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Sara's House

The Hamiltonian

The Hamiltonian

“We don’t have a garage and a driveway, but this feels like a neighborhood to me,” Vallandingham said. “The other business owners look out for each other and reach out to each other, we’ll loan each other a power cord or window cleaner… My neighbors are the people who live on this busy street and who own businesses here.”

Hamilton in the news

Hamilton in the news

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

Sara's House in Cincinnati Refined

Sara's House in Cincinnati Refined

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.

Hamilton Ranked #20 in Country Living

Hamilton Ranked #20 in Country Living

Any city that has its own Donut Trail is reason enough for us to pack our bags. But in case your friends need further persuasion, try this: 1) Jolly's, an old-fashioned drive-in with hot dogs, root beer floats, and all the classics. 2) Sara's House, a farmhouse shopping hub full of repurposed furniture and accessories. 3) Serene kayaking and canoeing down the Great Miami River. 4) The Rossville Inn, where the billiard room and parlor may just distract you from forty winks. But, above all, did you remember to tell your friends there's an enchanted pathway with 227 years of donut-making?

5 Tips for Creating a Space That Speaks to You

5 Tips for Creating a Space That Speaks to You

Let's Take a Deep Breath and Start Simple

What do you like? What inspires you? How do you want to feel when you walk into your space? 

If those questions seem daunting, then think about your favorite book or movie.  What items do you love in your closet? Believe it or not, there are clues to be found in these questions.