Tomorrow is Shop Small Business Saturday, and I'm super excited about it!
My daughter Jaelyn and I are going to do some Christmas shopping, and one of the places we are going to is the Handmade Omaha Winter Art & Craft Bazaar at 10th and Bancroft in Omaha (NE).
There are some who will be there that I bought items from at the Omaha Farmers Market, but there are others who will be new to me and I can't wait to see what they have.
I think I'm enamored with small businesses, because I worked in one in Nebraska City, my mom has one, and my dream is to have one someday.
In Nebraska City, I worked part-time at Thurman's Bike and Sport Shop for two years while I worked on my master's degree and coached at Peru State College as the assistant volleyball coach. I loved working at that store. In fact, the owner and his wife, Jim and Carol Thurman, had a going away party for us when we moved to Blair. That's definitely going above and beyond, and it shows how working for a small business owner is more like having an extended family.
Even though we've been away from Nebraska City for 16 years, we still shop there when we can. Recently, I contacted Jim when I wanted to buy an elliptical, and he sold it to me with my "employee discount". It's amazing when you can still get your discount 16 years later!
Could I have maybe found an elliptical at one of the chain stores for less?
Perhaps, but I couldn't have paid for it three weeks after I intended to send a check, and I wouldn't have been allowed to leave it at the store until we can get it next month.
Perks of working with small businesses. Loyalty has its advantages.
I'm also enamored with small businesses, because my mom started one in Sidney (IA) three years ago when she was 65-years-old. It's called The Shepherd's Frock and it's a non-profit thrift store. It is run and maintained all through volunteer efforts. She could have easily taken today off, but she didn't. She felt the need to have the store open, and it will be open again tomorrow.
I appreciate how committed and passionate small business owners are and in many cases they give back. For example, Feel Good Natural Products in Papillion (NE) is running 20% off online purchases through the weekend. In addition, for each order they receive, they will be making a food donation to the Tri City Pantry.
Another business, Blue Dot Confections in Omaha (NE) is offering 15% off online orders. I love how they use ingredients from other small businesses. The dairy in their organic caramels come from Nebraska cows, and the beer in their organic beer & pretzel caramels comes from a brewing company in Broken Bow (NE). Talk about cool!
These are just a few examples of what makes small businesses so amazing!
Make tomorrow the start of supporting small businesses year-round!
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.