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Main Street Winchester encourages Kentuckians to shop local during the holidays

Main Street Winchester is partnering with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and Kentucky Main Street Program for a special holiday promotion highlighting small businesses in Main Street communities across the commonwealth.

Kentucky Main Street works to encourage downtown revitalization and economic development through preserving historic buildings.

KYMS features 29 participating local programs that support restaurants, art spaces and retail unique to Kentucky, including Main Street Winchester.

During 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,” Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry said. “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.”

Main Street Winchester has introduced a variety of creative promotions and other activities geared to maintain safety in light of the pandemic, such as  an Online Parklet Concert Series promoting native Winchester artists, the Walk Through Winchester Video Series, which highlights downtown businesses and their adapting to current times, and promoting downtown businesses social media pages as much as possible.

“We invite shoppers to also use these hashtags to share your Main Street experiences with us on social media,” KYMS State Coordinator Kitty Dougoud said. “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 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.

For more about Main Street Winchester, visit DowntownWinchesterKY.org.