Small Business Saturday

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Reported by: Eddie Randle
Updated: 11/30/2013 10:40 pm Published: 11/30/2013 8:50 pm

Black Friday may have ended yesterday, but shoppers still had a chance to take advantage of special sales and store prizes today.

Small Business Saturday is held the Saturday following Black Friday and FOX23 checks into this annual day of shopping that benefits more than just the buyer.

FOX23 traveled to Box Works, a gift wrapping store in Utica Square.

It's just one of the small businesses participating in Small Business Saturday.

What's great about this event is all the money spent stays right here in the city of Tulsa.

Many small business owners opened their stores with some extra sales and even some door prizes for this year's annual Small Business Saturday.

FOX23 also went to John Daniels Footwear in Utica Square.

We spoke with Dan Parker, the owner. He has owned his business in the same location for 13 years.

He tells us that this is a day he can compete with the big retail stores.

"For decades, the huge department stores have been running small businesses out of business. We don't buy as much merchandise from the vendors to get the mark down money so we are at a disadvantage."

However, Parker also said this is a golden opportunity to have customers come into his shop and keep their money in the city they live in. "For most all the department stores and discounters it all goes out of town."

Parker says shopping locally assures the customers they're getting exactly what they want.

"We are bought here for Tulsa, we know our customers and we know what they like."

It's a lesson he's passed down to his son, who also works in the shoe store, and his daughter who owns and operates Box Works.

Parker's daughter Kara Martin's shop is located not far from her dad's, in Utica square.

"I love seeing those same customers and knowing them by name, I feel like I'm talking about 'Cheers' but they come in and your just like, 'Hello how are you,' and they tell you about their kids and you know what their kids like and don't like so you order those things to help them out," Martin told FOX23.

Since her store also ships items, she says she uses that to attract more customers. "It doesn't have to be from the store or from the square it can be from anywhere."

Shoppers tell me they use this weekend to take advantage of all the sales they can possibly get from Black Friday to Small Business Saturday and even Cyber Monday.

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