WEST CHESTER, PA – Saturday is an important day for independent local businesses in the West Chester Borough.
It’s Small Business Saturday, the prelude to “Shopping Small” events that highlight the power of dollars spent in local communities.
Small Business Saturday falls between the Black Friday retail shopping holiday, which tends to favor national brands, and Cyber Monday, an online shopping event taking place on November 28 this year.
West Chester is home to dozens of small shops including boutiques, restaurants and more offering special discounts throughout the weekend.
The municipality provides free parking from Friday to Sunday.
Wander the streets and you won’t be disappointed if there’s a lack of interesting gift items and edibles.
He’s just a selection of dozens of local businesses attending this year’s event:
All dogs: 13. S. Church St., 15 percent discount on all purchases. Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
Flash: 136 W. Hay St., 35 percent off all purchases. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m
Bryn Mawr Running Company; 24 S. High St., in-store discounts on clothing and shoes; Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m
Iron Hill Brewery: 3 W. Gay St., buy a $75 gift card and receive a $25 bonus card; Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 12 p.m
La Tarine, 109 WE. Gay St.: 15 percent discount on all gifts; Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday closed.
Last year, small business Saturday sales exceeded $23 billion.
Since the inaugural Small Business Saturday in 2010, consumers have spent an estimated $163 billion, according to American Express, the event’s longtime sponsor.
Pennsylvania Small Business Statistics
According to the Pennsylvania Small Business Statistics report in 2022:
Pennsylvania is the sixth largest economy in the United States with a GSP (gross national product) of $815 billion and home to 50 of the 1,000 publicly traded companies by revenue. Report:
- Small businesses make up 99.6% of all private businesses in Pennsylvania.
- 46.3% of all Pennsylvania employees work for small businesses.
- Ethnic minorities account for 16.6% of workers and own 12.1% of businesses.
- Women in Pennsylvania own 39.4% of small businesses.
- Military veterans make up 4.9% of workers and own 6.3% of businesses.
- The disposable income per capita in Pennsylvania is $56,225.
- Between March 2019 and March 2020, 28,383 new businesses opened in Pennsylvania while 31,609 closed, a net decrease of 3,226.
- Small businesses exported $12.5 billion worth of goods in 2019.
- Pennsylvania’s per capita consumer spending is $44,805.