Small businesses see Black Friday success

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Black Friday is the shopping holiday of the year. When it comes to mind, many consumers think of big box stores.

But what about the little guys?

"We've had an amazing Black Friday. Once again we have to give thanks to this community because their support means so much to a place like Getz's Department Store," says general manager Keith A. Dickson. "A place that's been around for 125 years."

Local shop Getz's had a great turnout this year, and they're even continuing their discounts into Small Business Saturday.

"The turnout was amazing, but we do know the roads were somewhat treacherous with the storms that we've gotten. A lot of people with power outages and everything," says Dickson. "So we're going to extend the sales completely into the weekend, right into Small Business Saturday."

Small Business Saturday will be a double whammy of customers this weekend for local shops.

"Well we're anticipating that downtown will actually have more traffic tomorrow," says Susan Estler, Executive Director of Travel Marquette. "Certainly people coming downtown and patronizing the small businesses would be a great thing."

But you won't hear these family-owned businesses complain - shopping small benefits everyone.

"You know, local economies and dollars spent in town, you know studies show anywhere from 70 to 80 percent of those dollars remain in town," says Dickson.

"When people spend dollars at local stores, the dollars stay locally and it helps the small business owner. Come downtown, have some lunch and enjoy your time downtown," says Estler.