November 26th marked the seventh annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers.
Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2014, nearly 3,000 Neighborhood Champions rallied local businesses and created events and activities to drive shopping at small businesses around the country. The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., including President Obama, and in 2014, Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede officially declared the last Saturday in November "Small Business Saturday."
Select downtown business will be hosting special in store activities, deals, and sales during Small Business Saturday. Click the name of the business below for details.
Special treats in-store and special Canada Goose promotion for anyone shopping with their American Express card. See store for details.
Located at: 111 S Broadway Suite 204 Rochester, MN 55904
Serving milk and cookies. Coloring pages for the kids while the parents shop. Story times throughout the day. Everything in the store is 50% off.
Located at: 101 2nd St SE Rochester, MN 55904
First 30 customers will receive a special in-store coupon to be used on SBS. Complimentary refreshments.
Located at: 321 S Broadway Rochester, MN 55904
Receive a free tote bag with ANY purchase! At checkout, draw a card for a chance to win up to 50% off your purchase or a free gift. Enter a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate! Three winners will be drawn and announced on Facebook Saturday evening.
Located at: 110 1st Ave SW Rochester, MN 55902
Special treats in-store and special Dale of Norway promotion for anyone shopping with their American Express card. See store for details.
Holiday Shine Event! Get your sparkle back for the holidays! Free ring cleaning from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Located at: 101 1st St SW Rochester, MN 55902
Holiday photo booth. Show your photo to select stores within the Shops at University Square and receive special deals and promotions!
Gift with purchase ($100 minimum) Saturday, November 26, 11am-6pm at Peace Plaza and 3rd Street locations!
Located at: 20 3rd St SW Rochester, MN 55902
Show Hers your Shops at University Square photo booth photo strip, and get a FREE Minnesota Home T shirt ($34 value) with any purchase of $75 or more. Limit One per customer, while supplies last. Not to be combined with other coupons or vouchers.Not valid on prior purchases.
Located at: 111 S Broadway Suite 208 Rochester, MN 55904
Spend $25 and get FREE your choice of a Great Soap Company lip balm OR a SYBSC bath melt. Spend $50 and get FREE 6 sticks of incense in your choice of scents AND a Great Soap Company lip balm or SYBSC bath melt. Store Hours 1-6 pm.
Congratulations to @henambj for posting the winning photo. @Henambj is the recipient of a $100 gift card to downtown business of choice. Thank you to everyone who played, and more importantly, thank you to everyone who shopped small and helped support local small business.
Press Release - Rochester Downtown Alliance encourages holiday shoppers to support downtown small business this holiday season
Saturday event gives boost to local retailers -- Post-Bulletin
New St. Paul based boutique gives downtown Rochester a glimpse at the future of Small Business Saturday (Video) -- KTTC NBC