Lots of cute shops and independent eateries and bakeries can be found along High Street in Clintonville.
I've been wanting to go to this store in Clintonville for some time and my sister and I stopped by a couple of weeks ago to check it out. Along with SOBO Style across the street, it offers decor and other handmade items and gifts. They have a wide variety of items for sale-from vintage signs, vintage seating, terrariums, candles, taxidermy animal heads (which I always feel are looking at me) and plant seeds. I like to go to these types of places to find gifts and find inspiration. The decor items remind me a lot of what types of things you now see in Restoration Hardware's catalogs. Prices aren't cheap, but most items are one-of-a-kind or worth the extra money. You can get a feel for the place before you go by visiting their website at http://mix-home.com/.
This little restaurant has been around for some time. It offers vegetarian food and natural sodas and kombucha. The bakery has a large selection of desserts for sale. The prices are reasonable for the fresh, large portions of food you get. I tried the nachos ($7.50) and was full about halfway through eating them. I had a bite of my sister's grilled cheese and it was really good, too. I also tried a Blue Sky soda-it was pretty good and looked weird because it didn't have caramel coloring added to it. If you are a vegetarian, this place is a must try. They have daily specials, but for the regular menu visit http://www.wholeworldnaturalrestaurant.com/index_files/Page394.htm
This is one of my favorite areas to go shopping at and I always try to stop at Eclectiques on the corner when I'm in the area. It's fun because it brings back memories when you see old toys and stuff, but you can also find some really good deals on vintage furniture and artwork here. Prices are reasonable, but shop around as I spotted two of the same chair with a $30 difference in price and I found a Scottie candy dish for $2.50 less than another one in the exact same condition. Be sure to check out Boomerang across the street if you like midcentury modern pieces. One of my old favorite places to shop run by a fellow OU alum, Mad 4 Mod, moved down High Street to the Short North and also has a website, http://www.mad4modvintage.com/
*If you're looking for Halloween clothes, Rag-O-Rama, has some great ideas in its shop window.
*Clintonville also has one of the largest Farmer's Markets in central Ohio and is held on Saturday mornings if you want to go and get some fresh produce and local products before shopping around the area.