The holiday shopping season has officially arrived


TAYLOR COUNTY—Tomorrow is turkey day, and that means one thing—holiday shopping season is here! 

Following Thanksgiving dinner, many 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 this Small Business Saturday.

Still reeling from the impacts of the covid pandemic, small business owners are working to build their businesses back, making the choice to shop small this year more essential than ever before. 

Be sure to visit the small local retailers during the 13th Annual Small Business Saturday, held this Saturday, November 26. The day serves as a way to celebrate the contribution of small businesses towards local economies and job creation.

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

According to Kimberly Byers, the guild has grown from the artists who have been showcased in the former Arts and Treasures location on Main Street.

“Our mission is to promote as a form of self-expression. We want to be more than just a retail store, we want to be a place where people create, where we help empower people not only to think outside the box, but also find the tools and resources necessary to create whatever it is they want to create,” she explained.

Right next door, Pine Peaks Boutique will be offering a wonderful selection décor, along with candles and other wares, that would make the perfect gift.

And while visiting Alli & Alexis, be sure to pop into Lizards Design to check out their offerings.

This and That Collectibles is a place that truly has something for everyone. With a variety of items, and featuring Fiestaware and Carr China, shoppers are sure to find the perfect gift for their loved ones and friends.

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.

And this Saturday is the perfect time to swing by for the grand opening of Rendezbrews at The Flower Market! The event begins at 8:00 a.m. and will continue until 1:00 p.m.

“Bring your family, bring your friends for a special rendezvous to kick off the holidays,” said owner Jill Sturm. “Enjoy your favorite coffee or tea with a delicious treat in a cozy atmosphere!”

When mapping out your holiday shopping, don’t forget to include Kimberly’s Simply Southern Reloved Vintage, located on Front Street, who will be offering Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales of 10% off of everything in the store. 

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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