Eager shoppers who have been camped out since last Thursday to be first in line for Black Friday bargains should not forget about Small Business Saturday.
Shoppers have the opportunity to support their local businesses on Saturday.
"Stow residents have always been strong supporters of our local businesses," Mayor Sara Drew said. " I am pleased that once again there is a focus on reminding shoppers of their locally owned businesses and encouraging everyone to consider patronizing the shops owned and operated by our neighbors, friends and family members in Stow."
Small Business Saturday was conceived by American Express and is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping periods of the year.
According to its website, Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone — from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally — to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving.
Small Business Saturday began in 2010.
Last year, American Express reported that more than 100 million people came out to shop at independently owned small businesses.
Some local bakeries and restaurants in Stow participating in the event include: Dipped and Dazzled Bakery, Tip Top, Teresa’s Pizza, Luca’s New York Style Pizza, Pancho and Lefty’s, Altieri’s Pizza, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Thai Gourmet and Parasson’s.
Braidy Jewelers, Eddy’s Bike Shop, Joe’s Auto, Marhofer Auto Family, Doggy Go Go and many more will be open for local business.
Local shoppers can also stop by Vision Hair Design or Hair Creations to get freshened up for the holidays.
Interested shoppers are encouraged to check out the websites to find further information about business hours and sales for Small Business Saturday.
“I sincerely hope that shoppers will keep the small businesses in mind not only on Small Business Saturday, but this entire holiday season and beyond," said Doris Stewart, Stow Chamber of Commerce president.
Stewart added that small businesses make up the majority of membership in the chamber, which has more than 400 members. This demonstrates the importance of local retailers to the economy.