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Today is "Small Business Saturday" here in the U.S. where the idea is for everyone who is out and about doing their holiday shopping to buy at least one thing from a smaller independent shop, a one-of-a-kind mom-and-pop type place instead of those big chain stores. Luckily, they have lots of great selections where I live and I prefer to shop at these stores anyways but I hope others do the same... it does wonders for folks trying to make a go of their dream during these difficult economic times. This photo is a window display at one of my favorite shops (I fell in love with the colors).

Yesterday I decided to boycott Black Friday (the insane shopping day in the U.S.) and opted for a bit of pampering and a massage at my favorite spa. I've got a lot of upper back/neck pain and the 1-hour deep tissue massage I got was aaaahhhh....mazing (although today I'm feeling it... my muscles feel bruised and sore but it's so worth it to get out all those kinks and knots).

Wishing everyone a great Saturday and remember "shop-small-buy-local" if you're out and about!! :-)

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  1. leanne829. 83 months ago | reply

    wonderful scene and a massage sounds like the perfect alternative to black friday!

  2. ByTheChesapeakeBay 83 months ago | reply

    Love this shot...very beautiful!

  3. ng.k 83 months ago | reply

    Such a great assortment of lights and colors :) Little independent shops are the best. They always have the most unique items and they have personality. Shopping at big box stores may be convenient but you lose that authenticity and that interaction.

  4. innerMt 83 months ago | reply

    Fantastic colors and composition!

  5. sunbeam12 83 months ago | reply

    Such a charming window display!

  6. mamuangsuk 83 months ago | reply

    Such a poetic and colorful shot Michele!

  7. ggcphoto 83 months ago | reply

    I love the "playfulness" of this one... Cool work... ;-)

  8. {no rest for the wicked} 83 months ago | reply

    Delightful color, Michele.

  9. SolsticeSol 83 months ago | reply

    This is so wonderful Michele! I love when I come across charming shops
    like this. They often shine with their very own unique personalities and you
    captured this one shining away quite marvelously! :) The pretty twinkles and
    colors are wonderful and very festive! How wonderful and soothing that must
    have been. It sure beats running from a crazed stampeding mob of
    deal grabbing / pushing / barreling shoppers. :)

  10. ninasclicks 83 months ago | reply

    This is so charming! I love small shops and this one looks lovely.
    The massage sounds amazing too.
    X

  11. 6ftmama 83 months ago | reply

    from a mom and pop shop owner thank you for this
    it almost made me tear up
    i like your idea of pampering after the season for sure

  12. ~Staci Lee~ 83 months ago | reply

    It is so fun to shop these little stores. They are so full of character.

  13. everyday us 83 months ago | reply

    Pampering instead of the craziness of black Friday sounds positively blissful.
    I just love all the patterns and color in this shot!

  14. Glints & Tints 83 months ago | reply

    Such a bright and vibrant capture.. Beautiful pots, flowers and lighting!
    Hope you have a fast recovery from back-pain.

  15. seddeg ~ 83 months ago | reply

    Who could walk by this window and not stop? Who could resist wandering inside? How whimsical and cheerful! Now, about that message...hope that "shop-small-buy-local" means that you made another appointment! ;-)

  16. *Laura*1 83 months ago | reply

    This is such a cute set up in the window, i like the lights and the colours, it feels very festive. You spa sounds lovely!

  17. Ana is working 83 months ago | reply

    so beautiful, all these colors

  18. simple plot [deleted] 82 months ago | reply

    nice pic!

  19. nartenimages (Battling deadlines, bear with me) 82 months ago | reply

    This is so cheerful and colourful. The kind of picture that picks you up immediately!

  20. johnmc122469 37 months ago | reply

    It really is great to think about going to local businesses to be able to support them for an entire day. I personally think that being able to do that can really make a difference when it comes to support as well as finding different options for services and good. There is something about this kind of day that would really make for an amazing addition to local towns. Thank you for sharing.

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