Small Business Saturday benefits local economy

Small Business Saturday benefits local economy

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T-shirt store Nothing too Fancy along Union Avenue said they were packed with customers on Small Business Saturday. T-shirt store Nothing too Fancy along Union Avenue said they were packed with customers on Small Business Saturday.
Customers filled Mast General store on Gay Street for Small Business Saturday. Customers filled Mast General store on Gay Street for Small Business Saturday.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter 

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - On Saturday, shoppers across the country ditched box stores. Instead, they visited locally owned shops.

The owner of Nothing Too Fancy in downtown Knoxville says it was a record breaking day for business.

"Every 15 minutes the store just completely fills up. You can hardly move around in it," Lisa Burnett said.

"I think local businesses definitely have some great deals going on," said shopper Katherine Girardi.

"We just decided to get out of the house, and it was good weather, so we thought we would come out and enjoy Market Square and support the local businesses," shopper Caitlyn Chesney said.

Businesses like Reruns Boutique along Union Avenue, where employee Brianna Lamberson says shopping local benefits a lot more than the businesses.

"When you are spending your dollars in your city, those dollars are like a lifeblood that keep that city healthy. But when you spend your dollars outside of town, that money goes right out, it doesn't benefit where you live. So in the end, it really benefits you to shop local," Lamberson said.

Downtown Wine and Spirits employee Travis Copen says shop local campaigns are paying off.

"We've been downtown for about six years now, and every year it seems more and more people are coming out and really helping keep small businesses afloat down here," Copen said.

"Every weekend gets a little bit busier, so we get more and more traffic down here. I think this Christmas is going to be record numbers for a lot of us," Burnett said.

This is the third year for Small Business Saturday. It's sponsored by American Express.

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