Plaid Friday & Small Business Saturday 2014 – Shop Locally This Season

shop localThe day after Thanksgiving in the United States has long been referred to as “Black Friday,” a day when retail stores across the country hold big sales and welcome throngs of holiday shoppers looking for that special deal. However, plaid is now the new black. In the past few years, small, locally owned businesses have been participating in “Plaid Friday” – a response to the recent trend of big box stores and national chains monopolizing the kick-off of the holiday season.

Some of these big retailers have begun to open earlier and earlier each year for the event, with several now opening on Thanksgiving evening to get a jump on the Black Friday craze, disrupting employees’ holiday time with family. In addition, the early openings often cause smaller retailers and “Mom & Pop” shops to suffer as their customers flock to the well-hyped super sales. The good news is that Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday are now beginning to get just as much attention for their focus on supporting small employers, who contribute to local economies and practice good work ethics for the benefit of everyone in their communities.

Renamed and reinvented as Plaid Friday a few years ago by entrepreneurs in Oakland, CA, the movement has spread across the country. Now many communities have organized their own special Plaid Friday deals and events. With the support of the Small Business Administration, American Express began their Small Business Saturday program a few years back as well, and eligible cardholders can enroll to get a $10 credit on a purchase of $10 or more at a participating small retailer. For more information on either event, please visit or

“By shopping small, we can help America’s small businesses do what they do best: grow their businesses, create good jobs, and ensure that our communities are vibrant,” says Karen Gordon Mills, the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Skip the stampedes at the malls and shop locally and joyfully instead! This holiday season, please remember to support the small businesses in your own communities including the wonderful shops at the Mill Falls Marketplace here in Meredith. While shopping small, we make a big difference!

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit and And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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