Neighborhood Merchants Compete With Big Box Stores On Small Business Saturday

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Many local business owners were also there, and said the glowing lights also represent the beginning of the holiday shopping season, and, the eve of small business Saturday.

Llalan Fowler said the event has been historically the best day of the year for her business, Main Street Books.

"These small businesses are the heartbeat of our city so we want you to patronize them everyday but especially we're going to kick it off with shop small Saturday", Barefield said.

The reasons to shop local are many, local businesses hire local employees and much more of your money stays right here on the Cape.

For Road Runner, he says that's huge.

Even people from overseas see the value in shopping local.

At Edie Boutique in Park Ridge, the owner said she appreciates the support of local shoppers.

"I wouldn't shop any other place, because I've known them for such a long period of time", agrees Gerry Malkin, a Road Runner shopper.

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Travers Mahan Men's Fine Apparel, 8146 S. Lewis Ave., is celebrating its shop dog's 13th birthday during Small Business Saturday, and a portion of the day's proceeds will benefit the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals.

"These are people that live in our community and do good for out community".

"Eight dollars", she said.

"It is what it should be, you know?" she said.

Fast forward 30 years later, she's celebrating Small Business Saturday not in her home, but as the owner of Marilyn Jackson's Gifts on Vann Drive.

Her business offers Swedish, deep tissue, and bamboo massage, as well as aromatherapy. "It's just awesome that it's turned into such an important part of people's lives", she said.

"The small businesses are such an important part of that because they really are such an important way to show Tulsa and people who visit Tulsa who we are".

The Islandwide Christmas Crafts & Food Expo is open Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for seniors and military.

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