This November 30th is Small Business Saturday; a holiday shopping tradition started ten years ago that has become a powerful movement to promote local independently-owned businesses. This is an opportunity to get all of your holiday shopping crossed off your list, support local businesses, and enjoy what each of Frederick County’s Main Street Communities has to offer.
By choosing to shop local, you are advocating for your community. “On average, 48% of each purchase at a local independent business is recirculated locally, compared to less than 14% of purchases at chain stores,” according to Civic Economics. That means that almost half of what you spend will go back into the community to support local jobs and services. Small businesses help create a vibrant community and a sense of place. They are more likely to give back by supporting local charities and sponsoring local sports teams.
Vickie Grinder, Economic Development Manager of Thurmont, reminds us “Local businesses are owned by your friends and neighbors who have invested in your community-so invest in them and remember them not only November 30th for Small Business Saturday, but all year round!”
We encourage you to “Shop Small.” Make your way around all of Frederick County’s unique downtown shopping districts, explore a glimpse of Frederick County’s past and experience the beauty that defines Frederick County.
Frederick County’s Maryland Main Street Communities
- Downtown Frederick
- Main Street Middletown
- Brunswick Main Street
- Thurmont Main Street
- Mount Airy Main Street (shared with Carroll County)
- New Market Main Street