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St. Michaels celebrates Small Business Saturday, November 30

SMTB_StMichaelsHolidayShopping (400 x 266)As participants in Small Business Saturday®, the merchants of St. Michaels are encouraging residents and visitors to support small businesses by shopping with St. Michaels retailers and restaurants on Saturday, November 30, while continuing to shop local throughout the holiday shopping season.

Small Business Saturday® is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

With five fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this holiday season, many St Michaels retailers say they’ll be pulling out the stops to get customers into their stores this holiday season, kicking off with the national Small Business Saturday®, held on Saturday, November 30. On Saturday, December 7, Midnight Madness returns as a town-wide celebration and signature shopping event, with prizes for participants and more. Other holiday festivities and shopping take place as part of the annual Christmas in St. Michaels celebration, which is scheduled for December 13-15.

Small Business Saturday® is a reminder of how important the small-business sector is to our economy. The movement to shop local, especially during the holidays, is needed to help support the local economy while preserving hometown businesses. Locally spent retail dollars also help generate the revenues needed to support residential municipal services–like police and fire protection, transportation, recreation programs, libraries, and other community needs.

Small businesses also give back to their community as supporters of local charities and community events all year long, through charitable donations, volunteering, and support, especially during the holiday season. Through December, St Michaels’ historic shopping district will be decorated for the holidays, with retailers offering special sales, open houses and extended hours for this year’s shoppers.

For more information, visit www.stmichaelsmd.org.

In photo: The Town of St. Michaels is encouraging residents and visitors to shop local this holiday season, with St. Michaels retailers and restaurants offering special sales and open houses to kick off the shopping season as part of the nationwide Small Business Saturday® event that takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving on November 30. Promotions in St. Michaels continue throughout the holiday season, with Midnight Madness on Saturday, December 7, and numerous programs and activities taking place December 13-15 as part of the Christmas in St. Michaels annual celebration. For more information, visit www.stmichaelsmd.org.


Area Businesses Join Together to Encourage Shopping Local

The Cellular Connection, formerly Pagetronics, has been located in Kent Town Market in Chester since 1997. The company is the only locally-owned and operated Verizon premium retailer in Queen Anne’s County. Manager Will Sauers has been with the company since 1997 and visibly lights up when asked about what he enjoys most about his job…his customers. He works closely with the community by providing individual attention to each and every customer. Whether it is the young teenager with a new cell phone, the grandmother who doesn’t understand modern technology, or the local businessman with up to 100 lines, each one receives the same attention, knowledge and support for which The Cellular Connection has become known. When it comes to community support, The Cellular Connection is always eager to make a generous donation, which includes sponsorship of the Grasonville VFD Softball Team and the local Adopt-a-Bear program. The staff is eager and enthusiastic to ensure that you are enjoying the best cellular/internet service available at a price you can afford. Feel free to bring your current cellular and internet bills in for a free comparison to what The Cellular Connection has to offer.
Photo – Jeff Watcheski and Manager, Will Sauers (not pictured – Owner, Bill Fleishell)





Drop in most any day to Western Tire and Auto in Stevensville and one of the first people you will almost surely run into is owner Doby Middleton. Doby has been a familiar face at Western Tire and Auto since 1979, when at the young age of 19 he was hired as manager of the store. In those days, it was much like the local Sears, carrying a variety of items from toys to appliances to automotive supplies. Through the years, the store has increased the number of service bays from five to ten and the number of employees from seven to 24. Doby has remained at the same location during all these years, moving up from manager to co-owner in 1985. Doby is not the only one with longevity. Craig Clendaniel, the service manager, has been there for 40 years and his son Brian has been there for 20 years. Today Western Tire and Auto is very proud to say they are a 100% independent and family-owned and operated business. Doby’s wife Linda and his brother Kevin also take active parts in the business. Second and third generation Kent Islander’s are the heart of Western Tire and Auto’s customer base. When asked what he thinks has helped him stay in business and continue to grow, Doby replies “we just keep our focus on outstanding customer service, going above and beyond what other competitor’s offer. We always come out ahead.” Just one visit inside and you will know why this business is celebrating its 45th anniversary. With people like Doby and his dedicated team, it is a business Kent Islander’s have come to depend on for loyal customer service, years of knowledge and competitive pricing.
Photo is entire staff.



Lowe’s Bayshore Nursery & Garden Center located on Kent Island in Stevensville is one of the most beloved and trusted family-owned nurseries on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The nursery was founded in 1966 by Cliff Lowe, Sr. and his wife Olive, one of the oldest families on Kent Island dating back to the 1700’s. In the mid 1960’s, Mr. Lowe, an ex-Naval Commander and Annapolis graduate, retired from his military career. To keep himself busy, he followed his passion and began growing trees in a field near Love Point, in turn selling them from the old farmhouse next to where the current nursery now stands. Today Cliff Lowe, Jr., his wife Barbara and their daughter Adrienne, the garden center’s owners, draw on over 90 years of professional experience and on the knowledge passed down by the late Cliff Lowe, Sr. Their patience and understanding of Queen Anne’s County unique soil and growing conditions have made them experts about the Eastern Shore’s specific flora, terrain, soil types, weather conditions and other garden and growing-related matters. Customer service is their top priority, still serving generations of Eastern Shore customers. Many remember Cliff Lowe, Sr. himself paying them a visit to make sure all their nursery items were correctly planted and gently nursing unhealthy or diseased foliage back to health. This family-owned business has extended its heart and arms to the community many times over, drawing in all who visit the Love Point location and making them feel like family. When you visit the nursery, don’t forget to pet the adorable kittens, puppies and other animals available for adoption.


Small Business Saturday®: Support Your Community Businesses

Saturday, November 24 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. In its third year, the annual event, founded by American Express, encourages shopping at local, independent small businesses on the day after Black Friday. For many small business owners, it is the most important shopping day of the holiday season. For consumers, it is a way to capitalize on desires to help their communities.

American Express is making it easy for both small businesses and consumers to benefit from and to promote Small Business Saturday® by visiting www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small. Small business owners will find free tools such as customizable marketing materials, targeted online advertising tips, and advice from small business owners who participated in previous years.

Using the same web site, consumers can locate participating small businesses in their communities. American Express also is offering a $25 statement credit for card members. Enrollment opens on November 18 and certain terms and conditions apply, which can be found at the same web site.

So remember to shop local on Saturday, November 24 in support of Small Business Saturday® and your community small businesses. Visit www.ShopSmall.com to learn who in your community is participating and how you can help.