Amidst Black Friday frenzy and Cyber Monday mania, the city of Wyandotte and the Wyandotte Downtown Development Authority will be joining shopping communities nationwide in encouraging consumers to shop small and local during this year's Small Business Saturday, November 28.
The celebration is centered in and around downtown Wyandotte and will feature live entertainment by carolers, helping hands from Santa's elves, horse and buggy rides and various in-store activities.
"Wyandotte is the quintessential small business city," says Dan Cataldo, executive board member for the WDDA. "This is a great opportunity to enjoy our vibrant downtown area while supporting the local community."
Home Philosophy is a locally owned and operated business offering home decor, lighting, accessory items and jewelry - with a very cool and edgy vibe.
Owner and designer James Andrew joined Fox 2 Saturday morning, and talked with Andrew Andrews about the importance of supporting small and locally owned businesses.
If you want to check out his incredible store, it's located at 3113 Biddle Ave. in Wyandotte.
Small Business Saturday is a shopping holiday initiated by American Express in 2010, in an effort to promote local, small businesses and to drive holiday shoppers to explore the locally-owned shops of their communities.
For the WDDA, Small Business Saturday aligns perfectly with their Local First campaign, an initiative that seeks to increase awareness of the cost associated with taking dollars away from the local economy.
Many downtown Wyandotte businesses will be participating in Small Business Saturday by offering special discounts and values. To help shoppers find out what their local business community has to offer, the city will be providing walking maps with store specials listed on the back..
According to the WDDA's website, it's worth trying to change the habits of shoppers to ensure that local businesses survive, prosper and contribute to the community.
"Communities that support their local businesses are richer, happier and more well-rounded," says Cataldo. "Your choice does make a difference."
For more information on the event, contact the Wyandotte DDA or visit their event page at Inthedotte.com