Holiday weekend shoppers emporium tiny businesses

December 1, 2015 - garden totes

P.J. Workman and his daughter Serena, 11, and Dan Benzer and his children Megan, 13, and Jacob, 10, walked along Calumet Road in downtown Chesterton Saturday, their arms filled with gift-stuffed “Shop Small” totes.

“We’re Chesterton residents selling tiny business. We adore it,” Workman said.

In serve to enjoying a carriage rides, march and other activities designed in a downtown area that day, a dual families were participating in Small Business Saturday, a day recognised by American Express in that holiday shoppers are speedy to emporium a internal mom-and -pop stores.

The initial Small Business Saturday was hold in 2010. It’s always a day after Black Friday.

The Duneland Chamber of Commerce in Chesterton and Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce in Crown Point and Merrillville supposing totes and other promotional equipment to internal stores to make people wakeful of a day.

Shoppers spin to Naperville stores for Small Business Saturday

Shoppers spin to Naperville stores for Small Business Saturday

Naperville proprietor Lori Miko indispensable to buy a book for a baby showering Saturday.

Instead of selling online or going to a inhabitant retailer, she chose Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville as a place to crop and make her purchase.

“We suspicion removing a book and starting a library for a baby was…

Naperville proprietor Lori Miko indispensable to buy a book for a baby showering Saturday.

Instead of selling online or going to a inhabitant retailer, she chose Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville as a place to crop and make her purchase.

“We suspicion removing a book and starting a library for a baby was…

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Some stores possibly extended their hours or supposing special discounts to serve accommodate shoppers.

Kay Cherepko and Cathy Deleo, owners of The Flying Mermaids boutique, went creative. They had a live ” mermaid” during a store, tail and all, for business to accommodate Saturday.

“For a many part, a ones who are entrance in currently contend they’re selling Small Business Saturday,” Cherepko said. “When we mix a day with a march and carriage rides, it brings people in.”

Next door, during Alice’s Garden Toys, business was brisk. Matilda, 3, was bustling personification with a toys set adult on a list for immature business to suffer while her father, Nick Pagels, picked adult an object he had ordered.

He also was selling internal while participating in a city activities.

Pam Solimine, a Chicago proprietor with a home in Beverly Shores, pronounced she was selling during a educational fondle store that day privately since it was Small Business Saturday.

“I wish a day is throwing on. It’s a good idea,” Solimine said.

Tracy Melcher, who owns a fondle store along with father Zach Kinsey, pronounced about 90 percent of a people who came into a store that day were there since of Small Business Saturday.

“It’s really throwing on as a tradition,” Melcher said.

Small Business Saturday a strike with Elgin merchants, shoppers

Small Business Saturday a strike with Elgin merchants, shoppers

Tammy LoVerde’s favorite selling day is Small Business Saturday, for good reason.

She is one of a dozens of entrepreneurs whose emporium — filled with one-of-a-kind sell like hand-carved nonplus value boxes — creates adult State Street Market, where business was sprightly Saturday.

“It’s a great…

Tammy LoVerde’s favorite selling day is Small Business Saturday, for good reason.

She is one of a dozens of entrepreneurs whose emporium — filled with one-of-a-kind sell like hand-carved nonplus value boxes — creates adult State Street Market, where business was sprightly Saturday.

“It’s a great…

(Gloria Casas)

Business was solid all day during Sharp’s School Services Inc. in Hobart, according to an employee.

“The toys here aren’t low done and they concede children to think. That’s important,” pronounced one patron who was holiday shopping.

Back in Chesterton, Charissa Choucalas, owners of Pink N Posh children’s wardrobe boutique, was expecting a bustling night, after a twilight march would end, and had extended her selling hours to accommodate customers.

“A lot of a city comes out for a parade,” she said.

Karen Caffarini is a freelance contributor for a Post-Tribune.

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