For several years now, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been designated as Small Business Saturday. It’s a nationwide effort designed to promote shopping locally to keep those businesses and communities thriving. Clarion is no exception, and even though we are blessed with many full storefronts here they need our continued support to keep going and especially now during their biggest shopping season of the year.
Clarion stores will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. that day, with lots of holiday specials and some stores even doing giveaways. “These local merchants support our clubs, organizations and sporting events all year long, so it’s a chance for Clarion residents to say thank you and support them as they support the community we live in,” said Clarion Chamber and Development Executive Director Kim Heller. “If you have family in town for the holidays, you can take them to see all the fine shops and businesses we have in the downtown area. The Christmas lights are up, and the holiday music is playing, so it’s a great time to take a stroll down mainstreet and get into the holiday spirit.”
While you’re doing that, make sure to check out the Vendor Market at grounded from 9 a.m. to noon. Enjoy a cup of their fine coffee, and maybe one of their delicious baked treats, while browsing the display tables from thirty-one, Jewel Kade, Silpada and Beyond Baby. “It’s an opportunity to get started on holiday shopping, with lots of cash and carry items or you can place an order with any of them for delivery before Christmas,” said Heller.
If that isn’t already enough, that Saturday is also the kickoff weekend for the free merchant movies at the Clarion Theatre. Those will run for three weekends starting at 11 a.m., and are sponsored by local Chamber members in cooperation with the theatre. Be sure to thank them for making it possible, and the free tickets can be picked up from any participating merchant, including Clarion Super Foods, on a first come, first served basis to theatre capacity only.
“Let’s make this a great day of showing our support for all the fine downtown businesses in Clarion,” concluded Heller.