The days after Thanksgiving are made for shoppers. Friday is for the big box stores, Saturday is for local businesses, and Monday is for online sales.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 30 this year and the Durham Economic Development Commission, in partnership with the Durham Public Library, want to make sure residents go out and do their part to support local shops.
“This is the second year that we’ve partnered with the library to do something like this,” said EDC Chair Janet Morganti.
The library and economic development commission will be bringing back the small business passports from last year, giving residents a chance to stop at as many local businesses as they can in order to collect stamps.
The passports will then be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: a $100 American Express gift card.
“Last year we got a lot of responses that kids also wanted a passport,” said Kim McNally, assistant library director. “So this year we decided that we would take over the scavenger hunt piece so that economic development didn’t have to.”
The library has put together a passport for kids to take part in, as well. Youngsters will be charged with finding specific books that have been hidden in stores across town.
Residents can also expect some special deals and incentives from business owners on Small Business Saturday as well.
“Certain people are giving 10 percent off, 20 percent off,” said Morganti. “They’re trying to say ‘This is what we do.”
Also, the library will be offering free gift wrapping for anyone who brings in an item bought in town so long as it comes with proof of purchase.
“I think this is something that people are really starting to look forward to,” said Morganti.
Passports can be picked up at the Durham Public Library up until Saturday.