11/11/13 – Think Big and Shop Local, a Movement to Celebrate Small Businesses

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 11, 2013) — Small Business Saturday is the day to celebrate the shop small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S. In a city where residents can walk or bike to many of their favorite shops and restaurants, shoppers are asked to show their support for West Palm Beach local businesses and join the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) on Nov. 30 to celebrate the importance of local businesses.


“It’s one of the busiest shopping periods of the year with Black Friday and Cyber Monday,” DDA Executive Director Raphael Clemente said. “Instead of featuring big box retailers and online shopping, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize at our locally home-grown businesses and support what sets Downtown apart from the rest.”


Restaurants, shops and other businesses in Downtown West Palm Beach will be joining the DDA in encouraging community members to “Shop Local” and support the businesses that are here to serve them all year long. According to American Express, which launched the campaign in 2010, when residents shop at local small businesses, more than 50 percent of the money spent stays in the community.


“We have some of the highest quality goods and services produced right here in our own backyard. We should be supporting our locally, home-grown businesses to keep our money within the community and encourage local success,” said Clemente. “When we buy locally it provides a great economic impact on the area by increasing its overall value.”


Holiday shoppers will be offered great deals and specials along with a unique touch of appreciation on Small Business Saturday. Those that spend $25 or more at Downtown businesses located in the Clematis District will receive a free Buy Local t-shirt or tote bag. To retrieve the gift, participants can stop by the DDA Office located at 301 Clematis St., Suite 200 (open Monday thru Friday) between Dec. 2 and Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


To learn more about Small Business Saturday or to get involved, visit www.shopsmall.com.


For more information about Downtown West Palm Beach and the Evernia Garage mural, please contact the DDA at (561) 833-8873 or visit westpalmbeachdda.com.


About the Downtown Development Authority
The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities.