Shoppers spend at local stores on Small Business Saturday

Shoppers spend at local stores on Small Business Saturday

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"We need to continue to shop and support our neighbors. Because that's what you're doing. You're supporting your neighbor," said Robinson. "We need to continue to shop and support our neighbors. Because that's what you're doing. You're supporting your neighbor," said Robinson.
There are many locally owned shops in Market Square. There are many locally owned shops in Market Square.
People went to Scrumps Cupcakes in Fountain City to get their sugary baked goods on Saturday. People went to Scrumps Cupcakes in Fountain City to get their sugary baked goods on Saturday.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Black Friday may be over but the holiday shopping season has just begun.

Hoping to cash in on the first big weekend of shopping are locally owned stores, thanks to Small Business Saturday.

Since it started back in 2010, Small Business Saturday is all about getting folks to do their spending at mom and pop stores instead of large retailers.

Small business owners say it helps keep the local economy thriving.

Tons of people participated in Small Business Saturday in Knoxville.

Places like Scrumps Cupcakes in Fountain City love the increase in customers.

"Hope we're busier than a normal Saturday. It's crucial for us, for the survival of our business for locals to come in and to continue to support us," said Kathleen Robinson, owner of Scrumps Cupcakes.

A day dedicated to shopping small gives them a big boost in sales.

"There's a lot of local businesses that have just as great stuff and are from your community. You're supporting families. You're supporting local communities by going small business. We have lots of big box retailers but local businesses are really the meat of our country," said Robinson.

"The death by chocolate is easily the best they have. Everything they have is delicious but it's definitely the staple," said Justin Lackey of Knoxville, getting his sugary fix today at Scrumps.

Shoppers like Lackey enjoy knowing they're supporting a hometown business.

"Here you know they make it every morning. They come in at six or seven in the morning. You can't get quality like that at a big box store," said Lackey.

He says Small Business Saturday is a great way to see what the local community has to offer, right around the corner.

"Get out there and just walk around their neighborhoods and see what's out there. There's a lot of good people running good businesses," said Lackey.

Shopping local is always a great opportunity to get to know your community a little bit better.

"We get recognized just eating dinner. We'll get stopped by customers. Just say hello. We have regulars that we see daily or a couple times a week," said Robinson.

Small Business Saturday is a just a good reminder that local stores are open and ready to serve you.

"We need to continue to shop and support our neighbors. Because that's what you're doing. You're supporting your neighbor," said Robinson.

Last year, more than 100 million people took part in Small Business Saturday.

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