Small Business Saturday in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It's the busiest time of the year: dozens of people waiting outside of local stores, the day after Black Friday and right before Cyber Monday. "The line grew and grew and when we opened, we were overwhelmed with the show of support from our community," says Valerie Reimers, Owner of Lucinda's 

Small Business Saturday is a tradition that just keeps growing. The day is meant to remind consumers to shop local and give back to the community. "It's so important for the local economy. I think businesses, small businesses are what gives culture to a city. If we don't support them, they die," says Kelsey Metzinger, owner of Bungalow 26.

Business owners told KAKE news that they're even offering an incentive this holiday season: a Shop Local Passport. "At the end of the two weeks, you fill up your passport with ten stickers and then you turn it back into myself, Watermark Books or Lucinda's and then you get entered to win lots of prizes," says Metzinger. 

Even though Small Business Saturday is only once a year, local owners know it's a great reminder to the community. "Gratitude. I'm just so thankful for our community and the turnout we've had today and today is just a day to kind of celebrate that," says Reimers.

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