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How to support local businesses during a Pandemic

How to support local businesses during a Pandemic

Small businesses are hurting right now and will be for the foreseeable future. It is a stark reminder that we cannot just express concern during a pandemic; that we have to support local year round for when people like myself are avoiding crowds for periods of time. Many people opt for big box stores over small businesses, but I urge you all to instead shop small whenever you’re able.

Shopping local can be more expensive, but it is a small price to pay to help to build a better local economy, reduce environmental impact, put your taxes to good use, create jobs, get better customer service, keep the community unique, and you encourage local prosperity.


Hamilton featured as Best Hometown in Ohio Magazine

Hamilton featured as Best Hometown in Ohio Magazine

Hamilton’s history stretches back to 1791 with the establishment of Fort Hamilton along the Great Miami River. By the mid-19th century, the city was a hot spot for manufacturing, but the industry waned following World War II. Despite the adverse affects a changing industrial society had on the city during the 1900s, health care, manufacturing and education — both in the Hamilton City School District and at Miami University — are among the area’s top employers. Building restoration and the addition of new public parks and art followed. Today, Hamilton is home to approximately 63,000 residents and covers 22 square miles.

Sara's House in Ohio Magazine

Sara's House in Ohio Magazine

Something old is always new at Sara’s House in Hamilton, a boutique featuring repurposed vintage furniture and accessories made by local artists. Interesting finds include a surveyor’s tripod and a megaphone that have found new life as a floor lamp, and a Victorian carpet bag that’s been transformed into a gnome hat fit for an infant.

The Hamiltonian

The Hamiltonian

“We don’t have a garage and a driveway, but this feels like a neighborhood to me,” Vallandingham said. “The other business owners look out for each other and reach out to each other, we’ll loan each other a power cord or window cleaner… My neighbors are the people who live on this busy street and who own businesses here.”

Sara's House in Cincinnati Refined

Sara's House in Cincinnati Refined

Walking into Sara’s House is always a treat as the inventory constantly changes. The warm, inviting store is filled with the fresh scent of locally-sourced candles and soaps, and also features its original tin ceiling. It’s the kind of shop that'd easily be considered a standout in a trendy neighborhood in a big city, and Sara’s House is adding to Hamilton's revitalization by being just that.