Black Friday is the favorite shopping day for most people. Sure, Cyber Monday is fun for people to waste time at work while they shop but Black Friday is an opportunity to get up at a ridiculously early time and drag yourself around looking for super deals at the mall.
In between those two days falls “Small Business Saturday”, which is “traditionally” the Saturday after Thanksgiving. “Traditionally”, of course, if you think that anything that started in 2010 should be considered a tradition. It’s kind of like saying “Friendsgiving” is a tradition.
In 2010, that fun loving company, American Express, invented Small Business Saturday to encourage people to shop small and bring more holiday shopping to small business. Truth be told, they also probably thought you would jam your American Express Card with charges that require payments over the next 12 months.
By 2017, there were more than 7,200 neighborhood champions to rally their local businesses and residents to shop small. Since Small Business Saturday started US customers have reported spending $85 billion at independent retailers and restaurants. Since there have only been 8 such days that represents a lot of spending.
While Oak Lawn has numerous car dealerships and a few food stores, it lacks the shopping malls of Chicago Ridge, Orland Park, Oak Brook or other areas. Nonetheless, village budgets depend on sales tax dollars from local businesses. \
The Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce reports that there are 350 businesses in the chamber. The Chamber is holding its “Shop Oak Lawn” event in conjunction with the Village’s Santa on the Green.
Every community member that attends “Shop Oak Lawn” from 12 to 3 p.m. will receive a shopping guide/event map.