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Deals are many for Small Business Saturday in Craig

Shopping promotion aims to boost local economies

For many Americans, the day following Thanksgiving means visiting big box retailers for the greatest bargains of the year. Some love this tradition, while others have sworn it off entirely, but perhaps there's a way to do your shopping for the season without too much stress and supporting your local economy.

Residents of Craig are encouraged to join in the movement of Small Business Saturday, an effort to promote locally owned businesses amid the biggest sales weekend of all.

Small Business Saturday was first created in 2010 by American Express as a way to counter the hazards of Black Friday and the impersonal nature of Cyber Monday by offering another option.

The greatest conflict small businesses can face in this stretch is being unable to advertise on the same level of chain stores, said Nadine Daszkiewicz, owner of The Kitchen Shop.

Those who are searching for unique bargains may just find them by engaging the marketplace available to them and not assuming a single small store can't or won't offer anything.

"It's just a matter of checking with the individual business to see what they're going to do," she said.

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While not all stores in Craig will remain open during the days following the holiday, some have worked sales promotions into their plans. MJK Sales will host its customer appreciation day on Saturday at both of its Craig locations, while Under the Sun Tanning will have its doors open Friday and Saturday with a special for first-time customers to receive free tanning sessions.

The offer is both meant to commemorate its first anniversary with new ownership and to catch the eye of those out and about who could use a break from shopping, said owner Andrea Camp.

"We figured we'd let them come out of the cold and really get warm," she said.

Under the Sun will also have some materials on sale for those who drop in during these days.

Craig's Downtown Business Association has numerous promotional items for Small Business Saturday, ranging from doormats to balloons to dog bandanas to cloth tote bags for shoppers.

The plan for downtown merchants is to open slightly earlier but at a reasonable hour and stay open as long as there is demand, possibly extending into Saturday's Parade of Lights.

Daszkiewicz said her store will have multiple discounts on inventory, including items that will only be available as part of Small Business Saturday.

What they are, she can't reveal before the sale.

Daszkiewicz added that the DBA's Locals Love You More Contest is still in place and runs through the end of the year. Customers can compile their receipts for entries for a drawing that takes place in January, so shopping smart now means you may be in for a big win after Christmas.

"Those receipts do add up, and we've got some great prizes," Daszkiewicz said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.