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2020 Small Business Saturday

Today might be Black Friday, but what’s even more important is tomorrowSmall Business Saturday. Over the years, Small Business Saturday has become a rallying cry for the mom ‘n’ pop shops. It’s a day for shoppers to remember what’s important about the holiday season – the giving spirit, not the mad dash to purchase cheap stuff.

There are so many ways that we can be supporting small, local businesses during Small Business Saturday, and beyond. From ordering curbside pick-up from your favorite restaurant, to socially distanced shopping along Elmwood, Hertel, Jefferson, Grant Street, etc., the independent retailers are hoping that people step up to support them.

According to CBS News, “More than 100,000 small businesses have already shuttered during the pandemic…” And there are more closings on the horizon. 

Small local retailers are the lifeblood of neighborhoods. To date, it’s been hard enough to compete against the big boxes and the Amazons of the world. Then, consider the pandemic, and the toll that it has already taken? That’s why the 2020 holiday season is more important than ever – it will make or break a lot of restaurants and retailers.

It’s also why local retailers, cafés, and restaurants are banding together, to create safe, enjoyable shopping experiences for their loyal customers. It’s also why business associations such as the Elmwood Village Association and the Hertel Business Association are joining forces (and combined marketing power) to ensure that everyone gets the message that the holidays are not canceled in 2020. The spirit of the season is stronger than ever, especially when we collectively concentrate our buying power in our own neighborhoods… while supporting our local artists and artisans at the same time.

Coming together to promote 2020 Small Business Saturday – Delaware District Councilmember Joel Feroleto, Judy Porto (President of the Hertel Business Association), and Therese Deutschlander (President of the Elmwood Village Association)

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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