Northern Michigan Businesses Look Forward to Small Business Saturday

Shoppers peruse at Lucinda's in Old Town during Small Business Saturday

"A lot of times [for holiday shopping] it's just the big box places and the small business get overlooked". Small businesses make up 99 percent of all the businesses in Wisconsin, and Saturday, November 25th is their day to attract shoppers.

As customers flooded Unglued Friday afternoon, Morken began blowing up balloons to spell out "SHOP SMALL" for her store Saturday morning.

Some will also have giveaways! "We own our own small business back in Rochester and so anytime Black Friday weekend comes around, we try to go out and support the small businesses as well", said Candace Granberg.

In 2010, American Express launched the national Small Business Saturday campaign to encourage people to spend money locally during the holiday season.

"I think it's a nice incentive for people to come out", she said, "they don't have to worry about parking".

And her store will be open from 8 5 p.m., on Small Business Saturday.

The U.S. Small Business Administration said that 46 percent of workers in IL are employed by small businesses. "The community is excited; they are happy to be out supporting small businesses, which is fantastic". "They are wonderful. And I know it's a struggle for them with so many people going to the mall".

It was the first time for some who were popping in and out of local boutiques.

Smith says Small Business Saturday not only helps her store compete, but gives her customers that personal touch on items made close to home.

"We did it a year ago and had a great time".

"It's such a gift to all of our customers that the meters are free from Thanksgiving to Christmas starting at 11 o'clock", Brandy said.

Employee Dana Cuellar said she loves working at the wacky wonderland, a slice of Portland that's impossible to replicate.

"I think it's super important to support small businesses".

She started her business in 2009 and she still sews every bag and blanket by hand.

"It's just exciting to know that we're changing peoples' lives just by shopping".



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