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Local Store Gears Up For Small Business Saturday

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The store is just one of many small businesses throughout the region. The store is just one of many small businesses throughout the region.

RICHLAND, WA- All across America Saturday, the shopping season continued as many shoppers headed out for Small Business Saturday. 

Octopus' Garden, a local small business located in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland, explained why Small Business Saturday is an important day for them and the customers. 

Another Black Friday is in the books.  Some people said it was not as busy as it used to be, but some did not go at all.

"No. No, I didn't. I try to avoid Columbia Center.  I went last year and made the mistake.  I think it took longer to find a parking spot than to do the actual shopping," said Kevin Phillips, a shopper at Octopus' Garden.

"No, I didn't do any Black Friday shopping. I don't like the crowds.  I'd rather do Cyber Monday," said Gary Trump, small business shopper.

Those reasons were why other shopping days like Small Business Saturday continue to become a popular trend.

"So, I decided to come to a local business to get the things I need," said Phillips.

The Uptown Shopping Center in Richland is known for small shops and stores.  One example is Octopus' Garden.  It is a unique store filled with quirky gift ideas that are hard to find.  The owner, Gus Sako, said Small Business Saturday continues to grow ever since the idea first started six years ago nationally.  He said it has brought them a lot of attention.

"The awareness of small businesses and it reminds people of their place in the community and what they bring and the unique qualities that a lot of the small businesses have," said Sako.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, as of 2014, 63% of net new private-sector jobs were from small businesses.  Sako said the money people spend at these local businesses stays right here. 

"The money stays in the community.  It doesn't go off to some corporate headquarters.  What's really important is that they will give our cities their flavor," said Sako.

That flavor is what has kept people coming back.

"I like to come to the small business event at least once a year to check out something unique that you can't find at the big box stores," said Trump.

"It's one of my favorite shops here in town," said Phillips.

The shopping continues Monday for Cyber Monday.  Octopus' Garden said as we get deeper into the holiday season, they will see more people trickle in.
 

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