Small Business Saturday!
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday -- aside from the commercialization of Christmas, shopping small is something that I can relate to all year long.
The idea is akin to say the Farmers Markets, your local butcher shop. Don't get me wrong, the large corporation businesses employ a lot of people and offer great benefits and we need them in the cog of the economy for sure. But the small business is the backbone, the heartbeat, the personality of towns all across the country.
If we buy everything on line or from large corporations, we loose the flavor of our towns; we don't connect with our fellow neighbors. It would be like going to a high school football game without the band. It would be like all of us going to work wearing uniforms and no self expression of how we present ourselves.
The small business flavor is what makes you want to visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and after the one million tourists that visit over the course of a year are done with the battlefield goings ons, they want to visit local taverns, pubs, wineries, eateries and shops, and of course their LYS.
Just a hop, skip and jump away from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco is Sausalito, with all it's art galleries, museums, historic shipyard, Audubon Society and Sanctuary. How much you want to bet, all the visitors want to also check out an awesome bakery, or restaurant, local to the area, and fun boutiques that are locally owned.
Maybe you are visiting Jackson, Wyoming and the wildlife of the Snake River Valley, or the Grand Tetons, or possibly attending one of the music festivals in the summer time. I'll bet you want to stay at a local B&B and go out two-steppin in jammin bar in the evening, or buy some cowboy boots out shopping.
The local flare and flavor, that is the draw and uniqueness of the good ole USA. There is a place for the malls and The Red Lobster, but the real stuff is in the engine of the small business. Having said all of this, pop into your LYS and purchase a pattern, a needle, some sock blockers, or a holiday gift to share with your fellow knitter, some yarn to create that hostess gift you are going to need soon. Let's shop SMALL, Saturday, November 30th, and all year long~