Shop Small Saturday 2023

smiling shoppers on the sidewalk

Shop Small Saturday 2023

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) is coordinating another Shop Small Saturday celebration! Stores will be open and have specials throughout Mount Vernon and Lisbon.

Early bird shopping begins at 8am!

This shopping event will include a sign-up fishbowl event, where shoppers are encouraged to stop by Shop Small HQ (110 1st St. SW, Mount Vernon), fill out a form with a cell phone number, drop said form into a fishbowl and begin shopping. At the top and bottom of every hour, volunteers will reach into the fishbowl and call one registered shopper via cell phone. If the shopper can get back to the fishbowl in 10 minutes, they will receive $25 in Community Cash good for any business in Mount Vernon and Lisbon. At the bottom of the hour prizes and gifts from local retailers also will be given away.

Lynch Ford Chevrolet, 410 Business 30 SW, will give away 10 – $50 vouchers redeemable for Community Cash gift certificates at the dealership. Lynch will draw five winners at 9 a.m. and five more winners at 10 a.m. The vouchers can be redeemed for Community Cash gift certificates at Shop Small HQ (110 1st St. SW). Also Bauman’s (124 1st St. SW) will be sponsoring a $100 Early Bird Prize at Shop Small HQ. The Early Bird $100 giveaway will be inside one of 25 Shop Small bags given away at Shop Small HQ beginning at 8 a.m. Early Lineup is encouraged.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of these two communities, and this is a day that all of us who love having access to 32 Main Street mom-and-pop small businesses can show their appreciation with their patronage. Mount Vernon-Lisbon is your Shop Small HQ this holiday shopping season.”

Joe Jennison, Director of Main Street and Marketing for the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group

Details About Shop Small Saturday

Shop Small Mount Vernon and Lisbon is part of the national Small Business Saturday campaign started by American Express.

“Small businesses, like small Iowa towns, are the backbone of our nation and our economy. Support for small businesses and small towns is necessary now more than ever.”

Catherine Kennedy, Chair of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon project

American Express founded Small Business Saturday in 2010. This event encourages shoppers to support small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This single day is now a powerful national movement because more businesses and shoppers are participating each year.

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.



Nov 25 2023


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Uptown Mount Vernon, Iowa
1st Street and Iowa 1

Other Locations

First Street Community Center - Mount Vernon, Iowa
221 First Street NY
Main Street Lisbon, Iowa
E Main & N Washington St & Lisbon Rd


Joe Jennison
(319) 210-9935
[email protected]