TRUMBULL COUNTY, Ohio (WKBN) – People are still shopping on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
The idea of Small Business Saturday is to encourage people to shop small, helping local stores get more customers through their doors and helping communities thrive.
“Today we have 25% off of everything for our small business day,” said Caleena Arbogast of Caleena & Co. in Warren.
Carol Carrier is supporting Small Business Saturday by shopping at Caleena and Co.
“So many big businesses are coming in and making the other smaller ones close up, so I always try to come to the smaller ones and help them out,” Carrier said.
Arbogast opened her first jewelery shop in 1994. She says it took a lot of work to get to where she is today.
“It was a long road. I did paper routes, I tend bar. I did whatever I could to make a living,” Arbogast said.
It’s been a dream of hers to own a successful jewelry store. A number of factors have made it successful.
“It’s my staff, you get to know everyone, their kids. They become your family and you know everything about them,” she said.
Liz Delgarbino is also supporting small local businesses at One Closet Boutique in Niles.
“There’s no stress, it’s relaxing,” Delgarbino said.
Laura Altobelli opened One Closet five years ago.
“You’ll get unique stuff, not the same thing everybody else is wearing,” Altobelli said.
Loyal customers and staff help keep the doors open. Social media is also a business boost.
“We’re always putting all of our new inventory on social media and people are constantly coming in saying, ‘I saw this’ or ‘I saw that,'” she said. “It really drives our sales and gets people through the door.”
Shopping at small businesses pumps money into the local economy; something these customers fully support.