The city of Erie is urging holiday shoppers to shop small, and an upcoming event is going to make it easier for you.

We've all heard of Shop Small Saturday, it's the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and this year, the city of Erie is taking it a step further.

More than 100 vendors in the city of Erie will welcome shoppers, with a special Artisan Fair and Made in Erie Marketplace, “This gives you an opportunity to get something really unique and support the local economy, because when you go online and shop, none of that money stays locally,” said Erie Mayor Joe Schember.

Patrick Fisher, Executive Director of Erie Arts and Culture says Shop Small Saturday allows you to not only support the local economy, but get some unique holiday gifts too, “I think that buying something from a local artist, artists or even local business can really differentiate what they get on the holiday season,” said Fisher.

EMTA will also offer trollies to take people to the different shopping stops, “As we think about how we spend our dollars leading up to the holiday, the more that we can spend locally, the better that benefits our community. So having something like Small Business Saturday and having the city officially behind that initiative is s really a tremendous asset,” Fisher said.

You can also stop by the Cashier House at 4th and state street, on November 24th, where student artists from Edinboro University will be selling their work.

For more information on the events happening for shop small Saturday, go the City of Erie’s website.