Jefferson City Small Businesses Shine on Small Business Saturday

3 years 7 months 4 days ago November 24, 2012 Nov 24, 2012 Saturday, November 24 2012 Saturday, November 24, 2012 9:21:00 PM CST in News
By: Megan Johnson

JEFFERSON CITY - More than 75 small businesses in Jefferson City participated in a citywide "Small Business Saturday" event on Saturday. The holiday was created in 2010 by American Express in an attempt to gain attention for mom-and-pop type stores struggling during the recession. Most of the stores Saturday saw huge gains in sales.

"It was wonderful," said Sam Bushman, owner of Samuel's Tuxedos. "It's kind of like the old days. Back in the 70s, our Saturdays were jam-packed with people. Before malls...that's what today was like."

"It was packed," said Donna Deetz, owner of Click2Sell4U. "All day."

Business owners said they saw hundreds more people than a typical Saturday. Deetz owns The Trolley Company in Jefferson City, whose trolleys ran for free during the day to transport shoppers to and from different districts.

"It's calmer, not as hectic," said Mark Castrop, a trolley driver. "You can talk to people, people don't get upset." As compared to Black Friday crowds, Castrop said, the small business shoppers were much more pleasant.

Shoppers echoed this statement.

"You don't have to fight people for what you want," said shopper Jacob Rollins. "I've been out Black Friday shopping before...I didn't like it."

While small businesses like those in Jefferson City's downtown district generally don't carry the big ticket items that attract Black Friday shoppers, Bushnell said they offer a different experience.

"We'll be excited to see you come in the door," he said. "We'll wait on you, we'll gift wrap, we'll treat you like we appreciate your business."

"Most of the businesses downtown are small businesses," said Deetz. "We were very lucky this year. Downtown had 95% participation, Eastside had 90%. That's a lot of businesses for a small town."

Businesses had to be locally owned and employ fewer than 25 people to be considered a "small business."

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A small plane made an emergency landing Wednesday at Columbia Regional Airport. The single engine Piper aircraft... More >>
5 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:52:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri is now offering students recovering from alcohol or substance abuse a sober housing option.... More >>
6 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:12:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole for participating in... More >>
7 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 6:45:39 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Three suicide bombers attacked the international terminal at an airport in Istanbul, Turkey late Tuesday. KOMU 8 News... More >>
7 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 6:43:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon is backing a proposed power line in Missouri that's part of a multi... More >>
8 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5:06:32 PM CDT in News
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in sou theast Missour i have been searching for a Kansas man who hasn't been... More >>
9 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 4:42:47 PM CDT in News
BRANSON (AP) — A 77-year-old man who said he robbed a Branson bank to get access to health care has... More >>
9 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 4:21:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A former system president and a wealthy university donor will help review the University of Missouri... More >>
10 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 3:39:24 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - More pets go missing over the 4th of July holiday weekend than any other time of year, according... More >>
11 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 2:26:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – During drought situations, private ground water wells should be tested, said Bob Broz, University of Missouri Extension water... More >>
11 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 2:03:00 PM CDT in News
MONTGOMERY COUNTY - The manhunt began late Wednesday morning after a suspect led troopers on a high speed chase. ... More >>
14 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:42:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after an officer found a man dead in a vehicle while responding... More >>
14 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:24:30 AM CDT in News
KINLOCH, Mo. (AP) — An 18-year-old suspect continues to recover after being shot by police in the St. Louis suburb... More >>
14 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:02:01 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri attorney general's office says more must be done to determine how a U.S.... More >>
16 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 9:24:33 AM CDT in News
KENNETT, Mo. (AP) - Charges have been upgraded to first-degree murder in the deaths of two southeast Missouri residents who... More >>
17 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:40:59 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 44-year-old St. Louis man is recovering after an unprovoked attack by a group of boys.... More >>
18 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:36:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A suburban Kansas City man has pleaded guilty to participating in a series of Craigslist... More >>
18 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:29:49 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two brothers have been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally shooting a 21-year-old... More >>
18 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:24:28 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 68°
2am 69°
3am 68°
4am 68°
5am 67°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:37a
Access Hollywood
2:07a
The Meredith Vieira Show
3:07a
Mad Money
1:30a
Seinfeld
2:00a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2016 U.S. Summer Olympic Trials
8:00p
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge
9:00p
Aquarius
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
Beauty and the Beast
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld