While big box stores and shopping malls are gearing up for special sales on Friday and online sales are set for Cyber Monday, Saturday has been claimed for small businesses. The marketing effort, spearheaded by American Express (most likely trying to mend broken small business relations due to credit card fees), has been broad reaching, focusing on business districts and main streets across America. In its second year, North Park Main Street was approached to be a part of the promotions.
On Saturday in North Park you will find shops open for business, many with special deals and or extended hours. District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria will be on-site for a proclamation and drawing at noon for 12 $25 American Express gift cards, plus some other giveaways. The festivities will be taking place all over North Park, but these special affairs will be at Art Produce on 30th and Herman. Santa will also be out and about.
Regardless if you make it out on Saturday, make sure you frequent your community’s small businesses this holiday season. Do your part to get out and shop local.