Tomorrow, of course, is Thanksgiving. The day after that is Black Friday. Don't shop anywhere on Black Friday; it's a mess out there. But on Saturday, you should go shop at your favorite small business, because it's Small Business Saturday. Small businesses are essential to local economies; studies have shown that while only 14 cents of every dollar spent at a chain recirculate through the local economy, nearly 50 cents of every dollar spent at a small business stays in the local economy.
Your favorite small businesses are probably bookstores. And a lot of local bookstores are celebrating Small Business Saturday with special events and deals. Here are some of the treasures you'll find:
Bainbridge Island's Eagle Harbor Book Company is hosting authors, hot cider, and prize giveaways.
Edmonds Bookshop is offering cookies, autographed books, and "a gift of Jefferson flyer with purchase," with the caveat that "you'll have to come in to see what that is."
Magnolia's Bookshop is hosting author Molly Hashimoto, along with free treats and tote bags.
The Neverending Bookshop in Bothell is hosting trivia all day and a reading from local fantasy author James D. Macon.
Page 2 Books in Burien is hosting authors Elise Hooper, Kelly Jones, Sonja and Jeff Anderson, Ann Haywood Leal,and Michele Bacon.
Queen Anne Book Company is hosting authors, treats, and a ton of giveaways.
Ballard's Secret Garden Books is hosting children's book authors who will serve as guest booksellers all day.
At all the Third Place Books locations, if you spend $50 or more, you'll get a $10 gift card in return.