Contributed by Jeanette Gardiner
Small Business Saturday
11/25/2017 – All Day
Grab your Christmas list and a friend or two and head to downtown Palmer on Saturday, November 25th for Small Business Saturday, Palmer!
Small Business Saturday® was founded by American Express® in 2010, and is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support their neighborhoods. It’s held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and is embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition. Each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride.
And when you shop the nearly 30 participating businesses in downtown Palmer this year, you’ll be making an investment that helps keep our community strong and vibrant.
Our small businesses do much more than solve our gift-giving dilemmas. They offer local employment. They support services through the collection of sales tax. They support your kids’ sport teams and a wide range of community events. Everything that makes Palmer the best place to live, work and play.
Why shop in Palmer this Small Business Saturday?
There are a lot of reasons to shift your shopping to locally-owned, independent small businesses. Here are three:
• Keep more of your money in the community: According to the Civic Economics Andersonville Study of Retail Economics, when you spend $100 at an independent business, $68 returns to the local economy versus $43 when spent with a national chain. (Based on U.S. Census projection of 115 million households.)
• Try it before you buy it: You can’t see or feel the quality (or lack thereof) of an item on a screen. And you certainly can’t try a taste. When you shop local, you can test an item out, try it on for size and sample different flavors to make sure it’s just what you’re looking for.
• Variety: Books, cell phone accessories, bikes, footwear, clothing (for just about everyone), Alaskan art, handcrafted gifts, food (lots of food), tanning services, hair care products and services, upcycled home furnishings and décor, jewelry, art supplies, quilt supplies, yarn, handcrafted soaps, historical gifts, gifts for kids, gifts for moms, gifts for dads, gifts for gourmets, socks, candy and sweets, kitchenware, specialty teas, custom t-shirts, sweatshirts, Copper River vests and jackets, locally-made greeting cards, pottery, yoga classes, art classes and much, much more!
The nearly 30 independently-owned businesses that are participating in Small Business Saturday, Palmer this year are excited to welcome you. Visit our Facebook event page at www.goo.gl/PWvDYi to see what they have planned for the day.
This holiday season, join your family, friends and neighbors on Small Business Saturday, November 25th and invest in your community by supporting the businesses that help make Palmer the best place to live, work and play in Alaska.
About Jeanette Gardiner:
Jeanette Gardiner lives in Palmer, Alaska, and is the owner of SeaStar Strategies LLC. where she helps small business owners discover the gift of time by streamlining their administrative and marketing systems. She is also Palmer’s “Neighborhood Champion” for Small Business Saturday 2017.