Local Business Owners Come Together to Create 1st Annual Small Business Holiday Market

Hunting & Gathering

BY BRITTANY MATTIE SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY NOV 13, 2020

A group of small, locally-owned businesses are banning together to create the 1st Annual Small Biz Holiday Market to take place on Small Business Saturday, November 28 from 10 am- 1 pm in Downtown Lakewood Ranch. The street market will kick off with a free 20-minute outdoor class hosted by Barre 3, followed by shopping down Main Street with various tables/booths of participating businesses/vendors from the Sarasota/Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch area set up to promote their services or selling their products. 

Event coordinators include Nikki Roenicke of Barre 3 Lakewood Ranch, Lindsay Wood of Blossom & Burn Candle Co., and Kati Ramage of Abide Designs Interiors, a full-service interior design firm located in Lakewood Ranch. "We have the opportunity to make this something fantastic and an integral part of growing all of our businesses," they say. Though Black Friday weekend tends to be a heavily-trafficked shopping time, the push for small business support is needed now more than ever. With the market, the women hope to remind people to try and shop locally this holiday season when they can, and thus, build back up some community support after the last nine months of social isolation and shopping online. "This has been a crazy tough year for many small business owners, and we all feel fortunate to still be kicking!" says Ramage. "Our hope is to gather as many local businesses as possible, providing all different goods and services, in an attempt to promote community and prosperity for locally-owned, small businesses during this important time of year." 

If you are interested in becoming a vendor for Small Biz Holiday Market, contact katiramage@abidedesignsinteriors.com

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