HOUSTON — The Third  Ward community is doing its part to help Black-owned businesses recover from losses due to COVID-19. Local businesses owners will be participating in “Small Business Saturday,” a holiday shopping extravaganza featuring vendors, food trucks and live music, also providing complimentary lite bites.

Small Business Saturday is an annual American tradition,  held the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the year’s busiest shopping periods. The past eight months have been a struggle, as one in five small businesses have closed their doors and large retailers across the country have laid off hundreds of employees.

Jackie Adams, owner of MELODRAMA Boutique, has been in business for 18 years and says she is excited about Small Business Saturday. Adams says that her clothing store pivoted, along with the rest of the world, and began to focus its marketing online.

“I am so excited as we enter another holiday season and another year in business! Eighteen years is a very long time,” said Adams. “I’m looking forward to connecting with clients face to face, but we will also practice social distancing.”

Small Business Saturday will be held on Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing will be strictly enforced, masks are required and the fitting rooms will be unavailable.

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