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Event wants people to 'Shop Small' to help locally owned businesses

Posted at 6:56 AM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 12:55:30-05

CINCINNATI — Black Friday didn't offset the losses some small businesses incurred from the pandemic, but an event on Saturday wants to encourage people to buy from local business owners to help them out.

The event, called Shop Small Cincinnati, will feature more than 35 vendors who sell things like jewelry, clothing and personalized holiday gifts.

Lavita Board, owner of Vitascents Candles and event coordinator, helps promote and advertise for the vendors in the event. She said a lot of small businesses' revenue comes from things like farmers markets and holiday showcases. However, the pandemic canceled most of these events; so Shop Small Cincinnati is a way to help these businesses around the holidays.

"This is about promoting you," Board said. "This is saying you're special too... Then next year, when you need a birthday gift, 'Hey, I remember the candles that I bought, I can contact the small business owner.'"

Shop Small Cincinnati starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Hampton Inn-Kenwood on Ronald Reagan Drive.

For more information about the event, you can visit their website here.