Small Business Saturday urges local shopping

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 23, 2018

Saturday, November 24, is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.

Unlike Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which focus on retailers and ecommerce stores, Small Business Saturday encourages consumers to shop at predominantly small and local retailers and to use small, local services such as restaurants and other independent local businesses.

The campaign was launched in 2010 by American Express. The Small Business Coalition was also formed that year and was designed to actively encourage consumers to shop small.

A year later, the small business movement had gained national support and continued to grow with more than 7,200 organizations across the country in 2017.

American Express stated that since the initiative began, consumers in the U.S. have reported spending an estimated $85 billion at local, independent retailers and restaurants.

Some local businesses participating in Small Business Saturday are:

• Town and Country: Open Saturday from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m. They will have a storewide sale, 20 percent off on any items except Estee Lauder.

• Pink Peppers: Open Saturday from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m.

• Christopher’s Jewelry: Open Saturday at 10 a.m. The entire store will be 30 percent off except for jewelry by Ronaldo and Jord.

• Ward and Co.: Open Saturday from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m.

• Harold’s: Open Saturday from 9 a.m., until 3 p.m.

• Tractor Supply: Open Saturday from 8 a.m., until 9 p.m.

• Barrow’s Furniture: Open Saturday from 9 a.m., until 5:30 p.m.