Organizations in Northern Kentucky are calling on the community to support small businesses this shopping season.
"Operation Winter is Coming" is designed to support Northern Kentucky shops, bars and restaurants by encouraging shoppers to buy local gift cards for holiday gift-giving.
The effort is an initiative of OneNKY Alliance and is being led by MeetNKY l Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
"The effort is unique because the mission of meetNKY is outside of Northern Kentucky, but the most important thing we can do right now is support small business and drive as many much-needed customers and sales as possible," said meetNKY Interim President & CEO Julie Kirkpatrick.
A list of local businesses to support can be found at www.NKYshoplocal.com. The list includes restaurants, bars, breweries, sweet shops, museums and more, and establishments are categorized by the interests of gift recipients to make shopping for loved ones easier. Links are also included for online gift card purchasing where available.
NKY Chamber President and CEO Brent Cooper said the initiative is vital to the survival of the Northern Kentucky business community.
"With all the challenges our local businesses continue to face, it is so important for consumers to remember that when they do their holiday shopping to purchase gift cards from a Northern Kentucky business," Cooper said. "Gift cards not only make great gifts, but they help our local businesses owners and operators continue to weather what has been a very tough year."