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Small Business Saturday
November 26, 2022
Small Business Saturday, an all-day event set for Nov. 26 encourages people from all over the city and beyond to come downtown and support local small businesses. Many of the businesses will host in-store promotions and specials, exclusive to the event.
New this year: the Grinch will be walking around from 11am-2pm and handing out over 100 downtown gift cards totally $1,000. If he stops you, pick an envelope and it will contain a gift card from $10-$25. Gift card giveaway is graciously sponsored by Downtown BID #1 and Downtown Racine Corporation.
“Just like the Grinch, all our hearts grow three sizes during the holiday season! We hope our residents and visitors take advantage of Small Business Saturday and spread some of that love on our hardworking local businesses,” stated DRC Board Chair M.T. Boyle.
Downtown Racine is home to over 100 small businesses, managed and owned by Racine entrepreneurs. It has a plethora of authentic restaurants that can excite any taste buds. There is no doubt gifts can be found for even the pickiest of people at the numerous unique downtown stores.
“We believe that having the Grinch hand out downtown gift cards will be a fun activity for all ages and will have a positive impact on downtown businesses,” stated Andrew Dodge, BID chairman.
“This year, more than ever, it Is crucial we support small businesses. We have such a wonderful mix of retail shops, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list.” said Kelly Kruse, Executive Director of the Downtown Racine Corporation. “This holiday season, please put your money where your heart is. Support your downtown and our local business owners.”
There will be free meter parking all day during Small Business Saturday. Please note, parking time limits will be enforced via tire marking to ensure the turnover of spaces. Most meters in downtown are currently four hours. The free parking excludes all ramps with gates and the Lakefront Lot.
Having successful small businesses in Downtown is crucial to our community. In fact, $0.67 of every dollar stays in the community as compared to shopping at national chains.
Small Business Saturday is proudly backed by American Express, who provides marketing materials and swag for the event.