“Small Business Saturday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year,’ says Paducah Main Street Director, Katie Axt. “Downtown Paducah has approximately 150 small businesses. Supporting our local shops, cultural institutions, and restaurants not only contributes to strengthening Paducah’s local economy, it fosters vibrant community. On this special weekend, local small businesses look forward to greeting customers and helping them find those perfect, one-of-a-find holiday gifts.”

Many of Paducah Downtown businesses are having sales and specials in honor of the event. The Art Guild of Paducah is raffling off a basket filled with art from the Guild’s artisans. It’s valued at $300! You can sign up by visiting the store. The drawing will be held at 5 pm.

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BBQ & More: Captain Rodney will be in the store for a “meet & greet”! The first 50 customers will also receive a gift card.

Bricolage Art Collective has a variety of items for home and life. Customers who purchase three or more original miniature drawings by local artist Tim Jaeger will receive a 10% store discount.

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Craving the Curls Rolled Ice Cream Shop will have two special ice cream flavors on Saturday. Stop in and try Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Roll and Peppermint Hot Cocoa along with peppermint chocolate waffle cones!

ConFleur is a brand new business that opened in the old Starnes BBQ building. They are purveyors of sweet treats and offer a brunch menu. Patrons on Saturday will receive a free hot beverage with purchase of brunch.

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The Dirt Road’s Downtown location will have giveaways every hour! Customers will receive a Shop Small Swag Bag with any $30 purchase. Discounts include 10% off winter accessories & 25% off shoes.

Stop in at Encore Consignment Shop and Hoopers Outdoor Center for surprise in-store specials. Visit Fleur de Lis Antiques and take advantage of 20 - 50% select off items storewide. The Gold Rush Café will be selling gift certificates at ½ off while supplies last.

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MAKE Paducah will be giving away a mini burlap sack & ornament with every $25 purchase. Customers who spend $50 will be given a free ceramic tidbit plate. If you spend $100 or more you’ll receive a free t-shirt.

At Paducah Antique Mall you’ll get 10% off a single item valued at $25 or more. The PAPA Gallery is offering miniature portraits for just $10.

Raven & Moth is located inside the Smedley Yeiser. They are hosting an Artisan Market. The market & Juniper Room Cocktail Bar will be open all day. Stop in and open an exclusive discount offer or free gift in the store.

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River Discovery Center is offering a 15% discount on your total purchase in their gift shop. S&M Studios has a store inside the Yeiser Art Center. Be one of the first 10 purchases to receive free gift. Unwrap a gift from the tree to unveil a special offer or free gift. You can also get a personalized necklace and/or bracelet charms while you wait! They are also offering $5 off any gift set. Free gift wrap with any purchase

Shoppers can get 20% off all purchases storewide at Simply B! The Victorian Parlor has so much to choose from – you’ll find the perfect holiday gift! At Wild Hair Studios Rock Shop all crystal points and clusters are 50% off and everything else storewide is 10% off.

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Yesier Art Center has free gallery admission all day as well as free family craft projects. Join them for Holiday snacks and beverages

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday was an idea created by the credit card giant American Express on November 27, 2010. The campaign launched in order to help small businesses gain additional exposure and to change the way consumers shop within their own community during the holiday season. In 2011, the day became official when Washington State mayors, governors, senators, and the President shared their support for Small Business Saturday. 

Participation in Small Business Saturday continues to grow year after year as more consumers continue to care just as much about the shopping experience as the gifts that they are purchasing. For small business owners, their business is not just a business. To them, it is an extension of who they are. Giving the local businesses within your community a chance is crucial to not only their survival, but to give them an opportunity to win you over as a customer. 

Shopping local matters because it affects the entire community. More money spent at local stores means more money stays within the community. This not only helps schools and other organizations through taxes, but small businesses are usually the organizations that support local sports teams, charities and events. The community wins as a whole, but the individuals that took a chance and made their dream a reality win as well.