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Marion Business Associaton announces Shop Small Main Street Craft Crawl

Nov 20, 2023 04:17PM ● By WNC Business

Marion Business Associaton announced that, as a member of the American Express® Neighborhood Champion Program, it will host Shop Small Main Street Craft Crawl as part of Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Nov 25. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday celebrates the impact small businesses have on communities across the country.

With a focus on “Shop Local,” Small Business Saturday is traditionally the day following Black Friday and was made to encourage Christmas-time buying from small and local businesses.  Small Business Saturday is a national effort, and the Craft Stroll is just one way to participate.

More than 50 local crafters will be on the sidewalks of Marion to celebrate Shop Small Saturday.  Downtown Businesses are invited to host a local artisan or crafter in front of their business Saturday, November 25 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Some businesses will feature their own products on the sidewalk.

More than fifty local artisans and crafters will be participating to showcase their hand crafts.  There will be jewelry, fabric crafts, wood crafts, pottery, cups and mugs, clothing, home décor and baked goods. 

To accommodate visitors, an open walkway on the sidewalk is to be maintained as the street will remain open to vehicular traffic.  

To encourage the community to Shop Small®, Marion Business Association is participating in the American Express® Neighborhood Champion Program to spotlight small businesses and the impact they have on communities. According to Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, 97% of consumers who shopped on Small Business Saturday agree that small businesses are essential to their community and 95% reported the day makes them want to shop or eat at small, independently-owned businesses all year long, not just during the holiday season. 

“For every dollar spent at a small business, American Express estimates an average of $0.68 stays in that business's local community. This has the potential to boost sales during the 2023 holiday season, with many small businesses still working to make up the revenue they’ve lost throughout the pandemic.” says

Marion Business Association has supported Shop Small Saturday since its inception in 2010.

For more information, contact Marion Business Association at 828-652-2215.

Source: Marion Business Association