In between Black Friday and Cyber Monday retail madness, the focus turns to Small Business Saturday.
There’s a big push for people to support local businesses and give back to their community. One outlet said this can be a slow time of year for small businesses, so encouraging people to buy local rather than from a chain store can make a big impact.
For every $100 spent at a local small business, about $68 stays in the community, according to American Express, one of the Small Business Saturday sponsors.
Here’s a round-up of some Western Washington stores participating in Small Business Saturday:
Discover Burien: Pick up a punch card from the Discover Burien office, and get it punched when you make a purchase in Burien. Return the card to get put in a monthly prize drawing.
427 Southwest 152nd Street, Burien, discoverburien.org
Magnolia Winter Fest: Support Magnolia businesses and find fun for the whole family. The annual fest includes caroling, ice skating, and tree lighting.
Magnolia Village, 3300 West McGraw Street, Seattle. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Pioneer Square: Alliance for Pioneer Square will be offering a selfie station and encouraging businesses to participate.
Pioneer Square, Seattle. All day.
Ethnic Seattle and Seahawks fan van: Visit a holiday pop-up market featuring local, ethnic retailers. Seven stores, a café, and museum will offer holiday packages, food, and drink. Seahawks legends Steve Largent and Walter Jones will sign autographs, take photos, and hand out swag from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Avenue South, Seattle. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Kenmore holiday market and tree lighting: The community event will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, and the arrival of Santa with the tree lighting at 5 p.m. Some local establishments will also be offering specials.
Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Avenue Northeast. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., kenmorewa.gov/events
Magic in the Market: Kick off the holiday season by supporting local vendors and participating in family festivities. The event includes Santa photos, music, and a 5 p.m. tree lighting.
Pike Place Market, Pike Place and Pike Street, Seattle. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.