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Shop small, shop local: November 25 is 8th annual Small Business Saturday

24 November 2017

The most commonly repeated story behind the post-Thanksgiving shopping-related Black Friday tradition links it to retailers.

Southern Grace Boutique participates in Small Business Saturday every year and they are preparing their store for the crowd.

According to the American Express Small Business Saturday website, 112 million people shopped on the day after Black Friday in 2016, generating an estimated $15.4 billion in sales for small-business owners. Tarot Bean opens bright and early at 7 Saturday for those who want to wake up and smell the coffee before they do some shopping. "There's going to be some great deals, they can do great deals just like everybody else but you're going to get service with a smile and when you go back the next time they're going to know who you are", said O'Reilly.

Main Street Director Ellen Hill was able to talk about the economic impact Small Business Saturday has on the local economy.

A shopping excursion downtown Meadville can invoke the aroma of everything from new clothing to candles, fresh flowers, bath products and even that unmistakable smell of used books. A gift receipt can be tucked into a gift item or card so that the recipient can return or exchange a gift if it's not "just right".

MetLife and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Q4 2017 Small Business Index
Black Friday, and the new holiday shopping tradition, Small Business Saturday

Shoppers browsing around downtown Meadville on Saturday may also take advantage of half-off discounts on Christmas wreaths and fall decor at Loeffler's Flower Shop, 207 Chestnut St., or get 25 percent off Melissa & Doug toys at PHenergi at 260 Chestnut St. "It is a day, nationally, for people to recognize small businesses and to promote shopping local".

Small Business Saturday was first observed in November 27, 2010 by American Express.

"I stuck it out", he said.

Many retailers across the country are using the buzz of the day to create a special experience for shoppers with in-store entertainment and community events. Festive green and white bags have been placed on parking meters to signify free two-hour parking through December 27. Having them in our communities not only strengthens our economy, but they also make our cities and towns unique. The positive effects of local spending aren't exclusive to promotions or to Small Business Saturday. Savannah Mayor Eddie Deloach and other city officials gathering to ask everyone to support a small, local business this holiday season.

Conneaut Cellars Winery and Distillery, 12005 Conneaut Lake Road, Sadsbury Township, offers an extra 5 percent discount on a case of wine purchased on Saturday.

Shop small, shop local: November 25 is 8th annual Small Business Saturday