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Shop Locally in Watertown on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24

Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on.

American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Watertown.

"The Watertown-Belmont Chamber of Commerce (WBCC) has emphasized shopping local for the past 39 years. Small businesses are one of a few crucial components that make both towns so unique," said Robert Airasian, president of the chamber's board of directors.

Local shops usually spend and obtain products needed for their own business from other local sources. Creating jobs, community development, neighborhood investment and increasing local economic activity are all positive results when residents decide to shop local.

"Take Coolidge Square in Watertown for example: Middle Eastern food, community banks, hardware stores, pizza shops, diners, liquor stores, all locally run and owned," Airasian said. "These establishments offer tremendous personal service, customer loyalty and all care deeply about Watertown through their support of the WBCC and other community groups."

Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities.

Dozens of Watertown businesses and restaurants will take part in Small Business Saturday, including:

  • Graphic Connections
  • The Comic Stop 
  • Fastachi 
  • Eastern Clothing 
  • Roksana Persian Foods
  • Super Fusion II
  • Red Lentil 

More are also participating. For the full list visit https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/ 

You can also “like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/shopsmall.

Everyone has locally owned businesses in their community, and shopping on Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to give back to the businesses you know and love in your community.

TELL US: What small businesses do you patronize in your town and what makes them great? Share in the comments below. 

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