Celebrating Community Spirit: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday in Long Prairie

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

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As the holiday season unfurls its festive spirit, Long Prairie gears up for two significant days that epitomize community camaraderie and support for local businesses: Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Nestled in the heart of Minnesota, this small town, with its charming streets and thriving local businesses, transforms into a bustling hub of activity during this time of the year.

Black Friday: Redefining the Shopping Experience

Black Friday, traditionally known for its big-box store deals, takes on a different hue in Long Prairie. While larger retailers may attract crowds, the town's unique charm lies in its locally-owned businesses that offer more than just products. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the opportunity to explore the diverse shops, small boutiques, along with big name storesthat are on Central Avenue and Highway 71, each offering a distinctive experience.
From a cozy cafe serving coffee specialties and delicious treats to local restaurants with marvelous meal specials, and small shops and franchise stores with weekend deals., Long Prairie has become a haven for those seeking unique gifts and experiences. The day unfolds as a community celebration, where patrons converse with store owners, forging connections beyond mere transactions.

Small Business Saturday: Supporting Local Entrepreneurs

However, the spirit of support and celebration continues. Small Business Saturday follows suit, shining a spotlight on the backbone of the town's economy—its small businesses. This day serves as a reminder to prioritize local establishments, emphasizing the impact of every dollar spent within the community. Small Business Saturday takes place annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving when people are saying their “thank yous” and in the giving spirit. American Express founded Small Business Saturday in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop small during the holiday season. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has cosponsored the celebration since 2011 which has grown into a movement supporting small businesses.

The fabric of Long Prairie is tightly woven with stories of entrepreneurship and dedication. Each shop and business represents a dream nurtured, a passion pursued, and a livelihood sustained. Small Business Saturday amplifies this narrative, encouraging residents to explore new places, rediscover old favorites, and discover the hidden gems in their town.

Where the Community Bonds Beyond Transactions

Beyond the allure of unique finds and personalized service, these two days symbolize the interconnectedness and resilience of the community. The bonds formed between locals and proprietors extend far beyond commerce—they represent a shared investment in the prosperity and vibrancy of Long Prairie.

In a world of commercial giants and online shopping, Long Prairie is a testament to small-town America's enduring spirit. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday aren't just days for sales; they celebrate the town's character, unity, and unwavering support for its entrepreneurial fabric.

As the holiday season approaches, let's embrace the spirit of togetherness and community by patronizing the local businesses that make Long Prairie the cherished haven it is. Let's make Black Friday and Small Business Saturday not just days of shopping but moments of connection and celebration in our beloved town.

Special Sales and Discounts in Long Prairie for the Holiday Season

Ace Hardware  - $100 off 2 Burner Blackstone griddle; up to $80 off on your favorite tool  brands; up to $150 off on EGO Snowblowers 
Address: 820 Commerce Rd

American legion Post 12 - Happy Hour 2 – 4pm on Friday, Roll Call ($2 tap beers) 10 am – 12pm on Saturday
Address:  714 Commerce Rd

Auto Value - Special on H.D Booster Cables – $49.95
Address: 840 Commerce Rd

CentraCare Gift Shop - Black Friday sale starts on Wednesday, November 22 - 9am-3pm and continues Friday, November 24 – 10am-2pm
***Draw a coupon and that is the discount on your purchases that day.  Also, Doorbusters include the following for both days: 40% off World’s Softest Socks, $10 Junior Warmies, $20 Large Warmies 
Address:  50 CentraCare Dr

Coborn’s – Bake Shop Holiday Candy, seasonal specials
Address: 645 Lake St S

Countryside Restaurant - Saturday all day: Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap with Waffle Fries 12.99; Full menu also available 
Address:10 Lake St. S

Dragon Willow Winery - Open both days from 12-5pm
Address:  23419 210th St

Dairy Queen - Buy One 6pk boxed Dilly Bars Get One FREE for a Black Friday $11.49 +tax for a 6pk. Flavors:  Cherry/chocolate/butterscotch/Heath flavors
Address: 710 Commerce Rd

Fleet Supply - 20% off store wide on Friday from 7am – 1pm, 15% off store wide from 1 pm – close on Friday, 20lb propane refill $11.99, 301b propane refill $14.99 & 100lb propane refill, $48.75 on Saturday & Sunday till close
Address: 940 Commerce Road

Griff’s Pizza - Buy any XL specialty pizza get a FREE order of breadsticks or garlic cheese toast
Address: 136 Central Ave

Hayley & Rae - Swag bags for 1st 50 customers- valued at over $50, sign up to win Giveaways, 25% off storewide on Friday
Address: 110 Lake St S,

110 Coffee - Free black coffee all day on Black Friday
Address: 110 Lake St S

Mi Pueblito - 1 Enchilada, 1 Tamale with rice and beans $10.99 on Friday & Saturday
Address: 120 Central Ave

Taqueria Chavez $1.00 off 4 Flautas
Address: 263 Central Ave

Viva Tobacco - Friday 11am - 3pm 5% off & Saturday 12:30pm -3pm 5% off
Address:  253 Central Ave    

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