HUNTINGTON – Sonia Chambers, from Huntington, says shopping on Small Business Saturday has become a family tradition since it began…
HUNTINGTON – Sonia Chambers, from Huntington, says shopping on Small Business Saturday has become a family tradition since it began in 2010.
“We have family in and out of the country so we are doing the rounds today with so many small businesses in the area we can, “she said on Saturday.
Chambers said she and her family started the Sip Wine and Whiskey Bar for brunch before they hit other stores in Heritage Station. 19659004] “Huntington has such wonderful local shops and restaurants, and it is so important that we support them,” said Chambers. “Without Community support, these companies would not be here.”
Despite the rainy and chilly conditions, many people saw shopping and eating at many of the small businesses.
“I love shopping at small businesses on Saturday, so a little rain will not stop me,” said Mary Johnson, from Huntington, who came out of Glenn’s sports articles in the 1
000th quarter on 3rd Avenue. “I want to support as many of the small businesses in my society as I can.”
Red Caboose at Heritage Station started its holiday hopping season with its small business day for Saturday market.
“We have our Artisan Market and several big sales here,” said Raine Klover, head of The Red Caboose.
Red Caboose is one of Huntington’s premier craftsmen and gift shops specializing in locally crafted crafts. At the event, shoppers meet local craftsmen, sign in to win hand-made prizes and shop for local books, specialty foods, household items and single artwork.
“We’ve had many people coming in, and it’s been a good morning so far,” says Klover. “Buying from a local artist is a great thing for both the customer and the artist.”
In addition to Red Caboose, shoppers were seen at Heritage Station looking for handmade ceramics and other craftsmen at Full Circle Ceramic, while Tony Tailor offered luxury and custom men’s clothing and Birds of a Feather, a women’s store, offered special offers. Others utilized the many food options for small businesses Saturday in places like Moonlight Cookies and The Market.
Small Business Saturday began helping the American consumer to “tie the dots” between their purchases and well-being in their society. It was created to raise awareness about the importance of small businesses, and the event falls on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving each year.
“The community is special and unique of small businesses,” said Debra Martin, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) interimist. “As a consumer, you are an important part of helping small businesses to enjoy themselves.”
Martin says that small businesses contribute to the economic vitality of their local communities.
“In West Virginia, 98 percent of companies in the state are small,” she said. “These small businesses employ almost 50 percent of the state’s private labor.”
For a few small retailers, it says in the November and December season for as much as 30 percent of its annual sales, Martin added.
“Shopping Local keeps more dollars in society,” said Martin. “For example, approximately $ 68 will be local when spent with a small local business, compared to only $ 48 when spent with a national chain.”  The Huntington stores were invited to share their small business affairs on social media using #ShopSmall and #MyHuntington hashtags to showcase the Huntington business.