Greenville’s Uptown retailers hope to cash in on consumers who want to shop local during the annual “Small Business Saturday” event to be held Nov. 29.

Uptown Greenville partnered with several media channels to promote the signifance of “keeping it local.” In addition to a print media partnerships with The Daily Reflector and The Greenville Times, a live radio remote (WTIB, 103.7 FM) will be held at The Varsity Club on Black Friday from 5:00-7:00pm. Organizers will talk to different businesses to showcase their promotions. Additionally, a number of downtown retailers and restaurants are offering discounts on purchases and other special deals.

“We appreciate people choosing to shop local and especially downtown,” said Tony Khoury, Uptown board chair. “Many retailers and restaurants will be open both days (Black Friday as well as Small Business Saturday).”

Founded by American Express and held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is an exclusive event for small retailers and other community businesses.

According to the third-annual Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, released by the National Federation of Independent Business and American Express, consumer support for independently owned businesses is increasing. More than three quarters of shoppers say they will be spending more or the same amount on Small Business Saturday as they did in 2013.

Five years after its inauguration, half of U.S. consumers report they are aware of Small Business Saturday, and among those who are aware, 82 percent say they plan to patronize a small, independently owned retailer or restaurant on Nov. 29.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) suggests going to visit mom-and-pop businesses is a social experience as well as a buying mission.

“More than just a shopping day, Small Business Saturday highlights the millions of entrepreneurs and visionaries who help make retail the dynamic and community-focused industry that it is,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.

For more about Small Business Saturday, go to www.ShopSmall.com.

Specials unique to Uptown Greenville include:

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub: Buy one get one appetizers (excludes platter)

Tipsy Teapot: Gift baskets for sale ranging from $16 to $40 and will offer 10% discount on food purchased on both Black Friday and small business Saturday.

Sup Dogs: Bottled Sup Sauce, their signature condiment!

Campus Corner, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

25% Off Bowties and Neckties
Atl Drift and Bald Head Blues Polos Buy One Get One Free
Buttondowns 25% Off
Shoes 35% Off
Long Sleeve T’s, Pants, Outwear 10% Off

Closet Consignment: The Closet is having a storewide sale of 20% off including gift certificate purchases, plus hourly giveaways! We’ve created a FB event for the entire Uptown Greenville businesses. Here’s the link!

Purple Blossom Yoga: Saturday yoga classes are free that day! There are 2 classes that day, 10 am and 4 pm spaces are limited and you should sign up to attend the classes.

Coastal Fog: Enjoy fresh apple cider, and Apple Uglies from Salisbury NC, and 15% off your entire purchase.

UBE: Black Friday: spend $50 or more and get a free tee shirt. Small Business Saturday: Register to Win a VIP Pirate Experience (2 game day VIP tickets and food vouchers & Two new hoodies), and Cyber Monday: Free Sunset Print ($32.95 value) with all PirateWear orders over $100, plus Storewide Sales

Art Avenue: Holiday Sale, both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday