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Support Your Favorite Small Business With a Patch Shout-Out

With Small Business Saturday coming this weekend, you can help drive feet — and wallets — to your favorite independent business.

You might be the type who finds sleeping on a freezing sidewalk for the best Black Friday deals exciting. Or perhaps you've already started working out your mouse-clicking finger for Cyber Monday. But if neither scenario appeals to you, there is an alternative — Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday, conceived by American Express to help spotlight the efforts of local small businesses, comes at the beginning of the big holiday shopping sprint — this Saturday — and encourages shoppers not to bypass Main Street for the mega-mall.

What are your favorite locally-owned businesses? Tell us in the comments.

Oak Lawn Patch would love to hear which small businesses you can't live without in our fair village. Tell us in the comments which independently owned business is a must for shoppers this Saturday and why. Your shout-out could help a sector of our economy that has created 65 percent of the net new jobs over the last 17 years.

So when you must get your nails done just right, discover that perfect bottle of wine or have a craving for an amazing sandwich, where do you go time and time again?

Oak Lawn Gal November 25, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Not sure if it qualifies since it's part of a larger corporation but I love the Sara Lee Outlet store at 5711 W 95TH St. They have the cakes, cookies, bread and rolls you'd expect. But they have all sorts of frozen foods now (lasagna, ravioli, pierogi etc), meat balls etc. They also breakfast foods as well as lunch meats and cheeses. They also have Market Day products so you can help your local school. And the prices are amazingly low but the product quality id high. It's a very well managed store. The staff is friendly and helpful. They have ValPak coupons from time to time too. Really awesome Oak Lawn store.
Lorraine Swanson November 26, 2011 at 02:55 AM
I love the Sara Lee Outlet, and the Pepperidge Farm Outlet.
Oak Lawn Gal November 26, 2011 at 03:11 AM
I've never been to the Pepperidge Farm outlet but a neighbor of mine raves about it.
Oak Lawn November 27, 2011 at 02:07 PM
I love The Craft Store on 95th Street across from Freshline. The lady who owns the shop is so helpful and friendly. They have everything or will find a way to get it for you. She went above and beyond for me with an afghan my mom was making for me before she died. It was to be a wedding present for my husband and me but she became too sick to complete it. Well, 10 years later, I took it into her shop and she made it into three baby blankets I can give to each of my daughters when that day comes. She took squares from what my mom was making and put a few in each blanket. I cried when I saw what she did. It means more than you will ever know. A big box store would never put that amount of care into their customers. The Craft Store is the best around. Please please support them.

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