Shop Small Crawl and other events promote local shopping this weekend.
Small businesses in Utah rely on community members to shop this weekend and throughout the holiday season, according to the owners.
“Every dollar you spend on a locally owned independent business stays here in our community – 55% of that dollar stays in our community,” Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said this week. “That is compared to just 13% you spend at any big box store. “
If you shop locally on Saturday, you can even win $ 500 in spending money – a prize that Local First Utah is promoting ahead of its “Shop Small Crawl” that day, featuring dozens of local businesses.
“You keep more money in our economy, you increase the prosperity of Utahns of all types and you celebrate what it feels like to be in a place with friends and neighbors, which we have been missing,” he said. said the executive director of Local First Utah. Kristen Lavolette said this week she goes shopping small.
On Saturdays, crawl buyers, whether online or in person, can scan a QR code to enter the contest. For a list of participating businesses, visit localfirst.org/shop-small-crawl-guide.
A term first coined by American Express in 2010, “Small Business Saturday” encourages shoppers to buy local after Black Friday, which injects billions of dollars into the economy, primarily for the benefit of national and international retailers.
“Retailers like us operate at a loss for much of the year,” Matt Caputo of Caputo’s Market and Deli said this week. “Having a very busy vacation period is really where we take a big part of it. “
Buying local doesn’t necessarily mean ignoring large online retailers and big box stores, Caputo said. But he encouraged residents to spend time browsing local business districts, where Mendenhall said small business owners and employees can offer personalized recommendations that outperform most “25 best gifts” lists.
King’s English Bookstore, for example, prides itself on finding the perfect match for every guest reader.
“There could be a lot of books that are on containers somewhere in the ocean,” said Anne Holman of The King’s English. “But I promise we have a lot more books in the store than you will find and love.”
The Shop Small Crawl isn’t the only way to find unique gifts this weekend and throughout the holiday season: Wheeler Holiday Market, 6351 S. 900 East, opened in Murray for its weekend. end of annual shopping with more than 30 sellers.
At the Bountiful Davis Art Center, located at 90 N. Main St., vendors from across the state will be selling handmade products Tuesday through Saturday through December 23.
The Neighborhood Hive Small Business pop-up also features a variety of vendors at 2065 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, every Saturday of the holiday season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
And the seasonal Winter Farmers Market has recently started at The Gateway, located at 400 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City. It operates from Saturday to April from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.