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 Wayne 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 back 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.
American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its 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.
Locally owned business across the country now take part in Small Business Saturday, offering their own deals to rival those offered the day before on Black Friday.
To find retailers in Hasbrouck Heights 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.
Wayne has hundreds of stores offering a wide variety of products and services designed to meet your every personal and professional need.
There are several home-based businesses, including several accountants and medical professionals offering their advice to anyone who wants a more personal touch with their business dealings.
There are dozens of restaurants in town like Positano's and Gabriel's that residents have been frequenting for years with their families.
Farms View roadside stand has been providing area residents with home-grown produce and other products for years. People come from all over just for the corn.
Lately, other business owners have had to deal with the destruction of their businesses, like Grasshopper Too during Tropical Storm Irene. But they rebounded, persevered, and have reopened, some better than when they closed.
There are about 100 businesses, including several in the Willowbrook Mall, that are participating in Small Business Saturday. Here is a list of some of them:
- Muscle Maker Grill
- Grand Chalet
- Strawberry Blossom and Garden Center
- Canete Landscaping
- Absolute Auto and Flat Glass
- Uptown Country Furniture at the Old Red Barn
- Derbyshire's Unpainted Furniture
- Lighting Expo
- Birch Hill Nursery
- Aqua Tile and Marble
- Jan Fence
- Wayne Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associates
- Windows & Doors Inc.
- American Woodcarving School
- Boardwalk Cheesesteak