Small Business Saturday brings in big bucks for Rapid City

RAPID CITY S.D. – Black Friday has become a staple holiday for consumers in recent years, but there is a push for people to shop locally as well.

Small Business Saturday, a movement to encourage shopping at local stores has grown in popularity. Locally-owned businesses across the Black Hills are participating in Small Business Saturday as well.

The holiday was started by American Express in 2010.

“I think we should be doing more to support small businesses,” said Jennifer Culhane, a visitor from Chicago, Ill. “The big box stores always get all of the business on Black Friday and throughout the rest of the year, so I think it’s important that we help out small businesses.”

Some also say local businesses help grow the character of Main Street USA.

“It kind of brings more culture to your own town, from a small town aspect, you need to have an area to shop,” said Robbie Schroeder from Minot, N.D.

While the businesses celebrated by the holiday are small, their contributions to the economy are anything but. The US Small Business Administration says locally-owned shops employ around 210,000 people in South Dakota. That’s nearly 60 percent of the state’s workforce.

“I like to support local business because I think Main Street is more important than Wall Street,” said James Hearn, a visitor from Cheyenne, Wyo.

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The following businesses will be offering deals on Small Business Saturday:

•5th & Main Furniture by Freed’s
•Alternative Fuel Purchase four 16oz cocoas or ciders, get the fifth free
•Breadroot Natural Foods Co-Op 10% off purchase; Raffle
•Dark Canyon Coffee
•Deep Float Center Purchase one gift certificate, get the second certificate 50% off; Extended Hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
•Firehouse Brewing Co. Purchase a gift card valued at $25, get a $5 gift card
•Firehouse Wine Cellars 5 free wine samples
•Great Harvest Bread Co.
•Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore
•Howard Johnson Inn & Suites by Wyndham
•Kicks & Giggles Everything is on sale! Savings range from 10-50% on clothing, toys, accessories and decor
•Mitzi’s Books
•Mystique Edge
•Neugebauer’s Jewelry, Design & Service 15% off all jewelry items (excluding loose diamonds & the Roberto Coin line)
•Oasis Lounge
•Perfect Hanging Gallery
•Philly Ted’s Cheezsteaks LargeSteeler Sub with fries for $7.99+tax
•Prairie Edge $5 off $25 purchase; $10 off $50 purchase; $15 off $75 purchase; $20 off $100 purchase
•¿Que Pasa? Cantina
•Quilt Connection
•Roam’N Around 50% off the original price of items in the bargain cave
•Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Receive a free four-piece assorted box of chocolates with purchase of $25 or more
•Shirt Shack & Santa’s Memory Lane 50% off all Santa’s Memory Lane items; Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•Silver Lining Creamery
•SoleMate Shoes & The Uniform Center $10 off all professional shoes; Extra 20% off clearance items; 20% off Scrubs and medical accessories; Purchase three •Fun SockWell Performance Compression Socks, get the fourth free
•St. Joe Antiques Mall No sales tax on all purchases; select dealers will have sales
•Storyteller Entertainment
•The Spice & Tea Exchange Purchase five bags, get the sixth free
•The Market
•Tinder Box
•Untamed Accessories & Clothing Purchase one, get 10% off; Purchase two, get 20% off; Purchase three or more, get 30% off (all regular priced clothing); •Additional sales throughout the store
•Vanbachs Boutique
•Victoria’s Garden From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flower Power Hour; Flowers, kitten snuggles and wine samples
•Who’s Toy House
•Who’s Hobby House
•Wobbly Bobby
•Zoom Soda & Candy
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