Black Friday is always a rat race, you get pushed, you get shoved, and sometimes you get a deal that is hard to take back later because that item is closed out or was on a short special. Why not shop local, with local artists, businesspeople, and friends.

Downtown Duluth is waiting for you. Travel the bricked streets and enjoy the historic architecture that defines our downtown. Wander through the Waterfront Sculpture Walk that overlooks Lake Superior under the open skies. It’s a connected community that has so much to offer, and it’s all so close!

You would be keeping the money local, helping your friends and neighbors to grow while helping the city to grow. At one time you couldn't find a place to park, no scenery, no where to eat once you finished your shopping. All problems that seemed to have gone away.

In recognition of Small Business Saturday, many business owners will be offering discounts, promotions, demonstrations and workshops. Learn how to decorate a holiday table, bake healthy and tasty holiday treats or find the latest in male fashion trends.

Park in one of the many downtown ramps connected to the skywalk system and enjoy the convenience of accessing businesses without ever walking outdoors. Or park on the street and remember metered parking is free on Saturdays with a two-hour limit. Visit for maps of both the Skywalk system and parking ramps.

We invite you to listen to KOOL 101.7 as we broadcast live Saturday and give you some examples of places to go and keep your money in the community.

Plus some of the businesses have their windows decorated so you can vote for your favorite and maybe win a prize from that business.