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Why not support Half Moon Bay’s merchants on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this year?

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Last year, over 100 million people came together to shop small in their communities on Small Business Saturday, according to a 2011 Small Business Saturday Consumer Survey by Echo Research.

For the past two years, Half Moon Bay's Main Street merchants having been participating in the day that American Express designated in 2010 as Small Business Saturday.

So why not support Half Moon Bay’s merchants on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this year? There are many well-documented benefits to the community by choosing local, independently owned businesses like investing in your community, reducing environmental impact, keeping our community unique, putting your taxes to good use, and encouraging local prosperity.

And there are deals to be had. P. Cottontail, Toque Blanche, Inkspell Books, Tokenz, Gourmet Appliance and more are participating in Small Business Saturday with sales, raffles and discounted items. Also, American Express card members get rewarded for shopping small on Small Business Saturday: a $25 credit when you spend $25 or more at a participating small business, using your registered American Express card. Enroll your American Express card here.

Some Main Street stores are gearing up for Black Friday shoppers as well.

Gourmet Appliance is offering up to 50 percent off Le Creuset, Screwpull, Jelly Belly, and Jessie Steele brands. Free gift-wrap, tastings and raffles are all part of the store’s Black Friday and Small Business Saturday event with doors opening at 9 a.m.

Toque Blanche on Black Friday is offering the first 20 shoppers 20 percent off any purchase from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Shoppers can enter the crepe maker drawing and enjoy 50 percent off all Chamba Cookware Seconds (while supplies last) and more in-store discounts until 6 p.m.

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