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Rachel's holiday boutique 2013

Rachel’s Holiday Shopping Boutique on Facebook

As many of you are already aware, over the last few years there has been a movement to encourage holiday shoppers to remember to “Shop Local” and “Shop Small.” American Express has made a big effort to establish the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend as “Small Business Saturday,” partially in response to all of the Black Friday shopping that happens at big box stores and malls.

——————————— Consider this: When you shop at a big chain store, only $43 of each $100 spent is redistributed into the community. Alternatively, when you shop at a small business, $68 of your $100 is reinvested locally. That means that when you shop with local businesses 58% MORE of your purchase impacts your local community. This means support for local schools, jobs, taxes, wages and other communal needs that impact you and your family directly.——————————————-

I am a small business owner and so is my husband. I have many friends and neighbors who support themselves, their families and communities through small business ownership and entrepreneurship. I love an excuse to bring them together under one roof to encourage them to show off and sell their wares. These vendors typically don’t have brick and mortar stores of their own and love to spend the day of the boutique chatting with shoppers and helping them to select just the right gift for a loved one.

I personally enjoy finding a gift that is unique and handmade–and I know that many of you do as well–so giving our community the opportunity to shop without long lines, loud music, bright lights, huge parking lots and departments full of copycat items offers BIG motivation to me for this event. I sincerely hope that it will make holiday shopping more enjoyable and peaceful for many of you. 

So that’s why Rachel’s Holiday Shopping Boutique will be at beautiful, cozy Sewtropolis on Saturday, November 30th, 2013 between 10 am and 6 pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more details on our vendors, product photos, links to their websites and show specials + announcements, please like the event’s Facebook page. Sewtropolis is located in the 48th Street & Chicago Avenue South* community of Minneapolis. Sewtropolis is a generous sponsor of this event, as is my business Rachel Greenhouse Consulting Services. 

* There are several blocks of fantastic small businesses in our neighborhood and we encourage you to check those out as well! Spa Sweet, Rue48 Salon, Sassy Knitwear, Spruce Flowers, Shop in the City, Pumphouse Creamery, Turtle Bread Cafe, Sovereign Grounds Coffee Shop, Pepitos + Parkway Theater, Town Hall Tap, Bagu Sushi, Spark Wellness, New Movement Pilates, Take Time for Yourself Massage + more.

“Small businesses are what make a neighborhood your neighborhood. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country.” 

shop local infographic

We all inherently know that shopping small is good for our communities, but here’s a powerful infographic that shows why shopping local is definitely worth your money. Link to the full graphic here: http://amex.co/19NJlEn

Remember to shop small on Saturday, November 30th and throughout the holiday season!