Black Friday Local Style & The Top Ten Reasons to Buy Local

I love buying local, you all know that, and with so many incredible businesses to choose from, why wouldn't you buy local? Here are the best local deals you can snap up this BLACK FRIDAY! Check back as I will be updating this as new deals come in! Silverwood will be offering 20% off everything (10% of art in their featured show) from 9-11 and 10% off from 11-9. Also, they are offering a free custom-designed Saratoga Tote Bag if you spend $150 (pictured below)!

Saratoga Cycling Studio is offering a 10 pack of classes for $99 (usually $110) and all gift certificates are 20% off that day.  Must be in studio to purchase and before 11am.

Piper Boutique 6am- 50 % off 7am - 40 % off 8am -30 %  off 9am - close - 20% off

ProNails Salon 423 broadway Free complimentary wine with Mani+Pedi $5.00 all pedicures purchase. Call 518-580-8797 to make an appointment.

Image Photo and Events $100 gift card for $50, $50 for $35. Call 518-584-0049 to schedule an appointment.

Cuddle Bugs will have the following amazing deals Friday. Both the Saratoga and Queensbury stores will be open 9am-5pm: 50% off all clothing 25% off all shoes 20% off all toys including NEW Melissa & Doug toys 20% off all strollers 25% off all infant car seats 30% off all bedding sets 15% off all baby gear & furniture

Jill's Wandering Cowboys 353 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. All adult boots 20% off.

Family Vision Care Center on Lake Avenue will be open from 9am-5pm on Black Friday offering 30% OFF all in stock LaFont Designer Eyewear and 35% off all in stock Sunglasses including Kids Julbo and Ray Ban Jr.

Violet's of Saratoga Store hours on November 23rd are 7am-7pm "PICK THREE" SALE! How it works: 30% off of your 1st item, 40% off of your 2nd item, 50% off of your 3rd item. Any additional items, take an extra 10% off. Extra 15% off of sale items for up to 65% off of the original price! All Black Friday sales are final. Sale excludes: Frye brand boots & shoes.

Impressions of Saratoga will be open at 6 am with 50% off almost everything in the store 7-8am 40% off, 8-9am 30% off, and 20% off till close at 9 pm.

Granite and Marble Works, a small locally owned granite shop at Exit 16 in Wilton is having a cash and carry remnant sale on Friday from 8-5, with prices starting at $35/ sq ft.  This is perfect for smaller jobs, and they will be well staffed to assist customers in choosing a remnant for their job. Check them out here, find them and like them on facebook here or call them at 518-584-2800.

Black Friday is starting early this year at Bloom: A Movement Space. From Tuesday until Monday 11/26 you can purchase 20 ZUMBA/TURBO KICK/ PIYO classes (yes, a combo of any! or just one type of class, completely up to you!) for only...$100.Yes, a savings of $100 off drop-in rate and $60 off punch card rate! Just $5 a class! You can only purchase cards during Tuesday night, Wednesday night, Sunday morning and Monday night classes. There are a limited number of these cards available. Once that quantity has been reached it will no longer be available. (So you might not want to wait) Limit one per person. Cannot not be combined with any other offer, gift card, groupon etc. This particular card cannot be shared.

Check out the Binx Holiday Pop Up Shop at Tiny Tots Tea Room, they have some fantastic Black Friday deals! The first 15 people to shop on Friday will receive a FREE car seat cleaning or stroller cleaning certificate and a FREE Hevea pacifier (Jack's favorite!) with any purchase! The Pop Up Shop will be open at 9am on Friday 9:30 on Saturday.

Now read up on WHY you should shop local, not just on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, but every day you shop. Stay tuned to Mamatoga, your #1 local source, for all the Small Business Saturday info too! xoxo

One of the first major studies to look at the difference between shopping at local stores versus big chains was a study done in Austin, Texas. The study found that for every $100 spent at a locally-owned store, $45 stayed in the local economy. For every $100 spent at a chain like Borders or Home Depot, however, the local economic impact was only $13. A similar study in Maine found similar results. They discovered that shopping local kept three times more money in the local economy than shopping at chains. Besides the economic facts, check out these top ten reasons to shop locally.

1. Protect Local Character and Prosperity

Saratoga Springs is unlike any other city around. By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain what makes Saratoga Springs special and loved by all of us who are lucky enough to live here.

2. Community Well-Being

Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, connecting neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes.

3. Local Decision Making

Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy

Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you also create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.

5. Jobs and Wages

Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some areas, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.

6. Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

7. Public Benefits and Costs

Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.

8. Environmental Sustainability

Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers like the one we have in our fantastic downtown area, which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

9. Competition

A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

10. Product Diversity

A multitude of small businesses each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices. So when you shop at a local shop chances are you’re going to be getting something special and different, not one of millions of the same items you’ll find at a national chain store.