Shop happy, shop small, and show some love to your local economy.
American Express and a fleet of other corporations and government groups (see the full list on the website) are promoting the idea that on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we should all spend some of our money and time supporting locally owned businesses. Through advertising on facebook, on radio, and even on TV, the idea of Small Business Saturday is taking hold. Word of mouth is passing the idea along and twitter is abuzz.
To officially participate, a business needs to accept American Express cards. While the Happy Up stores don't take American Express, many of the small businesses in our area that we love (and bet you do, too) are participating. So we're delighted to add our voice to the growing chorus and hope y'all aren't totally shopped out yet.
Save some of that energy for tomorrow. Stop in your favorite locally owned, totally unique, favorite, fabulous, and festive small business. Buy yourself a treat, or find something to give as a gift.
By shopping with locally owned businesses, the majority of your money *stays* in the community. It helps support your schools, repair your roads, and is spent at other businesses. It creates jobs, it keeps our shopping areas vibrant and interesting, and it's sooo much more fun!
Don't think you can make it to a locally owned store on Saturday? No problemo. You can have the same impact on your local economy if you roll with the 3/50 Project. Super simple: Pick three locally owned businesses. Spend $50 at those three businesses, and the impact is massive.
Most of the money spent at the big box stores vanishes and isn't reinvested in your community. Money spent at the big boys on the internet never returns to your community, not even in the form of sales tax.
So love a local and love your community!