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Local shops in DeKalb, Sycamore draw crowds on Small Business Saturday

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on 11/28/2016


Local shops in DeKalb, Sycamore draw crowds on Small Business Saturday

Local shops in DeKalb, Sycamore draw crowds on Small Business Saturday

Published: Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 12:06 a.m. CST

Business was booming Saturday at My Favorite Things in DeKalb, as area residents flocked to local stores in downtown DeKalb and downtown Sycamore to do their Christmas shopping on Small Business Saturday.

The store’s owner, Joyce Waters, said her store was much busier than usual Saturday thanks to local and nationwide efforts that encourage people to shop locally the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

“I’m very pleased with the turnout this year,” she said. “The small shop owner does things that are normally hard to do at big stores. We love our people, and we’re good to them. It’s not all about the money. It’s doing what I love to do, which is sell wonderful things that make people happy.”

Cracker Jax in downtown DeKalb also was filled with shoppers as they searched for unique gifts. Owner Lauren Woods said she’s very appreciative of the Small Business Saturday campaign because it’s helped keep local stores in business. As an incentive to encourage customers to shop locally, she offered 20 percent off everything in the store.

“We have a lot of unique items that you don’t get at big stores, and we provide really good, personal customer service. They appreciate that we care about them,” Woods said.

Marti Brown of DeKalb was shopping at Cracker Jax to buy Christmas gifts for her family specifically because it was Small Business Saturday.

“I want to support DeKalb businesses, and I love this store because it has unique offerings and it has been here a long time,” she said.

Downtown Sycamore also was bustling with shoppers Saturday afternoon. Roseann Para, co-owner of Sweet Earth, said customer traffic was very steady, explaining that Small Business Saturday is popular with local residents.

“We get a really good response. More people are shopping local, and they’re seeking local products. We sell a lot of U.S.-made and locally made products,” Para said. “Downtown Sycamore is the center of the community, and people want to see it thriving.

“We’re here for the long run. Small-business owners here don’t want to make a quick buck. We want to satisfy our customers’ needs and wants.”

Malorie Nelson of Kingston has been shopping at Sweet Earth for many years, and she was buying Christmas presents Saturday. She said she thinks it’s important to support the downtown shopping district.

“A lot of the money generated at small businesses goes back into the community, and that’s really important. I like to support the Sycamore shopping district,” she said.

The Sycamore Chamber of Commerce has been helping to promote the importance of shopping locally for several years, using social media throughout the season to ask residents to remember small businesses as they do their holiday shopping.

Rose Treml, executive director of the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, said that almost every store in downtown Sycamore is owned by local families who care about the community. She explained that almost 50 percent of the money spent at local businesses stays in the community, as opposed to about 14 percent at big chain stores.

“The community does support these businesses because they want a downtown they can walk through and go into a variety of different stores,” Treml said. “When you go into a Sycamore business and buy something, they know your name. Sycamore’s shops help keep its uniqueness. You have quaint businesses here that make our community stand out.”

Nona and Mike Schultz of Sycamore were stopping into several downtown Sycamore businesses to support Small Business Saturday.

“We love this downtown area, and if we don’t shop there regularly, it might not be there for us,” Nona said as her husband tried on a pair of boots at Stomp.

Bethany Adamski, an employee at Stomp, said her store had been very busy throughout the day, and it was doing very well in sales.

“Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for the community to come together and help support the businesses,” she said. “The local stores have a nostalgic feel that separates them from the big-box stores. People get a personal experience here. We start conversations with our customers and get to know them.”

Original Daily Chronicle Article: http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2016/11/27/local-shops-in-dekalb-sycamore-draw-crowds-on-small-business-saturday/amkowes/?__xsl=/print.xsl