With leftover turkey and gravy nothing but a memory and the key thing taking up refrigerator space, local businesses across Beaumont prepared for their Small Business Saturday debut.
Hundreds of shoppers, not yet tired of holiday shopping after Black Friday, filtered into the Clifton Steamboat Museum to find one-of-a-kind items from nearly 20 different local vendors - many featuring hand-crafted arts.
“This is a great way to find those unique items for those hard to shop for people,” Sarah Wells the museum manager said.
The event’s fourth consecutive year highlights the importance of shopping local and gives small shops the ability to get their name in front of potential customers at the beginning of the holiday season.
Some of the vendors included Younique Make Up, C & C Upcycle, Pampered Chef, Thirsty One, Vamptropolis and more.
“I have done this all four years, it’s important to get out and promote my business,” Christine Sullivan the owner of Vamptropolis said. “I don’t have my own store, I sell online or at these events, it’s important because I get my business out there and make sales.”
The museum hosted all sorts of small businesses from pottery, clothing, food and hand crafts.
All the money generated will go back into the museum and into being able to host more events supporting community businesses.
“Most people don’t know that when you shop local most of your money stays right here in the community. It’s also a great way to support your family, friends and neighbors. This event gives small shops who work from home a storefront,” Wells said.
The museum isn’t the only outlet for the promotion of small businesses. The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce has been running a month-long shop local campaign encouraging the public to spend their money at small businesses.
“We are educating residents here in Beaumont to spend money here because the money they spend here stays here and helps us with taxes, sales tax and jobs,” Ana Pereda the vice president of economic development said.
Pereda said locally-owned businesses here in Beaumont are “going strong and getting ready for the holidays.”
In a recent survey conducted by the American Express showed that $.63 of every dollar spent at a local business stays in the community. It also revealed 81 percent of Texas plan to kick big box retailers to the curb and focus on primarily shopping local this holiday season.
Apart from the museum, local businesses around the area participated in the small shop holiday with their own specials and quirks in drawing customers.
Down to Earth, popular for selling bath and body fragrances and soaps, had a line of people waiting for the doors to open early Saturday morning to be a part of the annual sale and local business coupon bag.
“I love shopping local,” Shavonnie Badall, 18 of Baytown, said. “It’s so fun to see all the different, unique things that you can’t find at other big brand places. Honestly, I shop locally more than at big places. I feel like they have better quality items.”
Chelsie Burgins the manager of the shop, said they typically see a big turnout because they hold one-day only sales specifically for Small Business Saturday where they feature buy-one-get-one sales and the only chance to register for a year-long reward program.
Just around the corner with shirts sporting the saying “Local is the new black” and mimosas was Ella and Scott, who were also in on the shopping holiday.
“(Small Business Saturday) means everything to us. It’s all about family, support, hard-work, all rolled up into one,” Jamie Scott the owner of Ella and Scott said. “That is the epitome of what it means to me and a small business.”