Small Business Saturday

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, November 29 2013 at 2:55 PM, Updated: Fri, November 29 2013 at 3:06 PM

While 'big box' stores have been the focus of 'Black Friday' shoppers, some of the shopping emphasis will shift to Main Street tomorrow...

Heather Coaty of Blue Dot Kids says "Small Business Saturday' has helped boost sales...

"We have noticed more people come in, they're taking advantage of our sales, that we always do for a Small Business Saturday."

Susan Beach of Beach's Jewelers appreciates the effort at keeping dollars local...

"Oh, yeah - we see folks coming through, and they're really nice folks that try to help out the small businesses that are trying to stay in business just for them."

Small Business Saturday is a concept started by American Express back in 2010, and the idea has struck a chord with business owners and shoppers.

Small businesses can offer several advantages...you just might find that unusual gift for the person who has everything at the Spring Street Antique Warehouse...

"Oh, yeah - we do that a lot."  Notes Antique Warehouse owner Leroy Tillery.  "People come in and look around, and oftentimes they find it here."

"And I think there's better deals."  Says shopper Laura Jaskiewicz.  "Especially here at Blue Dot Kids.  I can get more for my money, which is really important to me right now.  I'm in grad school and the finances are tight - but I still want my kid to look cute."

While Small Business Saturday may have corporate roots, the Mom and Pop businesses are happy to reap the benefits.

A survey by the National Federation of Independent Business claims 2 out of every 3 shoppers have heard of Small Business Saturday...and 47% of those surveyed intend to do at least some of their holiday shopping at a small business.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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