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Small is BIG

December 1, 2010 - Phyllis Sigal
Last Saturday, Nov. 27, was "Small Business Day."

It was declared such in New York City by New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg and American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault.

I happened to see it on someone's Facebook post, and decided I really wanted to do my part!

In fact, there is a Facebook page titled Small Business Saturday, which more than 1 million people have "liked."

Why let it only be Nov. 27? I say make it every Saturday. Or better yet, EVERY day.

And American Express has made an offer to give $25 back to card members who register and use their card at a small business ANY day through Dec. 31.

On Nov. 27, I decided to patronize The Desert Beckons, located at 115 Edgington Lane in Wheeling. Kathy Kennedy creates beautiful pieces — her earrings are great, and incredibly reasonably priced. Her bracelets are gorgeous!

But, there are a number of small businesses to support throughout the Ohio Valley.

Now through Dec. 30, you can patronize around 30 small businesses just by going to the Stifel Fine Arts Center's Holiday Art Show and Sale. There are so many great gifts: jewelry, scarves, paintings, photos, cards, ceramics, purses and more. If you like hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind items, this is your spot to shop!

At The Highlands, amidst all the big box stores, are Nini's and Howard's Diamond Center — wonderful places at which to shop for gifts. Both recently have relocated from Wheeling (Nini's from the Shops at Stratford Springs and Howard's from downtown Wheeling) to The Highlands.

In Fulton, how about Hugh's Design. Near Stratford Springs, don't forget about Words and Music.

Want to treat yourself to a new mattress? Sweet Dreams Mattress Factory in Wheeling is a great place to patronize.The mattresses are made right here in Wheeling.

In downtown Wheeling, check out all the cool stuff at the Artisan Center.

Centre Market has its share of small businesses — little shops in the market house and around the market, as well as several restaurants.

Oliver's Pies, the Soup Shack, Later Alligator and Pappas Beef House are great eateries, to name a few.

And, by the way — Later Alligator is THE PLACE to go on Mondays and Tuesdays. They've got a deal you won't want to miss. All bottles of wine are HALF PRICE after 5 p.m. with a $10 per person order.

The Soup Shack has some of the best homemade soup I've tasted. And, for that matter, so does Later.

And after you've shopped all day at all of the small businesses you can find, then it'll be time to relax or get a quick take-out at one of the many other locally-owned restaurants throughout Wheeling: Ye Olde Alpha, Salsa Cafe, Hocutt's, Figaretti's, Golden Chopsticks, DiCarlo's, Deano's, Bella Via, Undo's, The Bridge ... I'm sure there are others I've missed.

I know I feel good about the money I've spent when it goes from my pocket into the pocket of a local shopkeeper.

So, happy holidays and happy shopping!


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