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Posted on: November 18, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Shop Small: Support Local Businesses This Holiday Season

You can support local businesses and organizations by opting to Shop Small this holiday season.

Shop Small is a local effort to make Small Business Saturday — Nov. 30, 2013 — one of the biggest shopping days of the year for Issaquah businesses.

To make getting around to shopping destinations easier, a free trolley will run from noon-8 p.m.

The trolley — not to be confused with Issaquah’s railroad trolley — will make a loop every hour from the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., to historic downtown Issaquah, Issaquah Highlands and Gilman Village.

Several stores will be offering discounts and other specials. To learn more about Shop Small, visit the Downtown Issaquah Association website.

In addition to shopping, family-friendly activities abound throughout the day.

Meet Santa Claus at the Hailstone Feed Store between 2-4 p.m.

At the Issaquah Train Depot, 78 First Ave. N.E., catch a ride on Issaquah’s railroad trolley between the depot and Darigold from noon-4 p.m., weather permitting.

Have your gifts wrapped as you listen to live holiday music or while you ride the trolley. The depot will be open from noon-4 p.m. for folks to take a break from shopping while volunteers wrap presents in exchange for donations to support the Issaquah History Museums.

At the depot, you can also explore a temporary exhibit of antique toys and Christmas decorations made during the Great Depression.

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