Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday and the most important shopping day of the year for local business and the communities that support them. Small businesses create two out of three net new jobs in the private sector, and about half of America’s workforce either works for or owns a small business.
In 2017 nearly 108 million consumers reported shopping or dining at local establishments on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, making a significant impact on local economies; part of a rising trend. This year promises to be even better, so let’s all do our part to keep this trend heading in the right direction!
Here are some great opportunities to work off some of that turkey and pie and enjoy local shopping in our Treasure Coast communities starting tomorrow.
Santa Visits the Vero Heritage Center
From 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the Heritage Center will host a Small Business Saturday celebration and shopping event for the whole family in the heart of Downtown Vero Beach. There will be free coffee, face painting, gingerbread house making, retro video games and holiday movies along with 15 local vendors with unique gifts sure to please everyone on your list, naughty or nice. Plus, we are told to expect a special appearance by the man in the red suit between 9:30 and 11.
Passports to Downtown Fort Pierce
Main Street Fort Pierce will hold a Passport Shop Small event all day long. Shoppers can pick up their official passport at Chic & Shore Things located at 205 N 2nd St in historic downtown Fort Pierce. Only six stamps from over 25 participating business, retailers and restaurateurs in the Sunrise City will qualify shoppers to win over $1400 in gift cards. Bring your passports to Notions & Potions Candles and More located at 116 N 2nd St before 8:00 pm to be entered in the drawing.
Sebastian Lights Up
The Sebastian area, to the delight of many, holds their annual local shopping event not on Saturday but on the following Friday giving Small Business Saturday shoppers a rest. Their annual Light Up Night is set to take place on November 30th with dozens of local businesses offering an evening of good cheer with holiday decorations and lights, food and refreshments, and lots of great sales and freebies too! Local establishments will be decked out in their holiday best as they compete for the best decorations. Light Up Night is a great time to get out for a festive evening while supporting local business. A map of participating businesses will be available on Monday, November 26th on the Sebastian Chamber of Commerce website.