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Shop local at Small Business Saturday in downtown Perry

For the second year, downtown Perry will celebrate Small Business Saturday the day after Black Friday.

“When people are done standing in line and dealing with the crowds, they can shop local,” said Michelle Rhoades, owner of Mossy Creek Natural.

Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 by American Express. The credit card company estimated that last year, more than $88 million was spent in small businesses during the promotion.

To help draw people into shopping in downtown Perry, the Perry Downtown Merchants Association and Main Street Advisory Board are sponsoring a Passport Shopping contest to win $300 downtown dollars and a selfie contest to win $100 downtown dollars. The contest runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26 only.

Visitors to participating Small Business Saturday stores will receive a postcard to get signed by each merchant. No purchase is necessary to win the contest, Rhoades said. The cards are dropped off once they are full, and the winner will be selected from the completed passports.

Last year, the contest had more than 100 contestants, said Catherine Edgemon, Main Street coordinator for the city of Perry.

“We had a really good turnout last year,” Edgemon said.

Those who enjoy taking selfies can post a selfie on Facebook showing themselves in front of participating businesses using the hashtags #shopdowntownperry and #shopsmallperry to be entered into the contest. Selfies must be posted Nov. 26 before 4 p.m. to be entered.

It was one of the largest shopping days downtown Perry has seen in recent memory, she said.

Eleven businesses will participate this year including Cossart Design, Mossy Creek Natural, Nine Hundred Ten, Two Friends, Gentry Downtown Market, Initial Reaction, Village Boutique, Ashley Marie’s Boutique, Antique Theater, Gottwals Books and Sugarplum Tree.

Rules for the selfie contest, as well as the Passport contest, can be found at

“We are really excited to be part of this again. We expect this year to be even larger,” Edgemon said.