Tuesday, November 22 | Submitted by Downtown Springfield | Downtown Central
Downtown Springfield Association will celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 26.
American Express started the national initiative in 2010 to encourage shoppers to support local businesses as an alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It has evolved into one of the biggest sales days in the holiday season for many independent businesses. In 2015, an estimated 95 million people shopped and spent $16.2 billion across the country according to American Express.
Downtown Springfield activities this year include a wide variety of specials at participating retailers, a free Trolley Bike shuttle connecting downtown retailers with the Queen City Craft Show, and a free cookie at the new Magic and Mayhem Bakery inside Distorted Utopia at 310 S. Campbell. Patrons “shopping small” will receive a free canvas tote bag (while supplies last) and a host of other specials to be unveiled later this week on itsalldowntown.com and the Downtown Springfield Facebook page.
Springfield’s premier indie craft market – Queen City Craft Show – is back and bigger than ever with 50 local and regional artists, makers, and crafters. Customers can enjoy one-of-a-kind gifts, delicious food, and craft beverages while helping local animal rescue group, Rescue One. It will be held at The Old Glass Place at 521 E. St. Louis Street.
“Small Business Saturday is a fun way for everyone to support local businesses. It’s an opportunity to purchase authentic gifts with character from area craftsmen and entrepreneurs. A much higher percentage of the proceeds from your holiday shopping will stay here in Springfield to be reinvested back into the community,” said Rusty Worley, Executive Director of the Downtown Springfield Association.
Downtown Springfield is proud to be the home of three dozen local retailers that generated over $15.7 million in taxable sales last year. It continues to serve as an incubator for regional entrepreneurs who want to be part of a community that supports its businesses through collaborative marketing, financing, networking, education, and iconic family-friendly events.
Rusty Worley, DSA Executive Director, 417.831.6200, email@example.com
Cricket Fries, Owner of A Cricket in the House, 417.865.2758, Cricket_Fries@yahoo.com