When we go on vacation, nine out of ten times we’ll do a big road trip.  Like last summer, when we drove from Pennsylvania to Seattle and back.  One of the advantages of doing so is getting to drive through and check out all the cute small towns along the way, along with stopping to shop at little Mom & Pop stores.  I have found the coolest things in those little shops, and love buying gifts for other people there since I tend to lean towards getting something unique for unique individuals.

The Holidays are racing towards us too fast again this year – Thanksgiving is early, in less than two weeks – which means so is Black Friday.  I personally am not a fan of Black Friday – I’m not a crowd lover.  Crowd pleaser when the mood strikes, sure – but crowd lover? Not me.  But the Saturday after Black Friday?  A much better experience in my opinion.  Not to mention that it happens to be Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is November 24th, between Black Friday and one of my other favorite days to shop, Cyber Monday. It was created by American Express in 2010 in order to get people excited about supporting the small, independently-owned businesses operating in their communities.

This is a day set aside to not only highlight wonderful small businesses, but give people the opportunity to start their holiday shopping and get some amazing, and usually one-of-a-kind gifts, all while supporting small businesses.  Without your support, these business will not stay in business. 

Please help support the small businesses in your community – mark your calendar for Saturday, November 24th, and head out to shop local shops – you’ll be surprised at what cool things you might find and have some of your shopping done before the holiday season gets even more hectic. 

You can find a list of places to shop small that are local to you. You can also show your support and share your small business stories on Twitter using the hashtag #SmallBizSat.

Do you shop small?  Do you have a favorite Small Business?




Note: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for American Express. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating. As always, all opinions are mine and not influenced by outside sources. See my Disclosure Policy here.


  1. Small Business Saturday? This sounds like a great concept! I will have to see if we can hold such a day in the region where we live! I’ve just become the Chair of the Small Business Centres for our region! and I am going to make this a suggestion at the next Committee meeting! Thank you for your post!

    Also, I was interested to read about your driving holidays! We are planning a massive drive across Australia very soon! There’s lots of planning to do, especially when you have a young family!

    Christin, Triberr

  2. We try to do the same thing when we go on road trips. Also our general travel rule is that when we go out to eat while away we try to go some place that we don’t have at home. It has led to some very yummy discoveries!

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