Small business Saturday stays local
While it was larger stores’ turn to shine on Friday, small businesses had their own time to shine Saturday. Many area businesses were open for Small Business Saturday.
Several people were out and about to support their local community. In downtown Fredonia, among those open was Cool Little Music Shop. Owner Rik Napoli said he stayed open later Saturday just for the occasion. This is the second year in which Napoli’s business has participated in the small business event. He said there was a lot of traffic into the store.
Napoli believed there has been more business this year in support of the event and more advertisement of the annual event.
“A lot of people like to support small businesses and that’s huge,” Napoli said.
Cool Little Music Shop can be found online at www.coollittlemusicshop.com or on Facebook at Cool Little Music Shop. The store offers musical instruments and accessories but also has some unique musical items, Napoli said.
Feather Your Nest on Cushing Street held its annual Holiday Open House in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. Owner Melissa Sorci Taft said this year was just a coincidence the open house was the same day, but always has a large turnout for the open house.
“A lot of people are talking about Small Business Saturday,” she said. “It just coincided this year.”
Feather Your Nest offers decorative accessories and home decor as well as customized items. Sorci Taft said during the holiday season she takes orders until two weeks before Christmas for homemade cookies as well. She can also do customized orders for customers.
April Walters was one of the customers out shopping local Saturday. She said her husband told her about Small Business Saturday. Walters was shopping at Lady of the Lake on West Main Street in downtown Fredonia, which has a variety of smaller vendors in the store.
“I have been here before and know it’s a lot of fairly local artisans,” said Walters. “I like that they don’t have to pay anything (to show their products).”
Lady of the Lake offers a place for smaller business owners who may not be able to afford their own space. They may rent a space without having to pay an additional fee to have their products shown. One vendor, Shelly Wright, said by shopping local, customers support the local economy.
“When you shop in a small business, you support local. The benefits in the long run are (kept) in the community,” Wright said.
Owner of Spider Herbs, Spider, said local products tend to be more expensive but they are of better quality. She makes lip balm and said her lip balms are made without chemicals. She said there needs to be more education on the benefits of shopping local. Lady of the Lake currently has about 20 vendors who sell beachglass jewelry, clothing, apothecary items, ice cream, holiday items, toys and vintage clothing. They may be found online at www.ladyofthelakestore.com, a website still in progress.
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