MV and L celebrate Small Business Saturday

More than 3,000 residents of and visitors to Mount Vernon and Lisbon took part in Shop Small Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shop Small Mount Vernon and Lisbon is part of the national Small Business Saturday campaign initiated by American Express and taking place throughout the country. As part of the local Mount Vernon-Lisbon event, volunteers set up a Shop Small booth set up inside the former Right Frame of Mind building, 100 First St. SE. At the booth, shoppers were encouraged to sign up using their name and cell phone number to win Community Cash gift certificates good at any business in Mount Vernon or Lisbon.


More than 25 gift certificates were handed out as part of the promotion resulting in one of the busiest Shop Small Saturday events to date in Mount Vernon and Lisbon.

“Small businesses, like small Iowa towns, are the back-bone of our nation and our economy,” said Catherine Kennedy, Chair of the Mount Vernon project. “Support for small businesses and small towns is support for the growth of our families, our friends, and our country. Please plan on joining us on Saturday, Nov. 26, to shop small!”

More than 60 businesses in Mount Vernon and Lisbon took part in Small Business Saturday by offering special promotions, live music, specials and sales. More information can be found at

About Mount Vernon

Historic Mount Vernon, Iowa, is home to 4500 residents, including1200 college students enrolled at Cornell College. Located in Eastern Iowa at the intersection of Highways 30 and 1, 20 miles north of Iowa City and 15 miles east of Cedar Rapids, it boasts a vibrant uptown business community with numerous antique and specialty stores, restaurants, coffee houses, commercial art galleries, and three National Historic Districts.

About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation.

About Main Street

The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986 with a total of 56 communities having participated.  Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008 by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.



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