Shoppers support local businesses on Small Business Saturday

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Millions of people across the country are giving their credit cards a workout this weekend as they celebrate one of the biggest shopping events of the year. Black Friday was yesterday and now it’s Small Business Saturday. On Mass Ave, people waited outside stores that opened at 9 am with doorbuster prizes for the first 250 of them, but there are plenty of other places to check out this weekend.

One fun local spot in Fishers is the Allisonville Nursery. Pets and people are welcome to wander around and find pieces to fit their winter wonderland at home. They stock the store with holiday decorations for inside and out. Workers there say shopping small makes a big difference..

“We have a lot of our guests who’ve been with us for 40 years,” said Sharon Hadden, who works at Allisonville Garden & Home. “They keep coming back and they keep coming back. They know we give them fantastic service. We give them great products. We give them new things.”

On Mass Ave, Homespun is a popular place to pick out presents for that special someone. Handbags are actually made by hand to add a personal touch and there are even some unique gifts for kids -- all by local artisans. For places like this, Small Business Saturday is more than just a day on the calendar. It's one of their biggest sales days of the year and a critical part of their yearly income.

“They put a big chunk of money in the bank so we can make it through the rest of the year,” said Amanda Mauer Taflinger, who works at Homespun. “January, February, are a little slow, some of the summer months are a little slower, so Christmastime, Small Business Saturday especially, is a really solid time of year for us. It really helps a lot of small businesses get through their coming year.”

“On Small Business Saturday, I make it a point to go out and support the small businesses because I always shop local,” said Heidi Woodman, who works at Haus Love in Broad Ripple. “It's kind of my thing and I think it's important for the community.”

Haus Love is full of things to make home feel a little more cozy. They’re running a sale for Small Business Saturday where everything is at least 20% off. Smaller stuff won't break the bank and can still make a nice present.

If you’re not ready to be done shopping yet, Cyber Monday is just around the corner with Giving Tuesday right after that.

Hope you’re not all shopped-out yet, because it’s Small Business Saturday and there are plenty of deals to check out around central Indiana! The American Express-sponsored holiday is in its eight year and last year, more than 112 million customers said they stopped by local stores. This time around, 82% of shoppers say they plan to shop or dine local, so it's going to be a very busy day for small business owners.

On Mass Ave, more than 75 merchants and venues will be taking part. At 9 am, more than 250 swag bags given away to the early bird shoppers. Store owners are giving over $5,000 in discounts and other merchandise. For more information, click here at

In Broad Ripple, BRVA will be giving away reusable canvas bags to the first 100 visitors, stuffed with gift certificates from area businesses. There will be specials at some of the village’s 700+ small businesses and three pop-up shops that will feature artisans. At Haus Love, merchandise will be 20% off. For more information about the village’s event, click here -->

In Fishers, you can use the Nickel Plate District mobile app to plan your route around stores with different promotions, discounts and incentives. Allisonville Garden and Home is also holding an event where you can bring the entire family (pets too) and visit Saint Nick, pick out your tree and enjoy cookies and hot cocoa while you browse the store. They’ll also be accepting donations through the day for Down Syndrome Indiana. All that goes from 11am-3pm. For more information about Small Business Saturday in Fishers, click here at

Speedway is offering a passport where you can get stamps and win prizes from stores in town. You can find out more about it by clicking here at;id=2837

The Near Eastside is hosting Tinsel Town, with holiday activities, hot chocolate stands and light displays. To find out more, click here at

In Carmel, you can pick up a goody back if you’re one of the first eight people to make a purchase. They’ll also be giving away free gifts with a $20 purchase at All Things Carmel. To find out more, click here at

If you shop in downtown Noblesville, you can enter to win $100 cash. To find out more, click here at

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