Why your Small Business Saturday shopping is so important to your local businesses and your neighborhood, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2017. (Michelle Pemberton/IndyStar)

This year’s Small Business Saturday will be more important than ever to local businesses that have been ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic and many by Hurricane Sally and the Pensacola Bay Bridge closure.

Many small businesses in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties have outdoor markets, gifts and drawings planned for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 to encourage more shopping and help with their economic recovery. 

For J.W. Renfroe Pecan Co. in Pensacola, Small Business Saturday gets the holiday season rolling. This year, the shop plans to give away giftbags, as well as samples, to customers in the hopes of getting more people in the door at its two sites, 400 W. Fairfield Drive and 794 W. Main St., A.

“It’s usually a big day, and we