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                    'SHOPPING LOCAL' DIRECTORY  

                    & CONSUMER GIFT GUIDE    


                WELCOME TO ALTRO'S GIFT (& holiday) GUIDE - 2018/19  



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 






KEEP ME SAFE ORGANICS - RITA KEESEY is your rep for beautiful skin this year!/ Florence Ky organics cosmetics


This is one of the best skin care lines in the beauty industry currently and anyone with problematic skin (eczema, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, etc) can benefit from this all-organic skincare line! Choose from any of their luxurious creamy and whipped moisturizers, cleansers made with coconut oil and aloe vera as well as bergamot (healing essential oil) and their toners are great too!

Also ladies - don't forget to shop their gorgeous eyeshadows, mineral face powders and creamy foundations. They do not go on oily or sticky like some products' lines do. These are organic, made with all natural ingredients and enhance your natural beauty and skin tone. 


Visit their website at:


to make any orders - just in time for those stocking stuffer ideas!


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:


LASZLO'S IRON SKILLET – Cincinnati Hungarian/German Restaurant/Bar/Biergarten 

Unique. Fresh. Authentic.

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!  


Weekly Specials:

Tuesday-$5 select bar appetizers/ Wednesday-$10 Chicken Dinner/ Thursday-1/2 BTL. Wine/Tuesday-Friday- Early Bird Special 2 Meals for $22; Select Menu/Tuesday-Friday - Happy Hour 3-7p

Updated Hours: Monday closed, Tuesday & Wednesday 3-9p, Thursday 11-9p, Friday 11-10p, Saturday 3-10p, Sunday 3-9p

For more info, visit them at 1020 Ohio Pike, Cincinnati, Oh 45245 or you may see their website at






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:


BREW RIVER GASTRO PUB - On the East side of Cincy – where Louisiana-type cooking meets local flavor mixed in with some good 'ole blues music to complement the vibes of the bayou!

Welcome to Cincinnati's only New Orleans Creole and Cajun-influenced gastropub that strives every day to stay true to those roots. The menu reflects the tastes and culture of the Crescent City, while at the same time, embracing the gastropub philosophy by cooking with one of 23 craft beers on draft. Most of the menu has local Cincinnati craft beer in the recipes – so you're right at home, but you're also further down South!


This historic late 19th-century riverside building beckons their guests to come in for one of 23 all-craft beers on draft, a housemade craft cocktail or one of their lovely small production wines. However, the food is the star at BrewRiver. Chef Michael Shields, who worked with Emeril Lagasse for six years in New Orleans and Atlanta, has created a menu of made-from-scratch ingredients, with classic Creole dishes, such as  Oyster Po Boys, New Orleans Barbecue  Shrimp, Muffulettas, and Gumbo and Eggs Sardou! Famous for their burgers, they've won several local awards. The meat of the burger is a proprietary blend from Neil Luken at Findlay Market and that burger deserves the best bun in town - the one and only Sixteen Bricks Artisan Bakers' burger bun!

The live music here also takes you back to the old New Orleans, Louisiana blues but with our local musicians, there's nothing quite like this unique blend of the best of both worlds! Enjoy a regular roster of genres like the blues, jazz, roots jazz as well as Louisiana Gypsy jazz.

Don't forget the Theater Room – available for private parties up to 24 guests. They also provide a catering service. This is the place for Louisiana-type food, and BrewRiver will not disappoint as they source their menu items from local farmers and brewers. 

SPECIAL OFFERS: Every Dollar Spent: For every dollar spent you will be awarded a loyalty point. For every  200 loyalty points earned, BrewRiver will load $10 on your loyalty card. Double Point Lunch: Every Thursday and Friday during lunch our “Love us Bock” patrons will receive double points!

2062 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202/ 

*Excited new fans: “Thanks Altro magazine so much for this Holiday Guide – we didn't know about this restaurant and my husband's family is from New Orleans so when we read this on here, we went to celebrate our son's graduation and we all loved it. The food AND the beer is SO good! We will go back on regular basis!” - Carla and Daniel Wood, Ft Thomas Ky

I am so happy to see this info when I was reading your magazine recently. What a great new find – best food I've had in a long time! The server we had was so nice too. My sister and I checked it out after seeing this on your site and after vacationing in New Orleans a couple years ago; we compared the food there to here and this restaurant is just as good if not better. The beer and wine are both perfect. The Oyster Po Boys is to die for!” - Shelly Peters, Cincinnati


MOONRISE DOUGHNUTS – Covington Ky specialty shops/ Latonia Ky sweet shops

The legacy of the old Latonia donut shop lives on with a few tasty changes...

If you ever wanted a doughnut that was fresh and had a unique homemade
taste, then head out to Moonrise Doughnuts - one of the best new
bakery shops in Latonia area of Covington Ky - which is open at night
only. Many may ask, 'what?', as in  'what about the morning doughnut
and coffee?' Well, there is a bit of an interesting backstory here
that fits in nicely to the current story...


Some folks of an older generation from the 60' and 70' will recall the
nighttime feasting on sweet treats - aka, - donuts at the old Latonia
Bakery (at Ritte's Corner).  It was a tradition back then, "and it is
again,"  says owner of Moonrise Donuts, Keith Bales.

"Moonrise aims to re-create what the old Latonia Bakery did," Bales
said. "We'll be open in the evenings after 5 pm. This is great history
in the making again for our community."

Doughnut aficionados are happy to be able to choose from a wide variety of amazing treats here: chocolate ones, glazed, ("better than any commercial doughnut I've ever had", offers editor of Altro), cream-filled, and many choices, such great 'cheat treats'!

Come on over and see what all the commotion is about - creative and
authentic doughnuts made by scratch, made by hand - not a mainstream
thing from a box in a store - but the REAL DEAL DOUGHNUT! Made fresh
on site. Served to go or enjoy inside where there are a few tables to occupy if you need to sit and chill for a while. Nostalgia for the 
older crowd - new fun treat for the kids! Very 'altro'!   

Visit them here for more info:                                                      


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:


  shots anyone?...   


CANAL TAVERN OF ZOAR - Come check out this unique German restaurant in Bolivar Oh, with a great atmosphere & fine casual dining in an 1829 tavern… 

Located on the Ohio and Erie Scenic Byway and the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the Canal Tavern again serves 'travelers' on the Canal and visitors to Historic Zoar Village with fine food and our famous Zoar hospitality.


Whether you’re a local who is a ‘regular’ of this great tavern, or a tourist on vacation looking for the interesting history around the USA, the menu delights foodies near and far... 

Try a lunch or dinner meal at this casual, yet refined restaurant and you won’t regret that you gave it a chance. From fresh fish and chicken to pork and rack of lamb, the food will make your palate dance! Take a peek into a few of some of folks’ favorite dishes here, from house salads to entrées and a most unique dessert:

Tavern House Salad - seasonal greens served with pickled red onions, tomato, tavern made croutons wedges, bleu cheese crumbles, and house dressing

Erbsensuppe - traditional German-style pea soup with 4-hour bacon and croutons

Pan Seared Salmon Filet- fresh salmon pan seared to medium and served with dill butter

6 oz Angus Beef Filet- served with herb butter

Beignets and Ice Creamtwo beignets served with a smoked coffee and Towpath Honey tavern made ice cream

There is also a Sunday brunch menu and a Sunday Grill menu. See the website for more info and for pricing on all the dishes above as well as other info:


VILLAGE OF ZOAR - Amish Country Oh - great place to have a unique vacation!

The Historical Village of Zoar – A small community with mighty perseverance still stands strong today on their own independent values and strength. In today’s troubled technology-addicted culture, it’s even more important to teach our young families about having this kind of independent voice…

Zoar is a community of approximately 75 families living in homes built from 1817 to the present. Many original homes have been preserved and restored by private owners, the Ohio Historical  Society and/or the Zoar Community Association

Visit this link and see what all is going on in Zoar all throughout the year:

See the website for more details and all kinds of places to visit, lodge, dine, and shop at:




CHINA STAR - Edgewood Ky Chinese cuisine at its best!


The finest casual Chinese restaurant in Edgewood Ky (Edgewood Ky Chinese cuisine and Northern Ky Chinese restaurants) is conveniently located in the center of Edgewood right in the Edgewood Square across from Thomas More College.

Everyone who frequents this place knows how excellent the food is but the atmosphere is just as pleasant and appetizing - roomy four-tops align the walls with discreet lighting for late afternoon business lunches or romantic evenings.  The best foods from the kitchen arrive on time and warm!  Plenty of carry-out fans stop in for the convenience on the go or back to work or home later. 

For more info or for delivery orders, you may call them at 859-426-9688

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