Shop small during Small Business Saturday

By Sarah Hawley -

MEIGS COUNTY — While shoppers are gearing up for the holiday shopping season, checking out the Black Friday ads or maybe the Cyber Monday deals, it is important not to forget where you come from and those in the local community.

Small Business Saturday was first launched in 2010 as a way to celebrate and support small businesses and the impact they have on local communities such as those in Meigs County.

“It is a special day for the community to come together and support one another,” said Susan Clark.

“I am proud to be part of the business community I grew up in. Supporting local business provides for future generations to continue in local business,” said Clark who owns Clark’s Jewelry store. The business has roots in the community dating back to 1881.

Clark noted that she is proud to be part of the business community which allows for her and other local businesses to give back to the communities they are a part of. “Being able to give back and be part of the community is one of the luxuries of being a small business,” explained Clark.

It is the support of local customers and the local community that helps businesses like Clark’s and Hartwell House remain in the community for many years.

“Local business is important because stores will not be in business for 21 years like I have if you don’t have local support. We are getting ready to start our 22nd year and we count on local customers,” explained Bobbie Karr, owner of Hartwell House. “Every little bit helps whether its a dollar or a hundred dollars.”

“It is important everyday,” said Front Paige Outfitters owner Paige Cleek of shopping local, noting that Small Business Saturday helps to promote the local shopping opportunities.

Since 2010, Small Business Saturday has grown into a nationwide event, which according to a 2015 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, brought more than 95 million consumers to shop at small businesses in 2015.

“This is really huge for a small community, everyone jumping on board,” said Cleek of the Small Business Saturday movement.

Signs, bags and other promotional items have been handed out to many of the local businesses, with Herbal Sage Tea spearheading the promotional items.

Herbal Sage, which is relatively new to Pomeroy, is not typically a retail location, but will be open for Small Business Saturday and other events in Pomeroy this weekend, allowing shoppers to see the renovation work to their building, located at the intersection of Butternut and Second in Pomeroy.

Other shops and businesses along Butternut, Second Street, Mulberry Avenue, Main Street and Court Street, and many other locations throughout the area will be taking part in Small Business Saturday activities as well.

When considering your local businesses for Christmas gift needs or other shopping opportunities, don’t forget your local newspaper as well. We offer subscription opportunities for both print and electronic editions as well as numerous advertising opportunities throughout the year.

Like the other businesses in the area we appreciate your support of the work we put in day in and day out to bring you your local news.

Meigs County Commissioner Tim Ihle noted that shopping locally is more important than ever as the county is funded off of the sale tax revenue from those who shop locally.

“When we go down and see all the business fronts in Pomeroy, and even a few things going on in Middleport again, we’re very optimistic about the future of Meigs County and our businesses. We really feel like right now is a good time for anybody to want to invest in small business. Get with our Chambers, get with the CIC, come see the commissioners, invest locally — not only buying but developing a small business,” said Ihle.

“If you get out and travel much, there is no place like home,” said Ihle of what Meigs County has to offer for those in the community.

By Sarah Hawley