While most know about Black Friday and the sale prices on items associated with getting up in the middle of the night to wait in line outside of chain stores, the day after Thanksgiving is now dedicated to different kinds of shopping.
Since 2010, the Saturday following Thanksgiving has been known as small business Saturday, a day when people are encouraged to give small, locally owned businesses the opportunity to showcase their merchandise and services. Ardmore business owner Keith Nance knows a thing or two about small businesses. His store, Nance Home Furnishing, was first opened in 1948 by his grandparents and uncle.
“I think small businesses are very important,” Nance said. “We provide jobs and try to give the most competitive price that we can. I always try to shop local and independent whenever I can. If others do not try to do the same, I have a theory that there may not be any small businesses left for the next generation. All it will be is chain stores.”
This Saturday will also include the Holly Jolly Shopping Days, a special event downtown that began on Black Friday. For every $20 spent at a participating local business between November 23 and December 20, customers will be entered into a drawing to win “Depot Dollars” in the amount of $500, $750 and $1000.
“One Depot Dollar equals $1,” said Jeff DiMiceli, general manager of the Ardmore Main Street Authority. “They can spend them right away or they can hold them and use until June 30, 2019. Our main thing is we want people to come down here and check out everything downtown has to offer.”
Communities outside of Ardmore are also holding events on Small Business Saturday. Sulphur will be hosting its annual Christmas in Sulphur event that afternoon. Starting at 4 p.m. music, food trucks and entertainment will fill the Downtown Plaza, followed by a parade at 7 p.m. and then the official lighting ceremony. Most importantly, there will be some great deals available at the local Sulphur shops as Tori Burba from the Sulphur Chamber of Commerce explained.
“We have a downtown merchants association, and they are all doing some type of sale or special promotion,” Burba said.