Ellicott City, Maryland, is still reeling from flooding earlier this summer. But for the businesses trying to hang on, Small Business Saturday offered a crucial test ahead of a very uncertain future.
Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, provides an opportunity to save big on unique gifts not found anywhere else and in many instances, save on food and services. Check out some of the ways you can save while supporting local shops and restaurants in D.C.
“It provides a perfect counterpoint to the frenetic holiday shopping season. It is an opportunity for shoppers to think local and about the impact spending local has,” says Kristen Barden, with the Adams Morgan Partnership.
Acknowledging that more and more people are shopping online these days, Mayor Muriel Bowser reminded D.C. residents that it’s a good idea to also shop at neighborhood stores. See photos.
Senator Ben Cardin, D-Md., only had one request for the crowd of hundreds along Ellicott City’s Main Street on Saturday: “Open up your wallets and buy some things today.”
For this small-business owner in Kensington, it’s not just about selling paint or helping customers with their home décor — it’s about community connections.
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