Local Businesses Calling 'Small Business Saturday' A Success

While the best deals today may be online, Saturday was all about small businesses. KLBK's Michaela MacDonald checked in with local stores to see how they did.
By Michaela MacDonald

LUBBOCK, TX -- We all know Black Friday and even Cyber Monday, but in the last few years Small Business Saturday has gained popularity. Small businesses we spoke with say they had great turnout on Saturday and hope the community will continue to shop local.

"We were pleasantly surprised Saturday at the increased traffic it creates," said Ed Fowler co-owner of Gourmet Pantry.

Fowler and his wife have owned Gourmet Pantry for 30 years. He says this small business Saturday was the busiest they've ever had.

"We did real well. All the way through and people have gotten you know the word has gotten out and people understand that now and want to take advantage," said Fowler.

As a veteran small business, Gourmet Pantry was selected as an American Express "Shop Small" vendor. Cardholders could get an extra rebate for shopping at designated local stores.

"There's a lot more money that stays in the local economy and generates the good for the community so its good for a little bit of everybody," he said.

"We were slow on Friday and so we were kind of nervous going into the weekend," said Rachel Marzak, Manager of the brand new J Roberts boutique.

J Roberts opened just two weeks ago, so this is their first holiday shopping season. Marzak says Saturday was a successful day for them as well.

"When Saturday came we got going like from the moment we opened at 10 o'clock we were busier this Saturday than we have been in the past so it was really good we had a lot of customers in. We stayed busy pretty much the whole day so it was really good," said Marzak.

Both businesses say they're hoping customers will continue to support local businesses throughout the holiday season.

The Lubbock Chamber Of Commerce says 52% of local independent business revenue stays in the community.
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