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As Black Friday sales abound, many shoppers get a head start for Small Business Saturday

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Many Black Friday shoppers hit the stores Thanksgiving night, hours before the actual day. That seemed to be the case ...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Many Black Friday shoppers hit the stores Thanksgiving night, hours before the actual day. That seemed to be the case with Small Business Saturday as well.

“Icame today, and she said it’s 50% off and I’m like, ‘Just throw it in the bag’,”said shopper Maya McFarland.

McFarlandis visiting from Nashville, but she wasted no time shopping at her favoriteMemphis store, Mbabazi. 

“Iam a firm believer in putting dollars back into the community. It’s actuallyabnormal for me to be out on Black Friday because I do Small BusinessSaturdays,” said McFarland.

Itis a good thing she switched up her shopping days. Many small businesses werealready offering deals. 

“Wejust did a whole floor change. We changed everything around, so I’ve been hereall night long,” said Naiima Love, a local artist.

Oneblock away, T Clifton Art Gallery did the same. 

“Ourspecial for Saturday will be our ornaments, and we have a wide collection ofhand-blown glass ornaments,” said Pat Brown, T Clifton Art GalleryCo-Owner.

Eventhe smallest of owners were prepping. 

“Wemake hibiscus fire juice,” said Amaru and Amir Chavez-Asforis, Tru BrosCo-Owners.

Theywill be quenching shoppers’ thirst with their product.

“Mymom and father, because she makes her own Shea Butter and my dad makes his ownhot sauce. It inspires us like, ‘hey, we could do something’,” saidChavez-Asforis.

Itis all an effort to keeping products local. 

“Peoplelove to shop. They love to say, ‘Hey look it’s from a local artist, a localbusiness.’ It’s also unique,” said Brown.

Ithelps local artists and entrepreneurs stay true to their art.

“Welove the work that we do and feel like it’s our gift that we offer the worldand for people to be able to feel that and come back for that. That’s livingthe dream,” said Vanessa Chavez, Mbabazi Chief Financial Officer and StoreManager.

MemphisMayor, Jim Strickland, signed a proclamation encouraging people to supportsmall businesses Saturday.

Ownerssay while promoting local artists is important, customers are their biggestsupport. They say it’s how they survive.