ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — While everyone hit the “big box” stores on Friday, small businesses were getting ready for their turn on Saturday.
Saturday is “Small Business Saturday,” and there were a number of stores around the Capital Region taking part in Schenectady, Albany, Troy and beyond.
The idea was created in 2010 to get more customers in the door ahead of the busy shopping season. Last year, more than 95 million people participated in Small Business Saturday.
A Dickens Holiday Stroll took place on Remsen Street in Cohoes. Shops and Vendors were open for business. There was also a free breakfast with Santa at The Breakfast Spot and tree lighting activities.
People shopped small on North Pearl Street Saturday in Albany to help support local businesses too. ‘Handmade at the Hollow’ hosted its seventh annual event in honor of Small Business Saturday. Knick-knacks made by local artisans were showcased, including jewelry, paintings, even zombie smurfs.