Small Business Saturday gaining steam

November 25, 2017 08:55 PM

TROY – Black Friday usually sucks all the attention when it comes to holiday shopping. But Small Business Saturday is picking up the pace – especially in downtown Troy where there are more than 120 independent retail businesses and restaurants.

Debra Lockrow, who runs Artcentric Gallery on River Street, says it’s now her second biggest day of the year behind Victorian Stroll.

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“Victorian Stroll is crazy. I have my entire family helping me. We might have like 50 to 60 people in the store at one time,” she said.

But her store was packed on Saturday with customers on the hunt for that special item. They came out specifically in support of small businesses.

“I kind of go everywhere,” said Francesca Scattareggia. “But I like this because the stores are close. It's from my hometown. I grew up 10 minutes down the road.”

Why shop local anyway when you could get deep discounts at the big box stores or go online where anything is at your fingertips? For one, store owners say the service is second to none.

"You build relationships. You don't build relationships with big box stores," Lockrow said.

It's not only the service that's different at mom and pop stores. The store owners say you also can find unique things that you might not find anywhere else.

"I like handmade. A lot of this stuff is handmade," said Scattareggia. "It's good quality. It's unique and you don't find it in retail."

Many shoppers say the community also gets a better return on their investment. Experts say small businesses also donate more of their profit to charity. Retailers in Troy are planning to donate five percent of what they take in on Small Business Saturday.

“I think that's awesome. So even by not directly making a donation, we're making a donation,” said Kathryn Walter.

“We try and help buy local whenever we can. We like going to the farmer's market whenever we can,” added Kelly Walter.


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