Local small businesses join national promo

By Hank Lohmeyer

Local small businesses throughout the Surface Creek Valley threw open their doors to the holiday season on Small Business Saturday held on Nov. 26. It was part of a national promotion to recognize the importance of shopping your local merchants.

Over 20 local businesses chose to participate, and the Chamber of Commerce exhanced the event. Special promotional deals were offered to shoppers and a "cash prize" contest is being conducted by the chamber.

In a new marketing twist, a few of the "brick and mortar" businesses invited some of their less visible comrades in commerce which conduct business via the internet to set up inside the store fronts.

Three of these online businesses "pop-up" displays were coordinated by the chamber at Munson's Main Street Gallery, and downtown the 4B's Brewery also hosted other entrepreneurs.

Some businesses that took the opportunity to set up displays included: Creations by Liz, Edge of Cedars, Fresh Baked by Grandma Cheryl, LuLaRoe by Julie Locke, Salamandre Apothecary, StitchWorks, Recoil H.O.G's Tooth Gear, and Tyra Beauty.

The Small Business Saturday promotion is sponsored nationwide by the U.S. Small Business Administration, with corporate sponsorship from American Express.