(BA)LTIMORE (WJZ) — Friday kicked off the vacation procuring season with Black Friday, however Saturday was all in regards to the small companies.
Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Enterprise Saturday, a day shoppers are urged to assist native companies.
Melissa Salzman, of Lovelyarns in Hampden, mentioned Small Enterprise Saturday is among the greatest days of the 12 months for her retailer.
“This is our first major holiday shopping day,” Salzman mentioned. “Hopefully, it stays busy from now through Christmas.”
For these making an attempt to keep away from in-person procuring amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many small companies, like Loveylarn, have ramped up their on-line presence.
“When we had to shut our doors during the lockdown in March, I had to immediately move all of our inventory online so people could shop,” Salzman mentioned.
At Caravanserai, Ruth Turner mentioned procuring native provides a private contact to the procuring expertise.
“Everybody has their individualized relationship with the store owner,” Turner mentioned. “They come, they hang, they walk around.”
Many companies have additionally applied COVID-19 security measures for patrons who need to store in-person.
“Opened up the upstairs floor and the downstairs floor so when people come in we try to dilute the crowds,” Turner mentioned.
“We allow five human beings in the store at one time,” Salzman mentioned.
A whole lot of the small companies WJZ spoke to mentioned they are going to be providing gross sales and reductions for the vacations so prospects can save just a little cash.
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