(Lewisburg) Shops along Washington Street in downtown Lewisburg are gearing up for Small Business Saturday.
Monica Maxwell a co-owner of Harmony Ridge Gallery explains, “You have to be ready for inventory. You have to anticipate what people want. What time of year they’re going to come shop with you. Whether you’re going to wrap it or ship it or do you need low priced things or high priced things. It’s a very difficult thing to plan but as Small Business Saturday comes up we are even more into the details of that because the holidays are coming.”
Shop owners prepare because Small Business Saturday can be a big deal to their bottom line. According to a survey from the National Federation of Independent Businesses last year across the U.S. 12.9 billion dollars were spent at small independent stores and restaurants the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In West Virginia the department of commerce says, 98 percent of the businesses in this state are small, and they employ nearly 50 percent of the state’s private workforce.
Maxwell explains how local shop owners are intertwined in the community saying. “We live in this neighborhood. We go to the local shops ourselves. We go to the local restaurants. We get our prescriptions filled locally. We gas up our cars locally. So all of those businesses, even though you may not think about it, all are super important to the whole puzzle working out in our town.”
The importance of locally owned businesses isn’t lost on shoppers. One shopper Hallie Morgan explains, “To support the community and give back to the folks that give so much locally. That supports their family and in turn supports other businesses throughout the community.”