Omaha businesses participate in Small Business Saturday

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As the holiday season kicks off and gift shopping commences, it’s the make-or-break time of year for many.Some owners of retail stores say they saw steady business on Small Business Saturday. The national campaign encourages consumer spending at locally-owned businesses.The shopkeeper of Simple Man, a men’s clothing and accessory store, says people came out for the day. “It was a good weekend. We had a lot of our regular customers come out and support us on Small Business Saturday of course and then Black Friday before that was a little, it seemed a little bit better than last year. We had quite a few people come through,” said Boyd Redinbaugh.And right behind his shop, another clothing store.Gramercy’s owner, Stacie Mausbach, says people told her they shopped specifically for Small Business Saturday.”The entire community. People especially for Small Business Saturday come out just to support small businesses. They like to support places they’ve never been to so not only do we have our regulars. we have many, many new customers and families that are in town,” Mausbach said.The owners say consumers are also spending in parts of town where there are a lot of places to shop small.”We’re located in Countryside Village here that’s been a home to local businesses since the beginning. You’re not going to find anyone here that’s a chain anymore, people understand that. So there’s a draw that you can come here, and find lots of places that are just like us: locally owned, small shops and people really enjoy that,” Redinbaugh said.”And it always brings back just a lot of great memories. So they’re always excited to tell us about the shops they used to shop at and see all of the new shops here,” Mausbach said. “Which is, it’s just really fun to hear about the old plus the new and be part of a development like this.”

As the holiday season kicks off and gift shopping commences, it’s the make-or-break time of year for many.

Some owners of retail stores say they saw steady business on Small Business Saturday. The national campaign encourages consumer spending at locally-owned businesses.

The shopkeeper of Simple Man, a men’s clothing and accessory store, says people came out for the day.

“It was a good weekend. We had a lot of our regular customers come out and support us on Small Business Saturday of course and then Black Friday before that was a little, it seemed a little bit better than last year. We had quite a few people come through,” said Boyd Redinbaugh.

And right behind his shop, another clothing store.

Gramercy’s owner, Stacie Mausbach, says people told her they shopped specifically for Small Business Saturday.

“The entire community. People especially for Small Business Saturday come out just to support small businesses. They like to support places they’ve never been to so not only do we have our regulars. we have many, many new customers and families that are in town,” Mausbach said.

The owners say consumers are also spending in parts of town where there are a lot of places to shop small.

“We’re located in Countryside Village here that’s been a home to local businesses since the beginning. You’re not going to find anyone here that’s a chain anymore, people understand that. So there’s a draw that you can come here, and find lots of places that are just like us: locally owned, small shops and people really enjoy that,” Redinbaugh said.

“And it always brings back just a lot of great memories. So they’re always excited to tell us about the shops they used to shop at and see all of the new shops here,” Mausbach said. “Which is, it’s just really fun to hear about the old plus the new and be part of a development like this.”

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