“Shop Small” on Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday

In the United States, the day after Thanksgiving has long been referred to as “Black Friday,” a day when retail stores across the country hold big sales and welcome throngs of holiday shoppers looking for that special deal. However, in the past few years, many small, locally owned businesses have been participating in “Plaid Friday” and “Small Business Saturday”– a response to the recent trend of national chains monopolizing the kick-off of the holiday season.

According to the organization’s website, the name “Plaid Friday” was conceived from the idea of weaving the individual threads of small businesses together to create a strong fabric that celebrates the diversity and creativity of independent businesses. Plaid Friday is the relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the big box store “Black Friday,” and is designed to promote local and independently owned businesses during the holidays. Plaid Friday strives to bring back the days when shopping for friends and family during the holidays was a pleasurable and leisurely activity.

Plaid Friday was conceptualized by entrepreneurs in Oakland, CA, and the movement has spread across the country. Now many communities have organized their own special Plaid Friday deals and events. Help celebrate the movement by wearing plaid while shopping at participating businesses on Friday, November 25th. Look for the special plaid placards at your local shops. Many of these businesses are offering specials during Plaid Friday.

With the support of the Small Business Administration, American Express began their Small Business Saturday program as part of the Shop Small concept a few years back as well. “Shop Small” is a movement encouraging people to shop at small businesses, and millions of individuals, businesses, and communities have embraced it nationwide. Consumers are a key part in helping small businesses thrive. By shopping or dining at small businesses throughout the year, you’re showing your support for the small businesses in the community you call home.

Here in Meredith, it’s easy to shop small! Start at the Mill Falls Marketplace, where for over 30 years, visitors have been enjoying a truly unique shopping experience in a beautifully renovated historic mill building, featuring 11 fabulous shops, brick walkways, a 40-foot waterfall, and views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Then stroll along to many of the wonderful locally owned shops along Main Street and throughout the quaint village!

Everyone at Mill Falls at the Lake wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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