Locals 'Shop Small' for Small Business Saturday

Locals 'Shop Small' for Small Business Saturday

The day after Black Friday has a special meaning to small businesses across the nation. 'Small business Saturday' is a day for locals to shop small in their community. One store in St. Joseph celebrated the day by giving shoppers 20 percent off all items.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) It was a big day for a small business.

The Lucky Tiger, in Downtown St. Joseph, celebrated Small Business Saturday, a day where shoppers were encouraged to support their local small businesses.

"The more money you spend locally, the more it goes into our community, and it builds our community up and keeps money in town," said Amy Heath.

Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010.

Since then, the day has been recognized every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

A recent survey shows 93 percent of Americans think it's important to support small businesses, like The Lucky Tiger.

Dylan Russell was one of those supporters.

"Helping small businesses out helps the town as well," said Dylan Russell.

Russell is a St. Joseph resident.

He said Small Business Saturday helps people, like himself, get a better feel for the community.

"You meet the people that run the local shops, and they're not a big franchise source. So, I think that's important," said Russell.

"Makes me feel like we can grow as a community and downtown is going to grow, as well," said Heath.

Amy Heath is the co-owner of The Lucky Tiger.

The vintage store has been around for about a year and a half.

She and her co-worker are striving to get the 'shop local' message across, and she said Small Business Saturday is the best way to do it.

"Everybody wants recognition for their business and their hardwork. You know, there's only two people that work here. So, we work all the time. It is nice when hard work pays off," said Heath.

There are 28 million small businesses in the United States.

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