Small Business Saturday a big day for local retailers

Shoppers can find some big deals at local small businesses this weekend during the annual Small Business Saturday.

Founded by American Express and held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is an exclusive event for small retailers and other community businesses.

“Shopping local helps small businesses thrive in the Uptown district,” said Ryan Webb, Uptown Greenville’s board chairman, said. “Many retailers and restaurants will be open both days (Black Friday and Small Business Saturday).”

According to the Small Business Saturday Insights Survey from American Express, consumer support for independently owned businesses is increasing. North Carolina is home to more than 800,000 small businesses.

“Small Business Saturday provides people an opportunity to discover and celebrate the variety of small businesses that make their communities thrive,” Elizabeth Rutledge of American Express said in a news release. “Beyond visiting their favorite go-to spots, shoppers say Small Business Saturday inspires them to visit places they have not been to before and would not have otherwise tried.”

Specials at Uptown Greenville merchants include:

* Fire American Tavern – Buy a gift card and get $5 off your meal.

* Crave –  Buy a gift card and save 10 percent.

* Sup Dogs: Bottled Sup Sauce, the business’ signature condiment will be on sale.

* Sojourner – 30 percent off storewide and gift-wrapping services.

* Truly Yours – Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. 10 percent off storewide and 50 percent off sale rack.

* Purple Blossom Yoga – $40 Yogi Basics in a Jar, 15 percent off t-shirts, 15 percent off mats

* Coastal Fog – 10 percent off Lee Industries floor models.

* UBE – 10 percent off $25 or more, 20 percent off $50 or more and 30 percent off $100 or more.

* Catalog Connection – half off all BOGO apparel, jerseys and purple and gold.

* Shave on Fifth: Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free product samples with any service.

* Moxie Pop – Girls Night Out from 6-8 p.m. A soiree with organic wine tastings from around the globe and appetizers from Starlight Cafe. RSVP at [email protected]. $15 per person.

* East Carolina Massage – Buy three little bird soaps and get one small bar free, buy two or more gift certificates and receive $5 off your purchase.

* Uptown Brewing Company – Uptown Craft and Vendor Market from noon to 4 p.m.

* Emerge – 10 percent off total purchases of artwork.

* Pitt Street Brewing Company – 10 percent off merchandise purchases. Free koozie, keychain and sticker with any Growler purchase.

* Jefferson’s Florist – 40 percent off New Growth Designs magnolia gardens, wreaths and spray.


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