We are just over two weeks away from Small Business Saturday! It is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving when people traditionally begin their holiday shopping. This year it will be November 26 and Paradise Glass is excited to announce we will be participating with a studio sale from noon until 3 pm. The movement to #ShopSmall began in 2010, coincidentally the same year I opened my studio. The push to support local businesses is important to me as I live in a town with an actual "Main Street" filled with locally owned shops and restaurants. In many cases, the owners of these businesses are our friends and neighbors-- our kids go to school together and they are a vibrant part of our community. As is the case nationwide, there are also plenty of chain stores nearby and it takes some effort to resist the urge to turn to them for holiday gifts. But I'm taking the pledge to #shopsmall this holiday season and to support the people who make our community special. If your plans don't allow you to shop locally on November 26, check in with your local businesses on another day as you get ready for the holidays. Enjoy your turkey-- then come out and support the community!