Small Business Saturday

You may have heard that today is something called [checks notes] “Black Friday.” I quote Wikipedia here:

Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season…On this day, many retailers open very early, often at 4 a.m., or earlier, and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season.

To me, it sounds like a nightmare, but hey — to each his own.

Why not support your local small businesses by shopping with them tomorrow on the brand new tradition of Small Business Saturday? You know there are many business in your neighborhood that you love and want to keep around.

One of my personal favorites is The Traveler’s Bookcase. They are tiny but carry  so many amazing books — cookbooks, art books, travel guidebooks, travel writing and many awesome accessories for all your travel wants and needs. They may not be able to offer steep discounts, but they will offer personal service and a lovely inviting atmosphere. (Their couch is a comfy place to fantasize about your next adventure.)

Why should you support small businesses? Here are some interesting facts* that I just learned:

• For every $100 spent at local small business, $68 returns to the community.
• Small businesses employ half of all private sector employees.
• Small businesses represent 99.7% of all employer firms.

In these wacky economic times, keeping small businesses in business is more important than ever. If you can, please consider supporting your favorite small businesses this holiday season!

*I learned this on the Small Business Saturday website and you can learn more about the effort there too.

6 Replies to “Small Business Saturday”

  1. I totally support shopping with locals and have done so for years. Even when I stray from my little corner of LA I still shop local and avoid the big box stores. Especially for eating out, you find some of the best service and creative food when you hit the locally owned business as your first option.

  2. Totally agree. I’ve always cringed at the term “Black Friday.” It not only conjures up historic images of The 1929 stockmarket crash’s infamous “Black Tuesday,” but is the figurative icing on the shopping cake that prevents me from buying anything on that day from retailers big or small.

    But I’m totally down for Small Business Saturday. I expect my wife Susan and I will venture up Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake and support several of our local establishments tomorrow.

  3. Well, I never made it up to the shops along Sunset on Saturday as hoped, but I wasn’t a total Small Business Saturday flake in that I patronized Baller’s hardware in Silver Lake that afternoon. In so doing I discovered the nearby Tomato Pie Pizza Joint, which we ordered from (and greatly enjoyed) the next day, thereby creating a Small Business Sunday , ftw.

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