EAST ORANGE, NJ - Business leaders joined Mayor Ted Green visiting several small businesses and encourage customers & fans to support their favorite small businesses by shopping locally on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 24th was “Small Business Saturday”, a day where Americans were urged to go out and buy locally from Main Street Small businesses instead of big-box corporations.  Over the past few years, Small Business Saturday has begun to take on a shopping-holiday status of its own much like “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday” has.  

Saturday, Mayor Green and a group of business leaders visited three of East Orange’s smaller business districts ― the Ampere Business District, Sanford Avenue Business District from Elmwood Avenue to Tremont Avenue, and Lower Central Avenue shops from Grove Street to 18th Street, stopping for approximately 30 minutes in each area.

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A sampling of the Shop Small Business Saturday establishments visited were:

Ampere Business District:

Lloyd’s Barber Shop, 97 4th Avenue

Lite & Soul Eatery, 64A 4th Avenue

In Da Kut Barber Shop, 64 4th Avenue

Lower Central Avenue Business District:

Quick Bites, 47 Central Avenue

People’s Choice, 63 Central Avenue

Systahood Beauty Supplies, 61 Central Avenue

Brothahood Community Barbershop, 61 Central Avenue

Mike’s Central Food, 59 Central Avenue

Sanford Avenue Business District:

Diane’s Provisions, 164 Sanford Street

Nunez Supermarket Corp, 159 Sanford Street

Apache Wings, 155 Sanford Street

"Local shops are some of our favorite places to find great food and personal services.  Which is why members of Urban Essex Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders were happy to support Small Business Saturday and encourage East Orange residents and fans to 'shop small' this holiday season," says Anna D. Banks, Better Biz Better You columnist with Tap into East Orange and member of the Urban Essex Chamber of Commerce (UECOC).  "If millions of Americans shop small, it will be huge!"

About Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express OPEN, the company’s small business unit, in 2010. The "Shop Small" movement is intended to drive shoppers to local merchants across the United States, by encouraging shoppers to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Small Business Saturday is November 24.  www.smallbusinesssaturday.com/

About Anna D. Banks

Anna D. Banks, MAS, is an Independent Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team and Better Biz Better You columnist with Tap into East Orange. (https://www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/annabanks.  She delivers workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding personal and professional growth through study and practical application of proven business and leadership methods.  Working together, Anna will move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goals.