Downtown ready for Small Business Saturday

Nov. 22, 2012 @ 12:32 PM

Downtown Monroe businesses are looking forward to this year's Small Business Saturday.

The event takes place annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and encourages people to shop at local small businesses.

Some downtown Monroe businesses are offering special sales and other offers that will begin the day before on Black Friday and continue on into the next day.

Through Small Business Saturday doesn't fall until the end of the week, some business owners said they've already noticed a larger amount of customers coming in through the week than they usually do this time of year.

"We had a great Monday and Tuesday," Shellee Comer, who owns The Silver Lining, said Wednesday.

They usually see a lot of people on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday but this year, her store saw more people than usual shopping through the week. Her store will offer sales and other specials both Friday and Saturday. There will also be special offers for those who signed up for the store's e-mail list, she said.

"It's just the perfect weekend," she said in reference to having Black Friday and Small Business Saturday on back-to-back days.

M-Bellish, which is also in downtown Monroe, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and will offer a variety of specials that include 25 percent off the entire store excluding Rainbows, current Vera Bradley, Trollbeads, special orders and monogramming, 50 percent off all fall items, 75 percent off all clearance items, 40 percent off all Vera Bradley clearance and others, according to a Small Business Saturday flier.

Like Comer, Vicki McAlister, an owner of Designing Women Interiors in downtown Monroe, also thought there were many more shoppers than usual throughout the week.

The city has been working to bring more attention to the downtown area, which she credits for the increase in shoppers she saw during the beginning of the week. Her store's Small Business Saturday offers will include 25 percent off the entire store as well as 50 percent off fall items, McAlister, said.

For Michelle Villar a co-owner of MCM Classic Consignment, Saturday will be the first Small Business Saturday for her and the store.

"I had never heard of that (Small Business Saturday)," Villar said.

The consignment shop opened in downtown Monroe earlier this year and she recently moved to the area. She first learned about Small Business Saturday from customers who were talking about it when they stopped by. As part of the event Saturday, MCM Classic Consignment will offer 10 percent off the entire store, she said.

For more information about Downtown Monroe businesses visit the www.historicdowntownmonroe.org.