WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - It was a tight squeeze at times at the Paddock Arcade Saturday and quite the introduction for Michael Adeniran, who moved to Watertown from Nigeria with his wife just a few years ago.
“This is the first time to be in the arcade, and it’s quite interesting you know, because there’s quite a lot of people. A lot of different stuff all around,” said Adeniran.
It wasn’t a typical Saturday in the Padock Arcade, however, as it is Small Business Saturday.
Over a dozen vendors lined the hall for the fifth annual Shop Local Saturday, put on by Watertown First. The market is part of the nationally celebrated Small Business Saturday that started in 2010.
Watertown First’s Founder, Cody Horbacz, says the city’s event is a way to support people in the community.
“Folks who own locally-owned independent businesses, they live here, they hire local people here, they’re paying our taxes, their kids are going to our schools. They’re a part of the fabric of our community and we need to support them,” said Horbacz.
Many shoppers found some unique items to help support these local businesses.
“Homemade Christmas ornaments and recycled mittens made out of sweaters,” said Keeanna Houff and Deandre Sanchez of their findings.
“Antiques, you know, kind of, antiquities that we can take along,” said Adeniran.
People shopping on Small Business Saturday said they felt more relaxed than when they were out for Black Friday.
“This is a lot more fun, and social, and nicer, and calm. Everybody has colorful colors on, everybody’s awake, and all the happy faces are around,” said Houff and Sanchez.
Horbacz estimates more than a thousand people visit the market each year.
But a big crowd won’t stop Adeniran from coming out for next year’s market.
“Why not, we’re still here. We’ll still come back around here,” said Adeniran.
It was no small showing for another Small Business Saturday in Watertown.