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New effort encourages shoppers to buy from local businesses

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Every dog has its day and black Friday was the day for big retailers to rake in cash. But Saturday, it's all about shopping at small businesses. Conveniently placed between black Friday and cyber Monday, Small business Saturday is a new effort to push shoppers towards local small businesses.

"I think the smaller stores offer things larger stories cannot offer," Becky Buck said.

Becky Buck is the owner of Magnolia Hill in the Landings. It's a local women's apparel store that has literally risen from the ashes. Originally located next to the Bibb Mill, the store burned along with the mill just two years ago. Buck has rebuilt her store and relocated to the Landing. She says shopping small allows customers to get more attention and better service.

"I think we all know, every product in here pretty well, and know our customers and try to find out what they like, and what they need," Buck said.

Teresa Heath is the manager at The Sample Shop in Columbus. Heath says that major retailers stole the show yesterday but thanks to small business Saturday things are looking up.

"We were kind of worried but it picked up for us and today has been a great day, so and with it being the small business Saturday, it's picking up, so we are really excited about it," Heath said.

Owner of Sweet Eats cupcakes Heather Jones agrees that shopping small is the way to go.

"I think it helps build up the community it helps people like me be able to have a small business and grow," Jones said.

"It's the exact piece that you are looking for at the right time," Annie Barclift said.

For store owners like Buck, small business Saturday gives her hope that the holiday shopping season will be promising.

"We think it's a lot of our local people that are going to be here shopping with us. So we are looking forward to it, we are going to do well," Buck said.

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