Small Business Saturday Draws Big Crowd

Black Friday may be over… but shoppers are still taking businesses by storm.

This weekend is considered to be the busiest shopping weekend of the year and while yesterday was all about the large chain retailers, today celebrates the businesses a little closer to home.

Holiday shoppers hit the streets for Small Business Saturday.

The national holiday urges people to shop small and show their support for local businesses.

"Because we’re not attached to a corporate entity, we really depend on people coming out and supporting the small businesses," says Kaitlin Cottle, manager of Blue Skies in North Shore.

Cottle says the independently-owned businesses make Chattanooga unique.

"Small businesses in Chattanooga I think distinguish Chattanooga. Singular businesses are really unique, they sell unique products and make the city what it is," says Cottle.

Kentucky residents Michelle and Paul Grise say they are celebrating their five year anniversary together here in Chattanooga shopping locally.

"This place is beautiful. It’s very unique and creative," says Grise.

Grise’s husband, a small business owner, says he understands the need for community support.

"It’s always nice when you can support the local business owners, and put money back in the local economy," says Grise.

Several independently-owned businesses will be at the Holiday Market beginning Saturday December 6th at The Chattanooga Convention Center.

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