PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, November 28, 2016

Small Business Saturday in Downtown SB

SANTA BARBARA, Calif – Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is the beloved retail holiday “Small Business Saturday” (November 26th). Founded in 2010 by American Express, the day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Downtown Santa Barbara is promoting Small Business Saturday to kick off the Holiday season.

“We have such a diverse and unique blend of small businesses here,” said Kate Schwab, Downtown Santa Barbara Marketing & Communication Director. “It is a pleasure to support our many small businesses and promote them as great places to shop, eat or visit.”

More than 50 small downtown businesses (retailers, restaurants, spas and salons, tasting rooms and coffee shops) are participating, and some are including a variety of promotions to welcome shoppers all day on Saturday, such as a free fountain drink with an entrée purchase (Los Arroyos Mexican Restaurant & Take Out, 14 W. Figueroa), up to 50% off men’s and women’s clothing (Malulani, 1014 State), drawings for two $100 gift cards (The Book Den, 15 E. Anapamu) or free butter cookies with any meal purchase (Andersen’s Dutch Bakery & Restaurant, 1106 State).

Participating locations are listed on the Downtown Santa Barbara website ( DSB staff will be on hand at the Small Business Saturday Welcome Station (aka, Marshalls Patio, 900 State), giving out Shop Small tote bags, balloons and even dog bandanas. “We’re encouraging Shop Small customers to post or tweet where they are shopping or dining throughout the day, using #ShopSmall, #SmallBizSat and #DowntownSB,” Schwab added.

The SBS Welcome Center will include music by Holiday Horns (noon to 2:00 pm), a book-signing by local author Tara Jones (popular food and photo tours “Eat This, Shoot That”) signing her book 100 Things to do in Santa Barbara Before You Die (11:00 am to 12:30 pm) and free gift wrapping by LifeChronicles (11:00 am to 2:00 pm; donations accepted).

Downtown Santa Barbara serves as the champion and advocate for the merchants and property owners of the downtown district in Santa Barbara, California, with more than 1400 members. DSB represents a vibrant, authentic downtown core that celebrates itself as an urban community and an internationally known destination. It also manages the Downtown Santa Barbara Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), providing enhanced services to make Downtown Santa Barbara a more vibrant place for visitors, investors, and residents. Major programs, activities and events sponsored by Downtown Santa Barbara include the Downtown Holiday Parade, the Downtown LIVE Art & Wine Tour, the decorative State Street Flag Program, and 1st Thursday. Like us on Facebook (Downtown Santa Barbara), follow us on Twitter (@SBDowntown) and follow us on Instagram (@DowntownSantaBarbara) for the latest info on events, promotions and downtown information.

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