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Atomic Number 10


During a Sunday stroll a couple months ago in Over the Rhine, we happened upon a cute new shop on Main Street. Atomic Number 10 is a bright boutique that’s anything but bland. Inside, we found a hand selected collection of vintage clothing, accessories, and furniture from the 1950’s through the 1990’s. A recent Industrial Design graduate from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP Program, owner Katie Garber opened shop in September.

You can see Garber’s Industrial Design skills shine through her innovative, colorful merchandise displays. The accessories wall is composed of a large peg board, but instead of using the standard hooks or pegs, she opted to use laboratory test tubes for hanging merchandise. Mounted onto the peg board are two neon skeletons, male and female. You find pops of neon throughout the interior of the store, a nod to the shop’s name; Neon is number 10 on the Periodic Table of Elements.

We were impressed with the cultivated selection of goods. Some of the items we scored: a piece of carry-all luggage from the 50’s, men’s designer ties from the 60’s, women’s disco boots from the 70’s, and a sleek black clutch from the 80’s. The prices were totally reasonable for the quality and level of style.

Atomic Number 10 is also willing to purchase or trade your vintage threads or housewares that are no longer jiving with your style. It’s a new year. Out with the old, in with the newest vintage trends.

Atomic Number 10 is located at 1306 Main St. They are open from 11-7, closed on Tuesdays, and on Sundays open from 12-5.


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