Saturday, November 24, 2012
Read reports from your neighborhood businesses. And tell us about the locally-owned businesses you like to support.
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Shop local independently-owned stores and support the local economy.
Yesterday was Black Friday and we witnessed the requisite freeding frenzy of crazed shoppers at the big-box and chain stores looking buy the latest must-haves for this holiday season. Today, however, is Small Business Saturday, where the focus is on supporting small, independent businesses. American Express Co. is pushing Small Business Saturday with a promotion that gives cardholders a $25 credit when they spend $25 or more at a participating merchant. A list of participating businesses can be found here. Some businesses are offering their own deals, too. Urban Cannibals in East Atlanta Village, for example, is holding a "Mother of All Local Food Baskets" contest. Those customers who spend at least $10 at the store will be entered in the …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Patch Question of the Week: Do you love these annual shopping day extravaganzas? Or avoid them like the plague?
They've become such a part of the American economic scene their names are instantly recognizable: Black Friday. Cyber Monday. And the more recent addition, Small Business Saturday, which tries to make sure locally-owned businesses don't get forgotten in the holiday shopping frenzy. This year, some of the grand retail plans have come with an extra helping of controversy. Target stores will open their doors to shoppers at 9 pm on Thanksgiving night, prompting several petition drives in protest. The Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia will be opening, for the first time in its history, at 12:00 am on Friday morning. Lenox Square is also opening at midnight. Northlake Mall will be opening at 4 a.m. Friday and Perimeter Mall will kick off Black …
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The week's top headlines for November 21-25, 2011.
Small Businesses Are A Big Part Of The U.S. Economy. Six Flags LCS Study Moves To Next Stage. Georgia High Court Rules Against Atlantic Station Condo Owners. APS Demographic Study Meeting At Douglass High School Next Week. Oversight Committee Term Extended. Thousands Enjoy Thanksgiving Morning Run Through Midtown Ice Skating Rink Opens At St. Regis In Buckhead. Patch Asks: What Are You Thankful For? Turkey Talk In Decatur.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Small Business Saturday serves as a reminder that the neighborhood store, clothing shop or restaurant form the underpinnings of American business
The Friday after Thanksgiving, as all shopaholics know, is "Black Friday," traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. With the rise of the techie generation who shop online, the Monday after Turkey Day has been dubbed "Cyber Monday." But the Saturday in-between, Nov. 26, is Small Business Saturday, an effort to get consumers to spend their money and patronize those non-chain, neighborhood enterprises. From a neighborhood impact and local economy perspective, Small Business Saturday might be the most important of the three. Sure, Georgia boasts a blue-chip roster of Fortune 500 firms including Home Depot, Aflac, Newell Rubbermaid, SunTrust Banks and UPS. And while all of them have scores of employees, the average Georgian is more …