Posted at: 11/24/2012 6:34 PM
Updated at: 11/24/2012 11:11 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
While Black Friday is often marked by long lines and big crowds, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is also a shopping holiday, but on a much "smaller" scale.
Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to shop local, and to shop small. This is the third year the day has been recognized nationwide, but the first year for Duluth's downtown.
"The bread and butter of our community is the small businesses," said Darlene Marshall, Events Coordinator of the Greater Downtown Council. "This is just a great way to give back to the people that are giving to us."
More than 20 Duluth businesses observed the day, ranging from the YMCA to the comic store, The Rogue Robot. Businesses like Personal Best Pilates offered free classes to Saturday shoppers, while ECO, a green interior decor store, offered holiday decorating demonstrations.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for people to come down and bring life and help us sustain small businesses," ECO interior designer, Jennifer Lewis, said.
Small Business Saturday is more than shopping for deals, it's about celebrating the unique culture of downtown.
"There are very specific businesses downtown that you cannot find in the big industry," Personal Best Pilates instructor, Linda Carrillo, said. "It's very unique."