Vibrant downtown business districts create strong communities in Lake County. A thriving business district attracts a variety of stores, eateries and services, creates space for multipurpose activities and attracts people. Livability is increased, property values rise, housing inventories improve and communities develop a sense of place. Local, independent brick-and-morter merchants, however, rely heavily on consumer choice to survive. That’s why it’s so important to shop local, and to support independent businesses during the holiday season. Shop small–it pays off in big ways.
Small Business Saturday is November 26 and is a national day in support of local merchants. Several business districts in Lake County have activities planned for this day, so plan on visiting a local downtown business district near you to start–or finish–your holiday shopping.
Lake County Small Business Saturday Events
Celebrate the Lake Forest Book Store and the Lake Forest downtown shopping district from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Enjoy coffee and treats throughout the day at The Lake Forest Bookstore, and receive a raffle ticket with purchase for a gift basket and three $25 gift cards. Tote bags will also be offered as giveaways with purchase, as supplies last.
Mainstreet Libertyville is holding a Shopping Passport Festival in downtown Libertyville from 10:00 a.m. 0 6:00 p.m. Local merchants have planned a day full of family activities, fitness demonstrations, shopping, and prizes. Family activities will be held at Petranek’s Pharmacy from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., including LEGO activities, an animal meet and greet, and a craft. Fitness demonstrations will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Dancenter North. Participating downtown merchants will stamp customer shopping passports, and at the end of the day, customers can turn in their completed passports for a chance to win raffle prizes.
Waukegan Main Street invites you to Small Business Saturday in downtown Waukegan from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. with deals and bargains kicking-off early in the day and family fun actvitities later. The day includes special sales at local shops and galleries, pictures with Santa, and holiday movie shorts at the Genesee Theatre. There will be a raffle for a Waukegan Main Street gift certificate and the official tree will be lit in Jack Benny Plaza at dusk. And the Three Brothers Theatre will open as a pop-up store. For additional details, please see the Waukegan Main Street Small Business Saturday Facebook page.
Check with your favorite local business to see if it is participating in Small Business Saturday, as many shops are offering special sales and hospitality events on Saturday, November 26.
What local shops will you be supporting on Small Business Saturday?