“I think a lot of people think Dayton doesn’t have interesting things; but when you start to look at what small businesses have to offer, you realize Dayton has a lot more going for it,” Hotmer said.
Businesses participating in the event include:
- Dayton Society of Artists, 48 High St., open noon to 5 p.m.
- Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St., open noon to 11 p.m.
- Gem City Catfé, 1513 E. Fifth St., open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- The Local 937, 1501 E. Fifth St., open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- MADE a ceramic art studio, 1619 E. Fifth St., open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Pink Moon Goods, 2027 E. Fifth St., open noon to 6 p.m.
During the event, those who make a purchase from at least three of the six businesses — and get an employee’s initials on a passport — will be eligible for a chance to win one of six prizes.
Prizes include a $50 gift card and handcrafted ornament from the Dayton Society of Artists; a collection of bottled seasonal beers from Fifth Street Brewpub; a one-year membership and $25 gift card from Gem City Catfé; four free sandwiches from The Local 937; a free wheel workshop from MADE a ceramic art studio; and a $25 gift card and $25 of goods from Pink Moon Goods.
Passports can be obtained and dropped off at any of the six participating business.
Small Business Saturday is a nationwide event encouraging shoppers to celebrate and support small businesses. The Historic Inner East District features a wide variety of handmade pieces from local artists, gifts, home goods and places to stop for coffee, beer, cocktails or even a meal.
“Watching people discover there is this little neighborhood that’s really cute and it still has potential to grow ... that’s what I’m really excited about,” Hotmer said.
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.