Gwinnett shops gearing up for 10th annual Small Business Saturday - Gwinnettdailypost.com

Gwinnett shops gearing up for 10th annual Small Business Saturday - Gwinnettdailypost.com


Gwinnett shops gearing up for 10th annual Small Business Saturday - Gwinnettdailypost.com

Posted: 28 Nov 2019 12:00 AM PST

For Rukhsana Aguilar, there is nothing small about Small Business Saturday.

Aguilar, who owns Taste of Britain on South Peachtree Street in downtown Norcross, said her business, and neighboring small shops, do see their sales pick up on the one day of the Thanksgiving weekend that is dedicated to encouraging shoppers to skip the chain retailers and support their locally-owned businesses.

She expects that to happen again this weekend.

"People do want to support small businesses, and they do come out," Aguilar said. "I would say (there is) about a 25% increase in sales for that Saturday."

This year will mark one decade since American Express launched the Small Business Saturday effort in an attempt to get customers to "shop small" and support locally-owned businesses on the day after Black Friday.

"We recognize the hardships faced by small business owners today and want to inspire people to take notice and Shop Small to support their communities on Small Business Saturday and beyond," said Elizabeth Rutledge, Chief Marketing Officer at American Express, in a statement.

"Retail is changing, but local shops are the fabric of our communities, helping them to thrive in the future is part of our brand ethos and backing promise."

Although Small Business Saturday doesn't draw the same crowds as Black Friday, there is still a lot of business done on that day. The National Retail Federation is projecting 66.6 million Americans will do their shopping on Saturday.

Local officials are quick to point out how key small businesses are in Gwinnett County, which is why they see it as important for residents and visitors to the county to "shop small."

Cally D'Angelo, the senior director of membership services and small business at the Gwinnett Chamber, said one figure has shown that smaller businesses that have less than 100 employees make up about 88% of all businesses in Gwinnett County.

"Small businesses build community," D'Angelo said. "They create a sense of place. They are the character and charm that make people want to live, work and play in Gwinnett. You can do your part in supporting by shopping small."

Aguilar said the fact that people are raising the flag to promote small businesses during the busy holiday time does not go unnoticed by local shop owners such as herself. She also expressed appreciation for Norcross residents.

"We really appreciate it that people think of us, the small businesses, because we know it's a busy time for everybody and a lot of people are spending their money at the big box stores," Aguilar said. "(But) we're lucky to have a great community that will come in and support all of us here in Norcross."

For one business in Sugar Hill's new downtown district, Small Business Saturday will be something akin to a debutante ball.

Although Southern Grace, a southern living boutique shop, opened last weekend in Sugar Hill's E Center on West Broad Street, its official grand opening celebration is set to coincide with Small Business Saturday this weekend.

Sugar Hill is the only entity in Gwinnett that American Express has listed as a Small Business Saturday "Neighborhood Champion" for this year.

Meanwhile, Crave Pie Studio and Farmhouse Home Decor and Gifts, two downtown Duluth businesses that were recently shut down because of fire damage, will have a pop-up shop in a parking lot on Main Street, across the Duluth Town Green.

But for businesses such as Taste of Britain, the Christmas decorations have already gone up and holiday gifts such as Christmas puddings and Christmas crackers — the gift filled package kind, not the edible kind — are already on display.

Since Taste of Britain sells food as well as gifts, Aguilar said visitors will get to try some of the merchandise before deciding whether to buy it Saturday.

"We usually sample food, pies and stuff so we'll definitely be doing some sampling of our food," she said.

Some Small Business Saturday activities taking place around Gwinnett include:

Sugar Hill Small business Saturday Puzzle Hunt:♦ The city of Sugar Hill and participating downtown businesses will host this event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers are encouraged to stop by the E Center or Eagle Theatre, located at 5019 W. Broad St., to begin the hunt by receiving four pieces from a 12-piece puzzle. Shoppers will then have to go around to participating downtown businesses to pick up the remaining puzzle pieces. The city will also ask shoppers to get stamps in a "passport" book at the participating businesses. Shoppers who fill up their "passport" book and complete their puzzles can then take pictures of them and submit the images at bit.ly/2qEem0g to be entered in a Small Business Saturday giveaway. The completed "passport" book and puzzle count as separate entries in the drawing.

