Small Business Saturday

My favorite Black Friday activity is to not shop. Anything but fighting crowds. Today will definitely involve a little sleeping in, a slow breakfast and coffee, and probably a long walk.

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, and here are just a few suggestions for your local retail pleasure. There’s always the favorite Folk Music Center.

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For the child in us all, there’s Boon Companion with toys of yesteryear and today.

Heirloom sports local goods.

And for dessert – A Kline offers delicious chocolate

 

Village Venture

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Village Venture Past

Claremont parents usually have their children’s Halloween costumes ready in good time for trick-or-treats if their children march in the Village Venture Halloween parade. At least my daughters did when they were young. Their favorite memories of this event involved getting the goodie bag at the end of the parade with swag from local merchants.

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Held on the 4th Saturday of October, Village Venture is Claremont’s fall Arts and Crafts Fair. Hundreds of booths showcase crafts, art, promote local businesses, churches and schools, with a big selection of international food vendors.

This year the Santa Ana Winds were blowing, so the skies were clear and the air was hot. That did not deter the thousands of visitor who come from near and far.

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The Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra usually plays in a shady spot near the library, but this year, sadly, there was only a placard in memory of Roger Samuel, the conductor, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

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The Economy Shop

IMG_0690We are still in the throes of decluttering, and this month our donation went to the local thrift store, The Economy Shop. Located in the Claremont Village, this little space packs a big punch. I arrived at opening time on Wednesday, and already there were four people outside waiting to find a bargain.

Founded in 1933 by a group of Red Cross and church volunteers, this store has been continuously running since it opened. Nearly 50 smiling volunteers keep the place attractively organized. Most of the proceeds are donated to local charities such as Inland Valley Hope Partners, Inland Hospice, Project Sister, CLASP and Uncommon Good. In 2012 that amount was just over $35,000.

The shop closes its doors for a summer and winter break.