Small Business Saturday reminds community to give back to local stores

Small Business Saturday reminds community to give back to local stores

Thousands visit local mom and pop shops as part of Small Business Saturday shopping holiday

EUGENE, Ore. – With Black Friday coming to a close, there are high hopes another annual shopping tradition will prompt consumers to shop local stores this weekend.

Small Business Saturday on the Saturday after Thanksgiving encourages people to shop small and bring more holiday shopping to small local businesses.

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It was started by credit card company American Express in 2010, and has gained momentum across the nation.

“Those dollars go right back into our community right here in Eugene, and so to support local families, its huge is what we are, its what you are, said Andrew Agerter, with Eugene Toy and Hobby. Were all local here and we really need to focus on getting the money in our city here.”

The city of Eugene is offering free parking at garages and on-street spaces in the downtown area tomorrow in support of small business Saturday.

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"I come in here almost daily and buy all my paint. The knowledge here is amazing, and they sell the best products," said Kenny, who is the President of ZK Painting. "It's not like a normal place, it feels like home."

Saturday, businesses around town will open their doors for the annual Shop Small Day. This is part of a nationwide initiative that started 8 years ago encouraging consumers to support their local retailers and restaurants. 

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Like most people, Greg Huston loves shopping local because of the unique finds and personal customer service. 

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“I think it's absolutely important that we shop local, help out our community,” said Huston. 

Shop small Saturday has retailers offering any special discounts, entertainment and that one-on-one shopping experience.

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“It's probably our busiest time of the year, it's probably busier than the whole month of Christmas," said Bruce Cooper, co-owner of Merry Go ‘Round Antique Store.

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According to American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business, 83 percent of consumers say they plan to do some of their holiday shopping at an independent retailer. 

“Local businesses are the heart of any community and it's where you can go see your friends, support the rest of the people in town," said Denise Fiorini, owner of Her Boutique.

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While this is the eight Shop Small Saturday celebrated nationwide, this is the sixth year Bakersfield has promoted the event, and it yields big results when shoppers go small.

“We really rely on local support and it's nice to have a focus on us because we are small and it's harder for us to try and get out there as much," said Heather Abbott, sales associate at Bella Boutique.

The celebration will kickoff with a champagne brunch at The Mark restaurant on 19th Street at 10 a.m.. Brunch is $20 per person. Passports to use at 20 different downtown locations are available for an additional $15 if purchased with brunch or $20 without. The passport option includes a map, small tote bag, prices and admission to the Marriott for champagne and desserts. Each store will have something ready for shoppers to enjoy. Merry Go Round Antiques on 19th Street will have Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus available for pictures.

Businesses participating include: Bella At The Marketplace, Charming Charlie, Essentials Spa et Beauté, Jamba Juice, Julia, Patrick James, NutriShop, Robson Jewelers, Rockin’ Crawfish and Victoria’s in the Marketplace

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