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Shop Locally in Lincoln Square on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24

Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on.

American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Lincoln Square.

Stephanie Edwards, manager of eCommerce and Social Media at ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE, said the store is much more focused on Small Business Saturday than Black Friday.

"Although Black Friday is when all the national retailers 'officially' kick off their holiday shopping season, we have found that Small Business Saturday is just as busy for us," Edwards said. "We are so fortunate to have customers that really value shopping local."

Edwards said the store is also focused on adding new merchandise to its website, as well as offering free in-store pickup.

"People can shop online, and avoid the Black Friday crowds, and then pick-up their items in the store and not have to pay shipping," she said.

Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities.

Area residents interested in patronizing participating shops on Small Business Saturday can do so at the following locations:

Decorium Furniture
4851 N. Western Ave.

Lollipop Seeds
4726 N. Lincoln Ave. 

Cardinal Wine & Spirits
4905 N. Lincoln Ave.

Delicias Brianna Inc.
4911 N. Western Ave. 

Megapop Cherry Inc.
4852 N. Claremont Ave.

Nothing Like It
2407 W. Lawrence Ave.

On the Route Bicycles
2338 W. Lawrence Ave.

Shirts Our Business Ltd.
4949 N. Western Ave.

Trattoria Trullo
4767 N. Lincoln Ave.

Pannenkoeken Cafe
4757 N. Western Ave.

Anjani Food and Liquor Inc.
2501 W. Lawrence Ave.

Frill Accessories
4764 N. Lincoln Ave.

Fleet Feet Sports
4762 N. Lincoln Ave.

Timeless Toys Ltd.
4749 N LINCOLN AVE

The Giving Tree Resale Shop Inc.
4740 N. Lincoln Ave.

Down Under
2554 W. Lawrence Ave.

Core Power Yoga Lincoln Square
2301 W. Lawrence Ave.

Jack & Ginger's Dog Care
2559 WEST LAWRENCE

Paciugo Lincoln Square
2324 W. Giddings St.

Additional Lincoln Square businesses participating in Small Business Saturday can be found online.

You can also “like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/shopsmall.

Everyone has locally owned businesses in their community, and shopping on Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to give back to the businesses you know and love.

TELL US: What small businesses do you patronize in Lincoln Square and what makes them great? Share in the comments below.

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