By Erin McNelis

Tucked in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday (Nov. 24)  is making a bigger splash every year. The first event was held in 2010 as a counterpart to other sale days to encourage shoppers to do their holiday gift buying at a small, local business.

Setting aside a specific day to shop local businesses is a reminder that local businesses help to foster a sustainable economy. Shopping at businesses that are owned by neighbors offers a host of benefits for the shopper as well as the business owner. Shoppers can find that one-of-a-kind gift that can’t be bought anywhere else. Shop owners and employees are on hand to answer any questions about the merchandise and individualized service that shoppers can’t get online or even in a big box store. There is also something about strolling down the streets of town taking in the lights and the decorations instead of clicking a phone or computer to make a purchase.

The money spent locally stays local and benefits the community, and shoppers get to know their neighbors. Local businesses are owned by neighbors and friends, and shopping locally can remind us that we are all connected, especially during the holiday season.

Many of the local businesses participating in Small Business Saturday will offer special events, deals, and sales for the occasion. Here are just a few of the many businesses offering specials to shoppers.

Zanya Spa Salon

287 S. Main Street, Lambertville

Zanya Spa Salon will offer up to 20% off select brands and 10% off in-house gift card purchases. Also, for every dollar spent on all retail items, you will earn 20 times that amount in points…this is double the rewards points! These deals will be available Friday through Sunday, November 23 – November 25.

Doylestown Bookshop

16 S. Main Street, Doylestown

Doylestown Bookshop will host Rachael Lippincott, author of Five Feet Apart, from noon to 2 p.m. They will also offer raffles, giveaways, face painting, community guest book sellers, color and craft stations, sales, and seasonal food and drink.

Peddler's Village

Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska

Peddler’s Village will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will offer many sales and bargains in many of the shops located there.

Polka Dot Parlor

324 Mill Street, Bristol

Polka Dot Parlor will offer specials and free reusable shopping bags with purchase. The boutique offers vintage, punk, and rockabilly clothing, jewelry, accessories, makeup, housewares, and gifts. Shoppers who spend $100 can buy a special Polka Dot Parlor t-shirt for $10.

Small Business Saturday is a registered trademark of American Express.


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