While much attention is given to Black Friday shopping, the mad rush to begin holiday shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, Small Town Saturday, which is observed the day after “Black Friday” helps support local businesses. You don’t have to go to the “big city” and fight traffic, snowy roads and crowds to shop in a big-box store. By shopping closer to home, you will also be supporting your home-town neighbors, many who may be struggling financially through the COVID pandemic.
While this is in no way a complete list, here are a few of the businesses in Lake Preston and De Smet, and some of the items they have to offer.
In Lake Preston, The Treasure Chest, owned and operated by Michelle Nelson, is known for its handcrafted Amish furniture, but they also sell home décor, collectibles, jewelry, greeting cards and more. The She Shed on Highway 14 is owned and operated by Penny Sjolie. She sells home décor, toys, Lake Preston Diver wear, plants and much more. Shear Perfection, owned by Amber Nelson, is not only a full-service hair and nail salon, but a small gift shop as well. For a unique one-of-a kind gift for everyone from the babies to adults on your list, check out the winter hats created by Chelsey Buss for her business, Crocheting by Chelsey, at Shear Perfection. Some of the other items available from local vendors are small home furniture pieces, embroidered towels and sewing crafts, earrings, essential oils and self-care products, Mary Kay cosmetics, T-shirts and houseplants.
John Vincent at Sharper Image Barber Shop can help you look spiffy for the holidays, and he also has Lake Preston History Books available for sale.
Codi’s Creations & Boutique is a home-based business owned by Codi Smith. She recently expanded her merchandise line. See the article on the front cover for more information.
De Smet Chamber of Commerce President and co-owner of De Smet Flowers & Gifts and The Loftus Store, Chad Kruse, said most of the De Smet businesses are having some sort of special promotion for Small Town Saturday. Some of the many things he sells are flowers and plants, Christmas and other home décor, De Smet Bulldog wear, clothing, jewelry, Little Town on the Prairie inspired gifts and greeting cards. Something different for 2020 that seems to be popping up in many stores, including Kruse’s, is unique face masks and hand sanitizer.
Prairie Town Gifts, owned by Carol Kazmerzak, is the place to go for Black Hills Gold jewelry. The store also offers costume jewelry, home décor, children’s books, baby gifts and clothing. They have face masks for adults and children, including a line of Christmas themed ones.
Ward’s Store & Bakery in De Smet will be open for breakfast and lunch and will also be offering a lot of special samples on Saturday. “We’re hoping people stick around town,” owner Patti Slater said. “A lot of small-town businesses are hurting now.” Ward’s is a combination bakery, café, coffee shop and store. One unique feature of the store is its wide variety of “Made in South Dakota” items.
Bedizen is a clothing boutique in De Smet. This Saturday, 10 percent of all sales at Bedizen will go to the De Smet Volunteer Fire Department. They are also offering holiday goodies and giveaways.
For gifts that might not fit under the tree, check out Warne’s Appliance and Barrett’s Furniture.
You might know that O’Keefe Ford sells new and used vehicles and farm equipment, but you should also check out the selection of toys for the little famers on your list.
For more information about these and other area shopping opportunities close to home, check out the ads in this week’s paper. (One more suggestion— a gift subscription to the Kingsbury Journal makes a wonderful gift!)
And to be safer while shopping, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer and observe a safe social distance from other shoppers.