ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Black Friday is known for crazy shoppers and even more crazy deals. Those holiday sales are followed by Small Business Saturday. Weasel Boy held a farmer’s market to celebrate the day.
Junita Lapp of Lapp it Up, a Kombucha business, says the day is something business owners prepare for all year long.
“A lot of small businesses in the community spend months getting ready for this time of year — making special deals. They put a lot of work preparing products,” she said. “And when you are shopping small you are supporting the local community.”
She says the day brings a lot of money to the local economy.
“67 cents out of every dollar spent at a small business stays in the local community so that’s — crazy. You can make a huge impact by shopping small.”
Lapp said days like this not only gave shoppers a chance to get a good deal but it also gave them the chance to ask vendors about their products
You get to talk with the owner, ask them your questions,” said Lapp. “They get to tell you all about the product and it’s locally made it’s going to be high quality. You know it’s made with love. A lot of work goes into it.
Carol Humphreys of Food Works Alliance says days like these help show their products to the people.
“Shopping small is so important. These businesses are trying to grow and so therefore, having the exposure, having people to buy them and taste them and tell others — that’s how they’ll grow.”