The Think Local First campaign is gearing up for Small Business Saturday and for Think Local First for Christmas!
Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday (November 29th), held every year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, was created by American Express in 2010 to support the small businesses that create jobs and boost the economy. Since its inception, Small Business Saturday has served as the ceremonial kickoff to the busy holiday shopping season for independently-owned businesses.
The Chamber is really excited to be participating for the first time. We’ll be promoting the businesses that will be open and participating in Small Business Saturday with posters around town and on the Think Local First Facebook page. Stop in at the Chamber and pick up your “Shop Small” button and wear it with pride! On that Saturday, if you make a qualifying purchase at one of the participating businesses, not only will you be supporting our community and your local economy, but you’ll receive one of the 300 “Shop Small” canvas tote bags available, while supplies last.
There are so many great ways to do your Christmas shopping locally: tools for your handyman from G&R Auto Parts or Clark Lumber, unique gifts or antiques from Miss Lizzy’s or Prairie Chic, a bottle of their favorite wine or spirit from Sullivan’s or Barnes Heartland Liquor, a subscription to the Herington Times, candles or home décor from Kay’s or Signature Homestyles, beauty products from Mary Kay, a gift certificate from one of our local restaurants or for a beauty treatment from First Impressions or Shear Joy. Show those you love that you really care with a thoughtful gift from a local merchant!
The Chamber’s Fun Committee works hard to put together great events for our community and it’s extremely gratifying to us when one succeeds as greatly as the recent Costume Parade and Trunk or Treat event did. 205 kids signed up for the prize drawing and participated in the parade with even more kids and families joining in for the Trunk or Treat. I talked to families from Burdick and Hope and Lincolnville and even a group that came in from Salina for our event!
The Fun Committee wanted to make sure and recognize everyone who contributed to this fantastic success. Thank you to Kenny Staatz and the Herington Fire Department for bringing out the firetruck to lead the parade. The Dickinson County EMTs deserve a big round of applause for handing out reflective bags and other safety materials.
We were so excited for the number of Trunk or Treat stations we had. Thank you to the American Legion Riders, the First Baptist Church, the Throttle Jockeys Car Club, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, all the businesses (especially State Farm for bringing the big bear) that turned out, as well as the many residents who set up a truck and handed out candy.
It was so hard to pick of winner of the best decorated treat station; the group finally decided to split the prize between Tonya Utech with First Impressions and Lisa Herpich. The three drawings for the $50 in Local Bucks went to Magaen Bell, Mileah Backhus and Aiden Thibodeau.
Again, thank you to everyone who helped to make this event the rousing success that it was!