Sun. Jan 24th, 2021

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While many stores have suffered closures or loss of sales, business owners remain optimistic that Seattleites will continue supporting local businesses.

SEATTLE — Small Business Saturday meant more to businesses this year than ever before, with these very businesses already suffering due to the coronavirus. 

“I wanted to be intentional with bringing in and supporting local businesses here in Seattle,” said Sean Conroe, the general manager of B8ta’s in Seattle’s University Village. 

B8ta is a retail company that features small businesses trying to expand their reach to the public. 

Conroe said about 25% of sales they made on Saturday came directly from the six local brands they featured.

The pandemic has closed or altered the futures of many small businesses and left more reeling. Conroe believes the public is being more intentional with their money this year.

“I think people are more thoughtful with how they are spending,” he said.

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MARTINEZ (BCN)

The women at Retro Now were thrilled with the activity at their Martinez store Saturday.

“It’s been a great day — all these people here, a lot of foot traffic, the weather’s been great — what more could you ask for?” said Carolyn Hill, owner of this antique/collectibles shop where several women rent display space as part of what they call a collective. “It’s a good sign, and it’s an encouragement after how it’s been the last several months.”

About two dozen businesses — retailers, boutiques, restaurants, microbreweries, personal services businesses — took part in the Martinez event set for Saturday and Sunday afternoons. And in a downtown area that on a typical Saturday can be pretty sleepy, with its lifeblood of county government offices and courts closed and the weekly Farmers Market bringing people to Main Street on most Sundays, was on this Saturday afternoon was fairly

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Small Business Saturday is arriving right on time for many business owners. But this year, it’s more than a boost to business. For some, it’s a lifeline.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Nicole Corriher decided to open a fine jewelry store in Charlotte’s South End neighborhood, she never thought her first year open would be during a pandemic.

“You’re just fighting tooth and nail to survive some extreme, extreme odds,” said Corriher, the owner of The Golden Carrot. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined having to navigate this truly bizarre environment.” 

Small Business Saturday is arriving right on time for her. But this year, it’s more than a boost to business. For some, it’s a lifeline.

“They’re putting in their blood, sweat, and tears and their passion and love,” Corriher said. “They’re thinking about it day and night.”

According to estimates from Yelp, more than 97,000 businesses across

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Local shops are hoping to recoup some of the losses they’ve taken during the pandemic.

GULFPORT, Fla. — It’s Small Business Saturday and local shops are hoping to boost their bottom line after financial losses from the pandemic.

More than 100 local vendors will be set up on Beach Boulevard South in Downtown Gulfport for the Holiday Market. It runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. 

You’ll find a full list of vendors here, or check out the map below.

“We all know 2020 has been awful for many businesses, but especially small businesses like us, says Pippa Hill. She sells handcrafted jewelry and home goods through her shop Jacaranda Hill.

“Since March we haven’t had a chance to actually go out there and sell our goods in person and this event is basically a boost for us. We are so looking forward to coming together as

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“Our doors are still open, and that’s more than a lot of people can say right now,” said Elizabeth Berg, co-owner of Tres Chic Boutique.

HOUSTON — It was one busy week for shoppers. They wrapped it up Saturday focusing on small businesses with Small Business Saturday.

But for some Houston stores, the rain put quite a damper on their day.

It’s been awful year for stores everywhere, but for small businesses, especially.

“It has been a real struggle, so I won’t mince words about that, but we’re working through it for sure,” said Elizabeth Berg, co-owner of Tres Chic Boutique. “Yes, our doors are still open, and that’s more than a lot of people can say right now.”

For Berg, the hope was that Small Business Saturday would bring a little relief, but then came the rain.

“Yeah, here it is in the rain. Everyone’s having not just to

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“It is a much more mellow experience for everybody, but I think the fact that the sales have been as strong as they have the past two days, is an encouraging thing.”

BOISE, Idaho — Businesses in Boise were pleasantly surprised by the community’s turnout on Small Business Saturday. Many shops were open but required masks, social distancing and had limited capacity but people still lined up in the cold, to support small businesses.

“It’s been a pretty good day so far, we have had a line all afternoon, this morning we tried some early shopping appointments,” Said Marketing and Promotions Director at Record Exchange, Chad Dryden.

Dryden has been the marketing director at the Record Exchange for eleven years, he said that black Friday and Small Business Saturday are the shop’s busiest day of the year. This year, many local business owners didn’t know what to expect.

“It is

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The event is spread out across multiple weeks this year amid new COVID-19 restrictions.

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash — Small Business Saturday has officially kicked off in Kendall Yards on Saturday, Nov. 28. Store owners say it’s one of the busiest days of the year for local shops, but this year had some changes.

In previous years, the one-day-event garners a rush of customers, exactly the opposite of what Governor Jay Inslee put in his COVID-19 guidelines for this year.

Knowing that stores would have to reduce their capacity to 25%, Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward made a proclamation that every Saturday until December 12 will be Small Business Saturday. 

“It’s like she was reading everyone’s minds,” French Toast – mama and mini co-owner Julia Lara said. “We want to see it celebrated all season long instead of just one day.”

Lara knows the industry from the inside and out, she also

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The ‘shopping holiday’ was created by American Express in 2010. In 2020, it offers a glimmer of hope during a year of economic hardship.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Small Business Saturday is one of the many post-Thanksgiving shopping “holidays” that offer great deals while specifically focusing on local shops and restaurants. 

In a year where COVID-19 has made running a business more difficult than ever, local owners, like Daniel Reyes of Lida’s Jungle, are grateful to be up and running.

Lida’s Jungle opened the doors of their pop-up plant shop this October, during the pandemic. “I definitely feel fortunate that we’re able to do this, and we just really, you know, stress on doing it as safely as possible,” Reyes said.

He and his partner continued to grow their business throughout the pandemic, thanks to the support of local customers. The couple and business team noticed that lockdowns were starting

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Despite some blustery weather, downtown Aiken was buzzing with shoppers, diners and visitors during Small Business Saturday.

The buying-and-selling holiday ushered in “a nice, steady stream” of customers at 3 Monkeys Fine Gifts, according to co-owner Sallye Rich. The Laurens Street store sells home decor, jewelry, accessories and more.

“In general, Small Business Saturday is always a big day for us,” Rich said, adding that community support is greatly appreciated.

This year’s local-shopping bonanza, wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is more consequential than others.

The coronavirus pandemic has stunted the U.S. economy, and retailers, merchants and service providers have suffered; some 163,700 businesses have closed nationwide since March, around the start of the pandemic, according to a Yelp economic impact report published in September.



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Small Business Saturday was first observed years ago as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Many small businesses are located in downtown

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Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s an important day that helps emphasize the need to support locally-owned small businesses nationwide.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Small business Saturday occurs every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s an important day that helps emphasize the need to support locally-owned small businesses throughout the country. Here in Knoxville, that need is no different.

“I guess the big thing for us is just making people feel comfortable and keeping things nice and clean,” said Earth to Old City’s Paula West.

An emphasis on keeping things clean was just one of the things that made this Small Business Saturday different from the ones in years past. 

Masks, social distancing, and even hand sanitizer could be spotted at businesses downtown. 

While many businesses have stayed open, many crafters and makers in Knoxville haven’t had the same opportunities that

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