Downtown Perry will kick off the holiday shopping season on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25.
Participating shops, which are primarily on Carroll Street and neighboring streets in the historic downtown area, will be open on the Saturday after Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is a partnership between the Perry Downtown Merchants Association, or PDMA, and Perry Main Street Advisory Board.
“We hope Small Business Saturday will encourage shoppers to visit businesses they might not have visited before so that they become more familiar with everything downtown Perry has to offer,” event organizers said.
The event will feature a passport shopping promotion, with participating merchants, for a chance to win a drawing for $300 in downtown dollars.
Shoppers are encouraged to make the welcome tent at Roughton Park, at the intersection of Ball and Carroll streets, their first stop. There they will receive shopping passports and Shop Small shopping totes while supplies last.
The Perry Farmers’ Market will also be open on Ball Street in conjunction with the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holiday shoppers may take photos at three holiday-themed cutout photo ops, which will remain in place throughout the Christmas season. They will be placed at Roughton Park at the intersection of Ball and Carroll streets and on the lawn of the former courthouse, now the Houston County Government Building, on the 800 block of Carroll Street.
Perry High School visual arts teacher Catherine Heller and students in the school’s National Art Honor Society created the cutouts, and the school’s drama department cut the wood for the project.
This year marks the third that PDMA members have joined the national Shop Small effort. American Express established the campaign with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2010 to promote shopping small and local, in reaction to the big box retail sales on Black Friday and online shopping on Cyber Monday. Since that time, the initiative has grown each year.
PASSPORT SHOPPING PROMOTION
The merchants association is offering a passport shopping promotion. After shoppers get receive stickers from at least 12 participating businesses, they will turn in their passport at the last business they visit or at the welcome tent; passports will be collected for a drawing of $300 in downtown dollars.
No purchase is necessary to participate in the passport promotion.
For more information on the Perry Downtown Merchants Association and Small Business Saturday, visit www.shopdowntownperry.com.