Shop Locally in Somerville on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24

Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on.

American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy.

Plus, as Kat Rutkin, executive director of Somerville Local First, said, ""

Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities.

There are a number of local-shopping opportunities in Somerville this year, including Somerville Local First's "Local is for Lovers" holiday market on Dec. 2.

The Davis Flea is running a holiday market in Union Square on Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9; Union Square Main Streets is running a Winter Craft Market on Dec. 1 (and has this great list of other local shopping opportunities that weekend); and DARBI—Davis Area Resident/Business Initiative—is hosting "Midnight Madness: An Amazing Shopping Extravaganza" on Dec. 6.

Those who want to participate in the American Express Small Business Saturday can find participating businesses here.  

You can also “like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/shopsmall.

Everyone has locally owned businesses in their community, and shopping on Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to give back to the businesses you know and love in your community.

TELL US: What small businesses do you patronize in your town and what makes them great? Share in the comments below. 


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