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Shopping to support small business

By Deirdre Ryan | Marion Times | December 3rd, 2015 |

It’s the thrill of the hunt and the anticipation of the chase. You’ve waited all year for the moment … the chance to find that one perfect gift, for that one perfect someone, for that one perfect price. Black Friday has officially come and gone, so hopefully that sublime chance didn’t get away.

Although this infamous day has its perks and pros, there is another day that falls directly after … Small Business Saturday. This specific shopping experience may not get as much recognition and “hoo-ha” as Black Friday, but it is certainly a propitious event; promoting small businesses, entrepreneurship, shopping locally, and finding that “perfect” gift that not every Tom, Dick, and Harry will get.

Small Business Saturday first began on November 27, 2010, as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores, respectively.

In contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Small Business Saturday is actually a registered trademark of American Express Corporation.

In 2010, the holiday was conceived and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year, the company even bought advertising inventory on Facebook to promote the event. The United Kingdom even started up its own Small Business Saturday in 2013 after the success of the day in the United States.

This year, Small Business Saturday fell on Saturday, November 28. And although this is recognized nationwide, it is definitely a beneficial and fun experience locally for Marion.

The Uptown Marion District kicked off the holiday shopping season with their own annual twist to Small Business Saturday by hosting a shopping event between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Customers that shopped in local participating businesses received a free gift, while supplies lasted. Not only that, but shoppers were also eligible to win a $50 Uptown Dollar gift certificate.

The Marion businesses that participated in 2015 Small Business Saturday were:

– Ali’s Weeds, 888 10th St

– Alley Gallery, 760 11th St

– Another Road Brewing, 1175 8th Ave

– Connie’s Quilt Shop, 785 8th Ave

– Forever Chocolate, 901 7th Ave

– Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St

– Iowa Popcorn Company, 714 10th St

– Kettel House Bakery, 945 6th Ave

– Lillian’s of Marion, 710 10th St

– Noah’s Archive Christian Books, 945 7th Ave

– Philip’s Diamond Shop, 1317 7th Ave

– Stitch Together, 720 10th St

– THE Chocolate SHOP, 1244 7th Ave

– The Dreaming Bear, 720 11th St

– The Grill Works, 763 8th Ave

– Treasure Chest Collectibles, 1026 7th Ave

– Village Needlework, 1129 7th Ave

– Wit’s End Coffeehouse, 630 10th St

Don’t miss these other great holiday opportunities sponsored by the Uptown Marion District …

Extended Holiday Shopping Hours

Small Business Saturday will launch extended District Holiday Shopping Hours between Saturday, November 28, and Wednesday, December 23. Core shopping can take place Monday-Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Decking the Halls to Raise Dollars for the District

Participating Uptown Marion businesses will be decked out for the holidays as part of a fundraising campaign to raise dollars for the Uptown Marion Main Street District. Visit participating businesses below between Saturday, 11/28, and Saturday, 12/5, to cast your vote(s) on your favorite holiday storefronts and business interiors. Each business will have a bucket where you can place a monetary vote of any amount. The business that raises the most dollars will be featured in the Marion Times. All proceeds will benefit the Uptown Marion Main Street District, which provides support to the historic commercial district through revitalization and preservation efforts. For more information about this event and the Uptown Marion Main Street District, visit www.uptownmarion.com.

– Alley Gallery, 760 11th St

– Cost Cutters, 1125 7th Ave

– Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St

– Kettel House Bakery, 945 6th Ave

– Lillian’s of Marion, 710 10th St

– Marion Times, 808 6th St

– Philip’s Diamond, 1317 7th Ave

– Ramsey’s Wine Bistro, 1120 7th Ave

– Stitch Together, 720 10th St

– THE Chocolate SHOP, 1244 7th Ave

– Treasure Chest Collectibles, 1026 7th Ave

– Village Needlework, 1129 7th Ave

– Wit’s End Coffeehouse, 630 10th St

Uptown Dollars

Looking for that perfect holiday gift idea? With Uptown Dollars, you can provide that special someone with more than twenty unique retail and restaurant destinations to find “what they really want.” Uptown Dollars can be purchased at the Uptown Marion/Marion Chamber office or at Hills Bank in Uptown Marion during regular business hours. Learn more at: http://uptownmarion.com/uptown-dollars.html

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