With the aisles at your favorite department stores being cleared out by the madness of Black Friday, today was the time to go shopping at the many locally owned stores around Amarillo, for Small Business Saturday.
Amy-Beth Morrison, the owner of Et Cetera says, “Of course this our busiest time of year, we’re in the gift business, so it lends to major holiday giving. So, we’re looking forward to a great rest of November and December.”
And with Christmas right around the corner, stores buy a surplus of what they feel are the hottest items they then need to sell.
“We have to get really creative in how we merchandise it and make it look great,” says Morrison. “Of course, we have a lot of holiday merchandise, a lot of Santa Claus’.”
Freeda Simms, the owner of Little Brown House says, “Our main objective is to help brides and grooms. We register them for their dishes, flatware, drinking glasses. Now, we’re getting ready to bring in linens, they will be in next week.”
By not shopping at a franchise such as Walmart or Target, you’re also helping out the local economy.
Alan Sissel, the owner of Peppermint Garden says, “When you support local business and small businesses, you’re supporting local brick and mortar businesses, and more dollars are staying in the local economy. You’re supporting local schools, roads, and other things that happen here locally.”