PENNSYLVANIA (WHTM) — For many, Thanksgiving is about gratitude and Black Friday is about shopping. Small Business Saturday — the Saturday after Thanksgiving — combines those two ideas. It’s a day when individuals are encouraged to visit the local businesses in their communities, supporting small businesses that create jobs, boost local economies, and shape communities.
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“On Saturday and throughout the holiday season, let’s patronize our small shops, restaurants, theaters, entertainment centers, and more to help support their recovery. It takes hard work, grit, and determination to bounce back from a once-in-a-generation pandemic,” U.S. Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman said in a press release.
According to the press release from the Small Business Administration, there are more than 32.5 million small businesses in the United States, and about half of all American workers are either employed by a small business or own a small business.
Here are some places to shop small around the Midstate:
Gettysburg — Adams County
The streets that radiate from Lincoln Square in Gettysburg are lined with local stores that sell clothing, antiques, home decor, jewelry, and more, in addition to multiple restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. Check out this website for a list of places to shop in the area and this website for a list of places to eat.
Carlisle — Cumberland County
Downtown Carlisle is ready to celebrate Small Business Saturday this year. The Downtown Carlisle Winter Shopping Guide has ideas for gifts and where you can get them, or check out this list of places to shop in Carlise.
Branching out from Carlisle into the rest of Cumberland Valley, there are also several other local businesses to visit in Lemoyne, Mechanicsburg, Shippensburg, Camp Hill, and other places nearby, as found in this list.
Harrisburg — Dauphin County
Midtown Harrisburg is known for its local businesses offering unique dining and merchandise. Millworks is a restaurant that also features artist studios and art for sale. On Saturday, Nov. 27, Millworks will be hosting a Holiday Odd Ones Bizarre with local makers and artists selling their creations throughout the building.
Hershey — Dauphin County
Elizabethtown — Lancaster County
Market Street in Elizabethtown is lined with local shops and restaurants from boutiques to breweries. The Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce lists several of Elizabethtown’s local businesses here.
Intercourse — Lancaster County
Unusual name aside, Intercourse has some great places for shopping local. Check out quilts and other Amish-made crafts as well as apparel, art, food, and more. Kitchen Kettle Village is one option for shopping in Intercourse with several retailers in one location. Then explore these other options, as well.
Lancaster — Lancaster County
With art, clothes, home decor, vintage items, and more, Lancaster’s local shops have a lot to offer. Plus, the city has numerous options for food. Check out this website if you’re looking for places to shop in the city and this one if you’re looking for somewhere to eat.
Lititz — Lancaster County
Lititz is known for its small businesses. Take a walk down Main Street to see several local stores, or if you prefer to plan ahead, check out this list of places to shop and this list of places to eat.