Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging shoppers to keep their business in Marion on the busiest retail spending weekend of the year. Holiday shopping kicks into high gear this week on Black Friday, but Small Business Saturday on the following day is designed to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.
The Chamber will be whipping up excitement Saturday about local shopping by giving away free coffee and handing out promotional materials from area businesses. Chamber members will be located at Marion Commons outside the tourism office from 9 a.m. until noon.
First observed in 2010, Small Business Saturday, a registered trademark of American Express, is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively.