Patch.com’s “Park on Patch” campaign, in partnership with American Express, selected Doylestown, Pennsylvania – recently named one of “America’s Best Loved Towns” by Travel & Leisure Magazine – as one of up to 50 towns across the country to receive sponsorship of free, short-term metered parking in its downtown shopping district on November 30th for Small Business Saturday. The parking meters will be covered to identify the free parking spaces (see attached image) and available from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. After 5 P.M., parking remains free. The “Park on Patch” initiative is part of an ongoing effort by Patch.com and American Express, to encourage individuals to shop locally in support of America’s independent businesses.
Small Business Saturday, now in its fourth year, was created in response to small business owners’ most pressing need – more customers. Celebrated between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this annual event recognizes the independent businesses that help grow and sustain our local economies. According to the Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, in 2012, U.S. consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending $5.5 billion with independently-owned businesses that day.
Doylestown was chosen by a team of national Patch.com
editors in recognition of the town’s ongoing commitment to the “Shop Local” movement and community support for local small businesses. The Doylestown Borough Council and the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance (DBCA) – a non-profit, volunteer organization bringing businesses, residents, and government together to make Doylestown a vibrant place to live, work and visit – steadfastly encourage and assist economic development initiatives to further the success of this thriving town.
• A recent example of commitment to this cause is the development of the DBCA’s “Discover Doylestown Committee” comprised of local merchants, restaurateurs, and business owners dedicated to working together to brand the town as a destination, educate the community about the benefits of shopping local, and creating events to attract residents and visitors alike into town to explore.
“As a community that values our locally-owned small businesses, I think American Express’s sponsorship of ‘Park on Patch’ and Doylestown’s Small Business Saturday is a terrific opportunity to promote our downtown retail shops and eateries,” said Det Ansinn, Doylestown Borough Council President. “When you come to Doylestown, you can find boutique stores and restaurants that you won’t find in a mall or commercial shopping center.”
“Behind every business in Doylestown, there is a unique story and passionate entrepreneur,” added John Davis, Doylestown Borough Manager. “We are your quintessential, All-American small town. When you come to shop on Small Business Saturday, you can take pride in the fact that you are supporting the hard-working, business owners that make-up the fabric of our community.”