Local Shops Prepare For Small Business Saturday

CHARLESTON, W.V.a. (WSAZ) -- As Black Friday comes to an end, local shops are preparing for their big retail day, Small Business Saturday.

"We have great fun gifts, exciting things they can't find anywhere else, even on the internet," said Elisa Payne, owner of Eggplant.

Shoppers are thinking small, Small Business Saturday. "We know your name. We'll wrap your gift. We can help you pick out something. Everyone is starting to realize we all invest in our community so when you shop local, then we invest in the community."

Charleston businesses like Eggplant along Bridge Road are kicking in holiday deals.

Payne says, "We're staffed well. We've got all our stuff out for wrap. We're well stocked. We're excited for all our customers to come out and bring their families to do a little shopping before Thanksgiving."

For entrepreneurs who don't have store fronts, East End Main Street is hosting a Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at The Clay Center.

"It's a service to our patrons and in addition to that, we try to be good neighbors to our East end friends so that's part of the reason we did it," said Clay Center President and CEO Judy Wellington.

It's all about giving back to the businesses who are the stronghold of the community. "We all know each other. It's nice to have everyone come out and spend their holidays with us and get into the spirit. Those are the people that will be coming back over and over and over," Payne said.

In Charleston, Mayor Danny Jones stated a proclamation naming Saturday, November 30th, Small Business Saturday. Here are some facts about small businesses and their impact on the U.S. economy:

  • 89 percent of consumer in the U.S. agree small businesses contribute positively to the local community by supplying jobs and generating tax revenue.
  • Small businesses employ one half of employees in the private sector in the U.S.
  • 93 percent of consumers in the U.S. agree that it is important for people to support small businesses they value in the community.

Click on the link for more information on The East End Holiday Bazaar.

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