Well for better or worse, the holiday buying season is upon us. Please check out the Discover Lehigh Valley web site to see our partner’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals that offer some pretty good savings for those looking to save a buck or two. Sorry for the shameless plug, but it’s my blog so I can do what I want.

Now onto the “meat” of this blog. Saturday, November 29th is “Small Business Saturday.” This day was founded back in 2010 by American Express as a way to celebrate and support small business across the country, including those wonderful establishments that make their home here in Lehigh Valley.

Yes, we all love the big box stores for their competitive pricing, but let’s be honest there is something special that small businesses offer. From the uniqueness of the products or services offered to the friendly smile or the greeting by name the warmness that you feel when buying from the “little guy” can be very rewarding.

There are many local businesses taking part in the day this year. Here are some of my favorites that will greet you with open arms.

atwnAllentown

For more about downtown Allentown please visit www.downtownallentown.com.

bethBethlehem

For more about Bethlehem’s shopping district please visit www.downtownbethlehemassociation.com.

estonEaston

For more about Easton’s downtown please visit www.eastonmainstreet.org.

Please help the small retailer this Saturday and throughout the year. These are the places that make our community so wonderful and vibrant, and they will appreciate it more than you will ever know. Cheers to finding that perfect gift Lehigh Valley!