Many independently-owned shops in the Tulsa metro area are gearing up for Small Business Saturday.
They'll be offering deals to customers to help pour money into the local economy.
"It helps with the whole infrastructure around here. I support 25 workers here, and many of these workers have families," says Eric Fransen, the owner of Shuffles Board Game Cafe.
His cafe opened up six months ago on Archer Street in downtown Tulsa next to several other small businesses. He'll be offering up to 50 percent off merchandise on Saturday.
Shuffles is a unique twist to a traditional coffee shop. It offers customers more than 800 board games, so you can play and enjoy a drink at the same time. It also offers a full-menu restaurant service.
Next to the cafe you'll find Glacier Bean to Bar, which opened up a few months ago. It's part of Glacier, the chocolate shop on Brady Street. It also offers hot cocoa, alcoholic beverages and an assortment of chocolate.
Then you have Made, a retail space where you can find handmade items such as jewelry, cards and clothes. Employees at the store say they'll have a lot of deals for customers on Small Business Saturday, like 10 percent off bags and purses, 25 percent off soaps and skincare and 30 percent off shirts.
There is also Magic City Books on the short strip on Archer Street offering deals for customers. When you purchase $125 in gift cards, you'll get a free Magic City mug. The book shop is celebrating its first year.
Also in Tulsa, Utica Square will be hosting its annual passport event. You pick up a "passport" up at a participating business and get it stamped each time you visit a shop. Once you collect five stamps, then you will be entered to win a $50 gift card to shop at Utica Square.
Owasso is also doing a similar passport event at several of their small businesses. Click here for more information.
Last year, more than 112 million people shopped locally in the U.S. and spent more than $15 million.
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