Published: Mon, November 27, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Small Business Saturday brings holiday shoppers to local store owners

Small Business Saturday brings holiday shoppers to local store owners

As Black Friday is winding down, there's another special shopping day tomorrow.

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. While the styles have changed many times since the shop first opened in 1936, Meredith says one thing has stayed the same, the customer service, "We are staying true to who we are, which is a customer service and relationship building business".

Some will also have giveaways! It's no surprise that small, locally owned businesses impact Louisiana's economy. "I know Tina is giving away some free classes as well", said artist and manager of High Cotton Arts Gallery Sonya Gordon.

Originally launched in 2010 by credit card giant American Express to encourage consumers to support its small-scale merchants, Small Business Saturday has grown into a retail event that encompasses all small shops and restaurants.

Wright says the key to a successful Small Business Saturday is just to have fun. "And, if we can be that help to help promote somebody and they can come in here and show off their brand and that helps them out a little bit, especially around this time of year Thanksgiving it's what it's all about". "My sisters are great and the rest of my staff is really wonderful", Meinhart said.

Amy Fallon says the quality is better, and then you get more unique purchases.

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"When you shop small, especially on November 25, its like saying we love you and appreciate you to your local store owners", said Judy Collinsworth, executive director of the Folsom Historic District Association. She said it's a way for her to empower women in the community.

Sipes is the owner of Radish Underground, a local boutique in the West End.

She started her business in 2009 and she still sews every bag and blanket by hand.

"I think it's super important to support small businesses".

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

Twisted Wicker's regular hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.

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