Don’t Miss Small Business Saturday Finds in Middle Tennessee


Small businesses in the region will be opening their doors to shoppers on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Purchases from local stores, which serve as the “backbone of the community,” conserve local taxpayer money in counties and towns, while supporting local business owners.

Some communities such as Maury County have found a way to capitalize on local patronage by offering a gift card that can be spent at small businesses across the county. The Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance are giving vacation shoppers an edge on the ground with its Local First gift card program.

A mural painted by local artist Bedford Smith is seen as visitors enter North Main Street in downtown Mt. Pleasant, Maury County, Tenn.

“The county, from downtown Columbia to Mt. Pleasant and Spring Hill, is full of unique shops that have something for everyone on your holiday shopping list,” said Caroline McBroom, chamber marketing coordinator .

“The dollars are guaranteed to stay in Maury County. “

More than 40 businesses located in and around downtown Columbia as well as the surrounding community participate in the program. Gift cards are available in $ 10 and $ 25 increments and can be purchased at the Maury Alliance office, 106 West 6th St.

“They are the perfect gift for employee appreciation, vacations, teachers, special thanks, realtor closings or as a ‘welcome to the community’ gift,” said Nicole Perry, Marketing Director of bedroom.

Vickie Kelley, owner of A Balloon Shop in downtown Columbia, a business that offers decorations for all celebrations, ice cream and sandwiches, said she sees a lot of used gift cards during the holiday season.

“With a gift card you can go to most stores in the city center and buy yourself something. The customers really appreciate it, especially the kids, who get the gift cards as a gift, ”she said.

The boutique will also host a visit from Santa Claus and an open house on Black Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 26, offering door prizes.

Following:Maury County encourages local holiday shopping with gift card program

“Colombia’s unique boutiques and the beautiful, classic Main Street setting are part of what makes it such an appealing shopping destination,” said Kellye Murphy, Maury County director of tourism and marketing.

“We have a hometown vibe and a sense of belonging that welcomes everyone. Small Business Saturday kicks off the holiday shopping season and shines the spotlight on our small retailers, who are an integral part of the heart of this community. “

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Although there are small businesses throughout Clarksville-Montgomery County, the historic downtown area remains a focal point of Small Business Saturday highlighting a wide range of businesses.

Keep local dollars in Clarksville

Owned by the home in historic reviving downtown Clarksville, a women’s clothing boutique called “The Copper Petal” exemplifies what Small Business Saturday is all about.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our community,” said Megan Baggett, store owner at 127 Franklin Street. “Your dollar goes back to your community a lot further when it’s invested in a small business versus a big box store. “

Baggett says a constantly updated inventory is part of how she strives to attract customers. And, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 27, look for promotional giveaways with purchases.

Without stopping there, The Copper Petal will be enjoying significant discounts on women’s clothing during off-site promotions at Ruby Cora, a wedding and event venue, 2300 Gunn Road, from 9 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving Day and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Black Friday. Other traders will also be present.

“This year more than ever, it’s important to buy local. Small businesses like ours have battled the obstacles of COVID over the past two years and many have unfortunately closed their doors.” Baggett said.

The Copper Petal is one component of a larger effort promoted by the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, which encourages community consumers to “live local” and patronize their local small businesses.

While there are small businesses all over Montgomery County, downtown with its diverse selection remains a focal point of Small Business Saturday.

Ryan Bowie of the Downtown Clarksville Association said the city’s unique businesses “should help wipe a lot of people off your shopping list.”

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County Rutherford Offers Small Business Dollars

Sharon Mullins of Murfreesboro first purchased Quinn's Mercantile locally on November 24, 2021, looking for a unique holiday gift.  The store will be offering a gift for purchases of $ 30 or more on Saturday, November 27, 2021 for small businesses.

Main Street Murfreesboro / Rutherford County partners with Wilson Bank & Trust in donating Small Biz Bucks to nearly two dozen downtown businesses.

Buyers receive a $ 10 Small Biz Buck each time they visit Murfreesboro WBT branches at 3110 Memorial Blvd., 710 NW Broad St., 4196 Franklin Road, and 2640 S. Church St. Limit of one coupon per visit.

Dollars can be exchanged from November 25 to December 5. Visit for a list of participating locations.

Quinn’s Mercantile, 301 Spring St. in downtown Murfreesboro, is offering a free gift with the purchase of $ 30 or more on November 27.

Saturday Small Business Bingo will be up for grabs this weekend, sponsored by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.

Main Street Murfreesboro / Rutherford County will also host two draws for gift baskets on November 26 and December 3. To participate, shop at a downtown business and search for the QR code to enter your name. Buyers can participate as many times as they want.

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce is hosting #ShopSmallBingo until November 27 at 11:59 pm Download your bingo card at Then share a photo of the completed bingo card on the page and you will be entered to win a gift card.

The winners will be announced on November 29. Call (615) 893-6565 for details.

Don’t forget farm and artisan products

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher reminds people in rural areas to remember to support local farms with treats such as local meats, cheeses, jams and other inedible products made on a farm.

“This Saturday is the perfect day to start your holiday shopping with giveaways from Tennessee farms and food companies through Pick Tennessee Products,” Hatcher said.

“Gifts carefully chosen by a farm business or independent store owner are special for several reasons. When you buy locally, you get creatively made products and you create an economic ripple that strengthens rural communities.

Stores participating in the Alliance Maury First local gift card program are as follows:

  • a museum
  • A balloon store
  • Alexander’s Mattress World
  • Ax and amp
  • B’s salty and sweet
  • Baxter Mercantile
  • Bellissima store
  • Blue 32 Vintage Market Square
  • Blythewood Inn Bed and Breakfasts
  • Breckenridge Baby Boutique
  • Caters Creek Antiques Station
  • Columbia Health Foods
  • Gymnastics Discovery
  • Dotted lime
  • Elia day spa
  • Farm market
  • G’zan Guitars & Art
  • Hattie Jane’s Creamery
  • JJ’s barbecue
  • Steakhouse of legends
  • Needle & Grain
  • Northside Healthcare Professionals
  • A word from mom Flowers and gifts
  • Mt. Pleasant Grille
  • Office warehouse
  • Pie sensations
  • Pink Porch Shop
  • Puckett’s grocery store and restaurant
  • 7th West Company