MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)– Small Business Saturday was launched by American Express seven years ago. The shopping holiday seeks to encourage people to shop small and support the community.
“You are putting your cash flow back in the community, not large corporations,” said shopper Steven Nueninghoff.
Small shops are the heart of communities like the Old Village in Mount Pleasant but it is hard for them to stay in business. Local store owners said they cannot compete with the sales big box retailers have during Black Friday.
“We don’t try to keep up with he sales because we can’t. We are not competitors we like to stand aside and say we are different,” said Jill Bowman, store manager of Out of Hand.
Store owners said they offer unique products that you can not find at big retailers.
“I hand pick everything that is in my store, everything in my store comes from inside of me and you do not see that at big box stores,” said Elizabeth Middour, owner of Green Door.
Shoppers said they keep coming back to the shops because of the community feel and personal customer service.
“I have been coming to Out of Hand since I was a kid and they treat me like family, I always see someone I know,” said shopper Vaughn Connolly.