Upcoming Saturday encourages community to shop local
An upcoming event in Estacada will emphasize that big things can happen when customers shop small.
The Downtown Estacada Commission, the Estacada Chamber of Commerce, the Mason Jar and Winthrop Corp. are coordinating a Shop Small Saturday program on Saturday, Nov. 24, to encourage community members to support local businesses.
"This is a great way to support our local merchants. These merchants have invested in our community and make our small town better for all of us," said Brent Dodrill, president of the Estacada Chamber of Commerce.
Along with special deals at many Estacada stores, the day will feature a raffle, scavenger hunt and series of pop-up businesses at City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St.
The Shop Small Saturday raffle will include $2,700 in gift cards to local shops. Tickets are available through Thursday, Nov. 22, at www.shopsmall.tixsimple.com or at City Hall.
Participants can get additional tickets during the Shop Small Scavenger Hunt from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Scavenger hunt forms will be available at City Hall and several local businesses, as well as this week's Estacada News.
Along with these elements, attendees can connect with local businesses that do not have a retail location in Estacada at the Shop Small Holiday Pop-Up Shop at City Hall. The event is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 24, and participating businesses include Best Day Ever Travel, Canataly Farm, Hillockburn Farm, Magnolia Designs, One Lane Road, Rose City Pet Gear, Snook Dog, Spruce Supply Co., and Stone Circle Cider.
Event organizers are eager to emphasize the benefits of shopping in the community.
"The most valuable element is getting people to shop and do business locally," said Chamber of Commerce administrator Nancy Horton. "To let them know that we have what they need here, and they don't have to deal with finding a parking place and dealing with the large crowds."
Nancy Hoffman of the Downtown Estacada Commission is particularly excited about the pop-up shops at City Hall.
"We have always known there were entrepreneurs and creative business people in the area that do not have a retail space of their own. Some sell through online shops such as Etsy, others create their own distribution networks and systems," she said. "Our Shop Small Holiday Pop-up Shop in City Hall will give people a chance to see some of those businesses and their merchandise."
DeDe Brittle of the Mason Jar is looking forward to connecting with customers.
"Providing incentives is important to our shoppers," she said. "We want them to feel important."
Many Estacada businesses will offer special deals during Shop Small Saturday, including
A free calendar at The Country Restaurant.
Complimentary cake or raised doughnut or the first 50 shoppers at Harmony Bakery.
Buy an item and get one of equal or lesser value at half price at the Mason Jar.
20 percent off many items at Wade Creek House Antiques.
Buy one reusable shopping bag and get one free at Harvest Market.
20 percent off supplies at the Artsmith.
A $500 discount on a full vacation package at Best Day Ever Travel.
A 10 percent off coupon for the first 50 customers along with free candy canes at Award Embroidery.