Kentucky Main Street Program Encourages Shoppers to Shop Small – Shop Downtown This Holiday Season

FRANKFORT, Ky. - First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. In 2010, the first Small Business Saturday took place the first weekend after Thanksgiving - and today it has grown into a national movement in support of small businesses and the shop small movement, a grassroots effort to drive shoppers to local merchants.

This year, Small Business Saturday will be Nov. 29, the highlight of many holiday events and activities planned and already underway in Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) communities across the state. KYMS was created in 1979 to help reverse the economic decline that had taken place in many small communities as retailers and housing began to move away from downtown.

"Small Business Saturday fits perfectly with the goals of Kentucky Main Street because our focus is local, independent, small business owners," said Kitty Dougoud, KYMS state coordinator. "Supporting friends, neighbors and local artisans keeps dollars in the community and creates a thriving downtown."

The Downtown Henderson Partnership continues to encourage our community to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday and through the Love What's Local, Buy Local campaign. "Small businesses continue to be one of the largest employers and are truly the backbone of our country" said Beth Strawn, Director of DHP.

Downtown businesses kicked off the Christmas shopping season with open houses the weekend of November 14-16th and the events continues on November 28-29th. Over twenty businesses are participating in Holiday Mania which is a cross-promotion campaign for downtown. By registering at a participating business you qualify to receive a $25 gift certificate from one of the participating business and a $250 Downtown Henderson Partnership gift certificate to be used at downtown members businesses. The DHP website shows the list of businesses.

Administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, the mission of Kentucky Main Street has been to focus on downtown revitalization and economic development within the context of preserving and reusing unique local assets, such as historic commercial buildings. KYMS requires local commitment and financial support in exchange for technical and design assistance, on-site visits, a resource center, national consultants and grant funding opportunities. Today, 22 programs are accredited and another 23 are designated.

 Kentucky is fortunate to have many communities that have distinctive downtowns with large stocks of historic buildings uniquely suited for the restaurants, boutiques and businesses found there. These locally owned enterprises often feature Kentucky Crafted or Kentucky Proud products, specialize in Kentucky-made artwork and jewelry, or feature books on Kentucky history, architecture and cultural traditions.

 Find bargains and make memories! Visit a list of special events and holiday promotions in Kentucky Main Street communities sure to bring cheer to your shopping experience.



Find out how you can shop local in Henderson with help from the Downtown Henderson Partnership:

Shop in Downtown Henderson November 1st – November 29th and get registered to win 1 of 23 gift certificates or you could be the grand prize winner of the $250 Downtown Henderson Partnership gift certificate to use at any of your favorite downtown business that is a DHP member!! Drawing will be held on December 1st!

 Shift the way you shop and shop local for the holidays!!


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