Jacksonville businesses are preparing for the annual shopping day held hours after one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Small Business Saturday was formed in 2010 to counter the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Since then, the United Kingdom picked up the holiday from the United States in 2013 and #SmallBusinessSaturday has taken on a life of its own.
Jacksonville Main Street Event Coordinator Kristen Jenkins says Downtown Jacksonville businesses will offer secret sales, food and entertainment from 9-2 p.m. on Saturday.
“Jacksonville Main Street will offer entertainment including Santa being downtown, there will be dancing around the square and there is a vendor fair at On The Rox. There will be lots of local vendors selling their goods,” says Jenkins.
Jenkins says shopping local allows small businesses to flourish and keeps the money spent in the community.
“You can really knock out your entire shopping list for Christmas in Downtown Jacksonville. It offers everything from gift cards, restaurants, movies and unique gifts. We have boutiques like Just Good Trade. For any crafters out there, gift certificates from the Quilted Cow or the Recycled Cottage would be perfect. You can always pick up scarfs and decorative items from All Occasions. There are some great places to shop downtown for your Christmas list.”
Go to http://www.jacksonvillemainstreet.com/ for more information on Small Business Saturday.