MERIDIAN, Miss (WTOK)-- A number of small businesses in Meridian opened their doors for Small Business Saturday this weekend. Liberty shop is among retailers in the downtown area that have been prepping for weeks. Co-owner Robbi Hales said she hopes to see people more taking advantage of this day.
“When it first started it had begun to catch on a little bit. But over the past couple of years it has been really big. We have been really busy this morning,” said Hales
Hales said customers can find select items on sales throughout the holiday season.
“Scarves, leggings, those type of things that are small but then we’ve also had 10 % throughout the store. Those things add up even if it is 10% off, especially if you are buying a lot. Or you are buying for your family then the small things are good stocking stuffers,” said Hales.
Faulkenbery's Bridal has been opened for almost a year. Sales consultant Kaitlin Hollister said downtown growth and development will attract people to the area.
“It used to be the hub of Meridian and we kind of grew out and went around. But I think that it will bring some life back downtown. And I think that’s great for us,” said Hollister.
And retailers say shopping local matters because it brings value to the community.
“If you shop local you are supporting families. Not just corporate America but you are supporting your community and the people you know, the people you go to school with, church, and friends. That’s important,” said Hollister.
“What it means to our community is that our tax dollars stay here so they can be used on important things that help the local people. It also bring attention to small shops that are owned by a family like mine,” said Hales.