Shop Small Business Saturday 2021
Small Business Saturday Downtown Sidewalk Sale
All scheduled events are tentative and may be canceled pending COVID-19 restrictions and mandates.
Winter Garden Farmers Market Expansion
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Downtown Pavilion, 104. S. Lakeview Ave.
Expand your support of local shopping to the vendors at the Winter Garden Farmers Market. The market expands on October 9th to more than 100 vendors as well as weekly family fun games on the lawn, a Kidz Zone with children-oriented foods and goods, an arts market showcasing local artists, and live music!
Find fresh fall harvest produce, seasonal décor, freshly-prepared foods, artisan creations, gifts, and more to make your upcoming holiday celebrations special.
FREE PARKING – Always!
Convenient parking is always free throughout Downtown Winter Garden, including at its three-level parking garage, 160 S. Boyd Street.
More Holiday Shopping Fun to Come:
Mark your calendars for the HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE STROLL on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 5:00-8:00 pm! Holiday shopping at its finest with a stroll of the boutiques of Downtown Winter Garden to find unique presents while enjoying light refreshments, raffles, and outdoor/indoor specials and promotions.
Small Business Saturday & Living Local Month
More than 2,000 independently owned businesses call Winter Garden home. These small businesses make the area unique, and they need the support of their community more than ever as they continue to recover from financial losses due to the pandemic.
The City of Winter Garden has declared the month of November as LIVING LOCAL Month to promote the importance of shopping, dining, and supporting independently owned businesses citywide on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season.
10 REASON WHY TO SHOP LOCAL ON SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY – AND ALL YEAR LONG
1. KEEPS MONEY IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community.* Shopping local keeps the most money in the area allowing your spending dollars to strengthen the local economy.
2. PRESERVES OUR COMMUNITY UNIQUENESS
Winter Garden’s one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of our community. This uniqueness is what attracts residents and visitors that benefits everyone.
3. CREATES LOCAL JOBS
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally.
4. REDUCES ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Local businesses can often make purchases locally, which requires less transportation for goods, reducing costs and pollution.
5. SUPPORTS COMMUNITY CHARITIES
Non-profit organization receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
6. PUTS YOUR TAXES TO GOOD USE
Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
7. PROVIDES BETTER CHOICES TO BUY WHAT YOU WANT
Different types of shops means a broader range of products for the customer to choose from, providing choices that are more relevant to local tastes and needs.
8. YOU GET EXPERT SERVICE
Employees of local businesses have a solid understanding of the products they are selling and take time to get to know and serve customers.
9. ENCOURAGES ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Studies show that entrepreneurs are more likely to settle in communities that take pride and preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and unique character. The success of locally owned independent businesses provide examples to others to pursue creativity and entrepreneurship, which fuel America’s economic innovation and prosperity.
10. INVESTS IN COMMUNITY
Local business owners live here; work here; invest their time, energy, and dollars into the community and care about its future.
*Source: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics. Reprinted with permission from Independent We Stand: /www.independentwestand.org/what-happens-when-you-shop-local.