San Antonio 'shops small' on Small Business Saturday

Javier Howell
November 27, 2017

"Small Business Saturday gets to be our day", she said, as customers purchased soaps, dish towels and decorative pillows at a 20 percent discount.

"When you're face to face with the person who made the products before you, they just have a lot of excitement about the products, they sell, and they make it with a lot of care, and I think that's the difference", explained Infante.

All over the country the streets of downtown were bustling. "And we'll probably do a little more than 400 today", Nelson said.

It's an effort to make sure that shoppers and shop owners alike can thrive on Small Business Saturday.

"We want to help them get back on their feet", she said, referencing the damage from the hurricane. They are our community.

Anne Milneck, a trained chef, and owner of Red Stick Spice Company said when she opened 5 years ago, she knew she was filling a niche in the community by providing freshly blended spices and teas but she didn't know her sales would skyrocket.

Sue and Bob Chester of Sayville shop at Sayville General Store on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.

"It goes beyond just the business owner", she said.

"Our handsome lights are on, and we're putting up our wreaths, and it's actually going to be really great weather, really sunny." said Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain, "The stores are ready they're in the mode of Christmas and the holidays and it's a great first shopping day really after thanksgiving so people are ready and excited". "And, if we can be that help to help promote somebody and they can come in here and show off their brand and that helps them out a little bit, especially around this time of year Thanksgiving it's what it's all about". "We hope we do".

Even people from overseas see the value in shopping local.

"It's the best day of the year".

"Every kid", she said, "should have a book under the tree for Christmas".

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