BANGOR — You may have heard of Small Business Saturday, but do you know about Small Business Every Saturday?
“Last year, we started looking at Small Business Saturday, like the official Small Business Saturday as being kind of a kick off reminder for people to shop small every Saturday between now and the holidays,” said Betsy Lundy, executive director of Downtown Bangor Partnership.
Lundy said this encourages people to shop locally more than just one day.
“There’s so much competition and hubbub on that first weekend after Thanksgiving, and some people are out of town,” Lundy said. “It just makes sense to kind of stretch it out and say ‘hey, you can come downtown Bangor and shop small any day.'”
Frances Alsbrook, store manager of Designs by Aaron, said they are typically closed the Saturday after Thanksgiving, so this helps the business a lot.
“It gives the rest of the Saturdays before the holidays a great time to come in,” Alsbrook said.
Lundy stressed how money spent at local businesses goes right back into the community.
“You’re really paying for a small business owner’s kids to take a dance lesson or a small business owner to choose your accounting firm when you shop local,” Lundy said.
Lundy said she anticipates that a variety of businesses will participate.
“If you enjoy unique shops and locally owned businesses, restaurants, places that have an interesting vibe, something that you can get everywhere, then you need to shop local,” said Summer Allen, owner of Valentine Footwear.
All are hoping for strong turnouts at local shops and recommend getting out early before products sell out.