Dan Korman first got the idea for Park + Vine back when he was in Chicago. Korman would spend time at Green City Market where he would meet many of the local farmers and food-makers from the area. This sparked his inner entrepreneurial bug to come alive inside of him. Since 2007, Korman has owned and operated Park + Vine and is focused on carrying sustainable goods and makes sure they free of any animal byproducts.
“Park + Vine is one of a handful of small stores nationwide with a range of goods that is entirely vegan,” says Korman. They have been nominated for eight consecutive years by Vegnews Magazine as “Favorite Vegan Storefront.” They were up against other impressive shops across the United States from places like New York, New York; Denver, Colorado; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Seattle, Washington.
This year, Park + Vine will be co-hosting Plaid Friday Hike with Imago; which is only appropriate considering Imago is an environmental organization. Instead of being open for business or having sales on Black Friday like many stores do, Park + Vine has taken an alternative route. Not only do employees get the day off, but it prepares them for Small Business Saturday on November 28.
Park + Vine has been involved and participated in Small Business Saturday since their first year. Small Business Saturday celebrates small and local brick and mortar businesses all over the country. It encourages people to do their holiday shopping there, rather than big department stores and businesses. For Small Business Saturday at Park + Vine, you can enjoy different complimentary food and drinks from local businesses such as baked goods from Danae Brenner, Kelly Grierson and Grandola Granola. Plus, coffee from La Terza Artisan Coffee Roasterie will also be available for shoppers to try. All of the samples will be available from 8 a.m. to noon and are available for purchase.
As for Park + Vine’s store hours on Small Business Saturday, they will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will have lunch available for customers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to try their fast-selling sandwiches that they serve at their lunch counter each day.
“Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our communities,” says Korman. “It’s an important day for small business. It’s typically one of our busiest days of the year.”
When it comes to the value of small businesses in Cincinnati, Korman explains not only are they about service and community, but they are also important to the local business districts.
“They’re the backbone of local business districts, whether it’s Main Street in Over-the-Rhine or Covington,” says Korman. “When you buy products, eat food, and use services at your friends’ and neighbors’ local businesses, your hard-earned dollars go directly back into the local economy in the form of taxes, payrolls, other purchases, and goodwill.”
When it comes to customers and visitors, Korman is appreciative for each and every one of them.
“We’re genuinely thankful for everyone who visits our store,” says Korman. “We don’t take anyone for granted. Every purchase makes a difference.”
To learn more about Small Business Saturday at Park + Vine, check out their Facebook page.