Locals take part in Small Business Saturday

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Found Furnishing held their second annual 'Small Business Saturday Pop Up Market'. Small businesses are the heartbeat of the community.

People who shop and dine with small businesses can help keep Main Streets across the country alive, said Bennie Parr Jr., owner of Bennie's Pizza Pub at 124 E. Main downtown Belleville.

Friday may have been all about the big-box deals, but Saturday, it's all about shopping small.

"Everything is about giving back and to supporting our local community", said Thomas.

"I just love our downtown". We have several businesses in downtown that are locally owned and operated so you can come down whenever.

Fifteen years ago, Powell opened Circa Boutique + Gifts at 128 E. Main St. in downtown Belleville and this year she and her family have done a massive renovation of the front of the store.

Kristen Covington, an organizer of the event said it is important to support local especially in a town like midland...

"It keeps the CEOs of big businesses from buying another vacation home and helps keep our community rolling", LaRue said. That's part of the reason why Caitlin Mohr shops locally.

Last year, consumers nationwide spent roughly $17.8 billion on Small Business Saturday.

Full Circle provides a relaxed environment serving beer, food, and wine while keeping their prices low.

"Buying from somebody that you know is in the community and involved in the community is actually more meaningful", said Verhasselt.

"There's a lot of things still yet to be made for this holiday season, so critical for us to have the small business support, and to have folks put those dollars into our business and others", Nick said.

"They go to reinvest in our schools, our public works, and other initiatives", said Worley.