MEDIA ALERT for Wednesday, November 18


WHAT: The Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce and its board of directors will host an outdoor, masks-on, media conference to announce unique and safe ways to support small businesses in OTR this holiday season. They will share outdoor holiday events that will provide a unique holiday experience while shopping locally, highlight new businesses that opened in 2020 during a pandemic and offer ways the community can support beloved OTR businesses and vendors.

WHO: The following OTR stakeholders will make brief remarks to share the many safe and enjoyable ways patrons can support local businesses and why it’s needed now more than ever:

  • Kelly Adamson, Executive Director of OTR Chamber of Commerce
  • Rachel Felous, Owner of Simply Zero, a new OTR business opening on black Friday
  • Christy Samad, 3CDC Senior Vice President of Event Management
  • Catherine Manabat and Julia Petiprin, co-owners, Homemakers Bar
  • Gina Regan, Development Manager, Corporation for Findlay Market
  • Toncia Chavez, owner, ETC Produce
  • Andrew Salzbrun Managing Partner at Agar who will discuss Found Cincinnati

The speakers, along with additional small business owners, will be available for media interviews after the event, in-person, over the phone/ Zoom, or a location of your choosing. Free coffee will be on-site courtesy of Urbana Café.

WHEN: Wednesday November 18, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Speakers will begin at 10:15 a.m., and will be available for interviews at 10:45 a.m.  Please RSVP to Amy Yokel, [email protected] to let us know if you will be attending.

WHERE: Washington Park Porch, 1230 Elm Street, 45202. The OTR Chamber is committed to hosting a media conference in a safe and socially distant manner, outside. Masks are required and must remain on at all times unless you are seated, socially distanced, and actively eating or drinking. Please follow the conditions and guidelines of all marked signage to help us ensure a safe environment, posted here

WHY: With a global pandemic now in its 8th month, OTR small businesses are relying on support this holiday season to survive. OTR stakeholders will share why it is more critical than ever to support our local businesses and how local patrons can do so in a safe manner.

Media Contact: Kelly Adamson, Executive Director, OTR Chamber, [email protected],(513) 470-1379 

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