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Local businesses in Meridian prepare for Small Business Saturday

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

For those who might have missed in-store Black Friday sales, there will be another day to catch some in-store holiday shopping deals, by supporting local businesses. Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday.

Falling between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to take a break from the big chain retailers.

Local Meridian business owners, Holly Brand, co-owner of Brand New You, and Clinton Hales, co-owner of The Liberty Shop, told Twin States News that they are thankful for the support they receive from local shoppers each year on Small Business Saturday.

“It means so much to us to have the community of Meridian supporting us and shopping us and shopping with us, for every dollar that you spend at a small business, approximately 68% of that stays in the local community. So, its very important to shop local and we’re just grateful to be a part of a community that does that and supports us,” said Holly Brand, co-owner of Brand New You.

“It helps local stores like ours and others, who have invested in their communities for so many years, this is our 46th year in business, here in the Meridian area, but it think there is an awareness that people have today, that ,maybe they didn’t have 5-10 years ago, about small business shopping and Small Business Saturday helps highlight that,” said Clinton Hales, co-owner of The Liberty Shop.

Both also stated, that they hope to see the same support this year, during the pandemic.

“We hope so, we’ve been seeing a lot of people in the store thins morning, so it was great to see people in person, but we also have a lot of people that love shopping online. So, actually –this year, we did something different and ensured that all of our sales were available online too,” said Brand.

“I think during the pandemic a lot of people understood the importance of shopping local, and really made an intentional effort to do that anyway and I think that a lot of our customers have remained faithful and loyal in doing that throughout the pandemic, and so we’re very, very, thankful for them, and this is just another reminder at a different time of the year, to continue to shop local,” said Hales.

Small Business Saturday has been an American shopping holiday for over a decade, and each year it falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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