Our HeART On Our Sleeves Launch:♦ Crave Pie Studio, which was damaged by a fire earlier this year, will do a pop-up Small Business Saturday booth on Main Street, across from the Duluth Town Green, to decorate coffee cup sleeves and hand out hot cider and coffee from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for anyone who makes a donation to the GoFundMe campaign to help Eye Candy Art Studio owner Ashley Towers, who has been hospitalized after she was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

Pop-Up Small Business Saturday:♦ The Good Morning Gwinnett podcast is hosting this event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cornerstone Co-Working Space, located at 279 W. Crogan St. in Lawrenceville. Additional information is available at bit.ly/33zlhq5.

Small Business Saturday Open House Mixer: West Main Trade is hosting this open house from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 123 W. Main St. in Buford to "create awareness of just how small businesses support each other in a major way." It is free and open to the public, with attendees invited to "grab a friend and join us in an evening of networking, holiday shopping and amazing vibes." Additional information is available at bit.ly/2qpsom5.

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Small Business Saturday set for Nov. 30 | Business - Suncoast News

Posted: 11 Nov 2019 12:00 AM PST

BROOKSVILLE — To celebrate local enterprise, Small Business Saturday will be observed here from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Nov. 30.

Supporting Small Business Saturday as a business or a patron is important to keeping the local economy thriving, say organizers of the local Small Business Saturday.

Created in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday is intended to help local business deal with competition from big-box retailer and online commerce.

The event is once again partnering with the American Express Passport Program. Pick up the passports at Hernando County Courthouse Square, 20 N. Main St.

Completing at least 50 percent of the passport will allow entry into a drawing. Winners will receive gift cards to a participating business.

A few of the businesses involved this year include: AKA Salvage and Design; American Gun and Pawn; Bread Box Bakery; Carlisle's Meat Market; Chop Block Grill; and Coney Island Drive In.

Also taking part are: Country Depot; Easy Street Décor; Enchiladas Mexican Restaurant; Florida Cracker Kitchen; Great Stuff; Little Lady Café; Luxe Salon Suite; and Main Street Eatery.

Other participants are: Mountaineer Coffee; Spa 105 on Main; Swap n Shop; The Bistro; The Pearl Porch; the Wired Bird; Total Realty Management; Transformed Treasures; Treasures From the Heart; and Westover's Flowers & Gifts.

For more information, visit Brooksville Main Street website at HistoricDowntownBrooksville.com.

Redlands community rallies around its local business on Shop Small Saturday - Redlands News

Posted: 05 Dec 2019 12:00 AM PST

Photo booth at Ed Hales Park.

Chamber of Commerce members Justin and Jessica Bouzane with Diana Lawson of Mansion Memories pose for a photobooth picture.

Redlands loves its local business owners and showed its support on Small Business Saturday.

Shop Small is a national holiday that falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, urging community members to support small businesses.

Redlands hosted an event in Ed Hales Park to kick off the holiday with a photo booth, holiday props and music.

Redlands has been celebrating Shop Small Saturday for the past few years.

"It is a petition for people to do their holiday shopping here in Redlands rather than online," said Chamber of Commerce President Marissa Kramer. "It helps boost our local economy and keeps the tax revenue dollars here in Redlands."

According to American Express, which is a big supporter of the holiday, "for every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the local community."

One local business who sees an uptick in sales is Redlands Thrift and its sister company The Blues.

Redlands Thrift had a special Shop Small sale that included 30 percent off to thank its customers for supporting the two companies for 27 years.

"We have been participating in the holiday for the past few years," said co-owner Jo Walsh. "We see about a 15 to 20 percent increase in sales."

Running a small business is not for the faint of heart, especially on the weekend of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals where chain corporations make millions.

Walsh appreciates Redlands advocating for its local shops.

"It is great for everybody and Saturday was a wonderful time for it. We are competing against all the chains with Black Friday," said Walsh.

Cindy Terice who has lived in Redlands since she was a child, thinks Redlands' downtown shops give the city its charm.

"It is always nice to walk down State Street, especially around Christmas with all the lights.

"These shops have things you just can't find at a place like Target," said Terice.

Another Redlands resident, Brittany Holland, who moved here with her husband in 2013, said downtown is the perfect place to find meaningful gifts.

"I love shopping at Nectar clothing, its boutique style is fun and has cute clothes and jewelry I get for my nieces sometimes."

Redlands' local shops are certainly one of the most unique and charming things about the small Southern California city.

Redlands Thrift still going strong after 14 years.

Redlands Thrift has been operating for 14 years. Its sister company The Blues has been open for 27 years.

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