Shop, eat, and be merry with local businesses this holiday season. Hattiesburg locals and visitors are encouraged to “shop small” on Saturday, Nov. 28, by visiting locally owned shops and restaurants in Downtown Hattiesburg.

Developed by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a shopping holiday held after Thanksgiving on the last Saturday of November. The special day encourages consumers to shop at local retailers. In 2011, the holiday was made official by President Obama and Washington D.C. officials.

“On behalf of our Downtown Hattiesburg merchants, we are excited for a ‘shop small’ experience just in time for the holiday season. We hope this will be a time for customers and businesses to come together, allowing holiday shopping money to stay within the community and residents and visitors to enjoy unique and, often, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on their list,” Andrea Saffle, executive director of Downtown Hattiesburg Association, said.

Participating downtown merchants and restaurants will be open on Saturday with activities from 10am until 4pm. Participating stores include: Walnut Square Gifts and Stationery, Main Street Books, Blooms: A Garden Shop, McKenzie’s on Main, Ruby Nails, Twin Forks Wine & Provisions (curb side only), Sack’s Outdoors, Your CBD Store, and Go Young Fashions. Participating eateries include The Porter Pub, Nellie’s Chicken and Daiquiris, The Depot Kitchen & Market, FIKA Swedish Café, Southbound Bagel, Fairley’s Wings and more, and Southern Prohibition Brewery.