On Saturday, Nov. 25, after resting from your adventure in a state park (Free Park Friday, Nov. 24) head to Sleepy Eye’s stores for your holiday shopping. Shopping at small town businesses has been referred to as shopping small, there is even a Shop Small logo.

Shopping small can make a big difference. On Nov. 25, shop Small Business Saturday to benefit the community, help the local economy and environment (by not burning so much gas), get personalized service and top-notch products, and have fun exploring the businesses in Sleepy Eye.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S.,” said Jessica Mayle, spokeswoman for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Shoppers reported spending $15.4 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday 2016.

“This support helps America’s small businesses do what they do best: grow their business, create jobs and ensure that our communities remain as vibrant tomorrow as they are today,” Mayle said.

Sleepy Eye’s retail stores and restaurants are ready to help local shoppers this Saturday and throughout the holiday shopping season. An extra shopping experience on Small Business Saturday in Sleepy Eye is a Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair at the Sleepy Eye Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event organizer, Sara Hunter of Prairie Pizza and Buffet, said she has 14 vendors for a full house. “We also have a bake sale and lunch on site,” said Hunter. “And, the first 25 adults shoppers get a goodie bag. I’m excited to welcome shoppers on Saturday.”

It is our local businesses that support so many local events and organizations. The support of local shoppers give these businesses the financial ability to support the community. So, remember to shop small in Sleepy Eye this holiday season and the entire year.