Black Friday

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While Black Friday typically gets most of the post-Thanksgiving retail hype, the following Saturday has traditionally been dedicated to supporting small businesses.

Kylie Carter, director of marketing and events for Downtown South Bend, said the strain the pandemic has put on local businesses has made Small Business Saturday especially important this year.

“To use the trite [phrase], ‘Now more than ever,’
 she said. "I mean, the holiday shopping season could make or break many of our small businesses this year.”

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State leaders are asking Michigan residents to beat lines and avoid crowds by shopping at local small businesses on Black Friday. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is encouraging shopping, eating and traveling locally through a new “Support Local” campaign in order to make sure small businesses make it through the winter. One in five jobs in Michigan are in the retail industry, according to the Michigan Retailers Association. It says that in 2017, Michigan residents spent $18.5 billion on out-of-state retailers.

Photo provided by the Studebaker National Museum

Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday will be in full force at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend. 

The Studebaker National Museum and Gift Store will be open seven days a week for shoppers looking for apparel, holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.