Shop Strong Saturday to support downtown Dayton businesses

Mike Colvin DDP Press Releases

Shop Strong Saturday on December 14
Special shopping day in downtown Dayton and the Oregon District aims to keep holiday shopping local 

For information: Allison Swanson, 937-224-1518 ext. 230,

Dec. 5, 2019 (DAYTON, Ohio) — The Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP) is planning special programming for Saturday, Dec. 14, throughout downtown and the Oregon District encouraging our community to visit and patronize small businesses for Shop Strong Saturday.

Shop Strong Saturday is an effort to point people to downtown when they’re thinking about holiday spending this time of year. Small businesses and their employees in downtown Dayton have been through a lot in 2019. How can you help? Anyone can support them with their shopping, eating, drinking and entertainment dollars. According to studies, for every $1 that is spent at a local, small business, approximately 67 cents stays in the community. There are more than 80 stores and more than 90 restaurants, bars and entertainment venues owned by small businesses for shoppers to find inspiration in their holiday lists this year.

From noon to 4 p.m. on Shop Strong Saturday, entertainers including singers, artists and performers will be roaming the streets of downtown, ready to spark holiday cheer. Big 106.5, Dayton’s Christmas radio station, will be holding a live broadcast in the Oregon District from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Leading up to Shop Strong Saturday, and throughout the holiday shopping season, the DDP will promote gift guides on our social media, to spark creativity when people are thinking about what they’ll buy for the holidays. These ideas will showcase our downtown Dayton businesses, including the handmade arts, quirky shops, and for those “hard to please” family and friends, there’s nothing better than a gift card to a local shop, restaurant or bar.

Anyone visiting a small business in downtown Dayton, beginning next week, can grab a “My Downtown Dayton Wish List” to complete. The Wish List is a fill-in-the-blank card designed to share your personal ideas about holiday gifts, events and activities to do through the winter months. Versions of the Wish List will also be shared on social media.
For easy location-based information on shops, restaurants, entertainment, parking, events and more, use the Find It Downtown online guide:

For information on holiday events taking place throughout the month of December, visit

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