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Ann Arbor retailers remind holiday shoppers of Small Business Saturday activities

Small businesses in Downtown Ann Arbor
Main Street Area Association
Small businesses in Downtown Ann Arbor

While many are waking up early today for Black Friday deals, the retail community in Ann Arbor is urging you not to forget the importance of shopping locally tomorrow as part of Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday started back in 2010 as a way to inspire consumers to consider shopping beyond the big retailers and turn their attention to local businesses. But now, we’re coming off of two years where consumers spent a great deal of holiday shopping online during the pandemic.

And so, Sandra Andrade, Executive Director of Ann Arbor’s Main Street Area Association, says it’s also a time to remind people about the importance of getting back out in the community.

"It’s just important to remember to make an effort to shop locally because changing even 10% of your shopping habits can really impact the local economy. And it’s lots of fun. You get to walk around and meet people face-to-face."

Andrade says there’s a whole list of downtown activities and shopping opportunities on their website.

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