ELLSWORTH — If you’re looking to find deals as the holidays approach, you might want to consider shopping locally on Small Business Saturday.
“The money stays in the community where those shops are located,” said Gretchen Wilson, executive director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.
Businesses in Ellsworth are getting ready to welcome customers into their shops.
“We love Small Business Saturday,” said Barbara Courchesne, owner of The Bud Connection. “We are doing 25% off storewide, except for fresh flowers in our store, so all of our ornaments, all of our décor, our personal items, so it’s usually a really cool, crazy, fun shopping experience in here.”
Business owners think more shoppers will be out and about this year compared to last.
“Last year, I think we were all kind of really unsure. This year, I think is a little more focused on what we can do here locally, and so we’ve had a really good response to a lot of our local products and so it’s been a good year so far,” said Amanda Beals, owner of Poppy and Polka Dot Boutique.
“Although I think there is some caution, I think people are more afraid of the big stores because there’s so many people,” said Michael Curtis, owner of Union River Book & Toy Co.
Wilson said shops all up and down Main Street will be participating in Small Business Saturday.
“I know some are having sales, like 25% off in some stores, like the entire store. Others are just having maybe some cocoa and cookies,” Wilson said.
If you plan on going shopping Saturday, Courchesne recommends beginning early.
“I feel like people should just come in and experience the shopping and see what we have to offer in all the local stores,” Courchesne said. “There’s some great new stores in Ellsworth if they haven’t shopped here in the last couple of years.”