Small Business Saturday a success for Hertel Avenue shops

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Thanksgiving is just the start. In the days following, the shopping madness begins.

It was a day of chaos for small businesses all around the city of good neighbors.

Lisa Samara, owner of Daisy’s Dog House told News 4, “After all the hustle and bustle of Black Friday it’s just a time to give back to the community that you live in.”

Small business Saturday, despite some rain, was a hit.

Kim Flowers, a local doing some shopping on Hertel Avenue told News 4, “I came out here to support the local businesses. They have unique things that you can’t get at the big market stores. I’m not a big Amazon shopper so I like to come support my local businesses.”

With the ease of shopping online, some businesses have been forced to close across the country. Hertel Avenue hasn’t been impacted as much.

Suzanne Laba a board member for Hertel Avenue told News 4, “There has been some impact, but as neighborhoods become increasingly more popular and more families move in to the area, more people come out on days like this because there is a special feeling of warmth and community and goodness if you come support these local places.”

The feel of shopping local is like no other. You are able to get unique pieces that a lot of times are customizable and different.

Samara said, “I think a lot of people in Buffalo feel like it’s a great thing to come and support anybody who’s willing to open a business and try this thing which is sometimes a little crazy.”

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