Small Business Saturday Shines a Light on Odessa Merchants

Small Business Saturday Shines a Light on Odessa Merchants

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Black Friday has come and gone and cyber Monday is right around the corner, but Saturday is for local small businesses. NewsWest 9 met with some local small businesses who gathered for shoppers on Saturday. One of a kind homemade items, collectables, and unique holiday gifts, that's what filled the Rose Building in Odessa Saturday.It was all in the spirit of small business Saturday.

"That's actually what's helping move downtown Odessa and we're excited about that," said a Rose family member.

"Everyday should be small business Saturday. When you think of something that you need, you first thought should be 'I need to go to a local merchant' because these are the people that employ our neighbors and our family," Randy Ham, Executive Director of the Odessa Council for the Arts and Humanities.

Local small businesses and merchant's who came together for small business Saturday told us about why the day is so important.

"Well it's just another way of giving back to the community. Those dollars that you spend on your local merchants, they stay here. They don't go off to a corporate headquarters somewhere else and that's just, again, going to enrich the lives of everyone here," said Ham.

The Rose family provided the venue for several local small businesses to show off their unique items for sale..and told us why the cause is so close to their hearts.

"We want these businesses, who have been here for a long time, to continue to grow. We certainly want to promote small business and because that's what downtown was at one time," said Rose.

One merchant who took part in small business Saturday said today was an unbelievable success.

"This is our first year to participate in small business Saturday and we had more people come in and buy them in one day than we did in the whole six weeks we were selling ornaments last year. So for us it was a huge success and we can't wait to do better next year and the year after that," said Ham.