Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small-business owners which day was busiest: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, the Sunday after Thanksgiving or Cyber Monday. This is what they said.
• “Our Cary store did an amazing amount of business on Small Business Saturday and the Raleigh store was best on Black Friday,” said Nancy Alinovi, owner of ADORE Designer Resale Boutiques. “We gave 20 percent off all jackets, coats and boots in Cary on Black Friday and in Raleigh on Small Business Saturday. In Cary, on our best day, Saturday, we did 20 percent off all dresses and shoes. And on our best day in Raleigh, we did the same.”
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• “Small Business Saturday is our busiest day of the year. This year was our best sales day ever. We have been participating in Small Business Saturday since it began,” said Rusty Sutton, owner of The Green Monkey, a craft beer and wine and gift shop in Raleigh.
• “Our busiest day was Small Business Saturday. North Carolinians really came together and supported our local farmers by utilizing Backyard Produce,” said Rob Figard, marketing and wellness manager for Backyard Produce, an online farmers market based in Cary. “We recognized Small Business Saturday by offering any new customers $15 off their first delivery.”
• “Small Business Saturday was by far the best,” said Rene Martin, events coordinator for Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh.