2013-11-28 / Around Town

Move Over Black Friday: Think Saturday!


Mark Jager always has a smile for his visitors to his antique gallery. Mark Jager always has a smile for his visitors to his antique gallery. Small Business Saturday was first observed in 2010. It was conceived and promoted by American Express, but since then the enthusiasm to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local has spread like wildfire. It is estimated that last year nearly $5.5 billion was spent on Small Business Saturday, the Saturday following Thanksgiving. eLocal estimates that when purchases are made at local businesses, about 65 percent of revenue is reinvested into the community, compared with about 34 percent of revenue from national chains. When compared to the typically zero return to the community from Internet sales on Cyber Monday, we realize the value of shopping local.

New to this year's Small Business Saturday is a national movement of authors to support independent booksellers. Dubbed “Indies First,” the grassroots movement encourages authors to volunteer at their local store, thereby giving back some of the support that independent bookstores have traditionally given to authors. At Island Books in Middletown, well-known Rhode Island author Ann Hood will be on hand to talk about her books (the newest is the “Knitting Yarns”) from noon to 2 p.m. Taylor M. Polites, author of “The Rebel Wife,” will discuss his favorite titles from 2 - 4 p.m.


Sweet Berry Farm owners Jan and Michelle Eckhart, wish all islanders a bountiful holiday . Sweet Berry Farm owners Jan and Michelle Eckhart, wish all islanders a bountiful holiday . So, to all our readers, we encourage you to participate in Small Business Saturday by visiting our eclectic independent shops on Saturday and challenge you to shop locally all season long. In the next few weeks, our shopping elves will give you dozens of ideas for those on your shopping list.



For this holiday season, Judy Crosby, owner of Island Books, aptly reminds us to "read books." For this holiday season, Judy Crosby, owner of Island Books, aptly reminds us to "read books."

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