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  • Save Your Buying Appetite for Small Business Saturday

    CREDIT: Mike Dooley] Mike Dooley Photography's table at Crowne Plaza's Shop Small Saturday.

    CREDIT: Mike Dooley] Mike Dooley Photography’s table at Crowne Plaza’s Shop Small Saturday.

    [CREDIT: Crafty Critters] Crafty Critters knit keepsakes are also for sale at Crowne Plaza's Small Business Saturday event.

    [CREDIT: Crafty Critters] Crafty Critters knit keepsakes are also for sale at Crowne Plaza’s Small Business Saturday event.

    Warwick, RI — Warwick has its share of big-box stores — many of them launching their Black Friday deals at the stroke of midnight Thanksgiving — but there are also plenty of small local businesses offering special sales as part of Shop Small weekend.

    Crowne Plaza Warwick, 801 Greenwich Ave.

    Browse from the tables of 100 Rhode Island small businesses and vendors — including entrepreneurs, artists, Farm Fresh RI, Social Venture Enterprises, veterans, and minority-owned businesses — and the best place to shop small for the holidays in RI with a wide selection of unique services and products all in one convenient location.

    The shops will be there until 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Central RI Chamber deals

    The Central RI Chamber of Commerce has put together a handy list of Chamber members offering Shop Small discounts, from special deals on yoga classes at The Holistic Heart on Sandy Lane to 10 percent off at Ocean State Apparel on Post Road.

    Also, don’t forget the 100 or so local vendors expected at this weekend’s CCRI Crafts Fair, running Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or peruse the Warwick Post’s business article archives for places to eat and shop, like Greatfull Bread and Diane’s Delectables.

     And if you’re a local business owner looking to boost sales over the weekend, check out the Chamber’s tips on how to make the most of Small Business Weekend.
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