Loveland lives up to its resort town vibes with impeccably curated shopping, dining and incredible river views.
If and when you go to Loveland, go straight to Enoteca Emilia and ask for Cory Partin. This man can single handedly make a visit to Loveland – already a cool town, which you’ll know beyond a doubt by the end of this article – a worthwhile one, indeed. The town’s coolest bartender, Cory should be named an honorary Loveland ambassador, so good is he at selling the town’s charms and highlights. We’ll get to a laundry list of Loveland facts, courtesy of Cory, but first, let’s dive into the neighborhood itself.
Parking in Loveland is the stuff other neighborhoods dream of. There is a lot behind some of the businesses with a four-hour limit – what luxury! Leave your car with nary a worry of a parking ticket and get to exploring. Businesses line either side of Loveland Avenue, and a very loose categorization rose to mind after a bit of wandering: one side is Restaurant Row, and the other is Boutique Boulevard, both so nicknamed for obvious reasons.
Restaurant Row features Tano’s Bistro, Bishop’s Quarter and Paxton’s Grill – lots of possessive names, but the vibes are definitely inclusive. A stop into the Loveland Sweet Shoppe helps sustain the rest of one’s trek around the main business district of Loveland.
The phrase “like a kid in a candy shop” could very well have been coined at the Loveland Sweet Shoppe. From a shelf brimming with chocolate gold coins to an array of Swedish fish in huge glass jars to trays of chocolate-covered delights (it is imperative you try the chocolate-covered ginger and the chocolate-covered coconut) to hot chocolate and lattes to unicorn ice cream, there’s enough sugar in there to fuel a very large kindergarten class, let alone adults with leisure time. Absolutely do not miss it!
Once you’ve gotten a nice sugar high going, you’re ready to tackle the rest of the neighborhood. A few doors down is Plaid Room Records. This record shop has two listening seats – a relic of time gone by, one that is super appreciated. There are some hundred-dollar-plus rare finds for the collector, and plenty of popular discs for the casual enthusiast.
Hop over the former train tracks, now the Loveland Bike Trail, to get to the strip of businesses including Enoteca. Actually, this is a good place for the Trail story. Trains stopped operating on the path that became the trail in the early 1960s, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources undertook the development of the Multi Purpose Paved Trail that exists today. The Loveland Station is still there. Okay back to the other side of the tracks. Pop into Vertical Drop for all your winter and/or board-related sports needs. Go next door to Enoteca for a great dinner. Stop by Graeter’s afterward – always a Cincinnati and Cincinnati-adjacent favorite.
You’ve probably heard of the Loveland Castle, but did you know its creator was a medieval architecture aficionado? Did you know that Loveland has a special Valentine’s Day stamp, and people will address mail to pass through Loveland, just to get a special stamp? (It is recommended to check with Cory to be sure this anecdote has been properly relayed.) Did you know that every year the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance names a Loveland Valentine Lady? Did you know Cory was the only man ever named to the program, in 2018? They created a special title just for him: Valentine Lady Escort.
Pop into Busy Bee Boutique for the perfect locally made gift or unique piece of jewelry. Stop in Alley Boutique, a fun fashion shop that remade itself in the wake of a devastating fire in 2017 that put several Loveland businesses out of commission for a while. The district has recovered and is as robust as ever. Haven Grey has your next home conversation piece. Lemons & Limes Boutique has a delightful variety of wearables and decore. Special shout-outs to The Wicked Pickle Barbecue and Narrow Path Brewing Co., and the huge red chair installation nearby that just begs for a picture.
Much of Loveland’s charm comes from its historicity. Once called the Little Switzerland of Ohio, the city has beautiful river views and a bustling-but-cozy vibe. Seriously, though, don’t forget to go to Enoteca. Tell them we sent you. And most of all, have fun!
Bond Furniture and Design
Busy Bee Boutique
Cindy’s Friendly Tavern
Lemons and Limes Boutique
Loveland Hardware & General Store
Loveland Regional Animal Hospital
Loveland Stage Company
Loveland Sweet Shoppe
Mile 42 Coffee
Narrow Path Brewing
Plaid Room Records
Railway Barber Shop
The Wicked Pickle
THESE BUSINESS DISTRICTS ARE COMING TO THE FOREFRONT
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EAST PRICE HILL
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