Forget Black Friday! Last year, I made the switch to do all of my holiday shopping local, and got most of it done on Shop Small Saturday, with amazing deals, fantastic customer service, and really great items I found that I wouldn't have known to search for online or in bigger stores.

It's more than just great deals and finds though. Keeping your money local helps your local community. The money spent in Laramie will stay in Laramie and keep the vibrant small businesses thriving.

Here are the best deals happening in Laramie for Shop Small Business Saturday.

Ruby's On Grand - 10% off, and free bag with purchase

Poppy's Boutique and Flowers - 20% off store-wide. 35% off apparel.

NU2U - 25% off of furniture and non-sporting good oddities for NU2U Sports, and tag sale, with 50% off and 25% off of furniture and artwork at NU2U.

Dodd's Shoe Co - Save up to 15% off Sorel, Men’s work boots, and Men’s western wear. $20 off UGG and $40 off Frye boots.

Martindale's Western Store - 10% off store-wide.

Sweets Cakes and Pastry - Will be offering free sugar cookies, discounts, and specials on holiday-themed baskets.

Night Heron Books & Coffeshop - $2 Lattes all day.

The Curiosity Shoppe - 15% off store-wide.

The Great Untamed - Offers special Holiday gift boxes of wine, with options that include glasses or glasses and a corkscrew. I got these last year and they were a huge hit for Christmas gifts!

Alexander's Fine Jewelry - Pick out your special item and at the register you can pick out your treasure! Your treasure may be: 10% – 70% off, or a pair of Simulated Concept Pearl Earrings.

The Grounds Internet & Coffee Lounge - 50% off all drinks.

Altitude Fitness - $15 off everything, including memberships.

The Alibi - 10% off meal with proof of purchase from downtown retail business.

There are even more specials, discounts and events that you can check out at Shop Small Laramie. Stay Local and Happy Shopping!