Where Will You Shop in Redmond for Small Business Saturday?

The mayor has declared Nov. 24 "Small Business Saturday" in Redmond, and is encouraging people to shop locally. Give your favorite place a shout-out in the comments.

Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves.

What about those mom-and-pop businesses all over Redmond and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day?

That’s basically the question that was asked in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born.

Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website.

Redmond Mayor John Marchione is encouraging residents here to do the same, declaring Nov. 24 as Small Business Saturday in Redmond.

“By supporting Redmond’s small businesses, shoppers will boost our local economy and help create and maintain jobs in Redmond,” Marchione said. “I’m proud to support Small Business Saturday and I encourage all residents, employees and visitors to shop small on November 24 in support of our wonderful Redmond merchants.”

Where do you plan to shop or dine locally? Give your favorite place a mention in the comments, or review them in our Directory.

American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its third year on Nov. 24, the event drew over 100 million people last year, according to the Small Business Saturday website.

To find retailers in Redmond that take part in the promotion, just visit the Small Business Saturday website, click on “Find Out Where To Shop” in the menu at the top of the screen and type in your ZIP code.

You can also find Redmond businesses and discounts at www.thinkredmond.com.

Avis Ferguson November 24, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Off to Janie and Jack!
Joe November 25, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I stopped by VALA in Redmond Town Center (next to Game Stop). VALA is the new venue for locally-produced art. It is more art gallery than craft shop. Has Redmond ever had a genuine art gallery? Anyways, some gorgeous work. http://www.valaeastside.org/ "VALA, Venues for Artists in the Local Area, Eastside, is a 501c3,non-profit arts organization based in Redmond,WA, committed to connecting artists to artists, artists to the community, and the community to art."
Sara Houle McDowell November 25, 2012 at 07:12 PM
We ate at The Stone House last night and had a very pleasant meal. :) The beet, fig and goat cheese salad was delicious.
Caitlin Moran November 25, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Hi Joe, glad to hear you were able to check out the art shop! It sounds like they have a really neat relationship with Redmond Town Center. Here's a bit more info: http://patch.com/A-ydMw
Caitlin Moran November 25, 2012 at 08:20 PM


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