SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – Locally owned businesses all over Texas had their own version of Black Friday on Saturday. Shop Small Saturday had mom and pop stores offering great deals that will keep their money in the community.
“It brings me back to when I was a little girl,” said San Marcos resident Laura Butler as she looked at a wall of candy.
Butler says she shops at Candy Sweets and Treats not just for the sugar, but to support the local economy.
“They support us every day and are open you know waiting for us to come in and be able to select what they have. So, it’s important that we support them as well,” said Butler.
This candy store came out of necessity after the owner, Leanne Latham, realized there wasn’t anything like it in San Marcos.
“I really like to see peoples face light up when they are able to find candy that they haven’t been able to find in years,” said Latham.
Stories of self-startups are echoed by dozens of locally owned businesses in downtown San Marcos.
“We are both born and raised here in San Marcos and I love the area, I love this part of downtown,” said K-n-D’s owner Kristan Alvarez.
Stores like K-n-D’s and Hays County Outfitters say spending money in their store is like putting money towards the future of the city. We love to give back to the community, so the more we make, the more we help out the community,” said Hays Co. Outfitters Assistant Manager Suzanne Wyble.
Which is something they say creates a healthy economy and a stronger San Marcos.