HUNTINGTON – Sonia Chambers, of Huntington, says shopping locally on Small Business Saturday has become a family tradition since it started in 2010.
"We have family in from town and out of the country so we are doing the rounds today on as many small businesses in the area as we can, she said on Saturday.
Chambers said she and her family started at Sip Wine and Whiskey Bar for brunch before they hit other stores in Heritage Station. 19659004] "Huntington has such amazing local businesses and restaurants and it is so important that we support them, "said Chambers." Without community support, these businesses will not be here. "
Despite rainy and cool conditions, many people were spotted and ate on many of the the little towns in the city center.
"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 equipment in the 1
Red Caboose at Heritage Station kicked off its holiday trade season with its Saturday-American market.
"We have our Artisan Market and more big sales here," said Raine Klover, head of The Red Caboose.
Red Caboose is one of Huntington's foremost craftsmen and gift shops specializing in locally crafted crafts. At the event, shoppers could meet local craftsmen, in order to win handmade prices, and shop for local interest books, specialty foods, home items and outstanding artwork.
"We have had many people come in, and it's been a good morning so far," said Clover. "Buying from a local artist is a great thing for both the customer and the artist."
In addition to Red Caboose, shoppers could be seen at Heritage Station in search of handmade ceramics and other craftsmen at Full Circle Ceramic, while Tony Tailor offered luxury and customized men's clothes and Birds of a Feather, a women's boutique, offering special offers . Others took advantage of the many food options for Small Business Saturday in places like Moonlight Cookies and the Market.
Small Business Saturday began helping the American consumer to "connect the dots" between their purchases and well-being in 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.
"Society is made especially and unique by small businesses," said Debra Martin, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) interim director. "As a consumer, you are an important part of helping small businesses to thrive."
Martin says that small businesses contribute to the economic vitality of their communities.
"In western Virginia, 98 percent of companies in the state are small," she said. "These small businesses use almost 50 percent of the state's private workforce."
For some small retailers, it is November and December that they account for 30 percent of their annual sales, Martin added.
"Shopping Local keeps more dollars in society," said Martin. "For example, around $ 100 remains local when used with a small local business, compared to only $ 48 when offered with a national chain."
Huntington area buyers were encouraged to share their small business experiences on social media using #ShopSmall and #MyHuntington hashtags to showcase Huntington business.