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How To Support Local Businesses This Fall

Friday, September 10, 2021

Our community is a unique blend of world-renowned industries and innovation, small businesses, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and everything in between. We love that Clearly Kosciusko reflects the diversity of local businesses and organizations in Kosciusko County.

Supporting local business can include everything from shopping small, participating in local events, and even enjoying your favorite outdoor spots throughout the county and sharing them with your friends.

Below are some of our favorite ways to support local businesses this coming season as we transition from summer to fall.

Explore First Fridays, Farmers Markets & Fall Events

Both the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce and the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce have community events calendars available on their websites.

Even though cooler temperatures are coming, local farmers markets are still happening every Saturday, including the downtown Warsaw market (open through October) and the Syracuse market (open through September).

Outdoor farmers markets are a great way to connect with local farmers and small businesses in a laid back, welcoming environment that allows you to sample produce and other locally sourced items.

First Fridays happen year-round in downtown Warsaw, bringing a festive atmosphere to the entire city. If you haven’t been to a First Friday, make sure to attend this fall as the downtown area is turned into a big block party!

Each month, local businesses find unique ways to participate, providing free resources, food, music, games, and one-of-a-kind community interactions to enjoy.

Towns throughout the county host festivals year round, but there always seem to be more in the fall than any other time of the year.

The Syracuse Parks & Recreation Department is hosting its annual Fall Festival on October 9th in Lakeside Park. It will feature hayrides, pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, rides, games, and more. Events like this are the perfect way to kick off the fall season!

In Winona Lake, Oktoberfest is being celebrated on September 25 this year! The day-long event includes German-themed activities and delicious food to enjoy.

You’ll have the opportunity to vote for your favorite scarecrow displayed at each shop in the Village At Winona and be a part of the Kosciusko County Velo (known as KCV Cycling) 12-hour ride/run virtual challenge for a chance to win a new bicycle.

Shop Local

Kosciusko County is full of local artisan shops dedicated to providing shopping experiences you can’t find anywhere else.

From sports equipment to art, pottery, jewelry, comics and games, clothing, baked goods, and coffee, you can find just about anything locally thanks to our diverse business community.

The Kosciusko County Convention and Visitors Bureau has a fantastic resource where you can plan your next shopping trip!

Connect With Your Community

Being a member of Clearly Kosciusko is the perfect way to connect with our local business community. Membership is free for any business or organization located within Kosciusko County.

As a member, you’re also given a way to connect with other businesses and leaders within the Kosciusko community to make your business or organization more visible to a broader audience.