It's a local answer to Black Friday, it's Small Business Saturday and it's on Saturday, November 24th.
Chuck Arnold is the Executive Director of the Downtown Bend Business Association.
"THIS STARTED IN DowntownS MUCH LIKE DOWNTOWN BEND - AND THIS IS ACTUALLY our BIGGEST YEAR EVER. Many stores are SERVING HOT CHOCOLATE AND FUN DRINKS and have special sales and events, some have musicians. It's almost like a First Friday artwalk atmosphere, and i think people will enjoy it.
Arnold spoke to 1110 KBND news on Wednesay and will talk more about the holiday season for downtown on KBND at 8:40 on Black Friday.
He says they have a special campaign for holiday shopping that gives back to local non-profit group who continue to strugging in this economy. Arnold also says they are also getting ready for two very popular events next week, the Christmas Tree lighting on Friday and the Christmas Parade on Saturday.