While everyone knows that Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) is the official start of the holiday shopping season for malls and big-box stores, small independent realtors look to the following day to jump-start their season. Small Business Saturday, which American Express launched in 2010 and promotes heavily, has become one of the busiest days of the year for many independent retailers.

In 2016, consumers came together to show their love for small businesses on Small Business Saturday. Among those who shopped on the day, 32% reported attending a community event, and 81% reported encouraging friends or family to shop or dine at small, independently-owned retailers and restaurants on the day as well.

Among U.S. consumers who went out and shopped in-store, total reported spending reached an estimated $15.4 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday 2016.

If you spend $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in your local economy. If you spend the same are a large business, only $43 stays in the local economy.

While Black Friday may focus on the big-box retailers, Small Business Saturday is all about community. Only your neighborhood shop can provide that personal touch and make both the gift—and the thought—count.

Below are special hours and promotions being offered by our businesses in Downtown York, PA. Stay tuned as the list grows!

Indigo Bleu (39 West Philadelphia Street)
Open: 9:00AM-8:00PM
3X the inventory! 

Elizabeth & West Fashion House (44 West Philadelphia Street)
Open: 8:00AM-5:00PM

My Girlfriend's Wardrobe (41 West Market Street)
Open: 9:00AM-4:00PM
The first 5 customers to check out will receive 15% off all items they can fit into a Shop Small tote! (Items must not hang out of the tote.)
All customers will also receive a Shop Small tote with purchase while supplies last!

The Watchmaker's Daughter (22 North Beaver Street)
Open: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Free Gift Wrapping, special giveaways while supplies last, and featured guest local artist, Dana Hoff, with her hand-crafted leather bracelet wraps and bohemian jewelry.

Sky Optics Sunglasses (24 North Beaver Street)
Open: 9:00AM-8:00PM
Up to 30% off select brands/models, including 20% off Oakley Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

Revolt Style Studio (26 North Beaver Street)
Open: 9:00AM-6:00PM
Shop Small totes for the first 20 customers & tons of new merchandise (vintage and handmade gifts), gift cards, and free gift wrapping.

Sunrise Soap Company (29 North Beaver Street)
Open: 8:00AM-6:00PM

Lele B's Boutique (13 South Beaver Street)
Open: 9:00AM-8:00PM
All prices $45 and under!

The Green Bean Roasting Co. (100 South Beaver Street)
Open: 8:00AM-1:00PM
Holiday Drink Specials!

The Handsome Cab (106 North George Street)
Open: 11:00AM-2:00AM

Brothersartllc located above The Handsome Cab
Open: 10:00AM-8:00PM
Offering 20% off all paintings. 

Molly's Follies (56 South Duke Street)
Open: 12:00PM-6:00PM
First 9 customers with purchases over $25 will recieve an exclusive Shop Small swag bag! Each bag contains special Shop Small items plus an extra gift from Molly's Follies. 

Taste Test Restaurant Incubator (101-105 South Duke Street)
Cafe open: 8:00AM
Bistec open: 11:00AM
Everyone who shows a receipt for a York City business from their Small Business Saturday shopping, will receive a FREE small coffee.

Redeux Vintage (115 South Duke Street)
Open: 10:00AM-6:00PM
Support over 30 local handmade and vintage vendors! Shoppers can enjoy refreshments and will receive a free gift with purchases over $50.

DiDi & Smiling John's traditional Barber Shop (119 S. Duke Street)
Open: 9:00AM-3:00PM

The Parliament Arts Organization (116 East King Street)
Open: 10:00AM-4:00PM
Featured in the gallery:
Chelsea Foster - Lovely hand-lettered ornaments, gift tags, and more.
Flowing and Rooted - Rachael Scott brings you felted and unfelted soaps as well as art photography. (You might recognize her soaps that are featured in Bon-Ton these days).
Oliver Scott - Rachael's son Oliver is a talented artist, too! You'll find his art prints.

HIVE artspace (126 East King Street)
Open: 11:00AM-5:00PM
Featuring Blackbird Designs whimsical jewelry, a fresh display ofRainboeliza block prints, and November's Miniature Art Exhibit.
FREE limited-edition pin featuring artwork by Savannah Schroll Guz with any purchase (while supplies last), plus FREE entry for a chance to win a $25 HIVE artspace Gift Certificate! FREE coffee & cocoa to help warm you up! FREE comic books for kids!

Prime Art Supply Co. (128 East King Street)
Open: 11:00AM-5:00PM
$25 giftcards for $20! 

Collusion Tap Works (105 South Howard Street)
Open: 12:00PM-12:00AM
Collusion Tap Works Oysterfest 12:00PM until sold out. Also serving Oyster Stout: Spindrifter.

Gusa By Victoria (252 West Philadelphia Street)
Open: 9:00AM-7:00PM
First day offering a Children's Swahili Class. For more info, click here:https://www.facebook.com/events/327417611000163/

I-ron-ic (256 West Philadelphia Street)
Open: 8:00AM-5:00PM

SMALL STAR Art House (232 West Market Street)
Open: 2:30PM-9:30PM
Selling gift cards for upcoming movies!

Collage Shop (232 West Market Street)
Open: 9:00AM-7:30PM
Pop Up/Trunk Show: Carmen Walsh - York specific photos and art, Lori Brunson - Fused glass jewelry maker.

If you are a Downtown York Small Business Owner who needs to have their Small Business Saturday info added or modified, please send your information to : biz_intern@downtownyorkpa.com