With the city of Dayton making its own mask mandate, it’s clear that wearing masks in public isn’t going away soon. Many of us still need to stock up on masks, but instead of turning to a big box store you can stay safe while shopping locally. Small shops throughout the Miami Valley are buying and selling masks, allowing you to protect yourself and others while helping local small businesses.

In Troy, TeamWork, a screen printing and design company, is selling non-medical grade masks promoting local teams like the Troy Trojans, the Piqua Indians, the Miami East Vikings and the Covington Buccaneers. Another Troy story, Pachamama Market, is selling colorful, fair trade, handmade and eco-friendly masks created by makers in countries like Guatemala and Thailand.

In downtown Tipp City, shoppers can purchase masks from spirit wear and apparel store Birch. The store sells masks with local team logos and graphic text, such as “Good Vibes” or “Tired as a Mother.” Several Dayton stories are also selling masks. Heart Mercantile’s masks have its unique logo screen printed on them. Luna Gifts & Botanicals is selling a mask with a Monstera leaf printed on it. Brim on Fifth has a unique fedora crown blocked cap with an attached neck. And Clash Dayton has special handmade masks created by local artists.

Yellow Springs stores have started providing masks, too. Wildflower Boutique has plenty of fashionable masks in patterns like tie-dye, camo and leopard print. Both Kismet and Pangaea Trading Company have fun, patterned masks for those who love color. And Yellow Springer Tees has neck gaiters with Yellow Springs themes.