Mayor Stimpson Urges Mobile Residents to 'Shop Small' This Saturday

Uptown Greenville

As large retailers deal with the onslaught of Black Friday shoppers, locally owned stores have been preparing for a shopping holiday of their own - Small Business Saturday.

Lisa Hulver, owner of TATEEP Unique Boutique in Buckhannon, said it's important that local businesses participant in Small Business Saturday, and she thinks the local shops keep the area alive.

"When you shop local, you are supporting the businesses that pay the taxes that increase quality of life", Louise Skaare, director of the Williston Downtowners Association said. "We have small businesses that don't have that type of funding to hit you with ads explaining that they have these products, too, or if we don't, we can get it for you".

Small retailers that do see a bump in traffic, however, are more likely to see customers seek out smaller, more personalized items rather than big purchases because Hurricane Harvey has made shoppers more hesitant to spend this holiday season, Venable said. Seven years later and Wichita Falls entrepreneurs and customers are already making the most it, even a day in advance. "We are proud to act as an incubator for startup brands and small businesses by providing them the space and tools they need to flourish within the park and our community".

"The small businesses in Bellefonte offer uniqueness, atmosphere and most of all a relationship to people", he said.

"That's essentially the same breakdown for the county and the state".

It brings in millions of shoppers and generates billions of dollars for local economies, including in the Upstate.

Around 112 million USA consumers shopped at small businesses the day after Black Friday in 2016, a 13 percent increase from 2015, according to American Express, which created the yearly event in 2010. "They're passionate about what they do".

Jason Smith is a reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times.

The Orange County Chamber of Commerce has helped promote Small Business Saturday since 2014. This event has continued to grow over the years as shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to shop small and show their neighborhood pride.

Small Business Saturday, taking place on November 25, is a big day for small businesses, and it can have real significance for minority business owners. When they thrive, it reduces the property tax burden on the rest of us.

While it may be easy to point and click, Armstrong says online shopping lacks what "shopping small" can deliver.

Commit this year to buying at least one gift at a local shop. Among returning features like free horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa Saturdays, visitors throughout the next month will be able to take advantage of many new features, such as a Teddy bear room and a wrapped mystery gift room that raises money for the United Way.

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