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Where Will You Shop on Mercer Island for Small Business Saturday?

Give your favorite places a shout-out in the comments.

Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves.

What about those mom-and-pop businesses all over Mercer Island and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day?

That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born.

Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website.

Where do you plan to shop or dine locally? Give your favorite place a mention in the comments, or review them in our Directory.

American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its third year on Nov. 24, the event drew over 100 million people last year, according to the Small Business Saturday website.

Locally owned business across the country now take part in Small Business Saturday, offering their own deals to rival those offered the day before on Black Friday.

To find retailers on Mercer Island that take part in the promotion, just visit the Small Business Saturday website, click on “Find Out Where To Shop” in the menu at the top of the screen and type in your ZIP code.

nannette bassett November 24, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Mercer Island's unique very local fine artists are now selling at Mercer Island Visual Arts League Gallery. For the holiday season, you will find many one of a kind handmade artsy items from notecards and jewelry to fine paintings and home decor perfect for your home, yourself, family members, and friends. www.MIVAL.org - donates proceeds to MIHS Visual Arts Scholarships.
Margaret Santjer November 24, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Thanks, Nannette, for sharing that!
Maureen Judge November 24, 2012 at 05:24 PM
We love Island Books -- I need a new book for my trip tomorrow :-)
Suzanne Skone November 24, 2012 at 05:52 PM
The Auto Spa has HOLIDAY GIFT CARDS for auto detailing services and automatic car washing. Auto Spa provides an environmentally sound alternative to driveway and parking lot car washing, preventing oils, road grime and soap from ending up in our lakes and streams. A "NO STUFF" gift alternative. :)
Diane Kinman November 24, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Headed to Chicks. My feet always feel better after a visit there, and got to get some socks for holiday gifts. Then off to Island Books for more gifts and a little something for Santa, too.

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