Marietta shops hope Small Business Saturday pays off
MARIETTA — Retailers in Marietta are hoping for the bustle of holiday shoppers eagerly looking for that special gift during 2018’s Small Business Saturday on Saturday.
The annual event has taken place every Saturday after Thanksgiving since 2014 in hopes of drawing customers away from the bigger chain stores and into locally owned businesses.
With Marietta Mainstreet and the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Marietta Chamber of Commerce is organizing the annual event in hopes of drawing shoppers downtown.
“It kicks off the holiday season for small businesses,” said Morgan Brown, member services manager for the chamber of commerce. “It gets people to spend local.”
Brown said the event’s allure has increased since its beginning.
“We have seen a steady increase of participation from both businesses and shoppers,” she said.
Sam Tuten, executive director for Marietta Mainstreet, said this Saturday’s event is a great way to show off everything Marietta has.
“People can enjoy all the amenities we have to offer,” he said. “And it’s a lot.”
Tuten said the financial implications of the event help everyone in Marietta.
“(Small Business Saturday) helps put money back into the town,” he said. “It also helps local businesses to grow and prosper.”
Dad’s Primitive Workbench on Front Street is one of those businesses hoping to prosper from the event. Owner, Charlie Clay said he believes the deals offered at his store will catch the shopper’s eye.
“It’s our biggest day of the year,” he said.
Another business gearing up for this Saturday is the Cook’s Shop on Front Street. Ken Kupsche, co-owner of the store said they have unique items available to help make cooking more enjoyable.
Both business owners said that the Small Business Saturday event has helped all the shops in the downtown area.
“It’s huge for everyone downtown and we appreciate the help greatly,” said Kupsche.
“When you shop local you’re not supporting a company,” said Clay. “You’re supporting a person’s dream.”
Brown said the over 45 businesses participating will be offering deals that can be previewed at the Small Business Saturday Marietta 2018 Facebook page.