Celebrate Local Celebrates Grand Re-Opening
While the new Celebrate Local store location at Easton (3952 Townsfair Way) has already been open to the public for nearly a month, the founders of the business are officially hosting their grand re-opening this weekend. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, Celebrate Local is a one-stop shop that sells items from over 200 artisan and boutique local businesses ranging from food to clothing to art to skincare products.
We spoke recently with Celebrate Local Founder and Co-Creator Heidi Maybruck to find out whats in store for the new store.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about the success of Celebrate Local as it migrated from a seasonal pop-up shop to a year-round store?
A: Celebrate Local was born out of the Easton Farmers Market under the umbrella of The Easton Community Foundation in September 2011 to extend the selling season as a holiday store with approximately 65 vendors.
Today, we now represent over 200 dedicated hard working Ohio small businesses under one roof, assisting them in all facets business startup, social media, training, technical assistance, merchandising ideas and internal support from a caring and focused team of associates. It’s not just a retail store… it’s a family!
Q: What prompted the move to the new location?
A: It is only because of the overwhelming community enthusiasm for our mission to support local and the immense support of The Easton Community Foundation that we are here today. Lynn Stan, my dear friend and business partner in this operation, along with our amazing and dedicated teammates, are very humbled and honored to continue to help entrepreneurs grow and be successful. Many small businesses do not have funds to create their own brick and mortar stores. Celebrate Local gives them a huge platform to raise their branding potential and hopefully expand to other locations.
Q: Will the new location feature new products or services that regular customers should take note of?
A: We built a beautiful Wine Wall to showcase Ohio Wineries from all over the State and work closely with Christy Eckstein, Executive Director of The Ohio Grape Industries for the State of Ohio in spotlighting great small wineries. Also, Adam Brouillette made us a breathtaking mural to go above it. It’s in the works, but we are planning a series of classes about tasting wine and beer along with how to start a business in Ohio.
We also created a “Feature Art Wall” in the store comprised of works from over 24 artists in Central Ohio to showcase and spotlight some of the best talent in Ohio. We worked closely with Adam Brouillette, Eliza Ho and Tim Lai to implement a “call to artists” and and viola!
We love our T-Shirt Artists too. So, we built them an “Ohio T- Shirt Cubby”! Jim Jackson of State of Devotion helped us implement all the logos and designs for all of our businesses. It’s so cool to see other vendors helping each other succeed.
Our very first service provider is a knife sharpener, Sharpening On Site. Celebrate Local is now on their list as a weekly drop off/pick up schedule every Wednesday.
We are also working closely with The Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) to create a virtual community bulletin board so supporters may also locate service-type businesses too.
Q: Are there new advantages to the new location?
A: Lots of awesome foot traffic, convenient parking garage next to Crate and Barrel in front and near Trader Joe’s. It will be a nice complement to the Easton Farmers Market this summer as we are right down the street from the Town Square.
Q: What do you have planned for the grand opening this weekend?
A: We are excited to roll out our power packed Weekend Line Up with our family of businesses to sample their products so our supporters can meet our amazing artisans, talented small Ohio wineries and craft beer producers face to face. We will have raffles and gift basket giveaways too.
Q: Any other plans for the future of Celebrate Local?
A: Celebrate Local would like to expand in Ohio, possibly to Cleveland and Cincinnati, within the next year or two. Celebrate Local wants continue to be a beacon in raising awareness of how supporting local helps our community at large.
More information can be found online at www.celebratelocalohio.com.