By Bryan Callahan. CREATED Nov 30, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A day after shoppers fought each other for big deals, a group of local businesses worked to get people to thinks smaller.
"I think it is a great opportunity to get the word out and meet a lot of local that come out," James Walkenshaw with Desert Art Supply said.
Dozens of locally owned businesses gathered together in Downtown Las Vegas for the Neon Holiday Bazaar.
The event in its second year is meant to spread the message of Small Business Saturday.
"When you shop with a local business over 50 percent of that money goes back into the community, through local printers, local pest control, any person that business patronizes," Polly Weinstein from The Jeweler’s Daughter said.
Organizers say the idea was to bring the business together so customers didn't have to drive all over town in search of the independent shops, which shoppers seemed to appreciate.
"I rather give it to a local business person, someone that is trying to make their living, you know big box retailers are owned by huge corporations. So I just think it is better to shop local," Kevin Ryan said.
Organizers say events like this will help attract customers to the stores for a day, but say when it comes to attracting customers throughout the year social media has become an important tool.
"I think social media has really been great and really a big part of our business, and then it is just networking." Molly Walters from Artifact said.
Once they get the customers to come in their store, the business owners say they make it a point to do everything necessary to convince them that it is worth it to shop local.
The organizer of the event says she would love to create a permanent shopping center dedicated to locally owned businesses in the future, and says the Downtown Container Park is a step in the right direction.