PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - After shoppers flooded store on black Friday, local stores in Rhode Island hope people shop local on small business Saturday.
For 12 years "Frod and Toad" on Hope St. has been selling everything from stationary to souvenirs.
Owner Asher Schofield tell Eyewitness News "People really come out for Small business Saturday. We see a huge jump in business. It's really a great thing. You really get a sense that people want to support their local mom and pop businesses."
According to the Small Business Administration, 100 million people nationwide shopped locally on small buisness Saturday last year.
"Why would we want to support a big store chain, they're going to make it anyway? so very much for the small business owner." said shopper Gail Goodwin-Gomez
Gail said she shopped last year and she plans to shop locally this year too.
"Luniac Glamour" on Main St. in East Greenwich opened just three months ago and is getting ready for it's first small business Saturday. The shop has all things beauty, from bags and jewlrey to hair and a nail salon.
Co-oweners Jaclyn Murphy and Kristen Marrah tell Eyewitness News that everything in their shop is made by Rhode Island designers.
"People who own the businesses are your friends and your family, people that you see on the street.// I think keeping everything local is ideal." says Kristen.
This is the third offical year of small business Saturday.