When people travel, they often want a keepsake from their trip. Hotels and tourist hotspots with gift shops generally have the basics, but they're hit or miss. Not everyone wants nail clippers shaped like the Eiffel Tower or a keychain with their name in Comic Sans against an NYC backdrop.
And don't get me started on those weird, tiny spoons. That's a craze (if you can call it one) no one will ever truly understand.
Maybe travelers just want a flippin' magnet for their fridge. Or a tasteful pin to put on a camera strap. Or a well-designed mug for their morning coffee. And maybe those same travelers want to hit up one place to find such items so they can spend more time looking at an up upside down map in the middle of a busy sidewalk wearing a dorky visor and sunglasses like a real tourist.
Is that so much to ask?
"Nay, souvenir-seeking traveler," the booming voice of I Love Cincinnati Shop in Carew Tower replies. "You shall find all manner of Queen City-branded and Porkopolis-related wares within me, for I am the consolidator of it all."
Alright, at least that's what I imagine it'd say.
Cincinnati's dedication to its brand identity makes for colorful, fun, refined merchandise for visitors to our city. By "brand identity," I mean its chili, sports teams, architecture, flying pigs, sports teams, and also its sports teams. The I Love Cincinnati Shop has merchandise representing all of it to end the memento quest before it gets overwhelmingly laborious. With its convenient location at the top of an escalator bank and mouth of the Skywalk, it's easy for travelers on Fountain Square to get what they need without having to go far for it.
After all, they should spend more time enjoying the view from the top of the Carew Tower than at the bottom, no?
That's not to say the I Love Cincinnati Shop panders solely to non-Cincy folk. Enthusiastic natives love it, too. I mean, they're not enthusiastic Cincinnati natives without a love for its chili, sports teams, architecture, flying pigs, sports teams, or its sports teams.
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The I Love Cincinnati Shop is located on the second floor of the Carew Tower mall at 441 Vine St., Suite 2E, Cincinnati, OH 45202.