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Shop Baltimore on Small Business Saturday and Support Local Businesses

Belvedere Square has art and crafts stores, bars, restaurants and Jewelry stores that will make shopping on this Small Business Saturday easy. Photo: Kazad/ Artcentron

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BY KAZAD

Shop Baltimore and Celebrate small businesses on American Express Small Business Saturday

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — On this Small Business Saturday, shop Baltimore . Baltimore has many restaurants, arts and craft stores, coffee stores, bars, galleries, and numerous others that will benefit tremendously from Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year’s small Business Saturday will be held on November 30, 2013.

On Charles Street, one of the major streets in Baltimore with a lot of small businesses, there are preparations to make this year’s Small Business Saturday eventful for customers. Businesses have special offers, discounts and gifts ready for their devoted shoppers  who are ready to shop Baltimore. One of the prominent stores on Charles Street ready for the Small Business Saturday is Beadazzled, a women-run business.  Beadazzled  encourages  its customers to shop Baltimore. This is a major store where customers can buy amazing jewelries made from beads and gemstones found in different parts of the world. The store has necklaces, earrings, pendants, bracelets amongst many others made from gemstone beads, organic beads, metal beads, glass beads, sea beads, Swarovski Crystals, African beads and ceramic beads. The shop also offers arts and craft classes, bead jewelry making classes and the popular Split Complementary Jewelry competition recently won by Aleksandra Kline.

In preparation for the Small Business Saturday, Beadazzled, which also has stores in Washington DC and Virginia, has been reaching out on Facebook, reminding its customers to patronize Beadazzled  and shop Baltimore on this Small Business Saturday. To encourage them, the store will be offering customers the opportunity to win a $50 gift card. “In the spirit of this event, we are giving back to you!  Anyone who visits one of our three locations and provides their email address will be entered to win a $50 gift card.  There will be a separate drawing at each location, and no purchase is required,” Beadazzled notes in a recent news letter. Drawings will be held next week.

Not far from Beadazzled is Women’s Exchange where the campaign has always been to shop Baltimore and local. The exchange sent up more than five years ago has the objective of helping creative and industrious women and men to sell their extraordinary creations. At the Exchange, shoppers on this Small Business Saturday will find contemporary jewelry, eco- friendly art, handmade clothing, and handmade crafts that will be amazing gifts for friends and families during this holiday season. Customers who shop at the Exchange during this Small Business Saturday will not just be supporting a small business, they will also be sustaining a lot of crafts people who survive by creating remarkable crafts and one-of-a-kind jewelry.

These are just two stores that will benefit from local patronage when people shop Baltimore an this Small Business Saturday. There are many other stores across Baltimore that will gain from sales during the Small Business Saturday when people shop Baltimore. The Belvedere Square Market around York Road has many things to offer this Small Business Saturday. The important fact to remember is that when you shop Baltimore on this Small Business Saturday, you are reinvesting in your own community and helping small business grow, because the money spend in Baltimore stays in Baltimore. While other holidays shopping like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are important aspect of the holiday shopping period, buying local on Small Business Saturday is a contribution to the development of the Baltimore community. In an era when big business and stores are spending huge amount on advertisement to draw large crowds to their stores, Small Business Saturday is a great initiative that will boost small businesses in Baltimore and help them grow.

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Small Business Saturday began November 27, 2010 with the main purpose of helping small businesses grow. An initiative of American Express, the objective of Small Business Saturday is to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize small businesses in their locality. Since it started, Small Business Saturday has continued to grow. Although not as popular as many of the other holiday shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, participation in the Small Business Saturday continues to grow. On Facebook, Twitter, and Google, many small business owners from across the country have expressed their support for Small Business Saturday. On Facebook, the likes have grown from about 50 thousand from a year ago to 3.2 million. Many of the small business owners who have shown their interest on Facebook for the Small Business Saturday, have also continued to provide important ideas that will benefit other small businesses.

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