Residents encouraged to shop local in Monterey County this weekend

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You’ve likely seen the commercials heralding this year’s huge Black Friday deals at mega stores.

Big Box retailers have everything from new cars to flat screen televisions. But, there’s also deals happening right in your backyard. Many local businesses will participate in Small Business Saturday and offer discounts throughout the holiday weekend.

The event was created by American Express in 2010 during the recession to encourage people to shop at smaller businesses and has been going strong ever since.

Downtown Old Monterey, run by the Old Monterey Business Association, has invited people to participate for many years, putting out the call on their website. They even have a gift guide where you can see ideas from local stores.

“It’s been a rough two years during COVID,” said Rick Johnson, executive director of the Old Monterey Business Association. “Small business Saturday becomes a way of celebrating who we are as downtowns and as communities.”

Here are some local shops in Monterey that are having sales:

  • Shelley Bennett Skincare is having 15% off skincare products when you bring a grocery bag of donations

  • Cha-ya Japanese Tea and Things is offering 15% off everything in the store

  • Fleet Feet Monterey is offering a free gift with any purchase over $200 while supplies last

  • The Feral Market is offering 20% off all plants and pots

  • Casa Munras Hotel is offering 50% off your second night when you stay one night for select dates through December 23rd

  • Plato’s Closet is offering 70% off their white tag items storewide

  • Bookbuyers is offering buy two books, get one book free and buy one movie, get one free

  • Current Comics is offering 50% off all boxed back issues

The Salinas Chamber of Commerce promotes shopping locally year round. Rather than do their own event for this Saturday, they wanted to leave that to their partners.

“We’re really taking the approach this year that it is really about a shift, not just a day out of the year, but a shift in thinking and behaving and looking at the true benefit to the local economy and local residents in Monterey County when we, 365 days out of a year, make an effort to support small, local businesses,” said Lindsey Knight of the Salinas Chamber of Commerce.

The Salinas City Center Improvement Association is having an event this Saturday to encourage people to come to Old Town to do some shopping. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Santa Claus will be making an appearance. For more details, go to the Facebook event page.

Angelica Cabral is a journalist and podcaster for The Californian covering a wide variety of topics from movies filmed in Monterey County to how much political candidates have fundraised. Have a tip for an interesting story? Email her at acabral@gannett.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @avcabral97

This article originally appeared on Salinas Californian: salinas monterey small business saturday

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