Black Friday is quite low key here on Frisco Main Street. Nobody is selling plasma TVs for $50 for those brave enough to sleep in the parking lot...or whatever exactly happens on that crazy shopping day every year.
I don't really know, because I myself am a Black Friday avoider. I don't think I have ever gone shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. Now that I have a gift shop of my own, I'm just thankful the Black Friday madness is usually relegated to the big box stores and outlet malls.
Small Business Saturday is a different matter altogether. For the most part, smaller, local businesses don't offer crazy "door-buster" kinds of deals (because we can't afford to!) Instead, Small Business Saturday is about remembering and supporting the many small businesses that are owned and operated by individuals and families.
You can support your local shops by checking in any time of year when you need something, and choosing to buy local whenever possible. But as we kick off the holiday shopping season, Small Business Saturday is a nice reminder that it's possible to avoid the malls and see what the smaller, brick and mortar businesses in your town have to offer.
Online shopping has changed the game so much in recent years, and now we are seeing even some popular big box stores struggling and going out of business. On one hand, that's modern life--the one constant is that things always do change. But then sometimes, they come back around when people realize what they have lost. (Think independent bookstores.)
The main thing to keep in mind is that we all need to support our local small companies if we want them to remain in business. We get it, sometimes you gotta order something off Amazon. We do that sometimes, too. But if it's possible to buy something locally, then you're supporting the owners and employees who live and contribute in your community. That makes for a vibrant local economy, which helps everyone thrive.
It's something worth thinking about.