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Quincy stores expect big crowds for Small Business on Saturday

QUINCY (WFEM) – Businesses around Quincy look forward to Small Business Saturdays as they say more and more people are coming back to shop in person this year.

49% of U.S. consumers plan to visit stores on Saturday and are expected to spend a total of $ 305, according to a Lending Tree survey.

Home & Her co-owner Chris Taylor said that due to its proximity to Thanksgiving, the timing of the event is to the advantage of small businesses.

“People who have family in town or visiting friends, they take them out and show some of their favorite places and of course some of their favorite places do their best to provide a great afternoon of fun, entertainment, shopping and all the good stuff.

Some companies use the day to mark milestones.

River Roots Smoke Shop owner Amy Phelps said she will celebrate its grand reopening at its new location at 703 Maine Street.

“We currently have 26 local artists in store and a bunch of them will be here to show up tomorrow. [Saturday]. It’s kind of like a meeting, and the torches will be lit with live blown glass, ”she said.

Taylor said shopping locally can make a huge difference to the entire Quincy community.

“I know when it comes to us, we pay a local sales tax that goes straight back to our local community, and it’s so important to do that,” he said.

Buyers have said they will also go out and support establishments they know and love.

According to a Lending Tree survey, 63% of consumers said the pandemic had boosted their loyalty to small businesses.

But, Deni Trone said she and her family have always visited local stores after Thanksgiving.

“It always has some of the cutest clothes, jewelry and little knickknacks,” she said. “I come here with my mom a lot on Black Friday.”

A Quincy native now living in Memphis, Tennessee, Trone said shopping locally is more than getting a bargain.

She said the connections she makes with those who run local stores are part of what keeps her coming back.

“Having those connections always feels like a great place to come home and see people year after year,” Trone said. “Even though I don’t live here anymore, it gives a feeling of belonging and community.

Also according to this Lending Tree survey, 63% also said they had seen a small business in their community shut down permanently due to the health crisis.

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