I realize I have a reputation in Cincinnati as being a basher – someone who doesn’t like or support the city. I probably have Brian Griffin to thank for a lot of that. Whenever I write something negative about Cincinnati, he puts me down on his blog. I’ll be curious to see what he has to say about this.
I don’t hate Cincinnati at all and one of the things I try very hard to do is to support locally owned businesses.
I can’t remember the last time I was in a Target or Wal-Mart store. I’ll buy my clothes or appliances or what have you from an independent, from a locally owned business.
When I feel like eating out downtown, I try very hard to stay away from the chain restaurants. Sophia’s on Main Street or The Washington Platform on Elm Street – both locally owned – need and appreciate my business more.
If I need something from a hardware store, I wouldn’t think of going to a Home Depot type place. There’s a little hardware store – locally owned – down in Northside that has exactly what I need.
Office supplies? I don’t need to save two cents on a box of paper clips from Office Depot or Staples. Locally owned office suppliers always get my business, again, because they need it more.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I get upset when I see a local restaurant or business close up and why I always report it. I think we as a city don’t always stand up for local business and support it like we should. I for one, try to.
(Photo from gauss.ececs.uc.edu)