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Small Business Saturday 2017: Where to shop small in Central Pa.

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Launched in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday has grown into a national movement to support local economies post-Black Friday each year.

According to the American Express Small Business Saturday website, 112 million people shopped on the day after Black Friday in 2016, generating an estimated $15.4 billion in sales for small-business owners.

Here are some ways to "shop small" in Central Pennsylvania this year:

Capital region

In Harrisburg, Strawberry Square businesses Ideas and Objects, Fresa Bistro and Provisions are coming together for special Small Business Saturday deals.

In the Midtown neighborhood, Friends of Midtown will be selling its 2018 #ShopMidtown coupon books at the Broad Street Market. Check out the event Facebook page for more details.

Cavanaugh's Collars is among locally-owned shops in the Harrisburg Mall participating. The purveyor of pet products is hosting some of its artisans and offering giveaways to the first 50 visitors on Saturday.

Across the river, four-year Neighborhood Champion West Shore Plaza in Lemoyne is hosting its first "Shop Small Crawl," which includes a series of pop-up performances featuring local acts at its shops throughout the day, according to a press release. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a grand appearance in the afternoon. Visit the West Shore Plaza's Facebook page for a schedule of events and ways to get involved.

Shops in downtown Carlisle are also planning specials.

York County

Shops all over York and in Hanover will open their doors on Small Business Saturday, with special hours and promotions.

The city of York will offer free metered and garage parking all day on Saturday to encourage shoppers to support local businesses, a press release from the city said on Wednesday.

"When somebody chooses to shop at a small business, every dollar that they spend has a ripple effect that spends another additional three dollars in our community," Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc, said in a video from the York County Economic Alliance on Tuesday.

"You'll be walking down sidewalks that are filled with people. You'll see shops that are open, lots of people happy, buying things ... It'll be a lot of things going on in downtown York," Chamberlin said.

Watch the full video to hear from small business owners in York and Hanover about the impact of Small Business Saturday.

Lancaster County

Shoppers in Lancaster have a chance to bring in some extra holiday cash Saturday during a contest hosted by the Lancaster City Alliance.




Participants can pick up posters at the Lancaster City Visitor Center or one of about two dozen participating stores between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, then collect stickers from local merchants throughout the day to place on the poster.




Filled posters can be dropped off at the visitors center for a chance to win $100 in Downtown Dollars - which are accepted at more than 100 city shops - and other prizes.




The Lancaster City Alliance, a community and economic development group, is also asking shoppers to share their experiences on social media with the hashtag #ShopSmallLancasterPA.




More information is available on the event's Facebook page.


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