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Monday, February 20, 2017

Fort Thomas Business Association Kicks Off Small Business Saturday Movement Throughout the Year

Small Business Saturday is popping up on Saturday, February 25. 

Everyone is familiar with Small Business Saturday in November. This Saturday the Fort Thomas Business Association (FTBA) is kicking off a monthly #ShopLocal movement that allows you to give back to the Fort Thomas community in so many ways.

Blue Marble Books and Midway Cafe are teaming up to support the #ShopLocal movement and give back to its community with 10 percent of sales benefitting Woodfill Elementary's Big Top Festival.

"We make an effort to promote Small Business Saturday every November, but it’s simply not enough anymore," says Mark Collier, FTBA treasurer. "Look around on N. Fort Thomas Avenue right now. 'For Sale' and 'For Rent' signs are too prevalent. We must take it into our hands to help these small businesses not just survive, but thrive. Without that intentional effort to 'shop small' we’ll never break this reputation that Fort Thomas unfortunately has of not supporting the businesses that call Fort Thomas home."

This is where YOU come in.

This Saturday, February 25, stop by both locations. You must shop at both locations in order for the proceeds to go towards the Big Top Festival. It doesn't matter which store you shop at first. Customers will receive a ticket to present to the second location to guarantee donations. Buy a book or two at Blue Marble and grab lunch at Midway—it's the easy, and perfect for the entire family.

"Midway is thrilled to be a part of the kick off of Fort Thomas Small Business Saturday," says Erika Kraus, FTBA vice president and Midway co-owner. "Being able to partner up with other local businesses including ones without store fronts, to give back to Woodfill Elementary, seems to be a perfect fit all around. By supporting Fort Thomas Small Business Saturday we make Fort Thomas a destination, keep money in our local community, and encourage entrepreneurship. Fort Thomas is a family. We have to always support our own first.”

Both locations will also be offering special events to celebrate the kick off. They include:
• Storytime at Blue Marble Books at 11:30 a.m.
• Acoustic music by Ky Myle at The Midway Cafe 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Pop-Up Shop LuLaRow presented by Amy Goshorn at The Midway Cafe 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"One of the great things about Small Business Saturday is that it functions as a reminder to the community that local businesses are here and that we need our community's support if we're going to continue to thrive," says Tanya Bartlett, Blue Marble Books' digital marketing and media specialist. "In rolling out a Small Business Saturday event each month, our goal is to certainly remind community members that we're here, but we also want to advance the idea—in this case with Blue Marble and Midway Cafe donating 10 percent of our day's sales to Woodfill Elementary's Big Top Festival—that we also support our community. It's a win-win idea."

Drew Schwegman, FTBA's president, will be at both locations Saturday. "I'm looking foward to supporting Blue Marble and  Midway Cafe on February 25, and hope this is the first of many Small Business Saturdays," he says.

Blue Marble Books (1356 S. Fort Thomas Ave.) will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Midway Cafe (1017 S. Fort Thomas Ave.) will be open 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. 

"We are so lucky to live in a community that supports schools," says Loryl Haggard, president of Woodfill Elementary's PTO. "Small businesses have consistently provided us with donations, silent auction items and support so that our children have access to fantastic technology, experiences and educational opportunities. We were thrilled to learn that Blue Marble Books and Midway Cafe chose to support Woodfill's Big Top Festival as the kick off of Fort Thomas Small Business Saturday." 

And Ashley Winburn, Big Top Festival chair, says that just as they chose to support us, we need to support them. 

"We hope the entire Woodfill community shows its support Saturday by visiting both locations, and giving back to the community that has given so much to us," she says.

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