Never mind that it was created by a credit card company. What Black Friday is to big retail, Small Business Saturday is to mom-and-pop enterprises.
Started in 2010 by American Express, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is recognized as Small Business Saturday by the Small Business Administration and about 100 million shoppers nationwide. An online tool locates participating small businesses in your area. Small business owners can get free “Shop Small” marketing help online from American Express.
The Idea Foundry Maker Market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Small Business Saturday with locally made furniture, art, home goods, jewelry and more.
One new place to shop local on Saturday is Gramercy Books in Bexley, where you can also find copies of Columbus CEO. Come Jan. 18 at Gramercy, you can hear Dan Gearino, a Columbus Dispatch business reporter who sometimes also writes for Columbus CEO, talk about his just-released book, Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture.
Local shoppers will use specially-designed bags all season long at Pearl Market. Deadline is Friday for artists—professional and hobbyists—to submit designs celebrating the market’s temporary home on Statehouse grounds in 2018 while the Rhodes State Office Tower undergoes a facelift. Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District will select two winning designs, with artists receiving $150 in gift cards. Dimensions and other details are online.
After giving thanks on Thursday, local nonprofits like the Breathing Association and the SunDown Foundation entrepreneur-builder hope you remember them on Nov. 28, also known as #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving to follow the seasonal gift-buying mania of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.
Combine local shopping and giving by donating new or gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves for students at KIPP Columbus. Winter-weather clothing is being accepted at the school through Dec. 15, or send an email to schedule a pickup, or donate online.