Shop Locally on Small Business Saturday

Just what is Small Business Saturday and why should you support it in South Pasdena?

Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves.

What about those mom-and-pop businesses all over South Pasadena and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day?

That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born.

Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website.

American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its third year on Nov. 24, the event drew over 100 million people last year, according to the Small Business Saturday website.

Locally owned business across the country now take part in the annual event, offering their own deals to rival those offered the day before on Black Friday.

On the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce website, several businesses are highlighted for "the biggest day of the year for small business.'' These inlcude: 

The Dinosaur Farm

Book 'em Mysteries

Santa Fe Crafts Native American Gallery

SPACE Arts Center

Reimagine Your Home

South Pasadena Mercantile Co.

Lucha's Comfort Footwear

To find all the retailers and restaurants in South Pasadena that take part in the promotion, just visit the Small Business Saturday website, click on “Find Out Where To Shop” in the menu at the top of the screen and type in your ZIP code.

Editor Donna Evans contrbuted to this report. 

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