Today marked the sixth year for shoppers to ‘Shop Small.’ It’s all part of ‘Small Business Saturday’ which encourages people to shop locally and support our community businesses. Abigail Hantke was among many shoppers. She shares how today can help boost our local economy.
Last year, an estimated 5.5 billion dollars were spent on Small Business Saturday. Local shop Tangled Up In Hue says on this day they’ve seen their sales increase by at least thirty percent. Co-Owner, Jamie Kyser said, “For us as a small business we support the community a lot of the money that is spent in our shop gets spread out throughout the community, so it’s a spread the wealth type situation.”
Several shoppers spent the day supporting the nearly seven hundred businesses in downtown Eau Claire. Shoppers say by coming downtown not only are you supporting your community but it gives you the chance to get something unique that you might not get anywhere else. Chicago resident, Jasmine Nelson added, “A local downtown has really interesting fun shops, it’s not the stuff you’re going to find at the mall. Not the stuff you’re going to find in Chicago just down the Michigan Mile, it’s the stuff you find here that people are just going to love.”
And many small shop owners know people by name, which shoppers say only increase their experience. Mary Sullivan, a volunteer at Willow said, “You do know everyone and I think there’s that special attention you get from the owners when you walk in, and we do want to promote them instead of always going out to the big chains; it’s important to keep our business in town if we can.”
Fellow Eau Claire resident, Ruth Larose added, “Sometimes we forget about small businesses and I think it’s good for the community and for the business owners if they could get a lot of people coming in and we can see new things and experience something different.” And local business owners hope to encourage people to shop small every day of the year aside from Small Business Saturday. Brenda Miller, Eau Claire resident said,“You don’t know what’s downtown till you’ve been here.”
“We love Eau Claire!” In Eau Claire, Abigail Hantke. Fox 25/48, News at Nine.
Small Business Saturday is a day supported across the nation and is always celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving.