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OHIO PROUD: 5 Ohio businesses selling products at Elder-Beerman

Four local Elder-Beerman stores in the Dayton area are now selling Ohio-made products, as part of a new initiative to celebrate local makers and entrepreneurs.

The new in-store “Close to Home” shops are located in Elder-Beerman stores at the Dayton Mall, Kettering Towne Center in Dayton, Northpark Center in Huber Heights and Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.

Here are five Ohio businesses that are selling their products at local Elder-Beerman stores:

Cincinnati’s The Happy Groundhog Studio: The store is led by artist Melissa Bracken, and sells eco-friendly pillows and stuffed monsters for children.

Cincinnati’s Dulcet Designs: This store, owned by architect Alicia Stoughton, sells lightweight acrylic jewelry. Stoughton crafts each piece, using her architecural training to make durable, wearable items.

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Powell’s Freckles Design Studio: Owned by Amy Whitacker, this studio has been selling jewelry to local boutiques and shows. Now, she’s ventured into handmade pillows and home decor.

The Cleveland Candle Co.: About 90 percent of the scented oils used to make these candles come from Ohio. The labels are printed on recycled paper, and also made in downtown Cleveland. Each candle name is written by an associate at their shop.

Westerville’s Megan Lee Designs: Owner Megan Lee starts every product off with a pencil drawing that is burnt onto a screen and printed. Her goal is to “to take what makes me happy and turn it into designs that people can wear everyday,” she said.

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