Customers Come Out for Small Business Saturday
Between the whirlwind of Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday, sits Small Business Saturday. It's a nationally recognized holiday that the owner of The Spicy Wench in Watertown says is good to bring attention to the mom and pop shops.
"It's really a big emphasis on the economy to keep the local economy going," said Christine Hoffman. "So that's why small businesses hop on board with that, because it actually does more for the economy than spending money at the big box stores."
With all the deals at big box stores, with thousands in Watertown on Black Friday looking for cheap flat screen TVs and half-off bread makers, one must ask, does Small Business Saturday really bring in more customers?
"They really do come out and support the small businesses. They like to do it. Obviously, everybody loves the Black Friday deals and everything. They went and did that, but a lot of businesses and lot of people like to support the businesses in the community," said Hoffman
"We love The Spicy Wench jams for appetizers, something different. And especially during the holidays," said Sharon Nagler, customer.
Another place to buy local is Paddock Art and Antiques. Where the owners say everyday should be small business day.
"When you're buying small you're buying from local whatever it is - and that helps the community more than just going to the mall and spending all your money at Kmart," said Lee Elsworth.
It was a day of recognition for an everyday movement to buy local.
Friday, January 30, 2015, Watertown, NY