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Give 'Em the Business!

November 23, 2011 - Phyllis Sigal
I am ready for Small Business Saturday, which this year is Nov. 26.

I've got my list of stores, my husband's American Express card and my gift list ready to go.

This is year No. 2 for the day set aside to celebrate the Shop Small movement.

As a special bonus, If you use your American Express card, you will get a $25 credit. You have to register your card first in order to be eligible for the credit. You can do that on Facebook by "liking" American Express and clicking on "Link, Like, Love."

If you make a purchase at Oglebay Institute's Holiday Show and Sale at the Schrader Environmental Education Center and at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, you will be entered into a drawing for a basket of $200 worth of items from the show. The show features close to 30 artisans, and such items as jewelry, baskets of gourmet goodies, artwork, pottery, scarves and more. Last year, I completed about 50 percent of my holiday shopping at the show! Unfortunately, they don't take American Express.

There are plenty of small businesses to patronize on Saturday — or any time of the year for that matter.

Small businesses offer great personalized service. Most of the time, I know the owner and chat with him or her more than I get to shop!

Here's a list, many of which I'll be heading out to on Saturday:

• Howard's Diamonds and Nini's Treasures at The Highlands

• Hugh's Gift Gallery, 600 National Road, in the Fulton section of Wheeling

• Deluxe Novelty and Fashion Manor, both in Martins Ferry

• The Desert Beckons, Edgington Lane in Wheeling

• Lynn Buch Interiors, 1141 National Road, Wheeling

• Mountain Top Home & Garden, 2167 National Road, in the Elm Grove section of Wheeling

• Linn Pottery, 1035 Chapline St., and the Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St., downtown Wheeling

• Words & Music, 4 Hyde Park Drive, Wheeling

• Any of the shops and restaurants in Centre Market

I'm sure I don't know all of the small businesses at which to shop in the Ohio Valley, but check out your neighborhood, and I'm sure you'll find some great, local shops to patronize.


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