Small businesses like the nine honored Friday “provide opportunities for many local workers and the money that is earned stays in our community and they’re a big part of the ecosystem that is Liberty Center,” said Hinson.
But the unusual event also sends an important message to the public, he said.
“Liberty Township is open for business and we look forward to joining the celebration.”
The nine new businesses are: Cinnabon; Cassington Hair & Co.; AKT Fitness; Pen + Nash Co.; Lil Cuppa Tea; Scarlett Grace; Willow’s Home & Gifts; McK’s BBQ and Sugar Loft II.
Yasmen Brown-Jones, director of membership development for the chamber, said in a released statement the pandemic’s presence earlier this year did not allow for the usual ribbon-cutting ceremonies for each business as it opened.
“The recent pandemic caused our organizations to operate a little differently too. As such, we did not have the chance to celebrate your opening in-person and gathering restrictions limited our ability to invite you to community events to help you network and meet other small business owners,” said Brown-Jones.
“As mandates are lifted, businesses are re-setting to a new post-pandemic normal and consumer confidence returns,” she said.
Caroline McKinney, spokeswoman for Liberty Twp., said “the township is excited to partner with the Chamber and Liberty Center teams to help welcome these new tenants to our community.”
“The courage and flexibility these tenants showed in opening their doors in the middle of a pandemic is something to recognize and celebrate. We value the investment these businesses are making in Liberty Township and wish them much success,” said McKinney.