Local business owners speak out about shopping local

COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) — While Black Friday is all about long lines and big deals, Small Business Saturday is about checking things off your Christmas list while helping local businesses.

Hundreds of people came out in the rain on Saturday to come out in downtown Cohoes and neighborhoods just like it all across the Capital Region. The goal is simple: shop local, and support local businesses. Who doesn’t like a good bargain?

For millions, Black Friday is the big day to shop, but here’s an even better deal: Small Business Saturday.

“Every dollar you spend here goes back into the community,” said Colleen McAllister from Latham. McAllister says she didn’t even leave her house on Friday, but this shopping day is different.

“I like this one because it’s not grabbing everything off a shelf and fighting people,” said Christina Ellsworth who shopped with her daughters.

The money spent goes back to places like the Old Merchantile in downtown Cohoes.

On Saturday, store owner Dolores Bacon saw lines out the door.

“It’s been awesome,” Bacon said. “We have people from all over.”

She’s had her business on Remsen Street for just a year and half.

“Well our customers support us and everyone in the community needs to have that support,” Bacon said.

Judy Burns, owner of Girly Girl, agrees. She sells jewelry, and she relies on the local community to help keep her business going.

“So many people just go to the big stores and try to get three dollars off something and people can come in here and people are making a living off of these products,” Burns said.

Customers are happy to help. Whatever you’re looking for, if you’re going to shop until you drop, you might as well give back a little too.

“Just the holiday spirit and I love this place and I spent too much money.” said shopper Colleen Sargood.

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