Published: Sat, November 30, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Shop owners encourage Wichitans to shop local ahead of Small Business Saturday

Shop owners encourage Wichitans to shop local ahead of Small Business Saturday

American Express says for every dollar spent at a small business in the US, 67¢ goes back directly into the local economy.

Both Thomas and WInkler say its not about local businesses competing with each other. When you #ShopSmall, you make a big impact on us and our whole community. We encourage everyone to shop small in Downtown Rochester!

"We're encouraging people to think outside of the big box store, outside of Amazon.com, these flash deals to get a big TV, and just shop small downtown and support their local small businesses, their local family and local economy", said Stiles. Get a free pint glass and ornament with any purchase of $100 or more at City Bird (a $20 value)! No purchase necessary - simply enter our drawing to be eligible to win.

Small businesses play a huge role in the community, King said, and often sponsor a baseball team, donate food for an event, contribute for an auction or raffle.

Saying this year should be a particularly special Small Business Saturday because many area retailers were still closed after Hurricane Florence last year, Ms. Rueh said not only are the majority of businesses back open now, but several new businesses have opened in downtown Morehead City.

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Small Business Saturday in downtown Ferndale Mark your calendars for #SmallBusinessSaturday, the weekend after Thanksgiving!

Hatch on ME is offering a free mantra bracelet to the first 100 customers to spend $25 or more and Bangor Savings Bank is offering Buoy Local gift cards that can only be used at participating local businesses in an effort to encourage people to "shop small". Hoping to avoid Black Friday crowds and support local brick-and-mortar stores in your community?

"For us Small Business Saturday is really about supporting your local businesses, and we at Culture Shock really like to show people how awesome local businesses are all year round".

Shopping will come with a side of entertainment throughout the day including performances by Mauka Soul, Ben Kaili, Heavenly Hula and the Hawai'i County Band. "Shop Small Bako" helps introduce the community to businesses they might have otherwise never known about.

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