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Small Business Saturday will showcase Uptown Westerville shops and restaurants Nov. 27 – The Columbus Dispatch

Free scarves for the first 20 customers at a new boutique, discounts on vintage merchandise and a chef special will all be available in Uptown Westerville on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 27.
American Express in 2010 created Small Business Saturday on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to shop small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses, according to its website.
Janet Tressler-Davis, president and CEO of the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, said Small Business Saturday is a way to shine a light on small business and for community members to support local businesses in their community. 
“Shopping and dining locally has a direct impact on the community,” she said.  “Not only do these small​ businesses offer personalized service – often having the option to order that unique item – they generate jobs and bring vitality to our community.” 
Adrienne Wilson said she and her friends, Chauntay Holt and Natasha Mix, opened S.H.E. Sassy. Hip. Empowered. at the end of August at 13 E. College Ave.
“Our mission is to reach the community and fill gaps or needs of women and children through fashion,” she said. “Our store is a safe place for women of all shapes and sizes, and cultures to come in to a small boutique and find something that makes them feel special and beautiful when they leave.”
Wilson said the shop crosses cultures and socioeconomic boundaries with a boutique, which is difficult to accomplish.
Prices are from $5 to $200, with sizes ranging from 2 to 24.
“So there’s something for everyone,” Wilson said. “We have events going on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 26-27), with promotions each day for the first 20 customers getting free scarves and also an extra 10% off all merchandise on Saturday.”
The shop will also serve free mimosas both days from 10 a.m. to noon.
Cinda Lou Shop, 20 N. State St., will celebrate its 15th birthday by giving customers 15% off all vintage merchandise, said owner Debbie Bennati.
She said the most popular items include records and rock ‘n’ roll merchandise.
“Vinyl records have made a big comeback,” Bennati said. “People of all ages discovered the joy of sharing with their kids and grandkids the music from the past. Time spent together during COVID enabled this new obsession. Now even new artists are releasing on vinyl.”
She said Cinda Lou has a large selection of both new and used vinyl.
Megan Owdom-Weitz, co-owner of Megan Lee Designs with her husband, Erik Weitz, is offering 20% off purchases over $50, 25% off purchases over $100 and 30% off purchases over $200.
She said her shop recently moved into Deja Vu, 11 N. State St., which is now owned by Jaclyn Owdom, her sister-in-law and a Westerville resident who loves being part of Uptown.
“So now Megan Lee Designs is available to shop seven days a week inside of Deja Vu, with their studio remaining across the street at its original location,” Owdom-Weitz said. “We now offer screen-printed T-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children, baby onesies, tea towels, cards, stickers and more. Everything is printed here in Uptown Westerville with Megan’s unique designs.”
She said Owdom has a background in fashion and retail and is excited to bring her experiences into the boutique.
Owdom said everything at Deja Vu will be 50% off on Small Business Saturday.
If the weather cooperates, she said, the store also will have a tailgate sale in honor of the rivalry football game between Ohio State and Michigan.
Meanwhile, Edwin Loy Home, 33 N. State St., will offer a 20% off Shop Small discount on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
Stone and Sparrow Apparel, 34 N. State St., also will offer a 20% off Shop Small discount Nov. 26-27.
Lynn Aventino, executive director of Uptown Westerville Inc., has compiled other Small Business Saturday deals:
Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn, 15 N. State St., is offering a 25% discount on all in-store and online retail purchases from Nov. 24-29.
Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St., is holding a donation drive for pantry and personal-care items for the Columbus Dream Center. For every three items donated, customers will receive a $5 voucher to spend in the shop. Meza also will have several in-store giveaways that day.
A Twist on Olives, 44 N. State St., will give customers a free 60 ml bottle of oil or vinegar from a basket of goodies for every $25 spent Nov. 26-27.
Fusian, 79 S. State St., will offer a free PB&J roll for all children with the purchase of any entree in store and a $10 Fusian digital gift card via the app for future use.
Barrel & Boar BBQ Gastropub, 8 N. West St., will offer a chef special from a new executive chef.
Aventino said information about promotions will continue to be updated and may be found online at uptownwestervilleinc.com. She said a digital gift guide also is available.
The gift guide includes information on parking and has a digital directory link for those who are not familiar with the area, as well as COTA Plus information for locals.
Aventino said customers also may enjoy an adult beverage while they shop during the Uptown Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area hours from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays.
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