Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, during the biggest and busiest shopping period of the year. In 2010, the holiday was promoted by American Express through a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. Using social media, advertising and public relations, it generated more than one million Facebook “like” registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitter hashtags #smallbusinesssaturday and #smallbizsaturday. The day is intended to encourage American shoppers to consider small retailers and merchants as they think of their holiday shopping, as well as a promotional effort intended to encourage consumers to support local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods around the United States.

Our local economy is also participating in Small Business Saturday this year, which is great because of the abundance of locally owned businesses around our area. Many of our favorite shops are offering great deals, which gives you a perfect reason to get started on your holiday shopping! Shorebread, with the help of local blogger, Lizzie King of , has rounded up the best deals for you to get started!

Online local boutiques:

Patty Jeans: an online boutique, owned and operated by local Megan Cosman, will be offering free shipping and 20% off your purchase using the code ‘smallbiz’.

Berlin, Maryland:

Victorian Charm: Located on Main Street, they will be hosting a Kameleon Jewelry Open House, offering buy two Jewel Pops, get one free, and complimentary refreshments.

Bungalow Love: Heather of Bungalow Love has teamed up with Etsy and American Express, and while supplies last will be offering canvas totes, two drawings for $25 American Express Gift Cards and for every $25 you spend, your name will be entered in a drawing for local gift cards.

Sisters: Wine, gifts and tons of gourmet items you can’t find anywhere else are just a few of the specialties this store carries. They will also be offering 30-50% off items throughout the store.

Sea La Vie: Located just off North Main Street in the Taylor Bank public parking lot, Sea La Vie will be hosting a drawing to give away 3 “Library of Flowers” sampling kits. Each customer will receive five tickets with each purchase for their chance to win.

Ocean Pines, Maryland:

Bomshell Boutique: This boutique will be running a jewelry special and offering 20% off your purchase.

West Ocean City, Maryland:

Bungalow 7: 20% off of regularly priced items and 70% of off sale items, the fashionable boutique will also be participating in Cyber Monday with 20% off all website purchases with code ‘cyber20’. And that’s not all, they are even partaking in Giving Tuesday; 10% of all sales will be donated to one of three selected local charities/nonprofits of your choice.

Ocean City, Maryland:

Raggamuffin: This adorable boutique will be offering 20% off all clothing and jewelry all day along with special gifts with purchase.

Local Mojo: Local Mojo is a natural goods marketplace located on 34th St. and Coastal Hwy. On Saturday, your purchase will enter you in a drawing for two $25 gift cards to shop.

Salisbury, Maryland:

Velvet Pearl: Located next to Salisbury University, and in the up and coming Seagull Square, Velvet Pearl will be offering a free tote with purchase, secret savings including anywhere from 20-50% off your purchase, hourly giveaways, sale items, buy one get one free and lastly, sips, treats and surprises.