Small business Saturday Nov. 26 promotes shopping locally this holiday season

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Downtown Bel Air and downtown Havre de Grace are participating in the national Small Business Saturday event Nov. 26 designed to encourage local shopping during the holiday season. Downtown Bel Air businesses will be offering promotions at shops, boutiques, retailers, pubs, restaurants, salons, and spas. Both municipalities partnering with American Express OPEN, the division of card products and services devoted exclusively to small business owners, on this national movement to encourage consumers to support local retailers. For more information on Small Business Saturday, visit http://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday

Here are details from the Havre de Grace Office of Marketing and Tourism:

A Movement to Support Small Business this Holiday Season Returns to Havre de Grace

Havre de Grace, MD, November, 10 2011

First came Black Friday, then came Cyber Monday, and now, November 26th becomes “Small Business Saturday SM”, a day to actively support those small businesses that we care so much about.  This is the day to celebrate the small businesses that boost our local economy and preserve the character of our neighborhood.

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday drive sales to national chains and online retailers, Small Business Saturday recognizes the importance of small, independently owned businesses to the local economy and community.  The City of Havre de Grace is proud to partner with American Express OPEN, the division of card products and services devoted exclusively to small business owners, on this national movement to encourage consumers to support local retailers.

In 2008 the City of Havre de Grace Office of Tourism introduced the Think Local First Campaign.  The THINK LOCAL FIRST  “support Havre de Grace Businesses” campaign continues to be a major economic program designed to help consumers recognize that supporting locally owned independent businesses keeps up to 3 times more money re-circulating in our local economy; maintains the uniqueness of our neighborhoods and creates and maintains jobs.  The campaign began September 2008 with an initial focus on restaurants, retail and service businesses.

“The city offers a wide variety of experiences and activities for tourists and Harford County citizens alike,” commented Mayor Wayne Dougherty.  “The vitality of the businesses in Havre de Grace is an important aspect of tourism.”

“We live in a community that is a richly rewarding destination,” stated Brigitte Peters, the City of Havre de Grace Marketing and Tourism Manager.  “The goal of Small Business Saturday is to remind everyone to Think Local First, think about all the wonderful unique shopping, dining, and extended stays that can be created in Havre de Grace.”  Your support of our small and independent business is what makes our community the gem that it is.

Here are the details from the Bel Air Downtown Alliance:

Small Business Saturday is November 26th and we want you to Keep The Cheer Here!  Think locally this holiday season and support your local business community.  For every $1.00 spent in a local, independent business, 70% of that money stays in the local community.  Compare that to less than 40% when spent at a national chain or 0% when spent online.  Downtown Bel Air has many wonderful shops and boutiques, plus great retailers, award winning salons and spas, fabulous pubs and restaurants, and so much more!  It doesen’t stop there though.  No sir!  What about a gift certificate for computer service?  A health club?  Home repairs?  Lawn work?  The list goes on and on.  Why settle for something plain and dreary when you can give something unique and special?!?  And let’s not forget about helping our neighbors in need.  When choosing to donate time, money, or talent this holiday season, remember all of the wonderful local nonprofits that are working hard to make this holiday season so much more special for the families in need.  So remember, Keep The Cheer Here and join us on Small Business Saturday on November 26th to enjoy all of these amazing offers from your local shops, boutiques, salons, spas, restaurants, and more!  Simply CLICK HERE, print the flyer, and take it to anyone of the following locations to enjoy their very exclusive promotions for Small Businss Saturday!

The Pink Silhouette:  10% Off
B. Fabulous:  10% Off
Sean Bolan’s:  1/2 Priced Reubens and $3.00 Imperial Pints of Guinness
Two Sisters Gallery:  FREE Gift with Any AMEX Purchase
Infinity Salon & Spa:  Buy One, Get One 1/2 Off Any Reatail Products PLUS $10.00 Gift Card for Anyone Dropping Off new, Unwrapped Toy for Toys for Tots
Flavor Cupackery:  10% Off
Tiny Toes:  Buy 3, Get 4th FREE (in-stock merchandise only, lowest priced item is free, not valid on prior purchases)
Tiger Lily:  10% Off Any Purchase of $75.00 or More
Peace Yoga:  20% Off All Clothing PLUS Buy 10 Class Pass, Get 11th Class for FREE
Bel Air Liquors:  20% Off All Wines (excluding sale items)
Pilates on Main:  20% Off Pilates Lesson for 1st Time Clients Only
Everything Goes Consignments & More:  50% Off All Holiday Decor PLUS $5.00 Off All Purchases of $25.00 or More (including gift cards)
Looney’s Pub:  1/2 Priced Selected Appetizers, 11am-6pm
Baron’s K9 Country Store:  30% Off All Candles, Aroma Wands, Posters, Prints, and Merrick Bagged Treats
MaGerk’s Pub & Grill:  FREE Signature Cheese Steak, 12-4pm
R4 Salon & Wellness Spa:  Purchase $100.00 Gift Card and Receive FREE $30.00 Gift Card
The Whitehouse Trading Co.:  10% Off