Small Business Saturday OBX Style

Kitty Hawk Kites at Jockey's Ridge Crossing in Nags Head lit up for Holiday shopping.

Today was Small Business Saturday, which admittedly is a somewhat manufactured special day, but here on the Outer Banks it has a lot of resonance. Almost all the businesses are small businesses. Yes, there is a Walmart and a Kmart, but other than that, locally owned, locally managed . . . local everything defines our businesses.

Mom and Pop businesses? Yes, they are. Our kids go to school with their kids, we see them at community events, so yes, the Gray family who own Gray’s Departments Stores or John Harris who founded Kitty Hawk Kites 40 years ago, are very much a part of the Outer Banks community.

With that comes a great spirit of pulling together, and trying to have fun while doing it.

The town of Duck always gets high marks for celebrating the Holiday season with a little different flair.

Saturday (12/6) is their annual Christmas parade with Santa arriving via fire truck. Then there’s the lighting of the crab pot Christmas Tree on the Village Green.

And for everyone hanging out there on Saturday, or shoppers who find their way to the village, there is the Holiday Window Decoration Contest.

Twenty-five businesses participating, now through December 19. It seems like a great reason to wander through the town and do a little shopping.