The Benninghofen House has seen a variety of owners over the years, and was purchased by Michael and Bekki Rennick in 2015. Their family resides in the first 2 floors of the home. The upper floors feature 3 rental apartments, 1 that is occupied by long-term tenants, and 2 that are available to rent for short-term vacation/work trips. Stay in The Tower Apartment or The Garden Apartment the next time you visit Hamilton! You can book the entire third floor for larger groups. Here’s the AIRBNB link if you want to stay here! Only 40 minutes from Dayton and Cincinnati!
A few years ago one of our favorite TV personalities came up with a great idea. She called it Favorite Things. Every year we'd watch her show or skim her magazine to see which items made the cut and we're deemed a favorite. As fun as those episodes were, I don't think you have to be famous to strike intrigue or excitement over your own list of favorites. I mean, isn't that what we do with our girlfriends over dinner, or coffee, or even just standing in line at the post office. When we find something we love, we so easily share, whether it's a fabulous new lipstick or that perfect brand of jeans that always seem to fit. Not only are these effortless conversations informative, they're inspiring! They give us ideas and direction for our own way of life, but even more, they help us get to know our friends, their personalities and uniqueness.
One of a kind finds...truly one of my favorite things about owning a shop! There are so many items that I have come to appreciate in the seven years we’ve been in business. Creating a home decor and gift shop, with a bit of clothing and accessories requires carrying various products that are pleasing to our customers. I love our candle lines, our unique decor, books, journals and especially our large assortment of locally made pieces.
For Sara and Dave Vallandingham, a live-above, work-below setup wasn’t just a nostalgic idea of city life past: They renovated the building at the corner of Third and High Streets into a family home with their home decor and gift shop downstairs. That space is stocked with vintage pieces both in original form and creatively updated—like golf clubs Sara and Dave’s son Drew retrofitted into bottle openers—as well as jewelry, knit goods, and soaps from local makers. sarashousehamilton.com
Walking into Sara’s House is always a treat as the inventory constantly changes. The warm, inviting store is filled with the fresh scent of locally-sourced candles and soaps, and also features its original tin ceiling. It’s the kind of shop that'd easily be considered a standout in a trendy neighborhood in a big city, and Sara’s House is adding to Hamilton's revitalization by being just that.