By Whitney Vickers
FAIRBORN — After the turkey leftovers are put away Thursday evening, shoppers across the nation are expected to line up outside big box stores — shoving their way to good deals — in hopes of crossing items off their loved ones holiday wish lists at low prices. However, there is an alternative for those who would rather stay in and continue the Thanksgiving feast — or want their dollars to go elsewhere.
The 10th-Annual Small Business Saturday, held Saturday, Nov. 26, will give shoppers the opportunity to celebrate the 28 million small businesses across the nation.
“Small businesses are the foundation of our commerce across the country,” said Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Matt Owen. “And small businesses rely on the community to support them.”
Fairborn shops throughout the downtown area will offer operating hours and special deals according to the respective business. Owen is an advocate for local businesses and hopes to see the rise of a special event held in Fairborn in the future specifically in recognition of Small Business Saturday.
He is encouraging holiday shoppers to check local businesses throughout Greene County before heading out to big box stores as they make their holiday purchases.
“You never know about the hidden treasures in the mom-and-pop shops,” Owen said.
Neighboring communities throughout Greene County will take part in recognizing Small Business Saturday by hosting specific events. The City of Xenia is hosting Xenia Small Business Saturday and the Village of Yellow Springs is hosting events throughout the weekend.
Yellow Springs will starting the holiday season by hosting Yellow Friday, a solution to individuals looking to avoid to the big crowds, box stores and expected merchandise of Black Friday, according to a release by the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce. Shops open at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25 and are expected to be filled with holiday gift items for the whole family.
Participants are additionally welcomed to enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides from noon until 3 p.m., which pick up passengers at the Little Art Theatre. The weekend will also offer YShop Local Holiday Coupon Books, which will include specials from local businesses that are valid throughout the village’s holiday shopping weekend and beyond.
The holiday shopping deals in the village don’t stop there — Yellow Springs will celebrate Small Business Saturday in recognition and support of more than 60 locally-owned small businesses throughout downtown Yellow Springs and the surrounding neighborhoods. All businesses are expected to be open on Sunday as well.
Village pubs and eateries will additionally be open all weekend for breakfast, lunch and dinner; some are expected to screen the Ohio State University football game.
For additional information, call the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce office at 937-767-2686 or visit YellowSpringsOhio.org.