Businesses encouraging Oklahomans to shop local on Small Business Saturday

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OKLAHOMA CITY - With many shoppers looking forward to Black Friday, local businesses don’t want folks to forget about Small Business Saturday.

It’s a way to keep money in Oklahoma and to support local shops.

Midtown is booming with restaurants, bakeries, and unique store fronts gearing up for the weekend.

"Anywhere from paintings, woodwork, jewelry, everything in between," said Rachael Gruntmeir, owner of The Black Scintilla.

The Black Scintilla is a men’s and women’s clothing store that also features a lot of Oklahoma-centric products.

With Small Business Saturday just days away, retailers said this is when the shopping season kicks into high gear.

"It's great exposure to get those new people in the door and have them really fall in love with your store and what you're doing," said Gruntmeir.

They're hoping to compete with Black Friday by encouraging residents to shop local.

"It's also a challenge because we're not able to offer huge deals like on televisions, electronics, those are the things that really draw people, so we're trying to draw people with word of mouth that when you shop local you're supporting your local neighborhood," said Gruntmeir.

Another thing to look out for is Keep It Local cards that are sold at many metro locally owned shops.

They are $15, but they offer discounts all year long and there are hundreds of participating businesses.

"It's staying local, it's not going to CEOs living in multi-million dollar homes," said Kelli Mckay-Conrady, Prairie Thunder Baking Company.

At Prairie Thunder Baking Company, they rely on their local customers.

As a way to say thank you, on Saturday, you can get a free cup of joe with any breakfast purchase.

"Come in, sit, relax. Have some breakfast, have some coffee, then get back into the craziness again," said Mckay-Conrady.

According to the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, shoppers spent an estimated $14.3 billion at small businesses during last year’s shopping event.

Some metro shopping districts to check out include Midtown, Plaza District, Western Ave. District, Automobile Alley, Paseo District and Nichols Hills.

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