Local shops see jump in sales from Small Business Saturday

The Youngstown Flea is offering a $1,000 prize to the local business with the most social media involvement

850 Blues in Boardman

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Black Friday shopping may be all the rage next week but it’s the day after — Small Business Saturday — that has experienced a large increase in spending.

American Express — the sponsor of the nationwide event — said last year saw 13 percent more shoppers compared to 2015. That’s 112 million people spending their money on Main Street instead of Wall Street.

Almost a dozen boxes sit inside 850 Blues on Route 224 in Boardman, waiting to be opened. The woman’s boutique is preparing for one of its busiest days next weekend.

“More and more people attend the event. They like to shop local. We have special gifts as a thank you,” Sandy Stanislav said.

And Sandy’s right.

The National Retail Federation said holiday shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend is attracting more people. Last year’s holiday weekend had 3 million more people in stores.

In particular, Small Business Saturday saw a huge jump in customers at local stores and restaurants.

“We don’t physically have a product for sale that day but we have a lot on the line,” said Derrick McDowell, who runs the Youngstown Flea.

He’s holding an online contest, giving $1,000 to the business that garners the most social media involvement.

“We want shops to know how much we support them and sometimes the best way to do that is financially,” McDowell said.

He is partnering with several businesses for Small Business Saturday. They aren’t just in Youngstown, either, with businesses from Columbiana, Girard, and Warren all involved.

It’s part of a collaborative effort to shop small in the Youngstown area.

“I think the difference for Shop Small Saturday is knowing that I am supporting someone from my local community and that’s well worth whatever I gotta go through to do that,” McDowell said.

To discover some of the small businesses in the Valley, along with the special deals they’re offering, check out WKBN.com’s Small Business Saturday section.


WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s