Local shoppers support small businesses
DENHAM SPRINGS - Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to hit the local businesses every year the day after Black Friday.
The day was started in 2010 by American Express Credit Cards as an effort to promote shopping at independent businesses.
Susan Longmire, a small business owner in Denham Springs, said she thinks Small Business Saturday is a great idea to generate interest in local businesses.
"I think they promoted it great. We've had a wonderful day already, we had a great day yesterday on Black Friday."
Longmire was offering 20 percent off the most expensive item at her antique store to try get people in the doors.
However, some business owners said the bigger stores are causing them problems.
"Juban Crossing killed us for the first month...Me and my dad bought the store and my brother. And we were really worried. I mean everybody is here to make money. But Juban Crossing for the first while, killed us bad," said Frankie Relan, who owns a small antique shop with his dad and brother.
Relan said although it's a challenge to compete with bigger businesses, Small Business Saturday is a necessary change of pace.
"Today we're having a pretty good day. We have a lot of people out right now...I mean they're window shopping. A lot of people window shop but we like to see that too because then a lot of people come back."
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