“Shop Small Saturday” Set for Tomorrow

Welcome to “Black Friday,” generally thought of as the biggest shopping day of the year. Years ago, people would line up in the dark, before some stores opened early morning on the Friday after Thanksgiving to get special offerings before they sold out. In recent years, many major retailers have started opening later in the day on Thanksgiving.

Eleven years ago, a new event began to encourage shopping at locally owned, smaller businesses. It’s called “Small Business Saturday.”

On WLBG’s Morning News Magazine this week, Laurens Main Street Director Jonathan Irick explained the concept. “Small Business Saturday is an opportunity between “Black Friday” and what they now call “Cyber Monday,” to support and celebrate our small businesses. This is actually the 11th year of the program. It was started and marketed nationally by American Express.”

Irick said that shopping at a locally owned store helps keep our local money at home. “For every dollar that we spend in a small, independently-owned business, 67 cents of that dollar stays locally within our community.”

Jonathan Irick noted that stores in the Downtown area will be joined by all restaurants being open to encourage shopping at home on “Shop Small Saturday.”

The Laurens County Chamber of Commerce has been working with businesses around the county to help them prepare for tomorrow’s “Shop Small Saturday.”


The Laurens County Museum Association is offering another opportunity to Shop on “Shop Small Saturday” with a two-day event starting today, on Black Friday.   This is a Merry Market today and Saturday in the Witherspoon Building, Main Street on the Square.

There is a $5 charge for entry this evening from 5:00 to 8:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. The Museum is also hosting a wine and cheese reception this evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. An entry fee of $10 for that will cover entry to the reception and to both days of the Merry Market.

On WLBG this morning, Debbie Vaughn said the Merry Market is offering a lot of Arts, Crafts and Jewelry.