By Sarah Corbin
Maybe Small Business Saturday was "created" by American Express, but I still like it. It isn't cyber Monday full of anonymity and faceless shopping. American Express put their marketing money behind Small Business Saturday, a day, as a locally driven shopper you are encouraged to get out and support your neighbors by shopping at your local small businesses. I like that.
I feel like this was a huge miss for me this year as a shopping blogger. I didn't get a list out to our community. Small retailers remember this: Next year, get me a list. I want to make sure we let each other know what special things you are doing for this fantastic day. Let's allow American Express to shoulder some of the marketing burden, and lets do it right. Who says we can't have our own Oak Park and River Forest "door busters." We are after all, a thriving retail community.
Oak Park Development Corporation published a list of some new businesses that have popped up in Oak Park just this year. It's pretty exciting to see the list to tell you the truth. I love that we are still moving forward, new businesses are opening in Oak Park and River Forest and Forest Park. The list included 312 Photobooth, Eyrie, Lake Street Kitchen & Bar, Best Vacuum. I can name Yearbook in Forest Park.
Today is Black Friday. I didn't go shopping at midnight. I'm not boycotting big boxes by any means. And I certainly like a good bargain. It's just that I am supremely thankful for being a part of this community that understands the value of creativity in retail. And I know what it feels like to put heart and soul into a business that you want people to love.
Today, while a lot of my peers are out chasing down super deal TV's and appliances, I'll probably start my holiday shopping season at The Book Table. Because on Black Friday, one of the biggest profit days for all retailers small and large, The Book Table is giving 10% of all sales to P.A.D.S. It's fantastic.
Tomorrow, on Small Business Saturday I am going to support some other local small business by doing more local shopping. As a retail geek, it's kind of like my own personal Thanksgiving. I really do love to visit store fronts. I love small businesses and the heart that drives them. I am also thankful, that I get to work for a local business in support of other small businesses. It's also pretty fantastic that I get to write about it.
While this post isn't about one particular find - I put some photos up of a few of my favorite things that I have seen so far this season.