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Shop small this Saturday and support local businesses

Leonardtown, MD- Once our bellies are full from Thanksgiving dinner many of us are ready to hit the ground running in search of the perfect holiday gifts. While many consumers stand in line for hours to get those hot Black Friday (or Thursday) deals, others prefer a little more laid back approach to shopping.

This year is the 8th year for Small Business Saturday (SBS). Leonardtown’s Small Business Saturday Committee has been working for months to promote its third year participating in SBS.

The chairperson for this year’s committee is Darrin Beck, owner of Home Elements in Leonardtown. Beck told TheBayNet.com there are 28 businesses in Leonardtown participating in SBS, including shops in uptown, midtown and downtown. “You’ll find carolers strolling through businesses, a tent area in the square with businesses who do not have a store front, and all of the participating small businesses offering specials throughout the day.”

Small Business Saturday was first observed in November of 2010. It was designed to promote businesses within the community that sometimes struggle to compete against large retailers and big box stores between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Cynthia Rosenblatt and Jane Rowe, co-owners of Opal Fine Art Gallery and Gifts said Small Business Saturday gave them a big boost last year. Rowe said, “We had a lot of people come in, mostly in groups. So we’d have ten people at once, and then no one, and then another group of ten more people. We made some really good sales.”

Beck said the goal is to get new customers in the door. “We want them to see what we have and what all of these small businesses have to offer.”

When you shop local, you can be sure your dollars are staying within your community, promoting local business and providing jobs for the area. “Leonardtown is a beautiful little town, you can enjoy the decorations and a festive feel and be able to relax and enjoy yourself and not be pressured like you are on Black Friday,” Beck noted.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 112 million Americans participated in Small Business Saturday in 2016—and increase of 13 percent from 2015. Consumers spent a whopping $15.4 billion last year during SBS.

SBS is this Saturday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Leonardtown.

Contact Joy Shrum at j.shrum@thebaynet.com

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