Edible cookie dough with a side of soft serve. Get to Ft. Thomas stat!
Make sure you wear walking shoes and are prepared to be delighted: Fort Thomas has many treats and treasures along both N. Fort Thomas Avenue and S. Fort Thomas Avenue. Head down either street and you’re guaranteed to find good eats, a charming boutique, beautiful houses and nice people.
Fuel up at Fort Thomas Coffee, whichever street you decide to amble down. The interior is airy and bright, and the coffee is hot and strong. The shop has a pretty cool little niche side concept: the FTC Coffee Bus. Because of the heavy concentration of schools in Fort Thomas (including the top-rated Fort Thomas Independent Schools), the FTC Coffee Bus delivers pre-ordered coffee at different times in the morning to seven of the area schools. Genius, right? But don’t fret, even if you’re not in school, you can enjoy a cup of joe.
Nearby is the world headquarters of Colonel De Gourmet Herbs and Spices, where everything they make is made. This expansive herb and spice company has some of the most flavorful blends you’ll ever encounter. Pick up something eclectic for the foodie in your life.
One of the beautiful things about Fort Thomas is the cozy, community feeling. The Fort Thomas Drug Center definitely has that community vibe – from prescriptions to a bang-up assortment of greeting cards, this is one of those places that rounds out a neighborhood. Smitty’s Barber Shop, Vanity Salon and North Avenue Salon and Barbering have a similar feeling – you can imagine plenty of regulars at all of these one-stop beauty shops!
There are a plethora of other places that take their name from the city itself: Fort Thomas Parlor (coffee, ice cream and cookie dough!,) Fort Thomas Pizza & Tavern (self-explanatory,) Midway Cafe Fort Thomas (a Fort Thomas landmark,) the Olde Fort Pub (friendly neighborhood bar) and the Ft. Thomas Animal Hospital (helping your furry best friends!). Speaking of fur babies, stop into Pet Wants if you want to find the best all-natural cuisine options to keep your pets well-loved and healthy.
Blue Marble Books is a can’t-miss for the child reader in your life. Located on the second floor of a house a bit of a way from most of the business district, this independent children’s bookstore has traded in the written word since 1979. Delight in your favorite childhood reads all over again here and pick up new favorites for little ones.
For those looking to pick up a new skill, there are a few options. Tallant Music Studio offers lessons on a variety of instruments from several different instructors, and Kaleidoscope Dance, founded in 2005, offers dance classes for students 3 and up.
If your sweet tooth is asking for some attention, Fort Thomas has you covered there, too. Fort Thomas Parlor, features the ultimate trio of indulgences: coffee, cookie dough and ice cream. Order a scoop of their edible cookie dough with a side of soft serve for a real treat. The Cookie Shop has some of the prettiest decorated sugar cookies you’ve ever set eyes on or sunk your teeth into.
Opened in July 2020, Kampuchea Kitchen has amazing and authentic Cambodian cuisine. Grassroots & Vine is a farm-to-table restaurant and community hub that’s worth a visit, too. Serving up delicious Chinese fare is New Garden, a Fort Thomas staple. Midway Cafe specializes in bar food, with a vast selection of whiskey and beer.
No matter your mood, there’s something to suit it in Fort Thomas.
Ft Thomas Storefronts
915 Bar & Grill
Blue Marble Books
Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices
Fort Thomas Coffee
Fort Thomas Drug Center
Fort Thomas Parlor
Fort Thomas Pizza & Tavern
Fort Thomas Animal Hospital
Grassroots & Vine
Midway Cafe Fort Thomas
New Garden Restaurant
Smitty’s Barber Shop
Tallant Music Studio
The Cookie Shop
The Olde Fort Pub
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EAST PRICE HILL
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Located along the Ohio River, the city of Ludlow, Kentucky is just over a mile in size and a suburb of both Covington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Elm Street is home to Ludlow’s central business district, with a variety of restaurants, retail, cultural and entertainment options suited for the city’s diverse array of nearly 5,000 residents.
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