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Local shopping. Local people. Local flavor. I’m loving it already.

Local (detecting a theme here?) Sean Fisher contacted me recently to tell me about his new Web site, I love the idea, one that is truly warms my heart – a Web site directed at helping out shops born and raised right here in Cincinnati. I think it’s a great idea (and not a bad idea as a Web business plan, I might add).

I’ve added a link to my blogroll. Stop by and check out his site, and, when you can, check out our plethora of great local shops, eats, etc.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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