Keeping your money in Weber County could be a smart decision in more ways than one. Locally-owned businesses are offering big specials today, plus contests and freebies also abound.

“It is a national movement that shines a light on small business across the country. Alone, my small voice can get lost in the shuffle; within this movement it is heard,” said Robyn Stark, owner of Queen Bee Giftery on 25th Street in Ogden. She offers some of her best deals this weekend. “American Express supports by providing free swag bags and specific social media. It’s a way for us to thank our customers for supporting us throughout the year with free gifts, a discount and coupons,” Stark added. Her specialty toy, book and gift shop will offer free chocolate tasting plus every purchase receives a coupon for a free chocolate bar through month of December in addition to 20 percent off everything in the shop today.

Stephanie Howerton, co-owner of the Artisan Collective in The Junction, said they love to participate in this weekend’s great shopping. “In addition to great deals from individual artists, the store will also be offering the following: Spend $50 on either day in one transaction and receive a $5 off coupon that can be used on your next purchase in December over $50 OR spend $100 on either day in one transaction and receive a $10 off coupon that can be used on your next purchase in December over $100. These coupons are good from December 1, 2018 until December 31, 2018,” Howerton said in an email. She sees the shop local events as a chance for neighbors to help neighbors. “Shopping local supports your neighbors and our local economy,” she added. American Express has been a part of the weekend event for several years and it gives local business a source to look to marketing ideas.

Ogden feels so strongly about shoppers supporting the event and really the whole holiday shopping season, the City Council signed a joint resolution with the Ogden Downtown Alliance challenging residents to promote holiday shopping in Ogden. Kim Bowsher, with the Ogden Downtown Alliance said shopping local is always a good thing. “It's of course a great time to shop Small Businesses, but we believe that year- round.  Businesses throughout downtown are offering black Friday, sbs and cyber Monday deals, a handful have giving Tuesday offers as well,” Bowsher said.

The Ogden-Weber Chamber is also in on the fun. It has teamed up with local businesses to host its first annual #shopweber giveaway. The event started November 16 and goes through December 14. According to a press release from the chamber, giveaway prizes include a cash grand prize of $1,000 and several other items valued at $50 or more.

The giveaway will be hosted on Facebook and over 30 Weber County businesses will be involved. How do you enter? Just take a selfie at the participating business and use the hashtag #shopweber and tag the chamber and business. For more details and rules visit

Winners will be selected by drawing on December 17. “The ShopWeber program has been in development for over three years. It strikes at the heart and soul of what the Chamber of Commerce is all about. If consumers get engaged in shopping at our brick and mortar stores during the holiday shopping season, perhaps they will keep on supporting our local economy all year long,” said Chuck Leonhardt, Chamber President and CEO.