Francis and Staton said they are proud to support black-owned businesses and the diverse community of Hamilton.
“I just think keeping small businesses in Hamilton diverse is really important,” Staton told the Journal-News on Wednesday. “Whatever we can do to help.”
Neal first started selling sandwiches on a corner on East Avenue in 2001 with $10 in his pocket, an old grill, a packet of ribs and three loaves of bread. Neal's Café moved from the street corner to an ice cream parlor on Ohio 4 later that year, to 802 S. Fourth St. in 2009, and then made its home on the corner of North Third and Dayton streets in 2014 as Neal's Famous BBQ.
Two Little Buds opened in Hamilton in April 2018 after 11 years at Bridgewater Falls in Fairfield Twp. and three years in a private greenhouse before that.
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