Shop Small Saturday was developed in 2010 to remind shoppers to check out smaller, locally owned stores during the holiday hustle and bustle.
The national program was underwritten by U.S. Chamber of Chamber and American Express credit card company, and the movement is marching across the country.
First “Black Friday” became known as a special shopping day, a day that has extended into Thanksgiving Day itself as chain stores try to outdo each other.
Shop Small Saturday is a day for hometown selectivity, as shoppers move through small stores that often offer prizes, discounts and giveaways.
The reminder to Shop Small is a good thought to keep in mind all year, but especially the holiday season, organizers say.
Shop Small Saturday is its second year in North Platte and Lincoln County. Last year a handful of businesses participated. This year, 22 local businesses are actively onboard, North Platte Chamber Executive Director Dan Mauk said.
Mauk said Chambers of Commerce across the country have connected the Shop Small program to businesses and helped publicize it.
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“It stresses the importance of smaller service and retail businesses that give us more choices in the marketplace,” Mauk said. “And it boosts Lincoln County’s appeal, which extends to 95,000 people in the potential greater North Platte retail area.
“Anytime you can draw attention to small retailers it's helpful to let people know they offer more choices,” Mauk said. “Different products, styles and shapes.”
Money spent in local businesses is more apt to circulate through the local community than money spent in large big-box stores, proponents say. And shopping small is a powerful boost to the general economy, since most jobs stem from small businesses.
In all, small business is the strongest driver of the economy, Mauk said.
The Bulletin will sell subscriptions at a discount Saturday to walk-in customers. A subscription is a gift that arrives every week of the year. The Bulletin will be open from 10-6 Saturday at 1300 East Fourth, across the street east of Merrick's restaurant.
Here is a partial list of places to shop small on Saturday:
The Espresso Shoppe, Willow Creek Embroidery and most downtown businesses will be open all day.
Mike's Motorcycle in the industrial park is open Friday with special prices on outdoor grills.
The Ft. Cody Trading Post is open all day Saturday with specials on moccasins and boots.
The Lakehouse Bar & Grill will be open Saturday evening (from 5pm on) for shoppers to dine and relax.
A boutique of 30 vendors will be held at the Garden Glove center on East 12th, from 9-5.
Other registered merchants:
Pro Printing & Graphics, Art & Gift Gallery, Express AVL, Sylvan Learning Center, Gracie Mae's bakery & grill, Swan's Furniture, Do It Center, Bill Summers Ford, Bob Spady Buick, Whitetail Screen Print, Jazzercise, d diff, The UPS store, The Quilt Shop, Family Hearing Specialists, Bible Supply, Skyline Liquor, Winfield’s, Willow Creek Embroidery, Pop Corner.