Shoppers support local stores during Small Business Saturday

Posted at: 11/24/2012 6:21 PM
Updated at: 11/24/2012 7:34 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Small business owners in Albuquerque had a good day Saturday, and said they even competed with big corporate stores on Friday. Small Business Saturday became a nationwide trend in 2010, and since it started, Albuquerque merchants have seen an increase in their sales.

"Seems like yesterday, there was a lot more people out here shopping, and today, there were people as I was trying to open my door, people waiting outside to come in," Das Anastasiou, owner of Revolver in Nob Hill, said.

Another manager of a shop in Old Town said the same thing about shoppers. She said they could not wait for Saturday to come before they hit the local shops.

"Busy all day long. People were really into buying, they weren't just looking around," Barbara Earley said inside her shop - Hispaniae.

Earley said she loves the idea of a day honoring small businesses.

"I think it's a terrific idea because I've seen too many businesses close down around here in the past year, you know, with the economy being difficult" Earley said.

Even some shoppers at Nob Hill echoed Earley's opinion on Small Business Saturday.

"Being an ex-business owner, I like to support the small businesses. So she told me about today, and we came down," Thomas Gentry said.

The next big day for shoppers is Cyber Monday for online shopping.