Gather 'round for a holiday tale of Loveland's small shops: A poem

Posted at 8:40 AM, Dec 03, 2020

LOVELAND, Ohio — Amid all the decor promising Christmas will come,

stands a symbol that it can be stolen from some.

Debby Winkler is co-owner of the downtown boutique Alley.

She’s keeping the spirit as she does her yuletide tally.

`“We have been overwhelmed with the support that we've received, especially last weekend on Saturday -- it was support Small Business Saturday. I mean, I can't even put into words how thankful we are,” said Winkler.

So grateful is Winkler and other owners downtown.

They’ve banned together to help some kids around.

Organizing a toy collection, asking shoppers they engage,

to bless a kid with a Christmas gift they can drop off on the stage.

“They will take them to the Loveland Initiative, they will wrap them and give them to families that are in need," said Winkler.

It’s just part of the plan for the First Friday celebration.

CeeCee Collins, president of the Little Miami River Valley Chamber, wants you to come join the jubilation.

“They can come down and hear some music. The shops are going to have all kinds of discounts and the restaurants will have some specials as well for everyone," said Collins.

The Chamber wants you to get into the holiday spirit with some helpful advice.

Download the Clermont County shopping pass -- it’s free for the naughty and nice.

You’ll find discounts and freebies, even gift card deals for the foodie.

Support the GM at Bishop’s Quarter -- no one likes him moody.

“We had been doing great all throughout the summer and through the fall; however, the week leading up to Thanksgiving when some of the curfew mandates hit we noticed a dramatic decline almost immediately. Virtual learning taking over almost across the board has really slowed down our walk-in business,” said Bishop’s Quarter GM Kevin Malone.

With the need for masks and distancing, it’s been tough for the toughest we got.

So if you can give some love to Loveland, why in the world would you not?

I heard one exclaim as she drove off with glee … I got half my list done and something pretty for me!