Escondido’s Downtown Businesses are coming together again on Small Business Saturday to bring you another holiday shopping experience.
A spokesman for the Downtown Business Association (DBA) told The Times-Advocate, “Our goal is to give shoppers options that make them feel comfortable. We are creating an on-line gift guide to highlight specific gift opportunities from each of our participating merchants with links to shopping. Curbside pickup and shipping are available for on line purchases.”
In person shopping is also encouraged within the current COVID-19 guidelines. Participating businesses include restaurants, breweries, a meadery, bridal boutique, salons, art galleries, jewelry, clothing boutiques. There will be something for every taste and budget.
Merchants may be offering discounts, bonuses, free shipping or special treats.
Shoppers also have an opportunity to win prizes by exploring the neighborhood and collecting stamps in their Escondido Small Business Saturday passport when they make a purchase. The passport lists all participating business, shoppers may pick up a passport at any location and also drop off their stamped passport at any location.
In order to drive shoppers to Shop Small® this November 28, the City of Escondido is participating in the American Express Neighborhood Champion Program to spotlight what spending local means to small businesses and the community.
$1 spent local is circulated in the community up to 5-6 times before leaving the community because local businesses often have strong local supply chains, spend their profits at local places, and employ local people.
For example, if you spend $100 at a local small business, then the business owner pays their local employees who then spend their wages at local shops. The small business owner also spends some of this $100 at a local supplier for raw goods, then the local supplier pays their local employees’ wages who then spend those wages at local shops. Then local businesses spend their profits at the local level.
The DBA is encouraging the businesses to get the word out through their social media and newsletters. You can follow your favorites and join their email lists to get advance notice of specials.
Participating merchants include, Act II Consignment, Art Hatch, Cute Cakes Bakery & Café, Daydream Shop, Distinction Gallery, EscoGelato, Escondido Art Association, Gemstone Gallery, Good Omen Mead, Gordelly, Unlimited, Hawthorne Country, Store, Last Spot Bar, Laurel Glen Lavender & Company, Little Miss Brewing, Plan 9 Alehouse, Skin & Tonique, Stone & Glass, Sunny Side Kitchen, The Grand Tea Room, The Photographers Eye Collective.
The gift guide and passport are coming soon to