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Rebecca H
738 State Avenue
(Lower Price Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio)
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Year End Campaign Success!!!

the project

SUMMARY: Your Store of the Queen City is a nonprofit organization partnering with neighborhood leaders to promote wellbeing in Lower Price Hill by opening a small resident-run Meiser's Fresh Grocery & Deli on State Avenue.

SPECIAL LPH COVID-19 SUPPORT: We are all connected. Equip Lower Price Hill to fight Conoravirus. 

During this Covid-19 pandemic, Oyler School, Community Learning Center Institute, and Community Matters have set up systems that are safely distributing meals and pantry essentials to our LPH neighbors. Your Store of the Queen City has commited to providing items that wrap around to compliment these partners' offerings. For now, that means we will be donating sanitation goods (like hand soap, paper towels, and cleansers) that our partners can distribute with their other offerings so families are able to maintain safe, clean homes. 

As the pandemic unfolds, YSQC is committing to being available and flexible in this type of support, offering any similar grocery items that partners inform us families need. We can only do this because of donations from caring people like you. Make a gift to support Your Store of the Queen City today.

All donations are tax-deductible. If you have any questions or prefer to donate by check, please contact Reba Hennessey, President of Your Store of the Queen City, at 513-236-4146 or for instructions. Any funds not needed for COVID-19 response will be invested in acccordance with the mission of Your Store of the Queen City opening Meiser's Fresh Grocery & Deli to support neighbors' long-term health and wellbeing.


ABOUT MEISER'S FRESH GROCERY & DELI: Lower Price Hill has the lowest life expectancy of all neighborhoods in Cincinnati, and when family-run Meiser's Parkview Market closed its doors after 60 years, the neighborhood also became a food desert. We lost the ability to nourish our loved ones with the fresh family recipes we've known best for generations. Instead, our nutrient-rich foods were replaced with convenience store offerings. And we've started to notice real effects on our wellbeing.

So we residents started to talk with each other. We made a survey. We went door-to-door discussing what we missed most with friends and neighbors. Then we shared the results. After self-advocating for many years, we finally were able to put together a business plan with non-profit partners to facilitate a new imagining of a local grocery: one that is community-determined. Our friends and family will work there. They will make sure we have fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, and pantry staples. Our neighborhood bakers and chefs will sell prepared foods there. And we're naming our new grocery after the family that inspired us...

With your support (any donation amount helps!), we will open the new Meiser's Fresh Grocery & Deli in mid-2020.

the steps

2017-2018: Meiser's Market closes and Lower Price Hill Neighborhood Action Team forms.

2018-2019: Building renovations start thanks to Price Hill Will and grocery operator search begins. Neighbors research and choose to create a community-determined grocery.

Now-Mid 2020: Completing renovations, fundraising, architectural drawings, tenant fit-out, furniture equipment and installation, health inspection, buying inventory.

Mid-2020: Grand opening.

why we're doing it

Nutritional Access & Life Expectancy: Many of our neighbors do not have cars, and grocery delivery services do not accept our food stamps. As a result, we are forced to rely on overpriced convenience foods that impact our longevity. We deserve healthy, fresh food options.

Economy: When the store closed we lost neighborhood jobs like clerking, food preparation, cleaning, maintenance, and more. We deserve the ability to build our neighborhood economy in a way that creates jobs and food entrepreneurship.

Community: Everybody eats. Without a grocery, there is no place in our neighborhood where EVERYONE runs into each other and shares the latest news and information about resources and invitation to neighborhood events. As one of our friends put it, "I live alone. I used to go to Meiser's every day because the clerks there would ask me how I was doing. Now nobody does anywhere." We deserve a space to connect.

The potential impact behind this project's success extends beyond our neighborhood. Make a gift today, and be a part of the food revolution.



+ Rent for equipment installation, health inspection, and inventory display: $1,700

+ First month of operations (cleaning products, supplies, utilities, services): $3,000

+ Licenses/certification (food safety, etc.) for manager and employees: $950

+Architect design & MEP drawing remainder costs: $3,300

+Start-up inventory seed & COVID-19 public safety resources: $4,500


ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $417
TOTAL TO RAISE = $13,902



+ Rent for equipment installation, health inspection, and inventory display: $1,700

+ First month of operations (cleaning products, supplies, utilities, services): $3,000

+ Licenses/certification (food safety, etc.) for manager and employees: $300

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $156



Year End Campaign Success!!!

Thanks to all our LPH neighbors and friends, we are thrilled to share that the holiday fundraiser was a success.

Approximately 10% of gifts were donated online to keep the grocery project moving forward along with some amazing checks from individuals in the mail, and in-kind donations that amounted to our total giving goal for the season! Our whole community is beyond grateful and enthused for this generous support, and would like to send thank you letters to you, our donors.

If you gave anonymously, however, we do not have your name or contact information and cannot send you a letter, or any follow up news about the project. Please email Reba at with your name, gift amount and date, and contact information so we can thank you properly! :) Per legal obligation, your information will not be disclosed to the public.

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With appreciation,

The Grocery Team in LPH


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Julie T.
  • Melissa an David Baker
  • FRANK P.
  • Lynn B.
  • Betsy and Tim Zelek
  • Anonymous
  • Lee K.
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Sarah Thomas
  • Miz Lorn
  • Anonymous
  • Scott & Sarah Priestle
  • Anonymous
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  • Faith Maynard