The Spring Valley Area Chamber of Commerce has organized a Shop Small Saturday in Spring Valley on Saturday, Nov. 25.

A table will be set up at the Spring Valley Public Library Saturday morning to give early local shoppers a chance to receive free Spring Valley Money to be used in local stores for Christmas shopping. There will also be brochures available that outline local deals and coupons from local stores.

“We are putting this together so the residents of Spring Valley have an opportunity to support their local businesspeople during the holiday shopping season. We have a lot of great opportunities to shop for our Christmas gifts right here,” said Chamber board member Ann Keim, who helped organize the event. 

The Spring Valley event is part of the national Small Business Saturday, which has been held the Saturday after Thanksgiving since 2010 to promote small, local businesses throughout the United States. The event is an alternative to Black Friday held at many big box stores and Cyber Monday for online shopping.

“Shopping locally helps all of us in the long run,” said Keim. “Our local businesses support our school groups, church groups, local foundation and countless other activities right here in Spring Valley. If we don’t support them in return, they aren’t going to be here. They are a vital part of our town.”

Chamber officials remind local residents there are several other advantages to shopping locally, including experiencing good service from the local businesspeople, finding convenient parking, avoiding crowds and saving time.

The table at the library will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. The first 30 people showing up will receive free holiday Spring Valley Money to be used for local shopping.

Local businesses have provided special deals during the day, including meal discounts at certain restaurants, free samples and discounted goods. The brochure and coupons available at the library outlines the specific offers made by the more than 15 local businesses.