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The Kirkland Downtown Association (KDA) and local merchants want to encourage local residents and visitors to enjoy the vibrant downtown shopping area, and to support the local community through charitable giving.
The season kicks off with enormous gift boxes arriving at the corner of Lake Street and Park Lane on “Small Business Saturday”, November 30th. At about 10AM, The Mayor, city officials and local merchants will gather at the corner of Park Lane and Lake Washington Blvd. between Starbucks and Simplicity ABC where the Mayor will proclaim “KIRKLAND SHOPS SMALL” on that day and kick off the Kirkland holiday shopping season.
Participating businesses will be drop-off locations for non-perishable food donations on behalf of Hopelink, an east-side charity. Their goal is to collect as many donations as possible, to fill the box with vital food supplies for those in need. Many stores will offer free gifts and incentives to customers who stop in on November 30th and throughout the season.
In conjunction with the "Small Business Saturday", a national promotion by American Express, The KDA invites you to shop small and shop local in Kirkland on November 30th. The purpose of Small Business Saturday is to draw attention to the many brick and mortar businesses in customers’ own towns that are frequently overlooked.
Kirkland Downtown Association is also coordinating extended shopping hours in Kirkland this season. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from December 5th to December 21st, participating businesses will be open until 8PM or later to help you find the gifts you need & to encourage donations to Hopelink.
Citizens of Kirkland are encouraged to support their city and their community by shopping local and to bring a non-perishable food donation for Hopelink. Since 1971, Hopelink has served homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in north and east King County by promoting self-sufficiency for all members of our community and helping people make lasting change.