Let’s face it: today’s for shopping, not reading random urbanism articles on the Internet. If you’re going to participate in Black Friday, support the small businesses in your neighborhood!

If you need some suggestions, check out the list of stores that stock our work, in Cincinnati and beyond.

Tomorrow, we’ll have a booth at Crafty Supermarket in the ballroom at Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati.

Also tomorrow, our work will be featured in a trunk show hosted by Two Little Buds Florist in Hamilton, OH.

If you prefer to shop online, check out these fun and thoughtful gift guides put together by Five Dot Design, which include our 10 Seed Bombs with Slinger.

On Monday, we’ll publish our annual gift guide, which always includes a bunch of friends, neighbors and talented peeps whose work we admire. In the mean time, check out the 2013 gift guide.



10 Years of Oversharing: tonight at Rock Paper Scissors in Over-the-Rhine, the opening reception for an exhibit of photographs by Cincinnati’s favorite blogger, 5chw4r7z.

Announcing America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2014: includes two Cincinnati icons — Music Hall and Union Terminal.

2 Crafters’ Experiences at the National Stationery Show: Kate Funk and yours truly share some trade show talk and tips.

Champion Paper: ruins in Hamilton, OH.

Botany’s New Boys: in Des Moines — “How are we growing squashes? Tenderly.”

Historic Pontiac Property Reborn as Tennis Club: this may be a bit odd, but bear with me — the head of the Architecture program at my alma mater has transformed an about-to-be-demolished water works facility into a world-class tennis club.

Dabls Walks Us through His Outdoor Detroit African Art Project: amazingness in Detroit.

Looking Back: Best VL Posts of 2011

The Guardian Building in Detroit

This year, VL work kept us really busy, but we were able to squeeze in a few quick trips. I found plenty of inspiration in Cincinnati and beyond, and here are my favorite posts of my adventures. Pictured above is the glorious Guardian Building in downtown Detroit.
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2011 Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites: the Gamble House and the Greenhills Historic District are on the list.

Mural to Add Color and History to Downtown: ArtWorks is working on a mural in Hamilton.

Bringing Past, Present and Future Into Focus: looking at cities through smartphone apps.

Quack Quack: A Great Way to Get Attention: a cute art prank courtesy of the Museum of Design Atlanta.

Stuy Heads, Part Deux: LastoftheMohikanz reminisces about high school in NYC circa 1990.

Prince William and Catherine Tour Skid Row, Arts Center in Downtown L.A.: just that.

The World Map of Useless Stereotypes: yup.