Monday, December 3, 2012
Montgomery County has got it going on when it comes to holiday shopping.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Patch has editors on the ground covering news all around Montgomery County. But even hard-nosed journalists have to stop to think about the holidays and what gifts to give their families and friends. Knowing the best places to shop might be seen as one of the side benefits of being a Montgomery County Patch editor who has the inside story on business and development. Plus, each Patch site has a business directory where you can find store hours, addresses, photos and user reviews. If you've made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with gifts still to buy, you've still got time left due to 2012's holiday shopping season of 32 days, perhaps the longest ever due to the way the calendar fell in 2012. We know the …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Just what is Small Business Saturday and why should you support it in your community?
Big name national retailers took the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pulled in shoppers in droves. What about those mom-and-pop businesses in our community and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day? That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born. Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website. American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its third …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Small businesses in Wheaton's downtown area did not experience crippling power outages like the ones in July after the derecho.
The power flickered twice in The Little Bitts Shop on Triangle Lane as super-storm Sandy passed through Monday, but the electricity never cut out completely. "We really dodged a big bullet," said Ann Schilke, who owns the cake-decorating supplies shop in Wheaton with her husband, Bob. Other small businesses in Wheaton told similar stories. Just a few doors down, Filippo Leo of Marchone's Italian Deli said his store made it through the storm without any problems. On the eastern side of Georgia Avenue, The Limerick Pub, which has a back-up generator, stayed open for part of the day Monday before the worst of Hurricane Sandy hit the area. "Just watching the weather forecast, we could sense that it would be a near miss," said Tom Stanton, the …