Local merchants welcome support on Small Business Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 November 2013 at 12:00 am

They have their shops decorated, their merchandise all spiffed up and deals aplenty. Local merchants hope the community will spend some of their holiday shopping dollars in Orleans County, away from the big box stores and malls.

It seemed awfully quiet yesterday in our business districts as folks fled to the malls. That has become an annual tradition the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday is built up by the big media – the television and radio stations, and the big city dailies that count the national chains as advertising customers.

Orleans Hub relies on the local small-town merchants to pay our bills. Spend some of your money with them and have some fun while you’re at it.

Medina will be in its glory today during its seventh annual Old Tyme Christmas celebration that includes children’s activities, music, Santa, elves, a parade of lighted floats and live music. (Click here to see the schedule and more information.)

Albion businesses, including restaurants, have also joined to offer discounts on Small Business Saturday, which has been an official national event since 2010.

If we shop small, we can have a bigger and better community in Orleans County.