Shoppers are being urged to shop local and support our market traders and independent retailers on Saturday, December 7th. Lots of events and special offers are available in Blackburn and Darwen town centre on the day as part of the global event.
Traders have come together to organise the events themselves to attract visitors into the town centre and show off our hidden retail gems. Council leader Kate Hollern invited traders to meet with her to discuss how the Council could help support local businesses.
Traders in both towns have been involved in creating their own independent shops brochure to highlight the towns hidden retail gems. The Blackburn and Darwen Independent Business Brochures aims to raise public awareness of the vast array of small independent shops in the town many of them outside the main shopping area.
Unfortunately the brochure for independent traders in Blackburn has only highlighted a few of the amazing retailers in the town and has even included stores that belong to larger chains. The map even still shows the bus station on the Boulevard.
Blackburn Life’s Shop Local Saturday Directory
Blackburn Life intend to produce their own list of independent shops in the town in time for Shop Local Saturday and are welcoming traders to contact them through email address firstname.lastname@example.org
In both towns there will be a Santa treasure hunt with lots of prizes up for grabs and a free prize draw for purchases from stalls and shops in town centres. There will also be music and art displays by local schoolchildren.
In Darwen, Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be in the town centre, courtesy of Elegance Cards.
Tease Your Tastebuds in the 3 Day Market will be selling Hot Turkey Barms, Hot Pork Barms and Christmas spiced strudel on the day, whilst Deli Carlo in Croft Street is setting up a Street Food Kitchen with talented local chefs. Earth Angel is offering 25% off readings or therapies booked with deposit paid on the day and Mister Fu’s is holding an open day between 2pm and 4pm, with free samples, glass of bubbly (soft drinks for the kids) and a 10% off voucher for their next visit.
Cllr Kate Hollern said: “We have had several meetings with traders in Blackburn and Darwen to discuss how we can help support local businesses.
“We want to help encourage more people to shop locally. Every pound spent in an independent shop means between 50p and 70p goes back into the local economy and you are doing your bit to help Blackburn and Darwen prosper and grow for future generations to enjoy.”