Small Business Saturday a large understanding for eccentric retailers’ bottom line

November 14, 2014 - garden totes

Black Friday, a day after Thanksgiving, has grown into a inhabitant disturb in that bargain-hunters incite good before emergence to strike a malls and big-box stores.

For small, eccentric retailers, a following day — Small Business Saturday — has incited into their possibility to attract business as a holiday deteriorate starts. The annual event, that American Express launched in 2010 and promotes heavily, has turn one of a busiest days of a year for many eccentric retailers.


Whitney Morgan with a commercial they perceived from a York County Commissioners formerly for Small Business Saturday during Collage in Spring Garden Township on Nov. 12. (PAUL KUEHNEL — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Last year, $5.7 billion was spent during eccentric retailers on Small Business Saturday by shoppers who knew about a day. That was adult 3.6 percent from 2012, according to a 2013 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey.

“That whole weekend is when holiday selling amps up,” pronounced Whitney Morgan, owners of Collage, a home taste and accessories store and wardrobe boutique in Spring Garden Township.

Morgan has participated in any Small Business Saturday given a initial one. This year, she’ll be charity refreshments, in-store specials and esteem drawings. She’ll be compelling a eventuality on Facebook and Instagram and in an email blast to several thousand people.

Here are discerning looks during 4 participating stores. (Find other participating stores in a area.)

My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe, York


Alexandria Keener with her dog Gizmo during My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe Consignment Store during 41 West Market Street in York. The store will give divided a span of black fleece leggings to a initial 6 business who spend over $25 and receptacle bags and dog neck bandannas, until they run out, for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29. (PAUL KUEHNEL — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Last year, Small Business Saturday helped expostulate sales for My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe Consignment Store in York.

“With Black Friday, people tend to concentration some-more on a big-box stores,” owners Alexandria Keener said.

This year, with My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe carrying changed from North George Street to a new plcae on West Market Street, Keener is gearing adult for what she hopes will be an even bigger sales day.

Keener, who is compelling Small Business Saturday on her shop’s Facebook page, perceived 200 blue and white “Shop Small” board receptacle bags from American Express, that combined a event. She incorporated one into her shop’s window arrangement and will be giving them out as selling bags on Small Business Saturday.

To serve pull shoppers on Small Business Saturday, Keener is giving divided of span of black, fleece-lined leggings to a initial 6 business who spend $25 or some-more that day.

And even if people don’t buy on Small Business Saturday, Keener pronounced a eventuality is a good approach of introducing a store to folks who competence not be informed with it and competence turn destiny customers.

–GARY HABER, Daily Record/Sunday News

Hanover Clothing Company


David Dubs, left, owners of Hanover Clothing Company, helps Bryan Cuffley of Hanover with a tuxedo let wise on Oct. 22. Cuffley was scheming for his sister’s wedding. (SHANE DUNLAP — The Evening Sun)

While this will be Hanover Clothing Company’s third Small Business Saturday, it will be a store’s initial in a new location.

The men’s wardrobe tradesman changed in Mar to a new plcae on Carlisle Street, opposite a travel from a prior location.

In a initial dual Small Business Saturdays, Hanover Clothing Co. did triple a business of a standard Saturday, owners David Dubs said. Small Business Saturday sales even surpassed those on Black Friday, a normal start of a holiday selling season. Small Business Saturday is a store’s second busiest day of a year, second usually to a Saturday before Christmas.

Dubs pronounced a inhabitant ad debate American Express runs in support of Small Business Saturday brings courtesy to tiny retailers.

To assistance expostulate business further, Hanover Clothing Co. is charity a 30 percent bonus on Small Business Saturday, adult from a 20 percent bonus it is charity by Christmas Eve.

“We’re awaiting a good day,” Dubs said.

–GARY HABER, Daily Record/Sunday News

Gift RiteWay, Red Lion


Gift RiteWay owners John Domer stands for a mural outward his store on Nov. 12. Domer participated in Small Business Saturday final year and pronounced he saw an boost of business as a result. This year, he has dull adult other businesses along Main Street in Red Lion to participate. (CHRIS DUNN — Daily Record/Sunday News)

After his initial Small Business Saturday final year, Gift RiteWay owners John Domer orderly 9 other Red Lion businesses to attend this year.

Domer, who pronounced his store is a gifts and collectibles shop, pronounced that removing other business to attend is partial of his pull to combine a Red Lion small-business village and pull some-more shoppers to Main Street.

“Surprisingly, there were a series of businesses that never knew about it,” pronounced Domer, who acted as internal coordinator, explaining a beginning and handing out receptacle bags, magnets and other promotional equipment supposing by American Express.

Domer pronounced he schooled final year that some dedicated shoppers will find out tiny businesses that attend in a event.

“Their motivation, we think, is only ancillary your internal business,” he said. “The tiny stores are a fortitude of your community, and a people commend that to keep a stores open, people have to emporium there.”

Aware that metered parking kept some intensity shoppers from perusing Main Street stores, Domer worked with a precinct to make Small Business Saturday a meter-free parking day.

He pronounced he hoped to make it value shoppers’ time with giveaway refreshments, sales and a guest coming by Santa Claus.

–BRETT SHOLTIS, Daily Record/Sunday News

Mommy’s Lil’ Rascals, Manchester Township


Abbey Thornton, 6, of Camp Hill, binds adult a dress for investigation by her grandmother, Dotty Thornton of Manchester during Mommy’s Lil’ Rascals Consignment Store in Manchester in this Aug 2012 photo. (KATE PENN — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Elizabeth Sowers, a owners of Mommy’s Lil’ Rascals, has been partial of Small Business Saturday given a initial year.

Sowers pronounced that Small Business Saturday brought 300 to 400 business to her wardrobe and toys shipment emporium final year.

This year, due to a complicated amicable media push, she’s awaiting around 500 shoppers.

Sowers pronounced she’ll have a bake sale to advantage children with cancer, craft-making events for children, as good as sales adult to 50 percent off on wardrobe and toys.

Sowers pronounced shoppers started seeking her a few months ago either she’d be holding a eventuality again this year. She pronounced that, while some shoppers wish to equivocate swarming malls and selling plazas, other shoppers get behind Small Business Saturday given they feel good about ancillary tiny business owners.

“I consider it is only tellurian compassion,” Sowers said. “They demeanour during a tiny business owner, and they comprehend they’re not out here creation millions. It’s not going to a large corporate business.”

–BRETT SHOLTIS, Daily Record/Sunday News

Also of interest

Foster’s Flower Shop opens on North Beaver Street

My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe relocating to West Market Street

Hanover Clothing Company moves for a initial time given 1923, though not too distant

Granddaughter of Mailman’s Department Stores owner continues tradition

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