Guest column: Shop small this Saturday

Holiday deals and steals at mom-and-pop shops

Small Business Saturday is coming this weekend

"We have been exceeding (sales) each month year to date, especially since there are no other Radio Shacks nearby anymore", Via said.

"You need us, and we need you", said Rogers.

"There are so many small shops and unique merchandise that you never even thought would be in Kutztown."Joanne Lapic, owner of Paisley & Co. on West Main Street, said it's great to interact with shoppers."We just love the whole season", Lapic said".

Dog Ear Books, located at 301 W. Main St., will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and be open until 9 p.m.

"They drive up just for us and they want to know where else to go", said Oehlke, who credited the promotional efforts of Visit Lorain County for that help, along with other online shopping sites. She said the store will stay open for 12 hours on Saturday and host special events like giveaways, samples and doorbusters.

For more information, call Jackson at 918-341-5881. Anyone who buys anything will get to spin the wheel for more deals and savings.

Free horse-drawn carriage rides provided by The Resort at Paws Up, and sponsored by Lithia Ford of Missoula, will take place every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. on East Pine Street, starting November 25 and continuing until December 17.

The drawing will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, and all winners will be announced on Dec. 6.

Today may be Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season. Millions more worked the internet like a speedbag, searching for the best prices in between bites of leftovers. On that Friday in September, the conspiracy finally unraveled, sending the stock market into freefall and bankrupting everyone from Wall Street barons to farmers.

No more hardware or building supply stores, no hair salons, no drug stores, no gift shops and florists.

Local shops invest in their communities through charitable donations (and if you have ever attended any one of the major community events in Tri-Town, that is abundantly clear), much more than the physical, big box stores or the online ones. Shoppers are encouraged to take selfies of their shopping spree from 8 a.m.to midnight, using the hashtag #startselfie, for the chance to win an official Streator mug as well as a $25 gift card to a Streator business of their choosing from a list of available merchants.

It's the electronic gadgets supplier in Summerville, the gift shop in North Charleston and the fishing supply store in West Ashley.

Across the river, four-year Neighborhood Champion West Shore Plaza in Lemoyne is hosting its first "Shop Small Crawl", which includes a series of pop-up performances featuring local acts at its shops throughout the day, according to a press release. A lot of people, probably more do their shopping online.

"Because at the end, the merchants are the ones that are there all year round", Arredondo said. "It's going to be interesting because it might be shoppers instead of families and kids".

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