Area Shopping Centers Offer Extras on Small Business Saturday

Don’t spend all your Christmas money on Black Friday — save some to shop local on Small Business Saturday.

Nov. 25 is this year’s Small Business Saturday, which started in 2010 in an effort to promote local retailers. Last year, a record 112 million consumers participated and generated about $15.4 billion for small businesses, according to American Express, a promoter of the campaign.

Many Kansas City-area shopping centers are taking part in Small Business Saturday. Some have special deals for shoppers:

  • Waldo in South Kansas City is having a shopping crawl from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. At participating retailers, shoppers can pick up a Small Business Saturday Crawl Passport, which can enable them to earn Waldo Bucks. Get more details at or on Facebook.
  • In Downtown Lee’s Summit, shoppers are eligible for gift card giveaways. The first 2,000 shoppers will receive a free tote bag. Free gift wrapping will be available from 1-3 p.m., and Santa will be in town from 2-4 p.m.
  • Downtown Overland Park is hosting Sip Hot & Shop Small, offering free hot drinks to shoppers from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Other participating shopping centers include Brookside, Troost Avenue District and Atchison.

Small Business Saturday celebrates the impact of small businesses across the country. According to American Express, Kansas has 250,021 small businesses, accounting for 99.2 percent of all businesses in the state; in Missouri, there are 515,227 small businesses, making up 99.4 percent of all businesses there.