Remember to shop small this holiday season, support local businesses


TAYLOR COUNTY—After the Thanksgiving meals have been served, some individuals will shift their focus to the deep discounts and incredible deals of Black Friday shopping, but folks shouldn’t forget about their local mom-and-pop retailers.

Because of the situation surrounding COVID-19, no one has been hit harder financially than small business owners, who have been navigating through these unprecedented times hoping their establishments will survive the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic; making the choice to shop small this year more essential than ever before. 

Be sure to visit the small local retailers during the 12th Annual Small Business Saturday, held this Saturday, November 27. The day serves as a way to celebrate the contribution of small businesses towards local economies and job creation.

While downtown, stop in at Arts and Treasures to browse the selection of one-of-a-kind, homemade and handmade creations from various vendors, artisans, crafters and even some local authors in the Makers Market.

Right next door, Repurpose for Paws will be offering a wonderful selection of Christmas décor, along with candles and other wares, that would make the perfect gift. And what’s even better, proceeds go toward helping the four-legged population in Taylor County.

Don’t forget to swing by Gallery 62 West to visit their gift shop, filled with creations from local artists.

Down the street, the Flower Market will be welcoming shoppers to browse their selection of wines, craft beers, pasta sauces, flavored oils and sweet treats. The shop also has a great selection of gift items including candles, mugs, wine glasses and home décor items.

Make your way out to the Blueville area and be sure to visit Stems N Splinters, who will be offering beautifully created Christmas décor items that would make the perfect addition to your holiday decorations. The shop will also boast a selection of great gifts.

Just up the road and across the street, pop into Tygart Valley Grocery and Bulk Foods, where you will find all of your culinary gift items.

And in addition to wonderful shopping experiences, restaurants and eateries throughout the area, such as Leonard’s Grill and Jerry’s Restaurant will also be open for shoppers to grab a bite to eat. Be sure to check their Facebook pages for their holiday hours. 

Small Business Saturday began as a small-scale campaign launched by American Express in November 2010, in an effort to help small businesses gain exposure and to inspire consumers to shop within their own communities during the holiday season. 

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday Small Business Saturday takes place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to ‘Shop Small’ instead of making purchases at big box stores and e-commerce stores.

The day became official in 2011 when Washington State mayors, governors, senators and Former President Obama shared their support for Small Business Saturday. 

After a successful launch, in 2012, the credit card company magnified the campaign by helping small business owners promote their businesses by offering them free personalized ads to spread across the web. 

That year, an estimated $5.5 billion was spent at small businesses nationwide. By 2013, communities began celebrating the holiday by pledging support to their local businesses and organizations. 

With plenty of shops to browse, places to refuel and beautiful decorations to view, be sure to consider shopping small in Grafton this holiday season.

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