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Shop small, shop local on Saturday

Ironton businesses will have deals, Santa, trolley

After Black Friday and before Cyber Monday, there is a chance to shop in your hometown, where your money goes into the local economy.

Called Small Business Saturday, the idea is to shop local and help your local merchants.

This year it is on Nov. 24 in downtown Ironton from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be a chance to get a photo with Santa, a trolley to transport you and an opportunity to win Ironton Bucks to spend at local stores.

And Ironton aLive is once again helping both businesses and shoppers with promotions and events.

“There will be good deals offered and Ironton Bucks can be won by shoppers,” said Sam Heighton, the executive director of Ironton Alive, adding that there are coupon flyers available at participating businesses.

He suggests shoppers bring their kids and start the day off at the Ironton City Center with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

“You can photos have be made with the little ones,” he said. “The Lawrence County Humane Society will be there again to wrap your gifts. We will again have the trolley to move shoppers to different parts of town to shop.”

The Community Action Organization elves will be at the Blue Bridge Cafe decorating cookies and Heighton said some retailers will offer snacks.

“Pick up your shopping passports at the City Center and you may win $300 first place, $200 second place or $125 third place in Ironton Bucks. Ironton Bucks can be spent at participating Ironton merchants dollar for dollar,” Heighton said. “Watch for the Small

Business Saturday coupons in the Tribune Thanksgiving edition, or pick them up at participating businesses.”

Last year, more than 112 million consumers shopped or dined on Small Business Saturday.

“This Nov. 24 it is the goal to make the most of the day with incentives and good deals,” Heighton said. “So shop small, shop Ironton, support the businesses that support your community.”