Jacy Allen, intern for the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, holds a few of the reusable shopping bags that local businesses are distributing to promote Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29.
(Photo by Kelly Daniel)
NACOGDOCHES, TX – Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed in 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which often draw crowds to big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively.
By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.
This year Small Business Saturday is November 29.
The special day was conceived and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign.
“The Nacogdoches County Chamber and the City of Nacogdoches Main Street program discovered the program in 2011, and have worked together to get the word out,” said Bruce Partain, Chamber president. “The first year we distributed about 50 welcome mats with Shop Small logos. This year we have a just a few of those, along with a good supply of special shopping bags and best of all – gift cards.”
Partain said 25 American Express gift cards worth $25 each will be distributed to small, local retailers. “We’re going to ask the retailers to hold their own drawings to give the cards to shoppers who visit their stores between now and November 29,” Partain said. If the stores would like ten or so special bags we’ll distribute those until the supplies are gone.
“The program ties in well with the Shop Nac First program that the Chamber, City, NEDCO and local media have promoted since 2008,” said Sarah O’Brien, Communications and Main Street Director for the City of Nacogdoches.
“Shop Nac First casts a wider net,” Partain said. “It encompasses every retailer and service provider in the county. The small local businesses are an important subset of that bigger local economic engine.”
The shared theme is shopping locally builds the local economy, helps provide services such as police and fire and roads and keeps a strong variety of shopping options.
List of Nacogdoches small businesses distributing the $25 American Express reward cards:
Aesthetic Concepts – Caroline Hurst
America’s Self Storage & Mail Center
CASA of Deep East Texas/Blue Ribbon Gift Shoppe
Clardy Law Offices
French Knot Quilt Shop
Glass Castles Stained Glass Studio & Gifts
G. Patterson Studio
Harry’s Building Materials
Heart of Texas Gift Gallery
House of Traditions/Brick Street Antiques
Laine’s Hallmark Shop
The Liberty Bell
M & S Pharmacy
Olde Town General Store
Party ‘N Things
Rachael’s Antiques & Uniques
Terrific Teachers Treasures
Zip Nac / Pop Images