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WELLSVILLE – The Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce is supporting Small Business Saturday with special giveaways in local stores as the national event begins the Chamber’s holiday season.
Small Business Saturday will begin the village’s celebration of its vacation in its hometown. It begins Saturday when businesses open and continues throughout the day until businesses close. During business hours, members of the House Events Committee will take a tour of local stores to surprise unsuspecting shoppers with House gift certificates.
A committee member noted that the gift certificates will help defray the cost of shopping in the store.
Bruce Thomas, executive director of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce, said, “Local shopping on Small Business Saturdays is a way for the community to show support for local businesses that support the community. “
Everyone knows about Black Friday and, more recently, Cyber Monday. Black Friday is the traditional Friday after Thanksgiving, when holiday sales push businesses from red in their ledger books to black, indicating a successful year for the business. More recently, Cyber Monday has been recognized as the Monday following Thanksgiving, when shoppers go online to shop for holiday gifts or to search for bargains.
In 2010, the American Express company created Small Business Saturday to help local small businesses, urging people to shop locally before taking their vacation dollars out of town to shop at big box stores.
In Wellsville, Small Business Saturday will also help local artisans and artists. On Saturdays, local artisans and vendors will have items for sale at the Grant Duke Hose Company on Stevens Street. The sixth annual holiday festival is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Mud Club at Wellsville Creative Arts Center will be offering a variety of ceramics and stoneware from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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Small Business Saturday will also kick off the House’s hometown holiday celebration with a parade featuring floats and marchers from local businesses, organizations and clubs, at 4 p.m. The parade will bring Santa Claus to town. The man dressed in purple will light up the Lions Club’s Fantasy of Lights trees on the Library Lawn at 5:00 pm and then welcome the children in the House office until 6:00 pm The annual Laurie fireworks display Mickle Memorial will light up the sky at 6:30 p.m.
The House’s events for its hometown holiday celebration will continue on December 4, 11 and 18.