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Shop Local, Shop Small on Small Business Saturday

After the Thanksgiving leftovers have been packed away, the department store mania of Black Friday has died down, and just before Cyber Monday kicks the internet into a frenzy, the biggest shopping day in the country is happening in your backyard: Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday - The Grommet

Last year, 95 million people spent $16.2 billion shopping small on Small Business Saturday. American Express, who in year’s prior had offered monetary incentives to cardholders on Small Business Saturday, pulled back on those incentives only to see small business customers increase.

The ripple effect is forming into a wave. This year, projections for Small Business Saturday are reaching $17.8 billion, a 10% rise from 2015. As we’ve mentioned before, for every $100 spent at an independent store, $68 returns to the community. For those counting at home, this year’s projected return for local communities exceeds $12 billion.

You can help make this the most successful Small Business Saturday yet by supporting independent product Makers at independent Retailers.

Check out our featured Retailers with dedicated Grommet displays and the 170 locally-owned Ace Hardware stores that recently began selling Grommets.

Tell your friends and family at the Thanksgiving table, share posts on social media (and tag us @TheGrommet), and get out and shop small on Saturday.

The goals we all share—improving our communities and economies, creating jobs, and bringing manufacturing back to the U.S.—become increasingly achievable the more we invest in small businesses. Take pride in helping to make that happen.

If you want more proof of the positive effect of shopping local, check out the remarks from Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, an avid small businesses supporter. At last week’s Boston City Council meeting, she urged fellow city councilors to encourage their districts to shop small this Saturday—and every day.

“Small businesses invest in our communities. [They support] our little leagues, parades, and our schools. They often become central to our neighborhoods. And they generate 170,000 jobs [in the Boston area].

Small businesses also create a path to the American Dream for countless immigrants, women and people of color.

A member of my staff recently shared the story of her immigrant parents who, without the benefit of even a high school education, created a neighborhood candy store and ice cream shop that enabled their family to buy a home and send four children to college. 

My grandfather came to the United States with my grandmother with no assets other than his skills and his determination. Similarly, he built his life in the United States as an immigrant entrepreneur. This story repeats itself thousands of times in our neighborhoods.”

Take pride in helping to make the American dream come true for millions. Shop local. Shop small. Help strengthen neighborhoods. Rinse. Repeat.

Happy Small Business Saturday!


Didn’t see any shops in your neighborhood above, see a complete list of our Retailers nationwide.


  • Jan Says:

    Hi Mike,
    You could add millions of happy customers by shipping to Canada. Just use First Class USP mail - Canada Post takes over at the border and delivers low value parcels (< $220) to the door without brokerage fees and often with no duties. Please, give it a thought.

  • Kaye Grant Says:

    Thank you for that list. Fantastic. I live in Maitland, FL and have never heard of Maison Drake but will see if it is around here!! Been here for almost 50 years but maybe it's new.

  • Barry D Thomas Sr Says:

    Will be visting the Whales Tail here in Cape May NJ. Also will be asking why my Local ACE Hardware is not on your list! Good People There!

  • Lorraine Rallof Says:

    I live in Neenah Wisconsin, about 35 miles South of Green Bay, Wisonsin....(Green Bay Packers !!)

  • Mike Says:

    Jan, don't we know it. I promise you we will give it much thought. We're going to make it happen, stay tuned!

  • Mike Says:

    Allowing you to discover new Retailers in your own backyard is one of the many reasons we made that list, Kaye. We hope you enjoy Maison Drake. <a href="http://www.maison-baby.com/" target="_blank">Here's</a> their site so you can learn more.

  • Mike Says:

    Nice, Barry, have a great time. And send a picture. We appreciate you spreading the word. We're very excited about this partnership.

  • Mike Says:

    You've got a handful of Retailers right near you, Lorraine. You're set. You could even set up a scavenger hunt of Grommets up I-41. Go, Pack.

  • James Grzesik Says:

    Do you ship to Canada? If so, what are the costs?

  • James Grzesik Says:

    Mike,just read Jan's comment about using USPS & Canada post. There are a lot and I mean a lot of customers just waiting to spend American dollars and lose almost half of it in exchange just to get your products. So please don't let a whole country down and get your products across the border!!!!

  • Jean Says:

    OK, so how do I find local retailers who sell what you do?

  • Mike Says:

    Hi Jean, follow the links in the post. They'll direct you to lists of all of them.

  • Mike Says:

    Hi James, we of course want to make The Grommet available globally, but we want to be sure we do it in a way the makes sense for us and the community.

  • Mike Says:

    Not at the moment, James.

  • Amy Says:

    It's been confirmed, nothing near me, so sad.
    Thanks for the list, I can pass it on to friends and family at least.

  • Mike Says:

    There you go, Amy, spread the word!

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