Small Business Saturday Gives Back To The Community

Nov 27, 2017, 00:45
Small Business Saturday Gives Back To The Community

Small businesses all across the United States are preparing for their own shopping holiday, Small Business Saturday.

Angie Higa, the owner of Skydreams LLC, looks forward to this event all year.

"We want to help them and us both out", she said.

As part of the promotion, small businesses have a number of sales and discounts available.

It's Small Business Saturday and San Antonio's mom-and-pop shops saw some heavy foot traffic.

For Road Runner, he says that's huge.

The sidewalks were busy with people walking down the street with bags in hand, occasionally stopping to window shop.

Nicole Benjamin from the Lincoln Square-Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce says the fourth quarter is typically when businesses make their bottom line to survive into the new year.

"I wouldn't shop any other place, because I've known them for such a long period of time", agrees Gerry Malkin, a Road Runner shopper.

A few miles away is a new concept for some, it's called a benevolent boutique where Rachel Viele is encouraging customers to shop in your backyard to help the local economy and those internationally.

Now in its 8th year, Small Business Saturday serves as alternative to the hustle and bustle of Black Friday - while allowing shoppers to invest right back into their community. "We've got fun candy, soda, a lot of Oklahoma goods, a lot of things that are made locally in town". She said it's a way for her to empower women in the community.

"We started out with a bang, and we were pleasantly surprised", Hutchison said. Wright added, "We usually see more people on Small Business Saturday".

The Muse Book Shop's owner, Janet Bollum, said that she had giveaways for customers, including bookmarks emblazoned with Florida scenes, such as manatees.

"Just trying to get people aware of the day, what it means, and to just come out and give our community that extra support today", Jennifer Andreas with the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce said.

Her business offers Swedish, deep tissue, and bamboo massage, as well as aromatherapy.

"I think it is really important because you wouldn't know about a lot of small businesses unless you came out to where we are all set up", Thompson said.

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