As always, a lot of shoppers head straight for the big retail chains, but others don't forget about the little guys.
YAKIMA, WA - As always, a lot of shoppers head straight for the big retail chains, but others don't forget about the little guys.
The traffic hasn't slowed down at large Yakima retail stores even though many opened their doors on Thanksgiving.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Walmart recorded more than 10 million register transactions nationwide between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Thursday. But what about the people who aren't on the hunt for that big screen TV?
"A lot of people don't want to fight the crowds so this is a little bit more relaxing," said Barbie Marplas, an Assistant Manager at Priscilla's Chic Boutique. "So actually it's a good weekend for us."
Small business owners said they don't see the heavy traffic that Walmart or Best Buy get, but they do notice a slight increase in sales.
"My shop is good," said Lenette Roehl, the owner of Garden Girl. "There's been people in today. It's been fun. I get a lot of out of towners this time of year. They're in here for the weekend and the holidays, and that is always good for me."
Small business owners said people in Yakima make the extra effort to buy local, and as it gets closer to Christmas, they'll see their sales go up.
"Yakima is really understanding that when they support a local business, and our tax money goes back and our people that we pay wages to that money goes back to help our schools," said Susan Richmond, the Owner of Inklings Bookshop. "It really helps everyone."
"They support small businesses, they do," said Roehl. "Yakima's been very very good to I think all small businesses in this town.
Local businesses said what they're really looking forward to is Small Business Saturday. American Express launched Small Business Saturday back in 2009.
Many Yakima businesses are doing something extra on Saturday, including inviting special guests and giving out some holiday treats.