Local Business December 13, 2020

Shop Local: Dayton, Ohio

Your Gift Guide for Buying Local in Dayton, Ohio

We all know that 2020 has been a tough one, with COVID-19 not only threatening one’s health, but for many, their business, livelihood, and sense of security. As we approach the end of the year, it has become clear that many of the pandemic’s uncertainties will carry over to 2021, as well.

In May, 41 percent of small businesses surveyed by the U.S. Census Bureau said they had experienced a large negative effect from the pandemic and another 46 percent said it had a moderate negative effect (Dayton Daily News, 2020). In July, a separate report found the Dayton area endured more than 100 permanent business closures between March 1 and July 10 (Dayton Business Journal, 2020).

While unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to control the future, we do have the power to make a difference with our purchases this holiday season. Changing from purchasing a gift or two from a national retailer to a local retailer can truly help make a difference to a local business and to our economy. Here are a few items you might want to add to your list to help support our local Dayton businesses, and our local economy to help keep #DaytonStrong:

The Art Lover

AR Workshop
Dayton Art Institute Museum
Art Has No Rules

The Fashion Lover

Brim on Fifth
Shop After 5 Clothing
Beauty by Dani
Clash Dayton

The Wine & Spirits Lovers

Dayton Wine Bar
A Taste of Wine
Belle of Dayton
Dayton Barrel Works

The Homebody

Restoration Botanicals, our very own Leslie Teculve, Property Management Specialist
Loc’d N Scent
Eclectic Essentials

The Sports Lover

Dayton Dragons
Dayton Flyers
Wright State Raiders

The Foodie

Cake Hope and Love (Curbside pickup available
Scratch Food (Delivery)
Wheat Penny (Gift Card Available)
Meadowlark (Gift Card Available)
Bellbrook Chocolates (Curbside pickup available)
Esther Price Chocolates

The Music Lover

Omega Music Dayton
Assemble the perfect playlist from local artists (Delivery)

Other Great Organizations to Support

One Bistro
Dayton Live
Dayton Theatre Guild


“More than 100 Businesses Permanently Closed”, Dayton Business Journal, 2020
“Dayton Region Small Businesses Continue to Struggle”, Dayton Daily News, 2020