Holiday Deals and Steals

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    Navigating aisles are tough enough during the hectic holidays, much less navigating the city for sales. We’ve done the legwork for you and come up with some sales that are sure to make your season sparkle.


    Cincinnati Unchained


    On Nov. 20 you can experience Cincinnati Unchained. This "local Black Friday" includes nearly 30 businesses that participate in a day filled with discounts, door buster specials and donations to local charities.


    To make the day even more of a locally focused-shopping event, Cincinnati Unchained is partnering with the Crafty Supermarket. "Shoppers will be able to print off a passport book from or find it in their Crafty Supermarket program and have the passport ‘stamped’ at each local business they visit," spokesperson Cheryl Besl says. "When they complete their passport, they can turn it in at any participating business and be entered into a drawing to win gift baskets filled with goodies from each participating neighborhood business district."


    All the details for Cincinnati Unchained will be posted at and For more information about the Crafty Supermarket, check out this week’s social story.


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    This holiday season, Trend Boutique has a couple promotions up their sleeves. As an online-exclusive sale, receive free shipping on all Web store orders from now until Dec. 15.


    For in-store only sales, head to Trend Boutique at 2946 Markbreit Avenue in Oakley Nov. 19 to 26 for a 15 percent off storewide sale. Check them out again Nov. 26 to Nov. 28 for a savings scale.


    "Buy one item, receive 10 percent off. Buy two items, receive 20 percent off entire purchase. Buy three or more items, receive 30 percent off entire purchase," Owner Stephanie Rozanovich says. This savings scale includes sale items but cannot be combined with any other promotion.


    For store information or to shop online, check out


    Holidays in the Bag


    Back for its third year, Holidays in the Bag offers a more relaxed alternative to Black Friday mall experiences. Nov. 26, head to Over the Rhine and buy your shopping bag at locations on Vine and Main streets. Use your bag to receive discounts and donate to Friends of the School for Creative and Performing Arts, as proceeds of bag sales will go to this non-profit organization. For more information about the event and participating vendors, head to


    Brush Factory


    Through the end of November, support a great cause to get a great discount at Brush Factory. "We are accepting donations for Dress For Success (gently used work attire for women) and anything else will go to the free store, in exchange for 10 percent off a purchase," Owner Rosie Kovacs says.


    For store information, check out, and to give and get, head to 3227 Madison Road in Oakley.


    Karen Lindner Designs


    Take the opportunity to check out Karen Lindner Designs at her annual holiday trunk show at Patina at Home, located at 500 Wyoming Avenue in Wyoming, Ohio. From 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4, browse Owner Karen Lindner’s redesigned antique jewelry and vintage rhinestone Carnivale Collection.


    "With every purchase, customers will be entered for a chance to win this year’s Karen Lindner Designs/Patina At Home holiday necklace give away," Lindner says. For more information about the event, check out or


    The Northside Holiday Art Sale


    Featuring more than 50 artists, The Northside Holiday Art Sale gives you the chance to buy some unique gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the North Presbyterian Church located at 4222 Hamilton Avenue in Northside. It will include live music, crafts for kids and a raffle to support CAIN: Churches Active in Northside.


    To get a taste of what you will find at the sale, we talked with participating artist Tracy Prestopino. Her table will feature handmade paper creations mostly ranging from $1 to $10 in price. You can find everything from greeting cards and notebooks to hair pieces and broaches. Prestopino will be offering a special on her Card of the Month Club at the sale. The usual $56 membership fee will be taken down to $40, which will give you a full year’s worth of monthly card deliveries.


    For more information about The Northside Holiday Art Sale, check out To check out Prestopino’s work, head to


    Paris J Boutique


    For more philanthropic shopping, head to Paris J Boutique. From now until Dec. 15, customers who bring a new, unwrapped toy will have the chance to donate to Toys for Tots for a 30 percent discount off their purchase of one Paris J item (excluding jewelry and hand bags).


    For store information, head to, and to start shopping, check out 9797 Montgomery Road in Montgomery.




    For even less hassle for the holidays, do some online accessory shopping at FENNOfashion. This online boutique is offering 20 percent off your entire order. To take advantage of the discount, use the discount code "Gift20" between Dec. 1 and 15. "The coupon is good for any accessory on the website, including handbags," Owner Megan Fenno says.


    To browse and buy, head to


    Simplicity Salon


    Give yourself or your girlfriend the gift of relaxation with Simplicity Salon, located at 7967 Cincinnati-Dayton Road in West Chester. Take advantage of their holiday promotions, which run now through Dec. 31.


    Spend $50 on a one-hour massage (originally $65) or a Dermalogica skin treatment for (originally $75). Also, enjoy a retail sale where you can buy one item and get the second for 20 percent off.


    For more information about the deals, contact Owner Angela Cash at, check out or call (513) 777-1600.



    Photographer: Neysa Ruhl
    Model: Michelle Novinger
    Location: Cincy Chic office