Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. In my younger years, I used to look forward to Black Friday sales. The hustle and bustle, standing in line for hours gabbing with friends and being pushed or nudged or shoved all while slowly freezing to death doesn’t seem to have the same thrill it once did.
Yes, we all love sales, but I want to experience that “special” holiday feeling when shopping for gifts!
Small Business Saturday gives me THAT extraordinary feeling that I’ve been missing.
My loyalty to this day grows stronger each year. I will admit my family often has activities going on throughout that weekend, so I don’t get to visit all of my local stops on this day, instead I spread it out over the holiday season knowing that I will always be able to find a unique gift and amazing deal!
This year, I challenge you to shop local!
Our business community supports us, and we need to remember to give back to them! It’s easy to remember to shop at Wernsing's Appliance in Litchfield, Nzuri Boutique Hillsboro in Hillsboro or Nokomis Gift and Garden Shop in Nokomis, because of their wonderful and easily accessible store fronts.
As you are shopping at these amazing stores, don’t forget our community is blessed with many local area businesses that operate without a traditional store front who still need our support!
There are many business owners throughout the county that sell on Facebook, through sites like Etsy and through websites.
During the holidays, you are bound to see pop-up shops from these companies, giving you a chance to shop in a traditional setting while getting to know new business owners that are a vital part of your community.
I recently met with the owners of Sister One and Sister Three Designs (Jessie Blackburn and Rebecca Grimm) to talk to them about their pop-up shop event happening Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 to 3 p.m. at The Hillsboro Moose Lodge.
Grimm said her favorite thing about shop small Saturday is getting to interact with their customers.
“Being an online based business, even though we have 'regulars,' we don’t get to interact with them in the same way we would if we had a brick and mortar. I love being able to see everyone in person, to see their reactions to our products and personally thank them for supporting our business. We have the most amazing customers, we call them our 'sister squad' and being able to see them in person to express our gratitude is hands down the best thing about the day,” said Grimm.
They also mentioned that this day means so much to them!
“We’ve met some really amazing people through owning our business, both customers and also fellow small business owners," Blackburn said. "The community we’ve found within the small business world has been second to none. This day embodies that community in the most beautiful way by showcasing these amazing, hardworking small businesses and also honoring our customers who provide us the opportunity to chase this dream.”
If you are interested in learning more about Sister One and Three, check out their website at www.sisteroneandthree.com.
Don’t forget to follow social media threads, listen to your local radio stations, watch for billboards and, of course, read The Journal News to learn about events like this that support our small business community!