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Local small businesses hope to thrive this Saturday

Hollywood, MD - This Saturday Nov.28 marks a very busy day for shoppers who are trying to stretch their money as far as it will go. Of course, this day follows Black Friday when retail giants market unbelievable savings for customers.

Black Friday sparks images of shoppers camping out in the cold weather waiting for the store's doors to open. However, Nov.28 also marks an important date for local retailers known to many as Small Business Saturday. 

As good as the deals are on Black Friday multiple factors make Small Business Saturday equally important. 

Advocates claim when you spend your money with local retailers, you are ensuring that your money is going back into their community. This helps support the local merchants, helps create jobs and supports the community. 

In addition to helping the local community thrive, there are other factors such as finding unique products not found in giant retail stores. Some of these products made locally may be handmade by a talented craftsman. 

Small Business Saturday will be celebrated in two of Southern Maryland's incorporated towns--La Plata and Leonardtown. 

Downtown Leonardtown is asking shoppers to come out Nov.28 to enjoy the holiday season with a great opportunity to find gifts for loved ones from local retailers. During this day, customers can expect to see over 25 local retailers in Downtown Leonardtown. 

La Plata will also be hosting a Small Business Saturday event; this event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The La Plata Business Association (LPBA) has an extensive schedule of arts and entertainment planned for the day. This includes pop-up shows on the lawn of the Farrell Building, local radio show Star 98.3 host T-Bone and Heather will be in attendance, and the Sam Grow Band will perform for hometown fans at 1 p.m. It is important to note that all the shows and performances at the La Plata Small Business Saturday event are free to attend except the Port Tobacco Players Theater performance. 

Christine Parker, who is the town's event coordinator and member of the La Plata Business Association, indicated the weekend event will definitely create excitement within the town. 

"Cheers, to the independently owned and operated shops and restaurants in the charming small town of La Plata for helping to revitalize the main street and bringing uniqueness and character to our community.  Let's show them our gratitude and support on Small Business Saturday and all year long," said Parker. 

Contact Charles Seifert at c.seifert@thebaynet.com

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