Did you know that, for every one dollar you spend in a small, local business, 67 cents stays in your community? As we transition into the holiday season, it’s worth noting the impact you can have on your communities by supporting small, local businesses run by your neighbors.
For every cup of coffee you grab from the local shop on your morning commute; every haircut you choose to get from the barber you’ve known all your life; for every jar of honey, candle, or bottle of olive oil you pick up, you are making a difference – for Main Street and for you.
Throughout the Lackawanna Heritage Valley, there are plenty of ways to get the perfect gift and help your community, too! Here are just some of the ways you can do your part this holiday shopping season.
The 8th Annual Buy Local Holiday Marketplace at the Scranton Cultural Center
Featuring the area’s finest local businesses, artisans and wineries, come explore the Scranton Cultural Center at its 8th Annual Buy Local Holiday Marketplace! The event, which will feature approximately 120 local vendors and span five floors of the SCC, will take place on Sunday, December 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A free reusable shopping bag will be given to the first 1,000 patrons courtesy of FNCB Bank. $2 admission. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Local History Holiday Emporium at the Catlin House
Looking for Christmas gifts for proud Scrantonians or nostalgic gifts for relatives who have moved away from the Lackawanna Heritage Valley? The Lackawanna Historical Society will host a Local History Holiday Emporium at the Catlin House on Saturday, December 14th, from noon until 3pm. Look for books and handmade pens from Gary Ryman, Scranton Lace advertising and letterpress items from Chris Medley of Crow Designs, and books from Julie Esty, Stephanie Longo, Cheryl Kashuba, Kathleen Munley, Ron Moskalczak, Nancy McDonald, S. Robert Powell, Sandra Miller Burgette, Jay Luke and others! This event will also feature cookies, traditional Wassail and a take-home craft!
Scranton Public Library Book Sale at the Marketplace at Steamtown
For the bookworm whose collection is ever-growing, take a stop by the Marketplace at Steamtown from December 3rd through December 8th for the Friends of the Scranton Public Library‘s 2019 Book Sale! With a wide assortment of classics, oddities and newer releases, you’ll be sure to find a novel or two you can’t put down. You can fill a tote bag with as many titles as you can fit for $5 on Saturdays and Sundays and leave knowing you’ve helped your local library satisfy the informational and recreational needs of our community.
Pop Up! Downtown’s ‘Small Business Saturbae’
Pop Up! Downtown is a brick and mortar shop located at 343 N. Washington Avenue, just across the street from Scranton City Hall. Their mission is to provide a unique holiday season shopping experience in the Electric City featuring local women-owned small businesses like GypsyJane Vintage, Laurabee Studios, Newkirk Honey, The Post Home and Body, Tinton Pots & Plants, artwork by Joy Zavada, and photography by Cristin Powers.
Every weekend through Christmas, they will be offering a variety of quality goods, including artwork, vintage clothing, local honey, natural home and body products, jewelry, and plants. The shop is only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4 p.m., with special events each weekend.
Family Workshop Days at the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art
Did you know that the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art offers a variety of new workshops on-site? From Family Workshop Days that feature cooking demos and crafts, to Teen and Senior Workshops, there are so many opportunities to give the gift of an experience this holiday season. All classes are limited to the first registrants to prepay, so be sure to register for your adventure soon and be on your way to making memories!
Interested in starting your own small business here in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley? Our friends from the Albright Memorial Library will be hosting a workshop on entrepreneurship and business plan writing on Thursday, December 5, at 6 pm. Registration is free, but required to attend. Click here for more information.