SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- While Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has become the most celebrated shopping day of the year, it is the day after Black Friday that has area communities urging their residents to shop locally.
Now in its 10th year, Small Business Saturday is a day in which many small shops across the country offer specials, refreshments or a combination of the two in an effort to get shoppers’ minds off big box retailers and online shopping and geared toward visiting retailers within their communities.
On Nov. 30, for the third year, member communities of the Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in South Euclid, are getting behind Small Business Saturday and asking residents to check out their local shops. Those member communities include South Euclid, Shaker Heights, Lyndhurst, University Heights, Cleveland Heights and Richmond Heights.
“It’s exciting, because all six cities are working together,” said HRCC Executive Director Karen Schaefer. “Doing this between the chamber and the cities, it helps the businesses realize that the cities really do care about them, and we’re really helping them and they’re just not on their own trying to make this happen. It’s all about the support.
“And,” she added, “we’re also promoting small business shopping all year long.”
WRITTEN BY: Cleveland.com