(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The holidays are just around the corner, and many small businesses in St. Joseph are gearing up for the busy season.
On Small Business Saturday, November 25, many locally owned shops in town opened their doors to hundreds of holiday shoppers.
Kris Koffman, co-owner of Nesting Goods, said she has owned her business for almost three years and is always excited for Small Business Saturday.
"We live here, and we work and live in the community. So, this is where you're keeping your money," Koffman said.
Local shoppers said they would rather support local businesses then purchase items from big retail stores on Black Friday.
"Most people that own businesses down here [St. Joseph] have a passion for what they do, and we like to support that," Michele Schultz, Small Business Saturday shopper, said.
Over the busy shopping weekend, local store owners said they usually see an increase in customers.
"You know, to just keep the money here in the community and to spread the word and show people that you can find awesome stuff in St. Joe," Casey Wallerstedt, owner of Mod Podge Boutique, said.
The National Retail Federation estimated that 71 million people planned on shopping local for Small Business Saturday.