Louisville residents encouraged to support local businesses throughout the holiday season

Mayor Greg Fischer joins Jennifer Rubenstein, Executive Director of the Louisville Independent Business Alliance, in calling on residents to support local stores, restaurants and entrepreneurs by shopping for the holidays at local businesses this year.

“As we head into another holiday season with the pandemic still a concern, it is important to support our small businesses, especially minority-owned businesses that are particularly vulnerable to any economic change,” the mayor said. Greg Fischer. “Every small business brings character, jobs and income to our city, so go out there and show them your support on November 27 for Small Business Saturday and during the holidays.”

The mayor also encouraged unvaccinated people to make an appointment to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “The holidays are a great time to get together with friends and family, but it’s essential that we do it safely. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against COVID-19, ”he said.

Mayor Fischer will join Rubenstein and local business owners to launch the South Points Saturday Small Business Market at Colonial Gardens, 818 W. Kenwood Drive, at 11 am on Saturday, November 27. Presented by LG&E, with support from UofL Health Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, Republic Bank and others, the Pop-Up Market will feature South Points vendors, food, music, kids’ activities and more.

“Mega retailers saw their sales increase dramatically as our people struggled when shopping habits changed dramatically during the pandemic,” Rubenstein said. “Our residents now provide many of the same amenities, anchor our neighborhoods and give us a sense of community. Buying from local independents is the ultimate gift for the community as it helps build a strong economy, creates jobs and supports the businesses that make our city unique.

Earlier in November, LIBA launched the South Points Buy Local Passport to encourage people to shop at local businesses in South Louisville. Buyers can pick up a passport at participating businesses until November 26. Anyone who purchases an item from six of the companies will receive a freebie and enter a draw for the grand prize. The draw will take place at 2 p.m. at the South Points Small Business Saturday Market.

MELANnaire Marketplace also hosts the Galleria Remix Holiday Shop Extravaganza at 4th Street Live on Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event will feature a variety of black-owned businesses selling clothing, artwork, toiletries and body items, baked goods, handcrafted jewelry and more.

“It’s the biggest shopping time of the year. In order to bridge the wealth gap, we have created a mall filled with black-owned businesses, ”said Nachand Trabue, founder and owner of MELANnaire Marketplace.