Local store owners express appreciation for Small Business Saturday

Kristopher Drake
November 24, 2017

With the arrival of Thanksgiving, retailers are offering big discounts on holiday gift ideas.

Expedia recently did a social media analysis to determine the top 25 cities in the country to shop for the holidays, and Auburn is second on that list. Small businesses in Old Town Alexandria, outside Washington, D.C., have joined together to offer a Santa Stroll, caroling, free gift wrapping and special deals, and Fort Wayne, Ind., small businesses are enticing shoppers to shop on Small Business Saturday with a Holly Trolley Shopping event. Get to know the owner, and make your gift more meaningful by sharing their story as part of what you give your loved ones.

He has 20 employees and is open pretty much all day. It comes a day after Black Friday, a day infamously known for crowds, lines, and even fights at stores.

Co-hosted with American Express, Small Business Saturday kicks off with the free Shopper Breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m.at She Brews Coffee House downtown location. On Sunday, 21 percent expect to shop - 35 million. About 69 percent of Americans, or 164 million people, intend to shop at some point during the five-day period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) trade group.

She also added that the day is a ideal opportunity for shoppers to learn more about Shawnee Chamber business members and other area businesses. Take a selfie at your favorite small business. There are salons, pet and automobile shops, along with restaurants, and clothing and accessory retailers.

"We hope to improve the lives of kids who need attention, who need help", she said. "The second year, we got up to 21".

Each time you make a purchase at a participating business, you will receive a stamp on your passport. If you spot him, you might win a prize, Loy said. "Anything we can do to help provide a little bit more coverage, we just like to participate", Christ Child's Kelly Gotthardt said.

A scavenger hunt-type of contest will also be held. The superhero-themed event will feature activities for all ages as well as holiday shopping opportunities.

Holloway says there are plenty of options in downtown Kennewick to shop locally for your holiday needs.

"There's so many new businesses and things happening in the South Cape, we want people to come down there and see what's going on", Meola said.

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