Local stores take center stage on Small Business Saturday

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Thousands of shoppers in the east took advantage of deals and steals on black Friday, but Saturday is when small businesses get their kicks.

‘It’s Sew Wright’ owner Tammy Wright has participated in several Small Business Saturday’s in the past 10 years.

“People love black Friday, but they also love to come in on Saturday,” Wright explained. “And some of them told us yesterday that they are coming back today. They were saving just so they could come back in here.”

People like Brooke McLawhorn are avid small business Saturday shoppers.

“I shop here all the time it’s the perfect place for you to run in and to grab a small gift or personalize a gift, and the people here are just amazing, they treat you like family and that’s what you get in a small business,” said Mclawhorn.

She shops at this local business for a different experience.

“You don’t get the personal touch that you do in a small business. The people here when I come in I can run and give them a hug and ask how they are doing how their family is.”

That’s exactly what Wright loves to hear.

“I started this out very small and as grand as it is it’s only because of my customers that are still here,” said Wright.

Mclawhorn told 9 On Your Side shopping small helps more than her closet.

“To help our economy to keep our town and our city growing, we certainly need as many small businesses as possible and for people to support them, not only because of the business themselves but the people who run them.”

Wright said it’s not easy to keep a business for 10 years, but she’s not slowing down anytime soon.

“Sometimes corporate has bigger and better sales, but we still have people coming in here no matter what,” said Wright.

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