Local businesses remind shoppers not to forget them when you holiday shop

CSRA News

“All businesses started as a small business; they grew, and they grew,” said Columbia County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Tammy Shepherd. 

The rush to buy holiday gifts is getting close. Local businesses want you to remember them when you holiday shop.

“We offer a lot more personalized service, and we get to know our customers and build relationships with them,” explained Judy Moody. “We try to make their shopping experience easy and as pleasurable as possible.”

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with local businesses during the holiday weekend for support.

The goal is to get more people to shop for gifts at smaller stores owned by a neighbor this holiday season. In hopes to bring more revenue to the community.

“We have 11 people employed here,” said Moody. “Those are 11 people that are making their income and their livelihood off the store. So it’s important we do things to support the community, give back to the community, and of course, tax dollars are here.” 

With Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday kicking off the 2018 shopping season, Moody says she is ready to build new relationships with the people in the area.

“I’m very excited,” said Moody. “I’m a little worried how tired I’m going to be at the end of it all, but I am very excited about it. Also to get the word out to all the people we haven’t seen yet.”

The owner of Cudos2U says there is always a gift for your loved ones in the store. And they will even gift wrap it for you. 

Holiday shoppers are encouraged to use the hashtag #shopsmall to help promote the Chamber of Commerce’s event “Shop Small Saturday.”

The event will kick off this Saturday at 10 am in the Plaza in front of the Harlem Library.

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