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Shop Local on November 28

Mark your calendars for Small Business Saturday

By Jillian Chandler

After the excitement—and stress—that Thanksgiving Day brings, and your guests have returned home after enjoying their fill of a warm delicious meal prepared with patience and love complemented by wonderful company from near and far, it’s time to start planning and shopping for the holidays ahead!

As many people forego the traditional Thanksgiving feast to stand in long lines to beat their neighbor to that big-screen TV, or give up a night’s sleep to weather the cold to be first at some big box store on Black Friday, make plans to do something a bit different but with greater reward and benefit to your local community.

Small Business Saturday falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 28 this year) and encourages community members to visit their small locally owned businesses. By choosing to shop local, you are showing your support to local business owners and their employees—your friends and neighbors. You can rest assured by shopping local that the money you spend will stay in your community.

Many local shops, galleries, boutiques and restaurants will be offering special deals during Small Business Saturday. So take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that abound to shop and dine local—you may even discover some new favorites!

As the giving season is here, and small businesses have truly felt the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic, consider patronizing your local 253 businesses, not only on Small Business Saturday, but throughout the year. Shop small so that local, independently owned businesses can grow. Let’s all do our part to help local business thrive.

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