Downtown Hamilton event will support 22 local businesses with Halloween theme today

Organizers for tonight's Alive After 5 downtown Hamilton event say the Halloween-theme will add to the fun of assisting local businesses as they work to stay open during the coronavirus. (Photo By Nick Graham\Journal-News)
Organizers for tonight's Alive After 5 downtown Hamilton event say the Halloween-theme will add to the fun of assisting local businesses as they work to stay open during the coronavirus. (Photo By Nick Graham\Journal-News)

The latest Alive After 5 downtown Hamilton event today will add a Halloween theme to the effort of supporting local businesses in the city, especially during this time.

The downtown event designed to highlight and promote the city’s central business district is even more vital as some local shop owners and restaurants try to counter the declines in customers since the outbreak of coronavirus earlier this year, officials said.

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“The businesses in Hamilton have been so creative through these times,” said Tiffany Grubb, director of marketing for the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

The latest Alive After 5 event, which encourages the public to walk into more than two dozen businesses, and also enjoy music and exhibits outside, is a key event to keep small businesses viable in the city, said Grubb.

“I feel our community is rallying around the business community and it’s important to support local businesses and continue to let our community thrive,” she said.

Shari Miller, co-chair of the Alive After 5 committee, said the event, which is encouraging the public to attend in Halloween costumes, helps to move the city toward normalcy during the pandemic.

“This (event) exists to bring support to our brick and mortar businesses in downtown Hamilton and help people realize there are still fun things to do,” said Miller.

Usually a once-a-month-event, there have been fewer holdings this year.

But business is picking up in recent months, she said.

“Earlier this year Hamilton was like a ghost town during the (coronavirus) lockdown but now Hamilton is coming back to life,” said Miller.

The event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. today, includes shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs along High and Main Street across the Great Miami River. Participants will enjoy sales, giveaways and entertainment.

Participating businesses for today’s Alive After 5 event include:

Alexanders Market and Deli

Fretboard Brewing & Public House

Hip Boutique

InsideOut Studio

Lounge 24

Made to Love

Monkey on Main

Petals & Wicks

Renaissance Fine Art Supplies & Framing

Rustic Home

Sara’s House

Scattering Joy

Scripted Studio

Soulshine Wellness on Main

The Almond Sisters Bakery

The Casual Pint

The Drycleaning Shop

The Presbyterian Church of Hamilton

The Reptile Pit

The Strauss Gallery & Gift Shop

Unsung Salvage

Wildfire Hygge Goods

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