We're back -- be safe!

COVINGTON, Ky. – Weekend in LoveTheCov has been on hiatus because we in good conscience couldn’t urge people to get out in public with COVID-19 numbers in Kentucky setting record after record.
We’re back – not because the threat is over, because it is not (although there are hopeful signs) – but because we’re trying to balance a range of needs that seem to conflict: the need for mental health, the survival of our small businesses and restaurants (and their employees’ financial security), AND the need for ongoing vigilance as it relates to keeping your family, and yes, any stranger you encounter, safe and healthy.
So, as we give you a list of events for this weekend in the hopes that you’ll support Covington’s small businesses, keep safety in mind: Wear a mask. Don’t crowd people. Sanitize your hands frequently. Don’t touch your mouth, nose etc. Stay home if you’re sick. And follow posted rules.
Said another way: Be kind, respectful, and considerate.
A new bakery
One of The Cov’s newest establishments, Rose&Mary Bakery, is holding its grand opening on Saturday.
Come grab an “honest and honestly delicious” treat and check out the space on West Pike Street.
(We can’t wait. After looking at their food photos over the last few days, our stomachs are growling.)
Info, HERE.
Howliday Market
In Latonia, The Roost is holding its “Howliday Market in the Alley” on Sunday, an outdoor market on the patio and in the alley behind the store.
Presents for people and pooches will be available, along with music, prize drawings (again, for people and pooches), food, and rescue dogs. Masks and sanitizer are available.
Info, HERE.
Arts & crafts x4
Another new small business, Local Studio 325, is holding an array of events for the public this weekend:
Friday evening is the Wine & Holiday Craft: Holiday Garland event. Don’t wait to sign up. Space is extremely limited due to the pandemic. There’s a fee, but you can bring your own “adult” beverages. Info, HERE.
Saturday will feature Ornament Workshops for kids ages 6-15 HERE and for individuals above age 16, HERE. The cost includes snacks and ornaments.
And on Sunday, the studio will host Alicia O’Bryant as she talks about creating jewelry and papercrafts (cards, scrapbooking, altered and layered mixed media objects). Info, HERE.
Art created live
We’re trying to remember our Bob Ross reference from a few months ago, because it was clever and witty (maybe we were the only ones who thought so).
Anyway, if you enjoy watching people with talent create art, go to Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop on Saturday for a free viewing of “Live Art with Betto Gomez.”.
While you’re there, check out all the fantastic creations in the shop, or purchase a gift card for use later (or to give as a gift, obviously).
Info, HERE.
Craft & Vendor Day, gym-style
Obviously Lean Bodies LLC focuses on fitness, for the body, mind, and soul.
But this is Christmas. And there’s a pandemic going on. And Lean Bodies has a 9,000-square-foot gym where people can spread out.
Hence, a Christmas Craft and Vendor Day, featuring crafts, vendors, artists, restaurants and drink specialists.
It’s on Sunday, and info is HERE.
Local foods
You have to hand it to the Covington Farmers Market. Like the Postal Service, it endures through rain, scorching sun, cold temperatures … and a pandemic.
Check it out, as usual, on Saturday morning at 3rd and Court. Stock up on nutritious, locally grown food and artisans’ wares.
Make sure you follow safety protocols.
Info, HERE.
And then there’s … the Covington Bourbon Experience (Pedal Wagon) all weekend, HERE … the Community Karma Class several times this weekend at Sage Yoga Co., HERE … Reiki Sessions on Saturday at Warrior Spirit Wellness, HERE.