Small Vendors Urge Shoppers to Show Local Love

Kailey Fisicaro|

Small Business Saturday will be in full swing tomorrow, as local businesses have geared up for a weekend full of deals.

Following Black Friday, the perhaps lesser-known but equally valuable Small Business Saturday takes place. The day is meant to inspire shoppers to take a step back from the big chain retailers, and to shop local small businesses for their holiday gifts.

Although Small Business Saturday may not feature the injury-worthy deals Black Friday brings at big box stores, Small Business Saturday brings with it the special touches that local shops provide every day: one-on-one help, personal understanding, locally-made goods, and homegrown values.

Several businesses in Turlock’s downtown have participated in Small Business Saturday for the past few years, and are excited to see tomorrow’s turnout.

Vintage Market, a home décor and antique store at 210 E. Main St., will be offering deals from each of its vendors, according to Jennie Fuentes of J. Blackbird.

Fuentes, like many other vendors at Vintage Market, volunteers at the store to stay involved in the business.

Fuentes runs J. Blackbird with her daughter, Andie Fuentes. The line offers wares of a certain “French-y look” as Jennie Fuentes described it, including French Provincial furniture, metal works, ironstone dishes, and, for the holidays, Christmas trees.

Vintage Market, like any of the big box stores, brings in more workers for the weekend to ensure every customer’s needs are met. Jennie Fuentes said that she feels the spirit of holiday shopping from Black Friday spills over to Saturday, which is a good thing for local businesses.

“It’s to the benefit of everybody down on this street for the small businesses to participate – and they do,” said Fuentes.

Along with the deals, Vintage Market will be offering hot cider and other refreshments today and tomorrow.

Vintage Market is in its fourth year of business, and as far as Jennie knows has participated in Small Business Saturday each of those years.

Jennie Fuentes also discussed the rising trend of small business being opened by women and mothers as co-ops for other vendors to participate.

“We’re finding that in Ripon, we’re finding that in Oakdale, Turlock– as you can see there are new businesses opening up in Turlock,” said Jennie Fuentes. “It’s very exciting. It gives a lot of the creative, young mothers an opportunity to sell their wares at these venues. People are opening up venues for that. It’s much needed.”

Along with Vintage Market, Bilson’s Sport Shop at 201 Lander Ave., has seen a rise in business this holiday weekend, and is looking forward to continuing deals through tomorrow’s Small Business Saturday.

“With all the hype and everything out there, people are expecting everybody to have deals so they’re coming in at least to check it out to see if what they’re looking for is on sale,” said Steve Moe, co-owner of Bilson’s Sport Shop. “But we’ve had a steady flow of traffic today.”

Bilson’s will be running firearm specials, and other sports equipment deals for the rest of the weekend.

Moe chuckled at the gun department full of male shoppers, noting that it may just have something to do with all the women in their families heading out for deals today on their own.

Moe was happy to see the turnout today, and, like Vintage Market, will have extra employees on staff during the deal days.

“We make sure that everybody will get help when they come down here,” said Moe. “We’ll make sure there’s enough people to help everybody.”

Bilson’s has been in business for over 55 years, operating at its current location since 1979.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recent Forum Topics

Recent Forum Replies

  • paul on In what different materials do women’s activewear comes? "You may get a variety of fabrics for the best activewear for women online, including cotton, spandex, synthetic, bamboo fiber, and Gore-Tex. Each of these materials has distinctive properties that set them apart. Since polyester is incredibly light and comfortable to wear, we advise you to utilize it. Athletic clothing frequently uses polyester as a fabric. Shirts for activewear, sweatpants and jogging jackets usually contain polyester blends. Polyester often dries quickly, making it the perfect fabric for intense workouts."
  • PaulWatkins on How does a real estate agency work? "Hi Dans Andrew, I'm glad you have made the right decision because a real estate agency is a promising career. Real estate agency involves dealing with properties either for selling or purchasing. When a client comes to a real estate agency to sell a property, it is the estate agent's job to find a buyer. If the agent finds a buyer and closes the deal at a good price for both parties, the estate agent gets a 1% commission from both buyer and seller. This is how real estate agencies work, and estate agents earn."
  • dans on Where can we find the best kratom capsules? "Hi, sir, I don't know which state you live in because many states in the U.S. have prohibited the sale of the best kratom capsules, but you can still find them online. Many online pharmaceutical stores provide the best kratom capsules at affordable prices. You can look for such online stores on Google or even social media. The store will deliver the best kratom capsule to your home without charging the delivery charges."
  • dans on How to choose the right weight loss clinic? "A reputable weight loss clinic should preferably include counseling while being overseen by a doctor or other qualified medical expert. However, some weight-loss facilities allow clients to quickly obtain weight-loss medications and leave without providing a thorough medical history or seeking a physician's opinion. You should stay away from these types of locations because they're dangerous and probably won't result in long-term weight loss. Find a facility that focuses on the behavioral treatment or lifestyle counseling instead. They can provide you with the tools you need to make healthy decisions and advice on how to fit exercise into your daily schedule. Some of these tactics include keeping track of your meals and keeping a weekly workout log."
  • paul on Why are customer reviews important during online shopping? "The most crucial component of every online store is its customer reviews. Reviews can assist other customers in determining whether or not the business and its items are worthwhile purchases. If you earn positive evaluations, your brand will gain an enormous reputation and rank better on Google. According to Google's recently modified algorithm, a business can increase its performance by obtaining reviews. This is the rationale behind inquiries about reviews on Google, Facebook, and other online clothing stores for women."
ADVERTISEMENT
Skip to content