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Get out and Shop Local on Small Business Saturday in NOLA

Today is Small Business Saturday It’s a national event bringing millions of Americans out to shop for holiday gifts at their favorite small businesses, to explore friendly, creative local shops and to support the local economy.

Get out and Shop Local, buy from family and friends, Pop Up Shops and privately owned businesses in your state. Don’t forget about the Kids! There are several children who own businesses, such as my Nola KidPreneurs! Let’s get out and support these businesses and keep the dollars flowing through our community!

Small Business Saturday draws tourists and locals to come out in a show of support for the stretches of shops and restaurants throughout New Orleans’ neighborhoods. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this tradition.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since American Express exploded their promotion for supporting small businesses with Small Business Saturday-a day nationally reserved (and observed) for shopping at said small businesses. While Black Friday consists of mega-shopping events at big box stores and Cyber Monday unlocks the e-commerce floodgates, Small Business Saturday brings holiday shopping back to its roots. The camaraderie of strolling down the street, streaming in and out of local shops, is nostalgic and has a feel-good appeal. According to last year’s survey, American Express boasts “record high spending of an estimated $17.8 billion on Small Business Saturday” in 2019. When it comes to Small Business Saturday in New Orleans, it is facilitated by New Orleans’ independent business alliance StayLocal. On November 30th, independent businesses citywide add festive atmospheres and special holiday deals to the expert service, hand-selected goods, and local flavor that retailers offer throughout the year.

— Read on whereyat.com/small-business-saturday-in-nola

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Native of New Orleans, who endured 20yrs cruel Minnesota Cold, I decided at 42yrs old it was time to pack up my then 6yr old and come back to my roots. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a preterm 2lb baby girl born with a disability. With the help of my mother who had her own struggles. We survived the obstacles laid before us. I'm the proud mother of three children with two failed adoptions, as well as a grandmother of three, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I survived two abusive marriages. I successfully ran a soulfood restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I started creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul.  He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute.  I put my all into my cake business over the years as House of Cakes was started right out of my house in honor of him. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, foster/adoptive mother at that, being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me in a sense; but most of it poisoned my heart and soul. I had a broken heart and I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home,  myself, my New Orleans. I'm here and I'm loving it. Even being in the so called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up! I'm down in the boot, but I know I have a nice floppy hat awaiting my destiny...

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