The holidays are getting closer and closer with each passing day, which means holiday shopping season is here! Many folks see the passing of Thanksgiving as the official start of the shopping season, with Black Friday deals at the big box stores luring many folks away from their family gatherings with promises of good deals galore.
The Beginnings of Small Business Saturday
But since 2010, there has been a growing shopping phenomenon that allows people to support their local business neighbors during their holiday shopping sprees. In 2010, Small Business Saturday was officially started by American Express as a way to help small, local businesses get in on the holiday shopping action. This shopping “holiday,” which takes place the Saturday following Thanksgiving and is conveniently wedged in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, encourages folks to get out of the queue for the big box store sales and instead make their way to their favorite small business neighbors.
Why shop local?
Since it began, Small Business Saturday has become a boon for locally-owned businesses, growing by leaps and bounds every year into what it has become today. And the shopping day provides much more than just a reason to spend money at local businesses. Many communities have embraced Small Business Saturday as a de facto holiday to spend time exploring their local communities and seeing what their local small business neighbors have to offer. And small businesses have embraced them right back, many times offering special discounts on Small Business Saturday, as well as refreshments, live music, and good conversation.
Shopping local has many benefits not just for shoppers and businesses, but for the entire community too. According to #ShopKC, benefits of shopping local include:
- Your money stays here, in the local community. Local businesses tend to purchase from local businesses.
- Local business owners are more likely to donate to local charities.
- Unique businesses create a unique character and atmosphere within the entire community.
- Local shopping reduces the environmental impact.
- Shopping local creates jobs in your community.
If you are hoping to participate in Small Business Saturday this year, whether this will be your first time or your fifth time, there are many small businesses to embrace in Kansas City. Check out our list below of some great places to check out and patronize this year, so you can feel good about helping out your local economy and putting a few check marks on your holiday shopping list at the same time.
Where to Shop in Kansas City on Small Business Saturday
- Crossroads Arts District + Country Club Plaza: If you have arts and crafts lovers on your holiday shopping list this year, take a stroll through the Crossroads Arts District in downtown Kansas City. Visit Fable, Birdie’s, Peggy Noland Boutique, and many others. You can also check out the Country Club Plaza for even more places to shop local, such as Standard Style, TIVOL, Charlie Hustle, Baldwin and many more!
- Waldo: Join the Small Business Saturday Crawl at Waldo, where many local businesses are rolling out the red carpets for holiday shoppers. Check out great local finds, like Eclectic Galleries, KC Needlepoint, One More Cup, Waldo Jewelers, Hiles Two, and many others. In addition, many local restaurants are also participating in the day’s excitement, so be sure to make a day of your shopping experience and stop in for a meal or two at your favorite local eatery.
- The Moon Marble Company: If you have children on your shopping list, head on over to the Moon Marble Company for great gift ideas to fit every kid--or kid at heart--on your list.
- Find Your Favorites: If you already shop at a local retailer, or have one in mind that you’ve wanted to visit, Small Business Saturday is your chance to make a lasting impact on your local economy and your shot to help keep your favorite local retailers doing what they do best.
How to get involved with Small Business Saturday
Getting started with Small Business Saturday is easy, all you have to do is shop! Simply make a commitment to shop local for at least a portion of your holiday shopping this year, and allow your shopping power to create a lasting impact on your local economy and community.
Even better, plan to make a day of your Small Business Saturday shopping, and explore the Kansas City community with family and friends. Together, we can help to build stronger communities and local economies by keeping our money right here in Kansas City and working toward a brighter future together.
At Quality All-Care, we are a local business that works hard to add value to our community. This year, take the time to extend your holiday shopping to the local small businesses in Kansas City, so your dollars can make an impact right here in our local community. And don’t forget to call Quality All-Care - your local lawn care and pest control experts - to take care of your Kansas City lawn care and pest treatment needs.