Shop Local - Small Business Saturday

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Shopping in Tempe supports the people in your community. Your patronage keeps stores open and your neighbors working. It keeps both necessary and fun businesses close to your home, saving you time and gas. More than that, shopping Tempe helps pay for community parks, police and fire service and many other city services.

According to Local First Arizona, when you shop at a locally owned business, 45 cents of every dollar stays in Arizona. National chains contribute only 13 cents. There are many great neighborhood retail centers as well as some shopping malls that provide fantastic shopping opportunities.

 

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Small Business Saturday / Shop Tempe
The Saturday after Thanksgiving is traditionally known as Small Business Saturday. People are encouraged to shop their local, privately-owned stores.

Here are some ideas on how you can shop super local this holiday season - and we've put the ideas to the tune of a familiar song. Many of these items can be purchased online from the comfort of your home.

With apologies to the song and clearing our throats...

The 12 Days of Tempe
On the twelfth day of Tempe, my true love gave to me,

Twelve touchdown passes
Eleven Sea Life visits
Ten ceramics classes

Nine students dancing
Eight parade glow lights

Seven swims with Santa

Six custom t-shirts
Fiiiiiive light rail rides!
Four New Year's tickets
Three new books
Two Childsplay tickets
And an art class in a gallery.

Happy shopping!