Communities look to Small Business Saturday to rebound after Matthew

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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga – Before shoppers stuff their trunks and empty their wallets, small businesses owners are asking for a little help on behalf of the little guys.

Small Business Saturday gives local businesses owners and entrepreneurs a chance to shine at the official start of the holiday shopping season.

On Tybee Island, some stores are counting on community support as neighborhoods continue to pick up the pieces left behind from Hurricane Matthew.

“Since Hurricane Matthew, our foot traffic has been down tremendously. So w’ere kinda counting on everyone coming out and supporting local” JustABreeze owner Tammy Kuch said.

Her art gallery was closed for two weeks after the storms. She said it cost her up to five thousand dollars in lost sales. Small Business Saturday, she hopes a chance for the island to rebound.

“Tomorrow is that boost of confidence that everybody needs that people really are truly here for us,” Kuch said.

With the country spending more than 15 million dollars on the holiday last year, Kuch and other leaders are hoping it not only bring revenue to the area on Saturday, but everyday.

“The best thing you can do is be here, spend you money, you know. Go local,” she said.

Around the greater Savannah area there are multiple locations known as “Welcome Centers” where customers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and access special deals and promotions.

Welcome Center locations:

  • Huc-A-Poos on Tybee Island
  • Friendship Island Coffee on Wilmington Island
  • Blend Coffee Boutique in Downtown Savannah
  • Savannah Tours and Gifts on Bay Street
  • Tiffani Taylor Gallery on Market Street
  • Harkle Rose Diamond and Fine Gifts in Midtown
  • Starlandia Supply on Bull Street
  • Brass Belle on Liberty Street

 

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