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Small business advocates encourage Kentuckians to shop local during the holidays

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A special holiday promotion highlighting small businesses encourages Kentuckians to shop local during the holidays. It is part of a partnership between the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Kentucky Main Street Program.

Kentucky Main Street works to encourage downtown revitalization and economic development through preserving historic buildings. It features 29 participating local programs that support restaurants, art spaces and retail unique to Kentucky. During November and December, individual Main Street communities are being highlighted on social media (@KyTAHC) using the hashtags #ExploreKyMainSt and #ShopKyMainSt.

“The holidays are going to look and feel different for everyone, but small businesses throughout Kentucky are taking the necessary precautions to ensure Kentuckians can safely shop this holiday season,” said Mike Berry, secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. “Supporting local is more important than ever. We encourage people to take advantage of local holiday shopping to see firsthand the unique finds created by Kentucky artisans, and help keep dollars spent locally circulating within the community.”

Kentucky Main Street communities have introduced a variety of creative promotions and other activities geared to maintain safety in light of the pandemic.

“We invite shoppers to also use these hashtags to share your Main Street experiences with us on social media,” said State Coordinator Kitty Dougoud. “These unique historic downtowns are ready for you to explore during the holiday season – in person, using curbside pick-up, and online. It’s a wonderful opportunity to create memories while supporting local businesses.”

Because of the continued escalation of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases throughout the commonwealth, Kentuckians are encouraged to take advantage of online shopping. Kentuckians who choose to shop Kentucky Main Streets through safe in-person shopping should follow the Red Zone Reduction Recommendations.

The Kentucky Main Street Program is administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office. For a complete list of holiday promotions, visit www.heritage.ky.gov.