Shop Sylvester on Small Business Saturday

Small businesses often are overlooked by customers who are enticed by larger companies, and this can adversely affect the local economy in more negative ways than might appear on the surface level. The rise of shopping malls and large chain stores such as Walmart and other retailers has caused irreversible damage to Main Street in the last half-century or so, and it’s paramount to remember the importance of supporting local small businesses. After all, why should we not celebrate the spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurship, as exemplified by small business owners who take the risk of following their dreams? After all, it’s a common thing for politicians to talk about supporting Main Street over big business, and how small business owners often face greater hardships than larger companies. Since Small Business Saturday is held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day, it falls right during the peak shopping periods of the year. The 1960s saw the rise of the American shopping mall, and the decades since have seen large chain retailers further cementing their position in terms of taking over the retail sphere and displacing smaller, family-run businesses. This model has spread further throughout the world, and chain retailers have been usurping small businesses’ market share worldwide in the last few decades. That being said, the difference is most stark in countries like the US, where small businesses have often been obliterated within a year or two of some large chain retailer coming to town and opening up shop. In India and much of Southeast Asia, shopping malls coexist with small shops largely because they serve different markets as has been noted in the past, the corner shop is not going anywhere anytime soon in India because customers can purchase items on credit, and that’s just something that you’ll never be able to do in a Wal-Mart or BigBazaar. In the United States, the context is different, though. Different economic realities combined with different cultural ideas about how small businesses operate has ultimately been more harmful to those businesses in developed countries than in developing economies. And with all of the odds stacked against them, small businesses in the US need a day in their honor. Small Business Saturday is a relatively recent phenomenon with the first one being held in Roslindale Village, Massachusetts in 2010 as a counterpart to Black Friday. Small Business Saturday was originally sponsored by American Express and the non-profit National Trust for Historic Preservation. From the very start, the day has been promoted through advertising on both social media and more traditional means such as television and radio advertisement. Since 2013, Small Business Saturday has also existed in the UK following the success of its American counterpart. You may be wondering how to celebrate Small Business Saturday since it is possible that you might have been lead to believe that small businesses are a thing of the past. As a consumer, you can choose to spend your money at local small businesses on this day rather than going to the big box retailers at the local mall. After all, the best way to support small businesses is to go and spend money at them rather than somewhere else. You can also tell your friends to do the same, perhaps making a point of organizing a shopping day where you only visit small, local enterprises instead of chain stores. While you may or may not end up paying more, it’s important to remember that spending your money at a small business generally puts more money into the local economy than if you’re spending that money in a chain store. Some small business owners find that Small Business Saturday is a great time to run marketing promotions, as they can further capitalize on the increased foot traffic from the already busy holiday shopping season and on their online traffic. If you own a small business, you can run some promotion for the day, and otherwise put up a post on your Facebook page. If your small business does not have a Facebook page nor any other online presence, you should seriously consider taking Small Business Saturday to go ahead and do that. So support your local economy, and go out and buy things from a small business today. There are several small businesses in Sylvester that you can shop at on Small Business Saturday. Many of them have Facebook pages for you to follow to see if they are having any sales or specials. Be sure to check them out. Make your plans now to Shop Sylvester on Small Business Saturday.

Thanksgiving Thursday & Black Friday Shopping… 1 2 3 GO!

I can remember when I was a little girl, Black Friday, was a BIG thing. It still is today but much different. On Thanksgiving Day, after lunch all the ladies would have their Albany Herald out looking through all the sale papers and making a plan for the next day. At that time there was NEVER a store opened on Thanksgiving Day. One by one, stores started opening on Thanksgiving Day. It takes away from the fun of the very early Friday morning shopping but some like to do it. It’s hard for me to go on Thanksgiving because after a good Thanksgiving meal, I need a nap! For those that want to do a little more shopping on Thanksgiving, these are the places that are planning to be open for those Thanksgiving Shoppers: Walmart, Kmart, Khols, Target, Toys-R-Us, Macys, JC Penney, Best Buy, Big Lots, Bass Pro Shops, Dollar General, Belk, Rite Aid, Game Stop, Old Navy, Family Dollar, Goody’s, Walgreen’s, Michael’s and Stein Mart. All store times for opening and closing do vary so please check out each store before going. We hope everyone will enjoy the shopping and fellowship with friends and family!

Conger LP Gas Extends Offer

In an effort to assist with hurricane preparations, Conger LP Gas will be extending it’s discounted cylinder fill-up special to include 30#, 40# and 100# cylinders. This special is good at all 3 locations and will be available Thursday and Friday this week. Please share this post with your friends

What A Grand Day at Southern Pick’n & Fashion Twist

Monday was a grand day at Southern Pick’n and Fashion Twist… Grand Opening that is! Their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting was held by The Sylvester Worth County Chamber of Commerce. Several chamber members along with family and friends gathered to welcome the new businesses to town. Be sure to stop by and see them. They have many items to browse through such as clothes, shoes and miscellaneous items for the home. They have beautiful jewelry and scarves as well. So take a break from the heat and stop by for a great shopping experience.