Small Shop Saturday is back, highlighting the importance of shopping local

Small Shop Saturday returns

Madison Erhardt

This Saturday is the perfect opportunity to shop until you drop.

The Downtown Kelowna Association has brought back Small Shop Saturday on September 24.

In celebration of the event, participating downtown Kelowna businesses will feature special incentives, in-store promotions, or one-day sales from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visitors will be able to easily identify participating businesses by looking for large “Small Shop – Support Local” window decals that will be displayed.

"This is our second kick at it," said DKA executive director Mark Burley, explaining their first attempt in the spring was dampened by poor weather.

"But this forecast for Saturday looks awesome, with about 23 degrees and sunny, so not only can you come downtown and do some shopping, you can get your steps in and promote some health with some fresh air."

Burley says Small Shop Saturday was created as a way to encourage community members to support local businesses.

"We are still coming out of that pandemic thing that we all experienced for over two years and shopping local supports those people who live locally, work locally, and employee locally. If we are shopping local and we are contributing those businesses and the success of those businesses and just making downtown that much more dynamic," he said.

Those visiting downtown Kelowna this Saturday will have the chance to win over $400 in prizes.

A total of four prize draws will be made on Sept. 27, with the winners announced the following day.

On-street parking has also been waived by the City of Kelowna on Saturday.

For a complete list of participating Downtown Kelowna businesses or for more information, visit www.downtownkelowna.com/small-shop.

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