Small Business Saturday is here.  But what is Small Business Saturday?  This year’s date is Saturday, November 25th, and its a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our community.

Linda Parsons, President and CEO of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Moore County residents to shop locally this Saturday and every day.

“The Moore County Chamber of Commerce has been actively engaged in Small Business Saturday for several years now,” said Parsons. “By shopping and dining locally, you’re helping to give our community its distinct personality.  We are lucky to have so many choices in our county to shop; whether it is Aberdeen, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Carthage, Robbins or Vass just to name a few. The opportunities are endless.”

The Village of Pinehurst is encouraging everyone to shop small at one of Pinehurst’s charming downtown shops on Small Business Saturday.

The Welcome Center in the Theatre Building is raffling off a gift basket filled with items from the Village’s businesses.  All you have to do is purchase an item from any Village shop this Saturday and bring the receipt to the Welcome Center to be eligible to win the basket.  The gift basket has numerous items including a round of golf for four on Pinehurst No. 8.

“When shopping locally, your tax dollars stay local,” Parsons said.  “When you spend $100 at one of our Moore County stores or restaurants, over $68 stays in Moore County. By supporting local businesses, you are helping to create jobs and opportunities.  Not only do independent businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, they are also the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farmers, attorneys, and other businesses expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.”

The Town of Aberdeen is doing some encouraging as well.

Aberdeen is also giving away a gift basket worth over $250 in gift cards and merchandise.  The town is encouraging everyone to stop by their “Downtown Aberdeen” tent to pick up a Shopper’s Passport that is loaded full of promotions.  While you are shopping, you get your passport stamped at participating businesses for a chance to win the gift basket.

Aberdeen shops are inviting residents to come out Saturday by offering promotions.

South Street Aberdeen is offering 20 percent off total purchase. Eloise and Company & Eloise Trading Company are giving customers 30 percent off of total purchase.  Stella Decor & More is offering 25 percent off while A Light Source is giving 25 percent off any in-stock items.  Customers can also save money by shopping at The Bull Room, Aberdeen Bead & Brushes, This Little Piggy Baby and Children’s Boutique, Charlotte’s Furnishings, and High Octane has gift bundling options.

“There are truly so many reasons to shop locally.  Most importantly it strengthens our community,” Parsons said. “Local businesses are owned by people who live in our town, go to your church or synagogue, volunteer at your organizations, coach your sports teams, and are your neighbors.  By supporting local, you are supporting your neighbor.”

Photo courtesy of Moore County Chamber of Commerce

















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