Local stores want shoppers for Small Business Saturday

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - While a lot of people have done their shopping on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, local retailers are hoping shoppers plan to spend on Small Business Saturday. It's a day started back in 2010 to support local stores.

In Baton Rouge, Victoria's Toy Station is one of the stores ready for customers to spend. Katie Shoriak's mother opened the store 30 years ago, she says she surprised at how many people have no idea about the shop.

"I checked out three different people who'd never been in here," she said, adding some people think they're a doll store.

They actually sell toys for boys (birth-8) and girls (birth-11). Over the years, they've also expanded the business to include home decor, Christmas ornaments and gifts for moms as well.

Saturday, Shoriak says should be a busy day for the store right through to Christmas Eve. They're also offering some savings in store.

"Going to do 15% off the whole store, which is the first time we've ever done it. But we're really pushing the shop local," Shoriak said.

They also have free gift wrapping.

Down the road at Atomic Pop there's no Christmas music pumping, but people are coming through the doors. The record store is also hoping music lovers will buy from them, instead of bigger stores. Kerry Beary, who works at the store, says they have one thing music lovers will not be able to get anywhere else - newly released vinyl records, that are rarely available.

They too say not many people know they exist, so they too are hoping this weekend's small business shopping experience will get more people through the doors.

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.