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Help celebrate Small Business Saturday in St. James City

By Staff | Nov 14, 2018

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Nov. 24 ? the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and get ready to “shop small” on the islands on Small Business Saturday. Grab a friend or family member and head to St James City for a day of shopping and fun, Islanders and visitors are invited to stop by the Olde Florida Outposts, which will be joined again in support of SBS by the Ragged Ass Saloon, Monroe Canal Marina, Two Fish inn and Apex Aqua Adventures, the newest local business in St James City.

The doors will be open from 10 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. All of the participating businesses will have their own specials and promotions. Visit each one and have your passport stamped by all and you can be eligible to win a gift basket.

The Olde Florida Outpost will be hosting a vendor and local artist market with 15 participants, some returning favorites and new talent, displaying their wares. Kuztum Karts will have some of its golf carts on display in front of the shoppe. Bobby Mann will be performing his island-style karaoke from 12-4 p.m., and there will be free hot dogs and soft drinks available beginning at noon.

“I really want to get a better understand out in our community of what Small Business Saturday is,” said Heather Schwarz of the Olde Florida Outpost. “Major retailers have Black Friday as their big shopping day, and on-line businesses have Cyber Monday, but American Express designated the Saturday in-between for small mom and pop businesses and that’s what all of us on the island are, individually owned and operated.

“When I first started this campaign, some businesses said to me, ‘Well, we’re are not a shop like you, so it’s not beneficial to us,'” Schwarz said. “But this is the furthest thing from the truth, and here are my examples why. Ragged Ass Saloon is a bar and restaurant, but they have a retail department. Who wouldn’t want a hat or shirt from their favorite hangout, not to mention why not give someone a gift certificate as a present this year.

Monroe Canal Marina has a line of fishing attire and casual wear, tackle, bait, gas, food and beverages, and gift certificates available as well.

At Two Fish Inn you can get a gift certificate for an overnight stay or weekend getaway. The inn also has a little gift shop.

You can help get the word out and celebrate Small Business Saturday by using #shopsmall on Facebook and all social networks.