do in Iran is, after sipping some of the tea, we then bite into a few cranberries to follow behind the tea. If you're looking for sweetness, it's a healthier and more flavorful way to go.”

14 E 5th St, Covington KY 41011/ 859-206-6324

Peruse the great menu here: You may also e-mail in your to-go orders:

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: For a $50 gift card, you will receive a gift bag of product valued at $16 and anyone purchasing a $100 gift card will receive a bag valued at $26. See their site here:





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