MACOMB — The rain and fog on Saturday didn't discourage shoppers from buying local and supporting the plentiful small businesses in McDonough County.

Saturday was Small Business Saturday, an American shopping holiday that takes place each year the Saturday after Thanksgiving. A counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the event celebrates small businesses and encourages shoppers to buy locally. Many local businesses encouraged shopping by hosting deals and giveaways, with some stores giving out limited numbers of reusable Shop Local tote bags.

Gloria Caspall, the owner of Gifts, Decor, and So Much More, said that she saw a good turnout on Saturday. According to Caspall, her store had as much business in the first two hours as she usually has in three days, with customers reportedly coming in from states such as Indiana and Ohio.

“I would like to say [Small Business Saturday] is very positive as it gets more people into more places to see what's available. I think they like to explore and see what the town has to offer,” said Caspall.

Gifts, Decor, and So Much More, a craft and home decor boutique, opened up in July of this year. It is located at 233 E. Carroll St.

The Wine Sellers, a business on Macomb’s Square, sells wine, beer, and alcohol by both the bottle and the glass. For Small Business Saturday, they featured a deal of buy two bottles of wine, get the third half off.

The Wine Sellers has been in the square for 16 years but was recently purchased by store owners Julia Burns and her husband Craig Burns.

“Here on the square with all the small businesses, we're all trying to promote each other and help each other out because we really want the square to survive and survive,” said Julia Burns.

The Wine Sellers is located at 121 S. Randolph St. in Macomb.

John Nelson, the owner of Nelson’s Clothing, said that they had a very good turnout and that Small Business Saturday has been growing for them the past three years.

For the weekend, Nelson said that they mailed a coupon so that customers could pick what they wanted rather than having a few items on sale.

“We've had some people that specifically mentioned, ‘Well, I made sure I did something local today,’ “ said Nelson. ”It's taken a few years but it resonates with some of the community now.”

Nelson is the grandson of Victor Nelson, the store’s first owner. Having opened in 1936 before moving to its current location on the square in 1944, Nelson’s Clothing has spanned four generations — from Victor Nelson to Ian Nelson, John Nelson’s son.

Nelson’s Clothing is located at 104 N. Side Sq. in Macomb.

 

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