Best of Retail Shops
Best thank-you cards
Igloo Letterpress Stationery
with bright colors and antique type makes gratitude fun again. Learn to fashion your own during classes at Igloo Letterpress in Worthington.
Best Grocery Store to Take a Date
Delightful delicacies line the aisles of Giant Eagle’s Market District in Upper Arlington. You can grab a glass of wine and graze through the samples before picking some goodies to prepare with your sweetie at home.
Best Quick Gift Bag
The Candle Lab can help you craft a custom scent, or you can choose from a selection of hand-poured candles in more than 100 fragrances. But when you’re in a hurry, you don’t want options, you want answers. Enter the gift pack, a pre-assembled and prettily bagged collection of four themed scents that will leave the gift-giver smelling good.
Best Improvement on the Dewey Decimal System
This Grandview store’s section titles are almost more fun to look at than the books: “Hippie Dippie Beat,” “Books Ahoy, Nautical Themes,” “Piano Music or Do You Know the Score?”
Best Place to Feel bitters
Once marketed as medicines, bitters are the trendiest of cocktail mixers. Head to the Clintonville grocer’s liquor department to sample obscure concoctions made from, say, lavender or cardamom.
Best Birthday Cake
Golden Delight Bakery
This quirky shop makes a wide array of pastries, Chinese steamed buns and sweet toasts. But when you’re celebrating your special day with up to 80 friends, treat yourself to the signature dessert: the Fresh Strawberry Cake, a soft and soothing confection that’s bright and fruity but not cloyingly sweet.