Small Business Saturday Brings Hope to Washington Shop

Small Business Saturday Brings Hope to Washington Shop

"The importance of this day is really to get Washington together and to support Washington."
WASHINGTON - It's hard for small businesses to compete with big Black Friday deals and one store says your dollars are especially important this year.

"I love flowers and I love being in a flower shop," said Bobbi Gardner, co-owner of All In Bloom Floral Design in Washington.

On Small Business Saturday, she said customers mean more than ever.

"The importance of this day is really to get Washington together and to support Washington."

She said an uptick in business will help Washington’s economy stabilize after the recent tornados. And just like many retail stores, she said on seasonal sales to get them through the rest of the year.

"The major portion of our business is, you know, holidays and especially Christmas time. So yes, we do like to receive everybody's business at Christmas time," Gardner said.

After all, when people shop small, about fifty percent of the money stays in the area.

"I think it's important for it to stay local so we can rebuild the local economy and the jobs that we can offer people have and the other places can offer, I think that's very important," Gardner said.

She hopes people keep their local businesses in mind not just on November 30th, but for the rest of the holiday shopping season, too.

Small Business Saturday was coined in 2010 by American Express. On this day in 20-12, it estimates people spent $5.5-billion nationwide.
 
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