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Shop Small: Weeklong Small Business Saturday event supports local businesses & communities

Posted on November 19, 2020 at 4:00 am

BY STACEY GODDARD

I’m having trouble wrapping my brain around how close we are to the holidays. This year feels both like it’s gone too fast and been at least five years long.

The change in the weather is helping me get into the right mindset for the holiday season, though—the cold, sleet, and snow definitely make it feel like the holidays are getting closer. Other signs that the holidays are getting closer are the Black Friday ads running on every TV station and popping up all over Facebook.

Many retailers are trying new approaches this year to offer safer shopping during the pandemic, including early deals and online specials. And while my love of shopping—and a good sale—is well-documented at this point, I’m holding out for my favorite shopping event of the year: Small Business Saturday!

American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010, in the midst of the recession, to spotlight and support the locally owned and operated shops that bolster our communities.

Spokane County Library District is proud to be a Neighborhood Champion for the fifth year in a row. We’re working with local businesses in Cheney, Deer Park, Medical Lake, and Millwood to help community members discover fantastic local shops in each community.

In light of the pandemic and its accompanying challenges, we’ve simplified participation in Small Business Saturday this year.

We’re expanding Small Business Saturday to a week. The weeklong event starts Saturday, November 28, through Saturday, December 5.

You can participate in three easy steps:

  1. Shop at one or more small businesses, either in person or online, in any of these four communities: Cheney, Deer Park, Medical Lake, Millwood.
  2. Go online and write a review on Facebook or Google about your shopping experience.
  3. Stop by one of the participating libraries—Argonne (Millwood), Cheney, Deer Park, Medical Lake—to get a Shop Small prize using curbside pickup, while supplies last.

If you’ve never written an online review before, don’t worry. The process is fairly straightforward. Search for the local business on Facebook or Google, then check details (such as location and description) to make sure you’ve found the correct store. Next, look for the “write a review” option, and click it to share a few words about your experience with the business.

As more people turn to online shopping to meet their needs, they are evaluating reviews as they decide where to spend their money. By completing online reviews for the local businesses you frequent, you are helping future customers make informed decisions on where to shop.

Our small local businesses need our support more than ever after all the ups and downs of 2020. So I hope you’ll join me starting Saturday, November 28, in supporting your favorite small businesses.

WHERE TO SHOP SMALL & LOCAL

Many businesses are offering specials in celebration of Small Business Saturday, so check with businesses to learn more. Thank you for shopping local!

CHENEY

Basin Feed & Supply
2222 1st St

Bene’s
24 W 1st St

Cheney Feed & Tack
2110 1st St

Cheney Owl Pharmacy
120 F St

Copy Junction
1921 1st St

Cottonwood Creek Boutique
317 1st St

D’Tails Pet Salon
1420 1st St

Diamond Beauty and Boutique
1322 1st St

The Jar
115 W Betz Rd

Marketplace Bakery & Eatery
1011 1st St

The Mason Jar
101 F St

Ree Creations
409 1st St

A Town & Country Floral
113 F St, Suite 1

DEER PARK

Bear Necessities and
Deer Park Pack & Ship
104 E Crawford St, Suite 8

Deer Park Dental
118 E Crawford St, Suite 8

FreshStart Equipment
7128 W Oregon Rd

Gardenspot Floral & Health Foods
845 S Main St, Suite G

Inland Feed & Farm Supply
224 S Main St

KC’s Take N Bake
9 E 1st St

Lofty Skies Coffee Co.
851 S Main St

Megan Perkins Art
www.facebook.com/MeganPerkinsArt/

The Pickett Fence
24 E Crawford St

Rozy’z Hot Shotz
617 S Fir Ave &
502 S Main St

The Spin Barre
843 S Main St

Trouvaille
120 E Crawford St

MEDICAL LAKE

El Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant
116 S Lefevre St

Farm Salvation
106 S Lefevre St

Jake’s Old Fashioned Burgers
711 E Lake St

Medical Lake Salon
219 E Lake St

Morning Brew
715 E SR Hwy 902

Owl Pharmacy
123 E Lake St

Pizza Factory
123 S Broad St

Snap Fitness
207 E SR Hwy 902

Tommy G’s
177 E SR 902

Village True Value Supply
220 E Lake St

MILLWOOD (ARGONNE)

Argonne Cycle
3215 N Argonne Rd

Bottles Wine & Beer
3223 N Argonne Rd

The Corner Door Café & Books
3301 N Argonne Rd

Joe’s House
3117 N Argonne Rd

The Male Room Precision Haircuts
3309 N Argonne Rd

Millwood Brewing Company
9013 E Frederick Ave

Millwood Grocery & Spirits
3409 N Argonne Rd

The Paisley Pooch
3207 N Argonne Rd

Rocket Bakery
3315 N Argonne Rd

Stockwell’s Chill n Grill
3319 N Argonne Rd

Stacey Goddard

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