Waco, Tx — This weekend wasn't just about the retail “giants”. Small businesses staked their claim in some of the profits as well, in turn, helping grow our economy.
While big retailers opened as early as Thanksgiving, locally-owned businesses in Waco waited to make their move on small business Saturday. The tradition began three years ago, and business are still spreading the word.
"It's going to create that type of event that people are going to be telling people about it,” said Jhonas Theill, owner of Suit City in downtown Waco.
Shopping local is not only a more personal experience, but it also boosts the local economy.
"If you could shift 20-dollars a month of what you spend online to your local economy and spend it in a store, it makes a lot of difference in millions of dollars of tax revenue," said Lesly Rascoe, Vice-President of Communications for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.
Downtown retailers say they experienced a slight increase in shoppers, thanks to more publicity this year.
"Of course, we took advantage of small business Saturday by starting our sale," said Theill.
And, they hope next year will be even bigger, putting money back into the neighborhood you live in.