Getting back to basics by providing what many call “good old-fashioned personal service,” is what Small Business Saturday is all about.

To local business owners, you’re not just another person or a number to be called next in line. You are their friend and neighbor.

November 27, 2010 marked the first celebration of what is considered the “brick and mortar” of American businesses and what is now known as Small Business Saturday.

A companion shopping day to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday offers more than your average retailer.

Homemade cider, cocoa and cookies can be found throughout St. Clair County as customers shopping local make their way from Leeds to Pell City, making stops to towns/cities in between.

Serving as the “go-to” stores for years in Leeds, The Pants Store located at 8029 Parkway Drive in historic downtown Leeds will open at 8 a.m. and run several promotions throughout the day.

The Monkey’s Uncle Christmas Shoppe is ready to help make loved one’s Christmas merry and bright. Affordable pricing is seen throughout all of The Monkey’s Uncle stores.

The Happy Willow located at 2846 Moody Parkway in the heart of Blue Devils’ country, has 25-percent off all framed art and $10 off any chair—including those on sale. Hosting a chai tea wine sampling, The Happy Willows is offering many deals.

Argo’s Peacocks in the Parlor owner Sheila Lunsford will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jewelry lovers are in luck because all Peacocks in the Parlor jewelry (including CZ) is 50 percent off.

Christmas decorations (excluding special ordered items) are 50 percent off too.

The sale excludes Arthur Court Designs, any consignment items and 50 percent off merchandise cannot be gift wrapped.

“In appreciation of our customers we are having our first Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sale,” said Lunsford.

Continuing the giving spirit, Pell City small businesses are also lining up the discounts for their favorite customers.

U.G. Clothing Boutique, owned by mother daughter duo Virginia Seales and Kala Seales Gilreath, is located at 1800 Cogswell Avenue, across the street from the Pell City courthouse.

U.G. will have half off booties (ankle boots).

Over at 2107 Martin Street South, home to Stafford House, owner Edie Golden has all Christmas décor 50 percent off and all other merchandise is 25 percent off.

This sale excludes wine, coffee and gourmet food.

Doodlebugs, on the outskirts of the Pell City Civic Center, has certain items marked down 10 to 50 percent and will be conducting Body by ViSalus tastings.

While Griffins Jewelers located at 1903 Cogswell Avenue have its Small Business Saturday prices for Seiko and Citizen watches at 25 percent off as well as 35 percent off Candela earrings.

Local eateries are joining the celebration as well.

Huggy’s Diner located at Lakeside Landing in Cropwell will be open until noon and serving a T-bone steak and eggs special for $11.95 and homemade cinnamon rolls are $2.25.

Lakeside Coffee House & Princess Cupcakes is offering a free cupcake to shoppers who bring in a receipt from a purchase they made on Small Business Saturday.

“For every $25 in receipts from small business purchases on November 24, your name will be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from us,” said owners Patty Daigle and Melissa Tims.

Continued support of local businesses sends a burst of enthusiasm throughout the community and reinforces the revitalization of areas.

Small Business Saturday is not only about shopping locally, it’s about making memories and making sure your favorite local business is here for years to come.

Experience the true sense of community as we strengthen our local economies and make our hometowns vibrant once again.

While out and about this holiday season, don’t forget the hub of the American economic system by buying local and get out to support Small Business Saturday, November 24.

Santa will thank you for it.


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