(Springfield, Mo.--11/24/17) As Missourians prepare to spend some serious money this holiday season, owners in Springfield are urging folks to support their local businesses--especially this Saturday
Small Business Saturday puts the spotlight on small businesses each year and encourages folks to support local merchants.
Big box stores and shopping centers can get your attention with flashy Black Friday ads and sales, but local businesses have a lot to offer as well.
"Give small businesses of Springfield a chance. We offer a lot of different things that they’re not going to find in the Targets and Wal Marts of this world," explains Christian Hutson, Owner of Just For Him in Springfield.
Local independent retailers in Springfield hope to appeal to your sense of community this Saturday.
"We live here, we spend our money here so if we can keep that money rotating throughout the community that’s an important thing."
Just For Him sells a large variety of regionally produced items like shaving cream for men to tobacco products.
"We are a part of this community and there’s a lot of other small businesses in Springfield that are equally as enthusiastic as we are."
American Express coined the day in 2010 as a means to shop local. Since then, the movement seems to have grown.
Leslie-Ann Padilla is an employee at Chabom Tea and Spices in Springfield. She tells FOX5,"It is our busiest day of the year. We do about at least three times the amount of business."
Padilla says even the little guys need your support.
"It is so important to shop locally and keep that money here in the Springfield economy."
Owners says the word of mouth that surround Small Business Saturday is a huge boost.
Brina Thomas is the owner of Five Pound Apparel. She adds because people are looking for unique holiday gifts Small Business Saturday, is the perfect opportunity for them to showcase their products.
"We have these really small stores that are super unique and you can’t find gifts at the mall or anywhere else and its really important for the community to have these type of stores," explains Thomas.