Many of you will start your holiday shopping this weekend, so keep small businesses in mind when checking items off your list. There are some great programs kicking off Saturday, November 24 to get you started.

This Saturday is Small Business Saturday. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are huge for big box retailers, Small Business Saturday is dedicated to small businesses nationwide. Small business is the lifeblood of our communities, so take some time to support a local shop this weekend. For more information about Small Business Saturday, click here.

Additionally, in Durham, November 24 kicks off  Shop Independent Durham Week. This year, Sustain-a-Bull’s third annual holiday shopping event will feature special discounts and promotions at over 40 locally owned businesses throughout the city of Durham. Exclusive offers and deals will be available at Durham restaurants, art galleries, shops and boutiques.

 Also this year, Sustain-a-Bull has partnered with Bull City BUCK$ to create a Shop Independent Durham Week SCANvenger Hunt, creating even more incentives to visit participating locally owned businesses from November 24-December 2. For more information about this event, including a full list of discounts and promotions, please visit

Happy shopping!