Holiday Shopping Trail 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Windham Region Chamber of Commerce Promotes Small Business
Saturday With Holiday Shopping Trail
Shop Small-Great sales, food, fun and a trip to Ireland!

Saturday, November 30

Beginning on Small Business Saturday, November 30, and continuing until Tuesday, December 24, pick up a Holiday Shopping Trail passport at participating venues in eastern CT.  Collect stickers by visiting, shopping or dining local at venues listed in the passport. The stickers enter you into a drawing for prizes, including gift cards and certificates, gadgets, or even a free roundtrip airfare to Ireland courtesy of Aer Lingus!  For a list of passport pick-up locations and participating businesses, visit WindhamChamber.com or see the list below.

The Windham Region Chamber of Commerce invites everyone in Eastern CT to be a part of the 10th Annual Small Business Saturday presented by AmericanExpress on Saturday, November 30. The Chamber is the “Neighborhood Champion” for Northeast CT and has hosted similar events promoting the businesses in the region since the beginning of the program.

In the midst of the recession in 2010 American Express created Small Business Saturday® on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to Shop Small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses.  In 2011, the Senate unanimously
passes a resolution in support of the day, and officials in all 50 states participate.

In 2013, more than 1,400 individuals and organizations sign up as Neighborhood Champions to rally and support their local communities with events and activities on Small Business Saturday.  By 2018, there were more than 7,500 Neighborhood Champions across all 50 states.  Beginning in 2011, business associations, nonprofit trade groups, municipalities, and public officials started
to unite, forming a Small Business Saturday Coalition to encourage everyone to Shop Small. And nearly 100 corporations lend their official support to the movement.  The Windham Region Chamber of Commerce has joined this Coalition as part of their Shop Small mission.

It is estimated that for every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the local community. So when you Shop Small on Small Business Saturday—and all year long—it can help add up to a big impact. Small Business Saturday spending has now reached a reported estimate of $103 billion.

“Shopping at small businesses helps make our community vibrant.  It encourages other small businesses to start up which enhances our overall quality of life here in Eastern CT,” says Diane Nadeau, President and CEO of the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce.  “Not only that, these small businesses are responsible for the majority of jobs created in the region and are major donors, sponsors and philanthropists in our community.  They support organizations ranging from Girl Scouts to Little League to the local Soup Kitchen.  So please take a day and shop local here in the towns where you live.”

For more information about the Holiday Shopping Passport Trail please visit WindhamChamber.com or call the Chamber at 860-423-6389.

The Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that serves Eastern CT.  Our mission to help businesses be more successful by providing networking opportunities, professional development, business advocacy and free support and mentoring services.

Andover
Over And Over Barntique
415 Route 6

Coventry
eyeTrade Optical Shop
1197 Main Street
Buy one, get one half off

Danielson
Lilium Florist
86 Main Street
10 % off any cash and carry item of $25.00 or more

Killingly
Wireless Zone of Killingly
1105 Killingly Commons Dr

Mansfield
Pizza Mike’s Pizzeria
1659 Storrs road
Get a large cheese pizza for only $10.00!

The Hoot
86 Storrs Rd

Holiday Hill Day Camp
41 Chaffeeville Road
Enroll for summer 2020 by November 30, four our Early Bird Super Savings – $110 discount per two- week

The Emporium by Windham Arts
East Brook Mall 95 Storrs Road

North Windham
Logistics
361 Boston Post Rd
Raffles and giveaways during the entire shopping trail event. Hot Chocolate & Dessert Bar.

Wireless Zone of North Windham
361 Boston Post Rd

Putnam
The Windows Art Gallery
112 Main Street Unit 3
10% off framed art work, gift certificates for classes and 10% off group classes. Leather products for sale.

WorkLocal
112 Main Street Unit #6

Renee’s Working Girl Catering Service
142 School St.

The Courthouse Bar and Grille
121 Main Street
Courthouse “Summons to Appear” gift cards available in any demonination

Victoria Station Cafe
91 Main Street

Lilium Florist
350 Kennedy Drive
10 % off on cash and cary item of $25.00 or more

Antiques Marketplace
109 Main Street

Arts and Framing
136 Main Street

August & March Home
130 Main Street

Flying Carpet Studio
112 Main st. # 12

Green Valley Glass
22 South Main Street
15% off all glass purchases on Black Friday ( 11/29)

K’s Sweet Spot
112 Main Street

Twigs and Pearls
136 Main St.
Free gift with purchase of $50 or more

Wireless Zone of Putnam
207 Kennedy Dr

Wonderland Comics
160 Main St.
Black Friday (11/29) and Small Business Saturday (11/30) sale

Bens Beans Coffee Roasters
164 Main Street

South Windham
Miller Brothers VP Fuel
801 Windham Rd.
We will pay the sales tax on purchases on Small Business Saturday (11/30)

All Sleep
885 Windham Rd.
$10 off a custom pillow from our Pillow Fill Station!

Ladd’s Garden/ Fairy Hop Gift Shop
671 Windham Road
Christmas Decorating Showcase

Stafford Springs
Artisans at Middle River
60 Main Street
Our gallery will be participating in Small Business Saturday (11/30). with give-aways, refreshments, and one big party on Main Street in Stafford!

Storrs
Red Barn Creamery/Stearns Farm
483 Browns Rd

Tolland
Tolland Red and White
46 Tolland Green

Willimantic
Dawn’s Designs
69 Bridge street plaza

Thread City Diner
931 Main Street

Mackey’s
249 Columbia Ave
Live Christmas wreaths, trees, cemetery logs, holiday gifts, and decor

The Mill Museum Gift Shop
411 Main Street
Gift shop plus a craft show of local artisans: 11/30, 12/1, 12/7, 12,8

Willimantic Food Coop
91 Valley Street

Plumgully Farm
69 Bricktop Rd

Helping businesses be more successful.

Questions or Request? Please email us at: Info@WindhamChamber.com

Windham Region Chamber of Commerce
1010 Main St., P.O. Box 43
Willimantic CT 06226
Phone: (860) 423-6389
Fax: (860) 423-8235

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