Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Shop local with deals and discounts on Small Business Saturday

Shop local with deals and discounts on Small Business Saturday

People who shop and dine with small businesses can help keep Main Streets across the country alive, said Bennie Parr Jr., owner of Bennie's Pizza Pub at 124 E. Main St.in downtown Belleville. She's seen Small Business Saturday grow into a community wide movement.

"You don't have Amazon supporting your baseball teams or flag football teams".

"It's really important to have Small Business Saturday kind of to keep the money inside our local economy and to keep boosting business around", Joe Russo, bartender/server at South Bend Brew Works said.

Santa Claus also made the trip down Katonah Avenue and heard from children about what they want for Christmas. The day encourages people to shop locally during the holiday season.

"We're really here to find what the most appropriate and best toy for your kid is and not what the most popular item", Timeless Toys shopkeeper Scott Friedland said.

Shoppers braved the winter weather conditions Saturday to partake in Small Business Saturday. It's the busiest day of the year for Valerie Reimers who owns Lucinda's in Old Town.

67 cents of every dollar spent at a local store goes back into the community.

And shopkeepers such as Parr get credit from the Small Business Administration for boosting the US economy.

"We love to support local artists. We are going to be spending it locally too, so it just stays and stays", said Covington.

Others say they have seen more locally owned businesses pop-up in South Bend.

"We give back to the community, we give back to four local nonprofits every beer that we sell", Russo said.

"Absolutely, there's more excitement downtown, more people are coming to spend their time and their money down here", Gilbert said. Dozens of downtown businesses participated.

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