Mon. Nov 29th, 2021


This year’s Small Business Saturday, an annual shopping holiday meant to support independent and local businesses, comes at a critical time for merchants across the nation. They are nine months into the coronavirus pandemic that has buckled commerce, and now they are staring down a bleak winter bereft of federal relief. More than 160,000 small businesses have closed permanently in the United States since March 1, according to a report released by Yelp, with closures increasing by 23 percent since mid-July.

But where desperation festers, artistry and enterprise can thrive. Tameesha Tucker lost her father in February to a lung disease that she believes grew from an undiagnosed case of covid-19. She started an apothecary business after his death to help other people build their immune systems to better fend off infections.

“It’s an expensive business, but this is something that the community needs right now,” she said Saturday, rotating

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Many small businesses in the Short North are relying on their customers to keep them afloat, hoping central Ohioans will take part in Small Business Saturday.

It’s been a hard year for many small businesses in the Short North, but on Saturday, they get a small glimpse of hope as holiday shoppers walk through their doors.

Jim and Christa Channels were born in and remain residents of Columbus. They said they hold a special place for businesses in the Columbus neighborhood for many reasons.

One of those reasons is location, and another is for the clothes, books, and food they find in those shops and restaurants.

“No two are alike and we really like to see them succeed,” said Christa Channels.

In the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of businesses have been hit hard

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But the one thing that is known is that the season is critical for many businesses, according to Hurst.

“What occurs over the next five weeks has a big impact on how many more close their doors,” he said in a phone interview Saturday morning.

The businesses that see the biggest boost in those weeks, like those that sell common gift items or rely on impulse buying, are the ones that are hurting most, he said.

“Consumers haven’t stopped spending during this pandemic. The question is where they’ve been spending their dollars and on what,” Hurst said.

The state’s top political officials voiced support for Small Business Saturday, a campaign to promote local businesses started by credit card company American Express a decade ago.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston announced that street parking would be free to encourage consumers, Senator Elizabeth Warren called on Washington to do more in

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BROOKLYN — The sidewalks are busy along Atlantic Avenue on this Small Business Saturday.

People are out getting a jump on their holiday shopping and more importantly, supporting their local businesses.

“We do soup for dogs nobody does that,” said Lenny Ford, owner of Pet Bakery and Boutique. His shop has incredible gifts for our four legged family members.

He is happy to see residents out on this important shopping day.

“We put our life blood and work and soul heart and in everything we do,” Ford added. “When you bring a small business to the community it’s really to enrich the community and our lives. It’s really important that people come out and support the community.”

Those thoughts were echoed by Alona King, who fully supports the mom and pop businesses here in Brooklyn.

“Everyone is being affected by this pandemic in pretty extraordinary ways and to come out

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This Small Business Saturday local-based businesses in the D.C. region say they need your help now more than ever.

This Small Business Saturday local-based businesses in the D.C. region say they need your help now more than ever.

Jennifer Newcomb opened a unique paint night-type event business called Reclaimed By You on Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland, in 2019. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit the area in March, in-person events had to stop.

“Those are exactly the kinds of things that we cannot be doing safely right now,” said Newcomb.

Like many small businesses dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, she had to take her in-person business online.

“We had to figure out how to switch to online offerings and virtual events and everything really fast,” said Newcomb.

Newcomb said she views Small Business Saturday as an opportunity for the community to rally behind those local-based businesses struggling to

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WORCESTER – Local business owners say there’s a connection made when someone shops at a local business that can’t be replicated on the massive scale of a big-box store or a national chain. 

So on Small Business Saturday, local shops, including many that have been hanging on by a thread during the COVID-19 pandemic, said they are welcoming a renewed push for people to “shop small” and patronize local businesses this holiday season. 

“Small businesses only exist to provide you with something special,” Amanda Setaro, owner of Sweet Jane’s Designer Consignment on Main Street, said in an interview Saturday. “It’s only because we love you. It’s important to love us back.”

Created a decade ago by American Express, Small Business Saturday has grown to become an integral part of most small businesses’ holiday projections. Last year the sales holiday generated $19.6 billion in sales, and 88 million people “shopped small.” 

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Many business owners have been forced to close this year because of the pandemic.

Now, this holiday season, there’s a big push to shop locally to support those small businesses that have been able to stay afloat and open.

Small retailers said they really have no idea what to expect on Small Business Saturday.

Following the Black Friday rush, Saturday is all about encouraging shoppers to support local shops, especially since many small businesses are relying on holiday sales to keep their doors open.

The owner of Indigo Apparel and Accessories in Avondale had to close temporarily. The owner said at least 130 small businesses have closed in the Jacksonville area. According to American Express, 75% of shoppers want to shop local this holiday season after the hard year.

Other local owners say they know the hardships first hand.

“Small business accounts for 70-plus percent of the

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BOSTON (AP) — Small retailers across Massachusetts are adjusting hours, taking wares outside and buying hand sanitizer in bulk as the holiday shopping season gets underway during the pandemic.

Many local businesses are hoping to see a boost on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, traditionally known as Small Business Saturday or Shop Local Saturday. But they’re having to make adjustments, just as many big retailers did ahead of Black Friday.

Instead of one-day deals intended to lure large groups of shoppers, many retailers are spreading out their promotions throughout the holiday season, Retailers Association of Massachusetts President Jon Hurst told The Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Businesses are also offering more curbside and online sales.

Retailers often rely on a spike in end-of-year sales to boost their bottom line. That will be especially important following business closures prompted by the pandemic earlier this year.

“It’s not just support on Small Business Saturday,

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Small business owners in central Ohio have been sitting on the edge of their seats for months now, waiting to see what the holiday shopping season will bring.

Between Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, these stores do a significant amount of their annual business, but they are worried they won’t see success like in previous years.

Normally, the Short North would be bustling, restaurants packed and shopping bags on everyone’s arm. But this year doesn’t quite look that way.

Even though the foot traffic isn’t there, that doesn’t mean local businesses aren’t seeing sales.

People like Jamie Wagers said despite COVID-19 concerns, they would rather visit local stores than shop online.

“I still like to try things on, so I still found myself shopping in store also,” Wagers said.

But clearly it isn’t everyone that feels comfortable following her

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REISTERSTOWN, MD — Small businesses have been the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, making Small Business Saturday in 2020 more vital than ever. This year, the all-local shopping event falls on Nov. 28 including in Owings Mills and Reisterstown.

Independently owned boutiques, gift shops, mom-and-pop hardware stores, restaurants and the like in Owings Mills and Reisterstown are facing unprecedented challenges due to coronavirus-related restrictions and shutdowns.

Reisterstown Main Street will have crafts tables set up along Main Street to Saturday afternoon to celebrate small businesses.

Temporary closures, capacity restrictions, decreased demand for products and services and delays due to supply-chain issues have led to unprecedented challenges for small-business owners.

But the “Shop Small” movement continues amid these hardships.

“This holiday season looks a little different, but we can still share joy,” American Express, which established Small Business Saturday in 2010, said in a statement. “Shop small and support your

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