Folsom retailers welcome Small Business Saturday

Small businesses all across the United States are preparing for their own shopping holiday, Small Business Saturday. This is the 2nd year for the small business Savannah event.

"I think it's so much more meaningful to come from a small local business than some of the bigger stores", said one shopper, Natalie Vance.

These small businesses donate an estimated 250 percent more than larger businesses to area non-profits and community causes, they account for almost 48 percent of the jobs in MA, and were responsible for roughly 64% of new jobs created in the U.S in the last decade.

As part of the promotion, small businesses have a number of sales and discounts available.

Other shops on Beach Street, many which suffered flood damage after Hurricane Irma, also were seeing extra customers on Small Business Saturday.

For Road Runner, he says that's huge.

"It's terrific", Gustafson said of the special shopping day.

Other shoppers like Michelle Jones said she'd rather support local stores than chain stores.

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Abby Byers is a buyer for the gift boutique,"We're adding new lines all the time".

Some customers shop on Small Business Saturday every year because they know what it's like. "Employers can hire more people, it's better for the tax base".

"This is my favorite holiday", she said.

"We started out with a bang, and we were pleasantly surprised", Hutchison said.

Fast forward 30 years later, she's celebrating Small Business Saturday not in her home, but as the owner of Marilyn Jackson's Gifts on Vann Drive.

"I think people in Louisville know how important it is to get out and shop local and it is so important for us". Joe Gagliardi, president and CEO of The Greater Folsom Partnership, encourages everyone to hit the streets and support as many of Folsom's locally owned businesses as possible. She started a business called Bubble and Squeak Soapworks.

The Islandwide Christmas Crafts & Food Expo is open Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for seniors and military.

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