Many shop local on Small Business Saturday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens of businesses in West Michigan participated in Small Business Saturday.

It’s a day aimed at supporting local businesses in the area and according to Local First, 73 percent more money stays in the community when people shop local.

“It’s really what makes our economy run. We are noticing a trend with smaller business. It’s a great way to interact with our community and we love being here on the corner of Eastern and Wealthy. We are part of a really vibrant community and it’s great to watch the neighborhood pick up and grow,” said Hilary Powsner, one of the stylists.

Lee & Birch moved to the location on Wealthy Street in June of 2014 and offers a variety of women’s clothing.

“We offer a variety of different looks, different accessories, jewelry, purses, scarves, what have you. Our ultimate goal is to make sure you feel good so we offer a range of denim, premium denim deals. We offer a variety of different tops, hand-knit sweaters too,” said Powsner.

The store offered deals for shoppers today.

“We are offering our Lee & Birch prize wheel. It’s a really fun way to interact with customers. They come in and they spin the wheel and we’re offering prizes like 20 percent off an item or 15 percent off your whole purchase or we have some free scarves and free tote bags,” she said.

Standale Interiors, located on Lake Michigan Drive, also offered a number of items from local artisans for Small Business Saturday.

“We have health and beauty. We have arts and crafts. We have photography and we have local cider and doughnuts,” said Jan Lehman, the VP of Marketing for Standale Interiors.

Lehman said it is important for people to support local business.

“I think Grand Rapids was built on small business and West Michigan, even during the downturn, it was small businesses I think that kept us going, and we are very grateful for people for supporting us during those awful years that I hope to never live through again,” said Lehman.

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