Minerva merchants gearing up for Small Business Saturday


MINERVA – The village business community will celebrate Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and ensure communities stay strong and vibrant, Nov. 25.

Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers.

That day, a wide variety of businesses throughout the village will offer discounts, giveaways, door prizes, activities and more. A map of all participating businesses, their hours, and special offers will be available at the businesses, and the first 10 customers at each location will receive a goody bag filled with information, coupons and treats.

Participating businesses include: Medicine Center Pharmacy, DanceAbel Ballroom Studio, Sphon’s CCW & Armory, Minerva Music Center, Holland’s Restaurant, Simply Scarves . . . and Such, Sandy Springs Brewing Company, Three Sons’ Hardware, George’s Candlelight Bistro, Tropical Paradise Pet Store, Kohmann’s Motors & Mowers, Kishman’s IGA, Soul Creations, Yoder’s Country Market & Deli, Grinders Above & Beyond, Off the Beaten Path, Nevaeh Salon & Spa, Rae’s Jewelry, Market Street Art Spot, Que Pasa Mexican Restaurant, Treasured Sensations and Lion’s Den Sport Shop.

Additionally, pop-up shops will be located at the Roxy Theatre and DanceAbel Ballroom Studio from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring vendors and crafters, including Paparazzi Jewelry, Alpaca Spring Valley Farm, Trades of Hope, Keep Collective, Perfectly Posh, Kristen’s Confections baked goods, Tastefully Simple, Wolfwalker Studio, Pink Zebra, Scentsy, LuLaRoe, knitted items and other crafts, Thirty One and Usborne Books.

“Patronizing local shops and restaurants, as well as doing business with local financial institutions, farmers and home-based businesses benefits the community in many ways. A greater share of dollars spent in locally owned businesses stays in the local economy – as much as three times more than dollars spent in chain outlets,” said Denise Freeland, Minerva Chamber of Commerce director.

“Small businesses create local jobs, help to give Minerva its unique character and build a sense of community. Minerva’s business owners play a huge role in the community’s quality of life, generously supporting schools, athletics, organizations, events and those in need through fundraisers and donations. They often “do the right thing” even if it does not maximize profit,” she added.