Last weekend’s blizzard prompted business owners in the Twin Ports to call for a reboot. Superior’s calling it "Small Business Saturday 2.0;" Duluth’s named it "Bonus Small Business Day."
It’s a second chance for shoppers to enjoy the deals, discounts, samples and activities they may have missed during the storm.
The fun kicks off Saturday, Dec. 7. A list of Superior and Douglas County businesses taking part can be found on the Superior-Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce and Superior Business Improvement District (BID) websites.
"With the winter storm looming, we wanted to make sure that our businesses were given the opportunity to extend their Small Business Saturday offerings for those who may not have had a chance to open or had the best of days on Round 1,” said Nikky Farmakes, director of marketing for the Chamber of Commerce. “We can't control Mother Nature, but we could extend our event to continue showcasing what a wonderful and vibrant Small Business Community Superior offers.”
Visitors can also collect one of a limited number of passports. When stamped at four participating businesses, the passports enter them in a drawing for Superior prizes. Some passports were distributed Nov. 30, but the rest will be handed out Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis.
“This encourages people to move around and take a look at some of these businesses,” said Lindsey Jacobson, executive director of the BID.
The more support these shops receive, she said, the more likely other entrepreneurs will follow suit.
“Small business shopping allows employees to raise families here, offers greater support for our nonprofits as well as our schools, and helps to keep more cents on each dollar spent to stay in our community,” said Taylor Pedersen, president and CEO of the Superior-Douglas County Chamber. “No purchase is necessary for this event, but we encourage all shoppers to check out multiple new places and to buy something if it catches their eye, as well as try a new meal or beverage while they are out shopping.”
Tree lighting, Take II
Another rescheduled event is the Lake Nebagamon tree lighting, which will now take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Participants can meet Santa and the Lake Nebagamon Auditorium and take a hayride to the tree. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served.