Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday was packed with shoppers along the Gulf Coast.
With Black Friday in the rearview mirror, many local shops celebrated Small Business Saturday this weekend. All around the Gulf Coast shoppers came out in search of some major savings. Charisma: A Girls Best Outfit owner Brandin Brosh said, “Small Business Saturday is a great way to showcase the small businesses in our community. It ramps us up for Christmas. It’s great for the retailers downtown.”
For many customers, they choose to shop local to give back. Shopper Kristin Ellis said, “They give back to the community and it is the least we can do to help keep them going and support our towns and the smaller towns.”
Shopper Tina Mancuso said, “Well, I think if you support your local vendors then the money stays in the community and it is so much more friendly than a big mall or impersonal store.”
Shopping small gives customers a chance to interact more with business owners. Cologne and Cotton Biloxi owner Halee Register said, “It is important to us because we are a new business. We just opened last Thursday. It really brings locals together and just gets our name out there.”
Many local shop owners say that they sell just as much on Small Business Saturday as they do on Black Friday. “Small Business Saturday and Black Friday rival because they are back to back. We do about the same amount of sales each day which is really cool because we are small business. It’s a very, very busy day for us,” said Brosh.
Besides being a fun way to spend an afternoon, many experts say shopping local helps fuel the economy.