Celebrate Small Business Saturday By Shopping Local For The Holidays
Annual event spotlights independent businesses and owners in the community
GEORGETOWN, KY – NOVEMBER 21, 2019 – This year’s Small Business Saturday, set for Nov. 30, is an opportunity to discover, celebrate and support Georgetown’s many small businesses. A promotion launched in 2010 by American Express to encourage people across the country to support small, local businesses, it is a day to recognize all contributions small businesses make to the local community, including economic development, jobs, charitable donations and more.
One of the newest independently-owned business to Georgetown’s beautifully preserved Victorianesque downtown is Spotz Gelato, a shop specializing in handcrafted, small batch gelato and sorbet, that is very active in promoting the small business community.
“Along with other downtown businesses and the Georgetown/Scott County Tourism office, Spotz Gelato helps promote local Georgetown events through attending meetings, advertising in our store and through our social media accounts and sharing news from other local shops,” said owner Beth Campbell Richardson.
Spotz Gelato is one of about four dozen independently-owned businesses located downtown, including shops, boutiques, art galleries and antique stores; restaurants, pub and other eateries; salons and other service businesses; and a small-batch bourbon hub. The concentration of shops over a six-block area enable shoppers to complete their holiday gift giving list in one visit, as well as participate in crafts workshops, recharge over a leisurely lunch or dinner or with a quick snack from one of several sweets shop, get a holiday hairdo, and finish out the day with a nightcap of Irish whiskey or a bourbon tasting straight from the barrel.
“When you shop local, you are supporting real, honest to goodness, local people,” said Campbell Richardson. “Our business is 100 percent owned by a local Kentucky family. Our employees are all locals who benefit not only from the pay they receive from Spotz, but also the experience they gain by working closely with the owners of a family business. Our farmers and supply vendors are all Kentuckians and purchases from Spotz directly benefit them, too.
“By supporting our business, you contribute back into the local community in a multitude of ways,” she added.
“Historic downtown Georgetown is a shopper’s delight, especially when approaching the holidays. All of our businesses light their storefronts up with cheerful decorations and offer some of the best deals around,” said Lori Saunders, executive director of Georgetown/Scott County Tourism. “No matter the season, our small businesses are what make our downtown so charming.”
Small shop Saturday, and year-round
Georgetown’s small businesses have helped to create a thriving downtown district crowded with distinctive one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques offering everything from art, jewelry, scrapbooking supplies, home décor and accessories to candles, apparel, handcrafted gifts, designer handbags, toys and more. The local culinary scene covers foods for every taste, from cupcakes, cookies and other confections to steaks, scratch-made meals and Southern-style cooking to pizza, Thai and classic diner faves.
Small Business Saturday helps to support local economies and promote vibrant, diverse communities. It is also part of a nationwide movement fueled by shoppers, business owners and organizers who come together and celebrate community. Taking part in Small Business Saturday and shopping and dining at favorite local places throughout the year lets locals and visitors show their support while making a positive impact.
Sightsee ‘small’ at seasonal events
In addition to shopping small, visitors can sightsee local – Georgetown is pure small-town charm, especially during the holidays, and has a number of events planned for the Christmas season.
- Ward Hall Christmas Candlelight Tours: Dec. 6, 7 and 8 and Dec. 13-17.
- The Southern Lights Holiday Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park: Nov. 29-Dec. 31.
- “Home for the Holidays” Christmas tree lighting and parade, holiday activities and open houses: Saturday, Dec. 7. (Georgetown College joins in on the holiday fun with free activities on Memorial Drive prior to the 6 p.m. parade.)
To see a complete list of Georgetown shops, restaurants, galleries and attractions, visit www.GeorgetownKy.com.