YOUR STORE OF THE QUEEN CITY
Neighbor-led. Trustworthy. Sustainable.
Your Store of the Queen City's mission empowers neighborhood-based entities to expand fresh food access and create community-based jobs by supporting the development and networking of resident-centered, culturally and economically inclusive enterprises in food desert areas of Cincinnati, OH.
Pictured, left: Lower Price Hill community members planning to reopen Meiser's Grocery.
HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
Our first initiatives are grocery related collaborations that began with the 2017 leadership, surveying, and advocacy from Lower Price Hill residents and leaders like the LPH Neighborhood Action Team, LPH Community Council, LPH Neighborhood Alliance of Businesses, ECDI Women's Business Center, LPH Arts Collective, Price Hill Will, Community Matters, Oyler School and Community Learning Center Institute, Santa Maria Cincy (and more).
Your choice to shop in Lower Price Hill is a choice to join our food community with the belief that every family deserves access to nutritional and economic opportunity.
Both of our main initiatives are open to the public. In fact, we rely on building our base of shoppers like you--folks who share our values of fresh, local and ethical retail.
Neighborhood driven marketplace connecting and expanding access to Lower Price Hill's fresh produce, foodmakers, and artisans. Final Tuesday outdoors was 11/8/21.
Local vendor shopping for the Market is now available indoors at Meiser's & with our neighbors
The Collective of Lower Price Hill Artists + Makers next door, in Outerspace Weds-Fri.
Your Store of the Queen City utilizes neighbor-based design and leadership to develop these grassroots initiatives.
Our model includes a hyper-local focus on growing Lower Price Hill's own small businesses and job opportunities.
This includes a commitment to supporting resident, woman, and minority entrepreneurship and leadership FIRST.
“It's so exciting to be in this space and time with such cool and amazing innovators. Our planning with Your Store goes above and beyond what we had imagined when we began organizing to bring fresh food back to the neighborhood.”
Quote in loving memory of Cynthia Winston-Ford
Lower Price Hill neighbor, Community Council President, Neighborhood Action Team activist, The Collective artist, entrepreneur and grandma to many.
IN THE MEDIA
Together, The Collective and Your Store founded the LPH Collective Good[s] Artists + Makers Market to bring people together during a world pandemic.
""People just don't care what happens in Lower Price Hill." ..But the beauty is clear to neighbors... "I'm selling my art today. Ain't no way, they aren't going to keep me away from my programs."
Kachelle Davis, neighbor and co-founder of the Lower Price Hill Artists Collective
""I've been baking since I was 18 years old. "Now you have to pay $2.25 to get on the bus, go to Krogers, so now you made a 2 hour trip just for some seasoning or to get a canned good. Right now we're in process of getting our own market open."
Marisha Davis is a local food entrepreneur and member of the Lower Price Hill Neighborhood Action Team supported by Community Matters."
"Employees with Your Store of the Queen City and many area groups are working to reverse that trend and empower families in their fight against COVID-19.
They’re adding soap, paper towels and many other items that will help people keep their homes clean and safe to meal donations that they receive."
""Lower Price Hill resident Melissa Baker said she tried having groceries delivered instead, but the store was constantly substituting more expensive items when the brands she requested weren’t available.
“They’d always try to increase your grocery bill,” Baker said.
So community organizations found ways to help their own. "
- Melissa Baker, neighbor and founding board member.
"A new nonprofit grocery store will open soon down the street.
“A neighborhood is like an ecosystem,” Smith said. “You need places for people to live, you also need places for people to work and play,"
"We have the committed partners in the right places,” Hall said. “Some are farther along than others in having the dollars needed to get hammers swinging, but hopefully in the next two to three years, you’ll really see a transformation in the neighborhood"
" The kind of work and advocacy we see from [Your Store of the Queen City] is precisely the kind of community engagement that characterizes what the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition envisions as we promote a decent quality of life for Appalachian citizens of Greater Cincinnati. These commitments extend to all the communities that now define Lower Price Hill and Greater Cincinnati."
- UACC Voice
""The truth is, I worked for my dad from the time I was 12 years old...My dad taught me every neighbor deserves to be treated with respect."
Meiser's Parkview Market on State Avenue in Lower Price Hill is now closed. [Cincy Stories] had this conversation with Carl Meiser, the owner and manager of Meiser's Parkview Market just a few short months before he made that decision."
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