Small Business Saturday is, by now, entrenched as an essential part of the Thanksgiving weekend. For the fifth consecutive year, small businesses across the Algoma area will be organized around the event established as a counterpoint to the big box stores’ well-known Black Friday events.

A “passport party” has become a local tradition,with numerous stops offering special deals and prizes. A Selfie Spot Sweepstakes is also part of the mix.

More details can be found at the 2018 Algoma Area Chamber Small Business Saturday Passport Party Facebook page.

American Express created the concept of Small Business Saturday in 2010 and has even trademarked the term, and local businesses have embraced the idea.

Among the businesses and organizations that have posted their Small Business Saturday hours at the Algoma Area Chamber’s site:

Amber’s Attic & Art, 507 4th Street, Algoma

Algoma Wolf Tech, 1715 Division Street, Algoma

James May Gallery, 213 Steele Street, Algoma

Algoma Book Corner, 401 Third Street, Algoma

Clay on Steele, 221 Steele Street, Algoma

Shop Small Saturday Holiday Pop-Up Shop, 610 4th St. Algoma

Steele Street Trading Co and Gallery (home of Steele Street Floral), 300-304 Steele St.

Ahnapee Brewery, 105 Navarino St. Noon-10pm

Algoma Public Library, 406 Fremont Street, Algoma

von Stiehl Winery, 115 Navarino Street, Algoma

BellaLuna’s Apothecary and Boutique, 211 Steele St.