Black Friday: for many people those two words conjure up chaotic images of retail mayhem in big box stores and shopping malls alike. It can get crazy out there this time of year! How ironic is it that Black Friday falls right after Thanksgiving, the one holiday where we’re supposed to focus on being grateful for what we do have. Makes a lot of sense, right? Okay, maybe we’re being just a little dramatic. Some of you just like to get a good deal while you’re wrapping up your holiday shopping, we get it. Things are changing though, and over the years we’ve seen a rise in “shopping small” and “keeping it local.” These trends have paved the way for a different holiday: Small Business Saturday, and it’s one that we, here at the Horton, can really get behind. Read on to learn how to get the most out of Small Business Saturday in downtown Boone.
What is Small Business Saturday? And how does it affect our community?
Small Business Saturday has been around for about eight years, but it still feels relatively new. As you might have guessed, it’s not easy for small businesses to throw sales that match those of Black Friday’s big box stores. It can be intimidating for a small business to even consider participating in a holiday that follows something as dramatic as Black Friday. Small Business Saturday is about so much more than the savings, though. And it’s exciting to see it gaining momentum, especially in small towns like ours, as more small businesses realize that they can participate in unique ways.
Small Business Saturday directly affects our community because when you participate, you’re helping support a local’s dream. We reached out to Lane Weiss, head of the Downtown Boone Development Association, to get her take on shopping small in downtown Boone. Lane: “Small businesses are the heart of what drives a community. They are what keep our communities thriving. These are our neighbors and friends! They are part of the fabric that keeps our community growing and unique. Please mark your calendars and plan to help celebrate our local businesses!”
It really does make a world of difference when we shop small and keep money in our local economy. So, how do you get the most out of Small Business Saturday in downtown Boone? Lane reached out to small business owners to see what they had planned for the holiday. Check out the list of retailers and restaurants below to see what’s going on.
Shopping in Boone, NC
Footsloggers will observe extended hours. Shop Friday & Saturday November 23rd & 24th from 9am until 8pm. Shop Sunday from 11am until 5pm.
High Country Food Hub is offering 15% of your first order with code “smallbizlove” on Saturday, November 24, 2018!
Lililu will have a great once a year sale! Trust us, you don’t want to miss this.
Artmart will have great discounts of up to 60% off!
Dining in Boone, NC
Proper, a restaurant in downtown Boone specializing in homestyle southern cooking, will be giving patrons 10% off their order if they present a receipt from a downtown business.
Lost Province will have live music by Folk and Dagger from 7:30-10:30pm on Saturday, November 24th.
Carolina Pizza will have $7.50 table side s’mores, $10 medium 1 topping pizzas, and other select specials… we’ve heard that there might be a great beer special too!
Thanks for shopping small!
Those are just a few things going on in downtown Boone this weekend. We hope you’re able to come out and show some love to our locally owned stores and restaurants! Remember, next year you can spend the Thanksgiving holiday with us at The Horton Hotel & Rooftop Lounge. And you’ll be able to walk right out the front door and into the heart of it all to do your holiday shopping.