Davenport, IA & Rock Island, IL (KWQC) The Black Friday rush has come to a close, but shopping is far from over.
The first Saturday after thanksgiving is a day for local businesses to shine, so 5 small businesses on each side of the river came together to promote small business Saturday.
Customers say this day makes a big difference in their holiday shopping routine.
“Shopping small is very important to our community the dollars that you spend at these locally owned stores goes right back into our local economy,” said organizer of the event Brandy VandeWalle and owner Skeleton Key Art Antique. She also says it’s a fun way to bring the community and local shops together.
“By banning together we’re able to reach people and get some publicity for this event that we aren’t normally able to provide for ourselves.” VanDewalle added.
Holiday shoppers say small businesses are a better choice, even if you’re not big into shopping.
“I actually am not a huge shopper which is kind of nice and why I favor shop small Saturdays like local businesses, because it’s keeping money here in the Quad Cities which is really important,” said Jenna Smith, a frequent visitor of Skeleton Key Art
Other shoppers say they prefer to shop local on Saturday over the craziness of Black Friday.
“It’s more of a smaller friendlier crowd as opposed to the big nightmare shopping crowd.” said Sandy Helfer
Shoppers they say it’s the items you find in a smaller store, that make it all worth while.
“You don’t find as unique of gifts, so I really like to go to the small boutiques here that are locally owned, you get more of the unique and more cherished presents.” said Smith
But it’s the people you meet, you can’t find anywhere else.