POMEROY — Shoppers from in and out of town showed support for local businesses on Main street in Pomeroy this past Saturday.
Small Business Saturday started in 2010 and the event has continued to be held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving across the nation. The event encourages people to go out and support their community’s small businesses.
Hartwell House owner Bobbie Karr shared she had a busy day and only began to slow down an hour before close. The Hartwell House has been in business since November of 1995. Karr expressed that owning a small business has, “a lot of ups and downs, but it’s nice having local people support you.” The Hartwell House has items priced as low as two to three dollars a piece, so shoppers on a budget can still show their support.
She said, “If they don’t shop local, then businesses go out of business. People do not realize how much a small amount spent adds up.”
Karr added that even though the bulk of her business is from out of town shoppers, “we appreciate everyone. We wouldn’t be here without local people. They really turn out during the holiday season.”
Eloise Drenner, owner of Weaving Stitches located beside Hartwell House, shared, “ever since 9 a.m. we have not stopped.” According to Drenner, Saturday was very successful. Weaving Stitches has been open since 1995. She expressed her store, “is a good place for business,” with it being located on Main Street. Even though the bulk of her revenue comes from out of town shoppers, she saw many locals out for Small Business Saturday. If shoppers did not stop to shop in their community’s local stores, she said, “we wouldn’t be here. People should stop in if they care about these businesses.” Drenner added she is, “thankful for people who came out to support Pomeroy.”
The merchants on Main Street had special sales and discounts for their shoppers on Saturday, they gave out Shop Small stickers to customers and took pictures with customers holding a Show Love, Shop Small sign.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.