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Shop Locally in Portsmouth on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24

Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on.

American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Portsmouth.

Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities.

Here are five Portsmouth retailers for Small Business Saturday:

Bull Moose Music: This independently-owned retailer located on Congress Street sells a wide selection of CDs, DVDs and record albums.

Maine-ly New Hampshire: This store which is co-owned by Ken and Deborah Smith offers several different items that are made in New England that include maple syrup, candles, T-shirts and ceramics.

Tugboat Alley: For those who would like to give some gifts that have a distinct Portsmouth nautical flair, Tugboat Alley located on Bow Street has you covered.

G. Willikers: This Market Street toy store sells a variety of toys, games and puzzle for children of all ages with great service.

Riverrun Bookstore: For those who have had enough of the crowds at the nearby Fox Run Mall in Newington, but want to buy quality new and used books for Christmas gifts, the Riverrun Bookstore has a great selection along with a very knowledgeable and helpful staff.

You can also “like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/shopsmall.

Everyone has locally owned businesses in their community, and shopping on Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to give back to the businesses you know and love in your community.

TELL US: What small businesses do you patronize in your town and what makes them great? Share in the comments below. 

Joe November 25, 2012 at 03:49 PM
One of our favorite Portsmouth, NH small businesses is South Street & Vine, 359 Marcy Street ( http://southstreetandvine.com/ ). Wonderful wines, cheeses, and specialty food items. Most important, personal customer service, second to none. Winn and Claire, shop owners, always willing to offer pairing suggestions. They are very knowledgable of all the products they offer. I give this small business, two thumbs up.

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