Nestled between the infamous “Black Friday” and the newer-aged “Cyber Monday” sits one of my favorite days of the year, “Small Business Saturday.”
A day that was initially coined by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is promoted as a day to “patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.” These small businesses, whether they are restaurants, shops, or offer services, are the lifeblood of our community.
This past Saturday, Nov. 28, I made plans with my girlfriends to meet bright and early in Downtown Clinton. By bright and early, I mean 9 a.m. and not midnight or the wee hours of the morning.
We had no reason to jockey for a perfect parking spot as every spot in downtown is perfectly located and just a short distance from the stores and restaurants. For the next five hours, we enjoyed breakfast at a local diner, and strolled from store to store around the courthouse square carefully selecting the perfect gifts for our family and friends. I had to run, but my friends rounded out the morning with a delicious lunch downtown.
While we may not have purchased any super cheap, cookie cutter gifts, almost every business had a “door buster” deal or sale promotion, and we were able to find unique, high quality gifts with the help of the store owners who take pride in helping you make the perfect selection.
From local boutique clothing stores, to hardware shops, garden centers, furniture stores, health food marts and gift shops, Clinton and Sampson County provide endless choices to allow you to spend your dollars locally and invest in your community.
With 22 days left until Christmas, whether you have last minute shopping, need a relaxing massage, or just want to unwind with your family or friends over dinner, I hope you will consider shopping locally. You can find a list of our Chamber member businesses on our online directory at www.clintonsampsonchamber.org.
I hope you will all visit Downtown Clinton this evening from 5:30-9 p.m. for “Christmas in the City.” This annual event always gets me in the Christmas spirit! The festive evening will kick off with the Clinton Christmas Tree lighting behind the City Market and all of downtown will be bustling with live music at the courthouse, Christmas Memories at the History Museum, carriage and hay rides and more. Downtown shops will be open late!
As many of you know, the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce has recently experienced a big transition. Over the next several weeks, the Board of Directors will be conducting a search for both an Executive Director and Administrative Assistant after the departure of both Laura Deans and Megan Henry last month.
Qualified applicants may submit their resumes to [email protected] or Post Office Box 2185, Clinton, NC 28329. In the interim, our team of volunteers will be working diligently to keep the Chamber running smoothly. For now, the Chamber office will be open for the limited hours of 3-5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. At other times, you can reach us by leaving a message on our office telephone, 910-592-6177, or emailing us at [email protected]
Alison Goodson Carr is the president of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.