SHARON, Pa. (WYTV) — With cheers and carols, Small Business Saturday is just the start of the holiday shopping season in Sharon. It’s a day when owners of small businesses band together to promote their services and products across the country.
“You know, we kind of get lost. Small business gets lost in Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is a day to celebrate those locally owned businesses,” said Laura Ackley, organizer for the Greater Sharon Associates.
There are about 40 small businesses in the downtown network.
They all offered special discounts to shoppers coming in Saturday.
“The response is phenomenal. And we, downtown has just changed, it’s revitalized over the past couple of years,” said Ackley.
“We have had dozens of new shopkeepers open up their doors. It’s just an amazing place to be right now.”
That change is something the owners of Aetheric Alchemy have seen first hand.
“This strip, when I first got here there was really no stores, or anything, but now there’s art galleries and it’s really nice to see,” said Alanna Butler, Aetheric Alchemy.
Like many small business, Butler got into it by following her passions.
“We just started it, you know, in our house, making the balms and salves and tinctures, and it started to work, and we realized it really does work. So we decided we were going to share it with everybody,” said Butler.
Haitian Sensation uses the profits from their coffee and snacks to help rehabilitate a village in Haiti.
That’s an opportunity to make change that the workers say – wouldn’t be possible elsewhere.
“It gives us the opportunity to be more hands on with it than you would be able to with a big, multimillion dollar industry,” said Chase Whelan, Haitian Sensation.
“Being small, locally owned, it really gives us the freedom to connect with everyone in the area.”