Chippewa Valley (WQOW) – Small Business Saturday encouraged customers to shop locally both across the country and in the Chippewa Valley.
The event helped businesses stay out of the red during the holiday shopping season.
News 18 asked some local small business owners what they enjoy most about their companies and how shopping small benefits customers and businesses alike. Here’s what they had to say:
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s also very rewarding. It has been the best thing that I’ve ever done. The friends and community that I’ve been involved with and the support that they’ve showed me has just been over the top,” said Billy Siegel, owner of Revival Records.
“Shopping local is kind of supporting your friends and family around downtown,” said Eric Thompson, owner of Pedals Plus Music. “You get to know the people a little bit better than shopping at the big box stores and form a relationship with them.”
“It’s really hard to make it in small businesses. So it just kind of brings people together and is a way of getting people out and showing their support,” said Laura Sygulla, owner of Friday’z Boutique.
“I get to find new and unusual things all the time and meet really interesting people from all over the world,” said Hugh Passow, owner of Antique Emporium.
“When you shop with a small business, you tend to find the more unique products because the folks that work at those places are a little more invested in them,” added Thompson.
“When they support me locally, I support them locally. Everything I do is local business,” Siegel said.
“Those businesses are the businesses that are ultimately going to give back to your kid’s soccer team when they’re looking for sponsorship. Those are the businesses that are going to give to local charities and help support other local events,” said Sara Axness, event coordinator at The Rev. “So by shopping local you enable businesses to be able to continue to give back to the community in all sorts of different ways.”