The Small Business Administration (SBA) and credit card company, American Express has been instrumental in creating a groundswell in support of shopping small. Small Business Saturday has become a movement we can all embrace. We are all familiar with the chaos and spending associated with the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday. Many celebrate the special deals and excitement that is generated each year. This season we can also feel good about our choices when we head out on Saturday, November 26, 2011 to our local shops to find those coveted items we can feel extra special about giving this year.
Small Business Saturday honors those local shops who work hard and give back to their communities throughout the year. So many Lansing and Charlotte local shops come to mind who carry innovative items. Lambs Gate Antiques, with shops in Grand Ledge and Oldtown Lansing carries one-of-a-kind retro collectibles and antiques, Bella’s and Bella Grande shops in Charlotte offer tasteful, quality clothing for small and curvy divas for resale, the Yarn Garden in Charlotte has an amazing variety of yarns for those who are talented enough to make gifts for the holidays! Charlotte’s Silver and Gold Barn has exquisite custom jewelry, Tea & VIntage Treasures boutique is one of those sweet shops you only find in unique shopping districts, quality gift items, loose teas and herbs to light your senses on fire – you are sure to find some spice and beauty here.
When you are all done or need some sustenance between shops stop into Fay’s Evelyn Bay Coffee Shop for a warm beverage and light meal or treat. If you show a receipt from a local merchant shop you will receive 20% off your purchase!
Want to Shop Small in your community but don’t know what shops to go to? Enter your zip code on this page and get a list of local shops in your area.For more information visit the Facebook page and to join in the twitter fun use #smallbizsat.
Find special deals and support your community. When dollars are spent locally, they can be re-spent locally, raising the economic activity, increasing employment, and building the local tax base. For every $100 dollars you spend with a small business in your city, $73 stays is in your community. Your $100 spent non-local business only $43 stays in the community. Gain more insight on these studies through reports from Capital LocalFirst.
Have fun! Remember to shop small and that I love beautiful, artsy things.. call me for my sizes. Happy Thanksgiving!