Small Business Saturday participants will enjoy Fourth Friday activities too.

Friday, November 17, 2017 Tags: fourth fridays, small business saturday, tazewell art loop, morton, tremont, delavan, pekin

Morton, IL:  Friday, November 16, 2017:  Small Business Saturday is a national movement launched by American Express in 2010 to bring more holiday shopping to small businesses across the country.  The company’s leadership recognized that local places are what makes communities strong and they invited shoppers to support small, locally owned places.   They state on their website, that “when small businesses succeed, we all do,” and the movement continues to grow.  Always the Saturday after, Thanksgiving, Shop Small Saturday is in its 7th year and grows bigger every year.  This year, Shop Small Saturday is on November 25 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

In 2016 6,700 people organized activities in 50 states for Shop Small Saturday, $15.4 Billion was generated in small local shops, and more than 112 million shoppers turned out to participate. 

This year, shoppers in Morton, Pekin, Tremont and Delavan will have the added benefit of combined Fourth Friday: Tazewell Art Loop activities when they shop small on November 25. 

One activity from each town is highlighted below.   There will be well over 30 shops participating across the participating communities.  Each shop will offer special activities much like those mentioned below.

In Morton:  Enjoy a Progressive Gallery of Student Art at Jefferson Street Studio & Plaza, Binkley’s Jewelers, and Leaves N’ Beans in Morton.
In Delavan:  Take in a special exhibit of photography by Jody Miller of Fig Photography featuring Pets & People at Ebenezer Art Studio.
In Pekin: The Vinyl Art Studio will host a Holiday Vendor Show with a drop in $5 Ornament Project.   
In Tremont:  Your favorite local shops including Louisa Jane and the Tremont Gallery will be open.  The Tremont Museum and Historical Society have hours on Friday from 5:00 – 8:00 to feature a photography exhibit too.

Morton is taking their program a step further and incorporating their activities into a series of events called I Shop Morton: Hometown Holidays.  Their season of activities launched on Friday, November 18 with a tree lighting and shop small activities on November 19 that included “Hot Deals,” Santa pictures, carolers and more!  The festivities will continue through November 25th with the combined Small Business Saturday and Tazewell Art Loop activities.  Many promotions will continue through the end of the year. 

“The Morton community has incredible holiday traditions, and we thought to ourselves, why not make a season of it and promote all the fun activities around town together?’’ says Leigh Ann Brown, Director of the Chamber of Commerce and CEO of the EDC.

So they did!  You can find a list of Small Business Saturday and Fourth Friday activities on the @TazewellArtLoop Facebook page and a list Morton’s Hometown Holidays activities on the Morton Chamber of Commerce website found at mortonchamber.org.  Printed booklets can be found at participating locations around Morton too.  Coupons, a scavenger hunt, and “hot deals” for extra savings have been shared on the Chamber’ s website and in the printed booklet too. 

The holiday season has arrived and the small businesses in Tazewell County are ready to help residents find the perfect gift when they shop small.

The Shop Morton: Hometown Holiday events and Fourth Friday: Tazewell Art Loop events are programs initiated by the Morton Chamber of Commerce.  Local events are designed to promote Chamber members, enhance the Morton community and help develop a strong and growing economy in Morton and the region.  For more information on these and other Chamber programs, please visit mortonchamber.org or call 309-263-2491.  ######

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