Ashland celebrates Small Business Saturday for the fifth consecutive year and offers sampling and pampering to Brunch & Browse ticket holders while they shop local.
Brunch & Browse is a unique event that allows participants the opportunity to sample dishes from downtown Ashland restaurants, while also encouraging shoppers to support small and local businesses throughout the City.
Guests are invited to visit seven “brunch” location at their leisure and sample featured menu items, while “browsing” local shops and boutiques where they may fill up a reusable Brunch & Browse shopping tote.
New to this year’s event is a partnership with Identity Salon & Spa located at 121 16th Street in Ashland. In addition to sampling delicious dishes from local restaurants, Brunch & Browse ticket holders may add a complimentary ten-minute massage to their list of local freebies.
Identity Salon & Spa will host complimentary ten-minute massages from their 16th Street location to ticket holders from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Featured restaurants for the event are: Blazer’s Restaurant & Bakery; Elite Catering; Fat Patty’s; Smokin’ J’s Rib & Brewhouse (mobile setup inside the Camayo Arcade); The Herb n’ Stone Tea Shop; The Jockey Club; and The Winchester Steak & Seafood.
Restaurant sampling will be observed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Brunch & Browse is set for Saturday, November 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Restaurant sampling and spa services will be observed only during event hours. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day. Winners will be contacted by phone and prizes may be claimed at Visit Ashland tourism office.
Ticket sales begin Monday, November 11. Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase at Visit Ashland tourism office located at 1509 Winchester Ave. Tickets may be purchased during office hours which are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets are $15; day of event tickets are $20. Day of event tickets may be purchased at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. Ticket sales for the fifth annual event are limited to 300.
Included in ticket purchase is restaurant sampling and spa pampering, a reusable Brunch & Browse shopping tote, event map, complimentary water, and door prize entries for the chance to win items donated by local businesses. Door prize values range from $25 to $300.
Participants may begin the event at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. where they will receive event wristbands, water and reusable shopping totes.
Brunch & Browse is hosted by Ashland in Motion, Ashland Alliance, Bridges Magazine, City of Ashland, East Kentucky Small Business Development Center and Morehead State University Ashland Small Business Development Center, The Gallaher Group and Visit Ashland.
Proceeds from ticket sales will fund future Ashland in Motion events and initiatives.
Small Business Saturday is a concept that was branded by American Express and launched as a national campaign in 2010. The shopping holiday falls each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, serving as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The initiative encourages shoppers to support small and local businesses during the holiday shopping season.
Ashland in Motion reminds the community that while restaurant sampling and event incentives are limited to ticket purchasers, everyone is invited and encouraged to shop the stores of local merchants and support the Small Business Saturday initiative.
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