On Saturday, Nov. 28 residents across Charles County celebrated Small Business Saturday. In conjunction with the “holiday,” the La Plata Business Association (LPBA) hosted its second annual Shop La Plata celebration. The LPBA sponsors the event to rally community support for local independent small businesses, as well as to highlight the downtown business district of La Plata. This year, 53 local small businesses and organizations participated, an increase of more than 45 percent from last year’s inaugural event.
Hundreds of people flocked to La Plata’s downtown business district to shop. Participants received a “passport,” and upon visiting participating businesses, received a stamp in their passport. After visiting a minimum of five businesses, shoppers could enter to win the Ultimate $1,000 Holiday Shopping Spree giveaway. More than 500 passports were submitted for the giveaway.
In addition to great shopping, participants took advantage of a fine arts pop-up gallery featuring local artists, live music, caroling, dance performances, rides on a restored antique trolley and visits with Santa at the historic train museum.
Local restaurants and food vendors reported an increased volume of sales and heavy foot traffic throughout the day. Early indicators also show an increase in sales for participating businesses in comparison to last year’s event.
Events like Shop La Plata are just one way that residents of Charles County support local businesses. The Charles County Department of Economic Development’s (EDD) business expansion and retention team helps local companies, business owners and entrepreneurs navigate and tap into the many local, regional, state and federal resources for business assistance. For more information on how the EDD can support your business, view our Business Support section or contact Marcia Keeth, Business Development Manager for Retention and Expansion at firstname.lastname@example.org.