SHARON, Pa. (WYTV) – Local shops in Sharon were on display during an event for Small Business Saturday.
Small Business comes in the middle of a big shopping weekend — between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a day dedicated to supporting local businesses and their communities.
Courtney Davis is the chairperson of Small Business Saturday in Sharon and said Saturday was all about bringing awareness to local vendors.
“The importance is just getting out and getting in your community and meeting the people that keep our downtown going,” she said. “They have shops in here that have been here for a long time. Some are brand new. They put their heart and soul into, you know, creating something for you to buy for your loved ones that actually means something and you know where it came from.”
One of the local shops is Gifted at Applegate. The store opened earlier this month but had its ribbon cutting on Saturday morning.
Jen Krezeczowski and her fiancé own two small businesses in downtown Sharon.
“It’s harder and harder each year for the small businesses, but we kind of feel like there’s a turn around a little bit and people like these little towns where you walk around, little boutiques, shops and stuff,” she said.
Small Business Saturday started 10 years ago. Downtown Sharon has been taking part for nine.
It started with 12 stores and is now up to 40.
Laura Ackley, the general manager of Donna’s Diner downtown, said it’s all about collaboration, not competition.
“The other cliche is, it takes a village. It takes a true village, and downtown Sharon has that,” Ackley said. “We have to help one another. We have to be in each others’ courts because we are all successful if one of us is successful.”