Shopping small is one way to keep the local economy thriving during these times.

According to NBC 25:

“While many small and local businesses are facing unexpected hardships due to COVID-19, one Flint business owner says she’s remaining hopeful customers will come to her rescue this upcoming Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

“’I see people being intentional,’ said Glam Boutique owner, Deria Brown. ‘Even during a time where they’re advised to stay at home, I see them intentionally masking up and coming out.’

“When COVID-19 first hit, Brown says she and other small and local businesses faced devastating impacts.

“But Flint owners rallied together to make sure each business survived, which they plan to do this Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

“’When people shop small, the dollars stay in our community longer, and we’re the businesses that support your baseball teams, your churches, your fundraisers, your girls selling cookies, and so that helps us to continue to be that business that boys and girls, moms and dads go to in the community for help,’ explained Brown.

“One customer visiting Glam Boutique says she only plans to shop locally this year.

“’With the last quarantine at the beginning of this year or shutdown, it really affected the small businesses, and these owners have families to take care of, provide for and they weren’t able to do that at the beginning of this year,’ said Jessica Patman.

“Brown tells me customers can expect deals like door busters, specials and even something special for shoppers.

“The store is also taking preventative measures to keep customers safe, and will remain open during their temporary COVID-19 hours, which is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“’Every sale helps. We’re all in this together, and we’re going to get through it,’ emphasized Brown.

“Brown reminds people to shop intentionally, and if you have to go to big box stores, just remember to prioritize your local ones first.”

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