BANGOR – If you did not get all of your holiday shopping done yesterday, that is okay because local businesses are offering special deals for Small Business Saturday.
While Black Friday is over, the holiday shopping season has only begun – Only, instead of supporting big box store, some community members are investing locally.
“We’re having a great Small Business Saturday here in Downtown Bangor,” said Gibran Graham, “Here at The Briar Patch, we’ve seen many customers coming through here since we opened.”
Hundreds of people took to the streets – carrying shopping bags and walking in groups from one store to another.
“The enthusiasm and energy for the customers coming here has been really great,” said Graham, “A lot of positivity upbeats. People are excited to be shopping for Christmas or holidays.”
This Saturday brough community members to support small businesses, which is good for the local economy.
“It’s really important to do that because obviously all of these small businesses are doing their best to help the vitality of the region Downtown Bangor in general for stores down here,” he said, “To be able to keep the dollars local is really important so we can keep that going through the economy locally.”
But for some Mainers, it is not just the unique items that you can find by shopping locally, it is the heart and soul that goes into making them, that is causing people to keep their money local.
“I think that it goes back to the old fashion idea that people can be proud of their work – a product that they have made, that has something of themselves and their creativity into it,” said Priscilla Dorman, a shopper, “And I think it’s so important for their own well being to express their creativity and to be able to make a living out of it, is wonderful.”
“It’s great to go Black Friday shopping and support the big guys,” said Kristen Bagley, a shopper, “But you also have to support the people in town who are here local and are trying to make a living.”
“There’s a lot of people out and the shopping is great,” said Terri Adam, a shopper, “The stores are fun and they have great deals and we know people down here, so it’s more of a community to come here to shop.”
It was a time of celebration. Family and friends are enjoying this more low key version of shopping for the holidays and for some, they are hoping that this mentality will continue year round.
“Oh I think it’s important for the community,” said Heidi Sanders, “It’s more quaint down here too and it brings money locally.”