Small businesses prepare for holiday shopping season

Instead of heading to major retail stores, some holiday shoppers are shopping small to support local businesses. (Photo: Sharisse Thompson)

Susan Olson owns Yesterdays Treasures in downtown Fenton. She says customers are looking for unique gift ideas to give to their loved ones that they can't find in regular retail stores.

Small business got a big boost on Small Business Saturday in November, a day where shoppers are encouraged to shop small. Susan and other small business owners hope that trend continues during the holiday season.

James Smith and his family shop small every year.

"I think you find things that are unusual, like, where did you get that?" says Smith.

At Half Mile Handmade in Bay City, 90 percent of the merchandise is Michigan made.

"You can find everything Michigan here like our cork stoppers, hats, and T-shirts," said employee Lauren Sebald.

However, the most important thing about shopping locally is that the money stays in the community.

"You're supporting your town and families that love doing what they do," says Olson.

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