TULSA, Okla. — While shoppers were busy grabbing the latest deals and steal on Black Friday, local store owners were getting ready for Small Business Saturday.
Angeline Wright owns the Ida Red in Brookside Tulsa, she says this time of year is when businesses like hers thrive.
"The holiday season is vital to staying open," said Wright. “I’ve heard people say things like retail is dying, but I think what we’re looking for is a personal connection so to me that’s what makes small businesses and small businesses like restaurants too so special."
Wright says when you shop local, you get an experience you can't anywhere else.
"You’re getting a connection with people that you cant find at a lot of other places and the internet sure can’t give it to you," said Wright.
Blue Dome Director Jo Armstrong says that the special personal connection shoppers get at a small local business is vital to the community
"Buying local is so very critical not just to these artists because you’re supporting them but there is the good feeling you get knowing your tax dollars stay here and you’re supporting your neighbors," said Armstrong. "You’ll feel a little bit better knowing that you gave something that had a lot more meaning."
"Multiple Tulsans touch that object before it gets to that gift recipient I think that’s pretty special," said Wright.
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