Shop local on Small Business Saturday

Shop local on Small Business Saturday

Shop local on Small Business Saturday

Their ability to do that is directly related to the strength of local shopping.

American Express's Neighborhood Champions help rally 10 or more small businesses to participate in the day, organize community events and promote the Shop Small concept by distributing merchandise such as tote bags provided by American Express. When you buy here, you support local jobs and the tax dollars they and their employers generate. Whatever you're looking for is most likely available locally. "It's a really big day for us". "Our small businesses are the Heart of our Community". "We have hundreds of small businesses that offer things that you can not find anywhere else". That compares with $42 of each $100 spent at a chain retailer.

Like their "big box" counterparts, the pop-up shops in Downtown Norfolk's brand new Selden Market remained steady on Black Friday, but its the next day that they've got in their sights.

According to the Institute for Self-Reliance, locally owned businesses nationwide donated roughly $4,000 per $1 million in sales, while a mega-business like Wal-Mart donated just $1,000 per $1 million in sales.

Several businesses in the Twin Counties will participate in the annual Small Business Saturday shopping day sponsored by American Express that's created to bring more shopping to small businesses.

Lisa Hulver, owner of TATEEP Unique Boutique in Buckhannon, said it's important that local businesses participant in Small Business Saturday, and she thinks the local shops keep the area alive. By shopping "small", you're doing more than investing in your community.

Past year shoppers were reported to have spent $15.4 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday, Bowmar said.

At Sweet Gourmet, owner Pam Gabriel said customers on Saturday will find high-quality products, great customer service and the rich aroma of the store's coffees and candies.

"People were interested the first year because it was new, last year was kind of slow, and we are hoping for another good year", she said.

"I feel like the hurricane is going to reflect on the shopping a lot", Venable said.

"I am offering sales and specials from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. Saturday", said Suter.

"Adams Morgan is a wonderful place for shoppers to find the unique items on their list", Rachel Davis of Adams Morgan's BID told The Current. "Because all our local stores need it". "If you take the time to look in our stores, we probably have what you want", he said. It's a classic example of a happy symbiosis.

Nor do you have to sacrifice anything by shopping locally.

"Free gift wrap, local deliver, special hours", says Wilkerson.

Holiday shopping is about more than buying things.

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