Retailers Ready for “Small Business Saturday”

Small business owners are hoping you don’t forget the little guy this weekend.

After shoppers flock to the mall and large retail chains on Black Friday, many are hoping customers participate in "Small Business Saturday."

“In order to compete with the big boys,” said Suzanne Roberts, who owns her own store, Suzanne Roberts Inc., in Snider Plaza in University Park.

Roberts said she can’t offer the big discounts like major stores, but to lure customers into the store, she is offering something.

“Our special is nothing like theirs. At 20% off, that’s a big special for us,” Roberts said.

Vickie Brown, who owns Love Tennis, also in Snider Plaza, is doing the same thing.

“Right now, we are having a sale. We moved it up just about three weeks. We usually do it just before Christmas, but we thought for Small Business Saturday we were going to offer 75-percent off of past seasons of Stella McCartney and Adidas is 30-percent off,” Brown said.

Both women said it’s important for shoppers to remember small businesses in order to support the local economy.

They also point out customers won’t have to deal with the hassle of long lines and crowded aisles.

“It’s so intimate with the customer and we have our clientele base where we get to know the customers one-on-one. So it’s not just a come in and shop. We really get to know you,” Brown said.

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