Small Business Saturday is Nov. 29, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It’s a big day for little shops like mine. Perhaps you’ve seen the American Express campaign. Money spent in the community stays in the community. There is a plethora of facts to confirm that small businesses are good for our community and our property values.

Unlike Black Friday, a day that perpetuates painfully early wake-up calls, snarled traffic, battling for parking spots and getting jostled by crowds, Small Business Saturday encourages the patronage of local businesses that support their local communities.

The concept is simple: Instead of “one-stop shopping” at the nearest “big-box” store, you shop at small, locally-owned businesses for things you simply can’t find at the mall, and instead of dealing with temporary workers who don’t know the merchandise, there’s a good chance you’ll be dealing with the owner — who cares very much about making you happy so you’ll come back again throughout the year.

It’s really that simple — when you shop local and shop small, you’re supporting your friends and neighbors. You’re supporting your community, keeping most of that money right on Main Street. Or in our case, on Chicago Avenue.

So this holiday season, make a difference in your community — shop local on Small Business Saturday.

Join us for our re-opening on the 29th at 114 and 116 Chicago Ave. Yes … two shops!

Our Holiday Open House is Saturday, Dec. 6. Lots of treats in store and we’ll be joined by some other fantastic businesses right here on Chicago Avenue. Looking forward to seeing you.

Colleen Maia

Bee Home and Garden

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