After hoards of people flood big box stores on Black Friday, they’re encouraged to shop local in the United States.
Started in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday works to encourage shoppers to support local businesses.
While a similar day is celebrated in Canada in October, small business owners say the day helps keep local shops top of mind for shoppers before the holiday season.
“They offer so much that you can’t really get anywhere else,” Syndey McNeill with the Old Strathcona Business Association said. “It’s all about supporting a community and an environment that’s a little different and a little bit more personal.”
Debbie Page is the owner of one of over 600 businesses in Old Strathcona. She feels small businesses often carry unique items and care more about their customers than big box stores do. She told Global News when you shop local, you’re supporting your neighbour.
“When you support a small local business the money stays in the community,” she said. “With all these big stores coming in from the U.S. it keeps the money within your province, within your community and I think that’s an awesome thing.”
It’s estimated, in the U.S., that 95 million people shopped local on Small Business Saturday in 2015. (kb)(with files from Global News)