Batavia's 'Shop Small' Saturday to feature raffle, toy drive, tote bags
Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, shoppers, business owners, and organizations come together to "Shop Small" and share the places they love with the people they love.
Join the national movement right here in Batavia Nov. 24 by shopping small and sharing your favorite places!
This year, every purchase at a participating small business in downtown Batavia will get you an entry into the prize raffle.
Two winners will each receive $250 MainStreet Money! That's a gift certificate that can be used at any participating downtown business for the next year.
Downtown Batavia also is combining the raffle with a toy drive. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy to one of the participating businesses and receive an additional raffle entry.
Businesses participating in the raffle include: Healing Arts Metaphysical Center, Special Occasions on the Avenue, The Tea Tree, West DuPage Cabinets and Granite, Six + Cypress, Lisa's Heads or Nails Salon, Shine yoga studio, Uneek, Acosta's Consignment, Water Street Studios, Limestone Coffee & Tea, Gaetano's Batavia, Olmstead's TV, Prairie Path Cycles, Bar Evolution, The Salt Escape, Bee-Attitudes Antiques and Collectibles, The Salvaged Heart Vintage Wares, The River's Edge Bar & Grill, Paula's Couture Consignment, Batavia Creamery and Beardsgaard Barbers.
Students in the Batavia High School graphics design class created "Shop Batavia" tote bags as a promotion for Small Business Saturday. They are available at participating downtown businesses with a purchase, on a first-come, first-served basis.
For every $100 spent with a locally owned company, $45 remains in the local economy compared to about $13 per $100 spent with a national company.
Local businesses give on average 250 percent more to nonprofit organizations than nationally owned companies.