This Saturday is Small Business Saturday or as most call it, Shop Small Day. If you are the owner of a small business, this is a very serious topic because local patronage is the difference between a healthy business and one that has to close its doors.
It wasn’t all that long ago that commerce in the United States was based upon mom and pop stores that lined Main Street in every town, village and city. The drug store, the dime store, the café, the clothing store, the hardware store – they were all there. While that is often no longer the case, small, locally owned businesses remain the backbone of many communities today. In retrospect, there have been countless communities who lost their locally owned businesses and found their town fading away and shoppers wishing they’d patronized those businesses more often.
Luckily, our community is not one of those. We enjoy a vibrant business economy filled with locally owned businesses. We also enjoy a community of residents and visitors that understand the importance of supporting local businesses.
Those businesses provide goods and services. They create jobs. They support the community. Think of the last fundraiser you attended here on the island. The raffle or auction was most likely giving away gift cards or merchandise from one of our locally owned businesses. They support the Island. Islanders need to support local businesses.
Saturday is one more opportunity to support small businesses. Many of them are offering specials for Saturday only, so stop in and see what our unique locally owned, small businesses have to offer!
Shop Local this holiday season!