Smartfish becomes Rock Paper Scissors, an art supply and Cincinnati-focused record store


For the last two years, 1301 Main Street has been home to Smartfish Studio & Sustainable Supply, an art supply retail store and footwear studio. Smartfish announced that on September 8, 2013, the storefront will transition into Rock Paper Scissors, an art supply and Cincinnati-focused record store.

Rock Paper Scissors will expand Smartfish’s current offerings while adding a local music component under the new ownership of Lindsay Nehls and Adam Petersen of Cincinnati artist group The Marburg Collective, as well as Alisha Budkie, owner of Smartfish.

Rock Paper Scissors will add more locally made materials to Smartfish’s current inventory of sustainable art supplies and offer a more diverse menu of workshops. The store will also sell music releases and merchandise from Cincinnati bands, including CDs, tapes, vinyl, posters, tee shirts, and more.

Budkie will continue to be involved and present in Rock Paper Scissors, while shifting her focus to her footwear business. In a few months, she will be leaving Cincinnati to collaborate with other shoemakers and pursue further training. But she’ll be back!

According to Nehls and Petersen, the idea behind Rock Paper Scissors is to “meet the needs of conscious consumers by supplying well-made, sustainable tools and materials, while building new relationships with artists, designers, and students upon the strong foundation Alisha has established.”

Smartfish will celebrate the store’s two-year anniversary and introduce Rock Paper Scissors with “Hello Goodbye”, a Final Fridayevent on August 30.  Smartfish will also hold a large sale to make way for new inventory from Second Sunday, August 11 through August 31. The space will be closed September 1 to September 7 and will reopen as Rock Paper Scissors on Second Sunday, September 8.

For more information call (937) 776-3520 or visit Rock Paper Scissors’ Facebook page,