With all the commotion regarding Black Friday/Cyber Monday, I want to take a moment to remind that you Saturday, 11/24, is Small Business Saturday.
Small businesses are the backbone of this country, and even though I'm sure many of you (myself included) make it a point to shop at local mom and pops on a regular basis for a variety of goods and services, I love that there's a day devoted to bringing even more awareness to the small businesses in our communities. Speaking as someone who tends to get wrapped up in drugstores deals and the like on a frequent basis, it's really important for me to achieve a balance and be a patron to small businesses on a regular, consistent basis.
Please consider making all of your purchases from small businesses in your local community this Saturday. It's wonderful to know that your purchases will contribute directly to your local economy, and who knows? You just might discover some amazing new products or services along the way.
Suggestions for Saturday:
- Buy a (real) book from your local used bookstore (I guarantee they'll appreciate it).
- Seek out local candle and soap makers in your area and buy a beautiful, handmade gift for someone.
- Get your hair done at a local, independently-owned salon (you totally deserve it).
- Visit Yelp for ideas about tasty mom-and-pop places to eat in you area.
- Buy your produce, cheese, etc. from your local farmer's market.
- Have some pants you've been meaning to get hemmed for a while now? Take them to a local alterations shop on Saturday and finally make those suckers wearable.
- And my favorite: visit your local indie bakery and buy some beautiful bread or pastries (and send some to me, please!)
Need help finding local businesses in your community? You can start here.
Are there some great local businesses in your area that you'd like to highlight and encourage others to visit on Saturday (or any other day of the week)? Leave a comment on this post and fill us in!