The women behind many of the shops along Cincinnati’s Main Street in the Central Business District have joined forces to host events and support each other.
The women business owners of Cincinnati’s Main Street have teamed up with Cate Douglas of 3CDC to launch Women on Main, a dynamic group of Women owned businesses and entrepreneurs located on Main Street in the central business district of Downtown Cincinnati.
Marcie Hon, Owner of Down to Mars Vintage and a member of Women on Main, says that the inspiration for Women on Main came from Dr. Sarbori Bhattacharya, the owner of Balance Health Management.
“Once she noticed how many women-owned businesses were operating, specifically on Main Street from the 6th to 8th street blocks, she decided to reach out to the business owners to plan a collaborative event,” says Hon. “Since then the group of women-owned businesses, Women on Main, has blossomed.”
The Women on Main events are rooted in spreading awareness and support of women owned businesses in the Queen City. The first Women on Main event was held over the holidays and called a “Women on Main Walk.”
“Participants used a passport created by the business owners to guide the walk and retrieve stamps at each location to show you visited,” says Hon. “The filled out passports were then used in a grand prize raffle at the end of the event, hosted at Corkopolis and accompanied by light bites from Lalo.”
Currently, plans are underway for the second Women on Main event in the New Year, which Hon says will hopefully come in the springtime.
The businesses that participate in Women on Main include:
Yvonne Ballard of Nove Home & Body Decor (located in Algin Retro Furniture at 800 Main Street), Sewendipity Lounge (722 Main Street), Lalo Restaurant (709 Main Street), Amanda Kelly Studio (639 Main Street), Corkopolic (640 Main Street), Hair @ 633 (633 Main Street), Balance Health Management (631 Main Street), Positive Poses Yoga (631 Main Street), Art of ID (631 Main Street), Crzy Monk (627 Main Street), Bay Horse Cafe (625 Main Street), Down to Mars Vintage (621 Main Street), and The Barre Code (615 Main Street).
Hon says that the group is hoping to add more women-owned businesses to the group as they open their doors in the Central Business District.