5 Ways to Celebrate Small Business Saturday in the Iowa City Area

Small Business Saturday is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving to help promote the importance of shopping local during this holidays. This year, it falls on Saturday, Nov. 27. Of course, there are many ways to participate and support local retailers — here are several ways you can celebrate Small Business Saturday in the Iowa City area.

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Celebrate Small Business Saturday in the Iowa City Area

Attend an Iowa City Area Small Business Saturday Event

Support Small Businesses Year-Round

Supporting local shouldn’t just be a one-day-a-year event. There are so many ways to support small businesses this holiday season and beyond. Here are four easy ones.

Reduce Your Shopping at Big Box Stores

You don’t need to completely swear off chain retailers — just make a commitment to reduce your holiday shopping at those stores a certain amount in favor of small businesses.

Bring a Friend or Two to Shop Local With You

Bring along a friend to your small business shopping day—two small business shoppers make a bigger impact than one! Also, sharing your favorite businesses with friends on social media is a great way to help increase visibility for shops that deserve it.

Plan for Long-Term Needs

Look to discover a small retailer you can frequent for other shopping and gifting needs throughout the year. Take mental note of places that you can come back to later, even after the holiday season.

Eat and Drink

Visit a local restaurant or coffee shop for a snack or meal break while you are out shopping. Mom-and-Pop cafes need your support, too!

Supporting local businesses has an enormous list of benefits, from the economy to the environment, so seek out ways to shift your shopping habits this holiday season and beyond.

What is your favorite small business in the Iowa City area?

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Brigette lives in North Liberty with her husband Brian, energetic daughter Kate (October 2014) and their two cats, Penny and Olive. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Brigette came to Iowa City to attend the journalism school at the University of Iowa, fell in love with the area, and decided she couldn’t leave. After meeting Brian while working at the same Iowa City restaurant in college, they got married in August 2015 in the heart of downtown. She works full time in project management and as an employee of the Core Fitness Kids Club while finishing her MBA at Upper Iowa University. In her free time, she drags Kate out garage sale-ing, tries to keep up with her reading list and runs, lives for Hawkeye football season, enjoys a good meal on a patio, runs her Bachelor/Bachelorette bracket with her family and friends, and of course, chases her daughter around the pool and the park.


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