‘You can’t find that anywhere else’: Small business event makes it easy to shop local

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — An event connecting shoppers with dozens of small businesses is set to return this weekend, and organizers say it’s more important than ever.

Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday Shop RI will be held Saturday at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.

Chairperson Sue Babin tells 12 News she hopes the event will help local entrepreneurs make up for lost revenue from the pandemic.

“Because the public wasn’t out shopping for well over a year, people loss a significant amount of money,” she said.

Shoppers will have a wide array of products to choose from, with more than 160 local vendors on hand, including Fulcrum Stained Glass owner Renee Metro.

“You’re going to get a one-of-a-kind piece that somebody made from their heart,” Metro said. “You can’t find that anywhere else and you get to support small businesses, so I don’t know what’s better than that.”

The vendors come from all over the state and all walks of life, according to Babin.

“Minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, other small businesses, people from different cultures and backgrounds,” she said.

See a full list of vendors »

With the state seeing an increase in new COVID-19 cases, Babin said they’ll be following safety protocols.

“Vendors will have sanitizers available,” she said. “If people feel compelled to wear masks, we’ll have some.”

Small Business Saturday Shop RI runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.

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