A remarkable initiative is underway.  "Break the Chain" is a brainstorm of an organization of locally-owned stores supporting one another, called Buy Cincy.  They are urging you to Break the Chain of the corporate chain stores and shop locally-only for one day.  The third annual celebration of Cincinnati Unchained is Saturday November 21st.  Over 30 stores are participating. 

All the stores appear to be offering specials of some sort, from a percentage off on certain items to gift certificates to donations to non-profits to samples and more. 

The list of participating stores is organized by area. Hope this helps you map out your visits.  For information about the specific offering of each store, check out the Cincinnati Unchained website.


  • Bromwell's - 117 W. 4th St.
  • Contemporary Arts Center - 44 E 6th St.

Over the Rhine

  • Atomic Number Ten - 1306 Main St.
  • Dojo Gelato - 1801 Race
  • Findlay Market - 1801 Race St.
  • Joseph Wiliams Home - 1232 Vine St
  • The Little Mahatma - 1205 Vine St.
  • MiCA 12/v - 1201 Vine St.
  • Outside - 16 E. 12th St.
  • Park + Vine - 1109 Vine St
  • Switch - 1207A Vine St.


  • The Mustard Seed Boutique - 311 Ludlow Ave.


  • Chicken Lays an Egg - 1608 Chase Ave.
  • NVISION - 4577 Hamilton Ave.

College HillCollege Hill Coffee Shop

  • College Hill Coffee Co. - 6128 Hamilton Ave.

Mt. Healthy

  • Yottaquest - 7607 Hamilton Ave.


  • Woodstone Creek - 3641 Newton St.


  • Indigenous - 2008 Madison Rd.
  • Margot Madison Stationery - 2026 Madison Rd.
  • MiCa - 2039 Madison Rd.


  • Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore and Decafe - 3054 Madison Rd.
  • Essencha Tea House and Fine Teas - 3212a Madison Rd.
  • The Spotted Goose - 3048 Madison Rd. (refresh yourself with an ice from Aglamesis while you're there)Blue Manatee Childrens Books


  • Litwin's - 7565 Kenwood Rd, Suite 204

Bellevue, KY

  • Field of Vue - 34 Fairfield Ave.
  • Front Door Gardens - 309 Fairfield Ave.


These store have banded together to support one another in these economic times and to strenthen the local economy and your neighborhoods as well.  Interestingly, studies have proven that money spent in local stores generates three times more economic activity that money spent in a chain.  So help improve Cincinnati's economy and be a part of supporting your neighbors, shop locally-owned for just one day.

This will be a great chance to get an early start of your Holiday shopping and find unique and fun gifts as well!