Small Business Saturday began in 2010 to help independent businesses in the midst of the recession. The first Saturday after Thanksgiving has since been dubbed Small Business Saturday. Nine years later, in our community, empty retail spaces abound, and many have felt that unique sorrow when a special store or eatery has to shut up shop. It may be easier to sit and browse virtually, but going out to shop is much healthier. You get exercise and social interactions two very important qualities of life.
There are many and various places to shop in the community, Manhattan Avenue, Franklin Street, Graham Avenue, Bedford Avenue, and Grand Street to name a few. Get out and wander give your gifts a more personal touch. There are also some special Small Business Saturday promotions that you may come across.
For instance, The Grand Street BID this year is partnering with The Forum, and will set up a table at 711 Grand Street from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. with Shop Small promotional materials such as stickers, buttons, pennant flags, tote bags, and more for passersby. The pop-up will also include a prize wheel with a raffle for a merchandise prize from Forum.