Saturday, November 24, 2012
SHOP SMALL TODAY: Drop by Wines of Wildwood on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to leverage Small Business Saturday.
Wines of Wildwood owners Karl and Cheri Hagnauer are eager to participate in the third annual Small Business Saturday initiated by American Express. They have several wines on sale, also carry Bissinger chocolate and offer free gift wrapping. As an extra bonus for Saturday's national business observation, American Express cardholders can register to receive a $25 rebate when they "shop small" on Nov. 24.
"Shopping local does not mean walling yourself off from the outside world, but it does require you to pause and consider what you can purchase close to home before making big shopping trips to the mall or large centers," Julie Wood.
Julie Wood, Eureka's director of economic development, noticed Eureka has a lot of organizations that raise money for the hungry, veterans and various other causes. "Small business owners are amongst the first who receive requests for donations for various fundraising events held by these organizations and area schools. I am amazed by their generosity," she said. "Time after time, they donate gift cards or products and services to make these events a success." Wood recommends everyone consider what Eureka and surrounding communities have to offer when making holiday lists. She said it is easy to spread holiday cheer this season by purchasing even just a few of those ‘wish list’ items close to home. "Not only will you be helping local …
Friday, November 25, 2011
A movement to shop local for the holidays becomes Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. Wines of Wildwood is a prime example of how to keep the dollars local.
A new day has been added to the holiday calendar, but keep reading! It’s a good one. A year ago, as the U.S. economy was beginning its upturn, small business owners were looking for a way to attract customers, and according to American Express, a supporter of the new holiday, 93 percent of consumers like to support local businesses. Thus was born Small Business Saturday. “Small businesses are really the lifeblood of the economy,” said Mary Ann Fitzmaurice Reilly, senior vice president, customer marketing for American Express. Black Friday, the holiday shopping kickoff was first. Then the Monday following Thanksgiving became Cyber Monday. Now Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to hit the sidewalks and support locally owned stores …