Shopping gets local push on Saturday
FAIRFIELD — After Black Friday is done, residents are urged to spend Saturday shopping locally as part of Small Business Saturday.
And in Fairfield, that local shopping can truly be localized at places like the gift shop at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, where purchases can include books about Fairfield, posters and photographs of the town, honey produced at the Ogden House, and even an apron decorated with scenes of Fairfield.
“Locals love coming to the Museum Shop for thoughtful hostess and holiday gifts, and items for people who love Fairfield,” Deborah Owens, marketing and communications director. “We are now making poster-sized prints from photographs and postcards in our museum collections. “
And another draw to the shop — convenient parking, no sales tax, and discounts for museum members. “In addition, purchases made at the Museum Shop support our high quality exhibitions and educational programs for all ages.”
At this time of year, the gift shop also stocks toys for children, including train-related items and old-fashioned building kits.
Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart told the Board of Selectmen last week that the tradition of Small Business Saturday began in 2010, via a promotion by American Express. In 2016, he said, 112 million people across the country came out to support local businesses.
“The town is just one of 6,700 ‘neighborhood champions’ nationwide calling attention to the need to shop local,” Barnhart said, adding the town is working the Chamber of Commerce to man a welcome station on Sherman Green. In addition to shoppers, that welcome booth will also greet Santa, who is due to make a visit.
Santa will arrive by firetruck down Reef Road at 10 a.m., and will be at the Sherman Green gazebo until 2 p.m. Every child visiting Santa will receive a small holiday gift item sponsored by Senior Helpers.
Barnhart said there will be giveaways to hand out, along with balloons and shopping bags, and it will also be an opportunity to tout the town’s winter Shop & Stroll on Dec. 7, when participating businesses will offer complimentary refreshments and extended hours. Shop & Stroll will also feature strolling carolers and ice carving.