Small businesses hoping for a super Saturday

8:03 PM, Nov 25, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - It seems commerce is on steroids this 'Black Friday'.

From shoving matches in Georgia, to a woman spraying pepper spray on a Los Angeles crowd in order to improve her chance of getting a good deal, nothing is out of bounds.

That is unless you're shopping at "I Like You" at 501 1St Avenue in northeast Minneapolis.

"I really like our quaint little corner," said Sarah Sweet, owner of "I Like You!".

It's a small business that is trying to compete with the big box stores this holiday weekend. From t-shirts to mugs, everything sold her at this consignment shop is made locally. In fact, 60-percent of every sale goes back to the local artist who created the merchandise.

"And I completely understand the drive to go get a deal at a big box store and today's their day. Tomorrow is our day," said Sweet.

She's talking about Small Business Saturday, which is November 26th. It was started by American Express last year to not only promote small businesses, but offer deals to their customers who shop there.

Sweet says sales at her store doubled last year because of it.

"And we already have had people this season coming in and say we'll be back, we'll be back for Small Business Saturday," she said.

Karen Ellery of northeast Minneapolis is one of those people.

"I love this store," she said with a huge smile.

She, like so many others, is just plain sick of everything about 'Black Friday' and has turned local.

"This is where the support is, this is where your heart is, this is where your life is. Support these people," said Ellery.

And since experts claim small businesses employ more than half of all private sector workers; it is support that in this economy is much appreciated.

"It's a real community," said Sweet.

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