It’s Small Business Saturday, a great way to support small and local businesses during the holiday shopping season. This is the fourth year for me. In 2009, I started this concept in Delano. In 2010, Buffalo. Last year, Northfield. This year, I decided that instead of one small town, I would head to local businesses in different South Minneapolis neighborhoods.
Shopping here is an honest engagement. Regular shoppers enjoy conversations with the employees and owners. Free fresh popcorn and cookies are provided at the door. In fact, I overheard a conversation to where the folks at Cottage House were planning to bake 90 dozen of their infamous sugar cookies for sale for upcoming holiday shoppers.
They have just a couple of mixed reviews on Google+ Local and plenty of positive reviews on Yelp. Mom’s gift, done.
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Not knowing what my almost-seven-year-old grand-niece would like, I took a picture of a shelved product and depended on a 30-second mobile Facebook chat with her Mom:
Sold. Included in this purchase is free gift wrapping. Alana’s gift, done. Side note, Alana is awesome.
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On the third year of drawing names, I only need to gift for three people. So, for the last gift I drew Bob, my brother-in-law and CEO of Office Super Savers, a discount office supplies wholesaler/retailer. He’s an online shopper advocate and wishes for this trimmer directly from Amazon.
It’s difficult to shop from Amazon while supporting Small Business Saturday at the same time. So, I went to Cause Spirits and Soundbar in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood in Uptown Minneapolis, checked into Foursquare, made a purchase and ordered Bob’s trimmer online. Here are some reviews from Yelp for Cause.
Cause is well-known for its local, independent music, art and food. I highly recommend giving them a visit.
They also happen to provide free wi-fi. Bob’s gift, done.
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Overall, the Small Business Saturday idea is a great way to support local businesses during the holiday shopping season. It’s an even better idea to support these businesses all year round.
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