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By: Erin Smith

SS_Clean_15degR_Blue Shoppers are gearing up and getting their Christmas lists ready to continue their shopping on Small Business Saturday and to enjoy the Christmas Parade on Sunday.

“Small Business Saturday is now recognized nationally. It is day set aside to promote shopping at small businesses in your community,” said Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard.

She said that on Saturday, many of Bladen County’s merchants will be open and offering deals for shoppers. Maynard said that in addition to bargains found with local merchants, folks will also want to visit the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown where there will be a Christmas Shopping Village. The Christmas Shopping Village will consist of crafts vendors who will have items such as homemade baked goods, handmade jewelry, and handmade baskets.

“Almost all of the local merchants have sales. Some are even offering baked goodies and hot chocolate and cider to their shoppers,” said Maynard.

She said as an added treat many local merchants are also offering free gift wrapping services to their shoppers.

Maynard added thatfor those folks who have limited time both Whimsical Florist and Elizabethtown Florist will come to your home and decorate for the holidays.

Maynard said Small Business Saturday has helped to call attention to the small independently owned businesses not just in Bladen County but nationwide.

“The importance of Small Business Saturday is to keep the money local,” said Maynard.

She said shopping with the Mom and Pop businesses helps them to grow their businesses.

Small Business Saturday is a day that is designed to attention to independently owned and operated stores throughout the United States. It was first celebrated in 2010.

As a segue into the holiday shopping season, the Chamber recently held a Holiday Window and Store decorating contest. The first place winner was Fisher’s Ladies Shop with the theme “Fisher’s Frock Farm.”

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