Monday, December 18th, 2017

Merchant sales, courthouse lighting this Saturday

Clarendon will be full of the Christmas spirit this weekend with local merchant sales, $250 up for grabs, and the fourth annual lighting of the Courthouse.

Local merchants are ready to help you find something for everyone on your Christmas list with their Black Friday and Small Business Saturday specials on November 24 and 25. Details on local sales are in the Holiday Gift Guide.
To support Small Business Saturday, the Clarendon Chamber of Commerce is giving away at total of $250 in Clarendon Cash to four lucky shoppers – three $50 winners and one $100 winner – for shopping at home November 25.

Just bring a receipt from a participating Chamber member dated either November 25 for $25 or more to the Clarendon Visitor Center before noon on Wednesday, November 29, to be eligible to win. Each $25 spent counts as a separate entry into the drawing. Merchants participating in the promotion include Cornell’s Country Store, Clarendon Outpost, Henson’s, Every Nook & Cranny, Lowe’s Family Center, Saye’s, Broken Road Liquor Store, and Floyd’s Automotive Supply.

The Chamber already awarded $250 in Clarendon Cash following the merchant open houses November 11. Those winners were Jimmy Braddock, $100; and Tiffany Shadle, Ashlee Estlack, and Bonnie Campbell, $50 each.

In addition to the Clarendon Cash drawing, the participating merchants will participate in a Chamber Gift Basket give-away Saturday. Pick up a card and have it validated at all eight merchants Saturday with no purchase necessary. Bring the card to the Courthouse Lighting for the drawing, and you must be present to win.

Small Business Saturday began in 2010 when it was founded by American Express to help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year.

According to small business advocates, every $100 spent in locally-owned stores returns $68 to the local community through taxes, payrolls, and other expenditures. That same money spent in another town or online returns nothing to your city.

Saturday’s highlight will be the fourth annual Courthouse Lighting Celebration, beginning at 5 p.m. with an appearance by Santa Claus and caroling featuring local children’s groups. The formal lighting will be at 6 p.m.

Also on Saturday night, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary will hold a soup dinner at the Clarendon Lions Hall. The dinner begins after the Courthouse Lighting.

Shop at home this season and remember the role of local merchants in keeping your community strong.

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