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Hamilton block party ‘BBQ & Blooms’ to help support businesses on Saturday

Two Little Buds two owners, Alice Francis and her daughter, Mindy Staton, are the organizers behind “BBQ & Blooms,” a block party that will support black-owned business Neal’s Famous BBQ, which will have its food truck on site.

The event will run from 1 to 4 p.m., shutting down North D Street to traffic between Main Street and the alley right in front of Two Little Buds at 17 North D St. A percentage of sales at Two Little Buds also is being set aside to Neal’s, which is owned by Mike Neal.

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Scripted Studio also will donate a percentage of its sales. Made 2 Love, Ivy Salon, True West Coffee, Sara’s House and Wildfire Home & Gift are donating drinks for the event, Staton said.

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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