Small Business Saturday encourages people to shop local

Small Business Saturday encourages people to shop local

BOSTON - Registers were ringing, and the cash flowing. 

On Saturday in Somerville Small Business laid out the red carpet for shoppers. 

Now that Black Friday has come and gone, Small Business Saturday did not disappoint. Bow Market was packed with shoppers who were happy to support these businesses. 

"Yeah, getting cute things for my co-workers and getting some ideas for my sister here too," Ashley Watterson laughed. 

The Watterson sisters teamed up together to get all of their Christmas shopping done today. 

"I try to be more thoughtful with my presents and get some local things," Shannon Watterson said.

This is Keith Tate's sixth year in business and appreciates all of his customers.

"We like to thank them as they leave. Whether they make a purchase or not. We appreciate people coming in and appreciating our business," Tate said.

Erica Russom just opened her Faux Chocolate store a week and half ago. 

"Small business means a lot to me right now. I am just getting started. Trying to build my product and get enough for everyone for the holiday season," Russom said.

At Bow Market there are about 30 small businesses all of them say this particular day is the most important day of the year of them and sets the tone of how the rest of shopping season will go. 

Jen Palacio who runs Tiny Turns Papery says this weekend there are specials, prizes and give aways for shoppers.

"It's the single largest day of the year for small businesses and it sets the tone for the entire holiday season," Palacio said. 

Which sounds and taste good for these shoppers like Sean Anderson.

"I think it's extremely important. We want these small business around. We wanna just support them, but it also makes a great atmosphere for us. There are some benefits to the bigger retailers you don't get what you get here with this small chocolate," Anderson said.

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