Shop local to celebrate our Independents

The Heights Independent Business Alliance (HiBA) wants Heights residents to celebrate their independence this July by choosing to shop local. HiBA is partnering with the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) and FutureHeights, in collaboration with the cities of Cleveland Heights and University Heights, to declare the week of July 1-7 Independents Week.

“HiBA is joining organizations nationwide to celebrate the independent businesses that exemplify the uniqueness of the Heights,” said Alex Quintana, co-owner of Quintana's Barbershop and Dream Spa and cofounder of HiBA. “Our community embodies a strong spirit of entrepreneurism and individuality. This campaign offers us an opportunity to celebrate that spirit, and cultivate an environment where independent businesses continue to thrive.”

“We are extremely pleased to have Mayors Kelley and Infeld on board with this initiative,” said Megan Johnson, organizing director for HiBA.

The Heights community is invited to join the celebration by participating in HiBA’s first annual Summer Indie Hop in the Heights, during July.. When residents spend money with a participating HiBA-member business, or donate to a member nonprofit, they will receive a chance to win prizes. At the end of the month, HiBA will select the winners. The grand prize is an Apple iPad.

Participants can register online as a community supporter, and for every $10 spent with HiBA members, they will receive a stamp on their Indie Hop card (available at participating locations). Visit to register, view a list of participating organizations, and see the complete program rules. 

In honor of Independents Week, HiBA will offer double stamps July 1–7. HiBA may also offer special ‘pop-up’ bonuses, gifts, and surprises throughout the week.

“By participating in the Indie Hop, people can learn more about the impact of choosing local, engage with their neighbors, and have fun doing it,” said Megan Johnson

Founded in 2010, HiBA is an alliance of independent locally owned businesses working together to create a sustainable, thriving community by strengthening the impact of local businesses in the Heights. Learn more at, and follow HiBA at and

Philip Hewitt

Philip Hewitt is a John Carroll University alumnus and a volunteer with the Heights Independent Business Alliance.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 12:43 PM, 06.26.2012