Local shopping: Small Business Saturday set as alternative to Black Friday

If you are planning Christmas shopping this weekend, the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce is urging you to visit local businesses.

Small Business Saturday will have deals highlighting local merchants, says Cindy Frey, president of the chamber.

Frey said that shopping locally means the money stays in our community increasing local employment and improving the community.

She said that shoppers at local businesses will be able to find individual store promotions and activities on Saturday.

And while many of our community’s small stores can be found downtown,  Frey pointed out that they are actually found throughout the community. She suggested looking on the Chamber website to find locally owned retailers.

You can find more information on the chamber website at columbusareachamber.com