After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday This Weekend in Redlands

The City of Redlands and American Express are promoting the Nov. 24 event in communities across Southern California.

The City of Redlands, a major credit card company, and more than a dozen local businesses are urging residents to "Shop Small" on Nov. 24, Small Business Saturday.

"Small Business Saturday takes place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday," a city spokesman said in a recent announcement. "It is one of the busiest holiday shopping weekends of the year."

Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010, Redlands spokesman Carl Baker said. It's a nationwide promotion, it's all about small, local businesses, and the credit card company is offering incentives.

"American Express card holders who register their cards ahead of time, shop at a participating small business on Nov. 24 and spend at least $25 will get a $25 statement credit per registered card," Baker said.

According to the City of Redlands, participants in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24 include:

- Martha Green's Eating Room & Dough'Lectibles at 107 E. Citrus Ave.

- A Rolling Stone at 320 E. Citrus Ave.

- Collective Journey - Destination Inspiration at 1755 Orangetree Lane

- Don's Bicycle Shop at 700 E. Redlands Blvd., Suite B1

- Frugal Frigate - A Children's Bookstore at 9 N. Sixth  St.

- Sweet Memories Candy & Toys at 16 N. Sixth St.

- Nectar at 12 E. State St.

- denM at 18 E. State St.

- Paxton's Cellar at 104 E. State St., Suite L/M

- Devi's at 109 E. State St.

- Cabinet Factories Outlet at 117 E. State St.

- Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St.

- Treasures at 411 E. State St.

- RChateau at 40 W. Stuart

- Redlands Cyclery USA at 415 Tennessee St., Suite A

"They are small businesses, the lifeblood of our community," Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar said in a promotional video for Small Business Saturday.

"It's the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement, to drive shoppers to our local merchants on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year," Aguilar said. "Small businesses create jobs, preserve neighborhoods and fuel the local economy. Did you know that over two-thirds of every dollar spent at a local business goes right back into our community?"

For more information visit cityofredlands.org/smallbusinesssaturday or www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small.

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