Successful 'Small Business Saturday'


Reporter: Mychaela Bruner
Photographer: Justin Jones

METROPOLIS, Ill—Today is Small Business Saturday.  It is a day you can finish your holiday shopping and help our local community at the same time.  Black Friday is dominated by national retailers, but Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for local merchants to shine.

Buying Christmas gifts while keeping your dollars local.  That is the point of Small Business Saturday and it is making the Christmas season merrier for Metropolis business owner Amanda King.

King owns White Lili Boutique and said shopping small keeps her business open.

"For shopping small in our community, I think it all comes back to the fact that you don't have to go outside of your home base to shop and find really great options for the holidays," said King.

This is King's first Small Business Saturday.

"For every $100 you spend locally, $68 does come back to the community, so that's a very important part of it," said King.

She said it is one day out of the year to help celebrate small businesses.

"It allows us to stay consistent, competitive and be successful in a small area and people love to see that. They want to see where they grew up thrive and that's a big deal," said King.

With the hope shopping small will help stores like hers in the long run.  The White Lili Boutique is located in Metropolis on Ferry Street.  The boutique is open Tuesday through Saturday.  For more information about White Lili Boutique, click here.