Small-business owner in Fort Pierce reacts to Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is just days away and local small-business owners in Downtown Fort Pierce are counting on shoppers to pay them a visit. Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses.Jeanne Johansen, who runs the 2nd Street Art Gallery, is looking forward to Saturday.Johansen said the gallery has been in Fort Pierce for three years and is one of the only shops totally run by artists.SHOP SMALL SATURDAY: Shop Small Saturday expected to make a big hit in Fort Pierce “Small businesses, small crafts are really, really, important to the economy and to the environment of a town,” Johansen said. The owner of Notions and Potions, Beryl Muise, said she’s looking forward to an amazing season. “As of right now, our sales are up overall from last year about 15%, which is incredible for us,” Muise said. “Last year, our Shop Small Saturday sales we did 10% above the year before, so it’s just getting better and better every year.”Chaney’s Dog Boutique will be opening just in time for Small Business Saturday.Boutique owner Alexander Layton said his business will offer something different. “Florida is one of the dog-friendliest states in the United States,” Layton said. “We tried to manage to fulfill what we think that the people need,” Layton said. “What the people don’t have here in Fort Pierce.”The gift shop at the Manatee Center will have a special discount on their hand puppet manatee Saturday.Your neighborhood: Local coverage from WPBF 25 NewsMain Street Fort Pierce will once again offer an incentive to get people to shop small right in downtown Fort Pierce.Shoppers will receive a Shop Small Saturday passport at the ‘Chic and Shore’ store and then gather signatures from other downtown businesses as they shop. The passports will be collected and entered into a drawing and the lucky shopper who’s picked could win over to $2,100 in gift cards, Chic and Shore owner Becky Demanuel explained.”I’m really looking forward to another good year and, you know, making new friends,” Demanuel said. “Small Business Saturday is a big plus for this area for small businesses, and we count on it every year.”The Small Business Saturday idea was created by American Express in 2010 to get more customers through the doors of small businesses the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.Follow us on social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | TikTok | YouTube

Small Business Saturday is just days away and local small-business owners in Downtown Fort Pierce are counting on shoppers to pay them a visit.

Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses.

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Jeanne Johansen, who runs the 2nd Street Art Gallery, is looking forward to Saturday.

Johansen said the gallery has been in Fort Pierce for three years and is one of the only shops totally run by artists.

SHOP SMALL SATURDAY: Shop Small Saturday expected to make a big hit in Fort Pierce

“Small businesses, small crafts are really, really, important to the economy and to the environment of a town,” Johansen said.

The owner of Notions and Potions, Beryl Muise, said she’s looking forward to an amazing season.

“As of right now, our sales are up overall from last year about 15%, which is incredible for us,” Muise said. “Last year, our Shop Small Saturday sales we did 10% above the year before, so it’s just getting better and better every year.”

Chaney’s Dog Boutique will be opening just in time for Small Business Saturday.

Boutique owner Alexander Layton said his business will offer something different.

“Florida is one of the dog-friendliest states in the United States,” Layton said. “We tried to manage to fulfill what we think that the people need,” Layton said. “What the people don’t have here in Fort Pierce.”

The gift shop at the Manatee Center will have a special discount on their hand puppet manatee Saturday.

Your neighborhood: Local coverage from WPBF 25 News

Main Street Fort Pierce will once again offer an incentive to get people to shop small right in downtown Fort Pierce.

Shoppers will receive a Shop Small Saturday passport at the ‘Chic and Shore’ store and then gather signatures from other downtown businesses as they shop.

The passports will be collected and entered into a drawing and the lucky shopper who’s picked could win over to $2,100 in gift cards, Chic and Shore owner Becky Demanuel explained.

“I’m really looking forward to another good year and, you know, making new friends,” Demanuel said. “Small Business Saturday is a big plus for this area for small businesses, and we count on it every year.”

The Small Business Saturday idea was created by American Express in 2010 to get more customers through the doors of small businesses the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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