Patch's “Park on Patch” campaign, in partnership with American Express, has selected Athens as one of 50 towns across the country to get free parking on Nov. 30 for Small Business Saturday.
The parking meters will be covered to identify the free parking spaces. Patch will pay for parking from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day. Look for the covered meters along Clayton Street, Broad Avenue and the cross streets.
The "Park on Patch" initiative is part of an ongoing effort by Patch and American Express to encourage people to shop locally in support of small businesses.
Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is now in its fourth year. The annual event, which is celebrated between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is an awesome way to support the small businesses that help make our neighborhoods great.
According to the Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday in 2012 spent $5.5 billion with independently-owned businesses that day.
Celebrate small businesses again this year and shop local on Nov. 30. In addition to free parking, we'll also give out Small Business Saturday merchandise. With all these incentives, there's no better reason to shop local this Saturday.