Better than Black Friday. More Fun Than Cyber Monday: It’s Small Business Saturday!

Small Business Saturday Santa CruzFirst there was Black Friday – the day when the holiday shopping season officially kicks off as big box retailers slash prices and entice crazed crowds of deal seekers.

Then came Cyber Monday, because online retailers were jealous of all the fun the big box stores were having on Black Friday.

But did you know that there is now a 3rd shopping holiday the weekend after Thanksgiving?  Yep, and this one is perfectly suited for Santa Cruz.

Small Business Saturday was created a few years back by American Express, in their effort to support small business owners.  Positioned between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a day to promote the benefits of shopping locally.

You can show your support of local Santa Cruz businesses by kicking off your holiday shopping on Nov. 30.  There are plenty of options for shopping locally, from Downtown Santa Cruz and the Capitola Village to boutique shops all throughout the county.

Downtown Santa Cruz will have sidewalk sales all weekend, and American Express and Santa Cruz Patch will be paying your parking fees on Pacific Ave.

Are You a Local Business Owner?

Are you running special offers for Small Business Saturday that you want to let our readers know about?  Tell us here and we’ll promote your specials on this site, and through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

For more support and ideas to promote your business for Small Business Saturday, visit the American Express Small Business Saturday resource center.

Where Will You Be Shopping This Holiday Season?

We’ve all got our favorites.  What are yours?  Use the comments below to tell us your favorite local shops for holiday shopping.


About Ethan Oates

Ethan Oates fell in love with Santa Cruz while visiting as a child. He has lived in Santa Cruz since the mid '90's, and is happiest when spending time with his family.