Local places to shop in The Woodlands on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26

Small Business Saturday takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Small Business Saturday takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Black Friday is known for drawing crowds of eager shoppers to big-box stores, but smaller shops use Small Business Saturday to promote the idea of supporting local retailers and keeping holiday spending in the community.

Small Business Saturday takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving and was started by American Express in 2010 to draw attention to small and family-owned businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year, said Small Business Saturday spokeswoman Nicole Reyhle.

Last year, the event generated $16.2 billion dollars in retail sales nationwide, up from $14.3 billion in 2015, she said.

Here are a few locally-owned businesses in The Woodlands to get some shopping done on Small Business Saturday:

Kendra Scott
9595 Six Pines Drive, Ste. 960, The Woodlands

Fat Ogre Games & Comics
525 Sawdust Road, Ste. 101, Spring

9595 Six Pines Drive, Ste. 680, The Woodlands

Kriser's Natural Pet
1925 Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands

Y'alls Texas Store
1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands

M. Fatheree Interiors
27582 I-45 N., The Woodlands

Businesses that participate in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 can receive promotional materials from American Express. Businesses do not have to accept American Express credit cards to use the posters, signs and other promotional items. Businesses are also using several social media hashtags for the event, including #shopsmall.

Find local business participating in Small Business Saturday on the American Express Small Business Saturday website.
By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.