After shoppers rush into major big-box stores on Friday hoping to score a deal on items like TVs and electronics, they will turn their sights local shops on Small Business Saturday.
Watertown First will be hosting its ninth annual “Shop Local Saturday Holiday Market” in the Paddock Arcade in downtown Watertown from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
15 local vendors will be lined up inside the Paddock.
The local businesses that call the Paddock Arcade home will also be open.
“Our intention is to bring people down to our downtown and see all of the amazing local businesses,” Executive Director of Watertown First Amanda M. Stickel said. “Our mission is to educate the community about the importance of shopping local in order to create a self-sustaining economy.”
She said when people shop local, three times more of that money stays in the local economy.
Santa will also be making an appearance from the North Pole.
Stickel said the event has become “a staple.”
More than 500 people are expected to be there.
“It’s full of life and local vendors and businesses and community,” she said.
They partner with American Express for Small Business Saturday so they will be giving out tote bags, stickers, etc.
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