SPOKANE, Wash. — Editor's note: The above video is from previous reporting about new COVID-19 restrictions in Washington state.
Every Saturday is now Small Business Saturday in Spokane.
Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward made a proclamation on Saturday, Nov. 21, that every Saturday through Dec. 12 will be Small Business Saturday in Spokane.
On Nov. 16, new restrictions on indoor retail went into effect capping in-store capacity at 25%. Local Businesses who rely on the holiday season are now worrying about staying open.
"Amidst the global pandemic, it is more important than ever to shop local and support our small businesses," a post on the City of Spokane's Facebook page reads.
The proclamation is a part of a larger plan to support small businesses through COVID-19 shutdowns.
The plan also includes:
- A partnership with local vendors to host a winter marketplace in the Riverfront Park Pavilion every Wednesday in December and January from 3-7 pm. Nearly 20 vendors and 2 food trucks will be placed throughout the Pavilion Central Plaza (outdoors), Pavilion Main Lobby, and Sky Room (indoors). The market will follow the Spokane Regional Health District Farmer's Market COVID safety protocols. Additional details will be announced soon.
- A virtual tree lighting celebration on November 27 as a kickoff to the Riverfront Park holiday tree walk through the New Year.
- An expanded Trail of Lights holiday display at Riverfront Park beginning December 1 through the New Year.
- A drive-through holiday light show at Manito Park. Additional details will be coming soon.
- Numerous other outdoor activities, including continued work on a plan to open the Numerica Skate Ribbon based on current public health guidance are being finalized. Activities will include virtual recreational nights, including board games, bingo, trivia, and holiday yoga for family and friends.
- Renewed emphasis on #OrderUpSpokane to generate energy and excitement for takeout option citywide.
- Renewed emphasis on 10-minute parking zones established for curbside patronage.
Other elements still in development include:
- A partnership with the region’s mayors on a letter to the federal Congressional delegation urging support for additional COVID-relief funds and an extension on time for local organizations to spend current funds.
- Engaging small businesses in informal virtual collaboration and information-sharing.
- Developing greater awareness and emphasis on neighborhood business districts.
- Revising a holiday ticket concept to encourage patronage of local businesses citywide.
- Evaluating additional parking meter options and partnerships with businesses to promote safe retail visits within state guidance.
Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010.
American Express reported that 62% of small businesses would need to see shopping return to pre-COVID-19 levels by the end of 2020 in order to stay open.
For every dollar spent at a small business, approximately 67 cents of that dollar stays in the local community, according to BusinessWire.