Don't forget Small Business Saturday!

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.