Store manager Kirbay Preuss said small businesses like hers bring personality to communities.
Georgetown has many more events planned with small businesses throughout the holiday season.
Lansing has a thriving small business community that continues to support one another and add that personality to downtown areas like Oldtown or REO Town.
Even though Black Friday has come to an end, there is still more shopping in sight for the holiday season.
According to the 2018 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, produced by American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business, 104 million shoppers spent a record high $17.8 billion in 2018.
From Centennial Place throughout Granger and into our very own downtown South Bend, businesses from all over Michiana are participating.
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"They're generating dollars to support jobs here to support taxes and other important efforts", said Worley. If you shop online the money goes away.
"Our downtown has come such a long way", said Parr, who opened his pub past year. "It also boosts our local economy", she said.
"We give back to the community, we give back to four local nonprofits every beer that we sell", Russo said. "We are going to be spending it locally too, so it just stays and stays", said Covington.
"Absolutely, there's more excitement downtown, more people are coming to spend their time and their money down here", Gilbert said.
Although Small Business Saturday is pretty much done, that doesn't mean you should stop shopping locally.