SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Shoppers Hit Local Businesses On Small Business Saturday
Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Jeremy Bias
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Nov. 24, 2012 9:51 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 24, 2012 10:58 PM EST
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, Cabell County
, West Virginia
Every Friday for the past 5 years, Tonya Hicks brings her Yorkie to Pet Palace in Huntington for a good grooming. This week she chose Saturday to support her local business on "Small Business Saturday." "We've just lost the intimacy with small businesses. With this business they are the only ones allowed to bathe my dog. Small businesses deserve a day."
Businesses in downtown Huntington put up sidewalk signs and showcased sales in the window to draw people inside.
Scott Mellert owns Pet Palace and says Saturday was steady for him, but no booming. "It's been a little slow, but I think weather played a factor."
We caught up with business owners who set up shop at the Capital Market in Charleston. Allan Hathaway works at the WV Market Place. "If it's made here it's sold here. Everything here is made in West Virginia."
Last year, Small Business Saturday gave a boost to many Main Street businesses, with more than a hundred million Americans shopping at independently owned small businesses.