We finally made it out to Findlay Market this weekend! Findlay Market is Cincinnati’s all-local super market housed in the up-and-coming Over the Rhine neighborhood. It features local produce, meats, and plenty of baked goods along with copious amounts of treats and ethnic options. There was so much energy and excitement in the crowded market I felt like I was on the streets of a bustling city. The market was built in 1852, open for business in 1855, and on the national register for historic places. Its been extensively renovated since, but while visiting you can tell they’ve done a great job preserving the original look.
Findlay Market has been on my to-see list for awhile and even though we only picked up some Macarons (we headed to Tom & Chee afterward), you can bet we’ll be back. Surrounding the market, some in indoor booths and others in outdoor stalls, were so many local artisans. They sold everything from jewelry to candles along with incredible baskets and blankets. I loved that in so many cases, the artist was sitting right there at the booth, selling their own wares. I also love that when you purchase from somewhere like this, you have a neat story to go behind your gift. Its an original, and you know that 100,000 other people don’t have the exact same thing.
^^this place had the most delicious looking bread (see top picture)
^so many varieties of olive oil
^waffles, breads, and macarons.
^^Temperatures plummeted this weekend. Thursday we were at the park in a long sleeved shirt and Saturday I was freezing in a jacket and hat.
^how neat are these candles in hanging glass?
^^braving the cold a few hours after braving the GMAT (jacket: Sperry Top Sider // shirt: J.C. Penney // jeans: GAP)
^^how darling are these pine cone candles!
^^coat: Nordstrom (old) // hat: Ireland (gift) // bag: Kate Spade (thrifted) // glasses: Firmoo
- When you buy local, 68% of what you spend stays in the local economy, as opposed to 43% when you shop at a national chain.
- A 10% shift in market share from chains to locals could result in: Nearly $140 million in new economic activity, over 1600 new jobs, and providing over $50 million in new wages.
- If each household simply redirected just $100 of planned holiday spending from chain stores to locally owned merchants, the local economic impact would reach approximately $10 million.
If you don’t have a market nearby, there are lots of online options for merchants who sell directly with great stories. One option is Rickshaw Bags, fully customizable bags made from recycled materials with zero waste by people who believe in sustainable manufacturing. Check out the video to learn more about them: