MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Morgantown area businesses are preparing to open up shop for the biggest shopping weekends of the year.
With Black Friday wrapping up, local shoppers will be traveling around the Morgantown area to take advantage of deals as part of Small Business Saturday.
Deputy Mayor Danielle Trumble said anyone shopping in downtown Morgantown in particular, to expect several sales and family friendly activities that will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue for most of Saturday.
“Businesses are having specials, I know there’s local artisans, a vintage market, book signings, there’s a lot of stuff going on downtown, ” Trumble said.
Many of the activities open to the public will take place at the Ward Building across from the Monongalia County Courthouse Square. Social service booths will be open for anyone seeking information on their services with holiday themed appearances, activities, and food that will be served throughout the afternoon.
“They’re going to have Santa there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. so make sure you bring your kids down and get your photo taken, they’re going to have a cookie, smore and cocoa bar from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.” Trumble said.
Restaurants and other local business owners are planning to have sales of their various goods and services with many goods made in West Virginia. Shops like Hoot and Howl owned by local owner Stephanie Swain, are also expected to have their own promotions and giveaways to bring more foot traffic to their stores.
“It’s a great time downtown, we have a lot of people come out and we have some specials and giveaway goodie bags and refreshments,” Swain said. “It’s just a lot happening and it’s a really good time,” she said.
Small Business Saturday is considered a major economic booster for local businesses. Even for the more widely known locally owned businesses, the shopping holiday can contribute up to sixty-five percent of revenues directly to the local economy. As the holiday shopping season wraps up heading in December, shoppers are told to keep an eye out for sales as we get closer to Christmas.
“They’re throwing great events and you’ll have lots of opportunities to get some really neat stuff for the holidays for gifts,” said Swain.
Parking will be free in downtown Morgantown until November 27.