Small Business Saturday (SBS) is the counterpoint to Black Friday.
It's simple: Rather than patronize gargantuan, faceless online retailers and big box stores, SBS encourages shoppers to buy local this holiday season.
Ironically, SBS was started in 2010 by American Express (not exactly small and local) but the idea was sound—promote local business and keep local dollars in the community. Today, Small Business Saturday is being recognized across the country as local retailers open their doors to shoppers, offering discounts, tea and cookies, whatever...anything to lure shoppers away from Amazon.com, Walmart, Best Buy and other such websites and national chains.
In Bend, we have our own small business Saturday movement. Click THIS LINK to see a list of participating downtown retailers. I found that the list is not a comprehensive one, so if you don't see your favorite store listed, don't despair. It's likely they have a deal going on too.
Here's a sampling of who is doing what on Small Business Saturday (11am-10pm):