This weekend is the biggest shopping weekend of the year with big box and online retailers trying every tactic to get our cash. Are there really only a “few left in stock” and “up to 50% off?!” I can see through some of these so-called “deals.” Besides, scoring a “great deal” doesn’t really get me in the Holiday spirit.

I plan on getting most of my holiday shopping done by shopping local on Small Business Saturday. Ocean Grove is celebrating Small Business Saturday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Shops will be hosting special sales, surprise bonus coupons and a variety of holiday gifts. You’ll be greeted by Holiday Carolers from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. as you shop for people on your list on Main Avenue.

Enjoy hot chocolate and grab lunch at one of the many eateries. You can also win a $100 gift card redeemable at any Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce member store. All you have to do is make a purchase at one of the member shops, tag the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce and the retailer where you made the purchase on Facebook and hashtag the picture with who the gift is for. For example #GiftforGinoD.

This shopping experience is relaxing and fun. Here’s your chance to buy thoughtful gifts for the people on your list and support your local shops. Click for details and happy shopping.