OGDEN (ABC4 News) – Locally owned businesses across Utah are already urging people to participate in Small Business Saturday.
For business owners in downtown Ogden, shopping local is what keeps their economy going.
“The fact that you can say a bookstore is doing well, keeps its door open, can employ people, it says something about the economy of Ogden and what they value,” said Marci Rizzi, owner of Booked on 25th.
Many of the business owners on 25th Street say Small Business Saturday helps them get through some of the more difficult parts of the year.
“Small business Saturday is a big economic boost to us, it helps us to get through multiple months that are lean in the spring,” said Mariesa Galloway, owner of Socks Plus More.
It’s not only the economic impact that makes shopping local so important, says other business owners. Henry Liu says when you put your money into small stores, you always get something unique.
“I believe because we’re small we’re able to do a lot more things, and we listen to the community, and when we listen to the community we actually provide a better product for everybody,” said Liu.
Before you decide where you shop, Rizzi says the day is about helping your neighbors.
“It’s also serving the small business owners to be able to help pay for their kids school, their soccer. I mean when you put your dollars into the small community bookshops or local shops, you are helping them make house payments, it’s not just going to some big conglomerate,” said Rizzi.
If you want to participate, starting Saturday, many of the stores in downtown Ogden say they will be having some special deals for customers.