Local businesses excited for Small Business Saturday

Local mom and pop stores prepare for Small Business Saturday

Black Friday is all about shopping malls and big box stores.

Small business Saturday helps up-and-coming shops like Lloyd's, and it helps customers find what they're looking for.

Some will also have giveaways!

Celi says there are many keys to getting customers, but he says the key to staying in business for a long time is keeping those customers, "Most of the places here are repeat business, if you don't take care of your customers you're not going to do business".

"Most of these folks here already know me now", Probst said.

Small businesses across Central Texas are preparing for Small Business Saturday this weekend.

Shoppers were out and about on Small Business Saturday looking for those ideal gifts for loved ones.

A few miles away is a new concept for some, it's called a benevolent boutique where Rachel Viele is encouraging customers to shop in your backyard to help the local economy and those internationally.

"We have to sell enough to support ourselves".

Employee Dana Cuellar said she loves working at the wacky wonderland, a slice of Portland that's impossible to replicate.

"We like to support our community and today is the day we want the community to support us", Jackson said.

That's why Small Business Saturday is a big deal for shops like Ida Red.

" It's very important that we support the community they are the people who live here they keep the money and the taxes coming in to Columbus and I think it's important that we spend that money here,"said Columbus Resident Pam Brock".

The Muse Book Shop's owner, Janet Bollum, said that she had giveaways for customers, including bookmarks emblazoned with Florida scenes, such as manatees.

The sidewalks were busy with people walking down the street with bags in hand, occasionally stopping to window shop.

Seefeldt started the idea when she opened her studio in 2002.

Twisted Wicker's regular hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.

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