Shoppers didn’t stop yesterday after hitting big name stores across the country. They were back today for Small Business Saturday.
Here in the Tri-State, shoppers had to take on more than crowds, they had to face the heavy rains for most of Saturday.
The weather on this Small Business Saturday looked frightful.
“It would be great if it was nicer,” says Heather Vaught of River City Coffee & Goods.
“Rain is better than snow,” adds Korbin Mays. He and other shoppers tried to keep the experience delightful.
“We’re a big proponent of supporting small business and don’t live too far from here. Went to get a good breakfast at Cross Eyed Cricket,” Mays said.
Some store owners in Evansville and Owensboro say the morning foot traffic was a little slower than usual because of the rain, but that sales were still good for most of the day. Jeanne Clark of Kidstop Children’s Boutique in Owensboro says shoppers started arriving as heavy rain hit the city.
“I think initially, just right at the start, there was a big downpour right at 9:00 AM when most of us opened up. It’s been super steady throughout the day,” she recalled.
A report by the National Federation of Independent Business says last year’s Small Business Saturday generated $18 billion in sales nationwide.
“This is our biggest shopping day of the year. We usually do ten times the business we normally do on a regular Saturday,” says Vaught.
Some store owners say the day helps them through the holiday shopping season. Clark says this day is more than about the bottom line.
“I think just getting the community out and the excitement of the holiday and our community members supporting our stores and us supporting each other. More about the community,” says Clark.
(This story was originally published on November 30, 2019)