Small Business Saturday brings shoppers to Marquette

Published: Nov. 26, 2016 at 10:36 PM EST
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With yesterday being the biggest retail day of the year nationwide, attention turned to the local businesses Saturday.

"It's something that businesses have been doing in recent years to follow Black Friday which is more of a big business, big sale day," said Physician Nathan Taylor. "It's an opportunity for the local and small businesses here in town."

Local businesses across Marquette Saturday enjoyed their own version of Black Friday, with big sales luring shoppers into their stores.

In downtown Marquette, Tulivesi Yoga joined in Small Business Saturday for the first time since they opened their store last year. They held sales of thirty percent off all yoga apparel and twenty percent off classes.

"We didn't realize the impact that a small business has, how important it is to shop local until we opened the business," said Yoga Studio Owner Jennifer Taylor. "Then it became so apparent how extremely important it is to keep boosting our economy and keeping within."

Shopping locally significantly impacts the local economy. According to Travel Marquette, 60 cents of every dollar spent with an independent retailer is retained in the community, compared to 6 cents per dollar spent at a big box store. For Jennifer, running a local business has other benefits besides financial ones.

"The development of the community is really amazing and beautiful to see people forming new relationships and getting deeper connections with their full body - their mind and spiritual connection there," continued Jennifer Taylor.

Whatever the result may be, local business owners both depend and appreciate the significance of this day.

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