GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Small businesses all over the country will open their doors for Small Business Saturday this weekend. Georgetown has been prepping for weeks, trying to spread the word online.
John O’Hearn is visiting family in Georgetown for the holidays and stopped by Mesquite Creek Outfitters on the Georgetown Square this week. Even back home in West Texas, he tries to shop local. “I think they’re a lot more unique than your larger, bigger chains, has a little bit more of a family feel.”
Mesquite Creek Outfitters just opened up last week and has that unique quality. Not only do they sell apparel, there’s also a bar with craft beer and wine.
“When I’m out shopping with my wife, we have a couple of drinks and I’m a lot better shopper,” said Mesquite Creek Outfitters co-owner Cody Hirt. It’s that different style that helps other local stores.”What we have here complements another store, what they have complements another.”
The Georgetown stores are hoping you choose them on Small Business Saturday. David Simmons and his boys have been going to All Things Kids toy store for years.
“We have pretty much this whole set up that was gotten from [my oldest son] and then passed down and down, so the quality is good,” says Simmons of a wooden train set.
These stores are reminding people to stop in every day, not just on Small Business Saturday. All Things Kids has welcome mats that say “Shop Local.”
“We want them to have a great experience, we want them to feel like they’re not in a rush you know that they’re trying to get to the finish line for shopping. We want them to have a really positive experience,” explains Shelly Hargrove, manager for Georgetown’s Main Street Program. “It’s a great way for each of us to individually pay it forward in order to keep our communities vibrant and active.”
While many local shops have those unique gifts,they can be more expensive than chain stores that offer steep discounts. Some of the stores on the Georgetown Square say they’ll try to have sales this weekend, but it’s not something you’ll see as often at smaller shops.
Some local businesses tend to have limited store hours, and don’t stay open later in the evening.