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In 1998, a young couple named Barbara and Joseph opened up a tiny little shop named "Keepsakes."


When Barbara's father decided to retire from the Ben Franklin 5 & Dime stores he owned, she and Joe took the most profitable parts of the stores and moved them to the current Keepsakes location. Originally, the two focused on framing and floral, with a bit of cross stitch, because it was Barbara's favorite hobby.

Over the years, the cross stitch side of the business has grown (and grown) and the rest is history!

Keepsakes is now a vibrant part of the cross stitch community, bringing fans together at events like Stitch-Away and Stitch-Con.

Barbara and Joseph currently live just up the street from their little shop, and are the proud parents of three kids, two dogs, and three cats.

Our story

Visit us!

The Keepsakes team LOVES meeting new friends and greeting our regular customers! The shop is open five days a week and is located at 11423 Lebanon Road, Cincinnati OH 45241. (Shop hours can be found in the footer below.)

When you visit, don't forget to look for 310. Once upon a time she was a stray that Barbara began feeding -- now she's the official shop cat! And since 310 is the DMC floss color for "black" and since she's a black cat and we are a cross stitch shop ... well, you get it! 

Occasionally, the shop will close for big events and for our team to take a much-deserved break following Stitch-Con in June. Follow us on social media for the most current information.

Giving back

If you've ever been to a Keepsakes event, you know that there is always a special service project incorporated into the event that supports Barbara's desire to serve the community that has given her and her family so much.


The cross stitch world is incredibly giving and it seems that attendees rise to the occasion every single time and amaze the Keepsakes team with their generosity.

Through these events and generous cross stitchers like you, Keepsakes has been able to donate thousands of dollars to worthy causes in and around the Sharonville area. These causes include the Cincy Book Bus, the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, local school districts and more.

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