Shop Small In Temecula: Small Business Saturday 2019

TEMECULA, CA — You may not think about it much, but independently owned boutiques, gift shops, mom-and-pop hardware stores, restaurants and the like in California are fighting for survival against malls, big box stores and online retailers.

Small Business Saturday, held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, was d to give them a boost and help level the field of competition. This year, the 10th anniversary of the "Shop Small" movement, the all-local shopping event falls on Nov. 30. 

Here are some of the California businesses across the state and in our towns who have signed up to participate:

In Southern California, fans of Olive Oil can find their favorite spice or sauce at the Temecula Olive Oil Company, in Temecula or in Seal Beach.

Try Malibu's Toy Crazy Malibu is offering Shop Small Saturday specials, as is the favored 2001-Saje Malibu and Faherty Brand Malibu Cross Creek location.

Visit Hollywood for a chance to shop for souvenir stocking stuffers and unique gift items at Souvenirs of Hollywood!

Newport Beach shoppers can find ideal beach wear at Faherty Brand Newport Beach, or gift ideas at Sugar Paper Lido. 

Shoppers in Laguna Beach can shop small at Laguna Beach Toys, Nancy Toler Ceramics, and John's Jewelry and Gems.

In Rancho Santa Margarita, visit Uncorked Wine Bar! 

Look for stocking stuffers as well as unique finds at the Shops At Mission Viejo's Restoration Hardware.

San Juan Capistrano is offering a host of Shop Small Saturday stores, including many car dealerships, Pets Plus, Nest, and the Ortega's Capistrano Trading Post.

In La Jolla, residents can Shop Small at Scribbles Ink, the La Jolla Shirt Company, or California Bicycle.

Find more small businesses participating in Shop Small Saturday, you are, and if we missed your favorite, tell us in the comments!

The list of Small Business Saturday participants is growing, so before you head out to shop. 

"Shop Small" events include not only sales on things you won't find at the mall or other shopping venues, but also events that bring the community together.

American Express established Small Business Saturday in 2010 to help local businesses reeling from the Great Recession. The U.S. Senate passed a resolution a year later encouraging businesses in all 50 states to participate in what has morphed into a nationwide "shop small" movement. 

This year, the stakes are even higher for small businesses. Rising rents and shifting consumer behavior are causing many small business owners to shutter their shops, according to American Express.

A Shop Small Consumer Impact survey from American Express found that 73 percent of people think empty storefronts are a national issue, and 84 percent agree the increase in empty storefronts and the closing of small, independently owned businesses negatively affects their local communities.

"We recognize the hardships faced by small business owners today and want to inspire people to take notice and Shop Small to support their communities on Small Business Saturday and beyond," Elizabeth Rutledge, chief marketing officer at American Express, said in a news release. "Retail is changing, but local shops are the fabric of our communities, helping them to thrive in the future is part of our brand ethos and backing promise."

Since 2010, local business supporters have spent $103 billion on Small Business Saturday, according to American Express.

But that's only part of the story. For every dollar spent at a U.S. small business, approximately 67 cents stays in the local community — and it helps independent shops and restaurants keep their doors open and meet pay their workers, your neighbors.

That amounts to about $67 billion that has stayed in local communities since Small Business Saturday began, according to American Express.

The American Express survey showed that when consumers are aware of the impact of spending their dollars locally, 75 percent said they would be more likely to purchase a product or service from small, independently-owned businesses.

Shopping small isn't just a Thanksgiving weekend retail event, but a year-long movement, according to American Express, which says it is launching a marketing campaign to make consumers more aware of the impact they can have on their communities when they support local businesses.

"We believe in backing small businesses because we know they strengthen the communities we live and work," Anna Marrs, president of Global Commercial Services at American Express, said in the news release.