Small business Saturday helps local stores
BATON ROUGE - It's the fourth annual "Small Business Saturday," meaning people are encouraged to look local for all things from Christmas gifts, to everyday products.
And things were percolating at Highland Coffee in Baton Rouge and the customers patiently wait for their drinks made to order from this locally-owned establishment.
"I go to other (coffee shops) occassionally," said LSU student Lindsey Hall. "But I like this place because it's unique."
Small business is what helps give any place on the map character.
"We need to work to keep our businesses strong so we can continue to grow a strong community," said Liz Kirkindoll, owner of Flax Fabrics, in Central.
Central's Chamber of Commerce is actively pushing a "shop small" agenda. Places like Flax Fabrics and Carlton's Seafood, play significant roles in keeping the revenue generated close at home.
"Absolutely a good idea to shop local," said Carlton LeGrange, owner of Carlton's Seafood. "Keeps the businesses out here going."
Last year's numbers from Small Business Saturday estimate that $5.5 billion was spent at local shops nationwide.