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Small Business Saturday

Small businesses are asking you to shop local on Saturday.
Nestled right in-between the two biggest shopping days of the year is small business Saturday.
You could say it's the black Friday for people who care about local business. In a time where you can buy virtually anything online, local business owners say it's about the experience and the atmosphere. American Express is the founding partner of small business Saturday, created the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2010. This is the first year The Erie Downtown Partnership is jumping on the initiative asking several downtown shops to participate. You'll see these signs outside of several downtown Erie retailers and restaurants.
“We’re not here to boycott national retailers or shopping malls. Some people get a rush out of the crowds at the Malls and Big Box stores; the competition to be first in line, the heavily discounted electronics, and the early morning camp outs for this year’s hot item. But, many of us appreciate the historic storefronts, the brisk stroll along the downtown streets, the unique and personal gifts, and the cozy pubs and eclectic coffee spots. You might not find Tickle Me Elmo or the latest Xbox Game, but you will find hand-blown glass décor by local artisans, attractive clothing at boutique style shops, a jersey of your favorite local sports star and tickets to your favorite musical.” Said John Buchna, CEO of the Erie Downtown Partnership.

Specials Offer for Saturday November 30, 2013:
Sassy Peacock – Up to 50% off select items storewide
Maritime Museum Gift Shop in the Blasco Library – 15% off items (consignment NOT included)
Lucky 7 Shoe Shine inside the Renaissance Center – winter proof & shoe shine $7.00
experience Children’s Museum – 20% off the cost of a new membership, including gift memberships
Chido’s Dry Cleaners – 15% discount on any prepaid order dropped off on Saturday Nov. 30, 2013
Chido’s Dry Cleaners - $100 gift certificate to anyone who signs up for free regular delivery on Cyber Monday
Monacella Massage & kinesiology – Holiday Gift Certificate Sales Saturday Nov. 30 and Cyber Monday
Brewerie at Union Station – FREE appetizer card (worth up to $8.00) for every $25 in gift cards purchased
Erie Playhouse –Open Card & Choice Card Sales for $66.00 and 1/2 price gift certificates (restrictions apply)
Impromptu – 50% off all bath and body items and 50% off select holiday décor and ornaments
Molly Brannigans – Buy ONE appetizer and receive one FREE of equal or lesser value

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