Small Businesses gear up for Black Friday

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OKLAHOMA CITY --  A day to give thanks, eat too much, and maybe start checking off your holiday shopping list!  We found many local merchants busy on Thanksgiving, hoping to set the stage for a prosperous Christmas season.

“This weekend is pretty big for small business,” said Cleo Stavros, event manager.

It's big business for small businesses like Urbane Home and Lifestyle.

“We do furniture decor, gifts skin care, jewelry just about everything you need,” said owner Ben Davis.

Davis said starting a small business was a leap of faith that he and his partner decided to take.
“He always wanted to own his own business so we kind of ran in full speed,” he said.

Davis joined several others on Thanksgiving to skip out on turkey and football to prepare for an event he has been attending for six years called Holiday Pop Up Shops in Midtown.

“It's good exposure for us, so when we first started out we were located on Western and not very many people knew about us. Now that we're downtown people come to the popshops and we just send them right on the store which is a couple blocks away,” Davis said.

The pop up shops is an event to attract Black Friday shoppers to shop a little local.

“Every week until Christmas we're going to have local shops rotate in our geodesic dome so we have anything from women's clothing, men's clothing, gifts candy, we have dog goods and home goods; we have everything you can think of,” Stavros said.

Event staff said it's not just good for local owners but also good for the local economy.

“When you shop local you do invest in yourself and in the community, said Stavros.

They said the best part these owners say is every dollar you spend stays right here.

“When you shop local your money stays in the community, when you're shopping big boxes it goes out of state and it's really important for our city to have great sales tax revenue that we can continue to provide all the great services,” Davis said.

The event will kick off Friday at 10 a.m. and run till December 23rd.

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