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Local merchants hosting special events for Small Business Saturday

Local merchants hosting special events for Small Business Saturday

While shoppers hit the malls and big box retailers for Black Friday, small businesses throughout the area were gearing up for their big day. Small Business Saturday encourages getting your morning caffeine fix at the local coffee shops, hiring local service providers to pump your gas, clean your carpets, and paint your nails, and finally wrapping up the day at one of the Cape's many eateries or drinking establishments. She said. "And usually at small business places I can find a lot more unique stuff than I could at a regular Target". She said besides employing locals in full and part time positions, small businesses often look for ways to give back to their community.

According to American Express, previous year $112 Million people shopped at local businesses nationwide for Shop Small Saturday.

American Express also reported in 2016, small business owners nationwide made $15.4 Billion total. On the busiest shopping weekend of the year, in neighborhoods all across Chicago, consumers came out to support small business. "We have a relationship with our clients, so we truly know what they like, what they don't like, what size they are". Wright added, "We usually see more people on Small Business Saturday".

"We really need these individuals to go out there and to be great examples of what can be done", shopper Joe Salis said.

"These small businesses are the heartbeat of our city so we want you to patronize them everyday but especially we're going to kick it off with shop small Saturday", Barefield said.

Sipes is the owner of Radish Underground, a local boutique in the West End. She said it's a way for her to empower women in the community.

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

Even people from overseas see the value in shopping local.

"I think it's important to support our merchants", she said.

The Islandwide Christmas Crafts & Food Expo is open Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for seniors and military.


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