Support local businesses on Small Business Saturday | Huntsville

As major retailers close after a busy Black Friday, many local stores are gearing up for their special day, Small Business Saturday.

According to the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber, the holiday gift shopping that follows Small Business Saturday can make or break a business for the following year.

“As shoppers, we should be going to these small local businesses all year round, but we really want to encourage shoppers to do it this Saturday, to make a splash,” says Claire Aiello, vice president of marketing and communications. for Huntsville/Madison. Departmental Chamber.

She says the holiday season is crucial for most small businesses.

“That multi-week period can make or break a small business,” says Aiello.

A local store owner in the village of Providence preaches the same message. “Our months of November and December are very important for our business to continue to thrive,” says Janah Williams, owner and manager of Vintage West Interiors.

She says the past year has been difficult for local businesses.

“I know for a lot of businesses it’s been very difficult, and you’ve seen a lot of people go out of business,” Williams says.

Right now, community support goes a long way.

“It’s so important to buy local and keep the economy thriving in your local community,” says Williams.

By researching these small businesses, you can support the local community while shopping for unique gifts you won’t find at the big chains.

“It’s going to mean a lot more, it’s going to have a personal touch,” says Aiello.

The chamber says Small Business Saturday is not just for retailers. It is intended to support craft breweries, pottery shops, artisan bakers and any other local shops.

If you’re in need of new furniture or holiday decor freebies, Vintage West Interiors will be hosting a 15% storewide sale on Saturday.